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Films Screened In 2009

Twelve-year-old Anna is in at a crossroads in her life. Her world is changing - and so is she. ... Not in competition ... --- D/S Rúnar Rúnarsson P Caroline Schlüter WS Caroline Schlüter L Danish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
The most controversial film of Cannes 2009. The latest feature from Lars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark, Breaking the Waves) is a harrowing depiction of marital breakdown starring a grieving couple, Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg (who won Cannes's best actress award for her harrowing ... Read more
ART & COPY reveals the stories behind and the personal odysseys of some of the most influential advertising visionaries of our time and their campaigns, including Lee Clow (Apple Computer 1984, and today's iPod); Dan Wieden (“Just Do It”); Phyllis K. Robinson (who invented the “me ... Read more
“The greatest passion of my life is something that makes me sick to my stomach.” - Chuck Connelly ... Alongside Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Chuck Connelly was the darling of the 80s New York art scene, lauded as a neo-Van Gogh and selling millions of dollars worth of paintings ... Read more
At 4.50 pm robots will attack Earth. Only one place will be safe - Pedro knows where, he just doesn't know when. ... --- D/S Chema García Ibarra P Chema García Ibarra, Leonor Díaz WS Chema García Ibarra L Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
Academy Award winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) brings us this hilarious and heartfelt story of a young couple embarking on the most exciting, frightening, strange, and wonderful journey imaginable: starting a family and settling down. When Burt and Verona discover that they are going ... Read more
Friendship, football, fights and fashion. ... Adapted by acclaimed author Kevin Sampson from his own bestselling novel, Awaydays is set in the north-west of England in the post-punk 70s, an era that ushered in a new breed of football hooligan, one who cared about his clothes as much as his soccer ... Read more
The latest provocation from France's notorious master of the erotic. ... One of French cinema's most controversial modern filmmakers, Jean-Claude Brisseau (Secret Things, MIFF 03; The Exterminating Angels, MIFF 07), returns with the type of film he does best: one filled with explicit erotic ... Read more
A powerful thriller that applies a blowtorch to a dark chapter in Australian-Indonesian history. ... With this year marking the 10th anniversary of East Timor's independence, the MIFF Premiere Fund is proud to present this powerful and moving political thriller about the true events surrounding the ... Read more
Join director Robert Connolly, Balibo star Anthony LaPaglia and very special guest José Ramos-Horta, the President of East Timor, for a discussion on the historical background and filming of the volatile political thriller. ... Saturday 25 July, 11am - 12.30pm ... BMW Edge, Federation Square ... Read more
“Two boys, a house, an uncomfortable mise-en-scène and the weight of violence. In a word: masterpiece.” - Sitges Film Festival ... From one of the most original voices in new Mexican cinema, Amat Escalante (Sangre), comes The Bastards - a nihilistic drama akin to a slow-motion spin on Michael ... Read more
“If you opened people up, you would find landscapes. If you opened me up you would find beaches.” - Agnès Varda ... French auteur Agnès Varda (The Gleaners & I, MIFF 2001; Cléo de 5 à 7) takes an unconventional approach to film-as-memoir with this charming exploration of her own memories ... Read more
Catch the best shorts of the Festival at the red-carpet awards night on Friday 7 August, 7pm at Greater Union cinemas. ... MIFF features one of the most highly regarded short film competitions in the southern hemisphere - one of the few in which the winners have the opportunity to be nominated for ... Read more
Films that explore the internal, depict the domestic and find the personal worlds contained between the walls. ... Read more
Films that pry amongst the trees, dig beneath the landscape and unearth the secrets of the scenery. ... Read more
“A close cousin to Werner Herzog's wilder non-fiction tales.” - Variety ... Martin Strel is an endurance swimmer who has swum the Mississippi, the Danube and the Yangtze rivers - and now the fifty-something Slovenian has the Amazon in his sights. ... Strel's 66-day journey is equal parts ... Read more
In Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, the farmers lead a wealthy and leisurely existence. They own huge fields with transgenic plantations and they spend their nights with tourists who come bird watching. Meanwhile, at the borders of their lands, the uneasiness of the natives, who were the legitimate ... Read more
They aren't found in cabbage patches and they have nothing to do with storks; the truth is much scarier. ... --- D/S Signe Baumane P Pierre Poire WS Signe Baumane TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
Strap yourself in for a jacked-up, smack-down thrill ride, in this pitch-perfect tongue-in-cheek ode to the Blaxploitation movies of the 70s. ... ‘The Man' has been busy increasing his stranglehold over the ghetto, flooding the streets with drugs and booze. But when he murders the brother of ... Read more
Due to circumstances beyond MIFF's control, BLANK CITY will no longer screen at the festival. Patrons have the option to swap this session for another session at this timeslot or to attend the replacement film. ... “It felt like our lives were movies.” - singer Debbie Harry ... A meticulously ... Read more
A haunting and evocative tale about mothers and children, about being lost and finding your way home. ... Seven children from five different families wander the streets in an urban odyssey through a day and a night. As the children move deeper into peril, they make choices that will affect the rest ... Read more
Two's a crowd. ... Geoff Brewster is seeing out his final days at the family's isolated coastal shack - walking the beach and leaving tape-recorded confessions for his estranged wife. But when his Porsche-driving nephew Josh arrives unannounced, a deadly game ensues that threatens to destroy both ... Read more
A former badminton champion, a tormented young boy, a girl who eats firecrackers and a cheesy 80s pop song you can't get out of your head. ... Captivating in its array of characters and their circumstances, Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly is young Indonesian director Edwin's exposé of the enigma that ... Read more
A gritty, violent portrait of an Argentinean family at breaking point. ... On the streets of Buenos Aires a broken family finds itself clashing head-on over drugs and money. As one son dreams of returning home, the other plans his escape, and their father, caught in the middle, will be forced to ... Read more
Blue Film Woman is an astonishing example of full colour and widescreen pinku eiga - a highly stylised hotbed of sex and violence, the two elements often coinciding to uncomfortable effect. Kan Mukai's morality tale sees a family brought to its knees in sexual servitude to repay their financial ... Read more
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