Films Screened In 2012

The MIFF Premiere Fund-supported debut feature from Melbourne's Cairnes brothers was winning awards before it was even made. ... When three young suburbanites head off to a music festival in the country, a car breakdown is all they need. Thankfully, help is at hand in the form of local organic fertiliser trader Reg, who stops and invites the partygoers to wait for help back at the farm he runs wit... Read more
“An absorbing coming-of-age drama… takes its place among Wang Xiaoshuai's finest films.” - Variety ... The harsh realities of the Chinese Cultural Revolution enter 11-year-old Wang Han's life when a murder is committed in his small rural town. After encountering the fugitive teenage suspect, Han's view of the world is changed forever and he must decide what to tell his friends and family.... Read more
A radical biopic on the life and death of a Japanese icon from veteran provocateur Koji Wakamatsu. ... On 25 November 1970 one of Japan's most celebrated writers, Yukio Mishima, committed ritual suicide after staging a failed right-wing coup with his private militia that had attempted to reinstate the Emperor as a deity.Director Wakamatsu (Caterpillar, MIFF 10; United Red Army, MIFF 08) attempts t... Read more
“The seven films present a rich, vivid and pointedly non-stereotypical view of the energetic and diverse culture of the Cuban capital.” - The List ... Seven directors - Julio Medem (Earth, MIFF 98), Gaspar Noé (Enter the Void, MIFF 10), Laurent Cantet (Heading South, MIFF 06), Pablo Trapero (Lion's Den, MIFF 08), Elia Suleiman (Divine Intervention, MIFF 02), Juan Carlos Tabio (Plaff!, MIFF 89) and... Read more
The remaining features of an empty shop are choreographed to make a kaleidoscopic light film. Depth and scale constantly shift, and the camera mixes colours blindly as exposures multiply. ... Not in competition. ... D/P Sophie Michael L no dialogue TD 16mm/2010 ... Read more
Adam Yauch's mockumentary of a normal day in the life of his Swiss alter ego. Stars David Cross as Hörnblowér and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rck) and Yauch as themselves. ... Screens with Gunnin' For That #1 Spot (USA, 90 mins). ... D Nathanial Hörnblowér P Nathanial Hörnblowér, Jon Doran Dist Hopscotch TD digibeta/2006 ... Read more
From anime master Hiroyuki Okiura (director of Jin-Roh, MIFF 00, animator for Ghost in the Shell, Akira) comes a touching, fantastical tale of a young girl's grief and the three mischievous spirits sent to look after her. ... After the death of her father, 13-year-old Momo and her mother move from Tokyo to the remote island of Shio. Here, Momo is haunted by the discovery of an unfinished letter he... Read more
“A nostalgic waltz through a century-old City of Light, A Monster in Paris is an enchanting little 3D animation film... filled with catchy song-and-dance numbers from real-life French musicians.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Paris, 1910. Thanks to a freak greenhouse accident, film-loving cinema projectionist Emile (Jay Harrington) and his mad scientist friend Raoul (Adam Goldberg) inadvertently unloos... Read more
“Massoud Bakhshi's striking feature debut A Respectable Family … deftly blends suspense and social commentary to deliver an acerbic commentary on today's Tehran.” - Screen Daily ... College professor Arash returns to Iran after 22 years in the West, to teach at a university. When his semester of teaching comes to an end, and with it the unpleasant experience of the authorities interfering with his... Read more
“A slice-of-life masterpiece dealing compassionately with the inevitable ageing process.” - Time Out Hong Kong ... Chinese screen star Andy Lau teams for once again with his real-life godmother, Deannie Ip, and delivers a career-best performance in this heartfelt parable on ageing. ... Film producer Roger is the last member of his family living in Hong Kong, which only serves to strengthen his att... Read more
Ingrid Bergman in one of the best roles of her career. ... Embittered by her disfigured face - the result of a childhood accident - Anna Holm is the cruel mastermind of an underground ring of criminals. When a blackmail scheme goes awry, Anna's intended victim, a plastic surgeon, takes pity on her and reconstructs her face, leading to a profound change in her nature. But she must now protect those... Read more
Abigail is trying to leave town, but is constantly delayed by residents holding her accountable for the actions of her destructive mother. ... Second prize winner in the Cinéfondation at Cannes this year. ... D/S Matthew James Reilly P Matthew James Reilly, Raven Jensen, Seth Blogier TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
A program of exciting shorts by emerging filmmakers from Australia, New Zealand and Canada. See the work of tomorrow's hottest directors today. All Accelerator directors are guests of the festival. ... Special classification exemption applies - all ages allowed but no person under the age of 15 years shall be admitted to the screenings unless in the company of a parent or adult guardian. ... Read more
A program of exciting shorts by emerging filmmakers from Australia, New Zealand and Canada. See the work of tomorrow's hottest directors today. All Accelerator directors are guests of the festival. ... Special classification exemption applies - all ages allowed but no person under the age of 15 years shall be admitted to the screenings unless in the company of a parent or adult guardian. ... Read more
An exhilarating courtroom adventure from cult director Takashi Miike. ... This big-budget film reflects the lighter side of the versatile Miike, whose recent films have run the gamut from samurai epic 13 Assassins (MIFF 11) to spaghetti western homage Sukiyaki Western Django (MIFF 07), via anime-inspired comedy Yatterman and family-friendly Ninja Kids!!!. ... Based on the hugely popular Nintendo s... Read more
“An essential portrait of a key contemporary figure.” - The Guardian ... A character study of China's most famous and outspoken visual artist and dissident, working domestically against a background of strict censorship and internationally to great acclaim, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the topical debut documentary of director Alison Klayman. ... Set during the lead-up to Ai's 2009 ‘Sunflower Seeds' ... Read more
Belgian filmmaking's most revered auteur returns with a freewheeling adaptation of Joseph Conrad's first novel. ... Atmospheric, subversive and impeccably controlled, Almayer's Folly continues Chantal Akerman's (Jeanne Dielman, MIFF 79; Night and Day, MIFF 92) lifelong pursuit of a new form of cinematic language. ... In the stifling jungles of Malaysia an avaricious Dutch merchant named Almayer tr... Read more
“A bracing experience for those who want animation to be more than 3D superheroics and anthropomorphic animal stories.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Alois Nebel is an isolated train dispatcher at a lonely station on the Czechoslovak border in the 80s. His life is quiet, disrupted only by the fog that occasionally rolls in and causes him to hallucinate ghosts from World War II. These horrors trouble hi... Read more
“A truly original work and a masterpiece of contemporary existentialism.” - Cinema Scope ... A mysterious underground club known as Alps offers a most unusual service: to stand in for your dearly departed, taking on their mannerisms and wearing their clothes, until you have overcome your loss. Members of the club will live in the deceased person's home and recite their typical speech by rote. The ... Read more
Winner of Cannes' coveted top prize, the Palme d'Or. ... Unfolding largely within the protective shell of a Parisian apartment, filmmaker Michael Haneke's (The White Ribbon MIFF 09, Funny Games MIFF 98) Amour eschews violence and psychological riddles for a profoundly frank portrayal of ageing, sickness and the lengths we go to for love. ... Octogenarian actors, Jean-Louis Trintignant (And God Cre... Read more
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