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Films In 2008

They wait. They hunt. They feed. ... In the Dakotas of the old west a family goes missing, and the only clues left behind are mysterious holes in the ground. A posse is rounded up and the men set out to find the Indians they assume are responsible - but it gradually becomes apparent that something ... Read more
Cargo is a realistic and powerful film that portrays a young boy's descent into the world of child trafficking. Believing he is about to cross a border to a new life, the young runaway instead discovers he is to be sold as a human slave. Through a remarkable moment of pity, he is spared - but the ... Read more
From Mads Matthiesen, winner of the MIFF 08 Grand Prix for Best Short Film, comes the story of 16-year-old Cathrine. She has a new boyfriend twice her age - and her overbearing parents are not going to approve. ... --- D/S Mads Matthiesen P Jonas Bagger WS TrustNordisk L Danish w/English subtitles ... Read more
"The story of Dunne's life is as much about reinvention and the courage to change direction as it is a current study of the shallow, celebrity-crazed state of popular culture." - filmmaker Kirsty de Garis ... Vanity Fair special correspondent Dominick Dunne has become known the world over for his ... Read more
"Celia Cruz is the quintessential survival story. She looks like no one else. She sounds like no one else. And she's still the queen." - Whoopi Goldberg ... Erupting onto the Cuban music scene as the frontwoman for La Sonora Matancera, Celia Cruz was a diva whose music and voice came to symbolise a ... Read more
“A wince-inducingly violent serial killer thriller… a sort of Asian-extreme Manhunter for the strong of nerve.” - Daily Telegraph ... First-time filmmaker Na Hong-jin immediately makes his mark on Korean cinema with a police crime thriller that explosively rewrites the rules of the genre. Read more
“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” - Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara ... Argentine Marxist revolutionary, politician, author, physician, military theorist and guerilla leader Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara is instantly recognisable as a symbol of rebellion ... Read more
“I don't care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting.” - Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara ... In 1965, already an icon in his own lifetime, Che Guevara embarked on an ultimately doomed attempt to bring the revolution to the rest of Latin America. His final campaign ... Read more
Based on a bestselling German book series, this raucous rock ‘n' roll adventure is about friends, crushes and surviving high school. ... Three best friends, Hannah, Mila and Kati, navigate the explosive minefield of high school, coping with everything from oddball parents to school stress to the ... Read more
When the face of Jesus appears in a chicken's comb, Yirri and Teresa's vineyard becomes the site of an adventure of biblical proportions. Directed by Frank Woodley of Lano and Woodley. World premiere.---D/S Frank Woodley P Jodi Satya TD DigiBeta/2008/8mins ... Read more
A special needs girl with a special need to kick some ass. ... With its tongue firmly planted in its cheek, Chocolate unleashes a new type of heroine - a martial-arts master with lightning-quick reflexes energised by eating copious amounts of chocolate. ... Zen, a girl with autism and attitude ... Read more
"Desplechin's ambitious widescreen tale overflows with inescapable emotion." - Screen International ... When Junon (Catherine Deneuve) and her husband assemble their oddball clan - all seemingly suffering from some kind of psychological or social malady - for Christmas celebrations, it isn't long ... Read more
“I would like to be a good president.” - Vaclav Havel ... The political life of the Czech Republic's first president - former dissident playwright Vaclav Havel - is laid bare in Citizen Havel, an astounding access-all-areas documentary following Havel's term as leader of the newly independent ... Read more
Love is a virus. It incubates silently. It strikes suddenly. It blinds your immunity. It spreads by way of intimate contacts. Its favorite breeding ground - small, crowded, claustrophobic spaces. Take offices, for example... Pearl, a marketing executive in her twenties, finds herself being drawn ... Read more
Love hurts - even when you're over 60. ... Sixty-something seamstress Inge is thrown into a torrid love affair after bringing a pair of pants she altered to their owner, the affable 76-year-old Karl. The problem is she's still in love with her husband of 30 years, Werner, a man whose greatest hobby ... Read more
As the menacing relics of war return to the soil, abstract vision is in eerie harmony with atmospheric sound. ... --- D Emily Richardson P Animate Projects WS LUX L no dialogue TD betacamsp/2008 ... Read more
Promising young Romanian director Cristian Nemescu was killed in a car crash in late 2006, while his debut feature California Dreamin' was in post-production. Three of Nemescu's lively shorts are collected here as a tribute to the director.Marilena from P7 - On a rooftop in Bucharest, young Andrei ... Read more
Four friends reunited reminisce and mourn for lost youth. From director Jia Zhang-ke, whose feature films were profiled at MIFF in 2008. ... --- D/S Jia Zhangke P Zhang Dong, Eva Lam WS Xtreme Pictures L Mandarin w/English subtitles TD XXXX/2008 ... Read more
"Sometimes I think people expect me to walk in with fangs and a cape, I think they expect me to be some kind of raving lunatic." - George A. Romero ... One of the most important voices of independent cinema - or any cinema for that matter - George A. Romero has been scaring audiences around the ... Read more
Ein Zwei Die! ... When eight medical students head off to a cabin in the Norwegian wilderness they plan to spend their time relaxing, drinking, having fun and doing what young students do. But after a dire warning from a local crackpot, a familiar stage is set for horror to be inflicted upon ... Read more
A visceral 30-year history of New York City's skateboarding street culture, as it kick-flipped its way from marginalisation to acceptance. ... Coan Nichols and Rick Charnoski (Fruit of the Vine, MIFF 06) continue a 20-years-plus skating addiction with this artful sketch of NYC skating's epochal ... Read more
A memorial, homage and exploration of the late and great Derek Jarman, maverick of the British film scene. ... Breaking down barriers in Thatcher's conformist England with his predominantly queer, left-of-centre and intensely personal films, Derek Jarman was the kind of filmmaker rare in today's ... Read more
"The desert grows, and woe to him who conceals the desert within him..." - Friedrich Nietzsche ... Hot off the success of last year's award-winning La Zona, Rodrigo Plá doesn't put one step wrong in leading Mexico's cinematic resurgence with this epic drama, The Desert Within.Battling an earthly ... Read more
On his way home, a young man teeters between an absorbing state of delusion and an unremarkable normality. World premiere.---D/S Callum Cooper P Anna Kaplan TD 35mm/2008/9mins ... Read more
Gravity is added to a commonplace room with choreographed slow motion, simultaneously filling and emptying it. ... --- D/P/S Harald Hund, Paul Horn WS SixPackFilm L No dialogue TD betacamsp/2008 ... Read more
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