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Films In 2011

“You are naïve if you take a pop at a big multi-national and not think they'll come at you.” ... A confronting documentary that captures the repercussions of Swedish director Fredrik Gertten's film BANANAS!* (MIFF 10) - investigating the successful lawsuit of 12 Nicaraguan workers against ... Read more
A former children's television mascot, the puppet-like Blue has been largely forgotten by the world. Grappling with his own irrelevance and struggling to hold down a dead-end waiting job, Blue is shocked one day by some twisted, tragic news from his past. ... Awarded the 50th Semaine De La Critique ... Read more
"Chess and me - it's hard to take them apart." - Bobby Fischer. ... A Grandmaster by the age of 16, Bobby Fischer was to many the greatest chess player who ever lived. A prodigal superstar to adoring fans, and an enigmatic presence whose madness overtook his genius, his trajectory saw him reduced ... Read more
A multiple award winner, Robert Morgan's (The Cat with Hands, MIFF 02) Bobby Yeah is a nightmarish claymation tale about a petty thug who kidnaps a bizarre creature and presses a button that he shouldn't. ... D/S Robert Morgan P Robert Morgan, Alain de la Mata, Geoff Cox L no dialogue TD HD Cam/2011 Read more
Bogland is the a quirky tale of two Sápmi girls seeking answers to their heritage. ... Screens as part of the Swedish Shorts package. ... D Jonas Selberg Augustsén P Freddy Olsson WS Swedish Film Institute L Sami w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
“One of the finest accomplishments from the freewheeling new generation of Chilean filmmakers.” - Variety ... United through a shared passion for the written word, college students Julio, an inveterate liar, and Emilia, a punky rebel, embark on an incandescent, unsustainable love affair ... Read more
Daniel Borgman (Lars and Peter, MIFF 09; Berik, MIFF 10) delivers a moving tale of a boy who believes that his much-loved grandfather is still alive and possessing the power to reanimate dead animals. ... Screens with Nana (France, 68 mins). ... D Daniel Joseph Borgman P Katja Adomeit S Daniel ... Read more
In 1978, New Zealander Kerry Hamill and two friends aboard the yacht Foxy Lady took shelter from a storm, accidentally straying into in Cambodian waters. ... One man was shot dead when the boat was boarded by the Khmer Rouge. Hamill was held for months at the notorious S-21 Prison, and then ... Read more
"Your horse is a mirror to your soul. Sometimes you might not like what you see." - Buck Brannaman ... Fresh from a rapturous reception at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received the 2011 Audience Award, Buck is the story of colt breaker Buck Brannaman. The inspiration for The Horse ... Read more
A box office hit in Belgium, the crime drama Bullhead takes us on a disturbing journey into the darkened soul of a broken man. ... In the expanses of the farmlands of Flanders, the hulking Jacky tries to live a quiet existence on his family's cattle ranch. Haunted by a horrific childhood tragedy ... Read more
“Serves as a call to action against abuse of students by their peers.” - Variety ... With millions of kids every year suffering schoolyard persecution at the hands of their peers, bullying is the most prevalent form of violence young people experience. From teasing to cyberbullying to the ... Read more
Stranding his ship in the Alps, the misadventures of Captain Hu are brought to life with simple line animation. ... D/S Basil Vogt P Basil Vogt, Catherine Ann Berger WS Trickbüro L no dialogue TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
David Short (Kitchen Horror, 2010) finds horror the everyday. This time carpet fibres generate a nightmarish experience. David Short is a guest of the Festival. ... D/P David Short L no dialogue TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
“Jean-Baptiste Léonetti's mesmerizing first feature recalls the bitingly literate social commentary of Albert Camus, Aldous Huxley and Franz Kafka… with a little Terry Gilliam (circa Brazil) thrown in for good measure.” - Smells Like Screen Spirit ... In a dystopian future that frowns ... Read more
“A wistful, equally tender and raunchy comedy of self-discovery… the jokes sing as well as zing.” - New York Times ... Tim Lippe (The Hangover's Ed Helms) is a naive 34-year-old insurance salesman who has never moved out of the family home. But his life begins to open up after he's ... Read more
“This tonally razor-sharp debut by helmer Levan Akin oozes authenticity and filmmaking savoir-faire.” - Variety ... An acutely observed ensemble piece about a dinner party that goes off the rails, Certain People centres on a group of self-absorbed, arty thirty-somethings set to enjoy a ... Read more
“Both winsome and sophisticated, Chicken with Plums unfolds like a rich Persian carpet woven of memories and nostalgia in a colourful fantasy Iran of 1958.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Celebrated Tehran-based violinist Nasser Ali Khan (Mathieu Amalric) is so sad he has decided to die. His ... Read more
"An amazingly accomplished and complex first feature from Iranian-American writer-director Maryam Keshavarz." - Hollywood Reporter ... Two 16-year-old best friends, Atafeh and Shireen, coming of age under the repressive theocracy of Iran, are struggling to deal with their burgeoning desire for one ... Read more
A mother brings her reluctant son to the hospital for an ambiguous procedure. ... D/P/S Martin Thibaudeau L French w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
Memory and mortality collide as a man reflects on a former relationship during a brief moment in time before a life-changing event. ... D Nick Matthews P David Ngo S David Ngo, Nick Matthews WS Projector Films TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
A young Australian tourist visiting Croatia in 1999 has an unexpected encounter with a Serbian woman in a land torn apart by war. ... D/S Anna Helme P Ruth Morris WS VCA School of Film & Television L Croatian, English, Serbian w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
“Reflections, philosophically and politically sophisticated, on the relationship of film to reality, time, place, memory and death mix with subtle, telling, elegant images to produce intellectually provocative cinema.” - Time Out London ... An ongoing project of Barcelona's Centre of ... Read more
Slip backstage at the world's most famous nude dance revue. ... Founded in 1951, Paris's legendary Crazy Horse cabaret is a fixture of the city's nightlife. Famous for its elaborate nude dance spectacles, the club's celebration of sensuality, eroticism and the female backside is distinctly French ... Read more
First a boy is forced to run. Then he runs on his own. Then he watches someone else run. Winner of the Palme d'Or for Best Short at Cannes 2011. ... D/S Maryna Vroda P Les 3 Lignes, Maryna Vroda WS Les 3 Lignes L Russian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010 ... Read more
“I'm trusted with a pair of scissors and I'm in here for murder”. ... The Scottish Prison Service hairdressing competition is just around the corner and Francis, the current champion, is getting ready to defend his title. Cutting Loose demystifies life behind bars while following several of the ... Read more
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