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Films In 2011

A father and daughter live in self-imposed exile on the edge of a remote salt lake until the arrival of a mysterious man on the verge of death forces them to confront the things they've been hiding from. ... D/S Matthew Richards P Brendan Guerin, Matthew Richards WS VCA School of Film & Television ... Read more
“Touching, enormously satisfying … poised for breakout success.” - Variety ... A ruthlessly competitive search for perfection, the Youth America Grand Prix is the world's largest and most prestigious student ballet competition, awarding young dancers scholarships to leading dance schools ... Read more
"A smart, well written and deftly executed confrontation between a father and son who may be more alike than they would choose to believe." - Screen International ... Comedy meets bitter family drama in Joseph Cedar's (Beaufort, MIFF 2007) Footnote, a high-spirited skewering of academic pomposity ... Read more
In Fungus, the noisy protests of a neighbour whose husband just died compels Katrin to face her ex. ... Screens as part of the Swedish Shorts package. ... D Charlotta Miller P Emma Sahlgren WS Swedish Film Institute L Swedish w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
“A compelling meditation on dreams that doubles as an exposé of how cheap those dreams have become, Futures Market is a wise and fulfilling film.” - Variety ... Rotterdam Film Festival Tiger Award winner (for The Sky Turns, MIFF 05) Mercedes Álvarez returns with a visually exquisite and ... Read more
“Ugliness is, in a way, superior to beauty, because it lasts.” - Serge Gainsbourg ... Singer. Poet. Artist. Actor. Filmmaker. Novelist. Troublemaker. Icon. ... Serge Gainsbourg lived an extraordinarily unlikely life. As a child, he fled Nazi-occupied Paris with his Jewish family, and made his ... Read more
A starving fugitive, on the run from the police, is confronted with his crimes by his own subconscious. ... Director Dahci Ma is a guest of the Festival. ... D/S Dahci Ma P Jay Jeong WS Premium Films L Korean w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
“It's really not at all hard to be swept along by [Girimunho]'s manifold visual and aural pleasures.” - Hollywood Reporter ... At 81, Bastu (playing herself) enjoys partying with friends ‘til the wee hours. One morning, she wakes to find her husband dead and is forced to rethink her life ... Read more
When thirty-something Hanna finds herself at a party full of 20-year-old men, she has to get over her discomfort in order to become ‘one of the boys'. ... Screens with Pure (Sweden, 97 mins). ... D Fijona Jonuzi P Emma Kjellander WS Swedish Film Institute L Swedish w/English subtitles TD ... Read more
A Thai refugee trying to start a new life in a Malaysian fishing village is haunted by the absence of her child. ... D/S Woo Ming Jin, Jeppe Rønde P Edmund Yeo, Patricia Drati, Tine Fischer L Thai, Malay w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
“You can't be young enough. Youth is beautiful, there's a luminosity, and that is what my eye is trained to see.” - Model Scout Ashley Arbaugh ... In rural Siberia, model scouts and agencies scour the countryside in search of beautiful young girls on the cusp of pubescence to satisfy Japan's ... Read more
"A perfect storm of cronyism, tabloid journalism, public prejudice and corruption." - Variety ... A murder mystery, a courtroom drama and an exposé of endemic corruption in the Philippines, Give Up Tomorrow takes in Cebu's 'Trial of the Century' - the case of Paco Larranaga, who was sentenced to ... Read more
A 12-year-old autistic girl and Western Bulldogs fan crosses paths with a runaway teenage boy and a kind policewoman while finding her way home. ... D/SJackie van Beek P Aaron Watson, Jackie van Beek WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
“I wrote a movie about asking people to be nice where we kill a whole bunch of people.” - Filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait ... Comedian-turned-filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait (World's Greatest Dad, MIFF 10) propagates his blackly comic style of social commentary in a film that takes aim at the many ... Read more
“An elegantly assembled and deeply moving remembrance of Cambodian cinema... pure poetry.” - Variety ... Between 1960 and 1975, Cambodia produced over 400 films, making it one of the most vibrant cinematic cultures in South-East Asia. But when the Khmer Rouge tore the country apart, they ... Read more
"A suspenseful and moving portrait of modern censorship." - indieWIRE ... Arrested just before completion and finished in clandestine circumstances, Good Bye is Mohammad Rasoulof's searing indictment of the plight of women in contemporary Iran. ... In a decaying Tehran permanently on edge, Noora's ... Read more
The first full-length feature film made in Rwanda by a Rwandan filmmaker. ... With this groundbreaking debut feature, writer-director Kivu Ruhorahoza presents a multi-layered film within a film, where art mimics reality and, more disturbingly, reality begins to mimic art. ... Grey Matter revolves ... Read more
Japan's prince of transgressive cinema, Sion Sono brings us an erotic, psychosexual tale of sex, money and murder. ... With this risque, noir-esque film, director Sion Sono (Love Exposure, MIFF 2009; Cold Fish, MIFF 2011) presents a story based on a true-life crime, offering his trademark view on ... Read more
An ambitious experimental docudrama, Hail draws from the life experiences of its star: ex-criminal and jail-cell philosopher Danny Jones. ... Both epic love story and autobiography, the audacious Hail is the culmination of six years of collaboration between director Amiel Courtin-Wilson (Bastardy ... Read more
While visiting his hometown, a man is hit by a car. The shock of the accident delivers a moment of awareness as long-forgotten memories tumble through his mind while he drifts out of consciousness. ... D/S Arnaud Bénoliel P Olivier Bohler, Raphaël Millet L French TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
"A beautifully made, quietist and contemplative work... a delicately romantic and even subtly erotic love story." - Guardian ... In rural Japan, three lovers face the consequences of infidelity and the complications of motherhood, along with other larger questions, in this film about humanity and ... Read more
“We follow individuals that are of most importance to each other, but they are not honest to each other.” - Björn Runge, director ... Preceded by Daybreak (which won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale) and Mouth To Mouth, the final film in Börn Runge's ‘liberation' trilogy follows five very ... Read more
The unfailingly prolific Takashi Miike returns with this magnificently acted retelling of Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 masterpiece Harakiri. ... Set in feudal Japan during a long stint of peace, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is the story of impoverished ronin Hanshiro, played with passionate intensity ... Read more
Visionary director Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Ploy, MIFF 08) returns with another dreamlike journey through Bangkok's criminal underworld. ... When a job goes terribly wrong, cop-turned-hitman Tul suffers a bullet to the head that leaves him in a coma for three months. When he awakes, Tul finds his vision ... Read more
Ghostly and beautiful, Siegfried A Fruhauf's (Palmes d'Or, MIFF 09; Realtime, MIFF 03) Heavy Eyes is hypnotic cinema of abstraction and Neo-Expressionism. ... D/P/S Siegfried A. Fruhauf WS SixPackFilm L no dialogue TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
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