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Films In 2009

The children of Kosovo survive in the aftermath of war, each with their own gripping, surreal and sad stories of memory, loss and fear. ... --- ... D Birgitte Staermose P Jesper Morthorst S Peter Asmussen WS Danish Film Institute L Albanian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009 ... --- ... D Birgitte ... Read more
“A vital and - considering the current debate over the constitutionality of gay marriage - very timely cinematic assault on the hypocrites in our midst.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Controversial filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film is Not Yet Rated, MIFF 06) flings Washington's closet door wide open ... Read more
A polished mystery story set in a South Korean border town about a man seeking to escape the demons of his past, and the enigmatic women entangled in it. ... They say the mist that wraps around the city of Paju is from the soldiers who fell there during the Korean War, but for Joong-shik it's a ... Read more
Photos taken at Cannes are transformed into a collection of blurred silhouettes, grey streaks and iconoclasm where perfection usually reigns. ... --- ... D/P/S Siegfried A. Fruhauf WS SixPackFilm L no dialogue TD 35mm/2009 ... --- ... D/P/S Siegfried A. Fruhauf WS SixPackFilm L no dialogue TD ... Read more
Filmmaker Inger Lise Hansen turns architecture and space on its head, showing how much our perspective is ruled by habit. ... --- ... D Inger Lise Hansen P OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz WS SixPackFilm L no dialogue TD 35mm/2009 ... --- ... D Inger Lise Hansen P OK Center for Contemporary ... Read more
“A loopy series of character studies, centered on a woman with writer's block and a younger one who benignly stalks her.” - Variety ... Suffering from a severe case of writer's block and frequent bouts of somnambulism (including recurring sleep-baking), novelist Celimene (Chiara Mastroianni) ... Read more
A brief silent encounter between a man and a woman on the Passage Briare in Paris becomes a respite from the fear of getting old. ... --- ... D/P/S Friedl vom Gröller WS SixPackFilm L no dialogue TD 16mm/2009 ... --- ... D/P/S Friedl vom Gröller WS SixPackFilm L no dialogue TD 16mm/2009 ... Read more
“Even Franz Kafka would find it hard to credit the systemic injustice denounced in Petition.” - Screen International ... In his quest to give voice to the unheard masses of China, filmmaker Zhao Liang spent 12 years gathering footage, much of it secretly filmed, to tell a story of the plight of ... Read more
“Bring down corruption, give me my human rights!” That's the cry heard early in Zhao Liang's Petition, a searing indictment of China's politically controlled legal system. ... Zhao Liang spent more than a decade involved with the community of desperate citizens who journey to Beijing from all ... Read more
“Even Franz Kafka would find it hard to credit the systemic injustice denounced in Petition.” - Screen International ... Giving voice to the unheard masses of China, filmmaker Zhao Liang spent 12 years gathering footage, much of it secretly filmed, to tell a story of the plight of thousands ... Read more
'It's mesmerising and, to that extent, forcefully confronts us with the ugliness of industrialisation.' - Times ... Under 4.3 million hectares of boreal forest in Canada lies a mixture of sand and crude oil known as the Alberta Tar Sands. As the world's second-largest oil reserve it has become the ... Read more
It's said that you save 50% energy when you're satisfied with 90% of perfection - this film is about the last ten percent. ... Eighty-eight keys, 230 strings on a cast iron frame, a weight of 480 kilograms - Steinway Pianos technician Stefan Knüpfer works with these ingredients to seek the ... Read more
“One of the best films about the world of modelling and an honest portrayal of an industry built on artifice.” - Guardian ... After tagging along with his partner, model Sara Ziff, to photo shoots and castings, Ole Schell saw the makings of a film - a visual diary of Sara's experiences within ... Read more
A disquieting tale of teenage prostitution on the Polish-German border. ... In the early 90s, with the border controls removed between Poland and Western Europe, adolescents in a struggling Polish town find a way to get a piece of the affluence to be found just across the river in Germany - by ... Read more
Two strangers worlds collide and they are both changed by the experience. ... --- D/S Sian Davies P Selin Yaman TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
Forced to flee after witnessing a murder, a man finds a way to turn the tables on his pursuer. ... --- ... D André Bergs P Chris Mouw, Arnoud Rijken, Michiel Snijders S Jan Eduards WS NPO Sales L no dialogue TD 35mm/2009 ... --- ... D André Bergs P Chris Mouw, Arnoud Rijken, Michiel ... Read more
The story of footballer Toa and tough-as-nails tuba-player Anela. Can they let their guards down and accept each others' help? ... --- ... D/S Joel Moffett P Mark Wolf TD digibeta/2009 ... --- ... D/S Joel Moffett P Mark Wolf TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
The true story, told through vibrant animation, of a New Zealand soldier who finds redemption in the hell of the WWI battlefields. ... --- D James Cunningham P Paul Swadel S David Coyle WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2009 --- D James Cunningham P Paul Swadel S David Coyle WS NZ Film Commission TD ... Read more
“A grown-up love story that's rambling, quirky and sharp-eyed.” - Screen International ... Pippa (Robin Wright Penn) seems to have the perfect life. A model spouse to her older husband (Alan Arkin), she spends her time throwing dinner parties and socialising. But something's amiss behind the ... Read more
8 members, 25 egos, 6 livers. ... Down in the bayous of southern Louisiana, rock ‘n' roll came to a halt in the early 60s and meshed with country and Dixie blues, giving birth to swamp pop - a combination of lovelorn lyrics, jangling honky-tonk pianos, undulating bass lines, bellowing horn ... Read more
"Destined to be remembered as the film that made riveting 22-year-old Alicia Vikander a star in her big-screen debut." - Variety ... When aimless 20-year-old former prostitute and high-school dropout Katerina sees Mozart's Requiem on YouTube she decides this is the world she wants to live in ... Read more
When interviewed by a boy with Asperger's syndrome expect to answer all the tough questions, especially if he's your son. ... --- D Mike Rauch, Tim Rauch P Mike Rauch, Tim Rauch, Dave Isay, Sarah Kramer TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
The untold story of the wild rabbits that lived in the Death Zone between the Berlin Walls. ... --- ... D/S Bartek Konopka, Piotr Rosolowski P Anna Wydra, Heino Deckert WS Deckert Distribution L German w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 ... --- ... D/S Bartek Konopka, Piotr Rosolowski P Anna ... Read more
“Deep, dark Yorkshire Noir.” - Independent ... Brilliantly adapted from the novels of David Pearce and directed by filmmaker Julian Jarrold (Brideshead Revisited, Kinky Boots), Red Riding: 1974 is first instalment of the Red Riding trilogy, three films that chronicle the real-life Yorkshire ... Read more
“They attempt to map the circulatory system of evil, how a place can become poisoned in its bloodstream.” - Independent ... The Red Riding trilogy takes on a harder edge in this second instalment directed by filmmaker James Marsh (Man on Wire, MIFF 08). In Red Riding: 1980 we return to ... Read more
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