Films Screened In 2008

Robert, his wife and his son work in a gas station open 24 hours a day. Though nobody ever comes by...Australian premiere. ... D/S Sébastien Aubanel P Frédéric Jouve TD DigiBeta/2007/18 mins ... Read more
“It's a movie that seems simple, yet its subtle and brilliant complexity is not to be denied.” - San Francisco Chronicle ... With its title referring to the exact time dictator Nicolae Ceausescu fled Romania's presidential palace on 22 December 1989, 12.08 East of Bucharest cleverly looks, with a sly wink, at the aftermath of a revolution - most notably the skewed recollection of events by differe... Read more
"Mr. Jia is working at the border where fiction and nonfiction meet, which is where this fantastically surreal country itself seems to exist." - New York Times ... For six decades Factory 420 in Sichuan China has been more than just an aeronautics factory - it has been a self-contained town of its own, with living quarters, cinemas, sports facilities and even a school. Now it's being torn down to ... Read more
Ahmed's pawnshop deals with addicts, thieves, poor old ladies and attackers, it's just another day at 296 Smith Street. ... D/S John Evagora P Jorge Tsadilias WS Victorian College of the Arts TD digibeta/2007/15 mins ... Read more
"Holds up Indonesia like a jewel to the light, examining it for its beauty and flaws, and its mostly non-judgemental eye recalls the less paranoid moments of Easy Rider and its snapshots of 60s America." - Variety ... Yusuf is a young middle-class Muslim entrusted with the all-important in task of delivering an antique cutlery set to a rural wedding, but a one-day trip turns into a three-day odyss... Read more
3 women, 3 generations, 3 journeys. ... Forty-something single mother Minoo is a product of the Islamic Revolution, a generation of women repressed by changes in law under the new Islamic Republic. Her daughter Pegah is a rebellious youth, part of a generation in search of an identity they're yet to find. Together they live with Minoo's mother - three women of three different generations, living i... Read more
"Taking the inevitable step to womanhood is a universal female experience... It's an age when seemingly trivial events have a huge importance." - filmmaker Marian Quinn ... The debut feature from actor-turned-writer-director Marian Quinn (sister of Aidan Quinn, also starring in this film) sees 13-year-old Maeve hit a new milestone: her first bra. Distracted from her friends when she attracts the a... Read more
The legendary May 1968 strike of Paris left its indelible mark on the Cannes Film Festival, just as assuredly as it left its mark on all of French society. ... 1968 saw the Cannes Film Festival halt in solidarity with striking students and workers across France, and from this swelling of leftist pride sprung the Directors' Fortnight section of the Cannes program - a non-competitive sidebar for cou... Read more
"If ABBA could sing Hokkien, they might have auditioned for Royston Tan's 881." - Hollywood Reporter ... Set within the Singaporean song culture of getai - a series of exuberant concerts dominating the seventh month of the Chinese calendar - the latest offering from Royston Tan (4:30, MIFF 06) is a camp musical that brought Singaporeans flocking to the cinema in droves.Vocal non-sensations The Pap... Read more
"As I watched... Yi Yi [A One and A Two] through bleary eyes, I struggled to identify the overpowering feeling that was making me tear up. Was it grief? Joy? Mirth? Yes, I decided, it was all of these. But mostly, it was gratitude." - New York Times ... The first Taiwanese film to win the Grand Prix at Cannes, A One and A Two is widely regarded as Yang's magnum opus; an unparalleled journey throug... Read more
A collection of fresh new Australian shorts from MIFF Accelerators and previous MIFF Shorts award-winners. ... Cicada (9 mins)HEART (30 mins)River of No Return (55 mins) ... ---TD DigiBeta/2007-2008/91mins ... Read more
A collection of fresh new Australian shorts from MIFF Accelerators and previous MIFF Shorts award-winners. ... Four Erin White, 18 minsThe Funk Cris Jones, 7 minsNetherland Dwarf David Michod, 15 mins Nice Shootin' Cowboy Ben Phelps, 15 minsDirections Kasimir Burgess, 14 minsThe Ground Beneath Rene Hernandez, 20 mins---TD Digibeta/2007-2008/89mins ... Read more
Now in its fifth year in 2008, ACCELERATOR has firmly established itself as a showcase of pre-eminent new Australian and New Zealand shorts. For the first time featuring filmmakers from Ireland and Singapore, Accelerator has secured international recognition as an esteemed industry program. The filmmakers have been selected to shift gears in their development and to gain a broader appreciation of ... Read more
Now in its fifth year in 2008, ACCELERATOR has firmly established itself as a showcase of pre-eminent new Australian and New Zealand shorts. For the first time featuring filmmakers from Ireland and Singapore, Accelerator has secured international recognition as an esteemed industry program. The filmmakers have been selected to shift gears in their development and to gain a broader appreciation of ... Read more
If you go down to the woods today... ... The close friendship of three teenagers crumbles at the hands of a deranged sociopath in Acolytes, a nail-biting thriller from Redball director Jon Hewitt.James and Mark have been tormented their whole lives by local bully Gary Parker, and in their final year of high school they vow revenge. When they stumble across a serial killer they see an opportunity t... Read more
A gentle comedy at the crossroads of manual labour and religious belief. ... On the outskirts of Paris, Algerian and French cultures clash in a bleak industrial zone, where stacks of pallets are prepared and trucks are fixed by hard-working Muslim immigrants. Factory owner Mao runs a tight ship; a strict employer, he manages to keep his workers on side by building a mosque on the premises, emphasi... Read more
Ahmad is an Afghan refugee who discovers the complications that arise from putting down roots in a new land. World premiere.---D/S Aaron Wilson P Kim Fairbrother TD digibeta/2008/15mins ... Read more
The story of Baby Shoes and his passion for his girl Alex, the nymphomaniac who steals his zelophile heart. An irreverent and stylish romp through transgressive love. Australian premiere.---D/S Sean Conway P Samm Haillay TD DigiBeta/2007/16mins ... Read more
When Ali's mother has her greatest treasure taken from her, Ali hatches a plan to replace it with the help of a girl on the other side of the razor-wire fence.---D/S Alex Holmes P Helen Panckhurst TD digibeta/2008/15mins ... Read more
"Forgiveness is being aware of the suffering of others" - filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve ... The feature debut from Mia Hansen-Løve (former critic for Cahiers du Cinéma and actress in the films of Olivier Assayas, Les Destinées Sentimentales and Late August, Early October) gives us a series of snap-shots in the life of a family that is slowly falling apart. Drug-addled and abusive, an adulterous failed... Read more
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