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The meaning of life is cheap. ... $9.99 has the beauty of meticulous claymation, nourished by the sustenance of a master storyteller. Tatia Rosenthal has taken a who's who of Australian voice talent (including MIFF mascot Geoffrey Rush) and a gorgeous Art Deco apartment block in Tel Aviv and melded ... Read more
Made in 1994, this French Government video was intended for distribution amongst Foreign Affairs Departments in English-speaking countries. It reveals how the French Department of the Interior proposed the global introduction of the revolutionary Metric Time system. ... Read more
An elderly couple in reduced circumstances join a pensioners' group holiday which they can barely afford. They hope to get away from it all for a week, perhaps make new friends. But reality still pursues them. Victor Schonfeld is the producer/director of THE ANIMALS FILM. ... Read more
Shape, form, volume, timbre, tone, colour and light: No space is ever empty - spot the long-legged baby elephant. ... --- ... D/P Ben Pointeker WS Sixpack Film L No dialogue TD 35mm/col/ 2007/9mins ... ... ... Read more
This film is not a film, this film is film. It is for its moment extreme and relentless, a stuttering excess of electro-hokey knee bending, shrieking and clamouring in the dark to be heard above the monotonous snoring of the audience. This bombastic poetry of closures parades between one last ... Read more
An unknown foreigner's vision of the unreal Bangkok. ... We call Western foreigners farang. Thai is not their native tongue... ... Why do they come to Thailand? What do they want here? Do they come because they appreciate us or do they pity us? They are all from civilised countries. They come to ... Read more
Tim Patterson just about manages to achieve the impossible in his 'epic-grammatic' bid to explain Japan in twenty words or less (give or take a few). Take-away impressions of a complex culture occur in the speedy collision of opinion personal experience and cliche. Somewhere in amongst the ... Read more
Robert, his wife and his son work in a gas station open 24 hours a day. Though nobody ever comes by...Australian premiere. ... D/S Sébastien Aubanel P Frédéric Jouve TD DigiBeta/2007/18 mins ... Read more
[.Tibbar] tells the story in reverse (the title spelt backwards reads rabbit) of 20,000 albino rabbits on a breeding farm. In astonishing detail we see the entire lives of these trapped rabbits. The oddly normal backward movements of both breeders and rabbits evoke a sense of extreme distance, and ... Read more
A gritty portrayal of a young Polish couple's lifestyle. An alarm clock heralds their shift work and their inability to spend time with one another ... Read more
A solitary mole man's routine existence is rocked by the arrival of a potential companion. With his desire for contact at war with his suspicion of others, the mole man makes a series of attempts to stare down his fears. ... D/S Grigoris Leontiades P Camilla Bray WS NFTS L No Dialogue TD ... Read more
Is there a tougher woman than Rebiya Kadeer? ... Rebiya Kadeer spent six years in a Chinese prison before being exiled to Washington DC. An tireless advocate for the independence of her oil-rich Uyghur homeland - known as East Turkestan - she has been punished at every turn by the Chinese ... Read more
MIFF has brought together the amazing and imaginative works by Image Forum, Japan. Exclusive to MIFF, these short films are at the epicentre of experimental filmmaking in a range of styles. [The Trains] (Hirata Takahiro, 8 mins) is a rhythmic rendition of [Kaerunoouta] (Frog song), created by the ... Read more
A beautifully complex machine makes beautifully simple light bulbs to the ambition don't mix. Cast with unknown players, the film was a big critical success in its day. ... Read more
A suburban encounter and a mutual need for companionship lead to a re-telling of the tales of 1001 Arabian Nights. Eerily distant images force words back into the prominence they once held in the days before cinema, radio and T.V. ... Read more
“The switch for kitschy visuals and florid melodrama is flicked to 11.” - Variety ... Flamboyant filmmaker Royston Tan follows on from the bubblegum musical fun of 881 (MIFF 08) to once again delve into the exuberant Singaporean song culture of getai - a series of open-air concerts dominating ... Read more
Winner of the Venice Film Festival Gold Lion award. ... “Shot like the grunge version of a ‘50s noir thriller from France (or Soviet Georgia), the black-and-white 13 (Tzameti) turns into a shocker of Tarantino proportions in protracted sequences of explosive violence that leaves viewers ... Read more
A first-hand account of the Great Sichuan Earthquake that shows the human face of a massive tragedy. ... The statistics are mind-boggling: 70,000 dead, 375,000 casualties. In 1428 filmmaker Du Haibin captures the human face of the catastrophic Great Sichuan Earthquake, a monumental seismic event ... Read more
Singapore'Growing up in the world's most oppressive nanny state can be bad for your mental health, and 15 tells it like it is. 26-year-old Royston Tan's social satire has given local censors their biggest ever headache by focusing on Singapore's 'problem' boys: the ones from broken homes, the ones ... Read more
17 Years to Earth takes us on a journey through a young girl's diary. She writes about a perfect life full of love and happiness. Unfortunately, none of it is true. Director Perry Lin handles this story of a girl's bittersweet voyage of self-discovery with sensitivity and an eye for detail ... Read more
Fact: The average American youth has experienced 18,000 television murders by the age of 16. Using a relentless draining array of repeating imagery as backdrop, Holden recounts, in macho beat mode, his disturbing encounters with dead bodies on the streets of suburbia. ... Read more
The composition by Tchaikovsky commemorates the war fought against Napoleon. The film attempts, with the possibilities provided by the animated genre, to unite the period synthesis of the works of Tolstoy with the colours of the descriptive art of Turgenyev, and the visions of Dostoyevsky. ... Jury ... Read more
1922 was made by Nikos Kondouros and, after screening at the 1978 Thessaloniki Festival, it was banned. It has now been released following the change of government in Greece. ... 1922 is the most emotive date in modern Greek history. In August of that year a triumphant Turkish army, led by Ataturk ... Read more
Annette Olesen's compelling denunciation of ethnic hate begins with a description of the perfect building estate then throws to a present-day, outer-Copenhagen housing project; a place far removed from the idyll. ... A young man gets beaten to the point of death. His mother shoulders the blame ... Read more
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