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Films Screened In 2013

"Riveting ... A treat for fans of opera, the performing arts, and documentaries about process." - Variety ... A film for anyone interested in the creative process and the collaborative nature of theatre, Becoming Traviata is as much an engrossing behind-the-curtains look at the contemporary staging ... Read more
A who's who of Korea's film scene come together in the scathingly self-aware new mockumentary from rising star E J-yong (The Actresses, MIFF 2009). ... As the cast and crew of an unnamed new film arrive on set, they're surprised to discover that the director, E J-yong himself, isn't there. Indeed ... Read more
Two brothers. One donkey. On a mission to find Superman. ... In 1990, two Kurdish orphans catch a glimpse of a Superman film screening and set off to find the hero they believe has the power to fix all their problems. While intending to make it to the USA, the homeless brothers' quixotic journey ... Read more
"[Flora] Lau has crafted a drama that's both visually and emotionally lovely." - Screen Daily ... Anna is a stylish Hong Kong housewife who has just been abandoned by her wealthy husband; Fai, her chauffeur, is from Shenzhen in mainland China, and is desperate to have his wife give birth over the ... Read more
A collection of the best short films of the festival as chosen by the MIFF Shorts Awards Jury. ... Read more
There is always something authentic concealed in every forgery. ... MIFF Patron Geoffrey Rush stars alongside Donald Sutherland, Jim Sturgess and newcomer Sylvie Hoeks in this mystery drama set in a high-society world of art deals and closed doors. Virgil Oldman is an elegantly eccentric art ... Read more
The fans knew him as the "black Mick Jagger". His band kick-started Aboriginal rock, releasing the first ever Aboriginal-language rock songs in the mainstream. His name was George Rrurrambu and this is his story. ... Back in 1981 George Rrurrambu and his Warumpi Band burst out of the Northern ... Read more
Josh Safdie (The Pleasure of Being Robbed, MIFF 2008) and his brother Benny's playfully timeless tribute to Albert Lamorisse's The Red Balloon is a charming fantasy following a rogue black balloon that escapes a bouquet of its brethren to float about New York interacting with humans and ... Read more
"I was angry, I wrote things down. Stupid, not dangerous." ... In a culture of fear, the line between victim and aggressor becomes hard to trace. But Sean, a high-school outcast, finds himself on the wrong side of that line when he posts a revenge-fuelled tirade online. The comments spark the ... Read more
"A mesmerizing psychological thriller with a bruised and battered killer whale at its center." – Variety ... In 2010, the orca Tilikum killed one of his Sea World trainers. It was the third death the killer whale had been involved in over two decades in captivity. This eye-opening film ... Read more
"A love letter to 1920s European silent film, liberally mixing humor and melodrama." - Hollywood Reporter ... The Brothers Grimm get a sumptuous reinvention in Blancanieves, the new silent, black-and-white offering from writer-director Pablo Berger, which won the Goya Award for Best Picture. ... Read more
"A darkly comic send-up of revenge movies." – Hollywood Reporter ... Dwight is a vagrant living in the empty beach houses of the wealthy when he gets word that a man from his past is being released from prison. Instantly, Dwight springs into action, and puts himself on a path of bloody ... Read more
Based on a short story by Russian playwright Maxim Gorky, Boles is a stop-motion animation about an author suffering writer's block. When his neighbour asks him to write a letter for her fiancé, he discovers something unusual. ... D Špela Čadež P Špela ... Read more
One of the most popular North Korean productions of the 1980s, Jo Kyong-sun's A Broad Bellflower earned its lead actress, O Mi-ran, the honorific title of People's Actor. ... Telling two parallel stories – one set in the past, the other in the present – A Broad Bellflower is ... Read more
"Intensely moving … a bracing emotional roller coaster." - Hollywood Reporter ... A huge hit in its native Belgium and winner of the Berlin Panorama's Audience Award, Felix van Groeningen's (The Misfortunates, MIFF 2009) fourth feature is an out-and-out tearjerker. ... When two ... Read more
A travelling photographer and his assistant take photos of Tibetan nomads in front of various backgrounds, with a variety of props, chronicling a changing Tibetan culture. ... D/S Hu Wei P Julien Féret, Yangxu Zou WS AMA Productions L Tibetan w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
Inspired by a poem by Jorie Graham, this visual embodiment of an obscure poetic form known as an "exploded Petrarchan sonnet" is a tribute to the 17th-century natural philosopher, chemist, physicist and inventor Robert Boyle. ... D/P David Gatten S Robert Boyle L no dialogue TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
"Masterful ... a meaty, never-sensationalistic political thriller that benefits from its slow-burn approach." – Variety ... In 1970s Sweden, Iris is a troubled 14-year-old groomed in the world of child prostitution. As she is drawn further into a sordid industry with links to the country's ... Read more
"An unsettling portrait of the artist as a mad woman, anchored by a riveting lead performance." - Hollywood Reporter ... In 1915, French sculptor Camille Claudel had been confined against her will in a mental institution for two years. Insisting she is sane and yet beset by paranoia about her ... Read more
"Tsangari's surrealist-inspired haute couture-clad fantasy The Capsule - about a dominatrix and her female disciples - impresse[s] with the confidence of its vision." - Sight & Sound ... Commissioned by art collector Dakis Joannou, Athina Rachel Tsangari (Attenberg, MIFF 2010) created this film and ... Read more
Taika Waititi (Boy, MIFF10) plays a hungover plane captain who wakes up to discover he's done a very bad thing in the latest film directed by Nash Edgerton (Spider, MIFF 07) and Spencer Susser (I Love Sarah Jane, MIFF 07). Even Denzel would be shocked. ... D Nash Edgerton, Spencer Susser P ... Read more
"A road movie/coming-of-ager that's so wondrously quirky and simpatico with its subjects, it'll hold audiences' hearts captive long after its magical end." – Variety ... In the pretty town of Numazu, two young sisters discover their estranged father is dying and are sent by their ... Read more
"Utterly transfixing thanks to its quaint ability to take a seemingly innocent subject—a soccer player's drive toward becoming a striker—and elevate it to nigh-Olympian importance." – Slant ... Made in 1978 and recently digitally restored, Centre Forward is the story of In ... Read more
Does maths have a colour? Does it have a sound? Media-artist Rocco Helmchen and composer Johannes Kraas try to answer these questions in their latest fulldome edutainment show. ... Taking audiences on a journey into a fascinating world of sensuous, ever-evolving images and symphonic-electronic ... Read more
"Playing like the mutant offspring of Harold Pinter and Quentin Tarantino, yet fueled by its own distinctive strain of darkly comic misanthropy [Cheap Thrills is] capable of eliciting gasps of shock and awe from an audience." – Variety ... Craig is already suffering financial woes when ... Read more
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