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Films In 2006

“Every encounter causes a new pain, the pain of growing up, of maturing, of getting old. This is the tragedy.” - filmmaker Reha Erdem Omer wants his dad dead. Yakup is in love with his teacher and, once he spies his dad eyeing her, wants his dad dead too. Yildiz is brought to tears by the ... Read more
From its opening shot, Detlev Buck's Tough Enough is as uncompromising as its title suggests, another example of the emerging power of new German filmmaking. Fifteen-year-old Michael Polischka gets a rude awakening when his mother breaks up with her rich doctor boyfriend. With little money of her ... Read more
Geek alert! D.I.Y filmmaking. D.I.Y circuit bending. Don't ask why, just watch.---D/P/S Gef Senz L English TD video/col/2006/7mins ... Read more
A self-described anti-mogul of the music industry, indie record producer, Long Gone John has single-handedly released over 750 records in the past 17 years through his label, Sympathy for the Record Industry… without ever signing a contract. His greatest achievements include helping launch ... Read more
A widely acclaimed teen drama that blitzed the Danish box office and took out the Best Children/Family Film award at the Robert Festival in Denmark. Sick and tired of being treated as juniors at their high school, Rebekka, Claudia and Sofie devise their own means of gaining respect. They challenge ... Read more
Neal is a loving family man with a propensity for violence. In a terrible mistaken moment he loses the trust he has struggled so hard to win. A compelling, award-winning British drama about fate. ... ---D Barney Elliott P Eleanor Cook TD 35mm/col/2006/11mins ... Read more
“Tuya wears the trousers in this quirky desert romantic comedy set against China's quixotic campaign to wring profits out of the hardscrabble terrain.” - Screen Daily The quest to find a good, reliable man in Inner Mongolia is as thankless as it is anywhere else in the world. That quest is ... Read more
“Animated beasties, both cool and cranky.” - Variety This colourful bedtime story introduces us to Princess Mona, an orphan who lives in a castle with two ghastly characters. One day, her sobs draw a unicorn named U who claims she's there to comfort and protect Mona. Life becomes sweeter with U ... Read more
A ripsnorter that becomes hilarious in its modern context. Taking cues from the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale of a similar name, this 3D, animated comedy goes about updating the premise of an ugly duckling turning into a swan in an unorthodox fashion. The ‘me' of the story is Ratso, a ... Read more
A patient journey to the heart of the ancient Central Asian steppe where one man is hunting for treasure. But perhaps he's also trying to save his soul… Driven by a mysterious force, a Parisian teacher heads east. When his car breaks down in Kazakhstan, he decides to continue on foot ... Read more
“Greengrass's movie is tightly wrapped, minutely drawn, and, no matter how frightening, superbly precise… Stunning.” - The New Yorker On 11 September 2001, the world witnessed the hijacking of four American airliners in what was the largest terrorist attack ever on American soil. Two ... Read more
“How do children define themselves or rebel against their parents, when the lines separating the generations seem to disintegrate?” - filmmaker Pia MaraisAt 14 years old, Stevie should be at school or hanging out with kids her age, instead - having reunited with her druggie father ... Read more
When British academic, Greg Dart, found himself the target of stalking, he felt compelled to record his conflict of emotions in a candid memoir. His writing piqued the interest of filmmaker, Chris Petit, who recognised the honesty of Dart's admissions (“It was the world of my twilight motives of ... Read more
In this exquisitely shot work filmmaker and cinematographer, Steffan Lamm revisits his personal archive of unused footage. Throughout the six ‘episodes' he gently discovers a union and in doing so encourages contemplation of meaning and mortality.--- D/S Steffan Lamm P Klara Bjork, Daniella Prah ... Read more
The chaotic life force of India sits starkly next to the measured pace of France in Benoit Jacquot's new film, characteristically drawing a line between the inner and outer world of his characters. In The Untouchable, that world belongs to the young actress Jeanne (Islid Le Besco, who won Best ... Read more
Ambitious and outspoken, Frida is as Aussie as they come and she wears a headscarf. Selling American imported evening wear in Melbourne's Muslim heartland in Frida's Boutique anything is possible. ... Director Celeste Greer will introduce the session on Sunday 13 August, 11am at Greater Union. ... Read more
Meet Moncef Kahloucha, Tunisia's very own Quentin Tarantino. Tunisia is not a country renowned for its film industry. Apparently, no one told this to Moncef Kahloucha. A charismatic, impassioned house painter, he always harboured a great love for cinema, especially 70s genre films. Armed with his ... Read more
Set in the near future, the government has taken steps to control rebellious youth. Unruly younger people must be reprogrammed to better fit into current society. Mind images associated with youth culture must be replaced by implanting the society's norm. ... ---D/S/P Kole Onile-ere WS British ... Read more
A multiple award-winner, as well as short-listed for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Vitus not only plays the piano like a virtuoso, he possesses ultra-sonic hearing and a propensity for reading the encyclopaedia. In other words, he is an extraordinary boy. Everyone anticipates a ... Read more
Director Anna Biller will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Viva ... “You're not only a whore, you're a filthy lesbian.” Dangerously sheer negligees, kitsch décor and sizzling innuendos feature in this lurid tribute to sexploitation cinema of the 60s and ... Read more
“An impressionistic rendering of life in a destroyed city.” - Variety Voices of Bam offers a poetic view of life struggling to resurrect itself in a ruined city. In December 2003, a major earthquake struck the ancient Iranian city of Bam, reducing it to rubble and killing almost a third of its ... Read more
“Very entertaining, often hilarious no-budget mock documentary about a fictional land rights claim.” - NZ Herald The 2005 discovery of a cannonball buried for 138 years in a paddock throws Waimate into turmoil. It's all the Maori locals need to confirm their long-held belief that they were ... Read more
Rejecting an offer to be embedded as a filmmaker in Iraq, Deborah Scranton instead equipped US soldiers with cameras and let them shoot their Iraq tour of duty. The result is The War Tapes. Edited down from over one thousand hours of footage, the doco follows the daily lives of three soldiers in ... Read more
Two teenagers live in a small Mexican town. Sofia wants to leave. Jonas has to decide whether to stay or leave with her. Winner of the Palme d'Or, Best Short Film at Cannes 2007.--- ... D/P/S Elisa Miller WS Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) TD 35mm/col/2006/13mins ... Read more
A woman tries to retrieve her sole companion in life: her cow. ... --- ... D/S Celso Garcia P Iván Ávila WS Mexican Film Institute L Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2006/12mins ... Read more
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