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Films Screened In 2009

“This quietly surreal Freudian fable is an elegant exercise of style with a sly humorous undertow.” - Screen International ... Recalling her own childhood antics, contentious French auteur Catherine Breillat (Anatomy of Hell, Romance) retells Charles Perrault's classic serial killer yarn. ... Read more
“Ugliness is beauty that cannot be contained within the soul.” - Boris Ryzhy ... Russian poet Boris Ryzhy was handsome, gifted and famous - so why did he take his own life? A quest for the answer sends filmmaker Aliona van der Horst to the industrial neighbourhood of Yekaterinenburg ... Read more
A lone box sits in the middle of a warehouse. Its contents will change everything. ... --- D/S Michael Latham P Lester Francois WS VCA School of Film & Television TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
An energetic, star-studded musical road trip about finding where you belong. ... Filmed in the desert-scapes of Western Australia's Broome, this exuberant musical road movie - studded with stars of stage and screen including Jessica Mauboy, Ernie Dingo, with Missy Higgins and Geoffrey Rush - began ... Read more
An act of vengeance presents an opportunity for courage, but no matter how brave the donkey is, he's still an ass. ... --- D Gaysorn Thavat P Nikki Walker S Gregory King WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
“Arrestingly violent from the get-go.” - Screen International ... Dark, brutal and prone to uncontrollable rages, Song-hoon is someone you don't want to run into on the street. Making a living in the casual daily violence of underworld thuggery, he finds brutality comes as naturally as ... Read more
“Visually ravishing and doused in Celtic magic.” - Screen International ... Brought to life through vivid hand-drawn animation, Brendan and the Secret of Kells takes its inspiration from one of the world's most beautiful illuminated manuscripts, The Book of Kells. ... Charged with undertaking a ... Read more
A real-life story of a criminal reprobate that recalls the stylised excesses of Ken Russell and the psychological incision of Chopper. ... Evolving from a schoolyard bully to hardened criminal, Charles Bronson (born Michael Petersen, and later changing his name in homage to the actor) has became ... Read more
Simmering enmities spark a fierce battle of wills in a wintry wasteland. ... Hasan is a Muslim who left Bosnia before the war. He now lives a life of ennui and private anxiety in bitterly cold North Dakota. His 1963 Buick Riviera is not the symbol of his new life, but his refuge from it. ... When ... Read more
“Who did they shoot?… A guy with a camera.” ... While those in the West might bemoan the falling standards of news media, the Burmese live in a world where journalism of any kind is illegal. Just being found with a camera can have you killed in the streets. ... In extraordinary acts of ... Read more
“Everything was dead. There were no clubs, there was nothing. But there was CBGB's.” - Tommy Ramone ... Filmmaker Mandy Stein virtually grew up in New York's CBGB, the notorious venue that became the epicentre of a whole generation of 70s NYC punk bands, including Television, The Ramones ... Read more
They wait. They hunt. They feed. ... In the Dakotas of the old west a family goes missing, and the only clues left behind are mysterious holes in the ground. A posse is rounded up and the men set out to find the Indians they assume are responsible - but it gradually becomes apparent that something ... Read more
Melbourne avant-garde film pioneers Arthur and Corinne Cantrill have devoted their artistic careers to the fascinating possibilities of projected light. For over 40 years, they have created film experiences exploring the cinema's relationship to performance, perception and the film medium itself ... Read more
A boy, bare feet and a nail gun. The high-powered sequel to 2008's Careful With That Axe. ... --- D/S Jason Stutter P Jason Stutter, Sue Rogers WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm or Digital Betacam /2009 ... Read more
Nick Cave narrates the tale of a city of singing cats in this latest animation from award-winning studio The People's Republic of Animation. ... --- D Eddie White, Ari Gibson P Jessica Brentnall S Eddie White WS The People's Republic of Animation TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
From Mads Matthiesen, winner of the MIFF 08 Grand Prix for Best Short Film, comes the story of 16-year-old Cathrine. She has a new boyfriend twice her age - and her overbearing parents are not going to approve. ... --- D/S Mads Matthiesen P Jonas Bagger WS TrustNordisk L Danish w/English subtitles ... Read more
"Celia Cruz is the quintessential survival story. She looks like no one else. She sounds like no one else. And she's still the queen." - Whoopi Goldberg ... Erupting onto the Cuban music scene as the frontwoman for La Sonora Matancera, Celia Cruz was a diva whose music and voice came to symbolise a ... Read more
All the claymation zombie gore you could wish for, as the ever-faithful sexy maid swaps her broom for a chainsaw. ... --- D/P/S Takena Nagao WS Image Forum L Japanese, English TD HDCAM/2007 ... Read more
“A wince-inducingly violent serial killer thriller… a sort of Asian-extreme Manhunter for the strong of nerve.” - Daily Telegraph ... First-time filmmaker Na Hong-jin immediately makes his mark on Korean cinema with a police crime thriller that explosively rewrites the rules of the genre. Read more
“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” - Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara ... Argentine Marxist revolutionary, politician, author, physician, military theorist and guerilla leader Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara is instantly recognisable as a symbol of rebellion ... Read more
“I don't care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting.” - Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara ... In 1965, already an icon in his own lifetime, Che Guevara embarked on an ultimately doomed attempt to bring the revolution to the rest of Latin America. His final campaign ... Read more
Based on a bestselling German book series, this raucous rock ‘n' roll adventure is about friends, crushes and surviving high school. ... Three best friends, Hannah, Mila and Kati, navigate the explosive minefield of high school, coping with everything from oddball parents to school stress to the ... Read more
Rainer Werner Fassbinder embraces psychological melodrama in this blackly comedic domestic pressure cooker, laden with moral conflict and hypocrisy. ... An affluent couple turns a blind eye to each other's adulterous liaisons, but find themselves confronted with their infidelities when their ... Read more
A special needs girl with a special need to kick some ass. ... With its tongue firmly planted in its cheek, Chocolate unleashes a new type of heroine - a martial-arts master with lightning-quick reflexes energised by eating copious amounts of chocolate. ... Zen, a girl with autism and attitude ... Read more
“I would like to be a good president.” - Vaclav Havel ... The political life of the Czech Republic's first president - former dissident playwright Vaclav Havel - is laid bare in Citizen Havel, an astounding access-all-areas documentary following Havel's term as leader of the newly independent ... Read more
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