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Films In 2007

In this highly original film - is it social docudrama? An ‘acted documentary'? - an immigrant to Germany re-enacts episodes from his own life, in a blindingly charismatic performance. ... Filmmaker Zelimir Zilnick once again turns his lens on his favourite subject - the bold and brash Kenedi ... Read more
Inside the world of a youth refuge a passion is kindled when Hayley, a troubled teenager, meets the new boy, Terrence, a secretive mysterious type and discovers that where there's smoke, there's fire. This beautifully shot drama adroitly captures the moment of adolescent burgeoning awareness. ... Read more
“Your past is exploding in your face."Filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin (whose film A Christmas Tale is also showing at MIFF this year) delves deep into his family's history in L'Aimée, an attempt to piece together the story of his relatives while taking apart their house. Clearing out the furniture ... Read more
“Less an easy criticism of consumer society then it is a poetic attempt to recreate a world through the sole power of images.” - Hollywood Reporter ... An entire city has lost its voice. Mr TV, the owner of the city's only television channel, is carrying out a nefarious plan - he's subjecting ... Read more
“Bresson meets the Beatles… a WWI drama that unexpectedly breaks into spirited song” - VarietyIn the fall of 1917, Camille (Sylvie Testud) receives a letter from her soldier husband telling her she'll never hear from or see him again. Worried, she disguises herself as a teenage boy and ... Read more
Two elderly Hungarian sisters living in New York continue to cling to their craft, their grudges and each other. Screened at SXSW. --- D/P Christina Voros TD digibeta/2007/13mins ... Read more
A sea-captain arriving in a small town in France is intrigued by a mysterious woman. This period piece makes striking use of cinematic language for a dreamlike atmosphere - with dark undertones. World Premiere ... D/S/P Jorge Dayas L Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2007/14mins ... ... ... Read more
Yang Lina's documentary is a fascinating insight into the late-life trials and emotion of Beijing's senior citizens. ... At 90, Lao An shows no signs of slowing down - a passion for dance gives him the vitality of someone half his age. A chance encounter with Wei, a dancer he meets in a park one ... Read more
A nervous nun, a white space, a black void. In this playful, mischievous film themes of moral ‘black and white' take on an absurd visual logic. ... D/S Juan Pablo Zaramella P Silvina Cornillón TD 35mm/B&W/2007/4mins ... Read more
In the Bucharest gridlock, a thief strikes up a strange relationship with his female victim. --- D/S Gabriel Sirbu P Horea Murgu L Romanian w/English subtitles TD 16mm/2007/20mins ... Read more
A special episode of television's Full House devours itself from the inside out, excavating a hypnotic nightmare of a culture lost at sea. Australian Premiere. --- D/S Michael Robinson TD DigiBeta/2007/11mins ... Read more
Nino and his twelve-man crew aboard the Simone are among the last of a hardy breed of sun-toughened fishermen who ply the waters around the Sicilian isle of Lipari. Van Den Engel evokes Visconti's La Terra Trema, filtered through a Herb Ritts aesthetic, in this beautifully constructed ‘day in the ... Read more
A heartbreaking Dickens-like tale about the harsh realities of child exploitation that is both moving and ruthlessly unsentimental. ... After the death of her mother, 11-year-old ‘Little Moth' is put up for adoption. She suffers from toxic blood poisoning that renders her unable to walk, and the ... Read more
“Put music on a bike? That's outrageous.” Australian Premiere.---D Nicolas Randall and Joe Stevens TD DigiBeta/2008/10mins ... Read more
“My primary wish regarding this film is that, after watching it, people would start paying attention to the things that really matter… like football and shopping.” - filmmaker Kadri Kõusaar ... The debut feature from 26-year-old writer-director Kadri Kõusaar poses a ... Read more
Maloin's story is ours - all of those who doubt or question our humdrum existence. Legendary Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr's moody and claustrophobic drama is a homage to film noir based on a Georges Simenon novel. The character of Maloin leads a basic, lonely existence working at a French port on ... Read more
“‘I have the mind of a criminal.' That was the first thing Philippe Petit told me when I met him. He then went on to show me how he could kill a man with a copy of People magazine.” - Filmmaker James MarshOn 7 August 1974, a young Frenchman called Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire ... Read more
“I have been making film portraits of my favourite artists… Guy Maddin was on the top of the list, but he told me he would rather die than have his face filmed - so I opted for his hands!' - Marie Losier --- D Marie Losier TD DigiBeta/2007/13mins ... Read more
Two surveyors are working during Memorial Day on the construction of the separation wall, oblivious to Israel's absurd realities that surrounding them. Australian Premiere. --- D/S Asaf Saban P L Hebrew w/English subtitles TD DigiBeta/2007/15mins ... Read more
Originally created for the Jeonju International Film Festival's Digital Project, Memories is a short film triptych from three very different European directors. German Harun Farocki's Respite is an original take on the Holocaust using black and white footage of inmates at a concentration camp ... Read more
A young boy - out well past his bed time - follows his big sister into a cornfield. Screened at Annecy. ---D/S Tibor Banoczki P Anna Higgs WS NFTS TD DigiBeta/2007/11mins ... Read more
Productivity and profit are not the only reasons to reassess one's workforce arrangements. Australian Premiere. --- D/S Franck Dion P/WS Papy3D Productions TD DigiBeta/2007/9mins ... Read more
Moon Man is a Dhuwa story that is told in Rittharngu language in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia. Before the moon was in the sky, it was a man.---D Luke Jurevicius & Toby Quarmby S Vera Cameron (Galijan) & Michael Wagner P Domenic Friguglietti & Michael Wagner WS Australian Broadcasting ... Read more
“Alternately delightful and disturbing, The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories features characters who would do Christopher Guest proud.” - Variety ... On the banks of the swollen Danube in northern Bulgaria is the town of Belene, where the citizens ready themselves for a future of prosperity ... Read more
Winner of the Grand Prix at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Multiple award-winning filmmaker Naomi Kawase (Suzaku, The Weald) channels the classical Japanese masters in this sumptuous mood piece on longing and mourning. For Shigeki, life in a retirement home is a happy existence where very ... Read more
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