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Films In 2012

"Riveting ... A treat for fans of opera, the performing arts, and documentaries about process." - Variety ... A film for anyone interested in the creative process and the collaborative nature of theatre, Becoming Traviata is as much an engrossing behind-the-curtains look at the contemporary staging ... Read more
A who's who of Korea's film scene come together in the scathingly self-aware new mockumentary from rising star E J-yong (The Actresses, MIFF 2009). ... As the cast and crew of an unnamed new film arrive on set, they're surprised to discover that the director, E J-yong himself, isn't there. Indeed ... Read more
Two brothers. One donkey. On a mission to find Superman. ... In 1990, two Kurdish orphans catch a glimpse of a Superman film screening and set off to find the hero they believe has the power to fix all their problems. While intending to make it to the USA, the homeless brothers' quixotic journey ... Read more
“[Strickland is] a British director who is independent in the truest sense.” - The Guardian ... Director Peter Strickland (Katalin Varga, MIFF 09) lifts the curtain on cinematic sound production in this story of hapless audio engineer Gilderoy (Toby Jones, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), who finds ... Read more
There is always something authentic concealed in every forgery. ... MIFF Patron Geoffrey Rush stars alongside Donald Sutherland, Jim Sturgess and newcomer Sylvie Hoeks in this mystery drama set in a high-society world of art deals and closed doors. Virgil Oldman is an elegantly eccentric art ... Read more
“I wanted to make a very simple and a very naïve film on the interactions between human beings and animals.” - filmmaker Denis Côté ... At the same time a compelling meditation and a bizarrely humorous piece of visual composition, Côté's (Curling, MIFF 10) latest film, named for the ... Read more
“Ginger Baker just hit me in the f***ing nose.” - Jay Bulger, director ... Wild, cantankerous, and given to rock ‘n' roll excess, Ginger Baker is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest drummers. Best known for his work with supergroups Cream and Blind Faith, Baker has also been ... Read more
“A brilliant, scary portrayal of irrationality and fear in Europe's dark heart.” - The Guardian ... When twenty-something Alina arrives in Moldavia to remove her childhood friend Voichita from an Orthodox monastery, she doesn't reckon on the unyielding force of religion and devout Voichita's ... Read more
Josh Safdie (The Pleasure of Being Robbed, MIFF 2008) and his brother Benny's playfully timeless tribute to Albert Lamorisse's The Red Balloon is a charming fantasy following a rogue black balloon that escapes a bouquet of its brethren to float about New York interacting with humans and ... Read more
"I was angry, I wrote things down. Stupid, not dangerous." ... In a culture of fear, the line between victim and aggressor becomes hard to trace. But Sean, a high-school outcast, finds himself on the wrong side of that line when he posts a revenge-fuelled tirade online. The comments spark the ... Read more
A pirated-DVD seller in love with the daughter of the local pub owner imagines moments from his life as scenes from classic films, with a big song and dance finale. ... Screens as part of the Blackfella Shorts package. ... D/S SF Tusa P Andrew Arbuthnot TD HD Cam/2012 ... ... Proudly presented by ... Read more
"A love letter to 1920s European silent film, liberally mixing humor and melodrama." - Hollywood Reporter ... The Brothers Grimm get a sumptuous reinvention in Blancanieves, the new silent, black-and-white offering from writer-director Pablo Berger, which won the Goya Award for Best Picture. ... Read more
A heartwarming exploration of what makes people break down and the love that might heal and restore. ... Eleven-year-old Skunk Cunningham lives in North London with her older brother Jed, dad Archie (Tim Roth) and au pair Kasia. Despite her diabetes and a crush on her schoolteacher (Cillian ... Read more
"Intensely moving … a bracing emotional roller coaster." - Hollywood Reporter ... A huge hit in its native Belgium and winner of the Berlin Panorama's Audience Award, Felix van Groeningen's (The Misfortunates, MIFF 2009) fourth feature is an out-and-out tearjerker. ... When two ... Read more
Claire has lost all her dreams but one: the dream of being an artist. After accepting a job drawing the covers on greeting cards, she must fight to keep her last dream from dying in this gothic urban fairy tale. ... D Isabel Peppard P Warwick Burton S Isabel Peppard, Warwick Burton TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
Inspired by a poem by Jorie Graham, this visual embodiment of an obscure poetic form known as an "exploded Petrarchan sonnet" is a tribute to the 17th-century natural philosopher, chemist, physicist and inventor Robert Boyle. ... D/P David Gatten S Robert Boyle L no dialogue TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
“Ever since I discovered art, this cell has truly become a prison.” - an inmate in Caesar Must Die ... The setting is Rome's Rebibbia Prison; specifically, its maximum-security section, which houses drug traffickers and mafiosi. Theatre director Fabio Cavalli is working with the inmates to ... Read more
"Masterful ... a meaty, never-sensationalistic political thriller that benefits from its slow-burn approach." – Variety ... In 1970s Sweden, Iris is a troubled 14-year-old groomed in the world of child prostitution. As she is drawn further into a sordid industry with links to the country's ... Read more
“If we keep hiding, they will say we are not here.” - David Kato ... In Uganda, a new bill threatens to introduce the death penalty for homosexuality, and jail terms for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. David Kato - the country's first openly gay man - and his fellow GLBTI (or ... Read more
"Tsangari's surrealist-inspired haute couture-clad fantasy The Capsule - about a dominatrix and her female disciples - impresse[s] with the confidence of its vision." - Sight & Sound ... Commissioned by art collector Dakis Joannou, Athina Rachel Tsangari (Attenberg, MIFF 2010) created this film and ... Read more
"A road movie/coming-of-ager that's so wondrously quirky and simpatico with its subjects, it'll hold audiences' hearts captive long after its magical end." – Variety ... In the pretty town of Numazu, two young sisters discover their estranged father is dying and are sent by their ... Read more
When a suicidal writer is asked to look after his neighbour's wheelchair-bound daughter, he is forced to reassess his choices in this sweet tragicomic drama. ... D Raphael Elisha P Kristy Fuller S Ron Elisha TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
“Charles Bradley's rise to the limelight is utterly amazing.” - Spin magazine ... Charles Bradley has been a self-made James Brown impersonator for many years, but at 62 - an age at which many musicians might start reflecting on their long-past heyday - he's shifted away from his tribute act to ... Read more
“People can now see what's happening. Climate Change is not a political issue; it's a humanity issue. It affects everyone on the planet." - Producer Paula DuPre Pesmen ... Since An Inconvenient Truth brought the science of Earth's shifting climate to the screen, the divisive topic has been at the ... Read more
“Nearly two decades after the war, we live in an endless ‘today' and are afraid to look into a ‘tomorrow'.” - Director Aida Begi? ... Ghosts of the past loom large in Sarajevo, where the transition from wartime to reconstruction remains incomplete, and corruption and violence thrive ... Read more
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