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Films In 2011

Kin (Rudolf Fitzgerald-Leonard, 2011)
As two brothers go in search of their mentally ill father, who is missing in the Victorian snowy mountains, younger brother Lachlan is forced to confront the changing dynamics within his family. ... … Read more

KNUCKLE (MA15+) (Ian Palmer, 2011)
"Brilliantly brutal and intriguingly insightful... superbly records a subculture where violence and honour come knuckle-to-knuckle." - Screen International ... James Quinn McDonagh is a champion - of… Read more

Kubla Khan (Joan C. Gratz, 2011)
Academy Award winning animator Joan C. Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase) brings Samuel Taylor Coleridge's famous poem to life with her distinctive 'clay painting' technique. ... D/P Joan C. Gr… Read more

LAS ACACIAS (Pablo Giorgelli, 2011)
“A little masterpiece of understated resonance and humility.” - The Independent ... Middle-aged lumber trucker Rubén is tasked with driving country-woman Jacinta from Paraguay to Buenos Aires. G… Read more

Las Palmas (Johannes Nyholm, 2011)
A resort populated and staffed by marionettes endures one very disruptive baby, in this new film from MIFF regular Johannes Nyholm. ... D/P/S Johannes Nyholm WS Swedish Film Institute L no dialogue T… Read more

LE HAVRE (Aki Kaurismaki, 2011)
"A continual pleasure, seamlessly blending morose and merry notes with a deftness that's up there with Kaurismäki's best comic work." - Variety ... In his second French-language film, Finnish auteur… Read more

LE TABLEAU (Jean-François Laguionie, 2011)
“Jean-François Laguionie's consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages.” - Variety ... A rumour has been spreading through the Pict… Read more

LennoNYC (Michael Epstein, 2011)
"New York became a part of who John and I were. We couldn't have existed the same way anywhere else." - Yoko Ono ... Just when you thought nothing new could be said or seen of John Lennon, Michael Ep… Read more

Leonids Story (Rainer Ludwigs, 2011)
The tragedy of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, as told by a family who were directly affected, is rendered both real and surreal through animation. ... D/S Rainer Ludwigs P Tetyana Chernyavska L Russian… Read more

LIFE IN A DAY (PG) (Kevin MacDonald, 2011)
A historic cinematic experiment shot by thousands of people in 192 countries, Life in a Day is the true story of a single day on Earth. ... Last year, YouTube asked its users to upload a film capturi… Read more

LIFE IN MOVEMENT (Bryan Mason, Sophie Hyde, 2011)
"Life in Movement has become much more than a biography or even a tribute to Liedtke's unique character and talent… this film is a moment of triumph." - Advertiser ... In 2007, the prestigious… Read more

Little Brother (Callum Cooper, 2011)
A teenager uses his hearing impairment to escape his reality and the responsibility of looking after his wheelchair-bound brother. ... Callum Cooper is a guest of the Festival. ... D/P Callum Cooper … Read more

LOVE STORY (Florian Habicht, 2011)
“A peon [sic] to the people on New York's streets, an absurdist rom-com, a flawless comic subversion; I'm not sure what Love Story is. Possibly genius.” - Critic ... New Zealand director Florian … Read more

LOW LIFE (Nicolas Klotz, Elisabeth Perceval, 2011)
“From Cocteau to Garrel, there's long been an intensely oneiric strain to French cinéma fantastique, of which Low Life is a powerful example.” - Film Comment ... Set in present-day Lyon, Low Lif… Read more

MAGIC TRIP: KEN KESEY'S SEARCH FOR A KOOL PLACE (Alex Gibney, Alison Ellwood, 2011)
"You're either on the bus or off the bus." - Ken Kesey ... In 1964, author Ken Kesey hired a bus, bought an insane amount of LSD, collected a bunch of likeminded individuals whom he dubbed the 'Merry… Read more

MANIAC (Franck Khalfoun, 2011)
“A sadistic art-house bloodbath.” - Hollywood Reporter ... A remake of William Lustig's notorious 1980 hit of the same name, this version of Maniac is adapted by screenwriter and producer (with L… Read more

"Olsen gives a magnificently ambiguous performance... and Durkin knows precisely how much information to reveal and how much to leave frighteningly implicit." - The A.V. Club ... A beautiful, emotion… Read more

MEDIANERAS (Gustavo Taretto, 2011)
"[A] sweet, hip homage to Buenos Aires and love in the visual, virtual age." - Hollywood Reporter ... With all the big-city bustle and romantic neuroses of a Woody Allen film, Medianeras is a portrai… Read more

MELANCHOLIA (Lars von Trier, 2011)
"A mesmerizing, visually gorgeous and often-moving alloy of family drama." - Telegraph ... From Danish agitator Lars von Trier (Antichrist, MIFF 2009) comes a compelling family drama, set against the… Read more

Men of the Earth (Andrew Kavanagh, 2011)
The second in director Andrew Kavanagh's filmic observations of tribalism and ritual in contemporary society, Men of the Earth follows on from At The Formal (MIFF 10), taking us behind the stop sign … Read more

All hail the king of comedy. ... It will surprise few to discover that star of stage and screen Jerry Lewis has sought to amuse others since he was five years old. Since that early age, audiences spl… Read more

MICHAEL (Markus Schleinzer, 2011)
"A triumph of uneasy cinema: Not since Todd Solondz's Happiness has a movie portrayed pedophilia in such uncomfortable detail." - indieWIRE ... A hard-working employee in an insurance firm, Michael l… Read more

MICHEL PETRUCCIANI (Michael Radford, 2011)
"A soulful portrait of an artist who allowed nothing to stand in the way of his embrace of life and his huge talent." - Hollywood Reporter ... Short in stature but big in talent, Michel Petrucciani w… Read more

MISS BALA (Gerardo Naranjo, 2011)
A virtuosic action/thriller set in the world of Mexican beauty queens and drug cartels. ... Laura, a young woman with aspirations of becoming Miss Baja California, gets caught up in a vicious nightcl… Read more

MONSIEUR LAZHAR (Philippe Falardeau, 2011)
Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Monsieur Lazhar is a deeply moving character study. ... When a respected and well-liked Montreal middle school teacher takes her own life, leaving her … Read more

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