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Films In 2010

“I'm living proof that things go wrong in America and I'm also living proof that things can go right.” - Merle Haggard. ... Country music legend and poet of the common man Merle Haggard takes centre stage for this candid documentary that, just like the man himself, tells it like it is ... Read more
A humorous animated film about inner demons, crushing parental expectations and a career meltdown. It's tough to be a modern woman. ... D/S Joanna Rubin Dranger P Lisbet Gabrielsson, Jeremy Purcell, Michael Lennon, Vibeke Vogel, Elise Lund Larsen WS Swedish Film Institute L Swedish w/English ... Read more
“If John Cassavetes had ever made a sci-fi thriller, it probably would've looked and sounded a lot like this.” - Variety ... Six years ago a NASA space probe crashed to earth with a shipload of alien stowaways on board - in the time since, a massive swath of the Mexico-US border has been fenced ... Read more
A tribute to a pioneer of modern rock journalism. ... In New York City in 1968 a revolution was under way in a tiny club called Max's Kansas City. When Andy Warhol's Factory superstars collided with the underground music scene at Max's, punk rock was born. It would be the new sound of the world ... Read more
“There are echoes of Michael Haneke's work in this rambling, nightmare journey through the dark soul of Russia.” - Screen International ... In the frozen, dark Russian countryside truck driver Georgy's routine run becomes a journey into an unforgiving world. Brutal local police, mysterious ... Read more
New Zealand audiences have embraced this charming, oddball comedy about the challenges of cross-cultural love. ... When Chinese-New Zealand film student Emily meets the daggy-but-adorable James, they fall for each other almost instantly. Everything seems perfect, but there's just one little ... Read more
"Raúl Ruiz's head-spinning Mysteries of Lisbon is a period drama of contemporary import - and of the highest order." - Variety ... The fate of a dozen characters intertwine over three decades, as one man's journey to find his parents takes him on a continent-spanning odyssey in Mysteries of ... Read more
Some people need to be taught a lesson. ... In the urban wastelands of 1970s Glasgow, 12-year-old John McGill is an outlier. Quiet, studious and uncommonly intelligent, he exists in contrast to his alcoholic, abusive father, gang leader brother and repressed, ineffectual mother. But as he enters ... Read more
Six hundred thousand people have filed past her cage each year. Seven days a week, winter and summer. For 37 years. ... Humans are heard but never seen in this wry documentary that turns its focus squarely on Nénette - a 40-year-old orangutan born in Borneo and caged in the Menagerie at ... Read more
With this adaptation of the best-selling novel by Haruki Murakami, acclaimed Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung (The Scent of Green Papaya, Cyclo) has created a dark and strikingly haunting film about love and loss. ... A young college student is pulled towards two very different women in ... Read more
An extraordinary viewing experience that has to be seen on the big screen. ... With this film, set in one of the driest place in the world - Chile's Atacam desert - filmmaker Patricio Guzmán uses the desertscape and the skies above it for a meditation on space, time, history and politics. ... Read more
Sex, lies and filmmaking. ... In Oki's Movie, Hong Sang-soo (Hahaha, MIFF 2010; Night and Day, MIFF 2009), presents a love triangle told in four chapters. The woman at the centre of the affair is Oki, a university student majoring in film and simultaneously wrestling with the romantic expectations ... Read more
"Sebastián Silva has emerged as one of cinema's greatest young talents." - indieWIRE ... The follow-up to Silva's Sundance prize winner The Maid (MIFF 2009), Old Cats cracks open the toxic dynamics of a mother/daughter relationship to both comic and tragic effect. ... Isadora (92-year-old Bélgica ... Read more
"As violent, amoral and misanthropic as a Jacobean play... arguably [Kitano's] best film in a decade." - Hollywood Reporter ... Legendary director Takeshi Kitano (Hana-Bi, MIFF 1998) returns to the Yakuza genre he has made his own, starring as Otomo, a Yakuza subordinate ordered to bring a rival ... Read more
A compelling exposition of master sculptor Anselm Kiefer's manufactured landscapes. ... Directed by Sophie Fiennes (The Perverts Guide to Cinema, MIFF 06) and produced by Kees Kasander (Fish Tank, MIFF 09) this production is a creative journey into the soul of German artist Anselm Kiefer. A giant ... Read more
Silent, mesmerising and beautiful, this short was inspired by the pastourelle lyric form, which originated with the troubadour poets of the 12th century. ... D/P Nathaniel Dorsky WS Canyon Cinema L no dialogue TD 16mm/2010 ... Read more
Suffering from a mysterious affliction, a young boy is left in the care of a secluded hospital where nothing is as it seems. ... --- ... D/P/S Asuka Sylvie WS VCA School of Film & Television TD digibeta/2010 ... --- ... D/P/S Asuka Sylvie WS VCA School of Film & Television TD digibeta/2010 ... Read more
"I am the messiah of women! I am more powerful than the police!" - Sampat Pal ... Meet the Gulabi Gang, a group of women dressed in defiantly pink saris, railing against India's patriarchal caste system. They are led by Sampat Pal, a former child bride who now fights the subjugation and ... Read more
Three generations of New York women confront the complexities of everyday life in this existential film from Nicole Holofcener (Lovely & Amazing, Friends with Money). ... Kate (Catherine Keener) and Alex (Oliver Platt) are married Manhattanites living comfortably off of their vintage store, from ... Read more
A futuristic utopian world populated with creatures made out of electrical plugs. By Tsuneo Goda, the creator of the popular Domo mascot for Japanese television. ... D/S Tsuneo Goda P Noriko Matsumoto WS Dwarf Inc L no dialogue TD digibeta/2010 ... Read more
Winner of the Best Screenplay prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. ... Filmmaker Lee Chang-dong (Secret Sunshine, MIFF 08; Oasis, MIFF 03) continues his tradition of razor-sharp social critique with his latest feature, a quietly haunting and thought-proking meditation on society's quick-fix ... Read more
An abandoned swimming pool becomes one of New York's most significant music venues since CBGBs. ... When the McCarren Pool opened in Williamsburg in 1936, it was the size of a football field with the capacity to hold 6,800 bathers. When it closed abruptly in 1983, it became a hang out for gangs ... Read more
"A rich mosaic of Indonesia today... poignant, breathtaking, and a singularly stellar vérité triumph." - Sundance Film Festival ... Dutch filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich rounds off his award-winning documentary trilogy about the desperately poor Sjamsuddin family with this affectionate and ... Read more
"A radioactive atmosphere of pure, nauseous evil." - Guardian ... Fans of filmmaker Pablo Larraín's Tony Manero (MIFF 2009) will appreciate his even more unnerving follow-up, set against the backdrop of Chile's murderous 1973 military coup. ... In an oppressive national atmosphere where people ... Read more
How hard can it possibly be to organise a family holiday? ... In Principles of Life, rising star of the Romanian film scene Vlad Ivanov (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, MIFF 2007) plays a self-pitying, middle-aged, middle class suburban man trying his best to arrange a simple family holiday. Beset on ... Read more
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