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Films In 2008

“A gruelling, grimly effective British chiller.” - Screen International ... The directorial debut of My Little Eye screenwriter James Watkins, Eden Lake sees a middle-class couple's idyllic weekend camping trip turn into a nightmare. What starts as idle taunting by a gang of local youths takes ... Read more
“Trash horror cinema to the max.” - Variety ... Renowned for the personification of Brazil's most famous horror icon, the evil undertaker ‘Coffin Joe', filmmaker José Mojica Marins rounds off his controversial trilogy with a ready-made cult classic. ... First there was At Midnight I'll Take ... Read more
“There's something of late period Woody Allen about Empty Nest's combination of tricksy plot structure, writerly self-consciousness and intelligent romantic comedy with a bitter edge.” - Screen International ... From one of Latin America's most celebrated filmmakers, Daniel Burman (Every ... Read more
Julian Temple (The Filth and the Fury) collaborated with composer Johnathan Mills and poet Dorothy Porter to create this operatic portrait of Sydney icon Arthur Stace, an ex-alcoholic who spent 40 years inscribing ‘Eternity' on the pavements of Sydney's streets in perfect cursive. Rosemary Blight ... Read more
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” - Socrates ... Taking her cue from Socrates's famous quote, documentary filmmaker Astra Taylor follows up her last philosophical film adventure, Zizek! (MIFF 06), with another exploration of musings from some of the world's greatest modern thinkers ... Read more
Encounter the music from Portugal that is conquering the world. ... Fado, the Portugese national song of passion, sorrow and remembrance born from the slums of 19th-century Lisbon, is the subject of Carlos Saura's (Flamenco, Tango) haunting and memorable film. Shot entirely on a sound stage with ... Read more
Lewis Klahr applies Barthe's dictum that ‘camera's are clocks for seeing' in this slippery, sad pop elegy about having lived. ... --- D/P Lewis Klahr WS Lewis Klahr TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
Tod Tasker wakes from a drunken binge and realizes he has missed his daughter's birthday. A humorous celebration of dysfunctional parenting, and the love that it sometimes belies. World premiere. --- D/S Hugh Sullivan P Jessica Redenbach TD digibeta/2008/8mins ... Read more
A boy struggles to understand his strange, silent father - an immigrant who has become an emotional refugee in his own home. Narrated by Joel Edgerton. Australian premiere ---D/S Sebastian Danta P Samantha Jennings TD digibeta/2008/8mins ... Read more
With brogues so thick they need subtitles, farmers of the old country recount the days gone by. ... --- D/S Tony Donoghue P Janet Grainger WS Network Ireland Television TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
“Just like time, death, violence, space, faith and sex, fear is one of the great themes of philosophical, scientific and artistic investigation.” - Kiko Goifman ... A man enters a cage filled with pigeons wearing a jacket made of baguettes. A person is strapped into a bed above a nest of ... Read more
“It's a taut, complex thriller, but beware: in Flame & Citron, truth is far bleaker than fiction.” - Independent ... Copenhagen 1944. As the war winds down, it seems the Nazi regime's days are numbered. For the Danish resistance fighters code-named Flame and Citron, it means time is running out ... Read more
“Art doesn't stop when you close your eyes.” ... Living at the psychedelic epicenter of the 60s Beat counter culture, Brion Gysin was a poet, artist, calligrapher and mystic. He introduced William S. Burroughs to his famous literary ‘cut up' technique and supplied the infamous ‘hash fudge' ... Read more
"Does for the supermarket what Jaws did for the beach." - Variety ... Robert Kenner unravels the spinning of a pastoral lie, where agrarian fantasies presented on product packaging, like docile cows and green meadows, are nothing more than that - fantasies. According to Food, Inc., the average ... Read more
Free love, friendship, family and fondue. World premiere ---D/S Erin White P Zyra McAuliffe TD digibeta/2008/18mins ... Read more
A dramatic visual interpretation of poetry by Elizabeth Campbell, produced by the Australian Poetry Centre. ... Not in competition ... --- D David Rozetsky P Teresa Bell S Elizabeth Campbell WS Australian Poetry Centre TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
“The director paints a contemporary yet timeless world in which the intensity of human feelings is the main distraction.” - Screen International ... On assignment, professional photographer François (Louis Garrel) finds himself falling, for better or worse, for the newly married ... Read more
What would you risk for your family? ... When her husband vanishes after gambling away the family savings, Ray (Melissa Leo, 21 Grams) is left struggling to care for her boys and make ends meet. Lured by the promise of fast money, she becomes involved in helping Lila, a widowed Mohawk Indian ... Read more
“A headlong dive into the company of reckless Chinese youths.” - Variety ... In the gritty hub that is China's Fujian province, human cargo, illegal emigration and blackmail are part of everyday life. One of the first coastal areas of China to be opened to the outside world, it has become an ... Read more
Jack wakes up one day to find himself plagued by a funk, a mysterious force that sucks the life right out of him. (Not in comp). --- D/S Cris Jones P Melanie Coombs TD Animation DigiBeta/2008/7mins ... Read more
Overflowing with raucous humour, heart and guts, Gachi Boy is about putting tragedy in a headlock and not letting it define you. ... When undergrad law student Ryoichi joins a university pro-wrestling team, his diligent note taking on the wrestling moves mystifies his teammates. With Ryoichi ... Read more
“I've been called a minimalist composer for more than 30 years, and while I've never really agreed with the description, I've gotten used to it.” - Philip Glass ... In the year of his 70th birthday, the three-time Academy Award-nominated Philip Glass remains one of the most influential ... Read more
Winner of the Grand Prix at this year's Cannes Film Festival. ... A sprawling and intensely involving memoir of contemporary life under the shadow of the mafia, Gomorrah is based on a best-selling book of the same name by Roberto Saviano, who as a result of publishing the manuscript is currently ... Read more
With monthly custody of his kids, Phillipe has a secret he's not telling them; tonight they won't be sleeping at his place. ... --- D/S Valéry Rosier P Isabelle Mathy, Denis Delcampe WS Unifrance L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
Kaden's encounters with friends and enemies propel him on a journey of self-discovery. An affecting meditation on the power of trust from MIFF shorts winner Rene Hernandez. World premiere. ... D/S Rene Hernandez P Kristina Ceyton TD digibeta/2008/20mins ... Read more
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