Films Screened In 2013

Three friends and two catastrophes collide in this playful, stylish outing from one of the vanguard of fresh new Gallic filmmaking. ... Best friends Arman and Benjamin are thirty-something, single and going nowhere. When Arman is mugged it turns out to be a blessing as it brings Amélie into his life. But then Benjamin has a stroke, and over the course of a couple of years the lives of Amélie, Arma... Read more
"One of 2013's most thrillingly virtuoso filmmaking achievements." – Hollywood Reporter ... The closing night film of the 2013 Cannes Critics' Week is actually three films in one: a triptych exploring 3D and its evolution in the world of cinema, with one film each from Peter Greenaway, Jean-Luc Godard and Edgar Pêra. Commissioned by the Portuguese city Guimarães, the EU's Capital of Culture in 201... Read more
"Possesses energy, passion … cataloguing the financial crimes, police misconduct, economic disparity and constitutional crises of the past several years makes for an emotional experience." – Variety ... In the late summer of 2011, a social uprising started in Zuccotti Park, near Wall Street, New York. The Occupy movement spread like wildfire across hundreds of cities throughout the world. It was a... Read more
Exhilarating shorts by emerging filmmakers from Australia and New Zealand. See the work of tomorrow's hottest directors today. ... All Accelerator directors are guests of the festival. ... Read more
Exhilarating shorts by emerging filmmakers from Australia and New Zealand. See the work of tomorrow's hottest directors today. ... All Accelerator directors are guests of the festival. ... Read more
"Powerful, surreal and frightening … unprecedented in the history of cinema." – Werner Herzog ... In this bizarre and unsettling film, Joshua Oppenheimer presents a chilling picture of a land where mass murderers are celebrated on TV talk shows as heroes. It sounds like a fiction but it's not: the film's subjects – small-time gangsters (themselves ardent fans of film and pop culture) who became de... Read more
Aim High in Creation! is a revolutionary comedy about the cinematic genius of North Korea's late dear leader, Kim Jong-il, with a groundbreaking experiment at its heart: the making of a film-within-a-film, based on the rules of his manifesto The Cinema and Directing. ... Fearing that a gas mine is about to be built right near her home, Anna Broinowski (Forbidden Lie$, MIFF 2007), in a world first,... Read more
"A lively and somewhat self-effacing portrait of an artist whose work is anything but forgettable." – Hollywood Reporter ... Award-winning filmmaker Marcel Ophüls returns after 18 years with an irreverent, charming journey through a life lived in film – from growing up as the son of legendary director, Max Ophüls, through to his own remarkable career both in front of and behind the camera.... Read more
"Ain't Them Bodies Saints is a wholly engrossing and impressive piece of work that the movie world will be talking about all year long." - The Playlist ... Outlaw couple Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara) find their crime spree at an abrupt end when they surrender after wounding a cop (Ben Foster) in a shootout. Four years later Bob escapes from prison in search of Ruth and... Read more
"As close to pure existential cinema as American filmmaking is likely to get these days … All is Lost [is an] emotionally resonant one-man showcase for Robert Redford." - Variety ... The talk of Cannes, JC Chandor’s follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Margin Call sees Robert Redford shine in his most physically demanding, powerful performance ever. He plays an unnamed solo sailor woken by a collision... Read more
"An unquestionably eye-opening, deeply human, strikingly lensed look at an impoverished family whose rudimentary living conditions are a sharp riposte to the illusion of China's economic boom." - Variety ... Three sisters, aged four, six and ten, live alone in a tiny village in Yunnan Province, barely surviving on small rations of food supplied by their stern aunt. The girls' mother has deserted t... Read more
Winner of the Generation Kplus Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlinale, The Amber Amulet follows a young boy in a superhero costume whose mission is to make his sad neighbour happy again. ... D Matthew Moore P Lauren Edwards, Genevieve Hegney, Matthew Moore S Matthew Moore, Genevieve Hegney Dist Goalpost Pictures TD DCP/2012 ... Read more
Diverse new animated shorts from around the world. ... Read more
Spain's first ever stop-motion feature is a haunting journey into Gothic folklore. ... Convict Ramón escapes from prison and heads towards a remote village in search of loot that was hidden years earlier. Disguising himself as a pilgrim, he is welcomed into the village. But when discovers that the townsfolk are hiding sinister secrets of their own, Ramón finds soon himself afflicted with a curse f... Read more
Winner of the Audience Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. ... A hybrid of stylised animation and autobiographical documentary, Laurent Boileau and Jung's adaptation of the latter's graphic novel weaves memories and moods into a thoughtful meditation upon the adoptee experience. ... Recalling Persepolis (MIFF 2007) and Waltz with Bashir (MIFF 2008) in style and tone, Approve... Read more
"Between staged scenes of town folk caught in an existential torpor worthy of Pessoa, and strikingly lucid observational takes of the natural world and its attendant labour, with the constant persistence of a potentially vanishing landscape, Arraianos establishes a world at once mystic and profane." – Cinema Scope ... Redefining ethnographic film, Eloy Enciso Cachafeiro's Arraianos exists somewher... Read more
"It started as a film about the making of an album, and it became a film about the most brutal and challenging conflict of our lives." – Jared Leto ... Popular rockers Thirty Seconds To Mars, led by Jared Leto (Fight Club, Requiem For a Dream), were platinum-sellers in 2008, but hadn't seen a cent of royalties, so they tried to exit their contract. Their label sued them for $30 million. But what b... Read more
"Wonderfully captures nature's harsh beauty and provides a window into the colorful tumult of life in a part of Indonesia that's often overlooked." - Hollywood Reporter ... East Timorese refugees living in the dusty Indonesian border town of Atambua since the 1999 independence referendum, João and his father Ronaldo have little in common. João desperately wants to be reunited with his mother and s... Read more
"Taut, engrossing ... it's hard to imagine any audience remaining unmoved." – Hollywood Reporter ... Ali Suliman (Paradise Now, MIFF 2005) stars as Amin, a highly successful Palestinian surgeon happily living in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, his existence a symbol of life beyond the gruelling struggle of the Israel-Palestine conflict. But when his beloved wife Shihem kills herself and 17 others in a suic... Read more
A collection of Australia's finest short films, including new works by MIFF Accelerator alumni. ... Read more
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