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Films In 2009

Dreams from the Woods (Johannes Nyholm, 2009)
Dreams and reality merge in shadow puppet theatre, with a mesmerising story about a girl, a bird and death. ... --- ... D/S Johannes Nyholm P Johannes Nyholm, Andreas Jonsson L no dialogue TD 35mm/20… Read more

DREAMS IN COPENHAGEN (Max Kestner, 2009)
A voyeuristic ode to the buildings and landscapes of Denmark's capital. ... A tribute to the physical surroundings that shape the lives of Copenhagen locals, Max Kestner's documentary avoids historic… Read more

EASTERN PLAYS (Kamen Kalev, 2009)
Two brothers on opposites sides of the ideological fence, two families brought into each other's lives. Can one senseless act help make sense of their world? ... Georgi is a 17-year-old skinhead on a… Read more

“All the evil in the world comes from the fact we care about one another.” ... Now in his 100th year, the world's oldest working filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira brings another great work to MIFF aft… Read more

Echo (Magnus von Horn, 2009)
The powerful echo of two schoolboys' actions resonates as they reconstruct their crime and relive the pain of what they have done. ... --- ... D/S Magnus von Horn P Polish National Film School L Poli… Read more

EDEN IS WEST (M) (Costa-Gavras, 2009)
“A playful modern fairytale about a serious subject.” - Variety ... Costa-Gavras (Z, Missing, Music Box) takes a different tack on the immigrant experience in Europe with Eden is West, a bittersw… Read more

ELEANOR’S SECRET (Dominique Monfery, 2009)
The fairy tales of the world are under threat - and only one unlikely hero can save them. ... An inheritance of books doesn't mean much when you can't read, and that's exactly what seven-year-old Nat… Read more

ENDGAME (Pete Travis, 2009)
“A moment of political history too sensitive to be revealed for more than a decade.” - Guardian ... From Pete Travis (Vantage Point) comes Endgame, a political thriller that follows the precariou… Read more

ENTER THE VOID (Gaspar Noé, 2009)
“A wild, hallucinatory mindfuck for adults… defies cinema convention in every way.” - Screen International ... Gaspar Noé (Irreversible) continues his standing as one of cinema's most div… Read more

ENTREPRENEUR, THE (Jonathan Bricklin, 2009)
“If there were an Olympic category for self-confidence, Malcolm Bricklin would win gold hands down.” - filmmaker Jonathan Bricklin ... At an age when most men start putting their feet up and cash… Read more

EVERYONE ELSE (Maren Ade, 2009)
“Brilliant dissection of a relationship and, more subtly, of class relations in contemporary Germany.” - Hollywood Reporter ... The second film from filmmaker Maren Ade (The Forest for the Trees)… Read more

EXPLODING GIRL, THE (Bradley Rust Gray, 2009)
The turmoil and romantic confusion of a 20-something college student plays out over a laconic summer in New York. ... As New York stretches and groans under her feet, college student Ivy returns to r… Read more

FILM IST. A GIRL & A GUN (Gustav Deutsch, 2009)
“A film is a girl and a gun.” - D.W. Griffith ... Gustav Deutsch puts the famous axiom to the test with this continuation of his Film ist. project, delivering his most stunning and erotically cha… Read more

FIRST SQUAD: THE MOMENT OF TRUTH (Yoshiharu Ashino, Misha Shprits, Aljoscha Klimov, 2009)
As the forces of the Third Reich clash with the Red Army on the Eastern Front, a hidden war is waged between Nazi occultists and a Russian psychic. ... In 1942, as Nazi Germany marches on the Russian… Read more

FISH TANK (Andrea Arnold, 2009)
Co-winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes this year, along with Thirst (also screening as part of this year's Neighbourhood Watch program). ... The second feature from Andrea Arnold (Red Road, MIFF 07) d… Read more

FLICKAN (Frederik Edfeldt, 2009)
“A haunting, poetic portrait of childhood solitude.” - Variety ... Relegated to the care of a flaky aunt when her parents go on holiday, a nine-year-old girl finds herself left to her own devices… Read more

FORWARD MOTION (Joe Murray, 2009)
Forward Motion is a package of premium British screen dance films that inspired a generation. Expertly chosen by high profile dance makers Wendy Houston, Michael Clark, Russell Maliphant, Akram Khan,… Read more

Franswa Sharl (Hannah Hilliard, 2009)
When his dad's competitive streak gets out of hand Greg finds that remaining number one son requires a certain amount of ingenuity. ... --- ... D Hannah Hilliard P Linda Micsko S Hannah Hilliard, Gre… Read more

FUCK OFF POLICE CAR (Bryan Little, 2009)
“It's a band that changed South African music, and that's as big a legacy as you can get.” ... Putting together an Afrikaans punk band started out as a kind of joke for the members of Fuck Off Po… Read more

GENIUS WITHIN: THE INNER LIFE OF GLENN GOULD (Michèle Hozer, Peter Raymont, 2009)
A fascinating look at a legend in the classical music scene, which delves into the man behind the carefully cultivated public persona. ... Renowned for his interpretations of Bach, pianist Glenn Goul… Read more

GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, THE (Steven Soderbergh, 2009)
“Soderbergh has captured an America in which the line between selling out and selling yourself has never been thinner.” - Entertainment Weekly ... As the 2008 elections come to a head and the US … Read more

Glenn Owen Dodds (Frazer Bailey, 2009)
So you don't believe in the Supreme Being, the creator of the universe, the almighty God? Then you haven't met Glenn Owen Dodds. ... --- ... D Frazer Bailey P Bec Dakin S Trent Dalton TD digibeta/200… Read more

Great Man and Cinema (Jim Finn, 2009)
A modern-day faux propaganda film made in the style of North Korea's nationalistic Juche cinema. ... --- ... D/P/S Jim Finn L Korean w/English subtitles TD betacamsp/2009 ... --- ... D/P/S Jim Finn L… Read more

GREEN DAYS (Hana Makhmalbaf, 2009)
The bloody violence of the 2009 Iranian elections explodes onscreen in this audacious film by 21-year-old Iranian filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf. ... A new wave of hope has sent the Iranian people singing… Read more

Hen Night (Friedl vom Gröller, 2009)
A silent view of six women and their interaction with the camera, showing how the camera's presence always creates an inauthentic moment. ... --- ... D/P/S Friedl vom Gröller WS SixPackFilm L no dia… Read more

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