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Films In 2006

“It's a movie that seems simple, yet its subtle and brilliant complexity is not to be denied.” - San Francisco Chronicle ... With its title referring to the exact time dictator Nicolae Ceausescu fled Romania's presidential palace on 22 December 1989, 12.08 East of Bucharest cleverly looks, with ... Read more
"Holds up Indonesia like a jewel to the light, examining it for its beauty and flaws, and its mostly non-judgemental eye recalls the less paranoid moments of Easy Rider and its snapshots of 60s America." - Variety ... Yusuf is a young middle-class Muslim entrusted with the all-important in task of ... Read more
“Four places on earth where fellowship and trust are of existential importance.” - filmmaker Jiska Rickels Following up her award-winning documentary short Days Under, Jiska Rickels completes a theme she began exploring in 2003. In 4 Elements, she intertwines Days Under with three further ... Read more
A meditation on absence and longing, 4:30 is about a moment - and a young boy's attempt to cling to it, escaping his drab reality. Told entirely from the perspective of the boy, it concerns his relationship with a listless 30-something year-old tenant who is nursing a broken heart. Seemingly ... Read more
An intriguing glimpse of a shadow world of illegal Palestinian workers living in the margins of the Israeli occupied territories. A chance sighting of a line of men dashing across the highway spurred Israeli filmmaker Ido Haar to pick up a camera and tease out a larger story. From that moment of ... Read more
Oil drives the world economy. It is responsible for countless products in our every day lives, is the basis on most industry and transport, and it is running out - perhaps sooner than we might imagine. And when it does, not being able to put petrol in our cars will be the least of our problems. ... Read more
Based on Un Incompris by Henry de Montherlant, Bruno and his friend Pierre are in Paris in Bruno's bachelor flat awaiting the arrival of Rosette, who's late again. But this time, Bruno's mind is made up: if Rosette is more than 45 minutes late, the relationship is over. ---D/S François Ozon ... Read more
Adam Yauch's mockumentary of a normal day in the life of his Swiss alter ego. Stars David Cross as Hörnblowér and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rck) and Yauch as themselves. ... Screens with Gunnin' For That #1 Spot (USA, 90 mins). ... D Nathanial Hörnblowér P Nathanial Hörnblowér, Jon Doran Dist ... Read more
The first ever film from North Korea to be distributed internationally. ... A gently sketched tale of a rebellious teenager, exasperated by her overworked parents and the boredom of life in the North Korean countryside, A Schoolgirl's Diary is significant in being the first time that life under Kim ... Read more
FRIDAY 4 AUGUST 9PM - SOLD OUT ... From humble beginnings in 1991 as little more than a friends' party in rural Victoria, the Meredith Music Festival has grown into one of the most distinctive music events in the world. With performers running the musical gamut from rock to jazz to hip-hop ... Read more
The world's second film about a futuristic society powered by human faeces. Consider a place where the currency is excrement. The government is anxious to control their sole source of energy that special sensors are attached to the citizens' anuses to monitor output. Those rewarded for productivity ... Read more
Unconventional theatre director and playwright Robert Wilson is comprehensively profiled in this candid documentary from the practiced hand of director Katharina Otto. ... Best known for the avant garde 1976 production of Einstein on the Beach (for which he collaborated with Philip Glass), Wilson ... Read more
An obssesive visual diarist documents the disintegration of his relationship and gives the innocent flicker book a hitherto unexplored cutting edge. Screened at Annecy. ... D/S/P Ian Mackinnon TD 35mm/col/2006/6mins ... Read more
From the respected post graduate course at London's Royal College of Art. Two friends (as it happens named John) pass a rainy day playing games and perfecting their latest invention. Screened at Rotterdam. ... D/S William Bishop-Stephens S John Hegley P/WS Royal Colege of Art TD video/col/2006/7mins Read more
“Legal consequences in Denmark may be dire, but this agitprop work by writer-director-thesp Kaplers is a tour de force.” - Variety Taking aim at the political stage and the manipulative tendencies of the modern media, AFR is a work of fact-deconstruction in the guise of documentary. Following ... Read more
Underneath a lot of anxiety is one's worst fear. Afraid So is about that anxiety. It is based on a poem where each line forms a question with the implied being ""Afraid so."" Impending doom permeates the film.---D/P/S Jay Rosenblatt L English TD video/col/2006/3mins ... Read more
“One of the most emotionally devastating films of the year, After The Wedding is also one of the most important.” - Toronto Film Festival Screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen and director Susanne Bier's (a reformed Dogme disciple of what Village Voice calls “emotional disaster movies”) ... Read more
“Manages to tap into the same undercurrents of discontent and frustration that fuelled the breakthrough success of Fahrenheit 9/11.” - Variety Filmmakers Chris Hegedus and Nick Doob, who were responsible for the documenting of Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992 with The War Room, take us ... Read more
“Alexandra presents war for what it is: brutal, crushing, and ugly.” - Variety Filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (The Sun at MIFF 06, Russian Ark) casts an austere gaze over war-torn Chechnya with this simple tale of a woman who visits her grandson at his army base. Starring octogenarian Galina ... Read more
Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tailspin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heatwaves ... Read more
“[Her] elegance was always a veneer covering an inner toughness, the hard life lessons learned that made her a superb jazz singer, one of the best of her generation - or of any generation.” - LA Times Anita O'Day survived alcoholism, rape, numerous abortions, a 20 year heroin addiction and jail ... Read more
“It's as if the producers went looking for a real-life David Brent [The Office] and found one with an evil sister.” - The Independent Husband and wife team John and Ann Armstrong run U-Fit, Coventry's third-largest double-glazing company. They are the typical small business owners ... Read more
The cinema of the absurd finds new champions in the form of directors Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern. When a deaf-mute dog handler's employer falls victim to his own paranoia, the dog handler is drawn into a scheme to kidnap an obese billionaire's dog. The plan goes awry and the ... Read more
Winner of Best Screenplay at the Jerusalem Film Festival, Aviva My Love is an upbeat domestic drama set against the economic hardship of Israel's suburbs. Hotel cook Aviva is the rock at the heart of a dysfunctional family. Rebellious children; a depressed, long-term unemployed husband; and a ... Read more
“I never wanted to be away from her. She had the spark of life.” Actress Sarah Polley's (eXistenZ, My Life Without Me) directorial debut is as much about Alzheimer's disease as it is a complex portrait of love and marriage. A husband experiences the painful decline of the woman he loves, played ... Read more
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