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Films Screened In 2012

"A boldly conceived and bracingly told political drama, Policeman possesses a special contemporary pertinence… to the vast class and economic disparities in Israel." - Hollywood Reporter ... Presented by first-time filmmaker Nadav Lapid in two defined chapters, this strikingly unpredictable ... Read more
“An unclassifiable work of striking originality.” - Screen Daily ... The theme of longing is apparent early on in the ethereal Postcards from the Zoo, when we see the young Lana wandering around Jakarta's zoo at night calling out for her father, who abandoned her there. Flash forward several ... Read more
"Destined to be remembered as the film that made riveting 22-year-old Alicia Vikander a star in her big-screen debut." - Variety ... When aimless 20-year-old former prostitute and high-school dropout Katerina sees Mozart's Requiem on YouTube she decides this is the world she wants to live in ... Read more
“A monumental portrayal of a cop in meltdown.” - Rolling Stone ... Officer Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson) is a Vietnam veteran and hardened LA cop, dedicated to upholding his ideals of right and wrong - often by dubious means. When he is caught assaulting a suspect, the fabric of his complex life ... Read more
A trapeze routine is transformed into a music box automaton in this hypnotic, cinematic carousel from Nick Moore (Remember My Name, MIFF 07). ... D Nick Moore P Simone Taylor L no dialogue TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
“The kind of comedy that could well inspire love.” - Variety ... First-time filmmaker Jake Schreier comes up with a bona fide crowd pleaser in this heartwarming parable on technology and how it's only as good as the humans controlling it. ... Set sometime in the near future, Frank Langella ... Read more
"One of the great movies about movies." - Variety ... Room 237 dissects Stanley Kubrick's The Shining in amazing and unexpected ways, looking at a host of conspiracy theories around secret codes and messages supposedly hidden within the film. ... Director Rodney Ascher has uncovered a thriving ... Read more
They often tell you to write what you know. But they don't tell you what to do when what you write becomes real. ... Six years after the breakout success of Little Miss Sunshine, husband and wife directorial team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris return with the offbeat romantic comedy of Ruby ... Read more
Benh Zeitlin has had a big year. The 29-year-old debut filmmaker received both the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Camera d'Or at Cannes for his spellbindingly imaginative Beasts of the Southern Wild, which has already earned him comparisons to Terrence Malick. ... Join Benh as he talks to ABC ... Read more
“Wanted: someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before." ... Apathetic magazine intern Darius (Aubrey Plaza, TV's Parks and Recreation) sets a course for unlikely ... Read more
A ‘coming of middle age' bromantic comedy following a Melbourne cricket team on a wild ride from the suburbs to the Subcontinent, where stumps fly, friendships fray and mates learn that the biggest shots in life are played off the field. ... For Edward ‘Teddy' Brown, the end of summer heralds ... Read more
From the Tiwi Islands, this part ghost story and part romance is about a man in love with a married women. ... Screens as part of the Blackfella Shorts package. ... D Tiffany Parker P Rhea Stephenson L Tiwi Islands w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2012 ... ... Proudly presented by ... ... ... Read more
From ardent communist to executed dissident, Lin Zhao's tragic tale is also the story of China's idealists reeling under the brutal political terror of Mao's rule. ... An active participant in the land reforms of the early communist era, Lin Zhao later became a top student at Peking University. Her ... Read more
“A hugely entertaining, emotionally touching and musically revelatory experience.” - Indiewire ... One of the greatest 70s folk-rock musicians you've never heard, Rodriguez was briefly hailed as a successor to Dylan, releasing two critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful albums - Cold ... Read more
In three weeks an asteroid is about to destroy all life on Earth. Sounds like time for a road trip. ... Down-at-heel insurance salesman Dodge (Steve Carell) is having a bad end of the world - when the announcement comes, his wife leaves him to be with her secret lover. Feeling suicidal, he becomes ... Read more
MIFF regular Richard Tuohy (Tasmanian Splintering, MIFF 11) presents a North Asian metropolis filled with explosive sparks of colour. Filmed in Seoul in black and white and colourised during processing using coloured torch light. ... D Richard Tuohy L no dialogue TD 16mm/2012 ... Read more
“An opaque, slow-burning but brilliant thriller about the compulsions of terrorism.” - The Guardian ... Oscar-winning filmmaker James Marsh (Man on Wire, MIFF 08; Project Nim, MIFF 11) returns with a fictional feature in this nail-biting thriller. ... Starring Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough and ... Read more
Leah Purcell (Black Chicks Talking, MIFF 02) stars in and directs this story of a woman celebrating the last few days before her abusive husband gets out of prison. ... Screens as part of the Blackfella Shorts package. ... D/S Leah Purcell P David Jowsey, Bain Stewart TD HD Cam/2012 ... ... Proudly ... Read more
“A truly sui generis work, both moving and intellectually stimulating, which deserves to be seen.” - Variety ... Daniel Paul Schreber was a celebrated judge who, in 1893, started to receive messages from God. Spending the next nine years in an asylum, where he was tormented by the belief that ... Read more
Paul Winkler (Popkitsch, MIFF 07), one of Australia's most uncompromising experimental filmmakers, returns with his 16th film in MIFF - a lyrical montage of juxtaposed street-art images, set on rotating surfaces and against a percussive soundtrack, to hint at the tribal nature of street art. ... Read more
“Equal parts funeral and party, the wonderful LCD Soundsystem documentary/concert film Shut Up and Play the Hits chronicles for posterity the revered dance band's final concert in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden.” - AV Club ... On the 2nd of April 2011, dance band LCD ... Read more
“A passionate and joyful celebration of why we go to the movies, and why so many people dedicate their lives to making them.” - Tribeca Film Festival ... Documentarian Chris Kenneally (Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating, MIFF 05) and producer/on-screen interviewer Keanu ... Read more
"Darkly funny, quasi-sweet and incredibly bloody." - Ain't It Cool ... After exploring the darkest recesses of British culture in Down Terrace (MIFF 2010) and Kill List (MIFF 11), director Ben Wheatley turns his unique style to comedy, albeit his own deranged brand. ... Chris is taking his new ... Read more
In 1984 a Kurdish woman visits her husband in prison, where she is forbidden to speak her own language or bring him anything. However, the human spirit prevails in this winner of the 2012 Short Film Palme d'Or. ... D/P/S L.Rezan Ye?ilba? L Kurdish-Turkish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2012 ... Read more
Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2012 Berlinale ... Twelve-year-old Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) lives with his unemployed older sister Louise (Léa Seydoux) in near poverty in the valley below a wealthy Swiss ski resort. To support them both, he travels daily to the “white gold” of the mountain ... Read more
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