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Films In 2009

'I am an Islamist! I am the Antichrist!' ... It's not often that a book can start its own musical movement, but Michael Muhammad Knight's 2003 novel The Taqwacores, about a group of Islamic punk rockers, inspired a new generation of American Muslims frustrated by the constraints of their religion ... Read more
The dark underbelly of Tehran (known to locals as Tehroun) is laid bare in Nader Takmil Homayoun's feature debut. ... Ibrahim's racket is begging for money from passers-by for himself and his infant son, but in reality the boy is rented from a mob boss purely to gain pity and cash from strangers ... Read more
Francis Ford Coppola returns to his roots with a psychological family drama about two brothers living in the shadow of their father. ... When Bennie tracks down his estranged brother Angelo (Vincent Gallo) in Buenos Aires, the reunion isn't all that he hoped for. Angelo is angry and resentful, but ... Read more
There are three kinds of people in the world - men, women and actresses. ... Six ravishingly beautiful Korean movie stars make light of their professional personae in this witty, tongue-in-cheek mockumentary. ... Coming together for a Vogue Magazine photo shoot, each actress - Youn Yuh-jung ... Read more
A compassionate account of drug dependence, adapted from the true story of a young mother's descent into heroin addiction. ... A young mother-to-be finds her world crumbling around her. Witnessing her mother's abuse at the hand of a alcoholic boyfriend, she escapes into drugs and drink - a ... Read more
Looking for the enemy, they found it where nobody expected - in themselves. ... From acclaimed Croatian filmmakers Goran Devic and Zvonimir Juric comes a film vilifying the crimes of their own people. ... The Blacks follows the tale of a fictional paramilitary group as they set out to retrieve the ... Read more
'So many people knew their songs, but not many people knew the boys.' - Julie Andrews ... Their award-winning work brought success to some of the most memorable films of all time, from Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to The Jungle Book. But while the films and ... Read more
An injured bird puts new strain on an already tough family relationship. ... --- ... D/S Adrian Sitaru P Adrian Sitaru, Monica Lazurean-Gorgan L Romanian w/English subtitles TD 2009 ... --- ... D/S Adrian Sitaru P Adrian Sitaru, Monica Lazurean-Gorgan L Romanian w/English subtitles TD 2009 ... Read more
How far would you go to get back what was taken from you? ... A slow-burning psychological thriller based on true events, The Clinic is the debut feature from Australian writer-director James Rabbitts. ... Expectant mother Beth is drugged and kidnapped from a desolate, outback motel. When she ... Read more
A dramatic psychological thriller about a secret 30 years in the making. ... When a family of four living on a rambling vineyard in Alsace-Lorraine open their doors to a young woman - the victim of a minor car accident - they have little reason to suspect trouble. But Alice brings with her a ... Read more
A short experimental documentary on electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, best known for her work on the Doctor Who theme. ... --- ... D/S Kara Blake P Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre, Kara Blake WS Vidéographe Distribution TD digibeta/2009 ... --- ... D/S Kara Blake P Marie-Josée ... Read more
“Taut, superbly executed and consistently engrossing.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Kidnapped, thrown in a van and locked away in a purpose-built room, it seems the end is nigh for Alice Creed (played by Gemma Arterton). But as with all well-laid schemes, in the end it's the little details that ... Read more
“I may not know where I'm going, but I'll always know where to come home to.” ... The follow-up to one of Indonesia's most celebrated box office hits, 2008's The Rainbow Troops, The Dreamers is adapted from the second book in author Andrea Hirata's tetralogy of best-selling novels based on his ... Read more
Three bands, a van and a harp - a rambling tour through the inception of ‘freak folk'. ... In the summer of 2004, folk-rockers Vetiver joined Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom on a ragtag tour across the US. Vetiver guitarist Kevin Barker filmed it all - the gigs, the time on the road and the ... Read more
'How could such a brilliant man be so deluded?' - Independent ... The youngest person ever to graduate from Harvard Medical School, D. Carleton Gajdusek was a brilliant mind who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on degenerative neurological disorders. Studying diseases in ... Read more
Tower 37 stands alone in a desolate landscape, siphoning every last drop of water, with its lone security guard ignorant to the destruction it is causing. ... --- ... D/S Chris Perry P Daniel Inkeles, Jeanine Dargis L no dialogue TD HDCAM/2009 ... --- ... D/S Chris Perry P Daniel Inkeles, Jeanine ... Read more
“My brain is very important.” - Dr Yoshiro Nakamatsu ... “The brain reaches maximum activity 0.5 seconds before death, then I can suddenly create a breakthrough!” So says Dr Nakamatsu, a Japanese Willy Wonka of random invention, regularly starving his brain of oxygen underwater to get new ... Read more
“This is a fully felt, morally alert, marvellously acted piece of work.” - New Yorker ... Of all the war movies to come out of the USA in the last few years The Messenger is one of the most moving. Its power is based not on special effects or extended battle sequences, but on the strength of ... Read more
Documentary and fiction is blurred to striking effect in this love story between a macho ex-con and a transsexual, former drug addict. ... Mary and Enzo's unusual union commenced behind prison bars and now plays out against the bruised backdrop of Genoa. The memories of this fading world ... Read more
Murder, sex, drugs, art or politics? Sneakers hanging on telephone lines are a powerful urban symbol, but what do they mean? ... --- D/S Matthew Bate P Viron Papadopoulos L English, Spanish w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 --- D/S Matthew Bate P Viron Papadopoulos L English, Spanish w/English ... Read more
Chronicles perhaps the worst moving day ever. Funny, frightening and unexpectedly romantic. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short in 2009. ... --- ... D Joachim Back P Tivi Magnusson, Sam Bisbee, Erika Hampson, Christian Potalivo, Johanne Stryhn Hørby S Anders Thomas Jensen ... Read more
Provocative filmmaker Želimir Žilnik returns with a wry look at the social turmoil plaguing Serbia. ... Žilnik (Kenedi is Getting Married, MIFF 08) weaves an intricate picture of Serbia' s deteriorating socio-economic landscape, which has slipped into chaos since capitalism replaced ... Read more
The touching tale of the irrepressible Irina Markova and her amazing poodles - a Russian circus act with a difference. ... --- ... D Vance Malone P Sarah McMurray L Russian w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 ... --- ... D Vance Malone P Sarah McMurray L Russian w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 Read more
Fate and the metaphysical intervene in the life of a lost actress. ... A film-within-a-film is the catalyst for life-changing events in this homage to prolific filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira from Eugène Green (Le Pont des Arts, MIFF 2005). Strange and ephemeral encounters and lingering shots of ... Read more
Three minutes and 3664 subliminal frames of other films cut out and stuck together by the filmmaker during his days as a projectionist. ... --- ... D/P/S Johann Lurf WS SixPackFilm L no dialogue TD 35mm/2009 ... --- ... D/P/S Johann Lurf WS SixPackFilm L no dialogue TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
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