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Films Screened In 2006

"Brothers, let us be merry, bravely defy your troubles." So advises the slave's song in Mozart's Zaide while two men sit and stare, grimly determined to fulfil cinema's scopophilic potential.--- D/P/S Ulrich Seidl WS Sixpackfilm L no dialogue TD 35mm/B&W/2006/1min ... Read more
“Soderbergh and screenwriter Coleman Hough aren't interested in creating a coy whodunit so much as evoking the deeper, less romantic mysteries of people - and it's riveting.” - Washington Post ... In a Midwestern town fallen on hard times, the small and uneventful lives of two local doll ... Read more
Bye Bye Berlusconi! screened at this year's Berlin Film Festival where it was a multi-award winner. ... Thoroughly scrambling make-believe with reality, German director Jan Henrik Stahlberg has concocted an outrageously inflated and hilarious satire that effectively opposes one of the most powerful ... Read more
C.R.A.Z.Y. bagged the award for Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival, just after its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. ... A rollicking coming-of-age tale, C.R.A.Z.Y cruises along on a playful soundtrack of Patsy Cline, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and ... Read more
Born in Singapore in 1976, Royston Tan has been heralded as Singapore's most promising young filmmaker and its latest cult icon. Stemming from a music video-making background, Tan has collected over 26 international and local awards for his shorts, documentaries and two feature-length films, 15 and ... Read more
When Claudia's cat knocks a lamp into the bath where her owner is relaxing, you'd expect the owner to die and then remain in the tub, wouldn't you? A bold and inventive gem. ... Filmmaker Lily Coates will introduce the film on Friday 4 August, 7pm at Greater Union. ... --- ... D/S/P Lily Coates ... Read more
Following the hugely successful The Story of the Weeping Camel, Mongolian-born and German-trained filmmaker Byambasuren Davaa delivers a thought-provoking and gentle mélange of documentary and drama in The Cave of the Yellow Dog. ... Where her debut film often favoured nature over humans, this ... Read more
Off-kilter with a refreshingly sly wink to the great outdoors (think Deliverance as psychotherapy), Champions sees actor David Wike in his directing debut. The result is a tight ensemble piece that takes a skewed view of a quarter-to-midlife crisis. ... Seeking harmony in nature, three ... Read more
Driving on a deserted road in rural Australia, Nedal and his family are stopped by three armed soldiers. As the intentions of the soldiers become clear, Nedal realizes that the safety of his wife and daughter rests in his hands.--- ... D/S/P Ben Phelps L English TD video/col/2006/ 11 mins ... Read more
A Music Cinema Performance by David Shea ... Futuristic, forbidding and totally original, Chronopolis is a work composed by David Shea for musical ensemble, film collage and narration, which tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical city of Chronopolis - a city built on architecture of ... Read more
The Circle was a multiple award-winner at the Venice Film Festival in 2000. ... A tour de force, The Circle depicts the plight of several Iranian women oppressed solely for being born female in a male-dominant society. In displaying the struggle of these women, filmmaker Jafar Panahi's harrowing ... Read more
Climates won the Fipresci Award at this year's Cannes Film Festival. ... “In terms of what faces can express, without ever doing too much, Climates puts Ceylan on a par with Ingmar Bergman.” - Screen Daily ... A master of nuance and tightly drawn emotion, Nuri Bilge Ceylan directs his ... Read more
Remember Al Pacino's Tony Montana in Brian De Palma's Scarface? ... Miami, once a modest, coastal, melting-pot city, was transformed almost overnight into a glitzy metropolis when it became the main point of entry for cocaine into the USA. ... Chronicling the drug influx of the 70s and 80s - and ... Read more
“It's no exaggeration to say that Colossal Youth was the single most divisive film at Cannes in 2006.” - LA Weekly ... Mining material from his films Bones and In Vanda's Room, filmmaker Pedro Costa revisits the Cape Verdean slums of Lisbon to create this cascading semi-documentary whittled ... Read more
A unique tragi-comic tale about Alistar, who after years of avoiding his past, returns with camera crew in tow to 'rescue' his sister from a hippy commune in the Scottish Highlands. ---D/S Zack Copping P/WS Amber Parsons L English TD 35mm/col/2005/13mins ... Read more
In the spirit of Rebel Without A Cause, this coming-of-age hybrid tells the story of Jan who races against his abusive elder brother in an illegal moped race.---D Marc Brummund P Florian Gees S Fabian P. Wiemker WS Hamburg Media School L German w/English Subtitles TD 35mm/col/2005/10mins ... Read more
Crimson Gold was selected as the Closing Night film of Un Certain Regard and winner of the Jury Award, Un Certain Regard, at the Cannes Film Festival. ... An intimate and absorbing drama, Crimson Gold is the tragedy of a man who, feeling humiliated in a word of injustice and materiality, is pushed ... Read more
A portrait of place: trains, artificial light, time and memory give form to forces that drift amidst the darkness of the daily journey. ---D/S Joel Pizzini P Robson Rumin, Paloma Cinematogárfica WS Polofilme L Portuguese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2005/15mins ... Read more
Born in Singapore in 1976, Royston Tan has been heralded as Singapore's most promising young filmmaker and its latest cult icon. Stemming from a music video-making background, Tan has collected over 26 international and local awards for his shorts, documentaries and two feature-length films, 15 and ... Read more
Born in Singapore in 1976, Royston Tan has been heralded as Singapore's most promising young filmmaker and its latest cult icon. Stemming from a music video-making background, Tan has collected over 26 international and local awards for his shorts, documentaries and two feature-length films, 15 and ... Read more
A cross-generational story of ostracism, love and the legacy of the past, Dam Street chronicles the life of a woman whose teenage indiscretion continues to haunt her years after the event. ... In a rural Chinese town, high-school girl Xiaoyun faces the indignation of her family and the local ... Read more
The Dance features a cast of non-actors in a raw and sometimes confronting snapshot of disenfranchised suburban teens. ... Director Sian Davies will introduce the session on Monday 7 August, 3pm at ACMI. ... ---D/S Sian Davies P Phil Crawford L English TD video/col/2006/10 mins ... Read more
Darkon was the winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary, SXSW. ... Each weekend, on the sweeping soccer fields of Baltimore, they gather. An epic war is taking place and at stake are the riches and glory of an empire. ... Darkon is a fascinating and colourful documentary about an ... Read more
Uplifting and very funny. ''You have nothing to lose except your break-time biscuit and the year five rights on the climbing frame.” When 10-year-old Tony is told off for stealing a pencil, he is gripped by revolutionary fervour. A classroom classic.---D/S Chris and Ben Blaine P Barrington P ... Read more
Delving beneath a church cover-up far more insidious than that depicted in Dan Brown's fanciful Da Vinci Code, Amy Berg tells of the long-standing conspiracy within the Catholic Church to protect known child abusers in its ranks. ... The centrepiece of Deliver Us From Evil is the astoundingly frank ... Read more
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