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Films Screened In 2007

Sombre and romantic, this moodily shot musical narrative is set in the 19th century. Tackling issues of love, loss and the varying ways people cope with guilt and grief, Blood Ballad is a decidedly ambitious project that succeeds in being both mysterious and compelling.---D/S Matthew Rich P Rebecca ... Read more
7-year-old Sidsel is fixated by her best friend, and neighbour, Dea. However, when Caroline moves into the building Sidsel is abandoned, leaving the young girl angry and determined to win back her pal. With extraordinary performances and bold direction Blood Sisters confirms the new Danish cinema ... Read more
Ernesto is a well-to-do family man who's going through an existential crisis and decides to build a huge bonfire to celebrate his birthday with his family. Nuanced and superbly directed, Fireworks heralds director Andi Baiz as a major talent to watch. ... ---D/S Andrès Baiz P MarÌa Quintana ... Read more
A Danish drugs and sex education book, The Little Red Schoolbook, caused so much outrage in 1971 that the governments of Australia and many European countries called for it to be banned. Using this furore as its lynchpin, The Book that Shook the World investigates the repressive censorship laws ... Read more
“An emotionally stunning journey of a father's return to his senses.” - Variety Being a family man is the most important thing for Santiago, a successful interior designer living with his wife and daughter in their picturesque home in Argentina. However, their tranquil existence is shattered ... Read more
“Here comes a film. It's a comedy and harmless.” - Lars von Trier When the owner of an IT company decides to sell up, he's forced to wheel out the CEO to seal the deal. The only problem is the CEO was his creation, invented to take the blame for unpopular decisions. Enter Kristoffer, an out of ... Read more
A father's struggle to reunite his family over a single afternoon, told in real-time and, effectively, shot in a single take. Living alone on home detention, Chris (Richard Green) is preparing Christmas lunch for his teenage daughter when an old friend offers a disturbing truth about his ex-wife's ... Read more
“Every scene hangs like a painting.” - Indiewire In an attempt to cure his crippling writer's block, author Jerzy moves his photographer wife Maria and their seven year-old son Jasiek to the Polish countryside. When his literary crisis continues, the strain on their finances becomes a strain on ... Read more
A boy's love for the rain is replaced by a new love of technology. Will Mother Nature's jealous storm draw him back outside, or is the snow of the television all the bad weather he needs? ... D Thomas Fraser P Paul Fletcher WS Victorian College of Arts TD video/col/2006/7mins ... Read more
“Nuttily wonderful… Best of 2006.” - New York Times Equal parts childhood reminiscence, expressionist horror movie, teen detective serial and Grand Guignol reverie, Brand Upon the Brain! is a majestic silent-style movie. The fictionalised story sees house painter Guy Maddin (Erik Steffen ... Read more
Echoing his earlier works Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring and 3-Iron, filmmaker Kim Ki-duk once again looks to the passing seasons and the liberating possibilities of a taboo relationship. This dispassionate but deeply tender love story is a must-see cinema for fans of Kim Ki-duk's ... Read more
Brolga Song is a Dhuwa story that is told in Rembarrnga language in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia. A young boy, Gamarrang, spends his whole life searching for the spirits of his male ancestors - his father and grandfather. ... --- ... D Suren Perera S Victor Hood (Gamarrang), Gordon ... Read more
Villagers in ancient Korea stumble across a mirror, having never seen one before. Danta's adaptation of a Korean folk-tale looks with subtle humour at how easily we can pass judgement on strangers. If we saw ourselves for the first time, who would we see? ... D/S Susan Danta P Donna Sennett WS ... Read more
“It will probably be a film that people will argue about.” - filmmaker Eytan Fox Lulu shares a house with her gay friends, Noam and Yali, in Shenkin Street, Tel Aviv's funkiest urban strip and the metaphorical bubble of the film's title. They waste their days working, smoking and ignoring the ... Read more
“Begins as an ominous rumble of unease, and builds to a shriek. The last 20 minutes are searingly intense.” - Chicago Sun-Times William Friedkin - director of The French Connection and The Exorcist - gets claustrophobically cosy in this macabre thriller based on a play by Tracy Letts that's ... Read more
An MTV mix of debauchery, drugs, rampant sex, true love and conquering the rock stages. Bunny Chow: A type of South African cuisine where the inside of a loaf of bread is scooped out and replaced with a curry of your choice… like the melting pot that is Johannesburg. The new South Africa, a ... Read more
The filmmaker confronts her own family's story in an open and intimate account of the personal meaning and impact of domestic violence. ... ---D/S Kylie Plunkett P Kylie Plunkett, Steve Thomas WS VCA School of Film and Television TD video/col/2006/11mins ... Read more
The closest most of us will get to the mad genius of the great gonzo journalist. In his Colorado home in February 2005, Hunter S. Thompson wrote a suicide note before shooting himself. He was 67. In a salute to a life lived on the edge, documentary maker Tom Thurman - who has previously produced ... Read more
“The ‘erotic thriller' is a genre now long since bastardized by Hollywood. But here is the real article…” - Toronto Film Festival Eve and Damien are passionately in love. Together, they run an unusual café called The Zoo where they host an annual contest for the best animal noise ... Read more
Author of the classic photobook Vietnam Inc, Philip Jones Griffiths, has been photographing South East Asia for more than 35 years. Cambodian Odyssey sees Richard Traylor-Smith follow the Magnum veteran on a trip to Cambodia in the 90s where he ruminates on his philosophy of photojournalism, and ... Read more
A reclusive Chinese harp player uses his imagination and a fish to bring a sparkle to his otherwise repressed & discontented life. ---D/S Adam Arkapaw WS Sasha Whitehouse TD 35mm/col/2006/9mins ... Read more
“The title may suggest a wildlife documentary, but The Cats of Mirikitani is entirely, vibrantly human.” - New York Times Eighty year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of World War II internment camps, Hiroshima and homelessness by creating art. When filmmaker Linda Hattendorf stops to ... Read more
This sharply told Icelandic film is beautifully acted and directed, with a tone to unsettle the most seasoned short film viewer.--- ... D/S/P Saevar Sigurdsson WS L Icelandic w/English subtitles TD video/col/2006/3mins ... Read more
“Reykjavik has never been shown like this before.” - Variety Shot in stylish black and white, Children is a compelling and, at times, darkly humorous look at four intertwined lives in the suburbs of Reykjavik - a single mother and her lonely son; the son's only friend, a 40 year-old ... Read more
The remarkable story of a children's Christmas party given by notorious punk group; The Sex Pistols. ... --- ... D/P Peter Spence TD video/col/2006/9mins ... Read more
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