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Films Screened In 2011

Join comedians Peter Helliar and Justin Hamilton for a Helliar and Hammo Dig Flicks in-conversation with prolific and prodigious comic talent Bobcat Goldthwait, as he talks about his 30-year career in film and television - and the dark streak of his own big-screen features, from directorial debut ... Read more
Iconic documentarian Frederick Wiseman (La Danse, MIFF 2010; Titicut Follies) returns with a fascinating look at the tight-knit world of a suburban boxing gym. ... Battered equipment is held together with tape; posters peel from the walls. Muscled, youthful wannabes spar alongside doughy ... Read more
In 1978, New Zealander Kerry Hamill and two friends aboard the yacht Foxy Lady took shelter from a storm, accidentally straying into in Cambodian waters. ... One man was shot dead when the boat was boarded by the Khmer Rouge. Hamill was held for months at the notorious S-21 Prison, and then ... Read more
"Your horse is a mirror to your soul. Sometimes you might not like what you see." - Buck Brannaman ... Fresh from a rapturous reception at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received the 2011 Audience Award, Buck is the story of colt breaker Buck Brannaman. The inspiration for The Horse ... Read more
A box office hit in Belgium, the crime drama Bullhead takes us on a disturbing journey into the darkened soul of a broken man. ... In the expanses of the farmlands of Flanders, the hulking Jacky tries to live a quiet existence on his family's cattle ranch. Haunted by a horrific childhood tragedy ... Read more
At Stouts Hill School, when the young Stephen Fry is caught with forbidden sweets from the village sweet shop, he persuades his new friend Bunce to take the blame. Intimidated by the headmaster, Bunce buckles and tells the truth, and Fry is punished. ... Written by Stephen Fry and directed by Peter ... Read more
David Short (Kitchen Horror, 2010) finds horror the everyday. This time carpet fibres generate a nightmarish experience. David Short is a guest of the Festival. ... D/P David Short L no dialogue TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
A continuous tracking shot reveals the dynamics of people waiting in seven different types of queues, providing a wry commentary on social divisions. ... D/S Yorgos Zois P Maria Drandaki WS Pan Entertainment SA L no dialogue TD 35mm/2010 ... Read more
Cinematic legend Werner Herzog presents an astonishing glimpse of our prehistoric forebears. ... Kudos to Herzog (Encounters at the End of the World, MIFF 2008; Grizzly Man) for achieving the impossible - gaining access to the French Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, a place that only a handful of ... Read more
“A wistful, equally tender and raunchy comedy of self-discovery… the jokes sing as well as zing.” - New York Times ... Tim Lippe (The Hangover's Ed Helms) is a naive 34-year-old insurance salesman who has never moved out of the family home. But his life begins to open up after he's ... Read more
"An amazingly accomplished and complex first feature from Iranian-American writer-director Maryam Keshavarz." - Hollywood Reporter ... Two 16-year-old best friends, Atafeh and Shireen, coming of age under the repressive theocracy of Iran, are struggling to deal with their burgeoning desire for one ... Read more
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The existential dilemma of Kafka's Amerika re-imagined as an insight into class struggle. ... The dark and poetic visions of Czech writer and unlikely national hero Franz Kafka have often lent themselves to screen adaptations, but filmmakers Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet's take on Amerika ... Read more
A sculptress living in a remote artists' compound provides refuge to a wounded stranger, setting the scene for a dangerous love triangle. ... When Margot provides the exhausted Nick with shelter, little does she know that she's inviting into her home a murderer on the run from police. Soon the two ... Read more
It's early morning in Melbourne, and crowds of workers arrive, piling into the city by train and tram. During the day the streets are packed with people who dispose of rubbish without thought, necessitating an army of cleaners to keep the city clean. Day and night the cleaning goes on, in the early ... Read more
Sex, power, high ideals and cut-throat enemies collide in this engaging untangling of a very American scandal. ... As New York State Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer prosecuted the crimes of America's largest and wealthiest financial institutions. He swiftly ascended the rungs of power, and was ... Read more
A mother brings her reluctant son to the hospital for an ambiguous procedure. ... D/P/S Martin Thibaudeau L French w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
Cult Japanese director Sion Sono (Love Exposure, MIFF 2009; Guilty of Romance, MIFF 2011) brings us a gore-drenched, pitch black comedy about a man drawn into the clutches of a deranged couple. ... Shamoto, a quiet, bullied owner of a small tropical fish shop, lives an existence of unhappy ... Read more
Memory and mortality collide as a man reflects on a former relationship during a brief moment in time before a life-changing event. ... D Nick Matthews P David Ngo S David Ngo, Nick Matthews WS Projector Films TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
The trinity between early cinema, the avant-garde and advertising is playfully explored in Coming Attractions. Winner of the Best Short Film at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. ... Peter Tscherkassky, 25 mins, 2010, 35mm, B&W, Sound ... Read more
MIFF turns 60 this year - join a discussion of how the changing nature of film, and the changing nature of audiences may change what film festivals mean for festival organisers, filmmakers and cinephiles alike. What might film festivals of the future look like? Moderated by Paul Harris (St Kilda ... Read more
First a boy is forced to run. Then he runs on his own. Then he watches someone else run. Winner of the Palme d'Or for Best Short at Cannes 2011. ... D/S Maryna Vroda P Les 3 Lignes, Maryna Vroda WS Les 3 Lignes L Russian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010 ... Read more
A visual tone poem designed for the fulldome planetarium format but encompassing terrestrial subject matter, Crossing Worlds utilizes spherical photography from the American desert west to immerse the viewer in a transcendent spectrum of austere landscapes. ... Innovative xRez Studio's first ... Read more
"Denis Côté has long since staked out his territory as Canada's most adventurous auteur." - Eye Weekly ... Winning the Best Director prize at Locarno, Curling is an offbeat and eccentric comedy with distinctly morbid leanings. ... Friendless Jean-François scrapes by doing odd jobs at a ... Read more
The fulldome movie CymaSonics - Matrix Optimizer 1.0.1 was produced as a first audio-visual demonstration of some of the most elementary immersive audio-animation possibilities of an allopspherical sound technology we call CymaSonics. It uses the principicles of Cymatics in advance on spatial ... Read more
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