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Films Screened In 2011

Underground filmmaker Ken Jacobs (Capitalism: Slavery, MIFF 2008) explores colonialism and industrialisation via an imagined train journey through a militarised Southeast Asian country. ... D/P Ken Jacobs TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
"Moving, complex and brutal... an outstanding film about men at war." - Empire ... In forward operating base Armadillo, a posting of young Danish soldiers are on campaign against the Taliban. Gaining incredible access, director Janus Metz chronicles six months of their everyday lives in ... Read more
With Jean-Luc Godard and Aleksandr Sokurov citing him as a major influence, the work of Artavazd Pelechian is becoming recognised as being of central importance to the history of filmmaking. This screening showcases his 'contrapuntal montage' approach that redefined the boundaries of cinema. ... We ... Read more
Eve Heller's Astor Place poses the question of who is watching whom by positioning an observational camera in a modern urban thoroughfare in a film that pays homage to early cinema. ... Eve Heller, 10 mins, 1997, 16mm, B&W, Silent ... Read more
Eat, pray, whatever. ... Idling through her forties, Ellen's life is about to hit the brakes. Losing her job, partner and mind all in the same week, she embarks on a bizarre anti-journey of self-discovery that finds her wandering through endless hotel-room corridors, living in squalor with ... Read more
Slow motion and an extended long take are used to make the ritualised dynamics of a high school formal increasingly sinister and disturbing. ... D/S Andrew Kavanagh P Ramona Telecican WS VCA School of Film & Television L no dialogue TD HD Cam/2010 ... Read more
The events of a day in the country lead a young man to follow his own path. ... D/S Nathan Lewis P Colin John Elphick L no dialogue TD digibeta/2010 ... Read more
Sex, death and nature documentaries. ... Marina, a 23-year-old sexual innocent and general misanthrope, is both intrigued and repelled by the idea of physical intimacy. While helping her philosophical father prepare for his imminent death, she finds herself awkwardly beginning her first sexual ... Read more
A healthy crop of homegrown shorts, featuring all filmmakers as guests of the Festival. ... Read more
"Rowland was Australia's most unique, gifted and uncompromising guitarist." - Nick Cave ... Guitarist, songwriter and artist Rowland S. Howard was an instrumental figure in the Australian rock scene, particularly renowned for his role in seminal post-punk outfit The Birthday Party. In a career ... Read more
A stop-motion animated sitcom about a slacker named Jesus, his father God and his babysitter Satan, a recovering alcoholic. Special cameo by Richard Dawkins. ... Michael Greaney is a guest of the Festival. ... D/P/S Michael Greaney TD digibeta/2010 ... Read more
"Beautifully directed, unsentimental and darkly funny." - Time Out London ... Bong Joon-ho (Mother, MIFF 2009; The Host, MIFF 2006), a true creative and commercial giant of South Korean cinema, made his feature debut with the bloody-slapstick-meets-romantic-comedy Barking Dogs Never Bite (MIFF ... Read more
Hollywood actor Michael Rapaport brings the story of hip-hop's finest to the screen with a fan's devotion. ... Prior to their breakup in 1998, the legendary A Tribe Called Quest were pioneers of alternative hip-hop, fusing jazz sounds with a creative lyrical approach that resonated with fans ... Read more
Winner of the Queer Palm award at Cannes. ... The first Afrikaans-language film to ever be screened at Cannes, Beauty tells the story of François, a middle-aged man whose well ordered existence comes unravelled. A chance encounter with Christian, the son of a long lost friend, ignites ... Read more
"Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time." - Jean Cocteau ... Screening at the very first MIFF in 1952, Beauty and the Beast comes from one of the finest exponents of the avant-garde that France has ever seen, the prodigiously talented Jean Cocteau. It is a marvel ... Read more
"A tender, funny-sad journey into the messiness that is love." - Hollywood Reporter ... At 75 years old, Hal (Christopher Plummer) is only recently out of the closet, dying of cancer, and determined to finally be faithful to himself. Sad-eyed Oliver (Ewan McGregor) is his son, confused by but ... Read more
A cinematic rumination on the riddle of presence and absence that utilizes hand processed negative and positive imagery, exploiting some of the medium's unique characteristics to engage the imagination of the viewer. ... Eve Heller, 10 mins, 2004, 16mm, B&W, Silent ... Read more
"There are Piggy people in the world, and Kermit people, and Grover people, but Elmo people are everywhere." - Variety ... Red, furry and with an infectious laugh that teaches children to hug, Elmo is one of Sesame Street's smallest and most loved puppets. But behind the cuddly monster is Kevin ... Read more
A playful yet profoundly intimate portrait of singer-songwriter Ben Lee, and a fascinating portrayal of celebrity. ... Destined for stardom, Ben Lee cemented his place in the annals of Australian pop with his catchy tunes and his extraordinary self-confidence. Despite a remarkable musical career ... Read more
A repeat screening of the best shorts of the Festival, as chosen by the MIFF Shorts Awards Jury. ... Read more
"Some people think you have a certain amount of songs before you dry up. I tend to think it's like an amount of time, so I'm racing against time constantly." - Jay Reatard ... In 2010, at the age of 29, garage rock legend Jay Reatard was found dead in his Memphis home, a lethal cocktail of booze ... Read more
"A heat-soaked panorama of human desires." - Screen International ... It is a stifling Hanoi summer and the unexpected return of six year-old Bi's dying grandfather has an unsettling influence on an already fragmented family. While his father finds solace in booze and the affections of his ... Read more
An unforgettable telling of the short, horrific life of Saartjie Baartman, the so-called 'Hottentot Venus'. ... Taken to Europe from South Africa in the early 19th century, the 'Hottentot Venus' became a freak-show attraction in London and Paris and an object of deep prurient curiosity. Fascinating ... Read more
A former children's television mascot, the puppet-like Blue has been largely forgotten by the world. Grappling with his own irrelevance and struggling to hold down a dead-end waiting job, Blue is shocked one day by some twisted, tragic news from his past. ... Awarded the 50th Semaine De La Critique ... Read more
"Chess and me - it's hard to take them apart." - Bobby Fischer. ... A Grandmaster by the age of 16, Bobby Fischer was to many the greatest chess player who ever lived. A prodigal superstar to adoring fans, and an enigmatic presence whose madness overtook his genius, his trajectory saw him reduced ... Read more
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