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Films Screened In 2007

DOL: A traditional Kurdish tambourine, which is used for festivities in the Middle East, as well as for funerals. On the border of Iran and Iraq sits a small village, Balliova, which is controlled by the Turkish military, frequently at war with Kurdish guerilla fighters. Despite the hostilities ... Read more
“Depicting an African hell on Earth where ant-like men burrow deep into the desert and risk their lives to mine gold.” - Variety Mocktar, a Nigerian peasant travels to Burkina Faso to leave behind his mysterious past and work at the local gold mines. What he finds is a place where human life ... Read more
“An unassumingly political work that unfolds with the simplicity of a parable and the gravity of a Bible story.” - New York Times Dry Season deals with the aftermath of Chad's 40-year civil war. When the government decrees an amnesty on all civil war crimes, 16 year-old orphan Atim, with the ... Read more
A prodigal son unexpectedly arrives with his dog for his younger brother's wedding. Family revelations persuade him to leave again, more of a loner than before. Film Victoria-funded, Dugong screened in International Competition at the Aspen Shortsfest in April 2007. ... D/S Erin White P Melanie ... Read more
Director Taika Waititi will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Eagle vs Shark ... “Napoleon Dynamite meets When Harry Met Sally.” - cinematicalPainfully inept fast food worker Lily is the butt of her co-workers' jokes and the object of her manager's ire ... Read more
Who would imagine that Swiss avant-garde yodelling could bring so much joy? Well, it does. Enter the wondrous sonic world of three exceptional Swiss vocal artists whose universe of sound extends far beyond what we would describe as singing. The Alpine vistas are a stage and inspiration for our ... Read more
“As a spectacle, it's stunning in its dynamism and the last half-hour presents one of the most libidinal depictions of a mass uprising since Eisenstein restaged the storming of the Winter Palace.” - Village Voice An exuberant history lesson, Eijanaika (or ‘Why not!' as the cry translates) ... Read more
In places almost like a surveillance film, Alex Webb's El Otro Lado (The Other Side) follows the desperate flight of Mexicans trying to cross illegally into the USA. ... Check out the Talking Picture Session - Pictures in Motion ... D Alex Webb P Kiki Miyake WS Little Magic Productions TD ... Read more
Presented in a fully restored print, this visceral, quasi-Western is credited as starting the ‘midnight movies' phenomenon. El Topo tells of a black-clad gunslinger whose yearning for spiritual enlightenment leads him into the desert on an adventure that defies rational explanation. As the film's ... Read more
Winner of Silver Wolf Award at last year's International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Enemies of Happiness introduces us to a remarkable 28 year-old woman during Afghanistan's first democratic election in over 30 years. Surrounded by security, Malalai Joya spreads her political beliefs as part ... Read more
In Eve and Marilyn, Arnold spotlights her relationship with Marilyn Monroe, whom she photographed possibly more than any other photographer over a certain period. This film raises fascinating questions about the relationship between the portrait photographer and the sitter, especially when the ... Read more
Author Douglas Coupland (Generation X) makes a foray into film as the screenwriter of Everything's Gone Green, a quirky tale about a slacker caught in a late-20s wasteland. When Ryan (Paulo Costanzo) is dumped by his girlfriend and fired from his office job on the same day, he starts to re-evaluate ... Read more
Grubby, violent and propulsively energetic, Ex Drummer is blacker than Trainspotting and bleaker than L'Enfant (The Child). A gang of Flemish lowlifes are in a wannabe rock band. One of them has a lisp, one is deaf, the other has a bung arm - and they're in desperate need of a drummer. They find ... Read more
Last year's MIFF guest, the enigmatic Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, the Pusher trilogy at MIFF 06), stars in a dark, Hitchcockian thriller set against the high-flying world of corporate finance. Thomas is a man at the top of his game, a successful venture capitalist with a beautiful wife and ... Read more
Silver Poem (Brazil)Order-Re-Order (Austria)Harrachov (UK/Netherlands)Popkitsch (Australia). ..... .:.:...:::ccccoCCoooo: : (Austria)Time Away (Canada)Harmonium (UK)When Your Feet Don't Touch the Ground (Australia)One Verse, No Chorus (Australia) From the Inside, from the Outside (Austria) ... Read more
“It is porn, yes, but of the most noble kind.” - Rotterdam Film Festival The “maestro of pulse-quickening simulated sex” - according to Variety - Jean-Claude Brisseau (Secret Things) continues his cinematic thesis on how women get what they want both in and out of bed. This film, about a ... Read more
The shortest distance and at the same time the most obvious gap between the so-called Third World Countries and Europe is the Straits of Gibraltar. Fair Trade is one of the many stories of child trade that happens there everyday. ... --- ... D/S Michael Dreher P Karim Debbagh & Michael Dreher L ... Read more
“Part poetry, part sociological snapshot of small-town life, Falkenberg Farewell is like a Swedish I Vitelloni - the opening salvo from a new and distinctive talent.” - Toronto Film Festival Jesper Ganslandt's visionary debut is a farewell to his own childhood, created in collaboration with his ... Read more
Playing somewhat like an updated, Austrian version of The Big Chill, Falling is the story of five women returning to their small hometown for their teacher's funeral. Having been apart for almost 14 years, the old school friends seize the opportunity to bond and reminisce, spending the next 24 ... Read more
“Here, you encounter a love completely different from what you have known or experienced before…” - filmmaker Kim Tae-yong Arguments turn to fighting, fighting to shouting, shouting to crying, crying to sulking and sulking back to arguing again - but family is family and family is ... Read more
Shattering lives and friendships. A teenager enters life in the fast lane when the consequences of his and his mate's reckless behaviour hits him head on. World Premiere.---D/S Grant Scicluna P Jannine Barnes WS Happening Films Pty Ltd TD HD cam/col/2006/15mins ... Read more
“You're a good woman, Fay. Someday when all this is over and we have destroyed Western civilization... ” Ten years have passed since Henry Fool. With Fay Grim, filmmaker Hal Hartley reunites us with the characters of the original film who now, in favour of battling the pitfalls of celebrity in ... Read more
This punchy tale of an unimpressed mutt takes a humorous look at how good a friend 'man's best friend' really is. ... D Dana Dorian P Sam McCarthy WS Axis Animation TD video/col/2006/2mins ... Read more
“[Juliet] Binoche is charmingly convincing as a sophisticated French female James Bond who speaks several languages, is handy with an automatic and has kept a pet turtle longer than she keeps her men.” - Hollywood Reporter A secret service agent finds herself attempting to reunite one of her ... Read more
The ‘zom-com' sub-genre gets a technicolor makeover in this frisky take on the adventures of the undead. The town of Willard exists in a kind of retro future where everyone wears smiles on their faces, lives in white-picketed comfort… and owns control-collared zombies to perform menial ... Read more
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