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Films Screened In 2012

Abandoned in a country town by his guardian, a young, solitary albino boy spends his days playing chicken and spying on his neighbours until a bizarre encounter forces him to connect. ... D/S Billie Pleffer P Rita Walsh, Stacey Kwijas WS VCA School of Film & Television L no dialogue TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
An intimate study of sisterly dynamics in a time of transition. ... Drawing on memories from her own life as a young girl, Milagros Mumenthaler's debut feature is set in Buenos Aires at the end of a summer and against a soundtrack of soft folk music from the 60 and 70s. Three sisters must adjust to ... Read more
“In many ways [Carax's] most purely delightful work - bittersweet, haunting, and as original and eccentric as homage movies get, infusing arch neo-Godard poetics with grace notes cribbed from Griffith, Chaplin, and Cocteau.” - Village Voice ... In his second feature, Leos Carax delivers a ... Read more
A kinetic, frenetic and long overdue tribute to the legendary hardcore band.” - Indiewire ... Beginning life as a jazz/funk-fusion act, Bad Brains went on to become one of the most innovative and influential hardcore punk bands on the planet. Their impact can be heard in groups as diverse as ... Read more
Winner of Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival. ... In the paranoiac nightmare of East Germany, 1980, Barbara - a physician from Berlin - has been sent to a small country town as punishment for some unknown crime against the state. Tormented by the Stasi, she dreams of escape to the West but ... Read more
Mika finds a dead bird in her swimming pool and asks her middle-aged neighbour to help remove it. The resulting afternoon of playful flirting leads to something far more confronting. ... Screens with Girl Model (USA, 80 mins). ... D/S Adi Kutner P Rona Feldman, Adi Kutner L Hewbrew w/English ... Read more
“Reinvents the concert film like no other before it.” - Film Threat ... Three days before the Beastie Boys' sold-out 2004 Madison Square Garden show, Adam Yauch made an impulsive creative decision to give 50 ticket-holders a digital video camera and one instruction: shoot whatever you want at ... Read more
“One of the most striking films ever to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Set in the lush southern Louisiana bayou, where six-year-old Hushpuppy lives with her father, Wink, in a sinkhole shantytown named The Bathtub, Beasts of the Southern Wild is part magic ... Read more
A vision of a city environmentally at the end of its tether. ... When photographer Wang Jiuliang began looking into waste disposal in China's capital, he had no idea of the scale of the city's environmental problems. Out beyond Beijing's Sixth Ring Road he found a ring of another kind - hundreds of ... Read more
“Though this debut feature from New Zealand director/writer Miro Bilbrough is a self-confessed ‘love letter to Sydney' it comes with… something of a European sensibility.” - Screen Daily ... Venice (Alice McConnell) is having trouble with the men in her life. On the night her ex-hippy ... Read more
“[Strickland is] a British director who is independent in the truest sense.” - The Guardian ... Director Peter Strickland (Katalin Varga, MIFF 09) lifts the curtain on cinematic sound production in this story of hapless audio engineer Gilderoy (Toby Jones, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), who finds ... Read more
“It's sometimes said that cinema's power lies in letting us see the world through other people's eyes, an idea taken to a literal extreme by Romanian writer/director Adrian Sitaru.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Best Intentions explores, through subjective point-of-view cinematography, the nature of ... Read more
A collection of the best short films of the festival as chosen by the MIFF Shorts Awards Jury. ... Films are: It's Not a Cowboy Movie (France, 2012), pictured; Spine (Australia, 2012); Kin (Australia, 2011); Silent (Turkey, 2012); The Pub (UK, 2012); Paradise (USA, 2012); Arcana (Austria, 2011) ... Read more
“I wanted to make a very simple and a very naïve film on the interactions between human beings and animals.” - filmmaker Denis Côté ... At the same time a compelling meditation and a bizarrely humorous piece of visual composition, Côté's (Curling, MIFF 10) latest film, named for the ... Read more
“Ginger Baker just hit me in the f***ing nose.” - Jay Bulger, director ... Wild, cantankerous, and given to rock ‘n' roll excess, Ginger Baker is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest drummers. Best known for his work with supergroups Cream and Blind Faith, Baker has also been ... Read more
"Such a powerful drama, so grittily and convincingly carried by its faultless cast." - Screen Daily ... Acclaimed Swedish actress Pernilla August makes her debut behind the camera with this tense drama that charts the lasting effects felt by children raised in troubled households. ... Living ... Read more
“A brilliant, scary portrayal of irrationality and fear in Europe's dark heart.” - The Guardian ... When twenty-something Alina arrives in Moldavia to remove her childhood friend Voichita from an Orthodox monastery, she doesn't reckon on the unyielding force of religion and devout Voichita's ... Read more
“You are naïve if you take a pop at a big multi-national and not think they'll come at you.” ... A confronting documentary that captures the repercussions of Swedish director Fredrik Gertten's film BANANAS!* (MIFF 10) - investigating the successful lawsuit of 12 Nicaraguan workers against ... Read more
A pirated-DVD seller in love with the daughter of the local pub owner imagines moments from his life as scenes from classic films, with a big song and dance finale. ... Screens as part of the Blackfella Shorts package. ... D/S SF Tusa P Andrew Arbuthnot TD HD Cam/2012 ... ... Proudly presented by ... Read more
A collection of Indigenous short films programmed by Blackfella Films. ... ... Proudly presented by ... ... ... Read more
A multiple award winner, Robert Morgan's (The Cat with Hands, MIFF 02) Bobby Yeah is a nightmarish claymation tale about a petty thug who kidnaps a bizarre creature and presses a button that he shouldn't. ... D/S Robert Morgan P Robert Morgan, Alain de la Mata, Geoff Cox L no dialogue TD HD Cam/2011 Read more
Bogland is the a quirky tale of two Sápmi girls seeking answers to their heritage. ... Screens as part of the Swedish Shorts package. ... D Jonas Selberg Augustsén P Freddy Olsson WS Swedish Film Institute L Sami w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
“One of the finest accomplishments from the freewheeling new generation of Chilean filmmakers.” - Variety ... United through a shared passion for the written word, college students Julio, an inveterate liar, and Emilia, a punky rebel, embark on an incandescent, unsustainable love affair ... Read more
“Shot in luminous black and white, Boy Meets Girl moves with the youthful, anarchic spirit of Godard's early work, endlessly detouring through surreal comedy, romantic philosophizing, and spontaneous flights of fancy.” - AV Club ... The essence of the French nouvelle vague movement comes ... Read more
Daniel Borgman (Lars and Peter, MIFF 09; Berik, MIFF 10) delivers a moving tale of a boy who believes that his much-loved grandfather is still alive and possessing the power to reanimate dead animals. ... Screens with Nana (France, 68 mins). ... D Daniel Joseph Borgman P Katja Adomeit S Daniel ... Read more
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