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Films Screened In 2010

A tasty selection of shorts from around the world. ... --- ... --- ... Read more
“A delicious little film that teeters dangerously between saucy comedy and suspenseful noir.” - CNN-IBN ... Crime, suspense, passion and deceit are the backdrops of romance in Ishqiya, a tale of two thieves, Khalujan and Babban, who are on the run from a crime boss when they find refuge with ... Read more
“Something like an off-Broadway cartoon designed by Chuck Jones.” - Joe Dante ... Beware of seemingly sweet kids who ask you to drive them home and then invite you in to meet their family… ... Made as part of an omnibus movie version of Rod Serling's famed Twilight Zone series (Steven ... Read more
Laetitia and Yeliz are about to graduate as hairdressers and open a salon, but first they plan to party. ... --- ... D/S Claire Burger, Marie Amachoukeli P Isabelle Madelaine WS Dharamsala L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009 ... --- ... D/S Claire Burger, Marie Amachoukeli P Isabelle ... Read more
“He was one of the people I was truly envious of but… he was too fragile for this world.” - Madonna ... This is the first feature-length documentary about celebrated artist Jean-Michel Basquiat - a rare insight into the graffiti-influenced painter whose star shone so brightly and briefly ... Read more
Joe Dante, the subject of this year's tribute Dante's Inferno, will discuss film, life and Hollywood in conversation with Italian journalist, author and former director of Torino Film Festival Giulia D'Agnello Vallan. ... Vallan returns to curate this programming stream after her successful ... Read more
“Think remake of Mutiny on the Bounty using Dogville as an aesthetic blueprint.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Japan's recent economic recession has fuelled the revival of left-wing dissident Takiji Kobayashi's 1929 novel Kanikôsen. This remade film version from director Sabu comes as a ... Read more
“What is the reality of our environment and why are we unable to see past the illusion of this place we call home?” - filmmaker Chris Chong Chan Fui ... Against a backdrop of bright, fast-paced karaoke pop this unhurried coming-of-age tale moves with the leisurely languor of a humid Malaysian ... Read more
A Czech look into the lives of others. ... Loyalty, history and regret take centre stage for university professor Pavel Josek, lauded for standing up to the communist regime when it counted most. But as a TV documentary starts to focus in on the facts of his past, new truths are uncovered which may ... Read more
There's horror lurking in every suburban kitchen… but the devil is in the detail. ... --- ... D David Short L no dialogue TD digibeta/2009 ... --- ... D David Short L no dialogue TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
“Kosmos is nothing less than cosmic in scope… beautifully shot, and profoundly imaginative.” - Hollywood Reporter ... From the sweeping snow-driven plains on the edge of Turkey emerges a mysterious stranger, a fugitive from nowhere, sobbing as he runs into the arms of a city frozen in ... Read more
The creator of Otto; Or, Up with Dead People (MIFF 08) extends his adventures in cinema's most unmarketable sub-genre - gay zombie porn. ... Zombies don't often come as fully-ripped as porn star François Sagat - except in Bruce LaBruce's L.A. Zombie. Our anti-hero is convinced he's an alien ... Read more
“Yes, this is one of the finest dance films ever made, but there's more to it than that.” - New York Times ... Setting his gaze on Paris's Palais Garnier, prolific documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman (Primate, showing in this year's Wild Things program) opens up the inner workings of an ... Read more
“A bittersweet yet often joyful paean to the pleasures and perils of family life.” - Eye Weekly ... Even when you're part of a circus troupe, there's not a lot to do in the midst of a dreary Roman winter. Days and nights are filled by perfecting performances and waiting for warmer weather to ... Read more
A late night double feature, served up thanks to our friends at the Nova. ... --- ... --- ... Read more
A late night double feature, served up thanks to our friends at the Nova. ... --- ... --- ... Read more
A late night double feature, served up thanks to our friends at the Nova. ... --- ... --- ... Read more
“Like a cross between This Is Spinal Tap and Steve Coogan's sitcom Saxondale.” - Independent ... A rollicking rock mockumentary from Shane Meadows (This is England, MIFF 07; Somers Town, MIFF 08) takes us behind the Manchester live music scene, as veteran roadie Le Donk (Paddy Considine) teams ... Read more
Winner of the Camera d'Or at this year's Cannes film festival. ... Holed up in her rundown Mexican apartment, freelance journalist Laura Lopez lives a life of quiet desperation. In between watching TV and eating her meals from cans, she passes the time masturbating while spying on the neighbours ... Read more
Winner of the Golden Lion for best film at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. ... There are no heroes in this war drama. Based on writer/director Samuel Maoz's experience as a soldier during the 1982 Lebanon War, the whole of the film is set almost entirely inside the belly of a tank. ... For the ... Read more
“More than any other rock musician, he is the baddest motherfucker in the world.” - Dave Grohl ... Lemmy Kilmister and God get in a fight, who wins? Trick question, Lemmy is God. Alice Cooper, Lars Ulrich, Ozzy Osbourne and a cast of thousands attest to this fact as we go on the road with ... Read more
A startling pilgrimage from the modern to the historical unfolds across the tropical landscape of Suriname. ... This extraordinary feature debut from artist and experimental filmmaker Ben Russell (whose collected shorts were featured at MIFF 08) follows two Surinamese brothers on an epic journey ... Read more
“Profound in its funny hipness, it shows Solondz as the true heir to Woody Allen, albeit on a far kinkier and politically/socially engaged level.” - Hollywood Reporter ... A decade on from the squeamishly unforgettable Happiness, divisive filmmaker Todd Solondz returns to the lives of the same ... Read more
“I always wanted to make a western - but when I got to do it, the western was over.” - Joe Dante ... Each episode of the Norman Jewison-produced Picture Windows series was to be inspired by a well known painting. With his episode, ‘Lightning', Dante choose instead to start with a short story ... Read more
In his dreams, she appears as an otherworldly beauty. In reality, she 's a brassy country girl. Which version of this woman does he love? ... A Chinese man (played by Hong Kong superstar Daniel Wu) living in New York suffers recurring dreams in which he meets an elusive, sorrowful woman (played by ... Read more
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