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Lantana is a stunning psychological thriller about love and deception from director Ray Lawrence (Bliss), producer Jan Chapman (The Piano) and screenwriter Andrew Bovell (Head On). ... As Detective Leon Zat (Anthony LaPaglia in a powerhouse performance) and his partner Claudia (Leah Purcell) ... Read more
After attending a conference in Surfers' Paradise, a scriptwriter asks his girlfriend to join him for a brief holiday in this glamorous setting. ... Read more
Out of waves breaking on a beach comes a woman from a swim. It is a desolate, empty seashore, backed by sand-dunes and reed-tufts. From the sky an echelon of jet-planes zooms down and away, followed by their sound. Suddenly the woman is aware of a man. He watches her. She had thought she was alone ... Read more
In The Departure, Jerzy Skolimowski, director of two previous festival films, Walkover and Barrier, has made his first film outside Poland. It was shot in Brussels with a French-speaking cast, and this time, the subtle, moody personality of Jean-Pierre Leaud embodies that sort of youthful anarchy ... Read more
“Like a cross between This Is Spinal Tap and Steve Coogan's sitcom Saxondale.” - Independent ... A rollicking rock mockumentary from Shane Meadows (This is England, MIFF 07; Somers Town, MIFF 08) takes us behind the Manchester live music scene, as veteran roadie Le Donk (Paddy Considine) teams ... Read more
Winner of the Camera d'Or at this year's Cannes film festival. ... Holed up in her rundown Mexican apartment, freelance journalist Laura Lopez lives a life of quiet desperation. In between watching TV and eating her meals from cans, she passes the time masturbating while spying on the neighbours ... Read more
Doll water egg mama — these are words a deal mute and blind child has to learn with great effort This documentary uses the hands of the teacher as the central motif in exploring the greatness and ordinariness of the learning process. ... Read more
Using live action clips, still photography, and various animation techniques, Richard Williams illustrates a lecture given by Christopher Logue on the human situation. Awards: Gold Prize, Mannheim Festival; Special Jury Prize, Annecy Festival. ... Read more
A nightmarish journey into an undefined hell. Through its dynamic blend of formalism and suggestion, the film succeeds in giving the spectator one of the strangest and most overwhelming of aesthetic experiences. ... Special Jury Prize and International Critics' Prize, Tours Festival. ... Read more
Against the backdrop of the exotic landscape of North Africa, the enigma of iconoclastic writer Paul Bowles begins to unravel. Most well known tor his masterful The Sheltering Sky, which Bernardo Bertolucci adapted tor the screen, and a succession of hallucinatory novels and short story ... Read more
Everyone asks me why I made a film about Chet Baker. Why a film about about 'love and fascination' and jazz? It all started many years ago when I first meet Nan. After one bottle of wine during our first dinner together we started talking about how much we loved jazz. We discovered that our ... Read more
It is 1950. In Sydney, a young Polish woman, Dana, awaits the arrival of Tadek, her prospective husband from Poland. ... Dana and her baby daughter have come from a refugee camp in Germany. She works at night as a cleaner in a city office, where she strikes up a casual friendship with a night ... Read more
Letters to Ali Australia'Throughout the years as an immigrant living in Australia, I have reflected often on this new country. In the year 2001, I felt the country was heading in a very negative direction. In 2002, around October, I read an article in the newspaper written by a doctor on her story ... Read more
A young girl surrounded by the ever changing life-cycle of nature must contend with changes in her own life, as she learns that adulthood is a macro-world in which the rules are often bro­ken. ... Read more
When Nicholas Ray and Wim Wenders decided to make a film together, Ray had undergone surgery for cancer. Ray's last completed feature was in 1 962, ending a tumultuous and extraordinarily productive career begun only in 1947. The two directors fixed on the idea of taking their real-life situation ... Read more
In his dreams, she appears as an otherworldly beauty. In reality, she 's a brassy country girl. Which version of this woman does he love? ... A Chinese man (played by Hong Kong superstar Daniel Wu) living in New York suffers recurring dreams in which he meets an elusive, sorrowful woman (played by ... Read more
The look of the image in this black and-white Russian tape appears to be quite simple. A registration without manipulation of an outing with three men: they swim In a lake, picnic on the grass, play a balancing game and carry on a conversation about the beauty of the Russian nature. ... Read more
A stream-of-consciousness excursion through the mind of a young man. Boy, man and elder confront each other: colour changes with mood, ... actuality blends into fantasy, and past, present and future merge and separate. The film was five years in the making ... Grand Prix. St. Lawrence ... Read more
"The film opens with a Love on the Dole theme at the end of the 1920's and follows the life of a German working class girl into the Nazi era. Raised in the slums of Berlin, Lissy helps to support her father and unemployed brother, and is working in a quick-service restaurant when the economic ... Read more
Listen Up (subtitled The Lives of Quincy Jones), is an informative and invigorating portrait of an unusual American success story, the rise and rise of black musical genius Quincy Jones. Filmmakers Courtney Sale Ross and Ellen Weissbrod use a kaleidoscopic editing approach that reinforces Jones' ... Read more
Little Angel tells the story of a woman who is consumed by the need to provide maternal love. Ramona lives on her own in a run-down dis­trict of East Berlin near the Ostkreuz subway sta­tion. From her rear window she observes the lives of the other residents in her apartment block ... Read more
This film represents two moods through the presentation of contrasting visuals and music. Images of confinement are disrupted by the intrusion of the other seemingly bizarre and conflicting scenes. The disruption of mood slowly sends the first into confusion and forces a confrontation with the ... Read more
"I swim, I work, I sleep." - Tracy Heart ... How do you learn to love again when the pain of the past won't let you go' When you're 32 with a troubled history and a doubtful future, it's a question that isn't so easy to answer. And for Tracy Heart (Cate Blanchett) it's a question she can no longer ... Read more
A child's impression of a small country town in New Zealand during a visit by Queen Elizabeth II. ... Read more
... ... Or. sex. power and videotape—this smart and funny, pseudo home-movie set in a world of groovy Amsterdam twenty-somethings plays fast and loose with the popular notion that the Camera is an instrument of control. Daant|e Flats alone in Amsterdam. Bold, beautiful and having a good time ... Read more
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