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Films Screened In 2009

A night of live performances by Gossip Pop, pig&machine with DP Wolf, and The Primitive Calculators, in conjunction with MIFF's Punk Becomes Pop program. ... An unanticipated exposure of bodily parts featuring The Primitive Calculators, Gossip Pop, and Pig&Machine with DPWolf. Bright abrupt ... Read more
Live performances by Automaton, Botborg, Arf Arf and Cathy Vogan (SPK) in conjunction with the MIFF Punk Becomes Pop program ... Vocal, exploited and stolen, a night where the fascination of the mirrored self is exposedfor its true perversion. Where poetry is beaten, filmed and cut in black and ... Read more
At one with nature, filmmaker Richard Tuohy explores the texture of the Ironbark tree common to the Australian bush. ... --- D/P/S Richard Tuohy L no dialogue TD 16mm/2009 ... Read more
“We only make pictures because we need to and we have to.” - Mike Kuchar ... Compulsively reinterpreting 20th Century Fox spectacles of the 1950s in their Bronx apartment with an auntie's Super 8 camera, George and Mike Kuchar's earliest productions starred their mother and neighbourhood ... Read more
“A three-headed, amped-up, guitar-shredding slamdown powered by a pan-generational trio of rock gods.” - Variety ... Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) fires up the Marshall stack for this raucous tribute to the electric guitar, and ode to three guitar legends. It Might Get Loud ... Read more
Léon has a novel approach to conflict resolution: when his parents fight, he sets the house on fire. ... In the technicolour summer of 1968, ten-year-old Léon is raising hell in his own small corner of Québec. Theft, vandalism, random acts of arson and a series of self-inflicted ... Read more
The joy of a young indigenous boy's birth disintegrates as it reveals a much darker truth. ... --- D Dena Curtis P Darren Dale S Rhea Stephenson WS Blackfella Films L Warrumungu w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
A young boy learns self-reliance in this extraordinary story filmed in a unique location - at sea, amid the platform-fishermen of Indonesia. ... Following his mother's death, 12-year-old Jaya is sent to live with his father - a stranger who is surprised to discover he has a son. But with nowhere ... Read more
Known as the unofficial curator of Australian architecture, John Gollings is a wizard who can turn a building into an award-winning piece of art. Combining his two loves, architecture and photography, this man has conceived the most memorable of architectural images - whether detailing the modern ... Read more
“Art for me is a path and not a destination.” - theatre director Peter Sellars ... Filming over two years, Mark Kidel travels a rocky artistic road with one of the world's most controversial theatre directors, Peter Sellars. Focusing on his curatorial duties for the New Crowned Hope Festival in ... Read more
Being confined to a wheelchair doesn't mean you can't dance. ... --- D Hsieh Chun-Yi P Hsiao-Fen Chang L Taiwanese, Mandarin w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
“The play's the thing - but certainly not everything.” - Variety ... The Karamazovs is a performance experiment by Czech director Petr Zelenka, whose claims that he wants to do the impossible: to capture the elusive character of theatre in film. Zelenka follows the staging of an adaptation of ... Read more
“At once a road movie, a revenge narrative and a compassionate study of the drawn-out effects of trauma… a remarkable achievement.” - Edinburgh Film Festival ... In the Romanian Carpathian Mountains, a woman sets out to silence the demons of her past by avenging herself against the man ... Read more
A post-modern faux-thriller about obsession, guilt and wanting to ‘off' your dad. ... Irascible and lazy, Rupert ‘Ratz' Kramer is a 35-year-old slacker who plays out his patricidal fantasies through the development of a violent computer game. A chance call from an old flame sends him to New ... Read more
“A totally original and ultimately inspiring consideration of the extremes human beings can suffer, and yet still hold out hope for a better future.” - Sundance Film Festival ... Kimjongilia is the first film to fully expose the humanitarian and human rights disaster of North Korea. Weaving a ... Read more
A classic touchstone of animation in Europe, this award-winning gem has rarely been seen by English-speaking audiences. ... The kingdom of Tachycardia is ruled over by the mean-tempered King Charles - he hates everyone, and everyone hates him right back. So much so that when the king becomes ... Read more
Two young runaways spend a night of adventure on the streets of inner-city Dublin. ... On the city fringes, Kylie and Dylan live in a housing estate devoid of life and colour. When Dylan's father explodes in a rage one night, the pre-teen duo run away, setting out in search of Dylan's older brother ... Read more
Based on a bestselling German children's book, Krabat is a 17th-century tale of magic, love and the battle between good and evil. ... Lured by dreams of ravens to a mysterious stone mill, 14-year-old orphan Krabat is initiated into a secret brotherhood of apprentice sorcerers. This education in the ... Read more
Longing for escape, a young woman becomes lost in a frozen forest. But what awaits her there? ... --- D/S Guy Édoin P Sylvain Corbeil, Pascal Bascaron WS Locomotion L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
“Confirms Grandrieux as a true original.” - Variety ... Installation artist and cinematic visionary Philippe Grandrieux (La Vie Nouvelle, MIFF 03) creates a monochromatic, snow-bound wilderness, a harsh, remote wonderland occupied by epileptic woodcutter Alexi and his family. ... Alexi carries ... Read more
A playful investigation (with a twist) into madness and murder in an isolated region in the south of France. ... A native of the Southern Alps, New Wave filmmaker Luc Moullet noted that cases of mental illness were particularly prevalent in the region, with murder, dismemberment, suicide and ... Read more
“Human life is like Pandora's Box, too ambiguous and magical to measure.” - filmmaker Roh Gyeong-tae ... Within the decaying landscape of an industrialised South Korean city, three lost souls wrestle with questions of identity and meaning in Roh Gyeong-tae's follow up to his praised debut ... Read more
Rear Window is a video installation exploring the role of laneways in the contemporary working lives of people in Chinatown. With often long, unsociable hours, many work behind closed doors and in the kitchens that open onto the back alleys of Melbourne. The private and contemplative moments of ... Read more
Lars just wants his family to be happy, but with his mother gone and his father grieving he feels more alone than ever. ... --- D/S Daniel Borgman P Katja Adomeit WS Katja Adomeit L Danish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
The most famous work lunch of all time, but what happened beforehand? Directed by Angus Sampson. ... --- D Angus Sampson P Juliana Chin, Michelle Fillery, Miranda Colman S Angus Sampson WS Laneway Productions TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
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