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Films Screened In 2008

“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 completing compulsory military service, director Yoav Shamir (5 Days, MIFF 06) takes us deep inside a world ... Read more
“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 it's tradition to wear a flower, pink or red if your mother is still alive, white if she is no ... Read more
The story of one man's unholy fascination with God.---D/S Joe Tucker P/S Raphael Warner TD DigiBeta/2007/11mins ... Read more
Free love, friendship, family and fondue. World premiere ---D/S Erin White P Zyra McAuliffe TD digibeta/2008/18mins ... Read more
“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 the lottery, his life takes an upswing - or so it seems. His supposed new friends (and lover) ... Read more
“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 François (Louis Garrel) finds himself falling, for better or worse, for the newly married ... Read more
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. Lured by the promise of fast money, she becomes involved in helping Lila, a widowed Mohawk Indian ... Read more
“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 life. One of the first coastal areas of China to be opened to the outside world, it has become an ... Read more
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
“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 water down the sadism for this English-language revamp of Funny Games, starring Naomi Watts, Tim ... Read more
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-wrestling team, his diligent note taking on the wrestling moves mystifies his teammates. With Ryoichi ... Read more
“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 from British writer and director Damian Harris. ... Leslie - an eight-year-old girl abducted off the ... Read more
“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 ... Entering his sixth decade of filmmaking, highly acclaimed French director Claude Chabrol capitalises ... 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 birthday, the three-time Academy Award-nominated Philip Glass remains one of the most influential ... Read more
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 outside Europe and the US. Travelling to South America, Asia and the Middle East, Dunn and McFadyen ... Read more
“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 friendship. ... Peppy, energetic and sprinkled with a plethora of plotlines, Golden Eighties follows ... Read more
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 book of the same name by Roberto Saviano, who as a result of publishing the manuscript is currently ... 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 ... Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) turns his attention to the Wild ... Read more
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 Rene Hernandez P Kristina Ceyton TD digibeta/2008/20mins ... Read more
“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 equally thankless relationship, she’s closing in on her thirties when everything comes ... 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, these experimental films question our perception of ‘light moving in time'. Guy Sherwin is a guest ... Read more
“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 ‘Hafez' - so named after the 700-year-old Persian poet. He is asked to pass on his knowledge to ... Read more
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 just a stage show, it became a sign of the times. This documentary candidly interviews the cast of ... Read more
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 --- D/S/P Dustin Feneley TD digibeta/2008/13mins ... Read more
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 L Mandarin, Hokkien and English w/English subtitles TD 2008/14mins ... Read more
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