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Films Screened In 2007

AVIVA MY LOVE (Shemi Zarhin, 2006)
Winner of Best Screenplay at the Jerusalem Film Festival, Aviva My Love is an upbeat domestic drama set against the economic hardship of Israel's suburbs. Hotel cook Aviva is the rock at the heart o… Read more

AWAY FROM HER (Sarah Polley, 2006)
“I never wanted to be away from her. She had the spark of life.” Actress Sarah Polley's (eXistenZ, My Life Without Me) directorial debut is as much about Alzheimer's disease as it is a complex po… Read more

AZUR AND ASMAR (Michel Ocelot, 2006)
“Pure magic… a tale of childlike wonder and innocence that speaks to open-minded humans of any age.” - Hollywood Reporter A hit at last year's Cannes Film Festival, Azur and Asmar is a mo… Read more

Backseat (Pauline Whyman, )
One day unfolds through the eyes of 12 year old Janine when she goes with her foster parents to meet her biological family for the first time --- ... D/S Pauline Whyman P Kath Shelper TD video/col/2… Read more

BALLAD OF NARAYAMA, THE (Shohei Imamura, )
“The Ballad of Narayama is Imamura's masterpiece.” - Senses of Cinema No holds barred in its depiction of a harsh village existence 100 years ago, The Ballad of Narayama is a remake of the 1958… Read more

Bat and the Butterfly, The (Dave Jones, )
The Bat and The Butterfly is a Dhuwa story that is told in Rittharngu language in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia. In a misguided search for affection, a ruthless hunter abducts a caring … Read more

BEAUFORT (Joseph Cedar, 2007)
“Beaufort could be seen as a new version of All Quiet on the Western Front.” - Screen International The oppressive reality of war comes to the fore in this gripping tale of Israel's evacuation o… Read more

BEAUTY IN TROUBLE (Jan Hrebejk, 2006)
“Beauty in trouble flees to the good angel/On whom she can rely...” - poet Robert Graves Striking, young mother Marcela lost everything in the floods that swamped Prague in 2002. Her flat is smal… Read more

Beauty Knows No Pain (Elliot Erwitt, 1971)
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 traini… Read more

BEHIND THE VEIL (Eve Arnold, 1969)
As the title suggests, Eve Arnold offers a rare glimpse into the world of the harem in Behind the Veil. We witness the rituals of a young Sheikha as she prepares for marriage into the ruling family o… Read more

BELLA (Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, 2006)
“You want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans.” For José, the memories of his pro soccer career weigh heavy on his shoulders as he slaves in his brother's restaurant in New York City. When m… Read more

BELLE TOUJOURS (Manoel de Oliveira, 2006)
“I'm a different woman now. I'm not the same woman who needed to be in love with one man to make love with another.” Thirty-nine years after Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carriére shocked a… Read more

best BigPond MIFF shorts (, 2007)
Hard to Swallow ... Short in size doesn't mean short in content… Once again, best BigPond MIFF shorts pulls out all stops to present a short film competition that proves the short is as mighty… Read more

BET COLLECTOR, THE (Jeffrey Jeturian, 2006)
Producer Josabeth Alonso will be attending the festival and will be introducing the first screening of The Bet Collector ... For those without a choice, the name of the game is survival… It's … Read more

BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH (Frank van den Engel, Masja Novikova, 2007)
“A circus should steer clear of politics.” Along the ancient Silk Road connecting China to Europe, the circus is a deeply rooted cultural phenomenon. In Uzbekistan, it is as alive today as it wa… Read more

BEYOND EYRUV (John Mounier, 2006)
An intriguing look at the journey of a young man struggling to assimilate in New York after leaving the confines of an Orthodox Hasidic enclave. Strung above the streets of Orthodox Hasidic neighbou… Read more

BEYOND OUR KEN (Luke Walker and Melissa Maclean, 2007)
WORLD PREMIERE ... You wouldn't know a cult if you joined one.What is Kenja? It is derided as a ‘secretive cult' in the media, its leader described as a ‘seedy conman' in parliament. For 25 years… Read more

BIG DREAMERS (Camille Hardman, 2006)
Big Dreamers Australia One man's quixotic struggle to build the world's biggest gumboot. ... D Camille Hardman S John Fink P Camille Hardman & John Fink WS Barking Cat Productions TD video/col/2007/… Read more

BILLY THE KID (Jennifer Venditti, 2006)
Jury Prize winner at the recent SXSW Film Festival, Billy the Kid is unquestionably one of the year's highlights of documentary filmmaking, destined to be a classic. Debut filmmaker Jennifer Venditt… Read more

Black Lines, The (Camilla Magid, 2006)
Behind the walls of a Syrian hamman, friends Eman and Rima meet to bathe and share confidences. An intimate and occasionally disarming portrait emerges of two modern women actively engaged in definin… Read more

BLACK RAIN (Shohei Imamura, 1989)
“Only the Japanese - perhaps only Imamura - could have made a film in which the bomb at Hiroshima is simply the starting point for an unforgiving critique of Japanese society itself.” - Chicago S… Read more

BLACK SHEEP (Jonathan King, 2006)
Director Jonathan King will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Black Sheep ... “A freaky-fun flick that's equal parts loony lamb-poon, revolting ram-page, and… Read more

BLACK SNAKE MOAN (Craig Brewer, 2006)
“The creators of Hustle and Flow have another raw hit on their hands!” - Hollywood Reporter Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci and Justin Timberlake headline this gritty metamorphosis of deeply … Read more

BLIND MOUNTAIN (Yang Li, 2007)
A vivid and visually stunning film, Blind Mountain's pretty exterior encompasses a darker subject - the abduction and slave trafficking of women in rural China. Bai Xuemei is a young university grad… Read more

BLISS (Sheng Zhimin, 2006)
What passes away is, perhaps, like the river. Day and night, it never lets up. On the banks of the Yangtze River in the misty city of Chongqing, a father and son live in the shadow of one woman - th… Read more

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