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Films Screened In 2006

AS THE SUN BEGINS TO SET (Julie Moggan, 2005)
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… Read more

Astronauts (Matthew Walker, 2005)
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

Astronomer, The (Kate McCartney, 2005)
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… Read more

AURA, THE (Fabian Bielinsky, 2005)
“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 intr… Read more

Avatar (Lluis Quilez, 2005)
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/En… Read more

AVIDA (Benôit Délépine, Gustave de Kervern, 2006)
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 … Read more

BAMAKO (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2006)
Successfully mixing intimate drama with proselytising political fiction, filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako has concocted an infinitely original and profoundly moving means for voicing Africa's grievance… Read more

BARAKAT! (Djamila Sahraoui, 2006)
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… Read more

Bawke (Hisham Zaman, 2005)
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 Interna… Read more

BE WITH ME (Eric Khoo, 2004)
“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 obv… Read more

best MIFF shorts (, 2006)
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 … Read more

Beta Test (George Drivas, 2006)
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… Read more

Betel Tree, The (Jakeb Anhvu, 2005)
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 Jul… Read more

BETRAYAL, THE (Philippe Faucon, 2005)
“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 an… 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… 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” fr… Read more

BIG BANG LOVE, JUVENILE A (Takashi Miike, 2005)
“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… Read more

BITTERSWEET LIFE, A (Kim Jee-woon, 2005)
“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,… Read more

BLACK GOLD (Marc Francis, Nick Francis, 2005)
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 … 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 … Read more

BOMBAY CALLING (Ben Addelman, Samir Mallal, 2005)
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 wo… Read more

BOOK OF REVELATION, THE (Ana Kokkinos, 2006)
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, “… Read more

Bow Tie Duty for Square Heads (Stephan-Flint Muller, 2005)
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… Read more

BOY CULTURE (Q. Allan Brocka, 2006)
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 … Read more

BROTHERS OF THE HEAD (Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe, 2005)
“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 feat… Read more

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