Films Screened In 2009

Joost Rekveld's propagation and diffraction of light through holes and grids creates the ultimate visual music for the eye. ... Not in competition ... --- D/S Joost Rekveld P Gerard Holthuis WS Filmbank L no dialogue TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
The meaning of life is cheap. ... $9.99 has the beauty of meticulous claymation, nourished by the sustenance of a master storyteller. Tatia Rosenthal has taken a who's who of Australian voice talent (including MIFF mascot Geoffrey Rush) and a gorgeous Art Deco apartment block in Tel Aviv and melded them with the short stories of Etgar Keret. This is a striking and entertaining stop-motion animatio... Read more
Is there a tougher woman than Rebiya Kadeer? ... Rebiya Kadeer spent six years in a Chinese prison before being exiled to Washington DC. An tireless advocate for the independence of her oil-rich Uyghur homeland - known as East Turkestan - she has been punished at every turn by the Chinese authorities, who have now condemned two of her sons to lengthy prison sentences. ... Rising from obscurity and... Read more
This perceptual training film disciplines the eye to catch a single frame, an explosion of light, a moment of gesture and timing. ... --- D/P/S Johann Lurf WS SixPackFilm L No dialogue TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
“The switch for kitschy visuals and florid melodrama is flicked to 11.” - Variety ... Flamboyant filmmaker Royston Tan follows on from the bubblegum musical fun of 881 (MIFF 08) to once again delve into the exuberant Singaporean song culture of getai - a series of open-air concerts dominating the seventh month of the Chinese calendar. ... 12 Lotus follows the darker tale of Lian Hua, a girl who dr... Read more
“Smoother than the finest liquor, reminds viewers how rarely movies capture the easygoing love embodied in a functional family, with all its support and tenderness.” - Variety ... Claire Denis (Beau travail, MIFF 2000; Trouble Every Day, MIFF 03) paints a nuanced portrait of a shifting relationship between a father and daughter in this tender drama set in the suburbs of Paris. ... Train driver Lio... Read more
Young. Real. Naive. ... In 1999, 21-year-old Jesse Martin became the youngest person ever to sail solo, non stop and unassisted around the world. On his return he took four other young people sailing on what was planned to be a three-year voyage, stopping at the world's most remote and beautiful places. Dubbing the trip the ‘Journey of Young People', Martin intended to make a 13-part documentary s... Read more
The first ever film from North Korea to be distributed internationally. ... A gently sketched tale of a rebellious teenager, exasperated by her overworked parents and the boredom of life in the North Korean countryside, A Schoolgirl's Diary is significant in being the first time that life under Kim Jong-il's regime has been represented in commercial cinema. ... Su-ryeon, fed up with the simple cou... Read more
Shifting between three-dimensional objects and two-dimensional surfaces, the illusion of space is folded through the use of mirrors and sound. ... --- D/P/S Max Hattler WS Max Hattler L no dialogue TD betacamsp/2008 ... Read more
“A seamless piece of ensemble filmmaking.” - Tribeca Film Festival jury ... From within the straightjacket of a highly controlled film industry, Iranian visionary Asghar Farhadi (The Beautiful City, Fireworks Wednesday) miraculously emerges with an uncompromising chronicle of middle-class Iranian malaise. ... A group of friends holidaying on the Caspian Sea play matchmaker between a divorcé and sc... Read more
This is the first of two must-see short film programs from the hottest new filmmaking talent in Australia and New Zealand, plus this year for the first time, Denmark. ... Accelerator is an annual MIFF initiative designed to fast-track the careers of outstanding emerging filmmakers. Alongside the two screening programs, Accelerator is a four-day intensive workshop for the selected filmmakers which ... Read more
This is the second of two must-see short film programs from the hottest new filmmaking talent in Australia and New Zealand, plus this year for the first time, Denmark. ... Accelerator is an annual MIFF initiative designed to fast-track the careers of outstanding emerging filmmakers. Alongside the two screening programs, Accelerator is a four-day intensive workshop for the selected filmmakers which... Read more
An endearing, tongue-in-cheek look at the action behind the action. ... A former stuntman himself, Jeong Byeong-gil picks up a camera to document the unheralded heroes/lunatics of Korean cinema who - at the risk of broken bones, broken egos and even death - make the superstars look oh-so-good. ... Following a handful of students-turned-graduates from the Seoul Action School, Action Boys ventures o... Read more
“A warm homage to cinema itself… Watch it and understand why Filipino cinema is now hot.” - Rotterdam Film Festival ... In the neo-realistic tradition of De Sica's The Bicycle Thief, Adela follows a former radio personality living in the slums of Manila, as she confronts her prevailing loneliness on her 80th birthday. ... Taking on the titular role, veteran actress Anita Linda turns in an award-wi... Read more
The hunk who plays Vinnie Chase in HBO's Entourage series, Adrian Grenier, speaks with Charlie Pickering about his time on the other side of the photographer's lens while making Teenage Paparazzo, and reflects on our celebrity obsessed culture. ... Read more
“Rarely has the tinderbox nature of the Middle East been so accurately lensed, on such an intimate scale.” - Variety ... Four characters on separate journeys crash together as individual pieces of a larger puzzle in Ajami, a film that begins with a single act of revenge before spiralling out of control. ... First-time filmmakers Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani gather a cast of non-professionals to c... Read more
“I can't take any more of your highbrow direction! I've done this goddamn scene 30 times!” ... Actor-turned-director Maïwenn Le Besco's latest feature is a clever black comedy masquerading as a behind-the-scenes ‘making of' documentary, in which a film director (Maïwenn) follows her actress friends in their hilarious daily travails. ... An all-star cast - including Jeanne Balibar, Julie Depardieu,... Read more
“Wise and deliciously witty.” - The London Film Festival ... Filmmaker Ryosuke Hashiguchi emerges from a seven-year hiatus to present an intimate rendering of married life with All Around Us. ... Shoko and Kanao (played in an exceptional acting debut from author Lily Franky) do their best to hold together as their relationship evolves, and they face the many challenges life throws their way. Easy-... Read more
“[A] modern-day mash-up of throbbing tom-toms and Woodstocky multiscreen mayhem.” - Austin Chronicle ... This fast-paced bricolage celebrates the 10th anniversary of All Tomorrow's Parties, the cult music festival founded by Barry Hogan. Curated by a different band or artist each year, the festival is a place where artists, organisers and fans can immerse themselves in a commune of indie-rock, fre... Read more
Godard's iconic sci-fi noir is one of cinema's truly unconventional and striking films. ... In totalitarian future city emotions are outlawed, residents are bar coded and are constantly monitored by the supercomputer known as Alpha 60 that rules the metropolis. Secret agent Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) infiltrates the city, tasked with killing the creator of the computer, but finds himself fa... Read more
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