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A new animated feature by Nakamura Takashi, chief animation director of Japanime classic Akira (1988). At the base of a huge tree, Fow, an ancient botanist, lives in a hut with a malfunctioning wooden robot named Palme. A wounded warrior arrives at the secluded outpost just ahead of her marauding ... Read more
A young soldier finds a place to forget what he does and remember who he is. This film captures the love and isolation within a land divided. ... Read more
An untrained child is very sensitive to all sorts of sounds of the world. Here we see an attempt to transmute the sound impressions of the child to music, and this is the main motif which permits us to accompany a little girl on her walk along the streets of the old town - the most beautiful Warsaw ... Read more
A Week with Kiarostami is the perfect companion piece to Abbas Kiarostami's The Wind Will Carry Us (showing in MIFF this year), as it documents the making of that award-winning film. ... "A team led by the Japanese director Yuji Mohara travelled to Iran to film a portrait of Iranian filmmaker Abbas ... Read more
This is the last film in David and Judith MacDougall's award-winning trilogy."Turkana Conversations". (The two earlier films were "The Wedding Camels" and "Lorang's Way"). It is an inquiry into how the semi-nomadic Turkana of northwestern Kenya view marriage, filmed through a dry and wet season ... Read more
Against the changing backdrop of deciduous trees, the film exhibits the sculptures in the open air museum of Middelheim in Antwerp. ... Read more
A hidden camera is used to observe the first-form children of a primary school. Award: Silver Dove, Leipzig Festival. ... Read more
"The more I see of men, the more I like my dog," said Frederick the Great. The trouble is, you can get to like your dog a little too much, and that's what A.J. Poulin's whimsical but fascinating dog-umentary is all about. Poulin set out to examine the bizarre habits, rituals and foibles of Los ... Read more
As well as new Wallace and Gromit works (see Animation Gallery), MIFF presents new installments of some Aardman favourites: Angry Kid and The Presentators. With trademark humour and characterisation, the five episodes from these senes will not disappoint. ... Read more
Abattoirs is shot in black and white and has a very sparse sound-track. Its takes are stark there is hardly a camera movement sometimes pho­tographs are filmed. Furthermore, almost unique in the history of film the film has square pic tures which add to its intensity. ... Read more
Screened in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes last year, Abouna is a bracing look at the dissolution of a rural Chadian family seen through the eyes of two young boys, from director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and executive producer Abderrahmane Sissako (director of Waiting for Happiness. MIFF 2002). ... Read more
John Maybury, rock clip maestro and assistant to Derek Jarman, embellishes an aromatic New Wave lyric with a ribbon of suggestive icons linking minotaurs, supermarket punks and jock strapped angels. (P.K) ... Read more
A commuter train rattles through the night, and as a man threatens a woman in the carriage, the audience is forced to confront the question "what would you do?" Schweiger's tautly constructed film is as disquieting for the introspective journey it asks the viewer to take as for the unpleasant ... Read more
This production investigates the background to the health hazards the workers in one particular industry have been exposed to over a number of years. Through its innovative approach Acceptable Risk? confronts the myth of the careless worker. ... Read more
Accused is a dramatic new addition to the school of bold and compelling Danish cinema. At first glance, Henrik, Nina and Stine seem to comprise a perfectly average family. Henrik is a swimming teacher and his wife, Nina, is a secretary. If this well-heeled, middle-class couple have a problem at all ... Read more
An endearing, tongue-in-cheek look at the action behind the action. ... A former stuntman himself, Jeong Byeong-gil picks up a camera to document the unheralded heroes/lunatics of Korean cinema who - at the risk of broken bones, broken egos and even death - make the superstars look oh-so-good. ... Read more
An animated film, treating reincarnation in a humorous manner. ... Read more
Adachi-Ga Hara continues the afore-mentioned 'mutative approach' to story-telllng. This time, the original manga is based on a traditional Non play called Kurozuka which mines tho rich vein of Japanese witch mythology. Tezuka sets Adachi on a desolate asteroid and plays out the involving ... Read more
Reminiscent of the films of Japan's angry masters (Seijun Suzuki and Shohei Imamura in particular), Kim Ki-Duk has earned a reputation for his unflinching exploration of the sexually and emotionally perverse. The film is a wild ride through the scarred minds and bodies of Korean villagers living ... Read more
A gentle comedy at the crossroads of manual labour and religious belief. ... On the outskirts of Paris, Algerian and French cultures clash in a bleak industrial zone, where stacks of pallets are prepared and trucks are fixed by hard-working Muslim immigrants. Factory owner Mao runs a tight ship; a ... Read more
This stylised documentary film follows a group of teenagers at a party that gradually disintegrates over the course of a night. An inspiring miniature, it traces the rhythms of an adolescent gathering with a sense of poetry, intimacy and remarkable simplicity. ... Read more
“A subtle, melancholy exploration of erotic angst and uncomfortable awakening.” - New York Times ... In steamy, rain-sodden Hanoi, a bride spends her wedding night waiting by the bed for her husband, as he drinks himself unconscious downstairs. So begins a marriage destined to be unfulfilled ... Read more
This animated film of a little boy and his father is a fable reminding us that we need not outgrow our childhood endowment of looking at the world with the "innocent eye" of spontaneous enjoyment. ... Read more
This cartoon from China tells how Granny Carp tells the small carp the story about some of their ancestors who jumped over the Dragon Gate. It is said to be wonderful on the other side but the gate is high and the waves are enormous. Enticed by the story, the small carp finds a way. ... Read more
A picturesque account of the search of a particularly naive young man for his ideal mate &ndash: and his rather overwhelming success at the film's conclusion. Though told with tongue in cheek, it has a lot to say about loneliness in a busy world. ... Read more
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