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“Ugliness is beauty that cannot be contained within the soul.” - Boris Ryzhy ... Russian poet Boris Ryzhy was handsome, gifted and famous - so why did he take his own life? A quest for the answer sends filmmaker Aliona van der Horst to the industrial neighbourhood of Yekaterinenburg ... Read more
Using an imaginative and ineventive camera technique this film shows the rehabilitation of a person blinded in an accident. ... Read more
“An emotionally stunning journey of a father's return to his senses.” - Variety Being a family man is the most important thing for Santiago, a successful interior designer living with his wife and daughter in their picturesque home in Argentina. However, their tranquil existence is shattered ... Read more
[Born Dead] is Jacek Blawut's powerful and intimate observation of Robert Jurczyga, a 23-year-old man incarcerated in remand centres since he was just 15. Close to his release date, Robert volunteers as a carer in the Duet Rehabilitation Programme, initiated by the Krakow Penitentiary and a local ... Read more
“Here comes a film. It's a comedy and harmless.” - Lars von Trier When the owner of an IT company decides to sell up, he's forced to wheel out the CEO to seal the deal. The only problem is the CEO was his creation, invented to take the blame for unpopular decisions. Enter Kristoffer, an out of ... Read more
Now that New Zealand is synonymous with The Lord of the Rings, don't think that all Kiwi dark pleasures are confined to the subterranean lairs of Trolls. Director David Blyth has embarked on his own quest for the ring: the nipple ring! Blyth trekked through New Zealand's most notorious dungeons ... Read more
A lone box sits in the middle of a warehouse. Its contents will change everything. ... --- D/S Michael Latham P Lester Francois WS VCA School of Film & Television TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
A father's struggle to reunite his family over a single afternoon, told in real-time and, effectively, shot in a single take. Living alone on home detention, Chris (Richard Green) is preparing Christmas lunch for his teenage daughter when an old friend offers a disturbing truth about his ... Read more
“Alternately zany, sentimental and remarkably insightful.” - indieWIRE ... It's 1984, and one man rules the playgrounds on the east coast of New Zealand, a man capturing the imaginations and dance shoes of kids everywhere: Michael Jackson. For one 11-year-old boy, he's the best singer and ... Read more
Red ones, white ones, yellow ones, orange ones, large ones, small ones, some that aren't even round - boys will play with balls. Sue Thompson set out to find out why and the result of her investigation is Boys And Balls. Led by the typically obtuse commentary of sports gurus H.G. Nelson and Roy ... Read more
The daughter of a farming family in the 1940's resists her parents' assumption that she will conform to the traditional woman's role. ... Read more
Burlesque drawings, shapes, symbols, flowers, landscape, snowflake etchings and rich abstract colour fields in continuous kaleidoscopic collision; Brain Surge is in rhythmic pursuit. Chris Knowles' post-systems music track drives the film's relentless zooming and spinning images on a journey, which ... Read more
A gritty tale of misguided revenge set in the underbelly of Sydney where, in the world of the homeless identity is hard to come by and harder to keep and trivial possessions become things worth fighting for . Tough and bleak in its outlook Brave is a film that s not afraid to be brutal. ... Read more
An act of vengeance presents an opportunity for courage, but no matter how brave the donkey is, he's still an ass. ... --- D Gaysorn Thavat P Nikki Walker S Gregory King WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
An investigation of the position of the Brazilian Amazon-Indians today. In their natural state, in their own surroundings, they enjoy the very things western men crave for -an unhurried and untroubled life, a relaxed and happy communal existence. But, by opening up the jungle, the Government forces ... Read more
A comedy with a hard edge to it. A 12-hour shift in a bread factory has different effects on different people. Eventually, it has the same effect on almost everyone. ... Read more
Versatile director Gaylene Preston (Mr Wrong, Ruby And Rata) has managed to wend her bending way through yet another genre, bringing us one of the notable 'biopics' of this year's festival. Bread And Roses, a four-part drama based on the autobiography of Sonja Davies, New Zealand activist and ... Read more
A man is stranded on a lonely country road. The events which take place on the second day drive him from boredom to panic, to desperation. ... Read more
Both the Scottish-born director, Bill Forsyth, and the quintessentiatly American John Sayles (who wrote the original screenplay for Breaking In), have spent a lot of love and care on this project. They have created a comedy that seems to be an old-fashioned buddy movie, though it never behaves in ... Read more
Breaking News (Dai Sigin) Hong KongThe latest hard-boiled crime drama from acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To (P.T.U., MIFF 2003) wowed audiences in its Official Selection slot at Cannes this year.'When the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five robbers is broadcast on TV, the ... Read more
A satirical dialogue between two animated charac­ters who succeed only in deceiving themselves as they talk about giving up smoking. ... Silver Award, San Francisco Festival. Nomination, Academy Awards. ... Read more
Against the continuing backdrop of imprison-nent and ill-treatment of political prisoners hroughout the Middle East, Breath of Life iepicts the emotional bond forged between six prisoners of conscience who find themselves sharing the same cell. Where there is no escape, no compassion, no humanity ... Read more
Breathe In. Breathe Out follows three Vietnam War veterans, accompanied by their grown-up children, as they journey back to the very jungles and villages where they were once stationed. Leading viewers on a harrowing passage into their own memories and psyches, they relive the horrors and terrors ... Read more
“Visually ravishing and doused in Celtic magic.” - Screen International ... Brought to life through vivid hand-drawn animation, Brendan and the Secret of Kells takes its inspiration from one of the world's most beautiful illuminated manuscripts, The Book of Kells. ... Charged with undertaking a ... Read more
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