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Films Screened In 2006

Take a 16-minute thrill ride as the 'dead' Robert arrives to be assessed in purgatory.From the director of Thank You For Smoking, special MIFF guest Jason Reitman, see this short screen with his debut feature.---D/S Jason Reitman P Daniel Dubiecki, Tim Crane, Dominic Cianciolo WS Atom Films L ... Read more
In the Pit won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Mexico City, one of the world's most populous urban centres, bustles daily with over three million cars, travelling in and out and all over its metropolis. Between 2003 and 2005, crews of construction workers were dealt the task of ... Read more
Into Great Silence was winner of a Special Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Nestled in the French Alps, the Grand Chartreuse monastery is home to the Carthusian Order, one of the most strict and reclusive orders of Roman Catholic monks. Eschewing outsiders, the order has never been ... Read more
Life on a peaceful if rather rain-sodden island is disrupted by an uninvited guest. Commissioned by Channel 4 and directed by 2004 RCA graduate Matt Abbiss.---D/S Matt Abliss P/WS Sherbert L English TD video/col/2005/3mins ... Read more
“If Jacques Tati, the French comic absurdist, had ever made a gangster thriller, it probably would have looked like Invisible Waves.” - Hollywood Reporter This ethereal existential offering from Thai revelation, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, who was the subject of a special MIFF spotlight in 2004 ... Read more
“A production of startling audacity and aesthetic provocation... if (director, James) Longley's astonishing feat of poetic agitation has a precedent in the entire history of documentary, I'm not aware of it.” - Village Voice Iraq in Fragments illuminates post-war Iraq in three acts, building a ... Read more
Stumbling to the ground with a basket of clean washing, a woman lies contemplatively in the autumn dirt. A gently playful comedy of an every-day heroine, patiently awaiting her just reward.---D/S Jörgen Hjerdt P Charlotte Rafsten WS Jörgen Hierdt L Swedish w/English subtitles TD ... Read more
It's Winter was in Official Competition at this year's Berlin Film Festival. ... Khatoun and her daughter are abandoned when her husband searches for work elsewhere. Months pass. His family doesn't receive a single sign of life from him. No phone calls. No letters. Autumn arrives. Meanwhile, young ... Read more
On November 18, 1978, over 900 members of preacher Jim Jones' Peoples Temple died by drinking cyanide-laced Kool-Aid in the largest mass suicide/murder in history. ... On the surface, Jim Jones and his all-embracing, multiracial congregation espoused the values of a progressive, liberal society ... Read more
“Anyone coming cold to the story of Australia's Indigenous disgrace will no longer be ignorant after seeing this beautifully shot film.”- George Negus A hard-hitting and necessary film, Kanyini (which means ‘interconnectedness' in Pitjantjatjara) looks at the world's oldest living culture in ... Read more
Kilometre Zero screened in Official Competition at last year's Cannes Film Festival. Veering between playful black comedy and telling commentary on the historical ethnic tensions that continue to wrack Iraq to this day, Kilometre Zero is a timely look at the forces straining the fabric of the ... Read more
KZ was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. How do people live with the ghosts of the past? How do you live your life knowing that, in the very recent past, atrocities were committed just kilometres from your home, possibly by people you know? These are the ... Read more
La Perrera was winner of a Tiger Award at this year's Rotterdam International Film Festival. David is a slacker: a lazy, sex-obsessed pothead. His father, Ruben, despairing of David's apathetic attitude to life, decides to instil a work ethic by giving him a construction project to occupy his time ... Read more
The Last Days of Yasser Arafat tells the final chapter in the story of one of the most controversial public figures of our time. In September 2003, Palestinian-Australian filmmaker Sherine Salama travelled to the besieged compound of Yasser Arafat. She had a hunch his days were numbered. After a ... Read more
This evocative one-shot film depicts the daily life and fragmented aural memories of PolySom, the last vinyl record factory in Latin America. ... Read more
The miners of Tower Colliery bought their pit believing they were securing the future of their community. This is a compelling yet chilling portrait of this community ten years on.---D/P/S Sasha Maja Djurkovic WS National Film & Television School UK L English TD video/col/2005/17mins ... Read more
Before long, the unknown families' outings and coffee klatches, documented in the original home movies for themselves and thier children, will no longer be recognisable. In the same way as the memories of these events, the films fade. ...---D/P/S Johannes Hammel WS Sixpackfilm L no dialogue TD ... Read more
Told in real time using a solitary claustrophobic location, Last Train to Freo is a tense psychological drama about five individuals who discover they're not who they think they are. It starts with two ex-cons travelling on a train on a hot summer's night, poking fun at their mind-numbing ... Read more
A young man goes shopping with his mother after a tumultous night out. a conversation filled with uncomfortable dialogue takes place en route to their destination. ... Read more
An elliptical blend of documentary and fiction, The Legend of Time is an exploration of two lives on the native island of Spain's legendary flamenco singer, Camarón. The first tale in this film follows teenager Israel Gomez Romero, growing up (fast) in a boisterous gypsy family. The lively ... Read more
With a sweeping grandeur and the elemental passion and curiosity we've come to associate with Werner Herzog, director Thomas Imbach's Lenz creates an unconventional portrait of a tortured visionary caught between euphoria and desperation. Lenz is also a playfully ironic version of the Georg ... Read more
A taut psychological thriller, Like Minds was originally conceived as a documentary before turning into a fictional drama, stemming from filmmaker Gregory J. Read's fascination into what makes serial killers tick - what were they like when they were kids? Seventeen-year-old Alex Forbes is young ... Read more
Trouble strikes a high-school, teen-girl band on the eve of their performance at the school's festival. The lead guitarist has broken her finger and the lead singer has split. The remaining band members, unwilling to call it quits, search for a new lead singer to complete their line-up with three ... Read more
“The old adage that no great movie is too long applies in spades to A Lion in the House, an astonishing four-hour documentary that takes on a very difficult subject - children with cancer - and renders it with unflinching intimacy and uncommon compassion...” - Variety ... ‘Cancer' is a word ... Read more
“A filmmaker enters Coen brothers territory at his own risk. Baltasar Kormákur crosses that border with A Little Trip to Heaven, a film with Fargo on its mind.” - Hollywood Reporter ... A finely wrought neo-noir narrative sees Icelandic wonder Baltasar Kormákur mark his English language debut ... Read more
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