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Films In 2007

The aches and the awkwardness of growing up and the explorations and possibilities of new relationships set Cate and Maddie, two adolescent girls, on different paths. A poem extended to Cate from a boy brings them apart, and what they learn about themselves brings them back together. ... D/S Sian ... Read more
The Pope, 50,000 pilgrims, one public toilet. ... It's 1988, and as Pope John Paul II makes his way through South America his journey guides him towards the poverty-stricken Uruguayan border town of Melo. Soon, word spreads that thousands will make the pilgrimage across the Brazilian border to see ... Read more
Producer Kurt Mayer will be attending the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Prater ... “Come in, come in!” My Prater is an illusionist's dream, a magician's box, a time machine, a desire device, in which everything is possible.” - filmmaker Ulrike OttingerVienna's Prater ... Read more
A stinging comment on the state of a new generation of Chinese youth, from veteran director Wayne Wang (Smoke). ... Sasha, a disaffected Chinese girl of 18, comes to San Francisco carrying an unwanted pregnancy, the result of a fling with ex-opera star Yang. She plans to get an abortion, but unable ... Read more
An investigative hands-on, gloves-off study into the practice of putting things off. --- D/S/P Johnny Kelly WS Royal College of Art TD BetaSP/2007/4min ... Read more
The other history of modern America.In this ambitious essay-documentary, cemeteries, plaques and monuments give voice to the now silent leftist heroes who championed progressive movements in the United States. Spanning 17th century battles between Native Americans and colonists, turn-of-the-century ... Read more
In 2006, former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko died in a London hospital, the world's first known victim of poisoning by polonium-210, a highly radioactive substance. This unflinching documentary is a memorial to a man critical of the Russian regime. With testimonies from several witnesses deep ... Read more
“A simple, soulful film that stylistically recalls Italian neo-realist films such as The Bicycle Thief.” - Screen DailyWriter Cai Shangjun (Sunflower, MIFF 06) makes his directorial debut with The Red Awn, an honest portrayal of teen rebellion, coming-of-age and the rebuilding of a father-son ... Read more
“Leave it to the rabble-rousing instincts of Brian De Palma to drop a homemade bomb into the middle of the Iraq debate.” - Toronto International Film FestivalFilmmaker Brian De Palma is on a quest to make us reconsider the imagery through which we are exposed to events in the world. Employing ... Read more
A group of ordinary people, disaffected by the way things are, see a different way forward and put their bodies on the line for change. ... D Kasimir Burgess, Bo Duffy & Nick Moore P Bo Duffy TD video/col/2007/12mins ... Read more
“Motown had the sweet, but Stax had the funk.” - Rufus Thomas, Stax Artist ... In an era of heightened racism and segregation, white bank clerk Jim Stewart and his sister Estelle Axton moved into a movie theatre in a black neighbourhood of Memphis, and turned it into a recording studio where ... Read more
Whose fault is it if life doesn't go your way? ... Ex-prison inmate Alex works in a Vienna brothel, doing dirty jobs for his sleazy boss while having a secret affair with Tamara, one of the prostitutes. His dream of escape with Tamara seems impossible until he hatches a plan to rob a bank in the ... Read more
WORLD PREMIERE ... “Rock ‘n' roll, in the true sense, is partly about theatre and partly about poetry and partly… about the smell of petrol, if you know what I mean.” - Angry Anderson Rock 'n' Roll Outlaw is an on-the-road documentary tracing the hidden passions and industry esteem of ... Read more
“The film is great fun, great pleasure, and great cinema.” - CinemascopeVeteran French New Wave filmmaker Eric Rohmer calls The Romance of Astrea and Celadon his final film at age 87. Adapted from the literary classic L'Astrée by Honoré d'Urfé, the film is a tale about shepherds, nymphs and ... Read more
Narrates a journey of displacement, combining 8mm found footage and rich reconstructions of the Brasiliarios film where the author's parents met. --- D/S/P Ana Vaz TD: digibeta/2007/20mins ... Read more
“A powerful tale of quasi-biblical cycles of sin, atonement and redemption… a work of pristine beauty.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Sad Vacation concludes filmmaker Shinji Aoyama's ‘North Kyusha Saga' - the previous two films being Helpless and Eureka (MIFF 00). It follows Kenji, played ... Read more
The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.Aging artist and scholar Barry is disenchanted with his existence - disillusioned by his sexless marriage to a televangelist, and repulsed by her brand of easy-to-swallow self-help Christianity. In dire need of an outlet he turns to Irina, a Russian ... Read more
Director Tom Kalin will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Savage Grace ... “I like to joke that I'm Norma Desmond in my castle with my monkey, and this is my comeback.” - filmmaker Tom KalinReturning to the unbelievable events of true crime with his first ... Read more
Searching 4 Sandeep Australia In Searching 4 Sandeep, Sydney-based Poppy and her online girlfriend, Sandeep, finally meet in Thailand and appear deliriously taken with each other. That's when things get tricky, as though the logistics of long distance love aren't enough to negotiate. Sandeep is yet ... Read more
Lee Chang-dong's (Oasis, MIFF 03) latest epic follows a young mother's encounter with adversity and tragedy as a widow settling in a new town. ... After losing her husband in a car accident, Shin-ae (played by Jeon Do-yeon, who was awarded Best Actress for the role at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival) ... Read more
"I live on the 23rd floor of my apartment...." ... D/S Reka Gacs WS Royal College of Art TD DigiBeta/2007/6mins ... Read more
WORLD PREMIERE ... Set against the backdrop of a seminal moment in Australia's past - the 1967 upheaval of race relations - September is a humane, cinematic and intricately drawn coming-of-age story. ... Born on the same day, 16 year-olds Ed and Paddy have been best friends for as long as they can ... Read more
“The idea just was there… Just a plain sentence: I bet you cannot kill a human being.” ... The graduation film of German filmmaker Niels Laupert, Seven Days Sunday is based on a true story that occurred in 1996.The film tracks Adam and Tommek, two teenage boys living in the slums of ... Read more
No kiss is innocent. ... A chance meeting, a mutual attraction, dinner, entertaining conversation and perhaps a kiss? Not tonight. When Gabriel and Emilie meet, both know that feelings are building up between them; the politeness of their encounter is overshadowed by the kiss that seems to be ... Read more
A young Innuit boy battles a mysterious monster in Greenland. A poetic and beautiful tale. --- D/S Luc Perez P Marie Bro TD 35mm/2007/11mins ... Read more
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