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The life story of a thoroughbred horse, from its birth to the race track, told purely in terms of visuals and natural sounds. ... Read more
Boys will be boys.With one night left before being shipped off to Iraq, three Navy officers on shore leave hit the town to celebrate. Dean chases down his fiancée, Sam tries to avoid his partner and Harry just wants to let rip. Gambling, women and practical jokes - all fuelled by booze - produce ... Read more
The story of three of the million migrants who reached Australia after the end of the war. An Italian boy in Melbourne, an Englishwoman on a South Australian farm, and a German scientist working on the Snowy Mountains scheme; all of them, in their different ways, contributing to the development of ... Read more
Should Michael follow the straight and narrow path of conformity, or listen to the prophets of change and revolution? The question is: in which world does Michael belong? ... This episode won the Grand Prix, ... Australian Film Awards 1970 ... Read more
Toula, a Greek girl, tries to live like her Australian friends, despite opposition from her parents. ... Three To Go received a Silver Award, Australian Film Awards 1970 ... Read more
A pithy commentary, in cartoon form, on an encounter between the forces of construction and destruction. ... Read more
“It wasn't a fight for a belt; it was a war.” - Sundance Film Festival ... Touted as ‘the greatest fight of all time', the Thriller in Manila held in 1975 was the third and final confrontation between Joe Frazier and Mohammed Ali - two titanic men, formerly friends, who harboured an intense ... Read more
Japan's most esteemed director, Akira Kurosawa. had long considered making a Japanese version of "Macbeth". The result is Throne of Blood, a film in which Kurosawa's thought and skill have perfectly placed the original plot in a thirteenth century Japanese setting. ... Cast in an era of civil ... Read more
A symbolic short by the leading Dutch experimental film maker, Franz Zwartjes. The action takes place in a garden where a woman tries to find a place for a doll. There is no normal development of the story; realistic scenes are interrupted by abstract sequences. Sound and time-flow are manipulated. ... Read more
Ross McElwee's earlier film, Sherman's March, delighted MIFF audiences with its witty, charming and wonderfully eclectic insights into the heartland of America and his dreams of finding the perfect soulmate. Now McElwee takes up his camera where he left off with this addition to his entertaining ... Read more
Four short experiments in animation, using constantly shifting perspectives. The makers of the films are pupils of Frans Zwartjes, Holland's leading experimental filmmaker. ... Read more
“Time to die? Are you crazy?” ... Starring the inimitable 91-year-old Danuta Szaflarska, Time To Die is a comical rendering of the everyday routines of an elderly woman as she winds down the days of her life, surrounded by her treasured possessions and her beloved dog, Phila. Feisty ... Read more
A cartoon parable about the scramble to "the top", told without commentary, yet with telling effect and a sharp sense of humour. ... Read more
With 38 years of experience behind him, ... George Parker is the No. 1 machinist at ... the factory where he has been employed ... most of his working life. His wife, ... Joyce, mothers her family with love and ... care. Her one little luxury is a cream ... cake every morning from the local shop ... Read more
An animated commercial for Tip-Top Bread. ... Read more
Made as part of a road safety campaign this film, with its concern for responsibility for the death of a child on the road, and the slow build-up of this theme, is hauntingly effective. ... Read more
"After dying, we all become stars." ... An old man, Moon Duk-Bae, has died, and his family are taking his body back to the place of his birth, Kwisong Island, in accordance with his last wish. It is 1993. As their ferry approaches the island it is intercepted by a delegation of islanders who are ... Read more
... ... To You, From Me is either on the cutting edge, or on the nose. It all depends on how you see it but see it you must. The sharp social satire of Chang Sun-Woo's profane succes de scandale and Seoul box office smash somehow captures the postmodern 90s—failure of tradi­tion, final ... Read more
A digital study, a brilliant visual rendering of the Qabalah, the ancient Judaic philosophy - or "Tree of Life". ... Read more
Vince embarks on a surreal, drug addled journey into the night while his girlfriend works a double shift in a strip joint. Over one night, they journey into the depths of their hearts to find out what matters. ... Read more
1982 inaugurated a series of events in Rome, organised by a group of die hard cinephiles who clubbed together in a co-operative called Mission Impossible. Their aim was to ask a variety of filmmakers to select extracts or films by directors they admired, or had learnt something from, and to talk ... Read more
Three strangers to Tokyo try to make sense of life, and maybe even love, in the city in this slick but substantial film set in and around back alleys, trains stations and jazzy nightclubs. ... Zhou (Xiu Jian) is Chinese and has been in Tokyo for five years, but is still no closer to understanding ... Read more
A central aspect of Tom Phillip's approach to painting is a concern for process, reflected not only in the structure of individual paintings, but in a meticulous documentation of the development of each work. ... This film is true to the spirit of that concern in its overall shape and the way ... Read more
You can't get more low budget than this, but you can't get much more emotionally powerful either. Here rare and intimate moments of pure love, regret, admiration and naivety are shared between grandmother and grandson/filmmaker. Sometimes quite hilarious (grandma trying to figure out a video ... Read more
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