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Joost Rekveld's propagation and diffraction of light through holes and grids creates the ultimate visual music for the eye. ... Not in competition ... --- D/S Joost Rekveld P Gerard Holthuis WS Filmbank L no dialogue TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
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A beautifully complex machine makes beautifully simple light bulbs to the ambition don't mix. Cast with unknown players, the film was a big critical success in its day. ... Read more
The direct and fragmentary narratives of dead, wounded and fleeing civilians and soldiers powerfully conveys the reality of the Russian Chechen conflict in [14 Episodes]. ... --- ... D/P Murad Mazaev WS Kaukasus TV Foundation L Chechen w/English subtitles TD video/col/2004/9mins ... Read more
Ahmed's pawnshop deals with addicts, thieves, poor old ladies and attackers, it's just another day at 296 Smith Street. ... D/S John Evagora P Jorge Tsadilias WS Victorian College of the Arts TD digibeta/2007/15 mins ... Read more
From its explosive beginning, Ilya Khrzhanovsky's 4 will satisfy those with an eye for the imaginative and an ear for the industrial. This unique and enigmatic Tiger Award-winning debut is based on a story by controversial author Vladimir Sorokin, who co-wrote the screenplay with Khrzhanovsky. The ... Read more
Using two children's drawings and blending live-action with animation, this parable tells how adult suspicions can lead to war. ... Read more
A thirteen year old girl on the verge of discovering her femininity, plays with fire when she lures a family friend into a compromising situation. ... Read more
A stream of demonstrators carrying placards and flags moves purposefully across the screen from right to left. There is only one man walking in the opposite direction carrying a flag. ... Read more
A film poem based on sculptures of the Madonna in Gothic art. ... Read more
This multi-layered and exquisitely French take on the fragmented lives of urban living focuses on one rotten day when everything goes awry for a group of tenuously linked Parisians. Director and co-writer Marion Vernoux captures the myriad moods of her characters as they play out their private ... Read more
"A Russian man regularly travels through the towns and villages of Japan. He observes and listens to the conversations of ordinary Japanese people, looks at the cities, reads about the history of the country. Every time he goes back to Russia his thoughts are dominated by what he has seen. He has ... Read more
The film uses animation to explain what an atom is, how energy is released from certain kinds of atoms, and the peacetime uses of atomic energy and the by-products of nuclear fission. ... Read more
Free fall through featherless flight. ... Read more
An animated Vulgarian male fantasy! ... Read more
An animated film which employs a persistent rhythm, humour, and primitive visual symbols, to convey a message about two men trying to outwit each other for a place in a tiny patch of sunlight. ... Read more
Vigo's first film, an impression of the French Riviera resort, is a savage and powerful work. Made under the influence of Bunuel it is as Vigo describes it a study of "a particular world on trial" . . . '"the last twitchings of a society that neglects its own responsibilities to the point of giving ... Read more
Until recently, in some villages of India, if a widow was discovered to have taken a lover, she was outcast from the community, and ghatashraddha, the last rites were performed over her. This film by the young director, Girish Kasaravalli, shows the plight of such a widow. ... Udupa is a highly ... Read more
One autumn morning in 1974. Nick Drake was found dead, having left the world three impossibly beautiful albums. Drake died silently, isolated by the grip of a terminal depression. His sensitivity was the basis of his towering talent. As Paul Weller says in this sublime documentary, "If you met a ... Read more
A black man and a white woman lie naked in bed and taunt each other about 'small' versus 'big' and 'fleshy' versus 'tight'. A Small Dick Fleshy Ass Thang subverts, inverts and ridicules racial stereotypes in the realm of the sexual. A hilarious poke at physical embarrassment. ... Read more
An award winning short that captures with poetic precision a sense of place and character in a barber shop over a fifteen year period on a quiet Paris street. Reminiscent of Paul Auster, and possibly in an oblique sense a homage to Jaques Tati for the street of the coiffure homme has a life all its ... Read more
PUPI AVATI SPECIALIZES IN COMEDIES, often with large groups of people. His latest, A Story of Boys And Girls, is one of his best: a wholly delightful film that engages the audience to join in the engagement celebrations of a city boy and a country girl in the winter of 1936. ... The traditional ... Read more
A grateful patient sends the family doctor a bronze statue of embarrassing nudity. He hurriedly makes a present of it to his lawyer, starting the odyssey of this disturbing work of art... ... 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
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