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Films Screened In 2008

FLIPPING OUT (Yoav Shamir, 2007)
“Looking into the mirror can be a very frightening and frustrating experience, it is a constant love-hate relationship.” - filmmaker Yoav Shamir ... Drawing on his own experiences after completin… Read more

FLOWER IN THE POCKET (Seng Tat Liew, 2007)
“A film whose genuine humor and lack of pretension, not to mention palpable warmth, set it above the general run of new Malaysian cinema.” - Variety ... On Mother's Day in some parts of the world… Read more

For the Love of God (Joe Tucker, 2007)
The story of one man's unholy fascination with God.---D/S Joe Tucker P/S Raphael Warner TD DigiBeta/2007/11mins ... Read more

Four (Erin White, 2008)
Free love, friendship, family and fondue. World premiere ---D/S Erin White P Zyra McAuliffe TD digibeta/2008/18mins ... Read more

FOX AND HIS FRIENDS (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1975)
“One of Fassbinder's easiest, most naturalistic movies.” - New York Times ... Fox is a financially strapped gay man who performs in a travelling circus as ‘Fox the Talking Head'. When he wins t… Read more

FRONTIER OF DAWN (Philippe Garrel, 2008)
“The director paints a contemporary yet timeless world in which the intensity of human feelings is the main distraction.” - Screen International ... On assignment, professional photographer Fran&… Read more

FROZEN RIVER (Courtney Hunt, 2008)
What would you risk for your family? ... When her husband vanishes after gambling away the family savings, Ray (Melissa Leo, 21 Grams) is left struggling to care for her boys and make ends meet. Lure… Read more

FUJIAN BLUE (Robin Shouing Weng, 2008)
“A headlong dive into the company of reckless Chinese youths.” - Variety ... In the gritty hub that is China's Fujian province, human cargo, illegal emigration and blackmail are part of everyday … Read more

Funk, The (Cris Jones, 2008)
Jack wakes up one day to find himself plagued by a funk, a mysterious force that sucks the life right out of him. (Not in comp). --- D/S Cris Jones P Melanie Coombs TD Animation DigiBeta/2008/7mins ... Read more

FUNNY GAMES (Michael Haneke, 2007)
“Of course this film is a provocation. It is meant as a provocation.” - filmmaker Michael Haneke ... In this shot-for-shot remake of his own 1997 feature, Michael Haneke (Hidden, MIFF 05) doesn't… Read more

GACHI BOY - WRESTLING WITH A MEMORY (Norihiro Koizumi , 2008)
Overflowing with raucous humour, heart and guts, Gachi Boy is about putting tragedy in a headlock and not letting it define you. ... When undergrad law student Ryoichi joins a university pro-wrestlin… Read more

GARDENS OF THE NIGHT (Damian Harris, 2007)
“Compelling drama about abducted children avoids the heartstrings and goes right for the gut.” - The Hollywood Reporter ... The issue of abducted children is dealt with in this chilling feature f… Read more

GIRL CUT IN TWO, A (Claude Chabrol, 2007)
“You can sense [Claude] Chabrol's wicked grin behind the camera in every sense… the master shows that he has lost none of his youthful energy.” - Toronto International Film Festival ... En… Read more

“I've been called a minimalist composer for more than 30 years, and while I've never really agreed with the description, I've gotten used to it.” - Philip Glass ... In the year of his 70th birthd… Read more

GLOBAL METAL (Scott McFadyen & Sam Dunn, 2007)
7 Countries, 3 Continents, 1 Tribe. ... Headbangers, filmmakers and anthropologists Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen once again hit the road to discover the impact heavy metal music has had on cultures out… Read more

GOLDEN EIGHTIES (PG) (Chantal Akerman, 1986)
“Like Jacques Demy on speed.” - Time Out ... Chantal Akerman's candy-coloured musical is set entirely in a Parisian shopping mall, in an unashamed celebration of 80s French pop, young love and fr… Read more

GOMORRAH (Matteo Garrone, 2008)
Winner of the Grand Prix at this year's Cannes Film Festival. ... A sprawling and intensely involving memoir of contemporary life under the shadow of the mafia, Gomorrah is based on a best-selling bo… Read more

“Much like Thompson at his best, this film will make you want to yell in frustration at America's continuing parade of liars, pimps and thieves.” - San Francisco International Film Festival ... O… Read more

Ground Beneath, The (Rene Hernandez, 2008)
Kaden's encounters with friends and enemies propel him on a journey of self-discovery. An affecting meditation on the power of trust from MIFF shorts winner Rene Hernandez. World premiere. ... D/S Re… Read more

GUITAR, THE (Amy Redford, 2008)
“There is no tomorrow, all my tomorrows are yesterday.” ... Melody (Saffron Burrows) has been living an anaemic existence for a long time. With a thankless job and an equ… Read more

Like a blast of cinematic conceptual art, film artist Guy Sherwin's hand-crafted films explore the elements of film's grain, tone, flicker, sound, light and space. Beautiful, enigmatic and sensual, t… Read more

HAFEZ (Abolfazl Jalili, 2007)
“There is no melody more beautiful and eternal than the melody of love” - Persian Poet Hafez ... After memorising the Koran and passing his exams, scholar Shams al-Din is elevated to the rank of … Read more

HAIR, LET THE SUNSHINE IN (Pola Rapaport, 2007)
No one could have envisaged that a hippie musical about a crazy-haired gang of teens, singing for peace and love, and shedding their clothes, would have such a profound effect on America. More than j… Read more

Hawker (Dustin Feneley, 2008)
Local actor Syd Brisbane stars in this atmospheric portrait of a travelling salesman. Feneley's short Snow screened at MIFF 06 and was part of Cinefondation Cannes in the same year. World premiere --… Read more

Haze (Anthony Chen, 2008)
Escaping the heat, humidity and haze outside, two teenagers stay indoors and play out an innocent love affair. Screened at Berlin Film Festival, Australian premiere --- D/S Anthony Chen P Felicia Tan… Read more

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