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Films In 2008

“Leonera [the film's Spanish title] is a place of transit. It's the place where the prisoner is retained before she can move on to somewhere else. It is a cell…” - filmmaker Pablo Trapero ... In Argentina, only seven percent of murders committed by men occur in the heat of the moment ... Read more
“Australia's own buried idol… he was a world champion, a former Australian of the Year, a musician with Number 1 hits and the greatest Aboriginal boxer of all time.” - filmmaker Eddie MartinTokyo 1968, Japanese boxer Fighting Harada loses the world bantamweight title after 15 rounds ... Read more
This short experimental fulldome piece explores the idea of ‘liquid light'. It uses a 3D fluid simulation to immerse the viewer in a flow of luminous color inside a virtual transparent dome. ... Read more
It's about love, it's about loss, it's about sex. ... Isolated, a lonely tollbooth operator watches as the world flows past him in a never-ending stream of vehicles, their passengers travelling to and from their lives. They don't give him a second thought, but from their clothes, their hair, their ... Read more
In this cold-blooded scam, only Lorna's silence can implicate her.Lorna's Silence is the latest feature from the Dardenne brothers (The Son, MIFF 02; The Child, MIFF 05) who have a proven track record for making searing dramas about human nature and the possibility of a better life under poor ... Read more
A modern-day Adam and Eve are lost together in their own paradise; a moment later the idyll is gone. ... --- D/S Mihal Brezis, Oded Binnun P Pablo Mehler, Guillaume Benski WS Divine Productions TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
“My childhood has never lost its magic, it has never lost its mystery, and it has never lost its drama.” - Louise Bourgeois, sculptor, painter and performance artist ... Over half a century into her career and approaching 100 years of age, French-born visual artist Louise Bourgeois continues to ... Read more
“This quixotic revenge comedy tosses decorum aside as it joyfully sifts through the underlying perversion of life.” - Sundance Film Festival ... When a team of female factory workers find their boss has run off with their pay, they pool their meagre compensation payouts to fund a worthy cause ... Read more
“Evoking an unhinged Ken Russell on a sushi binge.” - Variety ... Clocking in at just under 240 minutes but never skipping a beat, visionary filmmaker Sion Sono (Suicide Club, Noriko's Dinner Table) presents an epic love story peppered with religion, perversion and martial arts. ... After being ... Read more
Bill McFadyen is on a quest to be the bench press champion of the world. He's almost there, and he's only 73. ... --- D/P Finlay Pretsell, Adrian McDowall WS Scottish Documentary Institute (Edinburgh College of Art ECA) TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
Filmmaker Sebastián Silva injects a simultaneously menacing and humourous undertone to this tale of a long-serving - and borderline psychotic - maid. ... Raquel has worked in service to the Valdes family for 23 years; to help ease her workload they hire extra help - although this only needles ... Read more
“After I scored, I started running as if I'd stolen an Englishman's wallet.” - Diego Maradona ... Serbian director Emir Kusturica presents an intimate portrait of Argentinean soccer star Diego Maradona. An examination of his god-like status in international football and popular culture ... Read more
On Princess Margaret Boulevard lives Isabelle, a woman defiantly confronting the frustration, confusion and loneliness of Alzheimer's disease. ... --- D/S Kazik Radwanski P Dan Montgomery WS Medium Density Fibreboard Films TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
“One of the most extreme pictures ever made.” - Total Film ... Filmmaker Pascal Laugier (Saint Ange) pushes at ‘acceptable' standards with sadistic violence in this dissection of a young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tortured her as a child. ... One of the ... Read more
The soul of the city can be held in your hands. Poetry by Dorothy Porter produced by the Australian Poetry Centre. ... Not in competition ... --- D David Rozetsky P Teresa Bell S Dorothy Porter WS Australian Poetry Centre TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
“Heralds a dark wit and sleek intelligence guided by a creatively secure humility.” - Variety ... Death, family and literature all come to the forefront but not necessarily in that order, as three seemingly unrelated guests at a funeral reveal their hidden relationships with the deceased and ... Read more
“We wanted to explore some of the unspoken fears and vulnerabilities that many men face, but are unable to voice.” - filmmaker Michael Joy ... Six strangers meet in a suburban lounge room to talk. It's a first step in expressing themselves in a way they've never done before. Although initially ... Read more
Teenage love just got trickier. ... It's never easy being the new girl at school. For quiet and awkward Miao Miao - raised in Japan, but transferring to Taipei for the year - things get a lot easier when she finds an unlikely friend in sassy classmate Ai. ... The two girls quickly become ... Read more
With nuclear missiles hidden under the town, Minot is an uncanny place and its people lead a singular existence. ... --- D/P/S Angelika Brudniak, Cynthia Madansky WS SixPackFilm TD betacamsp/2008 ... Read more
Oma Grete's doesn't want to clean, even when her home is taken over by giant dust mites that threaten to destroy the world. ... --- D/S Karl Tebbe P Marjorie Bendeck WS ShortFilmAgency Hamburg L German w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
For some, leaving home is easy. For Mikey, returning is the problem. ... After visiting his parents, 30-something Mikey decides to stay on, at first using the excuse of a cancelled flight. However it's soon clear he has no intention of leaving any time soon. Staying in his childhood bedroom ... Read more
The directorial debut of Duncan Jones (son of David Bowie), this claustrophobic sci-fi feature stars Sam Rockwell and the voice of Kevin Spacey. ... Heralding a fresh renaissance in indie sci-fi flicks, Moon eschews big budget CGI effects for slow-burn combustible tension, telling the story of a ... Read more
“A talented man is on a downward path until he hits rock bottom. That happens pretty often. And not just because of drugs. There are a lot of temptations all around.” - filmmaker Aleksey Balabanov ... Russia, 1917. The revolution is spreading out of the cities and into the countryside. To a ... Read more
Graze and roam through each shot from the Charlie Chaplin short A Film Johnny (1914) or watch them all at once. You decide. --- D/P Norbert Pffenbicher WS Sixpack TD 35mm/2007/9mins ... Read more
“This is a place of sin, prostitution, drug trafficking - you name it.” ... Gritty and blackly comic, The Moss is the second feature from director Derek Kwok, whose award-winning debut The Pye-Dog cemented his reputation as a new force in Hong Kong cinema. ... Kwok's Hong Kong overflows with ... Read more
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