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Films In 2009

“Anyone who can make Hitchcock uneasy deserves closer examination.” - Senses of Cinema ... When filmmaker Serge Bromberg found himself stuck in a lift with the widow of Henri-Georges Clouzot, he learned of a lost cinematic treasure not seen by a wider audience: footage of the incomplete 1964 ... Read more
Strap on your 3D glasses for a voyage into the outer reaches of deep space on Melbourne's biggest screen at IMAX. ... Join seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis as they embark on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. See the solar system in eye-popping 3D. ... Read more
A buddy movie gone wild. ... When the doorbell rings in the middle of the night, happily married Ben finds his comfortable life shaken up by the return of old college buddy Andrew, a Kerouac-wannabe rambling hipster. ... As the two rekindle their old friendship (through drinks and partying) an old ... Read more
An audacious coming-of-age comedy about the relationship between a mother and son, from a talented auteur barely out of his teens. ... Sixteen-year-old Hubert is a volatile teenager at war with his kitsch, working-class mother Chantale. Locked in a toxic relationship that frequently explodes in ... Read more
Schemes can come true. ... When family man Steve Russell (Jim Carrey) has a near-death experience his American dream starts to feel a little less dreamy. Jumping out of the closet and straight into jail for fraud, Russell meets blue-eyed southern boy Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor), his soul mate ... Read more
A Deep Throat for the mind. ... --- D/P/S Valie Export WS SixPackFilm L German w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
A portrait of a woman caught between the trauma of the past and the illusion it can create in the present. ... --- D/S Edwin McGill P Annie Flynn, Jason Byrne L English, Russian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
A low-tech toy story that even Pixar would envy. ... Something's stirring in the attic. Toys are springing to life and creating a fantastical world from everyday recycled objects. It's all tea-parties and train rides until Buttercup disappears into the Land of Evil and it's up to Teddy, Mr ... Read more
“Raya Martin's weather-beaten melodrama is one hallucinatory emotional hothouse.” - Time Out New York ... With fake backdrops, overacting, deliberately rough effects and a black and white 1:33 aspect ratio, Independencia harks back to golden era of 1930s cinema to tell an earnest tale about a ... Read more
“Our documentary history shouldn't be forgotten.” - filmmaker John Hughes ... In 1946 celebrated Dutch documentarian Joris Ivens defied his government and released a radical film supporting Indonesian independence. This feature documentary revisits Australia's early relationship to its northern ... Read more
“This ain't your daddy's World War II movie.” - filmmaker Quentin Tarantino ... Once upon a time in Nazi-occupied France, a rag-tag group of badass Jewish-American cowboys, led by the redneck, half-Apache Indian Lt Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), gave Hitler's men their just desserts - ambushing ... Read more
At one with nature, filmmaker Richard Tuohy explores the texture of the Ironbark tree common to the Australian bush. ... --- D/P/S Richard Tuohy L no dialogue TD 16mm/2009 ... Read more
“We only make pictures because we need to and we have to.” - Mike Kuchar ... Compulsively reinterpreting 20th Century Fox spectacles of the 1950s in their Bronx apartment with an auntie's Super 8 camera, George and Mike Kuchar's earliest productions starred their mother and neighbourhood ... Read more
Laetitia and Yeliz are about to graduate as hairdressers and open a salon, but first they plan to party. ... --- ... D/S Claire Burger, Marie Amachoukeli P Isabelle Madelaine WS Dharamsala L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009 ... --- ... D/S Claire Burger, Marie Amachoukeli P Isabelle ... Read more
The joy of a young indigenous boy's birth disintegrates as it reveals a much darker truth. ... --- D Dena Curtis P Darren Dale S Rhea Stephenson WS Blackfella Films L Warrumungu w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
Known as the unofficial curator of Australian architecture, John Gollings is a wizard who can turn a building into an award-winning piece of art. Combining his two loves, architecture and photography, this man has conceived the most memorable of architectural images - whether detailing the modern ... Read more
Join an epic pilgrimage to Mecca with this glorious IMAX cinema extravaganza. ... In 1325, a 21-year-old student set out alone from Tangiers and became one of the greatest human travellers the world has ever seen. His journey to Mecca was a pilgrimage that would span 30 years, endanger his life and ... Read more
Being confined to a wheelchair doesn't mean you can't dance. ... --- D Hsieh Chun-Yi P Hsiao-Fen Chang L Taiwanese, Mandarin w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
“Think remake of Mutiny on the Bounty using Dogville as an aesthetic blueprint.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Japan's recent economic recession has fuelled the revival of left-wing dissident Takiji Kobayashi's 1929 novel Kanikôsen. This remade film version from director Sabu comes as a ... Read more
“What is the reality of our environment and why are we unable to see past the illusion of this place we call home?” - filmmaker Chris Chong Chan Fui ... Against a backdrop of bright, fast-paced karaoke pop this unhurried coming-of-age tale moves with the leisurely languor of a humid Malaysian ... Read more
“At once a road movie, a revenge narrative and a compassionate study of the drawn-out effects of trauma… a remarkable achievement.” - Edinburgh Film Festival ... In the Romanian Carpathian Mountains, a woman sets out to silence the demons of her past by avenging herself against the man ... Read more
A Czech look into the lives of others. ... Loyalty, history and regret take centre stage for university professor Pavel Josek, lauded for standing up to the communist regime when it counted most. But as a TV documentary starts to focus in on the facts of his past, new truths are uncovered which may ... Read more
There's horror lurking in every suburban kitchen… but the devil is in the detail. ... --- ... D David Short L no dialogue TD digibeta/2009 ... --- ... D David Short L no dialogue TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
“Kosmos is nothing less than cosmic in scope… beautifully shot, and profoundly imaginative.” - Hollywood Reporter ... From the sweeping snow-driven plains on the edge of Turkey emerges a mysterious stranger, a fugitive from nowhere, sobbing as he runs into the arms of a city frozen in ... Read more
“Yes, this is one of the finest dance films ever made, but there's more to it than that.” - New York Times ... Setting his gaze on Paris's Palais Garnier, prolific documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman (Primate, showing in this year's Wild Things program) opens up the inner workings of an ... Read more
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