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Films Screened In 2010

Sourcing this country's best new talent, this program of homegrown shorts is insightful, moving and funny. ... --- ... --- ... Read more
Absurd humour amongst the changing of the seasons as two jinxed, soulless desperadoes try anything for a free cup of coffee. ... --- ... D/S Jonas Selberg Augustsén P Freddy Olsson WS Swedish Film Institute L Swedish w/English subtitles TD 2009 ... --- ... D/S Jonas Selberg Augustsén P Freddy ... Read more
A little bit of gambling, a place to hide from the wife, good coffee and a lot of Greek. If you don't speak it, you're in trouble. ... --- ... D/P/S Viron Papadopoulos WS Plexus Films L English, Greek w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 ... --- ... D/P/S Viron Papadopoulos WS Plexus Films L ... Read more
“A front-row seat to a landmark Erin Brockovich-style trial.” - Variety ... Following a historic first court case in the Los Angeles Superior Court and ending with a verdict still under appeal, Bananas!* highlights a classic scenario of First World practices exploiting Third World workers. ... Read more
An elegant animation that shows that for the dogs of Constantinople, 1910 was a very bad year. Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes. ... --- ... D Serge Avédikian P Ron Dyens, Aurélia Prévieu S Serge Avédikian, Karine Mazloumian WS Sacrebleu Productions L French w/English ... Read more
“[Filmmaker] Bujalski is both a neo-hipster Woody Allen and a Rohmer-like romantic.” - Cinema Scope ... Twin sisters in Austin, Texas, fumble their way through the vicissitudes of modern life and relationships in this latest mumblecore gem from writer/director Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha ... Read more
“It's as though Sofia Coppola had scrapped Lost in Translation midway through to focus instead on elephant beetles.” - Austin Chronicle ... The ineffable mystery of Japan's age-old love affair with insects is put under the microscope in Beetle Queen, which sees filmmaker Jessica Oreck - a ... Read more
Blind and deformed from radiation poisoning, Berik spends his days alone at home - that is until 11-year-old Adil comes knocking. ... --- ... D/S Daniel Joseph Borgman P Katja Adomeit WS Zentropa L Russian, Kazakh w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010 ... --- ... D/S Daniel Joseph Borgman P Katja ... Read more
A repeat screening of the best shorts of the Festival, as chosen by the MIFF Shorts Awards jury. ... --- ... --- ... Read more
“The forces of history, of the past, the forces of nature… the forces of cinema, all come to a clash and to explode.” - filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara ... Rajith falls from the sky to find himself in dangerous territory: a land gripped by an endless cycle of riots, fighting and death ... Read more
“Spins a dark fairytale, riffing on various storytelling traditions from circus puppet shows to great literature.” - Screen International ... An original and outlandish trip into a surreal and kinky world that Terry Gilliam would be proud to call his own, Bibliothèque Pascal delves into ... Read more
“We all get dressed for Bill.” - Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief ... Unassuming and unpretentious, cycling through the streets of Manhattan with his battered Nikon camera, 80-year-old Bill Cunningham doesn't exactly look like someone to hold the fashion world in thrall. Yet every week his ... Read more
To the Ultra-Orthodox Haredim, segregation is for your own safety. ... Over the last decade the number of prohibitions for the women followers of Ultra-Orthodox Judaism (known as Haredi) have increased dramatically. Some accept this as religious law and others see it as a violation of their human ... Read more
To get away with murder you can't make mistakes. ... Seeking justice and revenge, five friends violently attack a man in his remote country house. Their plan: the perfect murder. Confident that their victim's death by his own hand will not be questioned, they overdose him on sleeping pills, but it ... Read more
“It felt like our lives were movies.” - singer Debbie Harry ... A meticulously observed document of New York underground film in the late 70s and early 80s, Blank City zeros in on the No Wave and Cinema of Transgression scenes that spawned a generation of filmmakers. ... Before the Reagan era ... Read more
This wordless wonder examines life in the wake of the Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict, as seen through the eyes of a stray buffalo. ... In this poetic drama, given framework by the passing seasons, filmmaker Harutyun Khachatryan details the minutia of everyday comings and goings of a border town ... Read more
“Alternately zany, sentimental and remarkably insightful.” - indieWIRE ... It's 1984, and one man rules the playgrounds on the east coast of New Zealand, a man capturing the imaginations and dance shoes of kids everywhere: Michael Jackson. For one 11-year-old boy, he's the best singer and ... Read more
Two homegrown documentaries on issues of transport. ... --- ... --- ... Read more
Bring'Em Back is a political and emotional plea for the return of Melbourne's beloved ‘connies' - or conductors, for those of you of a younger vintage. ... Director Phillip Donnellon's documentary, full of humour and passion, harks back to a time before the government sell off of public ... Read more
More than just a gay neo-Nazi film. ... Violent and affectionate, brutal and touching, Nicolo Donato's feature debut is a tale that delves into the dichotomy of homosexuality within the ranks of skinheads. ... The clandestine lovers are Lars, a young man who leaves the army for the fist-happy ... Read more
Advances in open-source synthetic biology allow a young man to grow his very own familiar-looking action hero. ... --- ... D/S Tom Judd P Animation Staff - Royal College of Art TD digibeta/2009 ... --- ... D/S Tom Judd P Animation Staff - Royal College of Art TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
“Rarely has an ecological menace appeared as entertaining.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Frog-marching their way across the nation for the last 75 years, these amphibian invaders have multiplied from a mere 102 - introduced in the 30s to kill sugar-cane-devouring beetles - to numbers estimated in ... Read more
He was careful with an axe, he was careful with a power tool, now he's armed to the teeth. ... --- ... D/P/S Jason Stutter WS NZ Film Commission L no dialogue TD 35mm/2010 ... --- ... D/P/S Jason Stutter WS NZ Film Commission L no dialogue TD 35mm/2010 ... Read more
“Bravura narrative filmmaking on a hugely ambitious scale, Carlos is a spectacular achievement.” - Variety ... The career exploits of Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, known in the media and by the public as Carlos the Jackal, are told on an epic scale in Carlos, filmmaker ... Read more
“Bravura narrative filmmaking on a hugely ambitious scale, Carlos is a spectacular achievement.” - Variety ... The career exploits of Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, known in the media and by the public as Carlos the Jackal, are told on an epic scale in Carlos, filmmaker ... Read more
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