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The Little Umbrella (Bretislav Pojar, 1956)
A puppet review which is a variant on the theme of inanimate objects that start moving at night under the direction of a strange sprite in top hat and frock coat. ... Read more

The London Story (Sally Potter, 1986)
While Britain decides whether its real political allies are Europe or the US, three characters decide to act. Their action takes the form of a Technicolor musical comedy set against famous London loc… Read more

THE LONG WALK HOME (Richard Pearce, 1989)
Powerful films fall into two distinct categories. There is the "all sound and fury" variety intent on pummeling the viewer on the head with "significance". Then there is the other type that forgoes t… Read more

The Loser's Club (Derek Phillips, )
A slightly pessimistic view of the world we are all born into — The Losers' Club. ... Read more

The Mad Century (Bruce Petty, 2000)
The Mad Century is a wildly drawn and colourful animation that moves, in high speed, through the history ot political and cultural shifts of the last hundred years. Its well-researched selection of e… Read more

The Magic Arts (Bruce Petty, 1978)
Without a commentary, the film sets out to show how art relates and intertwines in our daily lives. Each art form is looked at: weaving, sculpture, painting, live theatre, with quotations from writer… Read more

THE MIRROR (Jafar Panahi, 1997)
Jafar Panahi has once again utilised the services of youthful Mina Mohammed Khani, the utterly charming young thesp whose talents made The White Balloon the most popular feature of MIFF 1996. His sec… Read more

THE MONEY GAME (Michel Pearce, 1972)
A filmed account of economic processes which takes the form of a sporting event played on an economics machine with six sets of controls operated by six contestants. Each contestant represents a spec… Read more

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AGE (Jaroslav Papoušek, 1969)
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Documentaries, as life-portraits, can be very moving when based on exceptional lives, circumstances, and hardships. The Most Unknowable Thing is an amazing story about the life of the filmmaker's bro… Read more

THE MOTHERS OF THE PLAZA DE MAYO (Susana Munoz, Lourdes Portillo, 1985)
Compelling documentary account of the protests organised by the mothers of the 30,000 people who disappeared in Argentina during the wave of kidnapping, tortures and murders initiated by the military… Read more

The Motorman (Rostam Perrson, 2006)
A family business with a difference - a father and son make a modest living in the back streets of an Iranian city. In stark contrast to the suburbs of Melbourne this film portrays the need to recycl… Read more

THE MOUTH WIDE OPEN (Maurice Pialat, 1973)
The Mouth Wide Open received enthusiastic reviews when it was screened privately during last year's festival at Cannes. It is the third feature film from Maurice Pialat, following Naked Childhood (ab… Read more

The Movement, Movement (Bruce Parsons, 1969)
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The New Gulliver (A. Ptushko, 1935)
The New Gulliver is an ambitious puppet novelty in the Russian film world, fantastically delivered. It differs fromfthe ordinary puppet shows in that the chief part, Gulliver himself, is played by a … Read more

THE NINTH GATE (Roman Polanski, 1999)
Starring Johnny Depp (Ed Wood, MIFF 1995, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow) and directed by the master of all things suspenseful and demonic, Roman Polanski (Rosemary's Baby). The Ninth Gate is an … Read more

THE OAK (Lucian Pintilie, 1992)
A savagely funny nightmare comedy set in the waning years of the Romanian police state, this anarchic film has its roots firmly planted in the dark and ironic soil of the blackest of political satire. Read more

THE OATH (Laura Poitras, 2010)
“A gripping psychological study of a conflicted former Al-Qaeda member.” - Screen International ... Two brothers-in-law, Abu Jandal and Salim Hamdan - one Osama bin Laden's former bodyguard, the … Read more

The Orator (Bretislav Pojar, 1962)
A brief anecdotal story of a fanatical orator who pro­duces and polishes a speech which evokes unexpected images in the minds of his listeners. ... Read more

The Outsider (J. D. Pollet, 1958)
A shy boy feels lost in the night clubs of Paris. ... Read more

The Painted Door (Bruce Pittman, 1984)
A gripping story of love, regret and death. During a terrible blizzard on the prairies, Ann remains alone in the farmhouse, while her husband, John, treks through the storm to aid his father. Their n… Read more

The Perfect Crime (Evris Papanikolis, 1986)
Many crimes have been committed, but none like this... ... Read more

THE PLEDGE (Sean Penn, 2000)
"The Pledge is by far the finest of the three films that Sean Penn has directed It infuses almost every image with a mixture of sorrow and dread. Set in Nevada, its portrait of the West is of a shabb… Read more

... ... A low-key drama about a disturbed young man whose reality shifts between the present and the past — specifically the worlds of the great Russian writers Gogol and Dostoyevsky and the de… Read more

THE PRIVATE RIGHT (Michael Papas, 1966)
The film opens with a sustained battle between guerillas and British troops in Cyprus during the emergency of the late fifties. A young Eoka rebel leader is captured, thrown into a prison cell and to… Read more

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