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Films In 2012

VULGARIA (Pang Ho-cheung, 2012)
“Lewd, crude and flat-out hilarious.” - Twitch ... Coming from the island that brought us the blockbuster hit 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy, this parody of the Hong Kong film industry lives up … Read more

WADJDA (Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2012)
The first feature ever shot entirely inside Saudi Arabia, by the country's first female director, Wadjda is a boundary-pushing gem. ... Centred on the simple premise of a young girl who desperately w… Read more

"Essential viewing for those frustrated by the media's seeming inability to digest one of our moment's most important stories" - Hollywood Reporter ... Having redefined civil disobedience for the dig… Read more

WEREWOLF BOY, A (Jo Sung-hee, 2012)
"Writer-director Jo Sung-hee has crafted a highly watchable and affecting, genre-crossing work that emphasizes human emotion and interaction over horror." – Film Journal International ... … Read more

"What is This Film Called Love? is everything The Story of Film is not: it's fun, cheeky and daft, and it's personal, emotional and a bit sad." – The List ... Structured as a visual letter… Read more

WHAT MAISIE KNEW (David Siegel,Scott McGehee, 2012)
"A heartbreakingly perceptive … closely observed and deeply emotional drama." – Screen Daily ... Loosely based on the 1897 novel by Henry James, this very New York update follows th… Read more

WHAT RICHARD DID (Lenny Abrahamson, 2012)
"An engrossing and intelligent drama that throbs in the mind for hours after the final credits." – The Guardian ... Eighteen-year-old Richard, a golden boy from Dublin's privileged south s… Read more

WHEN I SAW YOU (Annemarie Jacir, 2012)
"One of the best works to come out of the current explosion in filmmaking in the Middle East." – Indiewire ... Jordan, 1967. Eleven-year-old Tarek and his mother have been displaced from their … Read more

WORLD NOT OURS, A (Mahdi Fleifel, 2012)
"Mahdi Fleifel's passionate, ironic, bittersweet A World Not Ours … flips storytelling and Mideast-Arab cliches on their heads, while weaving an irresistible mood of amused melancholy." –… Read more

Many will ask why Anders Breivik went on his killing spree. Many still ask why they didn't die. ... Acclaimed Dutch documentarian John Appel had the germ of an idea: to make a film about coincidence … Read more

Yardbird (Michael Spiccia, 2012)
A young girl living in a remote wrecking yard is forced to take on the town bullies when they travel out to torment her father. ... Selected for competition at Cannes. ... D Michael Spiccia P Jessica… Read more

You Know What I Love You (Natalie Cunningham, 2012)
A charming portrait of the filmmaker's 94-year-old Greek grandmother, combining flashes of gentle humour with poignant moments of sadness. ... D/P/S Natalie Cunningham L Greek w/English subtitles WS … Read more

You Like It I Love It (James Vaughan, 2012)
Two brothers killing time in a series of ambiguous vignettes that create a mood both playful and unnerving, taking us through the looking glass of middle-class Australia. ... D/S James Vaughan P Oliv… Read more

Zoo, The (Sophie Hayward, 2012)
A surreal and absurdist black comedy set during a dinner party where the line between civilisation and pack animal behaviour disappears altogether. ... World Premiere. ... D/S Sophie Hayward P Ruth M… Read more

[REC] GENESIS (Paco Plaza, 2012)
“[REC] Genesis is possibly the sweetest, most endearing film I've seen in quite some time; throat rips, chainsaws, gut munches and vicious possessed included.” - Fangoria ... Paco Plaza (co-direc… Read more

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