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Films In 2012

A sensual meditation on art and ageing starring Édith Scob (Holy Motors, MIFF 2012) as a sculptor who is blind who uses her hands to ‘see' the young male model posing for her. ... D Michaël Guerraz P Jonathan Hazan, Alexandre Charlet S Olivier Dreux WS Les Films Du Cygne L French w/ ... Read more
"Stands out for its extraordinary use of space and time, fully grasping the emptiness of lost lives." – Variety ... The debut fiction feature from documentary filmmaker Hala Lotfy, Coming Forth by Day is remarkable not just as a rare example of independent Egyptian cinema, but also as a ... Read more
"Cheerfully smashing perceptions of North Korea as a shuttered nation, Comrade Kim Goes Flying proves that cooperation with the West really is possible, at least in cinema." – Variety ... Comrade Kim is a model of the North Korean work ethic. But despite exceeding her quotas at the ... Read more
More than 80 years after the brutal slaughter of 100 or more Aboriginal people in Central Australia, survivors and their descendants tell their story in Coniston. Known as “the Coniston Massacres”, the punitive expeditions that set out in August 1928 mowed down innocent people across the ... Read more
A remarkable true story of courage and survival in the Australian outback during World War II. ... In 1941, all the white women and children were evacuated from Darwin ahead of the anticipated Japanese invasion. But for the Methodists from the mission on nearby Croker Island, evacuation would mean ... Read more
Pia Borg (Palimpset: Between the Walls, MIFF 2009) returns to MIFF with this captivating live action/stop-motion mash-up between JG Ballard's dystopian sci-fi novel The Crystal World and Charles Laughton's iconic film The Night of the Hunter. ... D/P/S Pia Borg TD DCP/2012 ... Read more
A personal profile of the Melbourne punk rock band Bits of Shit as they release their debut LP. ... World Premiere. ... D/P Darren Cole TD HD WS VCA School of Film & Television Cam/2012 ... Read more
Tom is just beginning to learn that maybe his dead best buddy Dave wasn't such a great mate after all. An ultra-black comedy from Alethea Jones, director of When the Wind Changes (MIFF 2010) and the 2012 Tropfest winner Lemonade Stand. ... D Alethea Jones P Julian Vincent Costanzo S Luke Ryan TD HD ... Read more
"Combining elements of Shrek and Truffaut's The Wild Child." – Hollywood Reporter ... This debut feature from skilled French animator Jean-Christophe Dessaint is both beautifully crafted and moving. Featuring the voices of Jean Reno and the late Claude Chabrol, The Day of the Crows ... Read more
Some secrets and superstitions are best left alone. ... After the stunning short Jewboy (MIFF 05) and stirring documentary The Tall Man, Australian director Tony Krawitz makes his full-length fiction feature debut with Dead Europe. Based on the novel by The Slap's Christos Tsiolkas, this enigmatic ... Read more
MIFF is proud to present filmmaker Nicolas Rey's extraordinary, randomised film experiment. ... In differently, Molussia there are nine chapters. Before each screening the order of the chapters is selected at random, creating 362,880 different versions of the film. Your experience will be unique ... Read more
"Filed from the frontlines of the war on terror, documentarian Richard Rowley's astonishingly hard-hitting Dirty Wars renders the investigative work of journalist Jeremy Scahill in the form of a '70s-style conspiracy thriller." - Variety ... Jeremy Scahill is the National Security Correspondent for ... Read more
A slow burn and uncanny horror about a young teacher who encounters her double walking the hallways of the school she teaches at. ... Screened in competition at Cannes' International Critics Week. ... D/S Juliana Rojas P Max Eluard L Portuguese w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
Like a Dali painting come to life with a touch of Terry Gilliam-esque humour, this colourful animation is a stream of surreal associations and transformations. ... D/P/S Haiyang Wang WS WS Danmeng Art L no dialogue TD HD Cam, 2012 ... Read more
Paul Winkler (Shooting Arrows, MIFF 2012) continues to explore street art and how it is perceived in this stylish and playful presentation of found graffiti pieces. ... World Premiere. ... D/P/S Paul Winkler L no dialogue TD 16mm/2012 ... Read more
The story of Napster's Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, whose desire to share music wounded an entire industry. ... Fans loved it, Metallica and Dr Dre vowed to destroy it, and after three years plundering the catalogues of the music behemoths, Napster was bankrupt. But the story of the toll it took ... Read more
"A fascinating look into a world many of us don't understand." – Toronto Film Scene ... Of the 20,000 pupils at the illustrious Shaolin Tagu Kung Fu School (located next to the famous Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of kung fu), director Inigo Westmeier focuses in tight on three girls at ... Read more
Actor Mirrah Foulkes (Animal Kingdom) makes her directorial debut with this film about a chance encounter that could change a lonely woman's life. Features Anthony Hayes (The Slap). ... D/S Mirrah Foulkes P David Michôd, Michael Cody TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
"Against an austere backdrop, East Hastings Pharmacy transforms the methodical routine of methadone dispensing into the mechanics of gripping drama." - DOXA Documentary Film Festival Jury ... With this mid-length feature, director Antoine Bourges delivers an aesthetically bold and uniquely assured ... Read more
On a break from a photo shoot, a fashion model discovers everything is edible: the furniture, the TV, the walls around her… ... D Moritz Krämer P Markus Kaatsch, Tara Biere, Nick Warnecke WS aug&ohr medien L German w/English subtitles TD DCP/2012 ... Read more
Rodrigo, a young man who is deaf living in the slums of Brazilian city Recife, installs car stereos to make money for himself and his daughter. Gradually piecing together his life, the film paints a touching portrait of an optimistic man rising above everything life throws at him. ... D/S Gabriel ... Read more
People, animals and buildings create a visual echo in this surreal, hand-drawn animation. Obtuse, atmospheric and engaging. ... D/P/S/WS Merlin Flügel L no dialogue TD DCP/2012 ... Read more
"Elena is one of the most moving, heartrending cinematic experiences I've ever had. Of unusual beauty, it's a film we keep turning to for a long time. It's a must see!" - Walter Salles ... Brazilian director Petra Costa turns an inconsolable memory into a decidedly intimate documentary that echoes ... Read more
What is time? A reality? An illusion? A concept? These questions lie at the heart of visionary filmmaker Peter Mettler's latest work. ... Peter Mettler was last seen at MIFF in 2010 with Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands, a stunning, word-free visual essay on the ugliness of ... Read more
“A delightful melding of visual style and narrative pirouettes, Ernest & Celestine is a just-about-perfect hand drawn animated feature.” - Screen Daily ... Celestine is a little mouse trying to avoid a dental career; Ernest is a big bear craving an artistic outlet. When Celestine meets Ernest ... Read more
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