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Films In 2008

Picture book fragments rearrange to construct a meditation on colour, texture and form, creating the ‘Exquisite Corpse'. ... --- D/P Shona Masarin WS Shona Masarin TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
The family that slays together stays together. ... When Lena, a Polish cleaner, misses the last bus home from the airport where she works, she accepts the offer to stay overnight at the family home of her slightly odd coworker. It doesn't take long before she realises that hospitality for this ... Read more
A vivid tale of an outback farm-dog from veteran claymation director Glen Hunwick. Selected for Annecy.---D/S Glen Hunwick P Beth Frey WS Circe Films TD DigiBeta/2007/7mins ... Read more
“Dear love… you are the wide brown valley that I lie on, you are my Marlon and Brando” ... In 2003, just before the bombs started falling on Baghdad, fiery Turkish actress Ayca left her house and did the opposite of everyone else - heading straight for Iraq on a search to find her true ... Read more
“Chock-full of exuberant characters, lively action, and a variety of emotional and toe-tapping songs.” - Seattle Film Festival ... The ghosts of Thai folklore gather in this high-spirited 3D animation that recalls the upbeat creepiness of The Nightmare Before Christmas. ... Nak, the most ... Read more
In this absurd and grotesque universe, ritualistic gastronomic carnage leaves gluttonous banquet guests with only one place left to go. Multiple award-winner. ... --- D Denis Villeneuve P Phoebe Greenberg S Jacques Davidts WS Danny Lennon TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
A contemporary Western about desperate buyers, desperate sellers, and an unthinkable deal. World premiere --- D/S Ben Phelps P John Maynard TD 35mm/2007/15mins ... Read more
Nick Cave muses on his creative process, his inspirations and his collaborators. --- D/P Rebecca Peniston Bird L English TD digibeta/2008/17mins ... Read more
Korean expats spend lazy days in the city of love, in the latest offering from Hong Sang-soo (Woman on the Beach, MIFF 07). ... Nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival, prolific South Korean director Hong Sang-soo's latest film tackles the peculiar existential ... Read more
“It's that good, from the incredible opening sentence to the surprising ending. Don't miss it. Really.” - New York Post ... On 4 April, 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated in one of the 20th century's momentous - and soul-destroying - events. That night, America's inner cities erupted in ... Read more
A disarmingly straightforward film whose luminosity and embroidered craft raises what has become commonplace in the digital back into a realm of aesthetic pleasure. --- D/P Francien van Everdingen WS Filmbank TD 16mm/2007/3mins ... Read more
Directed by David Hinton, one of Britain's leading dance screen directors, Nora is based on the true-life stories of Zimbabwean-born dancer Nora Chipaumire. Doused in the rich colours of Mozambique and filled with vibrant movement, it tells Nora's story purely through joyous dance and luscious ... Read more
In the summer on 1936, mountain climbers from all over Europe dream of being the first to climb the notorious Eiger North Face. The two best climbers in Germany, Tony Kurz and Andi Hinterstoisser, share this obsession. And they're convinced that they can make it even though many attempts to scale ... Read more
“They were just like American genre films, but they had Australian actors, Australian locations and everyone spoke in Australian accents. If you show kids these films today they can't believe we ever made them.” - filmmaker Mark HartleyIn the 70s and 80s a uniquely antipodean wave of ... Read more
“Bent Hamer's unique blend of absurdist humour and aching melancholy has never worked better than in O'Horten.” - Screen DailyRailway driver Odd Horten, played by veteran actor Bard Owe, is settled into a lifestyle of comfortable routines, but as he faces retirement, everything is sent awry ... Read more
“I see history as a badly mixed cocktail made of semi-democratic elections, coups, terrorism and corruption.” - Jorge Kanashiro, Peruvian bartender ... Like many South American countries, Peru exists in a constant state of social and political turmoil, largely out of the sight and minds of the ... Read more
“Here was my whole world - home, school, movies and God.”A love song and eulogy to the city of Liverpool, Of Time and the City is director Terence Davies's (Distant Voices, Still Lives; The House of Mirth; The Long Day Closes) homage to the city of his youth, his birthplace and hometown ... Read more
Sex, being cool and the ever-elusive orgasm - it's all so simple when you're 10 years old. ... --- D Anne Sewitsky P Synnøve Hørsdal S Kathinka Nicolaysen WS Norwegian Film Institute L Norwegian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
“Julien Temple's new rock doc is the dog's bollocks. 5/5” - Mojo ... The final film in his trilogy on British music of the 70s sees Julien Temple rewind to a time before The Clash (Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten, MIFF 07) and the Sex Pistols (The Filth & The Fury) when a ... Read more
“Today, pleasure has to be won, just as you win a war.”Plunging into the murky depths of a sectarian pleasure cult, filmmaker Bertrand Bonello - who, incidentally, also composed the film's score - makes a bold statement about one person's exploration of his deepest subconscious. He goes so far ... Read more
About your application - there was just one little thing… ... --- D Hattie Dalton P Ed King, Kelly Broad S Mark Burton WS Memory Box Films TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
“Tony Jaa and his team have once again raised the bar for fight choreography… Outstanding.” - Martial Development ... As the audience at MIFF's Closing Night screening of Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior in 2004 can attest, Tony Jaa's no-CGI, wire-free stylings left jaws hanging slack. For Ong ... Read more
This powerful thriller 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
“In this vision of the South, separate but equal is not only alive and well, it is the dominant mode of interaction.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Founded in 1703, the Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama is America's oldest, and it's still going strong. With the celebrations come traditions rooted firmly ... Read more
“Eroto-horror-satire mixes movie-within-a-movie machinations with graphic sex scenes that will titillate anyone who's ever wanted to see someone shagging an open wound.” - VarietyFilmmaking provocateur Bruce LaBruce's (The Raspberry Reich) latest film features a hoodie-wearing zombie, Otto, who ... Read more
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