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Films In 2008

“What is there left to be against? All we want is to have fun.”Faced with having to teach autocracy for project week to a class full of disaffected youth, a high-school teacher decides to turn his classroom into a microcosm of a dictatorship, employing drill-sergeant tactics, matching uniforms ... Read more
“A bold, very carnal take on adolescent female bonding.” - Variety ... In 1942 in Tunisia, two teenage girls struggle to hold their friendship together in the face of cultural differences and emerging sexuality, amid the turmoil of World War II. ... Nour, a Muslim, and Myriam, a Jew, find ... Read more
The heartwarming comedy that became the biggest box office smash in French history.In an attempt to cheer up his depressed wife, postal worker Philippe tries to scam a transfer from his comfortable life in Salon-de-Provence to a seaside town down south - and is caught red-handed. His punishment ... Read more
What if the city began to tell us all about the cloak and dagger stories that she'd witnessed? ... --- D/S Marie Vieillevie P Rudolph Falaise WS L'agence du court-métrage - Régie TV Câble TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
A girl and her dog hit the road, in Kelly Reichardt's follow up to her indie favourite Old Joy.Wendy (Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain) is on her way to Alaska in her beat up car with her best friend, yellow-haired retriever Lucy, when misfortune waylays her in Oregon, separating her from her ... Read more
“When our public institutions fail us in the pursuit of truth and justice, we, the people, will find our own ways to uncover and speak of our history.” - filmmaker Scott Millwood ... In 1972 environmental activist Brenda Hean's light plane disappeared while en route to Canberra, where she ... Read more
“If I've learned anything from big budget action movies it's that complicated global problems are best solved by one lonely guy.” - filmmaker Morgan SpurlockHaving lost the weight from the fast food experiment that was Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock returns in an attempt to track down the ... Read more
A civilization under threat, clinging to tradition. ... In southern Chile, unnoticed by the rest of the world for centuries, a remote community of people exist who call themselves Mapuche-Pehuenche - The People of the Pine Nut. The pine nut is the fruit of the Araucaria tree, the basis of their ... Read more
“Kormákur's most assured and ambitious film to date.” - Toronto Film Festival ... Actor-director Baltasar Kormákur (Jar City, MIFF 08) calls his modernised version of Anton Chekhov's play Ivanov a ‘dramedy', inspired by the likes of Pedro Almodóvar and Woody Allen. ... A middle-aged ... Read more
A child befriends a gigantic wolf. Then one day his father goes a-hunting. Australian premiere.---D/S Pierre Luc-Granjon P/WS Nexus Productions TD 35mm/2008/11mins ... Read more
“I like relationships and I like flesh.” - Kathy Acker ... Boldly exploring the extremities of an extreme woman, Who's Afraid of Kathy Acker? chronicles one of America's original ‘outlaw writers', Kathy Acker: punk icon, one-time sex worker, tattooed, pierced and banned in many countries ... Read more
“Tightly scripted… wondrously inventive and irresistibly played.” - Variety ... Once upon a time there was a little girl called Terezka, who loved the story of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. And so all was well in Terezka's world until she noticed some strange things ... Read more
“Before I even heard Arthur's music, I was intrigued. My friend described a long forgotten gay disco auteur in a farmer's plaid shirt, obsessively listening to mixes of his own music on the Staten Island Ferry.” - filmmaker Matt Wolf ... This exploration of avant-garde composer ... Read more
Tragedy tears a close-knit group of high-school friends apart, forcing them to forge individual paths. ... For the Taiwan chapter of the Winds of September trilogy, director Tom Shu-Yu Lin brings us a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Taiwan baseball game-fixing scandal of 1996 ... Read more
A day trip to Suffolk to see my friend Ben and his dad Oleg. ... --- D/P Ben Rivers WS LUX TD betacamsp/2008 ... Read more
“People will finally understand what it was like to be in the trenches of Rock and Roll… [this film is] the closest thing to being there.” - Hal Blaine, drummer for The Wrecking Crew ... You may not know who they are but you've definitely heard their music. The Wrecking Crew were the ... Read more
“I love the Yakuza… I see them as the heirs to the samurai spirit.” - actor Sonny Chiba ... Literally translated as ‘good-for-nothing', Japan's criminal brotherhood - the Yakuza - underwent a makeover into chivalrous heroes thanks to post-World War II cinema, where real-life criminals ... Read more
All people are born with their own distinct rhythm; three of China's best beatboxers are about to share theirs. ... --- D Liu Feng P Kerli Teo, Angie Wong, Liu Xiaoming S WS Wieden + Kennedy Shanghai L Chinese w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
"Comedic vigilante justice." - USA Today ... Anti-globalisation pranksters Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are back with this followup to The Yes Men (MIFF 04), to again skewer the excesses of capitalism with their particular brand of gonzo activism. Impersonating executives (what they call ... Read more
“We need a million psychologists in Gaza." - Ayed ... With medical bag in hand, Ayed takes on the onerous task of attending patients in the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza. His job is unremitting - he's the only field psychologist operating in an area regularly subjected to strikes from ... Read more
“An allegory about Russia itself, seen here [as] a sort of spiritual Hotel California, from which, to paraphrase the Eagles, you can check out but you can never leave.” - Variety ... Yuri's Day tells the story of the famous opera star Lyubov, as she returns to her rural hometown with her ... Read more
Memories and images fade easily; they are entities that are forever losing their balance. ... --- D/P Aihara Nobuhiro WS Image Forum L no dialogue TD 16mm/2008 ... Read more
A one-off noir thrill-ride artfully crafted from chiaroscuro and fog. ... In the opening moments, Moth is hurtled from a soviet jail into a stylised 60s Sofia underworld. He must steer at breakneck pace through the Kafkaesque communism, the severe architecture and the menagerie of bottom feeders ... Read more
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