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Films Screened In 2009

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. Take offices, for example... Pearl, a marketing executive in her twenties, finds herself being drawn ... 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
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
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 Christmas) has created a groundbreaking stop-motion feature in stereoscopic 3D. Based on a children's ... Read more
“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 dolphin trainer for the television show Flipper) and an elite team of activists and freedivers ... Read more
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 Pictures L Mandarin w/English subtitles TD XXXX/2008 ... Read more
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 a dire warning from a local crackpot, a familiar stage is set for horror to be inflicted upon ... Read more
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 06) continue a 20-years-plus skating addiction with this artful sketch of NYC skating's epochal ... Read more
“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, MIFF 08; 5 Days, MIFF 06) undertakes a personal study of the subject, travelling to Auschwitz ... Read more
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
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 marriages were forcibly separated through exile and imprisonment. Thousands of marriages ended this way ... Read more
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 dissonantly up-beat adventure in share housing and the disintegrating punk scene. Late INXS singer Michael ... Read more
“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 ... A desperate (or desperately mad) father tries to protect his three grown children from becoming ... Read more
“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, newsreel footage, TV snippets and archival documentary footage, Johan Grimonperez constructs a conceptual ... Read more
“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 aristocrats, as the wife of the wealthy and cantankerous Mr Herbert commissions a draughtsman to draw ... Read more
MIFF presents twelve stories drawn with scratchy pencils, precise pens, shadow puppetry, plasticine splatter and all manner of (vigorous flotsam)/(vibrant collage). ... Read more
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
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 vicious path of destruction; his 38-year-old brother Itzo is a drug-addled artist struggling to put ... Read more
“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 after last year's Christopher Columbus - The Enigma and 2007's Belle Toujours. ... Based on a short ... Read more
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 pioneering efforts in the pinku eiga genre - Koji Wakamatsu anticipates the real-life violent ... Read more
“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 bittersweet comedy with a touch of magic realism. ... Adrift in a rusty tanker headed for paradise, Elias ... Read more
“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 weekend camping trip turn into a nightmare. What starts as idle taunting by a gang of local youths takes ... Read more
“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 even close.” - Channel 4This astonishing and immersive visual experience is a dark spin on the ... Read more
“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 his controversial trilogy with a ready-made cult classic. ... First there was At Midnight I'll Take ... Read more
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 weaponry, rape and assault women, physically abuse men and seek to annihilate any remnants of the ... Read more
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