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Films Screened In 2012

Some secrets and superstitions are best left alone. ... After the stunning short Jewboy (MIFF 05) and stirring documentary The Tall Man, Australian director Tony Krawitz makes his full-length fiction feature debut with Dead Europe. Based on the novel by The Slap's Christos Tsiolkas, this enigmatic ... Read more
Nassiem Valamanesh's (Side by Side, MIFF 09) distinctive voice and visual style shines through in this film about a man who wakes up to a world where no one can talk. ... D/S Nassiem Valamanesh P Selena Tan TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
From a Scottish prison to the streets of São Paulo to the mountains in Ecuador; these short documentaries deliver privileged insights into the lives of others. ... Read more
“(Nicholas Ray) was a searcher… He was interested in who he was and what this world was. And film was a way to process that … Of course making movies was of huge importance to him. But really, the search was the main thing. The search, and the wisdom it yielded.” - Susan Ray ... A ... Read more
A slow burn and uncanny horror about a young teacher who encounters her double walking the hallways of the school she teaches at. ... Screened in competition at Cannes' International Critics Week. ... D/S Juliana Rojas P Max Eluard L Portuguese w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
Clark makes a series of cruel bets with a homeless man, while Clark's girlfriend Becca watches in horror. Adam Brody, Louisa Krause and Keith David star in this provocative, pitch-black comedy written by Neil LaBute. ... Screens with Dark Horse (USA, 84 mins). ... D Nathaniel Krause P Andrew ... Read more
Actor Mirrah Foulkes (Animal Kingdom) makes her directorial debut with this film about a chance encounter that could change a lonely woman's life. Features Anthony Hayes (The Slap). ... D/S Mirrah Foulkes P David Michôd, Michael Cody TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
When two policemen arrive on Kristi's doorstep asking about human trafficking, she learns her cleaning lady may not be who she says she is. Who should Kristi believe - the cops or the woman who has been working for her? ... D Anke Blondé P Dirk Impens S Bert Van Dael, Sanne Nuyens, Anke Blondé L ... Read more
“It is smart and sexy and thrilling and shocking.” - Twitch ... Based on the best-selling book (the first in a trilogy) by practising Swedish defence lawyer Jens Lapidus, this tautly directed crime thriller criss-crosses between the lives of three very different characters. Penniless but ... Read more
“A delightful melding of visual style and narrative pirouettes, Ernest & Celestine is a just-about-perfect hand drawn animated feature.” - Screen Daily ... Celestine is a little mouse trying to avoid a dental career; Ernest is a big bear craving an artistic outlet. When Celestine meets Ernest ... Read more
The human body contains many secrets and some wounds are too deep to ever be healed. ... In a mysterious laboratory in snow-cloaked Dresden, visiting Canadian scientist Geoff Burton finds himself working on a clandestine project to divine the human regeneration gene. However, haunted by personal ... Read more
A collection of abstract and avante-garde films that experiment with film in form, content and style. ... Read more
An Iranian female ‘buddy' movie about a taxi driver and a transsexual. ... Two women - poles apart in background and belief - find themselves awkward travelling companions in a desperate car ride through Tehran. Conservative Randa is covertly driving her jailed husband's taxi; upfront pre-op ... Read more
“Part poetry, part sociological snapshot of small-town life, Falkenberg Farewell is like a Swedish I Vitelloni - the opening salvo from a new and distinctive talent.” - Toronto Film Festival ... Jesper Ganslandt's visionary debut is a farewell to his own childhood, created in collaboration with ... Read more
While dad and daughter prepare the evening meal, mum gets kinky in the bath. ... Screens as part of the Swedish Shorts package. ... D Stefan Constantinescu P Helene Lindholm WS Swedish Film Institute L Swedish w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2012 ... Read more
A personal portrait of family dysfunction, told via a series of unearthed VHS home movies from the mid-1990s overdubbed with a new soundtrack. ... D/P Dustin Guy Defa TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
“Benoît Jacquot's venom-tipped account of palatial intrigue and royal oblivion.” - Variety ... Farewell, My Queen is an opulent yet intimate chronicle of the panicky last days of the French monarchy as seen through the eyes of one of Marie Antoinette's ladies-in-waiting. Based on the ... Read more
“Good doesn't exist, but evil does.” ... Goethe's version of the Faust legend gets a dense and idiosyncratic reinterpretation at the hands of Russian master Aleksander Sokurov (Russian Ark) ... Soaked in an intoxicating cascade of imagery reminiscent of the Dutch masters, the story of one man's ... Read more
Adam Yauch's 2010 tongue-in-cheek homage to the Beastie Boys' breakthrough song, Fight For Your Right (to Party), picks up where the original video left off. ... Essentially an extended showcase video for the Beastie's last album, The Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2, it reveals what happened after Mike ... Read more
A father and daughter live in self-imposed exile on the edge of a remote salt lake until the arrival of a mysterious man on the verge of death forces them to confront the things they've been hiding from. ... D/S Matthew Richards P Brendan Guerin, Matthew Richards WS VCA School of Film & Television ... Read more
“Touching, enormously satisfying … poised for breakout success.” - Variety ... A ruthlessly competitive search for perfection, the Youth America Grand Prix is the world's largest and most prestigious student ballet competition, awarding young dancers scholarships to leading dance schools ... Read more
Winner of Best Swedish Feature at the Gothenburg International Film Festival. ... Like a bizarrely surreal, acid-drenched version of The Office, this wacky first feature by Patrick Eklund has been highly anticipated following the success of his short films, the Oscar-nominated Instead of ... Read more
“Takashi Miike['s]... deliriously daft romantic epic unfolds with a mixture of dynamic gang rumbles, sadistic slapstick violence and showstopping high camp musical numbers that would not seem out of place at a Eurovision gathering.” - Screen Daily ... After many years, high school student Ai ... Read more
Two Japanese salarymen dining in a sushi bar face an odd, unexpected outcome when one of them eats a live puffer fish. ... D/S Ben West P Wendy Green L Japanese w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
MIFF again features a special program of fulldome projection screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium. ... Visualiszt ... Germany 45 mins ... Child prodigy and piano virtuoso Franz Liszt has been described as the first superstar in music history. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth, the ... Read more
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