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Films In 2011

"Packs an unexpectedly powerful emotional punch. It's the road-trip romance reinvented, remapped." - Village Voice ... Will Shepard (Ben Foster, The Messenger, MIFF 2010) is a cartographer travelling through Armenia, investigating the accuracy, or 'truth', of the ground as mapped by satellites ... Read more
“A dark masterpiece.” - Toronto International Film Festival ... One of Japan's ambassadors of extreme cinema, Sion Sono (Cold Fish, MIFF 11; Guilty of Romance, MIFF 11) turns his hand to restaging Furuya Minoru's eponymous manga against the actual disaster-ridden landscapes of the 2011 tsunami ... Read more
"You and me are goin' on a car-ride to hell... and you're riding shotgun!" ... At the end of the line in a crime-ridden city, a hobo is looking for a fresh start. What he finds is an urban hell run by a murderous crime lord and his psychopathic sons. There's only one way to clean up the city: with ... Read more
A global glimpse into the tumultuous, evolving experience of being 11 years old. ... Filmmaker Genevieve Bailey spent four years travelling the world talking to 11-year-olds to compose this gentle, funny and often affecting documentary portrait of cross-cultural childhood. From an orphanage in ... Read more
“A witty, involving, upbeat story about kids and the miracle of life... delightful and uplifting.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Eleven-year-old Koichi and nine-year-old Ryunosuke are as close as brothers can be. But when their parents divorce, the two find themselves living hundreds of kilometres ... Read more
Meet Chad Morgan, the dentally challenged king of Australian country music. ... For almost 60 years, Chad Morgan has been one of country Australia's quintessential and most beloved troubadours. A man who has come to represent the comic voice of the Australian outback, Morgan, now 78, still tours ... Read more
The life of a cake shop worker might seem dull and routine, but her imagination turns the world into a strange and dangerous place. ... D/S Daniel Koerner P Virginia Kay WS Plot Media TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
A search for a dropped toy uncovers a mysterious tunnel in this uncanny debut film from award winning music video and commercial director Adam Berg. ... D Adam Berg P Magdalena Jangard, Kristina Wibom S Jens Jonsson WS Swedish Film Institute L Swedish w/English TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
"(An) often mesmerising tableau of a dance of death." - Screen International ... Saturday April 26th, 1986. In the 36 hours following the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, Communist party member and white-collar worker Valery Kabysh has seen the panic of his superiors, and has learnt the ... Read more
“A disquieting, heartbreaking look at American crime and punishment.” - Hollywood Reporter ... In 2001 two young Texan men were convicted of a horrific triple murder. One received a life sentence; the other was sentenced to death. ... Part of Werner Herzog's Death Row project, which also ... Read more
Michael lives with his daughter Marie. Today, their monotonous life takes a dramatic turn. ... In competition at Cannes 2011. ... D/S Nicolas Roy P Mena"c Raoul, Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette WS Travelling Distribution L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
This tribute to radical Japanese writer-director Masao Adachi is the first in a series of retrospectives from filmmaker Philippe Grandrieux (A Lake, MIFF 2009). ... Grandrieux's incendiary series is dedicated to filmmakers informed by a sense of deep political agitation - a criteria that far-left ... Read more
Industrial chemist. Martial artist. Film extra. Father. Teacher. Poet. Pensioner. Warrior. One man. One life. It's him... Terry Lim! ... D Angus Sampson P Jo de Fina TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
MIFF favourite Don Hertzfeldt (The Meaning of Life, MIFF 05; Billy's Balloon, MIFF 99), returns with this mixed-media stick figure animation about a man with acquired brain damage. Hertzfeldt's most ambitious work to date is a moving exploration of time, memory and mortality. ... D/P/S Don ... Read more
You have to focus on the beautiful if you're going to live in Italy. ... The lease on their apartment is up and Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi (Suddenly, Last Winter) must decide whether to stay in Italy or leave. Having witnessed the exodus of many friends already, Gustav thinks it's time to go ... Read more
“It's ambitious enough to aim at polished, intelligent character drama, and pulls it off successfully.” - The Guardian ... Actor Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade) takes his seat in the director's chair after nearly a decade with this Southern Gothic ensemble melodrama set in 1969 and influenced ... Read more
“Jean Epstein disappeared over half a century ago… but the aura of Epstein, defender of great ecstasies, has only continued to grow.” - Cinema historian Nicole Brenez ... Jean Epstein: Young Oceans of Cinema is a stunning portrait of French film theorist and avant-garde filmmaker Jean ... Read more
Each year, the Jeonju International Film Festival commissions three filmmakers to create low budget digital shorts to premiere for its annual highlight - the Jeonju Digital Project. ... With An Heir, Jean-Marie Straub interprets texts by Alsatian writer Maurice Barrès to investigate his conflicted ... Read more
The preciousness of youth and all of its disasters. ... Jess, 18, and Moss, 12, spend a lazy summer together on a derelict farm in rural Kentucky. With their families strangely absent, the pair occupy their time exploring, playing, bickering, sharing secrets and trying to understand how they've ... Read more
"A paean to perfectionism and a crafty bit of food porn." - Hollywood Reporter ... Jiro Ono is the oldest chef in the world to be awarded three Michelin stars, and at 85 remains monomaniacally devoted to his craft. With his tiny 10-seater Tokyo sushi restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, receiving notice ... Read more
John Evagora follows up his MIFF Best Short Film award winning 296 Smith Street (MIFF 08) with another portrayal of Melbourne's fringe population, this time focusing on a professional shoplifter. ... D/S John Evagora P Polly Staniford TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
“Balances sweet and sour in just the right doses” - Variety ... Ten-year-old Jojo lives alone with his security guard father, a sometimes erratic man of few words. Missing his absent mother, a country singer, Jojo finds solace in an unexpected friendship with an abandoned baby jackdaw. ... Read more
"For me, as for anybody, it is hard to live in prison, and I do not want to die here. But if I have to, I will have no hesitation. What I believe in is worth dying for." - Mikhail Khodorkovsky ... Once one of the richest men in the world, Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky suffered a fall of ... Read more
Ben Wheatley follows up his deft debut Down Terrace (MIFF 2010) with a cross-genre gem that starts as a sedate suburban drama before driving off the rails completely. ... Jay is having a tough time - his marriage is on the verge of breakdown, and he hasn't worked for months. So when his old friend ... Read more
A totally twisted, deep-fried, Texas redneck murder story. ... Killer Joe may mark director William Friedkin's (The French Connection, The Exorcist) return to filmmaking after a five-year absence (last seen with Bug, MIFF 07), however it's the calculating performance from Matthew McConaughey that ... Read more
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