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Films Screened In 2010

“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
“This masterpiece has the blunt force of a tank rolling over naked flesh.” - Hollywood Reporter ... When Lieutenant Kyuzo Kurokawa returns home from WWII a hero - minus his four limbs - he is praised as a ‘god of war' in his village, a true patriot who made a worthy sacrifice for his country ... Read more
“Documenting in tantalizing detail the twist-filled true story of a young man fooled by Facebook.” - Variety ... When New York photographer Nev Schulman receives a painting of one of his photos from eight-year-old Abby, his brother Ariel and filmmaking buddy Henry Joost see the child prodigy as ... Read more
“Satisfyingly intense… keeps the viewer tightly handcuffed.” - Variety ... A gritty, edge-of-your-seat thriller filled with powerhouse performances and calculated twists, this multi-award-winning film from filmmaker Daniel Monzón (The Kovak Box) locks you behind its four walls and ... Read more
“Imagine a middle-aged Before Sunrise rolled up with Under the Tuscan Sun but spiked with elements of The Game.” - Screen International ... At the European launch of his latest book, academic author James Miller (operatic baritone William Shimell) meets his match in a passionate art curator ... Read more
Dogs in Space goes to Paris. ... A group of early-twenty-something Parisian girls party, pick up and hang out in this visceral and hilarious debut from Sophie Letourneur. ... Hanging out in their shared apartment - or ‘The Ranch', as they call it - Manon, Lola, Pam and their procession of friends ... Read more
For those grieving for the 70,000 who died in the Sichuan Province's 2008 earthquake, justice is just one more thing they'll have to live without. ... --- ... D Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill P Jon Alpert, Peter Kwong, Michelle Mi, Matthew O'Neill, Ming Xia WS HBO L Chengdu dialect, Mandarin w/English ... Read more
A steamy Hitchcockian thriller that delves into the realm of sexual jealousy. ... Eroticism as seen through the eyes of Atom Egoyan (Exotica) comes elegantly composed with caressing camera moves, and Chloe - a twisty-turny thriller - is no exception. ... Catherine, suspicious of her husband's ... Read more
“Falling in love with guys who are 21 when one is in one's 30s is like eating a lot… a lot of chocolate cake.” ... --- D Raphael Elisha P/S Romi Trower TD HDCAM/2010 --- D Raphael Elisha P/S Romi Trower TD HDCAM/2010 ... Read more
In one night, the choice between his footy mates and the girl he likes will change a teenager's life. ... --- ... D Christopher Dudman P Vicky Pope S Paul Stanley Ward WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2010 ... --- ... D Christopher Dudman P Vicky Pope S Paul Stanley Ward WS NZ Film Commission TD ... Read more
Bogotá Change ... Ridden with crime and drugs, Bogotá was once considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Then Antanus Mockus - a man fired from his university job for mooning his students in a fit of rage - was elected mayor, and turned the city into a model for the rest ... Read more
Cairo Garbage ... With 10,000 tonnes of new garbage produced every day, Cairo is drowning in its own waste. Even the ‘garbage people' who for years have made a living from the discarded goods can't keep up with the pace of waste production. Enter Italian contractors and trash-eating pigs to help ... Read more
Mumbai Disconnected ... With a population set to grow from 18 million to 28.5 million in the next 10 years - 80% of whom currently catch the train to and from work each day - Mumbai is a city warping under the weight of its own infrastructure. Two citizens and a politician push their own agendas in ... Read more
Shanghai Space ... In a city that grows by half a million people per year, space is a precious commodity. Shanghai's rapid expansion is forcing officials to look at subterranean accommodation as a possible answer to its housing woes. ... --- ... D Nanna Frank Møller P Helle Faber WS Danish ... Read more
The gripping first two stories in a four-part documentary project on the world's largest megacities. ... --- ... --- ... Read more
The thought-provoking final instalments in the Cities on Speed project. ... --- ... --- ... Read more
“Gut-wrenchingly up close and personal.” - Variety ... Filmmaker Lu Chuan (Kekexili: Mountain Patrol, MIFF 2004) shows the ‘Rape of Nanking' to be an appropriate and horrific title for the atrocities committed in the then capital of China during the Japanese invasion of 1937. In just six ... Read more
Crackpot. Conspiracy theorist. Genius. ... Investigative journalist and former policeman Michael Ruppert has been called many things - from ‘conspiracy theorist' to ‘batshit insane' - but there's no denying that his predictions of the imminent advent of peak oil, and the chaos that will follow ... Read more
6 wars, 10 recipes, 60,361,024 dead. ... If the cooks went on strike would there still be war? Pondering this question and looking at six of the greatest, bloodiest wars of Europe's past, Cooking History is a culinary excursion through the field kitchens of battles fought, lost and won. ... With ... Read more
The unassuming film that inflamed an internet controversy and raised the ire of Indonesian authorities. ... After meeting a 12-year-old Indonesian boy who announced “When I grow up, I want to sex-service Japanese girls,” filmmaker Amit Virmani saw the makings of a greater story. ... In this ... Read more
The awkwardness of adolescence is put on show - literally - as a teen dance troupe prepares to stage a confrontingly physical production. ... Raging hormones add an electric charge to a classic dance piece in Dancing Dreams - a documentary following a group of German teenage dancers as they grapple ... Read more
Sadness and alienation fill a young poet's heart, but is there another who may give him hope? ... --- ... D/S Marek Skrobecki P Luc Toutounghi, Zbigniew Zmudzki WS SE-MA-FOR L no dialogue TD 35mm/2010 ... --- ... D/S Marek Skrobecki P Luc Toutounghi, Zbigniew Zmudzki WS SE-MA-FOR L no dialogue TD ... Read more
After three months in the belly of a Russian submarine, even the best men can and will become savages. ... --- ... D/S Ariel Kleiman P Anna Kojevnikov, Benjamin Gilovitz, Sarah Cyngler Dist STOOL PIGEON L Russian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009 ... --- ... D/S Ariel Kleiman P Anna Kojevnikov ... Read more
Just because he's a bad guy doesn't mean he's a bad guy. ... Having to suffer the indignity of being the world's number two supervillain is gruelling enough for Gru - a sinister, nasty stick-in-the-mud who's planning on stealing the moon - but when he inherits an orphaned group of girls who want ... Read more
Casting a watchful lens over a series of very different subjects, this program of documentary shorts presents the world at its most raw. ... --- ... --- ... Read more
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