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A boy, bare feet and a nail gun. The high-powered sequel to 2008's Careful With That Axe. ... --- D/S Jason Stutter P Jason Stutter, Sue Rogers WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm or Digital Betacam /2009 ... Read more
Born in Singapore in 1976, Royston Tan has been heralded as Singapore's most promising young filmmaker and its latest cult icon. Stemming from a music video-making background, Tan has collected over 26 international and local awards for his shorts, documentaries and two feature-length films, 15 and ... Read more
Ten years prior to the making of this film, the little town of Cassino and its famous monastery were destroyed by bombardment during the World War. Both the town and monastery have been rebuilt. ... Read more
When Claudia's cat knocks a lamp into the bath where her owner is relaxing, you'd expect the owner to die and then remain in the tub, wouldn't you? A bold and inventive gem. ... Filmmaker Lily Coates will introduce the film on Friday 4 August, 7pm at Greater Union. ... --- ... D/S/P Lily Coates ... Read more
Before her acclaimed feature debut [Look Both Ways] (screening in MIFF this year), Sarah Watt made a name for herself as one of Australia's leading and most distinctive short-film makers. Predominantly bright, painterly animations, her short films uniquely capture the drama and extraordinary ... Read more
A dashing surfer rides up on his white steed and declares "I've come - you'll never have to chop onions again..." Jane wakes from her dream... or was it a nightmare?! ... Working at the fish market, Jane endures the sexual innuendo and double entendres from male customers and fellow workers alike ... Read more
“This masterpiece has the blunt force of a tank rolling over naked flesh.” - Hollywood Reporter ... When Lieutenant Kyuzo Kurokawa returns home from WWII a hero - minus his four limbs - he is praised as a ‘god of war' in his village, a true patriot who made a worthy sacrifice for his country ... Read more
From Mads Matthiesen, winner of the MIFF 08 Grand Prix for Best Short Film, comes the story of 16-year-old Cathrine. She has a new boyfriend twice her age - and her overbearing parents are not going to approve. ... --- D/S Mads Matthiesen P Jonas Bagger WS TrustNordisk L Danish w/English subtitles ... Read more
“The title may suggest a wildlife documentary, but The Cats of Mirikitani is entirely, vibrantly human.” - New York Times Eighty year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of World War II internment camps, Hiroshima and homelessness by creating art. When filmmaker Linda Hattendorf stops to ... Read more
An excellently photographed account of cattle life on a ranch in British Columbia. ... Read more
A spontaneous abstract composition intended to represent the joining in, on a music session, of one more instrument. ... Read more
This long film from Jacques Rivette spins a fantasy deriving from Alice in Wonderland, and from a minor tale by Henry James. Julie, a librarian, is sitting in a park in Montmartre, reading a book of magic. She sees an anxious woman, Celine, rush past, trailing sunglasses, scarf and a wrap. She ... Read more
“Imagine a middle-aged Before Sunrise rolled up with Under the Tuscan Sun but spiked with elements of The Game.” - Screen International ... At the European launch of his latest book, academic author James Miller (operatic baritone William Shimell) meets his match in a passionate art curator ... Read more
Love is like a chainsaw, a very dangerous beast indeed. Screened at Annecy, awarded the Grand Jury Prize in Oberhaussen.---D/S Dennis Tuppicoff P Fiona Cochrane WS Jungle Pictures TD 35mm/2008/24mins ... Read more
Animated allegory about fear — the fear to take a stand. A man hoists himself up a tree, squats on a branch and watches the world go by. Occasionally he is tempted to climb down and join the dissenters, but he doesn't, until one day. ... Read more
Using as its starting point a series of interviews with five artists recorded on videotape, this film examines the legacy of surrealism and its quest for a meeting point between the concrete world of the rational, and the world of desire and imagination. Three themes interweave through the film ... Read more
Kathy Smith animates her own drawings and paintings to ... construct personal journey into her memory and back to the earth. ... Read more
Dreams and disappointment lie at the heart of Buddhadeb Dasgupta's moving [Chased by Dreams], a meditation on hope in the lives of three ordinary people. ... Paresh is a projectionist who takes educational films to the community around the vast expanse of India. Lonely, he falls in love with the ... Read more
Artifice or reality? Does it matter? Cheap Blonde serves as a reminder to the viewer just how constructed the film image is. As sound and image become systematically manipulated, what initially appears an authentic enough image is steadily revealed to be a complete contrivance. ... Read more
Proceeding from the mythic Northern European content of what looks like a butter commercial. Prost takes on a curiously ghoulish quality Its footage degenerates becomes solarised and is reorganised within a constructivist-like montage into a rapidly-paced hallucinatory. Murnau inflected ... Read more
She was only a fisherman's daughter, but when she got hooked she got netted. A Hindu in Southern India, she grows up to love her father's partner, a Muslim. So the fisherman catches her a sturdy Hindu orphan lad to keep the tradition pure, and dutifully she marries him. Then the fisherman swindles ... Read more
Chicken is a movement based work that aim explore concepts of communication through use of gesture. The work has been cho graphed for eight dancers. The video was s on an angled roadway in Richmond, Melbourne in slow motion, and uses the music of Ph Glass as background- ... Read more
Dogs in Space goes to Paris. ... A group of early-twenty-something Parisian girls party, pick up and hang out in this visceral and hilarious debut from Sophie Letourneur. ... Hanging out in their shared apartment - or ‘The Ranch', as they call it - Manon, Lola, Pam and their procession of friends ... Read more
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