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Yaaba means grandmother in Moorea. It is the name given by Bila, a wide-eyed 12 year old boy to the wizened Sana, an old woman who is treated as an outcast by the rest of the village. Yaaba is a delightful and beautifully crafted film depicting life in a dusty village on the barren, flat plains of ... Read more
A touching doco about an Israeli woman's Buddhist way of life, her Buddhist priest partner and her struggle to preserve her Jewish identity. ... Read more
“I love the Yakuza… I see them as the heirs to the samurai spirit.” - actor Sonny Chiba ... Literally translated as ‘good-for-nothing', Japan's criminal brotherhood - the Yakuza - underwent a makeover into chivalrous heroes thanks to post-World War II cinema, where real-life criminals ... Read more
In Yallourn Story the memories of some of the towns old residents are brought to life with the illustrations of the primary school students. Directed by Dave Jones, winner of Best Animated Short at MIFF 05.---D/P/S Dave Jones L no dialogue TD video/col/2006/6mins ... Read more
A simple story set in the tiny village of Mizquic, which forms part of the Xochimilco area on the outskirts of Mexico City. In this village a way of life which is a blend of Catholicism and paganism is still practised. Juanito, a musically gifted boy, cannot bear the noises of the town and runs off ... Read more
Drawings, watercolours and oils of Winslow Homer illustrate his artistic development as well as the breadth of fits interest. ... Read more
Yansan, Orisha of winds and storms and her amorous adventures with Ogun and Shango. ... D/P/S Carlos Eduardo Nogueira TD 35mm/col/2006/17mins ... Read more
Belly-dancing, beer, love handles and beer-bellies. Cultures collide in the life of Annette the belly dancer. Embracing Lebanese culture, she discovers that cultural stereotyping works both ways, facing chauvinism and fighting cultural myth number two: that you are born with the rhythm in you, it ... Read more
Yao Ming is Houston's big man of basketball. The Houston Rockets drafted the seven-foot, six-inch Chinese national in 2002, amid considerable skepticism from the NBA hoops experts. [The Year of the Yao] follows this new giant of the sport through one of the most exciting rookie debut years that ... Read more
“Another precision-helmed, tightly wound, metaphysical thriller that confirms [Christian Petzold] as one of Germany's finest middle-generation directors.” - Variety Featuring a stand-out performance by Nina Hoss in which she occupies almost the entire screen time (previously seen in Petzold's ... Read more
"Comedic vigilante justice." - USA Today ... Anti-globalisation pranksters Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are back with this followup to The Yes Men (MIFF 04), to again skewer the excesses of capitalism with their particular brand of gonzo activism. Impersonating executives (what they call ... Read more
The Yes Men USA'sundance 2004 has given us two more brilliantly subversive films: Super Size Me and The Yes Men.' -The Hollywood Reporter Meet Andy and Mike, two of the anti-corporate activist-pranksters known as the Yes Men. In this hilarious new doco from the makers of American Movie, these two ... Read more
Zululand, South Africa. Yesterday (Leleti Khumalo), a woman in her early 30s, and her seven-year-old daughter Beauty are on the way to the nearest clinic. Yesterday has a lingering cough and wants to get it checked. After untold difficulties gaining access to a doctor, she learns the terrible news ... Read more
The poignant story of Yirawala MBE, a tribal man of high degree, who fought to hold back a tidal wave of change, even though he knew some people wanted the money from mining. ... The film shows the marvellous works of Yirawala and explains its meaning in relation to the land and the Dreaming. ... Read more
Named by FIPRESCI as their Revelation of the Year. In a small village on Majorca, Hans, a German odd-jobs man, reports for work for an affluent fellow countryman. He learns that his predecessor's name was also Hans but the locals are unwilling to say what happened to him. Certainly, he was on the ... Read more
In the middle of the 19th century, at Namome, on a highway north of Edo, crime is rife. Sanjuro, a wandering Samurai, arrives to find the village decimated by some long lasting feud. Hansuke, a petty police official, offers to introduce him to one of the local bosses as a bodyguard. ... The village ... Read more
A glorious, dynamic melodrama written by Mizoguchi collaborator Yoda Yoshikata, [Yoshiwara: The Pleasure Quarter] ranks among Uchida's finest films. ... A successful textile industrialist from the provinces is beloved by his employees for his kindness, but cannot find a wife because of a ... Read more
Yossi and Jagger are officers in the Israeli army, serving mandatory army service, stationed on a remote military base on the border with Lebanon. The two men are lovers, hiding their affair from the officers in charge, and the eclectic group of fellow soldiers serving with them. While this group ... Read more
This a love poem to a young girl of Budapest . It discovers the beauty in every movement of the beloved, holds and eternalizes her passing smile, finds her everywhere, follows her moods. ... Read more
You and Me, acclaimed by critics at the Venice Film Festival, is the third film directed by 34-year-old Larissa Shepitko, whose previous works are Heat (1963) and Wings (1966). ... Piotr is a reasonably successful, middle-aged brain surgeon, who, on the day after his divorce, abandons his research ... Read more
The story is set in a special boarding school for boys. The headmaster is friendly and liberal, but has no real understanding of the boys, while the teachers are clumsy and hypocritical in their handling of the students. After a petty incident, the headmaster expels one of the boys, whereupon the ... Read more
A minor case of vandalism brings two lonely people together. Single parents Martin and Kay meet when their sons, Joe and Steven, appear in the Children's Court on a delinquency charge. As their relationship deepens Martin tells Kay that he used to like being best in everything he did, but now, a ... Read more
This is the tragi-comic story of an ebullient school teacher who comes face to face with death and conquers his fear of it under the cold, disinterested gaze of his class and his colleagues. The dialogue is written in decasyllabic verse and the editing parallels the rhythm of the syllables. Because ... Read more
After her stepson's tragic shotgun suicide. Joan Dougherty was inspired to start a company that specialises in cleaning crime scenes. With amazing good humour, Dougherty relates the typically bizarre but sometimes blackly comic nature of her grim profession. Some things are better left unknown but ... Read more
A film for the Taxation Division of Revenue Canada, to show that filling in income tax forms is not as difficult as it may seem. ... Read more
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