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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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read more
Sometimes, jail is the only place you can be free. ... In Russia, 15-year-olds convicted of criminal acts get sent to adult prisons; for anyone younger it's reform school. Alone in Four Walls takes us inside one such complex in rural Russia, packed to the rafters with 10- to 14-year-old boys ... Read more
A transsexual Cinderella story. ... Raquela Rios has a dream: to make it all the way to Paris, to meet her Prince Charming and to settle down into a life of luxury. But Paris is a long way from the streets of Cebu City in the Philippines and Raquela is a transsexual prostitute - the odds, it seems ... Read more
"I'm always drawn to incidents that if unpacked, reveal a lot about a moment and a culture, and I felt this was one of them." - filmmaker Annie Goldson. ... They called him the White Angel. John Scott was the director of the Fijian Red Cross. His courage was lauded during a coup in 2000 when in the ... Read more
Tehran, Iran, 1985. The Iran/Iraq war. A moving portrayal of what happens inside a bomb shelter. Australian premiere.---D/S Maryam Mohajer P/WS Royal College of Art L Farsi w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2007/6mins ... Read more
"When filming wars, I noticed everybody had a sense of their roles as actors in a grand tragedy - imbuing moments that could be their last with spiritual dimensions. Here, the actor is a portal - to an eventual journey with each of us as actor in the human story." - filmmaker Tahir Cambis ... A ... Read more
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