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Films Screened In 2006

Writer-director Nanouk Leopold's impressive second feature delves into notions of how we create distances and fall out of phase with one another. ... A strong-willed, thirty-something, wife and mother, Anna is an irrigation engineer on aid missions, seemingly leading a comfortable existence. When a ... Read more
An enthusiastic but unqualified hound answers an advertisment for a guide dog and finds the challenge a lot more difficult than expected. A sequel to the Oscar nominated Guard Dog.---D/S Bill Plympyon P/WS Plymptons L no dialogue TD 35mm/col/2006/5mins ... Read more
One weekend in November 1971, blues freak Link Wyler and his buddies from the Gunsmoke television crew gave in to temptation... They bolted to Hollywood during a production hiatus to film blues legends Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thornton, Big Joe Turner and George “Harmonica” Smith who were then ... Read more
A graphic depiction of inner city living. No matter how desirable one's apartment may be you cannot chose your neighbours.---D/P/S Lars Arrhenius, Johannes Muntzing WS Swedish Film Institute L no dialogue TD video/col/2005/8mins ... Read more
Yemima's family believe that she is the reincarnation of her late grandmother. ... Read more
Children ring, whispering terrible secrets. A young woman counsels them while struggling to deal with her own abusive childhood. A beautiful and devastating film about saving others, and oneself.---D/S Benoit Tételin P Paolo Somaga, Benoit Tételin WS Institut International de l'image et du son L ... Read more
The Hawk is Dying screened as part of Director's Fortnight at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Character actor of the moment Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man) turns in another consummate performance in The Hawk is Dying, based on the 1973 novel by Southern writer Harry Crews. Giamatti plays ... Read more
In this satire on the quest for celebrity, an actor finds out his audition is actually a snuff film...and they're not giving him the part.---D/S Dennis Heaton P Karen Lam L English TD 16mm/col/2005/6mins ... Read more
Heading South was a multi award-winner at the Venice Film Festival. ... Haiti in the 1970s may have been an island paradise for some - but it was a brutal reality for those subjected to “Baby Doc” Duvalier's notoriously violent regime. Three financially liquid, middle-aged North American women ... Read more
Heart, Beating in the Dark is a remake, a sequel, a making of and a continuation of Nagasaki's 1982 Super 8 classic of the same name. It is also, according to the Rotterdam Film Festival, “the finest achievement in recent Japanese cinema”. ... Not content with simply remaking his original ... Read more
‘Hatred' a loud metal band from Wales with an average age of 10. This documentary follows their shambolic preparations for their first gig. ... Read more
Xanana Gusmão is a living legend. This poet-guerilla led the 24-year war against Indonesian occupation of East Timor, seven of those years from a prison in Jakarta. While the word ‘hero' is often bandied about indiscriminately in popular commentary, the leadership of Gusmão has been ... 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 stolen car and some spliffs on a summers day…a holiday of sorts. A beautiful study of wounded, conflicted adolescence and fragile relationships. Directed by Laurence Coriat (writer of Michael Winterbottom's Wonderland) and director of Being Bad (MIFF 05).---D/S Laurence Coriat P Laurence ... Read more
All is not as it seems when an elderly man returns home, only to be greeted by burglars. This mini thriller will keep you guessing until the last frame.---D Marc Brummond P Katharina Dulner S Christina Töllner WS Hamburg Media School L no dialogue TD 35mm/B&W/2005/6mins ... Read more
“A virtual two-hander between an ornery skeptic and a young evangelist… with Host and Guest first time writer-director Dong-il Shin has fashioned a thoughtful, witty and involving gem.” - Variety An unlikely friendship between a morose filmmaker who has never made a film and an overly ... Read more
Screened in Director's Fortnight, this film is, at once, a revelation (one of the few at Cannes this year) and a reaffirmation of filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's ability to mould humour, socio-political satire and visceral kicks. At a US army base in Seoul, an American officer gives the order to dump ... Read more
“The physical, emotional and cosmic unite in Andrucha Waddington's powerful The House of Sand… magnificently renders a fresh view of life on planet Earth.” - Variety ... This epic drama plays out on the sandy plains of northern Maranhão where three generations of women live out a ... Read more
“Somebody once asked me, ‘Melvin, how'd you get to the top?'. It was simple. Nobody would let me in at the bottom.” - Melvin Van Peebles, 1986 ... While the revolutionary 1971 film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, earned Melvin Van Peebles the title ‘godfather of modern black cinema' ... Read more
This is a curated selection of innovative international video works assembled for MIFF and Melbourne On Screen by Abina Manning and the Video Data Bank (vdb.org), which share a common regard for the political and social ‘spirit' of these interesting times. The program begins with Throwing Stones ... Read more
A dark and dangerous episode in Australia's cinema history is vibrantly reanimated and reinterpreted through Hunt Angels. Using innovative digital composite techniques never before utilised in an Australian feature film, director Alec Morgan and visual effects specialist Rose Draper blend 1930s ... Read more
In 1965, Yash Pal Suri left India for the UK. The first thing he did on his arrival in England was buy two Super 8 cameras, two projectors and two reel-to-reel recorders. One set of equipment he sent to his family in India, the other he kept for himself. For 40 years, he used it to share his new ... Read more
In this stylish pulp thriller and political story, filmmaker Serge Le Péron brings to light one of the strangest and most disturbing episodes in French history - the unsolved and topical disappearance of the Moroccan liberation activist Ben Barka. George Figon (Charles Berling), an ex-con from a ... Read more
Taking their cues from the umbrella theme of ‘prejudice', highly talented Korean animators have put their minds together to create If You Were Me: Anima Vision, a collection of six animated shorts. Spearheaded by Korea's National Human Rights Commission, which launched the first omnibus feature ... Read more
A Korean-born girl in the USA struggles with teenage alienation in this expressive film from first-time director So Yong Kim. First-generation immigrant Aimie lives with her mother in the north east of the United States. A withdrawn teen, further marginalised by her race and poor English, she finds ... Read more
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