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Films Screened In 2010

A girl and her father share their last holiday. Based on a series of paintings by Julia Ciccarone. ... --- ... D/S Kasimir Burgess P Julia Ciccarone, Kasimir Burgess TD digibeta/2010 ... --- ... D/S Kasimir Burgess P Julia Ciccarone, Kasimir Burgess TD digibeta/2010 ... Read more
A story about secrets, loss and the desire to love. ... Over one hot Australian Christmas, Susan discovers her breast cancer has spread, and one by one her daughters return to be by her side. Her ‘little sparrows' - Nina, Anna and Christine - each have their own place in the nest, under the care ... Read more
“Though arthritic and weary, these two gray panthers offer a sharp, unsentimental portrait of cunning and determination.” - Village Voice ... In the permanently flooded district of Malabon in Manilla a grandmother (or lola in Tagalog) grieves for her grandson, murdered by a thief. The thief's ... Read more
Nicolas Provost uses existing classic horror films and creates a new horror where each scene devours the last. ... --- ... D/P/S Nicolas Provost TD 35mm/2009 ... --- ... D/P/S Nicolas Provost TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
A revealing and intimate glimpse into the creative process of indie rock pioneer Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh and Folk Implosion. ... --- ... D/P Adam Harding TD betacamsp/2010 ... --- ... D/P Adam Harding TD betacamsp/2010 ... Read more
“Sly and suggestive, Lourdes is a cosmic black comedy that bumps up against the metaphysical.” - Time Out New York ... Skeptical multiple sclerosis sufferer Christine (Sylvie Testud) claims she isn't on a pilgrimage - she just likes to visit the French Catholic shrine of Lourdes as an excuse to ... Read more
“A eulogy to lung pollution, Love in a Puff makes sharing a pack of cigarettes look sexier than sharing a bed.” - Hollywood Reporter ... In post-cigarette ban Hong Kong, smokers gather around rubbish bins, in alleyways and outside shops to share gossip and dirty jokes. It's over one of these ... Read more
You're being watched. ... Technology, media and voyeurism interweave in stories covering love, sex and dhokha (treachery) in the modern age. From forbidden romance to hidden cameras and shonky sting operations, the underbelly of everyday life in India is exposed via a triptych of quirky tales. ... Read more
Blood! Breasts! Beasts! A brutal orgy of ghastly terror! ... Busty babes, mutated monsters and midget secret agents, the Filipino genre films of the 70s and 80s had it all. Saturating drive-ins around the world, the Philippines became a dreamland for exploitation filmmakers with cheap labour ... Read more
The travelogue of a lone western tourist in Madagascar dances off the page and brings colorful local customs to life. ... --- ... D/S Bastien Dubois P Ron Dyens, Aurélia Prévieu WS Sacrebleu Productions L French w/English subtitles TD betacamsp/2009 ... --- ... D/S Bastien Dubois P Ron ... Read more
'As beautifully illustrated as a Monet landscape painting.'- Hollywood Reporter ... Adapted from Nobuko Takagi's autobiographical novel about growing up in rural post-war Japan, Mai Mai Miracle is a stunningly rendered animation very much in the tradition of the celebrated work of Hayao Miyazaki ... Read more
Think craft is for grannies? Think again. ... A seditious and subversive subculture is gaining momentum in Melbourne. But rather than wielding megaphones and placards, they're cross-stitching slogans on hurricane wire and constructing plush female genitalia from craft supplies. ... Following four ... Read more
Gérard Depardieu heads up a consummate laugh-fest as a retiree on the road trip of his life. ... Offbeat French directing duo Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern generated loads of laughs last MIFF with Louise-Michel. Here they steer Depardieu on an equally amusing - and even more ... Read more
The lives of the residents of Manurewa, New Zealand, clash in tragedy. Based on true events. ... --- ... D/S Sam Peacocke P Kristian Eek WS NZ Film Commission L English, Punjabi w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010 ... --- ... D/S Sam Peacocke P Kristian Eek WS NZ Film Commission L English, Punjabi ... Read more
“The impossible happened, the thing that was never supposed to occur.” - filmmaker Mike Hoolboom ... Experimental filmmaker Mike Hoolboom dives into deeply personal territory in this moving documentary about his friend and editor, Mark Karbusicky, who unexpectedly and meticulously hanged ... Read more
“It just gets weirder and weirder.” - Mark Hogancamp ... After a vicious bashing left him brain damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp sought recovery in ‘Marwencol' - a 1/6th-scale World War II-era town he created in his backyard. ... Barbie dolls, G.I. Joes and model army figures represent the ... Read more
Created limb by limb and programmed to kill, a deadly automaton questions her maker. New stop-motion animation from the award-winning Quay Brothers. ... --- ... D/S Quay Brothers P Zbigniew Zmudzki, Marlena Lukasiak WS SE-MA-FOR L Polish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010 ... --- ... D/S Quay ... Read more
Sometimes it takes a trauma to change things for the better. ... An inner-urban Melbourne family is turned upside down when their young son Jack is diagnosed with leukemia, and his father's years of infidelity come to light. As the illness takes hold, a desperate mother searches for possible ... Read more
“In this funny, philosophical salute to B-movies and the B-Moguls who made them, Dante looks back fondly on growing up with the apocalypse always in your mind.” - Washington Post ... Genial, William Castle-esque impresario Lawrence Woosley heads to sunny Key West, Florida to launch his latest ... Read more
“A medal glitters, but it also casts a shadow.” - Winston Churchill ... Miserable curmudgeon Ion is anything but a hero. Both his son and wife haven't spoken to him in years, and Ion spends his days trudging through life, resigned to suburban mediocrity. But when he receives a letter saying ... Read more
“I'm living proof that things go wrong in America and I'm also living proof that things can go right.” - Merle Haggard. ... Country music legend and poet of the common man Merle Haggard takes centre stage for this candid documentary that, just like the man himself, tells it like it is ... Read more
On the Mediterranean borders of Europe, tourists try to relax whilst ‘illegal' immigrants struggle for a chance for a better life. ... --- ... D/S Michaela Müller P Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb, Michaela Müller L no dialogue TD 35mm/2009 ... --- ... D/S Michaela Müller P Academy of ... Read more
“If John Cassavetes had ever made a sci-fi thriller, it probably would've looked and sounded a lot like this.” - Variety ... Six years ago a NASA space probe crashed to earth with a shipload of alien stowaways on board - in the time since, a massive swath of the Mexico-US border has been fenced ... Read more
The most dangerous journey needs a helping hand from someone who experiences it every day. ... --- ... D/S Emma Lazenby P Sally Arthur TD digibeta/2009 ... --- ... D/S Emma Lazenby P Sally Arthur TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
A tribute to a pioneer of modern rock journalism. ... In New York City in 1968 a revolution was under way in a tiny club called Max's Kansas City. When Andy Warhol's Factory superstars collided with the underground music scene at Max's, punk rock was born. It would be the new sound of the world ... Read more
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