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Films Screened In 2006

“The most significant Brit chiller since 28 Days Later. 5 stars.” - Empire, UK. ... Pitched by its director as “Deliverance goes underground”, The Descent is the much-anticipated second feature from Neil Marshall who was attributed with sparking a resurgence in British horror with his ... Read more
“I want to show you the desert, there's something out there. Something precious, something painful. I didn't think I'd need it anymore but I do.” Starring Adalita from Magic Dirt, The Desert follows a woman passing through a desolate landscape searching for something, or someone.---D/S Glendyn ... Read more
SUNDAY 6 AUGUST, 5PM - SOLD OUT ... Providing a uniquely Australian perspective on the biggest annual sporting event in the world, Dan Jones' documentary debut follows the fortunes of the 2005 Tour de France. The film focuses on three Australians reporting on the world famous cycling event; two are ... Read more
Dig is a lovingly hand-wrought ethnographic, historical, animated, live-action evocation of an industry, some people, a place and the humble potato. ---D/S Bridget Walker P Paul Fletcher, Robert Stephenson WS VCA School of Film & Television L English TD video/col/2005/4mins ... Read more
Revelatory, inspiring, rewarding, even confronting... All necessary tonics. Includes a new short work from Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami. ... Films include: ... Veiled Ambition, Spitfire 94, Transformers: The Art of Circuit Bending, Troy, Sleep City, The Betel Tree, Last Men Standing, The Fence ... Read more
A historical tragedy meets a personal rebellion in Lech Kowalski's idiosyncratic third instalment of his Wild, Wild East documentary trilogy. East of Paradise opens with a harrowing description by Maria Kowalski - Lech Kowalski's mother - of her transportation from Krakow to the Soviet gulags in ... Read more
Living blocks of stone emerge from an ancient cliff face. In mid-air they begin a strange and rhythmic ritual. A mesmerising, otherworldly vision that vividly brings ‘the intangible' to life.---D/S Jérome Boulbés P Marc Boyer WS Lardux Films L no dialogue TD 35mm/col/2006/9mins ... Read more
Celebrated playwright David Mamet pulls no punches in this incendiary tale of social paranoia. William H. Macy steps up to the plate as a disgruntled businessman who throws his tedious existence to the wind, only to be caught in the turbulence and violence of ‘real life'. His bad attitude ... Read more
In a much welcome return to the festival big screen, MIFF regular Johnnie To picks up perfectly where last year's Closing Night feature ended with the electric Election 2. Offering an ingenuously appropriate end to the storylines of the first film, Election 2 opens with Hong Kong's oldest triad, Wo ... Read more
SATURDAY 5 AUGUST, 9PM - SOLD OUT ... World Premiere ... Melbourne iconoclast, Alkinos Tsilimidos, teams up again with renowned playwright Daniel Keene (Tom White MIFF 2004) to create this unflinchingly confronting, romantic tragedy. Together, young local actors Laura Gordon and Nick Barkla are ... Read more
A girl stands on a lonely road looking into the distance and into her future, “…a moody, jangly score by the Devastations and striking cinematography by Adam Arkapaw.” - Adrian Martin, The Age ---D/S Julius Avery P Simon Meyers WS VCA School of Film and Television L English TD ... Read more
Enrique Morente, one of the world's greatest living flamenco artists, takes us on a musical tour of Spain's finest monument - Granada's Alhambra palace - in a vibrant tribute to Spain's Andalucian culture, spanning music, dance and architecture. The film is structured around Morente's dream ... Read more
Everlasting Regret received six nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards. ... Based on the best-selling 1996 novel by Wang Anyi, Stanley Kwan's handsome epic, Everlasting Love, sweeps across the screen on a wave of Shanghai nostalgia. Using its troubled anti-heroine to navigate the troubled waters ... Read more
A comedy drama about two brothers whose lives become very complicated, Every Other Week sees four Swedish directors step up to steer this light-hearted romp through life, love and sex. Jens' wife, Tessan, refuses to believe that his friendship with stunning, yet affecting, Johanna is purely ... Read more
A 12-year-old boy is forced to leave the female refuge where he lives with his mother. On his way to school, he encounters a strange man and tries to find a connection. ---D/S Mark Robinson P Kathryn Barker WS Australian Film Television & Radio School L English TD 16mm/col/2005/15mins ... Read more
Ex Memoria takes us into a day in the life of Eva, putting us face-to-face with one's experience of old age. Boldly forcing us to face her lived reality, we see that a day really can contain a whole life.---D/S Josh Appignanesi P Mia Bays L English TD 35mm/col/2006/15mins ... Read more
Conceptual, personal, abstract, non-narrative, political, playful work that will change your notions of conventional cinema. ... Films include: ... 911 Rio, Mississippi, The Temple, Last Suppe, Dig, Whirr, Afraid So, A World of Make Believe, Emotional Content, Beta Test, Tehran Trace, Slant ... Read more
“A starkly black-and-white parable dripping with unspoken regrets and submerged in the ambient sturm und drang of distant factory roar… Consider it a thumbnail remake of Blow-Up by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.” - Village Voice ... Writer-director Fred Kelemen creates a brooding existentialist ... Read more
Lisandro Alonso follows up last year's revelation at MIFF, Los Muertos, with a self-reflexive feature that is as intriguing as it is elusive. In a complex and highly original play on fiction and reality, Alonso's lead actor from Los Muertos, Argentino Vargas, arrives at the sprawling San Martin ... Read more
Jet Li stars in what he proclaims to be his final martial arts feature; this kinetic retelling of the life of Huo Yuanjia, founder of the Jingwu School of Martial Arts. Growing up in Tianjin, Northern China, Huo is forbidden to train by his martial artist father and resorts to training himself in ... Read more
Gillick's revealing documentary focuses on a group of 'old blokes' residing in a public high-rise. The filmmaker creates a warm and unpretentious story about their daily routines, dreams, dilemmas and disappointments, providing a unique, fascinating perspective on the lives of public housing ... Read more
From lonely car park attendants to hippy communes in the Scottish Highlands... all inhabitants of these remarkable worlds.Films include: ... Cow Tipping, Home, Swanettes, Booth Story, The Substitute, Antonio's Breakfast, Lucky, A Supermarket Love Song, Cotopaxi ... Read more
From lonely car park attendants to hippy communes in the Scottish Highlands... all inhabitants of these remarkable worlds. ... Films include: ... Avatar, We the Living, Headshot, Swanettes, Ex Memoria, End of Town, Everything We Are ... Read more
A fantastic not-so black-and-white chase sequence made of classic film noir moments collaged into a highly imaginative series of stop motion worlds, each collapsing onto the other.---D/P/S Osbert Parker L no dialogue TD video/col/2005/3mins ... Read more
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