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Films In 2007

“The slow camera work, thoughtful shots and editing, all wrapped in the empathic approach, result in an unforgettable experience.” - International Film Festival Rotterdam ... Young filmmaker Marcin Koszalka turns his camera on octogenarian actor Jerzy Nowak (Schindler's List, Promised Land) ... Read more
“Quality teen drama boasts an appealingly feisty heroine and high-energy martial arts action.” - Variety ... Aicha, the teenage daughter of conservative Turkish immigrants, lives in Copenhagen and is trying desperately to appease her parents' high expectations. Juggling their dreams of her ... Read more
“Looking into the mirror can be a very frightening and frustrating experience, it is a constant love-hate relationship.” - filmmaker Yoav Shamir ... Drawing on his own experiences after completing compulsory military service, director Yoav Shamir (5 Days, MIFF 06) takes us deep inside a world ... Read more
“A film whose genuine humor and lack of pretension, not to mention palpable warmth, set it above the general run of new Malaysian cinema.” - Variety ... On Mother's Day in some parts of the world it's tradition to wear a flower, pink or red if your mother is still alive, white if she is no ... Read more
The story of one man's unholy fascination with God.---D/S Joe Tucker P/S Raphael Warner TD DigiBeta/2007/11mins ... Read more
“One year from now, we should meet here again, because we have been through quite something together.” An unlikely trio of men gets closer and more confined than they ever imagined when their car is run off the road and into a ravine. It begins with Rafael and his brother-in-law heading to the ... Read more
“Of course this film is a provocation. It is meant as a provocation.” - filmmaker Michael Haneke ... In this shot-for-shot remake of his own 1997 feature, Michael Haneke (Hidden, MIFF 05) doesn't water down the sadism for this English-language revamp of Funny Games, starring Naomi Watts, Tim ... Read more
“Compelling drama about abducted children avoids the heartstrings and goes right for the gut.” - The Hollywood Reporter ... The issue of abducted children is dealt with in this chilling feature from British writer and director Damian Harris. ... Leslie - an eight-year-old girl abducted off the ... Read more
“You can sense [Claude] Chabrol's wicked grin behind the camera in every sense… the master shows that he has lost none of his youthful energy.” - Toronto International Film Festival ... Entering his sixth decade of filmmaking, highly acclaimed French director Claude Chabrol capitalises ... Read more
7 Countries, 3 Continents, 1 Tribe. ... Headbangers, filmmakers and anthropologists Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen once again hit the road to discover the impact heavy metal music has had on cultures outside Europe and the US. Travelling to South America, Asia and the Middle East, Dunn and McFadyen ... Read more
“Much like Thompson at his best, this film will make you want to yell in frustration at America's continuing parade of liars, pimps and thieves.” - San Francisco International Film Festival ... Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) turns his attention to the Wild ... Read more
“There is no melody more beautiful and eternal than the melody of love” - Persian Poet Hafez ... After memorising the Koran and passing his exams, scholar Shams al-Din is elevated to the rank of ‘Hafez' - so named after the 700-year-old Persian poet. He is asked to pass on his knowledge to ... Read more
No one could have envisaged that a hippie musical about a crazy-haired gang of teens, singing for peace and love, and shedding their clothes, would have such a profound effect on America. More than just a stage show, it became a sign of the times. This documentary candidly interviews the cast of ... Read more
“Puts the ‘grim' in Grimm.” - Variety ... After a distracted Eun-Soo plows his car into the forest, the helping hand of a small girl guiding him to the warmth of the House of Happy Children seems like a godsend. But as the warmth turns to chill, Eun-Soo discovers the dark secret of the ... Read more
He's getting married and it's the happiest day of his life. A light-hearted film that reverses gender roles and assumptions, while subtly challenging the classic traditional wedding.---D/S Ursula Burton P Gabrielle Burton, Jennifer Burton, Maria Burton, Charity Burton WS Five Sisters Productions TD ... Read more
The true story of Alexander Pearce, Australia's most notorious convict, and his infamous journey into the wilds of Van Diemen's Land. ---D/S Jonathan Auf Der Heide P Maggie Miles WS Victorian College of the Arts L English, Gaelic w/English Subtitles TD digibeta/2007/21 mins ... Read more
“Blessed with an intense sympathy for his vulnerable characters, Lee [Kang-sheng] confidently combines social themes of poignant authenticity with striking visual elements.” - Toronto International Film Festival ... Lee Kang-sheng (The Missing, MIFF 2004), steps in front of and behind the ... Read more
“The school seemed to be a metaphor for what's wrong with boys and young men in society. I'm sure that's why the impact of going to that school was so strong for me.” - filmmaker Kim Longinotto ... For the 40 children who call it home, Mulberry Bush is their last chance. Excluded from school ... Read more
After crashing his car, a man runs into the nearby woods carrying a mysterious sack. While its contents seem to weigh on him physically and emotionally, he is reluctant to let go - even when he feels he is being followed. But when he is discovered by one of the inhabitants of the swamplands, he has ... Read more
This deceivingly simple and humorous documentary challenges the distanced diagnosis of a ‘very experienced and skilled' neurologist. As we fly through the air we are forced to reflect on the contemporary anxiety surrounding plane travel post 9/11. ... --- D Martin Wilderberg P Christina Erman ... Read more
“A near-perfect movie about men in war.” - Time ... Kinetic filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break, Strange Days) directs this tense action/drama about the Iraq war in this unrelenting look at a specialist US bomb squad stationed in Baghdad. ... Led by Sgt William James (Jeremy Renner), a cool ... Read more
Ethel and her friend Mary resort to an unlikely occupation at night to top up their pensions. Ethel's daughter is horrified when she discovers they are not really 'playing cards'. ... --- ... D/S Dena Curtis P Kath Shelper TD video/col/2007/6mins ... Read more
A powerful and moving film from India. Through stunning land and cityscapes a little girl wanders, strangely alone. Minnu tells us that she's famous, and she is, but the reason for this, when finally revealed, is devastating. --- ... D Hanumanth R. Raghavapudi S Kamal Kamaraju & Hanumanth R ... Read more
“This is a film in search of beauty in uncomfortable places.” - filmmaker Teona Struger Mitevska ... Child actor-turned-filmmaker Teona Struger Mitevska shines a light on the plight of Macedonian women, floundering in a society failed by both communism and capitalism. The women are three ... Read more
“Recalls the intensity of Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man.” - Variety ... The writer-director of the original Japanese Shall We Dance?, Masayuki Suo, makes his return to feature filmmaking after an 11-year absence. Suo turns his eye for analysis on the closed world of Japan's legal system ... Read more
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