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Films In 2006

“Every scene hangs like a painting.” - Indiewire In an attempt to cure his crippling writer's block, author Jerzy moves his photographer wife Maria and their seven year-old son Jasiek to the Polish countryside. When his literary crisis continues, the strain on their finances becomes a strain on ... Read more
A boy's love for the rain is replaced by a new love of technology. Will Mother Nature's jealous storm draw him back outside, or is the snow of the television all the bad weather he needs? ... D Thomas Fraser P Paul Fletcher WS Victorian College of Arts TD video/col/2006/7mins ... Read more
"Brothers, let us be merry, bravely defy your troubles." So advises the slave's song in Mozart's Zaide while two men sit and stare, grimly determined to fulfil cinema's scopophilic potential.--- D/P/S Ulrich Seidl WS Sixpackfilm L no dialogue TD 35mm/B&W/2006/1min ... Read more
“It will probably be a film that people will argue about.” - filmmaker Eytan Fox Lulu shares a house with her gay friends, Noam and Yali, in Shenkin Street, Tel Aviv's funkiest urban strip and the metaphorical bubble of the film's title. They waste their days working, smoking and ignoring the ... Read more
“Begins as an ominous rumble of unease, and builds to a shriek. The last 20 minutes are searingly intense.” - Chicago Sun-Times William Friedkin - director of The French Connection and The Exorcist - gets claustrophobically cosy in this macabre thriller based on a play by Tracy Letts that's ... Read more
An MTV mix of debauchery, drugs, rampant sex, true love and conquering the rock stages. Bunny Chow: A type of South African cuisine where the inside of a loaf of bread is scooped out and replaced with a curry of your choice… like the melting pot that is Johannesburg. The new South Africa, a ... Read more
The filmmaker confronts her own family's story in an open and intimate account of the personal meaning and impact of domestic violence. ... ---D/S Kylie Plunkett P Kylie Plunkett, Steve Thomas WS VCA School of Film and Television TD video/col/2006/11mins ... Read more
The closest most of us will get to the mad genius of the great gonzo journalist. In his Colorado home in February 2005, Hunter S. Thompson wrote a suicide note before shooting himself. He was 67. In a salute to a life lived on the edge, documentary maker Tom Thurman - who has previously produced ... Read more
Bye Bye Berlusconi! screened at this year's Berlin Film Festival where it was a multi-award winner. ... Thoroughly scrambling make-believe with reality, German director Jan Henrik Stahlberg has concocted an outrageously inflated and hilarious satire that effectively opposes one of the most powerful ... Read more
“The ‘erotic thriller' is a genre now long since bastardized by Hollywood. But here is the real article…” - Toronto Film Festival Eve and Damien are passionately in love. Together, they run an unusual café called The Zoo where they host an annual contest for the best animal noise ... Read more
[Screening with PROFIT MOTIVE in Free Radicals] Underground filmmaker Ken Jacob's flickered deconstruction of two still images. --- D Ken Jacobs TD DigiBeta/2006/3mins + 14mins ... Read more
[Screening with PROFIT MOTIVE in Free Radicals] Underground filmmaker Ken Jacob's flickered deconstruction of two still images. --- D Ken Jacobs TD DigiBeta/2006/3mins + 14mins ... Read more
A reclusive Chinese harp player uses his imagination and a fish to bring a sparkle to his otherwise repressed & discontented life. ---D/S Adam Arkapaw WS Sasha Whitehouse TD 35mm/col/2006/9mins ... Read more
“The title may suggest a wildlife documentary, but The Cats of Mirikitani is entirely, vibrantly human.” - New York Times Eighty year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of World War II internment camps, Hiroshima and homelessness by creating art. When filmmaker Linda Hattendorf stops to ... Read more
This sharply told Icelandic film is beautifully acted and directed, with a tone to unsettle the most seasoned short film viewer.--- ... D/S/P Saevar Sigurdsson WS L Icelandic w/English subtitles TD video/col/2006/3mins ... Read more
Off-kilter with a refreshingly sly wink to the great outdoors (think Deliverance as psychotherapy), Champions sees actor David Wike in his directing debut. The result is a tight ensemble piece that takes a skewed view of a quarter-to-midlife crisis. ... Seeking harmony in nature, three ... Read more
Driving on a deserted road in rural Australia, Nedal and his family are stopped by three armed soldiers. As the intentions of the soldiers become clear, Nedal realizes that the safety of his wife and daughter rests in his hands.--- ... D/S/P Ben Phelps L English TD video/col/2006/ 11 mins ... Read more
“Reykjavik has never been shown like this before.” - Variety Shot in stylish black and white, Children is a compelling and, at times, darkly humorous look at four intertwined lives in the suburbs of Reykjavik - a single mother and her lonely son; the son's only friend, a 40 year-old ... Read more
The remarkable story of a children's Christmas party given by notorious punk group; The Sex Pistols. ... --- ... D/P Peter Spence TD video/col/2006/9mins ... Read more
Nine year old Raj and his sister while away their long summer holidays of 1982 doing housework and watching found porn videos. Confronted by their strict mother, the truth slips out and the loss of childhood innocence is complete and irretrievable.---D Zia Mandviwalla S Shuchi Kothari P Sarina ... Read more
Climates won the Fipresci Award at this year's Cannes Film Festival. ... “In terms of what faces can express, without ever doing too much, Climates puts Ceylan on a par with Ingmar Bergman.” - Screen Daily ... A master of nuance and tightly drawn emotion, Nuri Bilge Ceylan directs his ... Read more
Remember Al Pacino's Tony Montana in Brian De Palma's Scarface? ... Miami, once a modest, coastal, melting-pot city, was transformed almost overnight into a glitzy metropolis when it became the main point of entry for cocaine into the USA. ... Chronicling the drug influx of the 70s and 80s - and ... Read more
A playful and challenging mixture of fiction film and documentary. Lina´s lusty longing for her lover receives an absurd and musical twist during an unexpected encounter in a coconut cake factory. ... --- ... D/S Charlotte Blom Bjørn Eivind Aarskog WS Norwegian Film Institute L ... Read more
“An entertaining world tour of small-town movie houses and the dedicated cineastes who maintain them.” - Variety Bringing together cinema exhibitors from North Korea, America, India and Africa, Comrades in Dreams follows their efforts to transport audiences to a magical place every night. A ... Read more
Peter sold tickets for seats on a moon landing. Marc sold holiday homes that he didn't own. Torsten impersonated a diplomat to organise a NATO security conference. Four pathological liars who lived for years as professional conmen are the subject of this engrossing documentary from director ... Read more
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