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Films Screened In 2007

On a trip to his motherland of Slovakia, American-born Mark meets a shop assistant named Tomas. Their friendship is cut short when Tomas reveals a T-shirt that offends Mark's beliefs, exposing ignorance, intolerance and the power of words, words strong enough to turn a good situation very bad ... Read more
Despite the faceless and cold atmosphere at his work place, an office clerk tries to make his colleagues happy. Instead of the classical cliché Christmas gifts, he wants to give his colleagues something real and precious. Tanghi Arghentini is a modern fairy tale.--- ... D Guido Thys S Geert ... Read more
“Independent filmmaking is at its most exceptional when it defies categorization, and Teeth is jaw-droppingly undefinable.” - Sundance Film Festival High school student Dawn works hard at suppressing her budding sexuality by being the local chastity group's most active participant. A stranger ... Read more
“Strained metaphysics dovetail with urban and architectural nostalgia in [this] exquisitely realized, minutely detailed Japanese anime.” - Variety Adapted from the popular work of manga artist Taiyo Matsumoto, Tekkonkinkreet - a pun on the words ‘concrete', ‘iron' and ‘muscles' - sees two ... Read more
Premiered at Cannes Film Festival, The Best of Norman McLaren contains 11 of McLaren's most impressive, short, animated films - carefully restored by the National Film Board of Canada and transferred to 35mm film. A master of experimentation (born in 1914, died in 1987), McLaren's work was heavily ... Read more
This year's Academy Awards winner for Best Short Documentary, The Blood of Yingzhou District, transports us to an impoverished district of China. Here, desperate parents donate blood in return for a few yuan - and AIDS. Their orphaned children suffer as family traditions and village obligations ... Read more
Coloured by a career of salacious rumour, heart-breaking good looks and a ‘live fast, die young' modus operandi, Tasmanian-born Errol Flynn's life was the stuff of Hollywood legend. Endowed with physical attributes (you know what we're talking about) as mighty as his screen appeal, he eventually ... Read more
“A finely chiseled drama about an unstable Chinese mother struggling to reconcile her desires with her children's needs in early 70s Australia… speaks bittersweet truths about life in the Chinese diaspora.” - Variety Drawing from autobiographical experiences, filmmaker Tony Ayres ... Read more
Steve Rocco left an indelible footprint on the skateboard industry. The co-founder behind World Industries, Rocco was one of the prime architects defining the irreverent style and fashion of skateboarding in the 90s. Rocco's World Industries brought a maverick sensibility to skateboard design ... Read more
A family business with a difference - a father and son make a modest living in the back streets of an Iranian city. In stark contrast to the suburbs of Melbourne this film portrays the need to recycle every bit of household scrap metal. ... D Rostam Persson P Nahid Persson WS Swedish Film Institute ... Read more
Gueorgui Pinkhassov gains rare entry into one of Russia's normally impenetrable prisons in The Russian Prison - A Separate Life. He provides the prisoners with an outlet to sardonically tell their stories and uncovers the extremity of life under prison conditions. ... Check out the Talking Picture ... Read more
A lonely woman who lives with her daughter in disconnected silence sews herself a new man from discarded rags. His presence exacerbates tension in the mother-daughter relationship. An unconventional drama of lonliness and redemption. ... D Paul Andersen S Rachel Bowen P Sacha Rodriguez, Miranda ... Read more
Noted for his humour, Elliott Erwitt delivers comedy of a strictly black variety in this examination of American mores. Beauty Knows No Pain takes a sharply focused look at the often merciless training of young girls becoming Rangerettes - cheerleaders at Kilgore College, Texas. ... Check out the ... Read more
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A recent estimate in Korea claimed that 50 percent of the female population had opted for plastic surgery in their 20s. Considering this epidemic, MIFF favourite Kim Ki-duk's (Bad Guy, The Isle) latest work speaks volumes about a nation's pursuit of ul-jjang (a perfect face). His female lead ... Read more
This assemblage takes as much care with its sound as its imagery. An ode to 'passing through' that recycles found footage of travel and movement, teasing out, through its breaks and entrances, a sustained personal narrative of loss and longing. ... D Aubriand (Carole O'Brien) WS Winnipeg Film Group ... Read more
“Every encounter causes a new pain, the pain of growing up, of maturing, of getting old. This is the tragedy.” - filmmaker Reha Erdem Omer wants his dad dead. Yakup is in love with his teacher and, once he spies his dad eyeing her, wants his dad dead too. Yildiz is brought to tears by the ... Read more
WORLD PREMIERE ... A bold, intelligent and unashamedly cinematic rendering of the Shakespearean classic drawing from the talents of Melbourne's leading thespians. ... This modern version of Hamlet comes from the back alleys of Melbourne's CBD. It borrows from French New Wave, Dogme 95 and ... Read more
Director Donovan Wylie will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of The Train ... Shot over nearly a year, Donovan Wylie's The Train tracks a ‘church train' over the broad, empty landscape of northern and eastern Russia. Great characters, choral singing and a ... Read more
A widely acclaimed teen drama that blitzed the Danish box office and took out the Best Children/Family Film award at the Robert Festival in Denmark. Sick and tired of being treated as juniors at their high school, Rebekka, Claudia and Sofie devise their own means of gaining respect. They challenge ... Read more
Neal is a loving family man with a propensity for violence. In a terrible mistaken moment he loses the trust he has struggled so hard to win. A compelling, award-winning British drama about fate. ... ---D Barney Elliott P Eleanor Cook TD 35mm/col/2006/11mins ... Read more
“Tuya wears the trousers in this quirky desert romantic comedy set against China's quixotic campaign to wring profits out of the hardscrabble terrain.” - Screen Daily The quest to find a good, reliable man in Inner Mongolia is as thankless as it is anywhere else in the world. That quest is ... Read more
In The Two Faces of China, René Burri draws from his extensive travels throughout this vast land to show how Chinese Communism has reconciled - or perhaps not - the traditional pull of family and the individual against the collective values of the modern Marxist state. Almost at the point Burri ... Read more
“Animated beasties, both cool and cranky.” - Variety This colourful bedtime story introduces us to Princess Mona, an orphan who lives in a castle with two ghastly characters. One day, her sobs draw a unicorn named U who claims she's there to comfort and protect Mona. Life becomes sweeter with U ... Read more
A ripsnorter that becomes hilarious in its modern context. Taking cues from the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale of a similar name, this 3D, animated comedy goes about updating the premise of an ugly duckling turning into a swan in an unorthodox fashion. The ‘me' of the story is Ratso, a ... Read more
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