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Legend has it that Ibrahim, great-grandfather of the Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin, was the son of a petty Ethiopian prince, who, as a child, was sold to Constantinople. At Peter the Great's request the child was sent to St. Petersburg, where he became the Tzar's "black valet". Peter became fond ... Read more
This is a curated selection of innovative international video works assembled for MIFF and Melbourne On Screen by Abina Manning and the Video Data Bank (vdb.org), which share a common regard for the political and social ‘spirit' of these interesting times. The program begins with Throwing Stones ... Read more
Westerns, screw-ball comedies, film noir, detective thrillers, gangster flicks, even musicals - Howard Hawks, hailed as the quintes­sential auteur, tackled every possible film genre with equal facility. His was amongst the most enduring, accomplished and versatile directorial careers. Yet in ... Read more
[Howl's Moving Castle] is the latest gem from animation genius Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli fame ([Spirited Away]). He set out to make an animation for old people, but the result is a brilliant animation of ideas and inventions for all ages. ... Based on a book by children's author Diana Wynne ... Read more
Strap on your 3D glasses for a voyage into the outer reaches of deep space on Melbourne's biggest screen at IMAX. ... Join seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis as they embark on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. See the solar system in eye-popping 3D. ... Read more
'There isn't a man alive who wouldn't give his left nut to be Hugh Hefner.' - Gene Simmons ... At Hugh Hefner's 80th birthday, Brigitte Bermen convinced him to divulge the ‘real deal' about the man behind the myth. What eventuated is this surprising documentary, featuring extensive interview ... Read more
Gratuitous use of disco mirror balls, fake furs, big butts and the word 'muthafucker'. Welcome to the rhinestone world of Rudy Ray Moore. Entrepreneurial brother from Planet Black. Incomprehensible, potent, hedonistic, crazed, downright rude. But he runs the show. A live comedian whose dirty ... Read more
The body is the last resource for protest. ... In 1981 Bobby Sands, an Irish Republican, starved himself to death as a protest against the British government. He died painfully and - in the eyes of the IRA - as a martyr. Hunger unrelentingly depicts the last months of his life in Belfast's Maze ... Read more
An odd, striking erotic exploration of love and sexual obsession. A free-spirited Italian artist and a French-Arab hairdresser meet and fall in love one afternoon. They go from the euphoric heights of love to the depths of despair when he loses her number and she believes she's been dumped. What ... Read more
A dark and dangerous episode in Australia's cinema history is vibrantly reanimated and reinterpreted through Hunt Angels. Using innovative digital composite techniques never before utilised in an Australian feature film, director Alec Morgan and visual effects specialist Rose Draper blend 1930s ... Read more
... ... In the Nitassinan forests of Quebec it is illegal for the Innu Indians to set foot on their tradi­tional land. An area that once provided them with food and shelter is now a bombing range for the Canadian, American, British and Netherland air forces. ... ... ... For hundreds of years ... Read more
High yields, stiff stalks—one man's passion for corn." So runs the tag me of this truly unusual and highly original documentary. Milford Beeghly has made corn his life's work. Now 101 years old and sassy as ever. Beeghly began experimenting with corn breeds, when even basic gene research was ... Read more
An animated tale about a computer and an obstinate punch card. ... Read more
I Am Boy combines 2D and 3D animation, historic and live foolage to show the musical and cultural influences on a Siberian OJ, Misha Maltsev, before and after perestroika, ... Read more
Anne McGuire exposes the media mannerisms of the Kennedy era through a desperate and nostalgic cabaret act in l am Crazy and You're Not Wrong. Her off-key per­formance is brilliantly nuanced, her posturing as sophisticated as Cindy Sherman and Sandra Bernhard. The singer's frantic loneliness ... Read more
Whilst filming what was to have been a single feature called / Am Curious, director Sjoman found that he could not adequately say all that he wished within a single film of ordinary length. / Am Curious - Blue became the sequel to / Am Curious - Yellow. (Yellow and blue are the colours of the ... Read more
Vilgot Sjoman is the maker of The Mistress and My Sister My Love, and whilst both these films were noted for their explicit treatment of 'dangerous' subjects, the development of a sexual relationship in the case of the former, and childbirth in the latter, neither have raised the controversy which ... Read more
“This is a film in search of beauty in uncomfortable places.” - filmmaker Teona Struger Mitevska ... Child actor-turned-filmmaker Teona Struger Mitevska shines a light on the plight of Macedonian women, floundering in a society failed by both communism and capitalism. The women are three ... Read more
An extraordinary portrait of the daily lives of homeless peoples, / Could've Been Human allows each individual to tell their story, their dreams and hopes. A sense of survival and great loss is revealed— these are people who once had homes and families, were part of 'society', yet for one ... Read more
Where is Dona Kent's head? Her son Saul isnt saying, because he's the one who hid it! A pioneering cryologist, Saul Kent firmly believes that freezing the newly dead or parts of them, can ensure immortality When his mother passed on, Kent had her head off and dipped in liquid nitrogen within hours ... Read more
“Albeit closer to ballet than drama, this urban nocturne is one of Tsai's most beautiful and naturalistic films.” - Village Voice Taiwan's champion of minimalism, Tsai Ming-liang (What Time is It There?, The Wayward Cloud), travels to his homeland of Malaysia for this cinematic elegy that is ... Read more
A pair of knees go to a disco ... Read more
Hilary Weisman's comedy road docudrama has probably created its own genre. Ostensibly the true account of four gals on a cross-country trip to sell stolen video equipment on the Mexican black market, / Love My Movie includes a number of startling revelations that indicate that some of what we see ... Read more
A joyful tilt at the expectations that can weigh down (literally) a single working woman. Fleming points her stick figure animation at a few of life's major small moments and creates magic. ... Read more
As their period of living together draws to its inevitable end, Sten and Helena discover that a baby is on the way. Anxieties and aggressions begin to darken the lighthearted play which has been a characteristic of their affair. In search of relief, Sten embarks on a new affair. When the time of ... Read more
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