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Films In 2008

The meaning of life is cheap. ... $9.99 has the beauty of meticulous claymation, nourished by the sustenance of a master storyteller. Tatia Rosenthal has taken a who's who of Australian voice talent (including MIFF mascot Geoffrey Rush) and a gorgeous Art Deco apartment block in Tel Aviv and melded ... Read more
This perceptual training film disciplines the eye to catch a single frame, an explosion of light, a moment of gesture and timing. ... --- D/P/S Johann Lurf WS SixPackFilm L No dialogue TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
“The switch for kitschy visuals and florid melodrama is flicked to 11.” - Variety ... Flamboyant filmmaker Royston Tan follows on from the bubblegum musical fun of 881 (MIFF 08) to once again delve into the exuberant Singaporean song culture of getai - a series of open-air concerts dominating ... Read more
"Mr. Jia is working at the border where fiction and nonfiction meet, which is where this fantastically surreal country itself seems to exist." - New York Times ... For six decades Factory 420 in Sichuan China has been more than just an aeronautics factory - it has been a self-contained town of its ... Read more
3 women, 3 generations, 3 journeys. ... Forty-something single mother Minoo is a product of the Islamic Revolution, a generation of women repressed by changes in law under the new Islamic Republic. Her daughter Pegah is a rebellious youth, part of a generation in search of an identity they're yet ... Read more
“Smoother than the finest liquor, reminds viewers how rarely movies capture the easygoing love embodied in a functional family, with all its support and tenderness.” - Variety ... Claire Denis (Beau travail, MIFF 2000; Trouble Every Day, MIFF 03) paints a nuanced portrait of a shifting ... Read more
The legendary May 1968 strike of Paris left its indelible mark on the Cannes Film Festival, just as assuredly as it left its mark on all of French society. ... 1968 saw the Cannes Film Festival halt in solidarity with striking students and workers across France, and from this swelling of leftist ... Read more
The biggest hurdle Babak faces isn't his disability, but gaining acceptance in his own family. ... Babak is bright and creative, but his physical disability leads his own father to see him as a burden on the family and a hindrance to his younger brother's education. When Babak is confined to his ... Read more
Shifting between three-dimensional objects and two-dimensional surfaces, the illusion of space is folded through the use of mirrors and sound. ... --- D/P/S Max Hattler WS Max Hattler L no dialogue TD betacamsp/2008 ... Read more
If you go down to the woods today... ... The close friendship of three teenagers crumbles at the hands of a deranged sociopath in Acolytes, a nail-biting thriller from Redball director Jon Hewitt.James and Mark have been tormented their whole lives by local bully Gary Parker, and in their final ... Read more
An endearing, tongue-in-cheek look at the action behind the action. ... A former stuntman himself, Jeong Byeong-gil picks up a camera to document the unheralded heroes/lunatics of Korean cinema who - at the risk of broken bones, broken egos and even death - make the superstars look oh-so-good. ... Read more
“A warm homage to cinema itself… Watch it and understand why Filipino cinema is now hot.” - Rotterdam Film Festival ... In the neo-realistic tradition of De Sica's The Bicycle Thief, Adela follows a former radio personality living in the slums of Manila, as she confronts her prevailing ... Read more
A gentle comedy at the crossroads of manual labour and religious belief. ... On the outskirts of Paris, Algerian and French cultures clash in a bleak industrial zone, where stacks of pallets are prepared and trucks are fixed by hard-working Muslim immigrants. Factory owner Mao runs a tight ship; a ... Read more
Ahmad is an Afghan refugee who discovers the complications that arise from putting down roots in a new land. World premiere.---D/S Aaron Wilson P Kim Fairbrother TD digibeta/2008/15mins ... Read more
When Ali's mother has her greatest treasure taken from her, Ali hatches a plan to replace it with the help of a girl on the other side of the razor-wire fence.---D/S Alex Holmes P Helen Panckhurst TD digibeta/2008/15mins ... Read more
“Wise and deliciously witty.” - The London Film Festival ... Filmmaker Ryosuke Hashiguchi emerges from a seven-year hiatus to present an intimate rendering of married life with All Around Us. ... Shoko and Kanao (played in an exceptional acting debut from author Lily Franky) do their best to ... Read more
A transsexual Cinderella story. ... Raquela Rios has a dream: to make it all the way to Paris, to meet her Prince Charming and to settle down into a life of luxury. But Paris is a long way from the streets of Cebu City in the Philippines and Raquela is a transsexual prostitute - the odds, it seems ... Read more
“Lone Scherfig's emotionally pulsing, culturally observant picture simply bursts with life.” - Variety ... In 1961, London is a city poised on the cusp of a counter-culture explosion. At 16 years old, Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is ready to shed her teenage shell and discover the world. Her study ... Read more
“You can't touch me now. I'm one of the stately homos of England.” - Quentin Crisp ... John Hurt returns to the incorrigible and always colourful life of writer, raconteur and gay icon Quentin Crisp more than 30 years after first playing the role in 1975's The Naked Civil Servant. ... An ... Read more
"I'm always drawn to incidents that if unpacked, reveal a lot about a moment and a culture, and I felt this was one of them." - filmmaker Annie Goldson. ... They called him the White Angel. John Scott was the director of the Fijian Red Cross. His courage was lauded during a coup in 2000 when in the ... Read more
"When filming wars, I noticed everybody had a sense of their roles as actors in a grand tragedy - imbuing moments that could be their last with spiritual dimensions. Here, the actor is a portal - to an eventual journey with each of us as actor in the human story." - filmmaker Tahir Cambis ... A ... Read more
This isn't Spinal Tap, this is Anvil. ... With endorsements from Lars Ulrich, Slash, and Lemmy from Motörhead, Anvil is the greatest Canadian metal band you've never heard of. School buddies Steve ‘Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner's 1982 album Metal on Metal influenced the likes of Slayer, Anthrax ... Read more
"It's a rich and robust story, full of warmth and humour that reflects the changing face of Auckland's southern suburbs today." - producer Rachel Gardner ... The debut feature film from Sima Urale, Apron Strings explores the fine line between mothering and smothering through the sensory metaphor of ... Read more
“The greatest passion of my life is something that makes me sick to my stomach.” - Chuck Connelly ... Alongside Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Chuck Connelly was the darling of the 80s New York art scene, lauded as a neo-Van Gogh and selling millions of dollars worth of paintings ... Read more
"If Madonna and Angelina Jolie can do it, why can't performance artist Vanessa Beecroft adopt an exotic Third World baby?" - Variety ... Vanessa Beecroft's work has always been provocative. Her nude tableau - photographs of dozens of naked women standing motionless in stark locations - both ... Read more
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