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Films Screened In 2008

BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY, A (Edward Yang, 1991)
"This film is so uncommonly good that Yang's other very impressive works pale beside it." - Chicago Reader ... Often spoken of in terms of ‘genius' and even ‘one of the greatest films ever made',… Read more

BUDDHA COLLAPSED OUT OF SHAME (Hana Makhmalbaf, 2007)
"When they become adults how will these children, who mock the game of war in childhood, play with each other and with the future of humanity?" - filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf ... In 2001 the Taliban des… Read more

BURNED HEARTS (Ahmed El Maanouni, 2007)
"Further proof of the richness and diversity of recent Moroccan cinema." - Variety ... Marking filmmaker Ahmed El Maanouni's return to fictional drama - his music doco Trances (1982) was restored and… Read more

C Block Story (Cristian Nemescu, 2002)
Promising young Romanian director Cristian Nemescu was killed in a car crash in late 2006, while his debut feature California Dreamin' was in post production. Three of Nemescu's lively shorts are col… Read more

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' (ENDLESS) (Cristian Nemescu, 2007)
"A complex dark comedy of near-Shakespearean proportions." - Variety ... During the Kosovo war, a train carrying radar equipment and a group of American soldiers gets stalled at a train station in a … Read more

Capitalism: Child Labor (Ken Jacobs, 2006)
[Screening with PROFIT MOTIVE in Free Radicals] Underground filmmaker Ken Jacob's flickered deconstruction of two still images. --- D Ken Jacobs TD DigiBeta/2006/3mins + 14mins ... Read more

Capitalism: Slavery (Ken Jacobs, 2006)
[Screening with PROFIT MOTIVE in Free Radicals] Underground filmmaker Ken Jacob's flickered deconstruction of two still images. --- D Ken Jacobs TD DigiBeta/2006/3mins + 14mins ... Read more

CARAMEL (M) (Nadine Labaki, 2007)
"Caramel is the idea of sweet and salt, sugary and sour, of the delicious sugar that can burn or hurt you." - filmmaker Nadine Labaki ... Sugar, water and lemon juice - for the workers and friends wh… Read more

Careful with that Axe (Leo Woodhead, 2007)
A boy, bare feet and an axe. Australian premiere, Accelerator 08---D/P/S Jason Stutter WS New Zealand Film Commission TD 35mm/2007/2mins ... Read more

Cargo (Jason Stutter, 2008)
Cargo is a realistic and powerful film that portrays a young boy's descent into the world of child trafficking. Believing he is about to cross a border to a new life, the young runaway instead discov… Read more

CARGO 200 (Aleksey Balabanov, 2007)
"In its lawlessness and chaos, the Russia of 1984 was every bit as grotesque as anything dreamed up in the realms of modernist fiction." - Screen Daily ... Set on the eve of Perestroika, Cargo 200 re… Read more

CELEBRITY: DOMINICK DUNNE (Tim Jolley & Kirsty De Garis, 2008)
"The story of Dunne's life is as much about reinvention and the courage to change direction as it is a current study of the shallow, celebrity-crazed state of popular culture." - filmmaker Kirsty de … Read more

Chainsaw (Dennis Tupicoff, 2007)
Love is like a chainsaw, a very dangerous beast indeed. Screened at Annecy, awarded the Grand Jury Prize in Oberhaussen.---D/S Dennis Tuppicoff P Fiona Cochrane WS Jungle Pictures TD 35mm/2008/24mins ... Read more

CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH, THE (Fred Schepisi, 1978)
MIFF Patron Geoffrey Rush presents a film that had a formative experience on him, Fred Schepisi's The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith. A Q&A session featuring Geoffrey Rush and Fred Schepisi will follow th… Read more

Chicken of God (Frank Woodley, 2008)
When the face of Jesus appears in a chicken's comb, Yirri and Teresa's vineyard becomes the site of an adventure of biblical proportions. Directed by Frank Woodley of Lano and Woodley. World premiere… Read more

CHRISTMAS TALE, A (Arnaud Desplechin, 2008)
"Desplechin's ambitious widescreen tale overflows with inescapable emotion." - Screen International ... When Junon (Catherine Deneuve) and her husband assemble their oddball clan - all seemingly suff… Read more

CHRISTOPHER COLOMBUS - THE ENIGMA (Manoel de Oliveira, 2007)
Life is the journey, life is the enigma. ... At 99 years old, veteran filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira (Belle Toujours, MIFF 07) returns to MIFF with Christopher Columbus - The Enigma, a romanticised ble… Read more

Cicada (Amiel Courtin-Wilson, )
A man details his most intimate and life changing moment in a moving monologue. --- D Amiel Courtin-Wilson P Sally Hussy TD DigiBeta/2008/9mins ... Read more

City of Cranes (Eva Weber, 2007)
A poetic ballet of cranes gives us a bird's eye view of London's ever-changing skyline. --- D Eva Weber P Samantha Zarzosa WS Odd Girl Out Productions TD DigiBeta/2007/14mins ... Read more

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CLEOPATRA (Júlio Bressane, 2007)
"The legend of Cleopatra unfolds through the nuances of Portuguese literature, music and culture." - The Hollywood Reporter ... Audacious Brazilian filmmaker Júlio Bressane brings us his visio… Read more

CLOUD 9 (Andreas Dresen, 2008)
Love hurts - even when you're over 60. ... Sixty-something seamstress Inge is thrown into a torrid love affair after bringing a pair of pants she altered to their owner, the affable 76-year-old Karl.… Read more

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