Films Screened In 2014

"One of Wang's most heartrending works … a portrait of a system too financially preoccupied and uncaring to support its own medical institutions." – Little White Lies ... A psychiatric hospital, somewhere in south-west China. Inmates, patiently observed by the camera, walk the corridors and interact with little interference from either doctors or staff. It is a free society within a cage. ... Wang... Read more
"A well crafted, tightly controlled and emotionally probing X-ray … teems with wonderful ideas about the relationship between love and technology." – Hollywood Reporter ... When Alex decides to spend a year in Los Angeles pursuing her photography career, leaving Barcelona and her boyfriend Sergi behind, the distance isn't defeating: they'll text, video chat, call and use social media to fill in th... Read more
Finding the secrets of life, love and long-lasting happiness, one wedding video at a time. ... Making ends meet while chasing the filmmaking dream is a common dilemma, and for Doug Block (The Heck with Hollywood, MIFF 1991), wedding videography filled the gap. For two decades, his camera captured the happiest day of his clients' lives – but when the work was over, he barely gave them another thoug... Read more
A biopic like no other, for a towering creation of modern art: post-punk poet Nick Cave. ... Cave is no stranger to self-mythologising, and this innovative psychodrama is a vivid swirl of truth and fiction. The scriptwriter, novelist and musician's creative process is interwoven with a narrative of his 20,000th day on earth, resulting in a crisp, visually arresting portrait and an emotionally pene... Read more
A vibrantly kinetic portrait of New York's Times Square, shot through technicoloured filters, by Tomonari Nishikawa (Tokyo – Ebisu, MIFF 2011). ... Screens in Experimental Shorts. ... Read more
"A female police chief's attempt to protect a teenage girl from domestic abuse fuels a layered expose of violence and bigotry in provincial Korean society." – Variety ... After being posted to a seaside backwater, rookie cop Young-nam befriends the resident scapegoat, Dohee, who is bullied at school and abused at home by her stepfather, the town thug. When the troubled teen moves in with the polic... Read more
"Intelligently and skilfully crafted … an exhilarating Korean thriller full of suspense and amusement." – Screen ... Driving home at night from his mother's funeral, homicide detective Gun-su accidentally hits and kills a man. Panicked, he decides to cover up the incident. Big mistake. What starts as a hard day turns into a fraught fortnight as he devises ever more crazy ways to cover up the event... Read more
A substitute teacher worried about an ambiguous text message from her boyfriend has to keep her composure while conducting a teen girls choir. A tale from the American mid-west about women, social messaging and melancholia. ... Screens in International Shorts 2. ... Read more
Accelerator alumnus Sotiris Dounoukos (Punch, MIFF 2007; Paper and Sand, MIFF 2006) returns with a French-produced story about two slaughterhouse workers whose dream of starting their own business is threatened by a new worker. ... Screens in International Shorts1. ... Read more
"Two of the leading lights of contemporary experimental cinema ... A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness finds their styles melding in the most fascinating ways." – Cinema Scope ... A musician (played by real-life musician Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, aka Lichens) searches for utopia. First, in an Estonian commune, where the rhythms of nature are being gently rediscovered. Second, alone in the Finnish wild... Read more
"Beautifully inscrutable, Diop's films are exceedingly personal, drawn from memory, experience, and chance encounters." – Cinema Scope ... Forty years after the release of Touki Bouki, the director's niece – Mati Diop, star of Claire Denis's 35 Shots of Rum (MIFF 2009) and an accomplished filmmaker in her own right (Snow Canon, MIFF 2012) – returns to Senegal to find the actor who rode the film's ... Read more
"Surely ranks as one of the most important – if not the most important – projects of [Breillat's] career." – The Playlist ... Catherine Breillat (Bluebeard, MIFF 2009) is renowned as one of the world's most uncompromising directors, using cinema to ruthlessly excavate the secrets at the core of her being. In Abuse of Weakness the knife cuts closer to the bone than ever, bringing to life the story ... Read more
A program of 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
A program of 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
Fresh from working together on the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Paper Planes, actor Terry Norris and director/writer/producer Robert Connolly explore the unique relationship and dynamics between an actor and director. Presented by MIFF Accelerator, this session explores how actors choose their roles and collaborate with directors and how directors gain the trust and openness required of the actor.... Read more
Following a family tragedy and the never-ending barrage of disaster porn shown on current affairs shows, 11-year-old Joan becomes fascinated with natural disasters. ... Screens in Accelerator 1. ... Read more
A late-developing actor, Humphrey Bogart (1899–1957) went from second-rank, tough-guy gangster roles to become one of the greatest romantic movie icons in the history of Hollywood. With a plethora of film clips, Wootton explores the life and career of Bogart and the behind-the-series stories of classic movies such as Casablanca, The Big Sleep and The African Queen. ... Read more
Undoubtedly one of the world's greatest living spy thriller/espionage novelists, John Le Carré (aka David Cornwall) has a critically acclaimed and hugely popular body of work that has spawned celebrated screen adaptations, ranging from The Spy Who Came in From the Cold to Tinker Tailor Solider Spy and, more recently, A Most Wanted Man. ... Wootton looks at Le Carré's own fascinating life (includin... Read more
With a career lasting more than 60 years, Katharine Hepburn (1907–2003) was one of Hollywood’s greatest stars and the long-time on- and off-screen romantic companion of Spencer Tracy. ... In this Illustrated Film Talk, Wootton traces the life and sparkling career of this independent and intelligent actress, who defied studio bosses and social convention. Includes clips from some of Hepburn's great... Read more
One of the 20th century’s most influential crime novelists, Patricia Highsmith's (1921–1995) books have inspired numerous screen adaptations – including her first novel, Strangers on a Train (which was famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock), and her series of Ripley stories about the charming and occasionally murderous thief, as well as the recent release The Two Faces of January. ... Examining the ... Read more
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