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Films Screened In 2009

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 & Television L English, Mandarin w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
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 Orlow Seunke WS Ecco Films Indonesia L Indonesian w/English subtitles TD betacamsp/2008 ... Read more
“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 Heidi Fleiss is more than a rich girl gone wrong. After making her name in the late 90s as a madam who ... Read more
“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 learned of a lost cinematic treasure not seen by a wider audience: footage of the incomplete 1964 ... Read more
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 short ladder of Icelandic petty crims. Dreaming of climbing his way to a prestigious position in ... Read more
“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 filmmaking debut with this modern social farce about an anarchic family of five living beside an abandoned ... Read more
“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 (Charlie Wilson's War) turns in a creepy-as-hell filmmaking debut of the hand-held, fictional ‘found ... Read more
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/2008 ... 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, and finally gaining the worldwide cult following it so deserves, Teruo Ishii's Horrors of Malformed ... Read more
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 rambling hipster. ... As the two rekindle their old friendship (through drinks and partying) an old ... Read more
“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 specialist US bomb squad stationed in Baghdad. ... Led by Sgt William James (Jeremy Renner), a cool ... 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 DIY gusto, guerrilla filmmaker Brendan Toller investigates why over 3000 independent record stores ... Read more
A Deep Throat for the mind. ... --- D/P/S Valie Export WS SixPackFilm L German w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
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 TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
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 like Godard and Fassbinder, and about her own experiences as a filmmmaker, singer and icon of an era ... Read more
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 35 Shots of Rum, showing this year at MIFF. ... $25 full price $20 MIFF members ... MIFF passes are ... Read more
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 Draughtsman's Contract (showing this year at MIFF). Also screening in this year's MIFF program is Peter ... Read more
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 ... MIFF passes are not valid. ... Read more
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 sides of the Atlantic comes under fire in this densely plotted, whip-smart and distressingly plausible ... Read more
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 betacamsp/2008 ... 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 Indonesian independence. This feature documentary revisits Australia's early relationship to its northern ... Read more
“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, half-Apache Indian Lt Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), gave Hitler's men their just desserts - ambushing ... Read more
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 Premiere of his newest film, a World War II revenge fantasy about a Nazi-killing squad of US troops ... Read more
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/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
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