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Films In 2008

UP-CLOSE GOTHIC DEATH AND MAYHEM! Can the Napoleon Dynamite of the magic world save the day and win the girl? ... --- D/S Patrik Eklund P Mathia Fjellström WS Swedish Film Institute L Swedish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
“Unsettlingly insistent, smartly played and bleakly hilarious.” - Empire Online ... Reuben Östlund's Cannes hit Play featured at MIFF 11, and his earlier Involuntary similarly puts the dynamics of social pressure under a magnifying glass with knife-edge precision. ... A man injured at his own ... Read more
“A three-headed, amped-up, guitar-shredding slamdown powered by a pan-generational trio of rock gods.” - Variety ... Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) fires up the Marshall stack for this raucous tribute to the electric guitar, and ode to three guitar legends. It Might Get Loud ... Read more
“We have to have this debate, because when we do, we win the argument.” - filmmaker Daniel Leconte ... Muhammad overwhelmed by fundamentalists' was the title on the front page, followed by a cartoon of a weeping Prophet Muhammad with a speech bubble saying “It's hard being loved by jerks” ... Read more
Léon has a novel approach to conflict resolution: when his parents fight, he sets the house on fire. ... In the technicolour summer of 1968, ten-year-old Léon is raising hell in his own small corner of Québec. Theft, vandalism, random acts of arson and a series of self-inflicted ... Read more
A young boy learns self-reliance in this extraordinary story filmed in a unique location - at sea, amid the platform-fishermen of Indonesia. ... Following his mother's death, 12-year-old Jaya is sent to live with his father - a stranger who is surprised to discover he has a son. But with nowhere ... Read more
Growing up can be dangerous. Awarded the Jury Prize at Cannes 2008, director Avery won the Emerging Filmmaker Award at MIFF in 06. Australian premiere.OFLC have provided certification for this short (on 21/7/08) and children under the age of 15 can be admitted to this screening but MUST be ... Read more
1971. The hippie counter-culture movement is in full swing. And notorious German actor Klaus Kinski stands on the stage of Berlin's Deutschlandhalle, performing a monologue while chaos reigns around him. ... An astounding long-lost record of a theatrical performance about the life of Jesus, in ... Read more
Awarded the Prize of Hope at this year's Cannes Film Festival“It was primordial for me to work with ex-children soldiers, who seemed to be the only ones capable of giving a sincere testimony of this horror.” - filmmaker Jean-Stéphane SauvaireShot in Liberia, with the support of the current ... Read more
“The play's the thing - but certainly not everything.” - Variety ... The Karamazovs is a performance experiment by Czech director Petr Zelenka, whose claims that he wants to do the impossible: to capture the elusive character of theatre in film. Zelenka follows the staging of an adaptation of ... Read more
A post-modern faux-thriller about obsession, guilt and wanting to ‘off' your dad. ... Irascible and lazy, Rupert ‘Ratz' Kramer is a 35-year-old slacker who plays out his patricidal fantasies through the development of a violent computer game. A chance call from an old flame sends him to New ... Read more
“A totally original and ultimately inspiring consideration of the extremes human beings can suffer, and yet still hold out hope for a better future.” - Sundance Film Festival ... Kimjongilia is the first film to fully expose the humanitarian and human rights disaster of North Korea. Weaving a ... Read more
Two young runaways spend a night of adventure on the streets of inner-city Dublin. ... On the city fringes, Kylie and Dylan live in a housing estate devoid of life and colour. When Dylan's father explodes in a rage one night, the pre-teen duo run away, setting out in search of Dylan's older brother ... Read more
Three professional musicians - a bear, a rabbit and a wolf - are practicing in the forest, when suddenly a hunter comes. Screened Annecy and Oberhaussen.---D/S Alexei Alexeev P Andras Erkel WS Studio Baestart TD BetaSP/2007/2mins ... Read more
Based on a bestselling German children's book, Krabat is a 17th-century tale of magic, love and the battle between good and evil. ... Lured by dreams of ravens to a mysterious stone mill, 14-year-old orphan Krabat is initiated into a secret brotherhood of apprentice sorcerers. This education in the ... Read more
Longing for escape, a young woman becomes lost in a frozen forest. But what awaits her there? ... --- D/S Guy Édoin P Sylvain Corbeil, Pascal Bascaron WS Locomotion L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
“A dark exploration of human nature at its basest and most animal-like.” - Hollywood Reporter ... A film that is as harsh as the living conditions of farmers on the Argentinean pampas, La Rabia mixes sex, brutality and death in a tale of growing discord between two neighbouring families, as ... Read more
“Confirms Grandrieux as a true original.” - Variety ... Installation artist and cinematic visionary Philippe Grandrieux (La Vie Nouvelle, MIFF 03) creates a monochromatic, snow-bound wilderness, a harsh, remote wonderland occupied by epileptic woodcutter Alexi and his family. ... Alexi carries ... Read more
“Human life is like Pandora's Box, too ambiguous and magical to measure.” - filmmaker Roh Gyeong-tae ... Within the decaying landscape of an industrialised South Korean city, three lost souls wrestle with questions of identity and meaning in Roh Gyeong-tae's follow up to his praised debut ... Read more
“What's the point of having a First Amendment if you're not offensive?” - Larry Flynt ... Media magnate, free-speech advocate, hustler, raconteur, pornographer and consummate believer of his own hype, Larry Flynt is the subject of this investigative documentary, which charts his frequent ... Read more
“A multifaceted drama straddling the Palestinian-Israeli chasm that's marbled with irony, generosity, anger and pure crowd-pleasing optimism.” - VarietyEran Riklis takes a fresh look at the Israeli -Palestine conflict by imbuing it with the warmth of a personal story. Palestinian widow Salma ... Read more
One person's workday finishes another's begins, in an homage to the menial worker and existential film about cleaning. ... --- D/S Adrian Francis P Melanie Brunt WS Feather Films TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
“One of the strangest, stickiest, and (yes) sweetest horror movies I've seen in 10 years.” - CinematicalLiving alone with his mother in a wintry and miserable Stockholm suburb, shy and lonely 12-year-old Oskar is a victim of school bullies. He spends his days plotting revenge, keeping a knife ... Read more
“You are a child, even when you're eighty.” - filmmaker Vlado Škafar ... Bringing down the curtain and coaxing the true essence of human nature from his subjects, documentary filmmaker Vlado Škafar pens a candid study of beliefs, feelings and moments from the lives of ordinary ... Read more
“[President of Chechnya] Kadyrov has publicly vowed to murder me… I have merely reported what I have witnessed, no more than that.” - Anna Politkovskaya, assassinated late-2006 ... In a political climate where more than a dozen Russian journalists had been killed for being 'off-side' ... Read more
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