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Films Screened In 2009

Happy Country (Corrie Chen, 2008)
A Chinese couple trying hard to be ‘Australian' set off for Sydney and discover that distance is not confined to the landscape. ... --- D/S Corrie Chen P Miranda Worthington WS VCA School of Film &… Read more

Heaven For Insanity- BETWEEN THE WALLS (Dria Soetomo, Leonard Retel Helmrich, 2008)
An Indonesian institution for the ‘mentally disturbed' is a distressing world of squalor, screams and an unexpected cure. ... Not in competition ... --- D/S Dria Soetomo, Leonard Retel Helmrich P O… Read more

HEIDI FLEISS: THE WOULD-BE MADAM OF CRYSTAL (Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, 2008)
“Heidi Fleiss is kind of synonymous with sex and money and that's the big deal. But really, I'm just your average convicted felon." - Heidi Fleiss ... Celebrity has-beens are a dime a dozen, but He… Read more

HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT'S INFERNO (Serge Bromberg & Ruxandra Medrea, 2009)
“Anyone who can make Hitchcock uneasy deserves closer examination.” - Senses of Cinema ... When filmmaker Serge Bromberg found himself stuck in a lift with the widow of Henri-Georges Clouzot, he … Read more

HIGHER FORCE, THE (Olaf de Fleur, 2008)
Deadpan slacker absurdity meets mobster high jinks - plus a little kung fu - in this Icelandic comedy from Olaf de Fleur Johannesson. ... Lightweight debt collector David is on the lowest rung on the… Read more

HOME (Ursula Meier, 2008)
“A road movie in reverse.” - filmmaker Ursula Meier ... Starring one of France's finest actresses, Isabelle Huppert, in a brilliantly modulated performance, Ursula Meier makes an ambitious filmma… Read more

HOME MOVIE (Christopher Denham, 2008)
“This is the kind of slow burn, believable descent from childhood into insanity that Rob Zombie wished he had captured in his Halloween remake.” - Dread Central ... Actor Christopher Denham (Char… Read more

Home.Movie- BETWEEN THE WALLS (Martin Bruch, Reinhilde Condin, 2008)
A wheelchair-mounted camera explores the unexpected perspective and intriguing modifications of a man's flat/amusement park/world. ... --- D/P/S Martin Bruch, Reinhilde Condin WS SixPackFilm TD 35mm/… Read more

“Taps into the country's post-nuclear trauma so audaciously that people fled theaters in disgust upon its release.” - Midnight Eye ... Consistently banned on video and DVD since its 1969 release,… Read more

HUMPDAY (MA15+) (Lynn Shelton, 2009)
A buddy movie gone wild. ... When the doorbell rings in the middle of the night, happily married Ben finds his comfortable life shaken up by the return of old college buddy Andrew, a Kerouac-wannabe … Read more

HURT LOCKER, THE (Kathryn Bigelow, 2007)
“A near-perfect movie about men in war.” - Time ... Kinetic filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break, Strange Days) directs this tense action/drama about the Iraq war in this unrelenting look at a … Read more

No narrative? No problem! This collection of shorts is a visual spectacular that pushes the boundaries of modern filmmaking. ... Read more

“Who wants to live in a world where the same strip mall is in every town and city, where everyone who helps you is in a stupid blue uniform?” - filmmaker Brendan Toller ... With wry humour and DI… Read more

I turn over the pictures of my voice in my head (Valie Export, 2009)
A Deep Throat for the mind. ... --- D/P/S Valie Export WS SixPackFilm L German w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more

Imprint (Edwin McGill, 2009)
A portrait of a woman caught between the trauma of the past and the illusion it can create in the present. ... --- D/S Edwin McGill P Annie Flynn, Jason Byrne L English, Russian w/English subtitles T… Read more

In Conversation with Anna Karina (, )
David Stratton (of ABC's At the Movies) talks candidly with Anna Karina about her experiences as a young actress in the thick of the nouvelle vague movement, what it was like to work with directors l… Read more

In Conversation with Claire Denis (, )
Philippa Hawker, senior film writer for The Age, talks with French director Claire Denis (Beau travail, MIFF 00; Trouble Every Day, MIFF 03) about her approach to filmmaking, and about her new film 3… Read more

In Conversation with Michael Nyman (, 2008)
MIFF programmer Nick Moore talks with minimalist composer Michael Nyman, who has written the scores for dozens of films including The Piano, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and The Draughts… Read more

In Conversation with Nicolas Winding Refn (, )
MIFF programmer Nick Moore talks with Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (the Pusher trilogy, MIFF 06) about his new film Bronson and his forthcoming projects. ... $25 full price$20 MIFF members .… Read more

IN THE LOOP (Armando Iannucci, 2008)
The Office meets Yes Minister and Monty Python dosed up on speed in this hilarious take on political machinations and backroom deal making. ... The bumbling political road to the Iraq war on both sid… Read more

In The Round- DRAW ME A STORY (Ana Tiquia, 2008)
A Kafkaesque nightmare of never-ending exits envelopes a woman as she tries to leave her flat. ... --- D/S Ana Tiquia P Paul Fletcher, Robert Stephenson WS VCA School of Film & Television TD betacams… Read more

“Our documentary history shouldn't be forgotten.” - filmmaker John Hughes ... In 1946 celebrated Dutch documentarian Joris Ivens defied his government and released a radical film supporting Indon… Read more

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
“This ain't your daddy's World War II movie.” - filmmaker Quentin Tarantino ... Once upon a time in Nazi-occupied France, a rag-tag group of badass Jewish-American cowboys, led by the redneck, ha… Read more

Inglourious Basterds Gala Screening (, )
MIFF and Universal Pictures are proud to present the Gala Australian Premiere screening of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. ... Quentin Tarantino will personally introduce the Australian Pre… Read more

Instead of Abracadabra- SCANDINAVIAN SHORTS (Patrik Eklund, 2008)
UP-CLOSE GOTHIC DEATH AND MAYHEM! Can the Napoleon Dynamite of the magic world save the day and win the girl? ... --- D/S Patrik Eklund P Mathia Fjellström WS Swedish Film Institute L Swedish w/Engl… Read more

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