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Films Screened In 2011

Aesthetic, unique, impressive - this introduction to the largest and most varied family of plants and to the research carried out by Charles Darwin will be an optically intense, but at the same time elegant experience. Lose yourself in a sea of colours, let yourself be carried away and intoxicated. ... Read more
For fifteen years filmmaker Thomas Imbach has filmed the world that lies outside his Zurich window. ... As the landscape changes, so does his life: his father dies, a baby is born and hundreds of messages are left on his answering machine. Through the shifts in season, through personal disasters ... Read more
What would the apocalypse look like? ... Home to the US automobile industry, Detroit was once the gleaming hub of America's industrial engine. But as the economy disintegrates, Detroit has become the symbol of the collapse of the American Dream. The city lies in ruins. Empty factories and abandoned ... Read more
The passage of an anonymous figure through a remote and desolate geographical environment becomes a metaphysical journey through landscapes of the mind. S.J. Ramir is a guest of the Festival. ... D/P/S S.J. Ramir WS Light Cone L no dialogue TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
These documentary films may be short on running time, but they still tackle the big issues. ... Read more
The best of Domefest 2009. Domefest, was founded in 2004 by David Beining, Director of Immersive Media at the ARTS Lab in the University of New Mexico. Juried shows from Domefest have played around the world and celebrate the diversity and quality of the fulldome medium. ... Read more
The final film in the magnificent CinemaScope trilogy, made "in appreciation of the cinematic art of Man Ray", is derived from the same source material as Outer Space but transports us to a multifaceted land of dreams. ... Peter Tscherkassky, 11 mins, 2001, 35mm CinemaScope, B&W, Sound ... Read more
The first of the 'Dreileben' television series, a collection of three stand-alone films created by three prominent German filmmakers about a fictional small town plagued by an escaped criminal. ... Working in a clinic as an intern, teenager Johannes finds love a struggle when he falls for Bosnian ... Read more
"Unexpected connections between strangers and friends, and the past and present, are the motor of Dreileben: Don't Follow Me Around." - Variety ... Police psychologist Jo is brought to the town of Dreileben to help hunt down a dangerous sex offender hiding in a nearby forest, but when she ... Read more
"Beautiful, chilling and tragically ironic." - Hollywood Reporter ... Hunted by police after escaping captivity, sex offender and killer Molesch is on the run in the woods on the outskirts of Dreileben, as police inspector Marcus Kreil closes in on him. Finding safety in the forest, Molesch's ... Read more
"A magnificent homage to US crime films from the late 1970s and '80s." - Screen International ... Driver (Ryan Gosling) is good at what he does. A stunt driver by day, a getaway driver by night, he's aloof, unflappable and professional, with no other ties to this world. But when Driver falls for ... Read more
Two young thieves unexpectedly discover their Christmas spirit and re-evaluate their lives during a break-in, in the directorial debut by Outrageous Fortune actor Tammy Davis. ... D/S Tammy Davis P Ainsley Gardiner, Chelsea Winstanley WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
A mouthwatering taste of the preparation that went into one of the most imaginative menus in the world. ... Each year over two million people tried to book a table at El Bulli - only a select few ever got one. The coastal Spanish restaurant was a Mecca to food buffs; one which closed every year for ... Read more
"An exquisite study of a rapidly expanding cemetery at the center of Mexico's drug wars." - Variety ... In Mexico, the war on drugs has become a literal war, resulting in the bloodiest conflict since the Mexican Revolution. Nearly 35,000 people have been killed since 2007, and the narco-cemetery at ... Read more
"A wise and impeccably controlled drama that finds Russian helmer Andrey Zvyagintsev in outstanding form." - Variety ... Elena dotes on her selfish, wealthy husband Vladimir and lives a lonely life surrounded by luxury in a sterile, ultra-modern penthouse. But when the aging Vladimir informs Elena ... Read more
Eli is a young wrestling fan trying to make sense of the racial violence surrounding him. When the time comes, he must play his part. ... D/S Miranda Nation P Dominic Allen, Miranda Nation TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
Explosive, political and unforgiving, The Enemy Within breaks new ground and box office records in Brazilian cinema. ... On the heels of his award-winning Elite Squad, filmmaker José Padilha (Bus 174, Garapa) follows up with what proved to be the most successful film in Brazilian history - Elite ... Read more
"A remarkable debut, a post-apocalyptic, existential quasi-monster movie on a shoestring budget, it recalls the darker works of Cormac McCarthy with an added supernatural tinge." - Cinephile ... After picking up a man in a baseball cap, heavily pregnant Soon-young and her taxi driver realise ... Read more
A rhythmic sound and image montage of a space shuttle launch, giving the audience the sensation of flight. New film from MIFF regular Johann Lurf. ... D/P/S Johann Lurf WS SixPackFilm L No dialogue TD digibeta/2010 ... Read more
"Intriguing and disturbing, made with tremendous confidence and conviction." - Guardian ... Vincent Gallo stars as an unnamed Taliban soldier, captured and flown to a mysterious eastern European country for interrogation. A quirk of fate sees him escape, but he grows increasingly desperate as his ... Read more
Winner of a Tiger award for Best Picture at the 2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam. ... Sivaroj Kongsakul makes a startling feature film debut with Eternity, a patient, consuming, all-encompassing metaphysical love story. ... Eternity tells the tale of a wandering spirit named Wit as he ... Read more
This Australian Premiere collection of Heller's 16mm and 35mm films exemplify cinema's palpable ability to transport the audience to a land of its own imagining. ... Eve Heller will be in attendance at the screening. ... Films screen courtesy of sixpack film ... Last LostEve Heller, 14 mins, 1996 ... Read more
A mind-bending, lyrical and surreal program of experimental shorts. ... Read more
A experimental program of abstract journeys through time, space and the everyday. ... Read more
An attempt to export the hit US TV show Everybody Loves Raymond to Russia makes for a front row seat to a comedic culture-clash. ... Everybody loves Raymond, but can the love extend to far Eastern Europe? Writer-director Phil Rosenthal, who created the hugely successful American sitcom, explores ... Read more
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