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Films Screened In 2009

“There's something of late period Woody Allen about Empty Nest's combination of tricksy plot structure, writerly self-consciousness and intelligent romantic comedy with a bitter edge.” - Screen International ... From one of Latin America's most celebrated filmmakers, Daniel Burman (Every ... Read more
“A moment of political history too sensitive to be revealed for more than a decade.” - Guardian ... From Pete Travis (Vantage Point) comes Endgame, a political thriller that follows the precarious development of a series of secret talks that were instrumental in dismantling the apartheid system ... Read more
“If there were an Olympic category for self-confidence, Malcolm Bricklin would win gold hands down.” - filmmaker Jonathan Bricklin ... At an age when most men start putting their feet up and cashing their pension cheques Malcolm Bricklin has decided to go for broke and start again, setting up a ... Read more
“A climactic, delirious, wall-busting murder fantasy.” - Village Voice ... Yoshishige Yoshida's exigent Eros Plus Massacre centres on anarchist Sakae Osugi, who was killed in the devastating wake of the great Kanto earthquake of 1923. His dramatic story comes framed in the musings of a group of ... Read more
“Brilliant dissection of a relationship and, more subtly, of class relations in contemporary Germany.” - Hollywood Reporter ... The second film from filmmaker Maren Ade (The Forest for the Trees), Everyone Else was the recipient of multiple awards at the Berlin International Film Festival. ... Read more
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” - Socrates ... Taking her cue from Socrates's famous quote, documentary filmmaker Astra Taylor follows up her last philosophical film adventure, Zizek! (MIFF 06), with another exploration of musings from some of the world's greatest modern thinkers ... Read more
The turmoil and romantic confusion of a 20-something college student plays out over a laconic summer in New York. ... As New York stretches and groans under her feet, college student Ivy returns to roost under the city's wing for the summer. With her boyfriend growing increasingly cold during their ... Read more
Lewis Klahr applies Barthe's dictum that ‘camera's are clocks for seeing' in this slippery, sad pop elegy about having lived. ... --- D/P Lewis Klahr WS Lewis Klahr TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
With brogues so thick they need subtitles, farmers of the old country recount the days gone by. ... --- D/S Tony Donoghue P Janet Grainger WS Network Ireland Television TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
“A film is a girl and a gun.” - D.W. Griffith ... Gustav Deutsch puts the famous axiom to the test with this continuation of his Film ist. project, delivering his most stunning and erotically charged film yet. (Two previous instalments, Film ist. 1-6 and Film ist. 7-12, screened at MIFF in 2000 ... Read more
“Just like time, death, violence, space, faith and sex, fear is one of the great themes of philosophical, scientific and artistic investigation.” - Kiko Goifman ... A man enters a cage filled with pigeons wearing a jacket made of baguettes. A person is strapped into a bed above a nest of ... Read more
Co-winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes this year, along with Thirst (also screening as part of this year's Neighbourhood Watch program). ... The second feature from Andrea Arnold (Red Road, MIFF 07) delves into Ken Loach territory with an insightful tale about a disaffected teenage girl living in ... Read more
“It's a taut, complex thriller, but beware: in Flame & Citron, truth is far bleaker than fiction.” - Independent ... Copenhagen 1944. As the war winds down, it seems the Nazi regime's days are numbered. For the Danish resistance fighters code-named Flame and Citron, it means time is running out ... Read more
“Art doesn't stop when you close your eyes.” ... Living at the psychedelic epicenter of the 60s Beat counter culture, Brion Gysin was a poet, artist, calligrapher and mystic. He introduced William S. Burroughs to his famous literary ‘cut up' technique and supplied the infamous ‘hash fudge' ... Read more
"Does for the supermarket what Jaws did for the beach." - Variety ... Robert Kenner unravels the spinning of a pastoral lie, where agrarian fantasies presented on product packaging, like docile cows and green meadows, are nothing more than that - fantasies. According to Food, Inc., the average ... Read more
For My Crushed Right Eye is a split-screen short by Toshio Matsumoto, constructed while he was shooting his masterwork, Funeral Parade of Roses. Sharing footage and using cuts from the feature project, this is a harried montage of unrest, sexuality and pop culture in the late 60s. ... Screens in ... Read more
Forward Motion is a package of premium British screen dance films that inspired a generation. Expertly chosen by high profile dance makers Wendy Houston, Michael Clark, Russell Maliphant, Akram Khan, Rosemary Butcher and Shobana Jeyasingh, Forward Motion creates a moving snapshot of Britain's ... Read more
A dramatic visual interpretation of poetry by Elizabeth Campbell, produced by the Australian Poetry Centre. ... Not in competition ... --- D David Rozetsky P Teresa Bell S Elizabeth Campbell WS Australian Poetry Centre TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
“The child of a rich moment in history where all of the art forms commingled in an incredibly free playing field.” - Jim O'Rourke ... At the forefront of Japan's 60s avant-garde film revolution was filmmaker Toshio Matsumoto, whose whirling maze of sex, surrealism and psychedelic pop-art ... Read more
“Soderbergh has captured an America in which the line between selling out and selling yourself has never been thinner.” - Entertainment Weekly ... As the 2008 elections come to a head and the US economy begins to tumble, business is booming for Chelsea - a young entrepreneur who has her own ... Read more
"A remarkable landmark in Australian independent filmmaking. Unfortunately, it is a landmark that few people noticed.” - Marcus Breen, Australian Film 1978 - 1992One of the first films to show the world the true gritty underside of Australian life, Going Down has become a cult classic for its ... Read more
With monthly custody of his kids, Phillipe has a secret he's not telling them; tonight they won't be sleeping at his place. ... --- D/S Valéry Rosier P Isabelle Mathy, Denis Delcampe WS Unifrance L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
“Far too outlandish to be believable - except it's all true.” - Wired ... What happens when the sceptical outsider becomes romantically involved with the ultimate insider? For Paul H-O, the fly in the ointment of the New York art scene of the 80s and 90s, his entanglement with the much lauded ... Read more
This film from Masao Adachi (who also co-directed Red Army/PFLP) is a radical, subversive and visually arresting parable of self-discovery. Commencing with an extended group copulation scene in which the film's young sexual veteran admits to feeling nothing, its purposefully distancing avant-garde ... Read more
“Puts the ‘grim' in Grimm.” - Variety ... After a distracted Eun-Soo plows his car into the forest, the helping hand of a small girl guiding him to the warmth of the House of Happy Children seems like a godsend. But as the warmth turns to chill, Eun-Soo discovers the dark secret of the ... Read more
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