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Films In 2008

"The film is Mr Wong's most abstract endeavor, a bold excursion into the realm of pure cinema." - New York Times ... In ancient China, a vagabond swordsman earns his living by hiring others as assassins. His heart was long ago hardened by the betrayal of a woman, but his encounters make him reflect ... Read more
At 4.50 pm robots will attack Earth. Only one place will be safe - Pedro knows where, he just doesn't know when. ... --- D/S Chema García Ibarra P Chema García Ibarra, Leonor Díaz WS Chema García Ibarra L Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
Friendship, football, fights and fashion. ... Adapted by acclaimed author Kevin Sampson from his own bestselling novel, Awaydays is set in the north-west of England in the post-punk 70s, an era that ushered in a new breed of football hooligan, one who cared about his clothes as much as his soccer ... Read more
The latest provocation from France's notorious master of the erotic. ... One of French cinema's most controversial modern filmmakers, Jean-Claude Brisseau (Secret Things, MIFF 03; The Exterminating Angels, MIFF 07), returns with the type of film he does best: one filled with explicit erotic ... Read more
A powerful thriller that applies a blowtorch to a dark chapter in Australian-Indonesian history. ... With this year marking the 10th anniversary of East Timor's independence, the MIFF Premiere Fund is proud to present this powerful and moving political thriller about the true events surrounding the ... Read more
"A thoroughly engrossing experience that attends to everyday life's small (and in a few cases, significant) moments." - Variety ... The lives of three African-Americans in the rural Mississippi Delta are laid bare in Ballast, the debut feature from director Lance Hammer that collected multiple ... Read more
"Chockablock with Cockney hardcases, bent coppers, kinky politicians, shadowy MI5 fixers, black radicals, a Soho sleaze merchant and a bevy of topless birds." - Eye Weekly ... Based loosely on the 1971 ‘walkie-talkie robbery' at London's Lloyd Bank, The Bank Job is a bank-heist caper of twists ... Read more
“Two boys, a house, an uncomfortable mise-en-scène and the weight of violence. In a word: masterpiece.” - Sitges Film Festival ... From one of the most original voices in new Mexican cinema, Amat Escalante (Sangre), comes The Bastards - a nihilistic drama akin to a slow-motion spin on Michael ... Read more
"Jack is one of the most important people in my life. He is f**king unstoppable and I love him deeply for it. This film is a gift to him." - filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson ... Jack Charles is Bastardy: a 63-year-old homosexual Aboriginal elder, award-winning actor, professional cat burglar and ... Read more
"Explaining why they want to have surgery, they would say, ‘I want to live like everybody else. I want to be like others. I'm not a weirdo... I'm not a homosexual. I'm not filthy.'" - filmmaker Tanaz Eshaghian ... In a country where homosexuality is punishable by death, the state has discovered a ... Read more
“If you opened people up, you would find landscapes. If you opened me up you would find beaches.” - Agnès Varda ... French auteur Agnès Varda (The Gleaners & I, MIFF 2001; Cléo de 5 à 7) takes an unconventional approach to film-as-memoir with this charming exploration of her own memories ... Read more
A meditation on icons - pop and otherwise - and what remains of them. A bricolage of scars, traces of repair. Iconic meditations on the other side of war.--- D Michael Shamberg P Isabelle Doyen, Ned Richardson TD DigiBeta/2008/7mins ... Read more
"Theatre of the absurd." - filmmaker Albert Serra ... With his debut feature Honor de Cavalleria (MIFF 07) - an experimental reworking of the Don Quixote story - Albert Serra proved himself a filmmaker treading an unconventional path. With Birdsong, shot in otherworldly black & white, he again ... Read more
In Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, the farmers lead a wealthy and leisurely existence. They own huge fields with transgenic plantations and they spend their nights with tourists who come bird watching. Meanwhile, at the borders of their lands, the uneasiness of the natives, who were the legitimate ... Read more
Filmed in the half-lit homes of its four participants, Blind Loves looks at the anxieties of falling in love when you can't see. ... Imagine being unable to clink a celebratory glass of champagne, or losing your partner on a crowded dance floor. Peeking into the minutiae of non-sighted existence ... Read more
A former badminton champion, a tormented young boy, a girl who eats firecrackers and a cheesy 80s pop song you can't get out of your head. ... Captivating in its array of characters and their circumstances, Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly is young Indonesian director Edwin's exposé of the enigma that ... Read more
"That goofy old Super Mario Bros jingle can be turned into one kick-ass techno tune in the right hands." - Cinematical ... Few people would consider an original Nintendo or Gameboy console as a musical instrument, but for an emerging culture these are the tools for producing something unlike ... Read more
"No one in rock and roll has left a musical legacy that matters more or one that matters in such fundamental ways." - Robert Palmer ... Mixing mysticism with politics in an inspired musical union, reggae star Bob Marley was so influential that Time magazine in the 70s claimed he rivalled the ... Read more
"Drinking, smoking and whoring ain't what they used to be." - Variety ... Happily settled with his wife Smaranda (Anamaria Marinca of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) and their 4-year-old son, 30-something Bogdan takes them on a mini-holiday to a sleepy seaside resort. Things go off course however ... Read more
“Ugliness is beauty that cannot be contained within the soul.” - Boris Ryzhy ... Russian poet Boris Ryzhy was handsome, gifted and famous - so why did he take his own life? A quest for the answer sends filmmaker Aliona van der Horst to the industrial neighbourhood of Yekaterinenburg ... Read more
A lone box sits in the middle of a warehouse. Its contents will change everything. ... --- D/S Michael Latham P Lester Francois WS VCA School of Film & Television TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
“Arrestingly violent from the get-go.” - Screen International ... Dark, brutal and prone to uncontrollable rages, Song-hoon is someone you don't want to run into on the street. Making a living in the casual daily violence of underworld thuggery, he finds brutality comes as naturally as ... Read more
A real-life story of a criminal reprobate that recalls the stylised excesses of Ken Russell and the psychological incision of Chopper. ... Evolving from a schoolyard bully to hardened criminal, Charles Bronson (born Michael Petersen, and later changing his name in homage to the actor) has became ... Read more
Simmering enmities spark a fierce battle of wills in a wintry wasteland. ... Hasan is a Muslim who left Bosnia before the war. He now lives a life of ennui and private anxiety in bitterly cold North Dakota. His 1963 Buick Riviera is not the symbol of his new life, but his refuge from it. ... When ... Read more
“Who did they shoot?… A guy with a camera.” ... While those in the West might bemoan the falling standards of news media, the Burmese live in a world where journalism of any kind is illegal. Just being found with a camera can have you killed in the streets. ... In extraordinary acts of ... Read more
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