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Films In 2011

“Whit Stillman's whimsical campus comedy is an utter delight.” - Variety ... Violet (Greta Gerwig) is a sweet-natured, eccentric sophomore at a recently co-ed New England campus. Along with her friends Rose, Heather and Lily, Violet has grand ideas about improving the lives of her fellow ... Read more
“Solondz's most waywardly endearing film - his gentlest triumph.” - Time ... In a suburban world where every character knows their true value in the social order, 35-year-old man-child Abe (Jordan Gelber) lives in a state of underachieving arrested development with his parents (Christopher ... Read more
For fifteen years filmmaker Thomas Imbach has filmed the world that lies outside his Zurich window. ... As the landscape changes, so does his life: his father dies, a baby is born and hundreds of messages are left on his answering machine. Through the shifts in season, through personal disasters ... Read more
"A gritty and stylized urban thriller with strong social overtones ... marked by solid performances and a convincingly dark atmosphere." – Hollywood Reporter ... In the Moroccan port city of Tetouan, three down-on-their-luck thieves – naive Malik, fundamentalist Soufiane and ex-con ... Read more
The passage of an anonymous figure through a remote and desolate geographical environment becomes a metaphysical journey through landscapes of the mind. S.J. Ramir is a guest of the Festival. ... D/P/S S.J. Ramir WS Light Cone L no dialogue TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
Nassiem Valamanesh's (Side by Side, MIFF 09) distinctive voice and visual style shines through in this film about a man who wakes up to a world where no one can talk. ... D/S Nassiem Valamanesh P Selena Tan TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
Clark makes a series of cruel bets with a homeless man, while Clark's girlfriend Becca watches in horror. Adam Brody, Louisa Krause and Keith David star in this provocative, pitch-black comedy written by Neil LaBute. ... Screens with Dark Horse (USA, 84 mins). ... D Nathaniel Krause P Andrew ... Read more
The first of the 'Dreileben' television series, a collection of three stand-alone films created by three prominent German filmmakers about a fictional small town plagued by an escaped criminal. ... Working in a clinic as an intern, teenager Johannes finds love a struggle when he falls for Bosnian ... Read more
"Unexpected connections between strangers and friends, and the past and present, are the motor of Dreileben: Don't Follow Me Around." - Variety ... Police psychologist Jo is brought to the town of Dreileben to help hunt down a dangerous sex offender hiding in a nearby forest, but when she ... Read more
"Beautiful, chilling and tragically ironic." - Hollywood Reporter ... Hunted by police after escaping captivity, sex offender and killer Molesch is on the run in the woods on the outskirts of Dreileben, as police inspector Marcus Kreil closes in on him. Finding safety in the forest, Molesch's ... Read more
"A magnificent homage to US crime films from the late 1970s and '80s." - Screen International ... Driver (Ryan Gosling) is good at what he does. A stunt driver by day, a getaway driver by night, he's aloof, unflappable and professional, with no other ties to this world. But when Driver falls for ... Read more
When two policemen arrive on Kristi's doorstep asking about human trafficking, she learns her cleaning lady may not be who she says she is. Who should Kristi believe - the cops or the woman who has been working for her? ... D Anke Blondé P Dirk Impens S Bert Van Dael, Sanne Nuyens, Anke Blondé L ... Read more
Two young thieves unexpectedly discover their Christmas spirit and re-evaluate their lives during a break-in, in the directorial debut by Outrageous Fortune actor Tammy Davis. ... D/S Tammy Davis P Ainsley Gardiner, Chelsea Winstanley WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
"An exquisite study of a rapidly expanding cemetery at the center of Mexico's drug wars." - Variety ... In Mexico, the war on drugs has become a literal war, resulting in the bloodiest conflict since the Mexican Revolution. Nearly 35,000 people have been killed since 2007, and the narco-cemetery at ... Read more
"A wise and impeccably controlled drama that finds Russian helmer Andrey Zvyagintsev in outstanding form." - Variety ... Elena dotes on her selfish, wealthy husband Vladimir and lives a lonely life surrounded by luxury in a sterile, ultra-modern penthouse. But when the aging Vladimir informs Elena ... Read more
Eli is a young wrestling fan trying to make sense of the racial violence surrounding him. When the time comes, he must play his part. ... D/S Miranda Nation P Dominic Allen, Miranda Nation TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
An attempt to export the hit US TV show Everybody Loves Raymond to Russia makes for a front row seat to a comedic culture-clash. ... Everybody loves Raymond, but can the love extend to far Eastern Europe? Writer-director Phil Rosenthal, who created the hugely successful American sitcom, explores ... Read more
"A bristling little Australian indie that lands its many punches with pungent power." - Hollywood Reporter ... After Greg (Vince Colosimo) is attacked by a young employee outside his home, he finds his life and his relationship with wife Claire (Sigrid Thornton) turned upside down, as a ... Read more
An Iranian female ‘buddy' movie about a taxi driver and a transsexual. ... Two women - poles apart in background and belief - find themselves awkward travelling companions in a desperate car ride through Tehran. Conservative Randa is covertly driving her jailed husband's taxi; upfront pre-op ... Read more
Three young African refugees in Melbourne's inner-west find that love is never simple - especially when they all have eyes for the same girl. ... Beniam, Ramsy and MJ are best friends. Hanging out at the Flemington housing commission flats they call home, the three Africans share a tight bond and a ... Read more
"Bleak, wry and darkly comic... an impressive command of tone keeps things grounded right until a delicious finale." - Variety ... Filmmaker Stéphane Lafleur (Continental, a Film Without Guns) mixes gentle humour with absurd circumstance and traces of sci-fi in Familiar Ground, a dark trip into ... Read more
A personal portrait of family dysfunction, told via a series of unearthed VHS home movies from the mid-1990s overdubbed with a new soundtrack. ... D/P Dustin Guy Defa TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
“Benoît Jacquot's venom-tipped account of palatial intrigue and royal oblivion.” - Variety ... Farewell, My Queen is an opulent yet intimate chronicle of the panicky last days of the French monarchy as seen through the eyes of one of Marie Antoinette's ladies-in-waiting. Based on the ... Read more
“Good doesn't exist, but evil does.” ... Goethe's version of the Faust legend gets a dense and idiosyncratic reinterpretation at the hands of Russian master Aleksander Sokurov (Russian Ark) ... Soaked in an intoxicating cascade of imagery reminiscent of the Dutch masters, the story of one man's ... Read more
Adam Yauch's 2010 tongue-in-cheek homage to the Beastie Boys' breakthrough song, Fight For Your Right (to Party), picks up where the original video left off. ... Essentially an extended showcase video for the Beastie's last album, The Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2, it reveals what happened after Mike ... Read more
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