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Films Screened In 2011

This tribute to radical Japanese writer-director Masao Adachi is the first in a series of retrospectives from filmmaker Philippe Grandrieux (A Lake, MIFF 2009). ... Grandrieux's incendiary series is dedicated to filmmakers informed by a sense of deep political agitation - a criteria that far-left ... Read more
Industrial chemist. Martial artist. Film extra. Father. Teacher. Poet. Pensioner. Warrior. One man. One life. It's him... Terry Lim! ... D Angus Sampson P Jo de Fina TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
Charlotte Brontë's famous tale gets a fresh makeover, with a winning performance from Australia's Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right, MIFF 2010) as the tenacious Jane. ... Having been adapted for film and TV almost 30 times over the last century, Jane Eyre now finds a new voice with this ... Read more
"Documentary-like in its attention to detail and shot in impeccably composed images... traces the slow voyage into oblivion of a talented immigrant looking for his place in a world that thinks it doesn't need him." - Variety ... Filmmakers Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas follow up their ... Read more
Each year, the Jeonju International Film Festival commissions three filmmakers to create low budget digital shorts to premiere for its annual highlight - the Jeonju Digital Project. ... With An Heir, Jean-Marie Straub interprets texts by Alsatian writer Maurice Barrès to investigate his conflicted ... Read more
The preciousness of youth and all of its disasters. ... Jess, 18, and Moss, 12, spend a lazy summer together on a derelict farm in rural Kentucky. With their families strangely absent, the pair occupy their time exploring, playing, bickering, sharing secrets and trying to understand how they've ... Read more
"A paean to perfectionism and a crafty bit of food porn." - Hollywood Reporter ... Jiro Ono is the oldest chef in the world to be awarded three Michelin stars, and at 85 remains monomaniacally devoted to his craft. With his tiny 10-seater Tokyo sushi restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, receiving notice ... Read more
For a North Korean in South Korea, the grass isn't always greener. ... Having escaped the oppressiveness of North Korea, Jeon Seung-chul is determined to build a better life for himself amidst the freedoms of the South. However, introverted and ill-suited to Seoul society, Jeon begins to find his ... Read more
Join an epic pilgrimage to Mecca with this glorious IMAX cinema extravaganza. ... In 1325, a 21-year-old student set out alone from Tangiers and became one of the greatest human travellers the world has ever seen. His journey to Mecca was a pilgrimage that would span 30 years, endanger his life and ... Read more
Images fall in and out of abstraction and fluctuate to the rhythms of Greek folk music, creating an exotic dance on the screen. ... Peter Tscherkassky, 10 mins, 1986, 16mm (S-8 blow up), Col/B&W, Sound ... Read more
Khoa Do: refugee, previous Young Australian of the Year, and prolific local filmmaker (director of Footy Legends, Mother Fish, Missing Water, and The Finished People), joins barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside, QC, to discuss the politics and practice of the immigrant experience ... Read more
"For me, as for anybody, it is hard to live in prison, and I do not want to die here. But if I have to, I will have no hesitation. What I believe in is worth dying for." - Mikhail Khodorkovsky ... Once one of the richest men in the world, Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky suffered a fall of ... Read more
Ben Wheatley follows up his deft debut Down Terrace (MIFF 2010) with a cross-genre gem that starts as a sedate suburban drama before driving off the rails completely. ... Jay is having a tough time - his marriage is on the verge of breakdown, and he hasn't worked for months. So when his old friend ... Read more
"Brilliantly brutal and intriguingly insightful... superbly records a subculture where violence and honour come knuckle-to-knuckle." - Screen International ... James Quinn McDonagh is a champion - of sorts. Stuck in the middle of a generation- spanning blood feud between Irish Traveller clans ... Read more
Academy Award winning animator Joan C. Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase) brings Samuel Taylor Coleridge's famous poem to life with her distinctive 'clay painting' technique. ... D/P Joan C. Gratz WS Gratz Film TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
Tscherkassky's first foray into CinemaScope pays homage to his cinematic forebears with a frenetic remake of the Lumière film, L'Arrivee d'un train a La Ciotat (starring no other than Catherine Deneuve). ... Peter Tscherkassky, 2 mins, 1997/98, 35mm CinemaScope, B&W, Sound ... Read more
Arguably one of the greatest directors to have ever lived, Fellini forever changed the way we watched, understood and made film. This year MIFF is holding a special, one-off screening of his revolutionary 1960 opus, La Dolce Vita, featuring a fully restored print courtesy of Gucci and The Film ... Read more
A resort populated and staffed by marionettes endures one very disruptive baby, in this new film from MIFF regular Johannes Nyholm. ... D/P/S Johannes Nyholm WS Swedish Film Institute L no dialogue TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
A mesmerizing and wondrous film gleaned from an entertainment movie about a spritely chimpanzee and revellers escaping the heat at Coney Island. ... Eve Heller, 14 mins, 1996, 16mm, B&W, Sound ... Read more
"A continual pleasure, seamlessly blending morose and merry notes with a deftness that's up there with Kaurismäki's best comic work." - Variety ... In his second French-language film, Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki (Lights in the Dusk, MIFF 2007) once again taps into a vein of tender, optimistic ... Read more
"New York became a part of who John and I were. We couldn't have existed the same way anywhere else." - Yoko Ono ... Just when you thought nothing new could be said or seen of John Lennon, Michael Epstein comes along with a fresh, eye-opening look at the final decade of Lennon's life following his ... Read more
The tragedy of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, as told by a family who were directly affected, is rendered both real and surreal through animation. ... D/S Rainer Ludwigs P Tetyana Chernyavska L Russian w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
A droll lamentation about the automation of modern life, by French New Wave filmmaker Luc Moullet. A follow-up to his 1994 short More and More. ... D Luc Moullet P Les Films d'Ici WS Le Fresnoy L French w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2010 ... Read more
"A disturbing vision of escape, a cautious portrait of liberation, and an exploration of authenticity and artificiality." - Village Voice ... Life 2.0 sets out to discover the psychologies behind the new spaces of the world wide web, plugging into netizens who have taken refuge from their daily ... Read more
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