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Films Screened In 2012

A heartwarming exploration of what makes people break down and the love that might heal and restore. ... Eleven-year-old Skunk Cunningham lives in North London with her older brother Jed, dad Archie (Tim Roth) and au pair Kasia. Despite her diabetes and a crush on her schoolteacher (Cillian ... Read more
“Serves as a call to action against abuse of students by their peers.” - Variety ... With millions of kids every year suffering schoolyard persecution at the hands of their peers, bullying is the most prevalent form of violence young people experience. From teasing to cyberbullying to the ... Read more
Claire has lost all her dreams but one: the dream of being an artist. After accepting a job drawing the covers on greeting cards, she must fight to keep her last dream from dying in this gothic urban fairy tale. ... D Isabel Peppard P Warwick Burton S Isabel Peppard, Warwick Burton TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
“Ever since I discovered art, this cell has truly become a prison.” - an inmate in Caesar Must Die ... The setting is Rome's Rebibbia Prison; specifically, its maximum-security section, which houses drug traffickers and mafiosi. Theatre director Fabio Cavalli is working with the inmates to ... Read more
“If we keep hiding, they will say we are not here.” - David Kato ... In Uganda, a new bill threatens to introduce the death penalty for homosexuality, and jail terms for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. David Kato - the country's first openly gay man - and his fellow GLBTI (or ... Read more
Stranding his ship in the Alps, the misadventures of Captain Hu are brought to life with simple line animation. ... D/S Basil Vogt P Basil Vogt, Catherine Ann Berger WS Trickbüro L no dialogue TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
“Jean-Baptiste Léonetti's mesmerizing first feature recalls the bitingly literate social commentary of Albert Camus, Aldous Huxley and Franz Kafka… with a little Terry Gilliam (circa Brazil) thrown in for good measure.” - Smells Like Screen Spirit ... In a dystopian future that frowns ... Read more
When a suicidal writer is asked to look after his neighbour's wheelchair-bound daughter, he is forced to reassess his choices in this sweet tragicomic drama. ... D Raphael Elisha P Kristy Fuller S Ron Elisha TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
“This tonally razor-sharp debut by helmer Levan Akin oozes authenticity and filmmaking savoir-faire.” - Variety ... An acutely observed ensemble piece about a dinner party that goes off the rails, Certain People centres on a group of self-absorbed, arty thirty-somethings set to enjoy a ... Read more
“Charles Bradley's rise to the limelight is utterly amazing.” - Spin magazine ... Charles Bradley has been a self-made James Brown impersonator for many years, but at 62 - an age at which many musicians might start reflecting on their long-past heyday - he's shifted away from his tribute act to ... Read more
“People can now see what's happening. Climate Change is not a political issue; it's a humanity issue. It affects everyone on the planet." - Producer Paula DuPre Pesmen ... Since An Inconvenient Truth brought the science of Earth's shifting climate to the screen, the divisive topic has been at the ... Read more
“Both winsome and sophisticated, Chicken with Plums unfolds like a rich Persian carpet woven of memories and nostalgia in a colourful fantasy Iran of 1958.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Celebrated Tehran-based violinist Nasser Ali Khan (Mathieu Amalric) is so sad he has decided to die. His ... Read more
“Nearly two decades after the war, we live in an endless ‘today' and are afraid to look into a ‘tomorrow'.” - Director Aida Begi? ... Ghosts of the past loom large in Sarajevo, where the transition from wartime to reconstruction remains incomplete, and corruption and violence thrive ... Read more
More than 80 years after the brutal slaughter of 100 or more Aboriginal people in Central Australia, survivors and their descendants tell their story in Coniston. Known as “the Coniston Massacres”, the punitive expeditions that set out in August 1928 mowed down innocent people across the ... Read more
A young Australian tourist visiting Croatia in 1999 has an unexpected encounter with a Serbian woman in a land torn apart by war. ... D/S Anna Helme P Ruth Morris WS VCA School of Film & Television L Croatian, English, Serbian w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
A unique journey through the vast, wondrous landscapes of our vanishing Great Barrier Reef conducted against the full dome of Melbourne's Planetarium. ... Designed to coincide with Venus' once-in-a-lifetime transit across the sun, artist Lynette Wallworth's Coral: Rekindling Venus is a stunning and ... Read more
“Reflections, philosophically and politically sophisticated, on the relationship of film to reality, time, place, memory and death mix with subtle, telling, elegant images to produce intellectually provocative cinema.” - Time Out London ... An ongoing project of Barcelona's Centre of ... Read more
Slip backstage at the world's most famous nude dance revue. ... Founded in 1951, Paris's legendary Crazy Horse cabaret is a fixture of the city's nightlife. Famous for its elaborate nude dance spectacles, the club's celebration of sensuality, eroticism and the female backside is distinctly French ... Read more
See the world of a small Chinese town through the eyes of the People's Armed Police, a paramilitary group charged with maintaining order in a nation of 1.3 billion people. ... Zhao Liang's sharp eye captures the casual violence of police interrogations and sometimes astounding levels of ... Read more
A remarkable true story of courage and survival in the Australian outback during World War II. ... In 1941, all the white women and children were evacuated from Darwin ahead of the anticipated Japanese invasion. But for the Methodists from the mission on nearby Croker Island, evacuation would mean ... Read more
“I'm trusted with a pair of scissors and I'm in here for murder”. ... The Scottish Prison Service hairdressing competition is just around the corner and Francis, the current champion, is getting ready to defend his title. Cutting Loose demystifies life behind bars while following several of the ... Read more
“Whit Stillman's whimsical campus comedy is an utter delight.” - Variety ... Violet (Greta Gerwig) is a sweet-natured, eccentric sophomore at a recently co-ed New England campus. Along with her friends Rose, Heather and Lily, Violet has grand ideas about improving the lives of her fellow ... Read more
Presented by MIFF Accelerator in cooperation with Australian Screen Editors (Victoria), this masterclass by Dany Cooper explores the art and secrets of film editing. Dany Cooper is one of Australia's most in-demand editors; her editing credits include The Sapphires (this year's MIFF Opening Night ... Read more
“Solondz's most waywardly endearing film - his gentlest triumph.” - Time ... In a suburban world where every character knows their true value in the social order, 35-year-old man-child Abe (Jordan Gelber) lives in a state of underachieving arrested development with his parents (Christopher ... Read more
Tom is just beginning to learn that maybe his dead best buddy Dave wasn't such a great mate after all. An ultra-black comedy from Alethea Jones, director of When the Wind Changes (MIFF 2010) and the 2012 Tropfest winner Lemonade Stand. ... D Alethea Jones P Julian Vincent Costanzo S Luke Ryan TD HD ... Read more
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