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Films In 2006

“Pure magic… a tale of childlike wonder and innocence that speaks to open-minded humans of any age.” - Hollywood Reporter A hit at last year's Cannes Film Festival, Azur and Asmar is a modern-day fable about two contrasting young men - one dark, the other fair - who go from best buddies ... Read more
Successfully mixing intimate drama with proselytising political fiction, filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako has concocted an infinitely original and profoundly moving means for voicing Africa's grievances in his latest film, Bamako. ... Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the ... Read more
Anchored by a pair of magnificently intense lead performances, Barakat! is a women's story set in a country wracked by violence. ... Filmmaker Djamila Sahraoui takes us to an Algerian coastal village in the 1990s and introduces us to two women: Amel, a young emergency doctor, and the 60-something ... Read more
“Reinvents the concert film like no other before it.” - Film Threat ... Three days before the Beastie Boys' sold-out 2004 Madison Square Garden show, Adam Yauch made an impulsive creative decision to give 50 ticket-holders a digital video camera and one instruction: shoot whatever you want at ... Read more
“Beauty in trouble flees to the good angel/On whom she can rely...” - poet Robert Graves Striking, young mother Marcela lost everything in the floods that swamped Prague in 2002. Her flat is small and empty, and shared with her two children and her husband, Jarda - a good but disagreeable man ... Read more
“You want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans.” For José, the memories of his pro soccer career weigh heavy on his shoulders as he slaves in his brother's restaurant in New York City. When mesmerising waitress Nina is fired for being late to work, Jose jumps ship too and follows her into ... Read more
“I'm a different woman now. I'm not the same woman who needed to be in love with one man to make love with another.” Thirty-nine years after Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carriére shocked audiences with Belle de Jour, Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira revitalises the character of ... Read more
Open your mind to the big wide world of wonderful short films with this year's MIFF shorts. High on quality, MIFF shorts has gained industry kudos for championing the short film as an artform in its own right. We'll be handing out the big gongs at the best MIFF shorts event. So whether you're a ... Read more
Producer Josabeth Alonso will be attending the festival and will be introducing the first screening of The Bet Collector ... For those without a choice, the name of the game is survival… It's all or nothing. Amelita is known in the slums of Manila as ‘Amy', an uncanny saleswoman with a ... Read more
Reported through a series of surveillance stills reminiscent of Marker's La Jetée, two subjects interact in an emptied Berlin cityscape. A post-apocalyptic elegy to 60s architectural drawings.---D/S George Drivas P George Drivas, Ralf Langer WS Blonde Audiovisual Greece L no dialogue TD ... Read more
An intriguing look at the journey of a young man struggling to assimilate in New York after leaving the confines of an Orthodox Hasidic enclave. Strung above the streets of Orthodox Hasidic neighbourhoods, the eyruv demarcates a boundary between the sacred community and the ordinary world. For 18 ... Read more
Big Dreamers Australia One man's quixotic struggle to build the world's biggest gumboot. ... D Camille Hardman S John Fink P Camille Hardman & John Fink WS Barking Cat Productions TD video/col/2007/55mins ... Read more
Jury Prize winner at the recent SXSW Film Festival, Billy the Kid is unquestionably one of the year's highlights of documentary filmmaking, destined to be a classic. Debut filmmaker Jennifer Venditti ventured into a small community in New England, scouting the human fauna of a high school while ... Read more
Behind the walls of a Syrian hamman, friends Eman and Rima meet to bathe and share confidences. An intimate and occasionally disarming portrait emerges of two modern women actively engaged in defining their own aspirations and shaping a place for themselves in a society in transition. ---D/S/P ... Read more
Director Jonathan King will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Black Sheep ... “A freaky-fun flick that's equal parts loony lamb-poon, revolting ram-page, and, yes, shear madness.” - efilmcritic.comFirst-time feature filmmaker Jonathan King proves his ... Read more
“The creators of Hustle and Flow have another raw hit on their hands!” - Hollywood Reporter Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci and Justin Timberlake headline this gritty metamorphosis of deeply wounded people, each hungry for a better life. Bitter and broken by a cheating wife, Lazarus is ... Read more
What passes away is, perhaps, like the river. Day and night, it never lets up. On the banks of the Yangtze River in the misty city of Chongqing, a father and son live in the shadow of one woman - their wife and mother who abandoned them years ago and who remains ever present in the failings of ... Read more
Sombre and romantic, this moodily shot musical narrative is set in the 19th century. Tackling issues of love, loss and the varying ways people cope with guilt and grief, Blood Ballad is a decidedly ambitious project that succeeds in being both mysterious and compelling.---D/S Matthew Rich P Rebecca ... Read more
7-year-old Sidsel is fixated by her best friend, and neighbour, Dea. However, when Caroline moves into the building Sidsel is abandoned, leaving the young girl angry and determined to win back her pal. With extraordinary performances and bold direction Blood Sisters confirms the new Danish cinema ... Read more
Ernesto is a well-to-do family man who's going through an existential crisis and decides to build a huge bonfire to celebrate his birthday with his family. Nuanced and superbly directed, Fireworks heralds director Andi Baiz as a major talent to watch. ... ---D/S Andrès Baiz P MarÌa Quintana ... Read more
SATURDAY 29 JUL, 9.15PM - SOLD OUT ... WORLD PREMIERE ... Part mystery, part thriller, erotic and dream-like, this uncompromising work from filmmaker Ana Kokkinos is, in the director's own words, “not easily categorised and defined”. ... A dancer at the peak of his powers is mysteriously ... Read more
A Danish drugs and sex education book, The Little Red Schoolbook, caused so much outrage in 1971 that the governments of Australia and many European countries called for it to be banned. Using this furore as its lynchpin, The Book that Shook the World investigates the repressive censorship laws ... Read more
“An emotionally stunning journey of a father's return to his senses.” - Variety Being a family man is the most important thing for Santiago, a successful interior designer living with his wife and daughter in their picturesque home in Argentina. However, their tranquil existence is shattered ... Read more
“Here comes a film. It's a comedy and harmless.” - Lars von Trier When the owner of an IT company decides to sell up, he's forced to wheel out the CEO to seal the deal. The only problem is the CEO was his creation, invented to take the blame for unpopular decisions. Enter Kristoffer, an out of ... Read more
Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Matthew Rettenmund, Boy Culture is a street-smart tale of gay male (in this case, often wayward) desire. ... Pulling out all stops with superb performances from the relatively unknown cast, this second feature from Q. Allan Brocka takes on issues of sexual ... Read more
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