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Films Screened In 2009

CLAUSTROPHOBIA (, 2008)
Love is a virus. It incubates silently. It strikes suddenly. It blinds your immunity. It spreads by way of intimate contacts. Its favorite breeding ground - small, crowded, claustrophobic spaces. Tak… Read more

Closing Night - Bran Nue Dae (, 2009)
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 s… Read more

Cobra Mist- BEYOND THE WALLS (Emily Richardson, 2008)
As the menacing relics of war return to the soil, abstract vision is in eerie harmony with atmospheric sound. ... --- D Emily Richardson P Animate Projects WS LUX L no dialogue TD betacamsp/2008 ... Read more

CORALINE (Henry Selick, 2009)
Put on your 3D specs for a fun-filled, animated journey into a parallel world. ... Just when you thought you'd seen everything possible at the movies, filmmaker Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Chr… Read more

COVE, THE (Louie Psihoyos, 2009)
“I'd be surprised if [this] doesn't wind up being nominated in next year's best documentary feature Oscar race.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, Richard O'Barry (former on-set … Read more

Cry Me a River (Zhang Ke Jia, 2008)
Four friends reunited reminisce and mourn for lost youth. From director Jia Zhang-ke, whose feature films were profiled at MIFF in 2008. ... --- D/S Jia Zhangke P Zhang Dong, Eva Lam WS Xtreme Pictur… Read more

DEAD SNOW (Tommy Wirkola, 2008)
Ein Zwei Die! ... When eight medical students head off to a cabin in the Norwegian wilderness they plan to spend their time relaxing, drinking, having fun and doing what young students do. But after … Read more

DEATHBOWL TO DOWNTOWN (Coan Nichols & Rick Charnoski, 2008)
A visceral 30-year history of New York City's skateboarding street culture, as it kick-flipped its way from marginalisation to acceptance. ... Coan Nichols and Rick Charnoski (Fruit of the Vine, MIFF… Read more

DEFAMATION (Yoav Shamir, 2009)
“Explores intelligently the very touchy topic of anti-Semitism.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Having elicited charges of anti-Semitism from critics of his previous films, Yoav Shamir (Flipping Out, M… Read more

Dennis (Mads Matthiesen, 2007)
When Dennis invites a local girl out on a date, he ventures into a night that he will never forget. ... Not in competition ... --- D/S Mads Matthiesen P Jonas Bagger S Martin Zandvliet TD 35mm/2007 ... Read more

DIVORCE ALBANIAN STYLE (Adela Peeva, 2007)
A surprising story of oppression told with remarkable access and clarity. ... When Albania broke with the USSR in 1960, Russians living there suddenly became personae non grata. Couples in mixed marr… Read more

DOGS IN SPACE (1986) (MA15+) (Richard Lowenstein, 1986)
Back in 1986, Dogs in Space condensed an era, immortalised a rock star and stepped straight into our collective unconscious.To celebrate its digital restoration, MIFF is proud to reawaken this disson… Read more

DOGTOOTH (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2009)
“Three indefinitely grounded siblings are stuck in an alternative universe dictated by their parents' cruel whimsies - think an eternal Big Brother house as designed by Lars von Trier.” - Variety… Read more

DOUBLE TAKE (Johan Grimonprez, 2009)
“Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up every time.” - Alfred Hitchcock ... Through a feverish assemblage of mid-20th century advertising, newsree… Read more

DRAUGHTSMAN'S CONTRACT, THE (Peter Greenaway, )
“Sex, lies and draughtsmanship.” - Guardian ... Still one of Greenaway's best films to date, The Draughtsman's Contract (MIFF 83) delves into the twisted hedonism and rhetoric of 17th century ari… Read more

DRAW ME A STORY - ANIMATION SHORTS (, )
MIFF presents twelve stories drawn with scratchy pencils, precise pens, shadow puppetry, plasticine splatter and all manner of (vigorous flotsam)/(vibrant collage). ... Read more

Dropping Furniture- BETWEEN THE WALLS (Harald Hund, Paul Horn, 2008)
Gravity is added to a commonplace room with choreographed slow motion, simultaneously filling and emptying it. ... --- D/P/S Harald Hund, Paul Horn WS SixPackFilm L No dialogue TD betacamsp/2008 ... Read more

EASTERN PLAYS (Kamen Kalev, 2009)
Two brothers on opposites sides of the ideological fence, two families brought into each other's lives. Can one senseless act help make sense of their world? ... Georgi is a 17-year-old skinhead on a… Read more

ECCENTRICITIES OF A BLOND HAIR GIRL (Manoel de Oliveira, 2009)
“All the evil in the world comes from the fact we care about one another.” ... Now in his 100th year, the world's oldest working filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira brings another great work to MIFF aft… Read more

ECSTACY OF THE ANGELS (Kôji Wakamatsu, 1969)
On its release, a mass media campaign was waged against the release of Ecstasy of the Angels accusing the film of inflaming ‘random terrorism'. ... Known as the ‘Pink Godfather'- referring to his… Read more

EDEN IS WEST (M) (Costa-Gavras, 2009)
“A playful modern fairytale about a serious subject.” - Variety ... Costa-Gavras (Z, Missing, Music Box) takes a different tack on the immigrant experience in Europe with Eden is West, a bittersw… Read more

EDEN LAKE (James Watkins, 2008)
“A gruelling, grimly effective British chiller.” - Screen International ... The directorial debut of My Little Eye screenwriter James Watkins, Eden Lake sees a middle-class couple's idyllic weeke… Read more

EDEN LOG (Franck Vestiel, 2007)
“A masterpiece of industrialised Armageddon chic enlivened by a touch of Cronenbergian corporeality… Imagine a Guinness advert designed by HR Giger and shot by Terry Gilliam and you're not e… Read more

EMBODIMENT OF EVIL (José Mojica Marins, 2008)
“Trash horror cinema to the max.” - Variety ... Renowned for the personification of Brazil's most famous horror icon, the evil undertaker ‘Coffin Joe', filmmaker José Mojica Marins rounds off … Read more

Emperor Tomato Ketchup (Shuji Terayama, 1971)
With Emperor Tomato Ketchup, Shuji Terayama takes a Lord of the Flies story hook and milks it to immoral extremes. His hand-held pastiche depicts a world ruled by children - children who, armed with … Read more

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