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A quiet, literate, reflective film adapted from the journals of an Irish woman involved in Robert Emmetf s abortive uprising of 1803. The film follows her transformation from simple daughter of a peasant farmer, to her collaboration with the rebel leader.to her final ordeal in Kilmainham jail ... Read more
Another Girl, Another Planet, a dreamy fable about a guy in an East Village walk-up and his serial love life, has gained considerable acclaim and notoriety over the last year, largely due to its unique look and particular production history. Directed by a respected collaborator of Wenders and ... Read more
Anthem Australia From the plight of asylum seekers in Australia to the desperate situation of refugees on the frontlines of Afghanistan, Anthem is a powerful new documentary from Tahir Cambis (Exile in Sarajavo, MIFF 1997) and Helen Newman that chronicles the human rights struggles of our ... Read more
Winner of this years BAFTA AWARD for best short fiction film, a gripping, unsettling and powerful film. Unable to dress, eat, move or breath on his own Antonia's father depends on him for everything. Fourteen floors up and desperate to escape. Antonio wont let himself leave.---D/S Daniel Mulloy P ... Read more
The variety of the heartwarming Northumbrian atmosphere. ... Read more
Ethan Minsker's documentary investigates the ideas, attitudes and goals of women in the New York underground music scene. 15 bands, mostly unsigned acts with colourful names like Tribe 8, Vitapup and The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, are filmed going through their paces - everything from ... Read more
Apple Blossom is a lavish proliferation of colour, texture and shape Painting scratching and drawing directly onto found 35mm footage creates a lively visual rhythm where the photo­graphic image is engagingly hidden - or revealed. ... Read more
Nanni Moretti has been touted as Italy's answer to Woody Allen principally for his combination of scathing social humour and consistent use of himself as the sub­ject for his own films. April tackles three years in the life of Moretti and his nation, from the election of Silvio Berlusconi as ... Read more
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Yasser Arafat died on 11 November 2004, with the world looking on. His brother, Fathi Arafat, died three weeks later in comparative silence. Palestinian filmmaker Rahid Masharawi wanted to confront the PLO leader to get his perspective of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to understand where the ... Read more
A strange animal, half spider and half elephant, and its inexorable march interrupted by hesitations in a coloured and abstract world. ... Read more
In Arcadia, you trust no one. The world is under siege, and for Gavin's mum, even breakfast would be a trap. When Gavin says he's going out, his parents suspect the worst. ... Read more
Ariel is the second film in a trilogy of films depicting Finland 1986-1989 that began with Shadows in Paradise (1986), and was completed with The Match Factory Girl (1989). It is the story of a young man, Kasurinen, who arrives in an inhospitable southern town after the Lappland mine, where he and ... Read more
In the dungeon many things stir. A creature waits for something to be hatched while trying to rid itself of the scuttling spiders which also inhabit the dungeon. A claymation piece exploring the tension between captivity and release. ... Read more
Arna's Children Palestine/Israel/Netherlands'This must-see doco penetrates a Jenin refugee camp to follow several Palestinian children from laughing kids in a theatre group to grim actors on a grislier world stage. In documenting the work of his indomitable activist mother Arna, Israeli co-director ... Read more
“The greatest passion of my life is something that makes me sick to my stomach.” - Chuck Connelly ... Alongside Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Chuck Connelly was the darling of the 80s New York art scene, lauded as a neo-Van Gogh and selling millions of dollars worth of paintings ... Read more
Art Pepper, one of jazz's greatest alto saxophonists, is a survivor, he has survived heroin, prison and self-loathing. We ... hear stories, often amusing, sometimes tragic, which were the emotional reference points of his creative life. ... Integrated with the stories are live performances of three ... Read more
A highly compressed survey of the whole range of creative expression in the visual arts as performed in the United States today. ... Read more
A film about Arthur and Lillie Mayer, 89 and 86 years old and still young. Arthur can remember being taken to the first movie show in America, in 1895; Lillie was among the first American suffragettes. Arthur Mayer reminisces about his famous publicity stunts for Paramount, his Broadway horror film ... Read more
Artist on Fire is a portrait, first and foremost, of the artist at work For her documentary on renowned Canadian artist, Joyce Weiland, Armatage isn't content to follow the conventional, show-and-tell rules of art documentaries. ... In relation to this artistic process, analysis is placed in its ... Read more
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An elegantly composed and humorously observed look at life onboard the Queen Elizabeth II. ... Over tea and cakes on the sun deck, elderly guests of this floating senior citizen's club reflect on the experience of luxury and being pampered, something they had thought unobtainable during their ... Read more
Asakusa Kid is the story of the outrageous, misspent youthful days of internationally renowned Japanese multi-hyphenate (director-star-writer-all-round-media-personality) Kitano 'Beat' Takeshi, whose films, which include Hana-Bi (MIFF 1998) and Kids Return (MIFF 1997), have wowed Festival audiences. Read more
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In 1968, Asta Nielsen made a short documentary of her career with Poul Reumert, who played Mr Rudolf in The Abyss. In the final scene she sits among the art treasures of her Copenhagen apartment and says, 'I am only waiting to die,' a single tear trickling down her cheek. After the scene was shot ... Read more
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