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Films Screened In 2008

Rough charcoal lines snake across a paper background in synchronization with oscillating, pitch-shifting human voices in this piece of contemporary visual music. --- D/P Christina Michelle Tester TD DigiBeta/2008/3mins ... Read more
"I'm lazy, I turn up late... personal hygiene was another issue that's come up." - filmmaker Chris Waitt ... When unemployed man-child Chris Waitt is dumped by Alice - the most recent in a long list of disenchanted and disillusioned girlfriends - he decides to find out why. Armed with a camera and ... Read more
"Sleek, chic and hysterical, the film owes more to Preston Sturges than Michelangelo Antonioni." - Cinematheque Ontario ... Set over a couple of frenetic days in a Taipei entertainment corporation, A Confucian Confusion weaves its way through a collection of characters linked by blood, profession ... Read more
Since 2005, the National Film and Sound Archive has been actively restoring some of the surviving 135 films screened by the Corrick Family of entertainers, part of a vaudeville act that toured Australia, NZ and Asia between 1901 and 1914. ... This first batch of 11 titles includes the Pathé ... Read more
All hell is about to break loose. ... A plane crash in Evans City leads to a poisonous spill in the local water supply. Side effects of the top secret deadly bacteria on the local population include spasms, bursts of aggression and death: a lovely old lady stabs a rescuer with a knitting needle, a ... Read more
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 collected here as a tribute to the director.Marilena from P7 - On a rooftop in Bucharest, young Andrei ... Read more
"No one song can change the world. But that doesn't mean its time to stop singing." - Neil Young ... There's a sense of déjà vu for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young as they reunite to once again take an anti-war stance - just as they did in the 60s with Vietnam, when they became a voice of the ... Read more
A vivid portrait, animating the passionate work of Tehran street artist Jamshid Aminfar. --- D/P Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami L Farsi w/English subtitles TD vid/col/2007/35min ... Read more
"Dainipponjin has to be, hands down, the strangest picture in Cannes this year... [It is] tears-down-the-face funny and a genuine jaw-dropping oddity." - Variety ... Stand-up comedian and actor Hitoshi Matsumoto adds ‘director' to his list of cred-entials with this absurd mockumentary about a ... Read more
"Dawn of the Dead is one of the best horror films ever made - and, as an inescapable result, one of the most horrifying." - Chicago Sun-Times ... The second instalment in George A. Romero's ‘Dead' series takes a swipe at suburbia and consumer culture, with the flesh-rending this time set against ... Read more
Gore becomes almost conceptual art in this third (and unduly underestimated) chapter of the ‘Dead' series. ... Written as a colossal finale to the series, but downsized at the last minute due to budget cuts, it's quintessential Romero at his most minimal, effective and ferociously visionary. Day ... Read more
"More arthouse than grindhouse... spiced with a mordant sense of humor." - Twitch ... Filmmaker Pavel Ruminov's first feature ushers in a new age in contemporary Russian horror films. His constantly moving camera prowls a dank and barren Moscow, the perfect backdrop for this spooky-as-hell ghost ... Read more
"There is topless nudity aplenty - shower shots, dressing shots, undressing shots - anything and everything the hormones of a raging horror/sci-fi fan could long for." - DVD Verdict ... Faced with a growing number of unemployed teenagers, the Australian government has started locking them up in a ... Read more
"Sometimes I think people expect me to walk in with fangs and a cape, I think they expect me to be some kind of raving lunatic." - George A. Romero ... One of the most important voices of independent cinema - or any cinema for that matter - George A. Romero has been scaring audiences around the ... Read more
Winner of more than 20 awards, including the Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival. ... Critically acclaimed, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu takes us through the final hours of a dying man's life as he is shipped from one hospital to the next, forgotten, ignored or unnoticed by the very ... Read more
Thirty-three years of lies and deception threaten to unravel as three ex-Mossad agents find themselves unwittingly recalled to duty. ... In 1964 three Mossad agents led by Rachel (powerhouse Israeli actress Gila Almagor) capture the ‘Surgeon of Birkenau', an infamous Nazi war criminal responsible ... Read more
Dennis's mother is hurt when he invites a local girl out on a date. Despite pressure to cancel, Dennis ventures into a night that he will never forget. Screened at Sundance 08 --- D/S Mads Matthiesen S Martin Zandvliet P Jonas Bagger TD 35mm/2007/18mins ... Read more
A memorial, homage and exploration of the late and great Derek Jarman, maverick of the British film scene. ... Breaking down barriers in Thatcher's conformist England with his predominantly queer, left-of-centre and intensely personal films, Derek Jarman was the kind of filmmaker rare in today's ... Read more
A journey to the recesses of photographed memory in Chris Marker's impressionistic film, Description of a Struggle, which won the Golden Bear at the 1961 Berlin Festival. ... In his 1960 film Marker travelled to Israel to capture the young country's struggle for identity and to muse on what the ... Read more
"The desert grows, and woe to him who conceals the desert within him..." - Friedrich Nietzsche ... Hot off the success of last year's award-winning La Zona, Rodrigo Plá doesn't put one step wrong in leading Mexico's cinematic resurgence with this epic drama, The Desert Within.Battling an earthly ... Read more
"By far the most punk movie ever made." - Richard Hell, punk legend ... Banned in France for its daring portrayal of alienated youth - and called a masterpiece by the likes of Francois Truffaut - The Devil, Probably was one of Robert Bresson's most prescient films, in its depiction of aimless ... Read more
Real zombies move slow. ... Taking a shot at Zack Snider's accelerated version of the living dead, Romero returns for the fifth time to his own franchise with a trip back to the future. A film full of energy, as close as ever to Night of the Living Dead yet rooted in our own new media culture ... Read more
A desperate man finds inspiration in a broken shopping trolley. World premiere, AcceleratED ... ... D/S Kasimir Burgess P Chris Kamen TD digibeta/2008/14mins ... Read more
Part seven in John Smith's deceptively simple Hotel Diaries series, this time set in Israel.---D/P John Smith WS Video Data Bank TD vid/col/2007/14mins ... Read more
On his way home, a young man teeters between an absorbing state of delusion and an unremarkable normality. World premiere.---D/S Callum Cooper P Anna Kaplan TD 35mm/2008/9mins ... Read more
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