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Films Screened In 2007

“Very possibly the Next Big Thing for world music mavens and hipster armchair travelers alike.” - Variety Imagine a glockenspiel made out of roofing beams and you're halfway to conjuring the txalparta, an ancient musical instrument that takes two Basque men around the world in search of a ... Read more
Norbert is not like the other children, born with a mutation, he finds that the world can be a cruel place for someone so different. Until the day Penelope appears, and Norbert discovers that hope and despair can sometimes go hand in hand. ... D/P/S Michael Hill WS Royal Melbourne Institute of TAFE ... Read more
An appetizer for Maddin buffs weaned on obsolescent cinematic gestures. Here they are bundled, torn, layered and cooked up to be watched over and over again, like your favourite song. World Premiere. ... ---D Guy Maddin WS Winnipeg Film Group TD video/B&W/2006/4mins ... Read more
“My dreams came true… I saw America changed by music.” - Harry Smith Filmmaker, musician, painter, mystic and string collector… Harry Smith was a man of many talents. He was catapulted into the American cultural conscious after spearheading the Anthology of American Folk Music in ... Read more
Shot mainly against the light, On the Rowanlea Trawler makes us silent witness to the activities taking place on the decks of a trawler. This represents Gaumy's fantasy of animating his stills as he was also preparing a book on the same subject at the time. ... Check out the Talking Picture Session ... Read more
“We're in a world where a three-minute song is worth 10 pages of dialogue.” - John Carney Featuring Glen Hansard, lead singer of Irish band The Frames, John Carney's Once is a modern-day musical. It tells of a busker's chance meeting on a Dublin sidewalk with a pretty Czech pianist (played by ... Read more
Photos and drawings from photos: Paper, cut, torn crumpled - re-animated - re-photographed - re-presented in a gallery space: an examination of the iconographic, indexical and symbolic aspects of images and the ethics of representing and being in, the land. ... ---D/S/P Bridget Walker TD video/col ... Read more
An epic musical drawing on the tradition of Javanese theatre, dance and music, Opera Jawa comprises multiple dance troupes and a cast of hundreds. Husband and wife Siti and Setyo are both former dancers, now labouring in an ailing earthenware business. When Setyo is called away on business, local ... Read more
Curated for MIFF (by MIFF), Orbit takes a spin around all that's fresh and exciting in Australian and New Zealand music videomaking. Explosive and frenetic, these clips run the gamut from Fraggle-like creatures on drugs… obsessive crushes… murderous puppets… cyborg ... Read more
Cells of light generated by video feedback were recorded and re-recorded; their patterns determined by amplitude and frequency resulting in a mesmerizing display of order emerging from chaos and vice versa. The sound track was generated by 2 identical tracks playing in opposite directions - the end ... Read more
Director Robert Sarkies will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Out of the Blue ... The peaceful innocence of a tiny seaside village is shattered by the actions of one man in what was to become New Zealand's largest mass murder. This edge-of-the-seat drama of ... Read more
“This head movie is cunningly designed to mess up minds.” - Japan Times Living a double life, Dr Atsuko Chiba is a 29 year-old research psychotherapist working on the cutting edge of the scientific community. Her alter ego, 18 year-old Paprika, is a dream detective who enters people's sleep at ... Read more
This meditation on memory, time and loss is purportedly the first feature film from Paraguay in more than 30 years. Ramon and Candida are farmer folk living in a remote corner of Paraguay. The absence of their son, who is away fighting in the Chaco war against Bolivia, leaves a palpable void in ... Read more
A meditation on walking, Passage recounts a journey without a destination. On Brazilian highways that never end the memories of the walker are transformed through the passage of time, the landscape, and the experience of making the film. ... --- ... D/S Clarrisa Campolina, Helvecio Marins JrP ... Read more
Gina Sinozich began painting at the age of 70 as an attempt to work through the events of her traumatic life. This inspirational and intimate documentary takes us into the life of an extraordinary woman proving it is never to late to pursue your passions.--- ... D/S Olivia Rousset P Sylvie Le ... Read more
A man is about to cross a busy road. He falls over. A car is speeding towards him. A reality show programme is commenting the incident: either the man or the driver dies, or both. The public must vote.---D/S/P Wissem Tlili WS Long et Court L TBA TD 35mm/col/2006/10mins ... Read more
Journey back in time with this unique cinematic offering, starring Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin.Witness a silent classic - the earliest film version of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera - as it would have been experienced in the beginning, where the language was limited but the experience was ... Read more
Ten years after her book about the Sandinista revolution, Nicaragua (1981), Susan Meiselas returns to Nicaragua with filmmakers Richard P. Rogers and Alfred Guzzetti to find the people she photographed and ask them whether they thought the pain and sacrifice worthwhile. Needless to say, many of the ... Read more
The aches and the awkwardness of growing up and the explorations and possibilities of new relationships set Cate and Maddie, two adolescent girls, on different paths. A poem extended to Cate from a boy brings them apart, and what they learn about themselves brings them back together. ... D/S Sian ... Read more
This is a film impossible to pin down. The master at unnerving audiences with the mundane is at it again with a virtuoso performance of 'reveal and take away'. Be prepared to choke on the vomit of your own expectations.---D/P Paul Winkler TD 16mm/col/2006/17mins ... Read more
He kills, laughing. That's the kind he is. Often touted as a Japanese In Cold Blood, Vengeance is Mine sees Shohei Imamura energetically depict a true-life murderer who kept evading a police dragnet across Japan. Based on the 1975 novel by Ryuzo Saki, the story unpacks in a series of flashbacks ... Read more
An elderly postman lives alone and lonely following the death of his wife. An act of kindness toward a young boy sparks an unlikely friendship. Though when the boy moves away the post takes on a new significance for the postman.--- ... D/S Adam Bostock P Donna Molan WS Victorian College of Arts TD ... Read more
Producer Kurt Mayer will be attending the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Prater ... “Come in, come in!” My Prater is an illusionist's dream, a magician's box, a time machine, a desire device, in which everything is possible.” - filmmaker Ulrike OttingerVienna's Prater ... Read more
“[A] gently moving vision of people and lands struggling to reconcile the past with an uncertain present.” - Variety Primo Levi's horrific account of surviving Auschwitz, If This is a Man, is considered one of the seminal texts on the Holocaust. Levi's story didn't finish upon his escape. It ... Read more
High in an apartment building, a solitary woman and her cat see two worlds. One outside the window, the other upon the bright covers of her matchbox collection. A stunning, gently told tale of internal and external life. Cannes Critic's Week award winner (2006). ... D/P Gitanjali Rao TD ... Read more
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