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Films In 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. ... Kin won the Film Victoria Award For Best Film (Undergraduate & Honours) at the Victorian College of ... Read more
"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 sorts. Stuck in the middle of a generation- spanning blood feud between Irish Traveller clans ... Read more
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. Gratz WS Gratz Film TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
“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. Gruff and unchivalrous, Rubén is dismayed to discover she has a baby in tow. Jacinta's attempts to ... Read more
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 TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
"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 Aki Kaurismäki (Lights in the Dusk, MIFF 2007) once again taps into a vein of tender, optimistic ... Read more
“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 Picture: the Painter will never come back. The fully completed Alldunns, who consider themselves the ... Read more
"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 Epstein comes along with a fresh, eye-opening look at the final decade of Lennon's life following his ... Read more
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 w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
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 capturing something about their lives on 24 July 2010 - an attempt to create a unique snapshot of a day on ... Read more
"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 Sydney Dance Company made a surprising announcement: their new artistic director, a job at the ... Read more
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 S Callum Cooper in collaboration with the Oni family L English, sign language w/English subtitles TD ... Read more
“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 Habicht's documentary about the construction of a fictional love story merges snippets of narrative ... Read more
“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 Life follows a group of 20-somethings who spend their days debating abstract ideas of love, poetry and ... Read more
"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 Pranksters', and proceeded to drive across the United States while filming the entire thing - a bus ... Read more
“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 Lustig) Alexandre Aja (Haute Tension, MIFF 04) and stars Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) ... 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, emotionally shattered young woman named Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) makes a dawn escape from a cult compound ... Read more
"[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 portrait of two star-crossed thirty-somethings, isolated in their tiny apartments, insulated by an online ... Read more
"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 backdrop of imminent apocalypse. Melancholia explores the relationship between two sisters, the ... Read more
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 of a roadworks site to observe an unusual and unexpected ceremony. ... D/S Andrew Kavanagh P Ramona ... 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 split their sides watching his wacky antics, whilst wannabe comics aspired to his prolific career, from ... Read more
"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 leads an ordinary life, with an average car, a nice house and a nice normal girlfriend who lives ... Read more
"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 was a virtuoso jazz musician whose brief life blazed brightly with ability, charisma and hedonism ... Read more
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 nightclub attack on the eve of the competition. Over three terrifying days her fate becomes inexorably ... Read more
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 pupils traumatised, 55-year-old Algerian immigrant Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag) is hired as a ... Read more
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