Films Screened In 2006

Winner of the Venice Film Festival Gold Lion award. ... “Shot like the grunge version of a ‘50s noir thriller from France (or Soviet Georgia), the black-and-white 13 (Tzameti) turns into a shocker of Tarantino proportions in protracted sequences of explosive violence that leaves viewers quaking.” - Variety ... Marking the feature debut of its young filmmaker, Géla Babluani (son of well-known Georg... Read more
Annette Olesen's compelling denunciation of ethnic hate begins with a description of the perfect building estate then throws to a present-day, outer-Copenhagen housing project; a place far removed from the idyll. ... A young man gets beaten to the point of death. His mother shoulders the blame saying it is her insistence they live amongst immigrants that has resulted in her son's fate. Meanwhile, ... Read more
A contemporary, ensemble drama telling the complex tale of six high school students whose lives are interwoven with situations that so many of today's youth are faced with. The story takes place during a normal school day. At precisely 2:37 a tragedy will occur, affecting the lives of a group of students and their teachers. As the story unfolds, the individual stories of the six teenagers are reve... Read more
A meditation on absence and longing, 4:30 is about a moment - and a young boy's attempt to cling to it, escaping his drab reality. Told entirely from the perspective of the boy, it concerns his relationship with a listless 30-something year-old tenant who is nursing a broken heart. Seemingly without supervision and longing for human contact, the boy tries all he can to make a connection through ph... Read more
Deftly capturing the mounting tension of a stand-off between soldiers and hardline settlers, 5 Days is a definitive snapshot of a historical moment which also manages to convey the wider-ranging complexities of politics and society within Israel. ... In August 2005, the 8000 Jewish settlers living on the Gaza Strip in Israel were ordered to leave as part of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's peace plan... Read more
“There are lots of theories about how to reduce crime but showing 9 Square Meters for Two to youngsters might be a good place to start.” - Variety ... The result of a remarkable experiment, 9 Square Meters for Two was written and performed by actual inmates of Baumettes Prison in Marseille, France. Essentially, these 10 men, who were merely trained in the technical aspects of camerawork and then e... Read more
Like some sample to take back life from disaster. ... --- ... D/S F.K Flumen P Marians Agular L no dialogue TD Video/col/2005/3mins ... Read more
We won't be announcing the TBC slot at Forum Theatre, 9.15pm on Sunday night - but here are some clues to help you figure it out. Direct from 2006 Cannes Film Festival Competition. Much loved European Auteur. Spicy Brew of Passion & Superstition. Ole! ... Read more
Oil drives the world economy. It is responsible for countless products in our every day lives, is the basis on most industry and transport, and it is running out - perhaps sooner than we might imagine. And when it does, not being able to put petrol in our cars will be the least of our problems. ... This incisive documentary cuts to the core of the impending oil crisis. Interviews with industry lea... Read more
Based on Un Incompris by Henry de Montherlant, Bruno and his friend Pierre are in Paris in Bruno's bachelor flat awaiting the arrival of Rosette, who's late again. But this time, Bruno's mind is made up: if Rosette is more than 45 minutes late, the relationship is over. ---D/S François Ozon P Cécile Vacheret WS Celluloid Dreams L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2006/30mins ... Read more
FRIDAY 4 AUGUST 9PM - SOLD OUT ... From humble beginnings in 1991 as little more than a friends' party in rural Victoria, the Meredith Music Festival has grown into one of the most distinctive music events in the world. With performers running the musical gamut from rock to jazz to hip-hop, Meredith serves up a much-loved annual treat for Australian music lovers. ... Drawing on a range of archival... Read more
Unconventional theatre director and playwright Robert Wilson is comprehensively profiled in this candid documentary from the practiced hand of director Katharina Otto. ... Best known for the avant garde 1976 production of Einstein on the Beach (for which he collaborated with Philip Glass), Wilson has been called the USA's foremost ‘theatre artist', pushing restlessly at the boundaries of theatre w... Read more
In its third year, the Accelerator programme brings together some of the hottest new filmmaking talent from Australia and New Zealand. Comprising of presentations, workshops, meetings and screenings, Accelerator is a fast-track for invited filmmakers to develop their skills, craft and industry contacts on an international level. ... Read more
In its third year, the Accelerator programme brings together some of the hottest new filmmaking talent from Australia and New Zealand. Comprising of presentations, workshops, meetings and screenings, Accelerator is a fast-track for invited filmmakers to develop their skills, craft and industry contacts on an international level.Congratulations to the selected participants: Lily Coates, Sian Davies... Read more
Underneath a lot of anxiety is one's worst fear. Afraid So is about that anxiety. It is based on a poem where each line forms a question with the implied being ""Afraid so."" Impending doom permeates the film.---D/P/S Jay Rosenblatt L English TD video/col/2006/3mins ... Read more
“Manages to tap into the same undercurrents of discontent and frustration that fuelled the breakthrough success of Fahrenheit 9/11.” - Variety Filmmakers Chris Hegedus and Nick Doob, who were responsible for the documenting of Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992 with The War Room, take us on an hilarious year-long expedition behind the frontlines of mediawars during the 2004 US election. ... I... Read more
Generally unheralded at the time, the early 80s, hardcore punk rock scene in America gave birth to much of the rock music and culture that followed. There would be no Nirvana, Beastie Boys or Red Hot Chili Peppers if not for hardcore pioneers such as Black Flag, Bad Brains and Minor Threat. ... Hardcore was more than music, though - it was a social movement created by Reagan-era misfit kids. The p... Read more
Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tailspin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heatwaves beyond anything we have ever experienced. ... If that sounds like a recipe for serious doom and gloom... Read more
Flying in the face of popular clichés of a Shangri-la-like Tibet is the errant monk, Gendun Choephel. In 1934, Choephel rejected his monastic life in search of new lands and challenges where he formed a conviction about the importance of Tibet's engagement with the world and modernity. An outsider who was always open to new things, he eventually became a stranger in his homeland and homeless in fo... Read more
Having premiered the work of homegrown animation sensations like Adam Elliot (Harvie Krumpet), Anthony Lucas (Jasper Morello) and animation giants Pixar in previous years, MIFF's 2006 Animation programme includes a diversity of work from the sequel to fave Bill Plympton's Oscar-nominated Guard Dog to a Czechoslovakian erotic fantasy and a truly surreal Rabbit. ... Read more
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