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Films Screened In 2013

BECOMING TRAVIATA (Philippe Béziat, 2012)
"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 thea… Read more

BEHIND THE CAMERA (E J-yong, 2012)
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 arr… Read more

BEKAS (Karzan Kader, 2012)
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 a… Read more

BENDS (Flora Lau, 2013)
"[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 ch… Read more

A collection of the best short films of the festival as chosen by the MIFF Shorts Awards Jury. ... Read more

BEST OFFER, The (Giuseppe Tornatore, 2012)
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 … Read more

BIG NAME NO BLANKET (Steven McGregor, 2013)
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 … Read more

Black Balloon, The (Benny Safdie,Josh Safdie, 2012)
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 th… Read more

BLACKBIRD (Jason Buxton, 2012)
"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… Read more

BLACKFISH (Gabriela Cowperthwaite, 2013)
"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 thir… Read more

BLANCANIEVES (Pablo Berger, 2012)
"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… Read more

BLUE RUIN (Jeremy Saulnier, 2013)
"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… Read more

Boles (Spela Cadez, 2013)
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… Read more

BROAD BELLFLOWER, A (Jo Kyong-sun, 1987)
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 sto… Read more

BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, The (Felix van Groeningen, 2012)
"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 (T… Read more

Butter Lamp (Hu Wei, 2013)
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 F&e… Read more

By Pain and Rhyme and Arabesques of Foraging (David Gatten, 2012)
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 … Read more

CALL GIRL (Mikael Marcimain, 2012)
"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 … Read more

CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915 (Bruno Dumont, 2013)
"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… Read more

CAPSULE, The (Athina Rachel Tsangari, 2012)
"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… Read more

Captain, The (Nash Edgerton,Spencer Susser, 2013)
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 … Read more

CAPTURING DAD (Ryota Nakano, 2012)
"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… Read more

CENTRE FORWARD (Kim Kil-in,Pak Chong-song, 1978)
"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." … 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 o… Read more

CHEAP THRILLS (E L Katz, 2013)
"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 … Read more

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