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Films Screened In 2007

Banned in Indonesia, Promised Paradise follows the quest of an Indonesian puppeteer to meet three men convicted of the 2002 nightclub bombings in Bali. Along the way, director Leonard Retel Helmrich shows the puppeteer's unique method of exploring the issue of terrorism through puppet shows ... Read more
The most loved man in Paris reminisces about a time when he was loved by just one woman instead of a whole city. He longs for a similar love, but is it just his imagination, or could he really leave the adoration of the people behind?--- ... D/P Sotiris Dounoukos S/P Matt Rubinstein. L French ... Read more
Filmmaker Gary Burns pushes the boundaries of the documentary genre in unanticipated ways in this study of modern suburbia. The suburbs - the dominant form of community planning in North America for over 50 years - come under the microscope in Radiant City. Taking a close look at what some call ... Read more
In 2006, former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko died in a London hospital, the world's first known victim of poisoning by polonium-210, a highly radioactive substance. This unflinching documentary is a memorial to a man critical of the Russian regime. With testimonies from several witnesses deep ... Read more
“A white knuckle thriller.” - Toronto Film Festival This psychological nail-biter follows Jackie, a surveillance camera officer who observes the streets of Glasgow on a matrix of television screens. One day, she recognises a man whose past collides traumatically with her own and she begins to ... Read more
A group of ordinary people, disaffected by the way things are, see a different way forward and put their bodies on the line for change. ... D Kasimir Burgess, Bo Duffy & Nick Moore P Bo Duffy TD video/col/2007/12mins ... Read more
“I wanted to show a group of boys, naked, with all their dreams, their doubts and illusions, world champions and children at one and the same time.” - filmmaker Joachim Trier Two 20-something best friends are aspiring novelists, each with big dreams and a competitive streak. When one finds ... Read more
“Packs a wrenching emotional punch.” - Variety Rescue Dawn is Werner Herzog's second homage to German born, US Air Force pilot Dieter Dengler who was shot down during the Vietnam War and forced to overcome imprisonment and the wilds of the Vietnamese jungle. The first was the 1997 documentary ... Read more
“The place where my fathers died, return to the land of Gorée, the place where my mothers cried, return to the land of Gorée.” - Harmony Harmoneers African singer Youssou N'Dour takes an epic musical journey in Return to Gorée, following the footsteps of the African slaves and the jazz music ... Read more
Gil sees his father as a vampire, feeding off the energy and vitality of his family. Reluctantly agreeing to a desert family trip, he unleashes a terrifying sequence of events. This smartly executed study of father-son hatred and reconciliation won Best Short at the Jerusalem Film Festival. D/S ... Read more
The charismatic Hungarian Robert Capa - war photographer, bon viveur, gambler and legendary lover as well as co-founder of Magnum - is still remembered with great affection at the agency and could be said to be Magnum's talisman. In this fascinating portrait, Anne Makepeace shows why Capa was such ... Read more
WORLD PREMIERE ... “Rock ‘n' roll, in the true sense, is partly about theatre and partly about poetry and partly… about the smell of petrol, if you know what I mean.” - Angry Anderson Rock 'n' Roll Outlaw is an on-the-road documentary tracing the hidden passions and industry esteem of ... Read more
Winner of a Palme d'Or Special Mention at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Run is a beautifully observed tale of a Samoan brother and sister who live in fear of their overly protective father. The siblings have to rely on each other in order to teach their father that they can proudly stand on ... Read more
WORLD PREMIERE ... “The most intimate, affectionate and revealing portrait of an Australian politician I've ever seen.” - Bob Connolly, co-director Rats in the Ranks Written and directed by journalist, writer, speechwriter (and Australia's foremost chronicler of the Australian Labour Party) Bob ... Read more
An old and mysterious stranger teaches the six-year old son of peasant farmers how to cultivate a crop that would forever change the lives of both him and his family. Can the riches of a little boy's dreams outweigh those of his reality?--- ... D/S Anis Lassoued P Lotfi Laayouni WS Amilcar Films L ... Read more
A delightful moral tale about the meaning of trust and friendship, Sankambe introduces us to the dynamic duo of the rabbit Sankambe and Muzhou the Jackal. ... --- ... D George Christacopoulous S Dowelani Nenzhelele P Dumisani Gumbi & Isabelle Rorke WS Anamazing TD video/col/2006/5mins ... Read more
An artist for all of his adult life, Sargy Mann accepts his total loss of vision late in life with admirable good grace and sets about readying a canvas for his first and, he presumes, last, ?blind painting?. The artist?s son unobtrusively charts the fascinating transformative process that follows ... Read more
Director Tom Kalin will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Savage Grace ... “I like to joke that I'm Norma Desmond in my castle with my monkey, and this is my comeback.” - filmmaker Tom KalinReturning to the unbelievable events of true crime with his first ... Read more
Director Stephen Kijak will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Scott Walker: 30 Century Man ... “Wow. That's... that's amazing. I've seen God in the window. I'm... I'm speechless really.” - David Bowie on BBC Radio 1 following a birthday greeting from ... Read more
Searching 4 Sandeep Australia In Searching 4 Sandeep, Sydney-based Poppy and her online girlfriend, Sandeep, finally meet in Thailand and appear deliriously taken with each other. That's when things get tricky, as though the logistics of long distance love aren't enough to negotiate. Sandeep is yet ... Read more
WORLD PREMIERE ... Set against the backdrop of a seminal moment in Australia's past - the 1967 upheaval of race relations - September is a humane, cinematic and intricately drawn coming-of-age story. ... Born on the same day, 16 year-olds Ed and Paddy have been best friends for as long as they can ... Read more
In 2005 at New York's famed Guggenheim Museum, Marina Abramovic performed for seven hours per night over the course of a week. From an art event to a social phenomenon, Abramovic's seven performances became the talk of the town. They created among her visitors a sense of sublimation, like prayer ... Read more
“Only the most insatiable Oliver Twist will end up holding out his bowl for more gore.” - The Guardian. ... Pitched as ‘The Office meets Deliverance', writer/director Christopher Smith (Creep, 2004) concocts this unique spin on the traditional slasher film in what Toronto Film Festival called ... Read more
In this tragicomedy, two Iranian refugees decide to pretend to be a gay couple in order to obtain asylum. But for the adventurous yet lonely Shahram and the serious journalist Abbas, it is hard to live with their façade to the very end.--- ... D Remy Van Heugen S Luuk Van Bemmelen P Joost De ... Read more
Director Mohammed Naqvi will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Shame ... This is the true story of a woman who fought back against a shameful perversion of justice. In June 2002, Mukhtaran Mai was publicly gang raped in her remote Pakistani village as ... Read more
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