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Films In 2010

In-camera visual effects create a series of composite images to represent the view from ten platforms along the busy Yamanote train line in Japan. ... D/P Tomonari Nishikawa L no dialogue TD 16mm/2010 ... Read more
Acclaimed Polish writer-director Dorota Kędzierzawska (Time to Die, MIFF 2008) presents a quiet, humble film about the indignities of childhood and the persistence of hope. ... Petya, Vasya and Lyapa are alone in the world. Homeless and orphaned, they drift across the wintry Russian landscape like ... Read more
A documentary, a road movie and an explicit feature. ... Activists, artists, writers, musicians, sex workers and porn stars of various sexual (dis)orientations and gender expressions - they are the intrepid ‘pussy posse', hell-bent on championing a feminist manifesto that sets out to both ... Read more
Five kilos of cocaine, an Algerian father with a shadowy past and an Islamophobic bailiff collide on 11 September 2011. ... When foul-tempered civil servant François (the charismatic Hippolyte Giradot) arrives at a rundown Parisian apartment to serve an eviction notice on Mohand ... Read more
A stubborn Scotsman with limited French sets off on a mission in Paris. Stars Jamie Sives from Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (MIFF 2003) and television's Game of Thrones. ... D Vincent Vizioz P Marie Darel S Vincent Vizioz, Marianne Tardieu WS 4A4 Productions L English, French w/English subtitles TD ... Read more
A documentary love letter to the LA singer-songwriter scene of the early 70s that took the world by storm. ... As the heady days of 60s political folk started to decline, LA found itself home to the rise of a new singer-songwriter movement - one that, by the time the 70s had rolled around, had ... Read more
A young woman's psychedelic experience in Badlands National Park forms the basis of Ben Russell's (MIFF 2008, 2010) exploration of cinema and transcendence. ... D/P Ben Russell L no dialogue TD HD CAM/2010 ... Read more
"A further example of Romanian virtuosity." - Village Voice ... After ten years of marriage, Paul juggles the easy familiarity of his wife and child with the playful passions of his mistress. But a chance meeting in a waiting room brings the three parties together and pushes Paul to make the ... Read more
“More than my other films, Uncle Boonmee is very much about cinema, that's also why it's personal. If you care to look, each reel of the film has a different style - acting style, lighting style, or cinematic references - but most of them reflect movies. I think that when you make a film about ... Read more
Veteran director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Not One Less) brings us a story of youthful passion amid the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution of 1970s China. ... With her father a political prisoner, trainee teacher Jing is sent to a provincial village as part of her 're-education'. There ... Read more
Their dream holiday became their worst nightmare. ... For Beth and Harry, the perfect romantic escape means doing something different, and going somewhere that's remote, secluded and completely uninhabited. But when they charter a boat to drop onto an isolated coral island, what seems at first like ... Read more
As Russian planes begin to bomb Georgia, a Russian woman and her daughter board a bus to escape - but will they be discovered? ... --- ... D/S George Barbakadze P Scott Gustetter, Lazaro Hernandez L Russian, Georgian w/English subtitles TD betacamsp/2010 ... --- ... D/S George Barbakadze P Scott ... Read more
Violent, kinetic and sexy, crime thriller Viva Riva! stares down the barrel of Kinshasa's savage criminal underworld, shattering staid preconceptions of African filmmaking. ... Cocky small-time gangster Riva steals a priceless truckload of petrol; flush with illicit cash, he embarks on a hedonistic ... Read more
“One of the best comeback stories in show business history.” - LA Times ... From 1984 to 1994, a group of ambitious young animators - including the likes of Tim Burton and John Lasseter - came together to revive Walt Disney Animation from the depths of bankruptcy and despair. They created ... Read more
"Energetic and exciting... a fascinating portrait of 'wasted youth' of all ages." - Screen International ... In a modern Athens ravaged by the exploding financial crisis, teenager Haris is just happy that his school is closed. He spends his time skateboarding around the capital in search of girls ... Read more
Jake Scott - son of Ridley Scott (Alien), nephew of Tony (True Romance) - propagates the family filmmaking gene with this new take on the chivalry-for-the-destitute theme. ... Doug (James Gandolfini) searches outside his marriage for sexual fulfilment following the death of his teenage daughter and ... Read more
When Lake Denial dries up and bogan mates Jack, Kevin and Blandy are caught up in a supernatural incident, just getting by becomes a struggle. ... --- D Alethea Jones P Richard Davies, Veeran Naran S Richard Davies TD digibeta/2010 --- D Alethea Jones P Richard Davies, Veeran Naran S Richard Davies ... Read more
“Everyone believes they know something about prostitution, particularly when he or she has never been to a brothel.” - Michael Glawogger ... Director Michael Glawogger takes us on a global tour of the world's oldest profession in the final instalment of his triptych on the nature of work ... Read more
A black comedy that proves surviving your friends can sometimes be as hard as surviving your enemies. ... When professional hit-man Victor (Bill Nighy) has a change of heart, he ends up saving kooky kleptomaniac Rose (Emily Blunt) instead of killing her. With bumbling witness Tony (Harry Potter's ... Read more
"Already a poet and novelist, Li Hongqi is also a talented filmmaker, here managing to dot an ultra-minimalist slice of life with speckles of wry deadpan humour." - Time Out London ... The monotony of life gets the absurdist comedy treatment in Winter Vacation, a stark presentation of life in a ... Read more
"[You Are Here] offers a series of episodes that slide over one another like a palimpsest... That tingle in your frontal lobe means that it's working." - Cinema Scope ... When a reclusive woman (the late Tracy Wright) discovers a mysterious recording, she begins unpicking an impossibly complex ... Read more
"A serious dash of Miike weirdness... One of the most memorable closing shots ever." - Twitch Film ... In 2004, MIFF favourite Takashi Miike (see 13 Assassins, also in this year's program) directed a deranged superhero parody about a geeky teacher who dons striped tights to crush crime as Zebraman ... Read more
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