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Films In 2008

“Quite simply ranks as a work of art.” - Variety ... Filmed over the course of two years, Our City Dreams ushers us into the creative spaces of five women artists - Swoon, Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith, Marina Abramovic and Nancy Spero - each of whom possesses her own energy, drive and passion. These ... Read more
The textured layers of a room's history unfold in a delicate symphony of spectres and sound. ... --- D/P/S Pia Borg WS Royal College of the Arts London L no dialogue TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
“By far the most visually beautiful film in this year's programme… perfectly evoking the Soviet films of the period.” - IndieWIRE ... A doctor working with the first group of cosmonauts in 1961 is caught in a conflict between duty and conscience; his choice could cost him not only ... Read more
An experimental piece featuring local band Magic Dirt, from Palm d'Or winning director Glendyn Ivin. World premiere --- D/P/S Glendyn Ivin TD DigiBeta/2008/12mins ... Read more
An animated rumination on our paved world. Australian Premiere. --- D Bridget Walker TD 2008/4mins. ... Read more
Patti Smith and her poetry wind their way through the streets of New York City, as she voices her thoughts on her neighbourhood and her life. ... --- ... D/P/S Jem Cohen WS LUX TD digibeta/2008 ... --- ... D/P/S Jem Cohen WS LUX TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
Two women's experiences of China's shifting economic forces are explored in this unconventional blend of documentary and fiction. ... Quietly masterful, Emily Tang's Perfect Life discards traditional storytelling conventions to detail the contrasted experiences of two Chinese women in a country ... Read more
Carrying the world on your shoulders is difficult when you're only 16.A drama lived through the eyes of an adolescent. Tony Hobb is not your average 16-year-old - after the death of his father he's left to not only look after his infant brother Charlie but also to care for mum. Juggling school ... Read more
In the orchestra of the post office some letters are held until the recipient calls for it - even when addressed to a higher power. ... --- ... D/S Marcel ozi ski P Dorota Roszkowska L Polish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008 ... --- ... D/S Marcel ozi ski P Dorota Roszkowska L Polish w/English ... Read more
In love for the long haul. ... From celebrated Australian filmmaker David Caesar (Dirty Deeds, Mullet) comes Prime Mover, a diesel-charged romance about ambition, pressure, responsibility, and the love shared by a man, a woman and his truck. ... A funny and moving slice of everyday life mixed with ... Read more
“Volatile male adolescence and adult irresponsibility react together in a claustrophobic hothouse environment.” - Screen International ... Aspiring tennis player Jonas is failing miserably at high school; he receives no support from his divorced parents, who are largely absent, but finds ... Read more
Truth is truly stranger than fiction in this twisting American Gothic tale of sibling rivalry. ... Having left her hometown two decades ago as the macho high school quarterback, Kimberley Reed documents her return as a woman - but her tale of transsexual acceptance is quickly trumped by some ... Read more
A truly beautiful meditation on the poetics of optics, film and foliage; relax, look, listen, enjoy. ... --- D/S Huang Ya-Li P Huang Ya-Li, Chang Wen-Pei WS Huang Ya-Li L Chinese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
An interview with an exiled Persian queen provides a three-dimensional view of the history and culture of Iran. ... A candid interview teases out the nuances of a troubled nation's history, as the notoriously reclusive former queen of Iran, Farah Pahlavi, is interviewed by Iranian ... Read more
Some secrets are kept forever…In the beautiful yet brutal terrain of New Zealand's Urewera Ranges, elderly Maori tribeswoman Puhi has lived through tragedies so powerful that some, including her, believe she is cursed. Caring for her mentally ill son Niki, the only surviving child of 13, her ... Read more
At an oppressive institution for young women, one student realises that there might be more to life, setting the stage for revolution. Directed by Tina Romero, daughter of George A. Romero. ... ---D Tina Romero TD miniDV/2008/12mins Sun 27 July 5pm GU 2014 ... Read more
“One of the exciting things about architecture is that it gives you so many reasons to be modest because there are so many levels on which you can fail.” - Rem Koolhaas ... It's rare for an architect to cause any kind of sensation outside the world of architecture, but Dutchman Rem Koolhaas ... Read more
The 2008 Jeonju Digital Project continues to showcase innovative work of established filmmakers working in the digital format. This year the project brings us three shorts from the dark continent.Expectations, by Chad's Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Dry Season, MIFF'07), sees a man return to his village ... Read more
“With their liveliness, [the filmmakers] hide nothing from the camera - they talk over one another, they speak their mind… They say what they really think and that's what makes the film so lively.” - Berlin Film FestivalButting heads against the hegemony of an older and more conservative ... Read more
Newsreels from the 50s and 60s bring Soviet propaganda to life. ... Following on from his 2005 film Blockade, director Sergei Loznitsa unearths another collection of newsreels from the Soviet Union, this time from the 50s and 60s, to allow a glimpse into a side of the Cold War not often seen in the ... Read more
Frances Daingangan dreamed of being a movie star. A story of transformation, as she learns to move between the ancient life of the Yolgnu and modern world of white culture. --- D Darlene Johnson P Pat Fiske L English and Yolgnu w/English subtitles TD DigiBeta/2008/52mins ... Read more
“Tim and I would get together most days for a cup of tea. He'd moan about the music he wished he was playing and I'd moan about the films I wished I was making. One day I picked up my camera and started recording.” - filmmaker Rhian SkirvingThis feature documentary charts the rise of one of ... Read more
“It really is an amazing story, and [filmmaker Marina] Zenovich does it justice.” - Hollywood ReporterMany people know filmmaker Roman Polanski left the USA 30 years ago following a trial for sexual misconduct with a minor. What most people don't know are the actual circumstances surrounding ... Read more
In the chaos of post-apartheid South Africa, one group of women work tirelessly to better the lives of those most in need. ... Fearless, feisty and resolute, the 'Rough Aunties' are a remarkable group of women, unwavering in their stand to protect and care for the abused, neglected and forgotten ... Read more
A tale of death and rebirth rages in a jungle world of shadowy hands. ... --- D/S Kirk Hendry P Libby Durdy, Ally Gipps TD betacamsp/2008 ... Read more
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