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Films Screened In 2006

An elegantly composed and humorously observed look at life onboard the Queen Elizabeth II. ... Over tea and cakes on the sun deck, elderly guests of this floating senior citizen's club reflect on the experience of luxury and being pampered, something they had thought unobtainable during their ... Read more
No matter where your office, there's always an idiot. Two astronauts discover that, in space, no one can hear you scream.---D/S Matthew Walker P Caroline Parsons L English TD 35mm/col/2005/8mins ... Read more
From the respected RMIT Centre for Animation and Interactive Media comes a tale of the challenges of change on the ordered life of a timekeeper. Screened at Annecy Film Festival.---D/S Kate McCartney P/WS RMIT L English TD video/col/2005/8mins ... Read more
“Bielinsky is a meticulous craftsman. Every moment has a payoff… A meticulously conceived and executed heist pic that is equally concerned with character.” - Hollywood Reporter ... An introverted taxidermist who fantasises about pulling off the perfect crime finds his dreams unexpectedly ... Read more
Cool psychological drama. Power sways between a disabled husband and his carer wife. Tension builds when his plan unfolds.---D/S Luis Quilez P Joan Ginard, Jordi Herreros WS Just Films L Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2005/15mins ... Read more
The cinema of the absurd finds new champions in the form of directors Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern. When a deaf-mute dog handler's employer falls victim to his own paranoia, the dog handler is drawn into a scheme to kidnap an obese billionaire's dog. The plan goes awry and the ... Read more
Successfully mixing intimate drama with proselytising political fiction, filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako has concocted an infinitely original and profoundly moving means for voicing Africa's grievances in his latest film, Bamako. ... Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the ... Read more
Anchored by a pair of magnificently intense lead performances, Barakat! is a women's story set in a country wracked by violence. ... Filmmaker Djamila Sahraoui takes us to an Algerian coastal village in the 1990s and introduces us to two women: Amel, a young emergency doctor, and the 60-something ... Read more
Crossing illegally into Norway, a father risks everything to secure a better future for his son. An engaging and powerful drama set in cold and desperate times. Received 2006 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival's Prix de la Jeunesse.---D/S Hisham Zaman P Gudny Hummelvoll WS Norwegian ... Read more
“Present-day Singapore is scoped in its shimmering modernity with a Metropolis-like squint, and (cinematographer) Tan's subdued colorizations further clue us to the darkness as well as the less obvious hues of love.” - Hollywood Reporter ... A tapestry of stories woven around themes of love ... Read more
Open your mind to the big wide world of wonderful short films with this year's MIFF shorts. High on quality, MIFF shorts has gained industry kudos for championing the short film as an artform in its own right. We'll be handing out the big gongs at the best MIFF shorts event. So whether you're a ... Read more
Reported through a series of surveillance stills reminiscent of Marker's La Jetée, two subjects interact in an emptied Berlin cityscape. A post-apocalyptic elegy to 60s architectural drawings.---D/S George Drivas P George Drivas, Ralf Langer WS Blonde Audiovisual Greece L no dialogue TD ... Read more
Anh and Mang reflect on betel-chewing, teeth-lacquering and their displaced past while creating future memories for their grandchild, Tran. ... Jakeb Anhvu will introduce the session on Monday 31 July, 5pm at Greater Union.---D/S Jakeb Anhvu P Steve Thomas, Marsha Emerman WS VCA School of Film & ... Read more
“Telling his story in a direct, straightforward manner, (Philippe) Faucon avoids the temptation of creating action for its own sake. This is not a war film; the conflict is in the people's heads and not in the sights of a rifle.” - Toronto International Film Festival ... During the Algerian ... Read more
Following the quest of photographer Anita Khemka, Between the Lines eloquently captures the life and many hardships of India's discarded citizens, the Hijras or eunuchs. ... Living as outcasts on the edge of society, the existence of the Hijras is largely denied. Neither men nor women, their ... Read more
Beyond Beats and Rhymes is a provocative documentary that skewers hip-hop's dominant sexual politics. Fronted by filmmaker Byron Hurt, this film was originally conceived as a “loving critique” from a self-proclaimed “hip-hop head” but soon became a take-no-prisoners assault on the hypocrisy ... Read more
“Homoerotic prison life acts as an inscrutable metaphor for what's wrong with modern Japan.” - Variety ... Jun leads an isolated life working in a gay bar but after being brutalised by a customer who picks him up, Jun goes into a frenzy and kills him. This single violent act leads Jun to a ... Read more
“Even by Korean standards of movie brutality, A Bittersweet Life raises the bar to a new level… will have genre fans nailed to their seats” - Variety ... A tour de force of noir-ish style, A Bittersweet Life sees MIFF stalwart Kim Jee-woon hitting the screen with guns blazing ... Read more
Black Gold was nominated for the World Documentary Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. ... Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets, dominating an industry worth over 80 billion dollars, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the ... Read more
“Solito's directorial debut as a dramatic filmmaker seems itself like a flower amid the grit of most contemporary cinema.” - Sundance Film Festival ... The purity of first love is pitted against poverty and corruption in Auraeus Solito's unexpectedly moving look at life in the slums of Manila ... Read more
WEDNESDAY 9 AUGUST, 7PM - SOLD OUT ... India is changing. This new generation of call centre employees works late into the night and perfects English and American accents to sell to clients half a world away. ... For their efforts, they are being paid more money than their parents ever dreamed of ... Read more
SATURDAY 29 JUL, 9.15PM - SOLD OUT ... WORLD PREMIERE ... Part mystery, part thriller, erotic and dream-like, this uncompromising work from filmmaker Ana Kokkinos is, in the director's own words, “not easily categorised and defined”. ... A dancer at the peak of his powers is mysteriously ... Read more
An anarchic mix of juvenile delinquency, comic genius and erratic humour. Winner of the Audience Award and Special Jury Distinction at Annecy Film Festival 2005.---D/P/S Stephan-Flint Muller L German w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2005/15mins ... Read more
Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Matthew Rettenmund, Boy Culture is a street-smart tale of gay male (in this case, often wayward) desire. ... Pulling out all stops with superb performances from the relatively unknown cast, this second feature from Q. Allan Brocka takes on issues of sexual ... Read more
“This is Spinal Tap meets Stuck on You.” - Variety ... Described by the Toronto Film Festival as “a raucous ride through a burning flash of glory in 70s British rock music”, this bravura feature - filmed fake documentary style by Anthony Dod Mantle (28 Days Later) - comes from the ... Read more
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