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Films In 2012

From the moment they meet – and against their will – Héléne and Joachim begin a lovers' dance they are powerless to stop. ... In the capital to install mirrors at the prestigious Paris Opera, working-class, provincial glazier and skateboarding fanatic Joachim ... Read more
"Infectiously winning ... honest and open-hearted, the kind [of film] that leaves behind the glow of romance." - Variety ... Once upon a time if a young Filipino man wanted to woo a girl there was only one thing for it: harana. Backed by friends and the town's finest guitarist he would stand ... Read more
Clara's insensitive family can't understand why she's still single, but decide she's therefore the best person to take care of her aunt's pug after her aunt unexpectedly dies. This droll comedy was selected for competition at Cannes. ... D/S Chloé Robichaud P Fanny-Laure Malo, Sarah Pellerin ... Read more
The inside story of the fight against one of the world's biggest mining developments. ... In 2008 a consortium of miners and politicians decided to build the world's second biggest natural gas plant in Broome, trampling over the concerns of residents, environmentalists and traditional owners alike ... Read more
"A powerful and intensely watchable film." – Screen Daily ... Tobias Lindholm (co-writer of The Hunt, MIFF 2012) settles into his second stint behind the camera in typically taut style, crafting an intelligent, intricate thriller ripped from the headlines. Forgoing sensationalist action ... Read more
A young man hitchhiking to meet his birth mother for the first time makes an unlikely connection along the way. ... D/S Matthew Saville P Julia Parnell WS NZ Film Commission TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
“Represents everything that cinema ought to be: poetic, unpractised in following convention and filled with mystery.” - Screen Comment ... Leos Carax has been doing audience's heads in since his debut feature Boy Meets Girl (MIFF 84) and he doesn't hold back with this, his latest. The talk of ... Read more
A charming, dialogue-free documentary that follows a house as it's moved across the country. Nominated for Best Short Film at the New Zealand Film Awards 2012. ... D Thomas Gleeson P Thomas Gleeson, Pip Walls TD DCP/2012 ... Read more
A taxi driver tells his passenger a tall tale about a night of outrageous sexual exploits in his cab. Beautifully shot by musician and music video veteran Joe Lonie, and starring Andy Anderson, Honk If You're Horny is a wild ride. ... D/S Joe Lonie P Anna Geddes, Cass Donaldson, Matt Heath WS NZ ... Read more
"Stunning… the quintessential snapshot of a moment and a movement." - Slant ... Faced with their own mortality, an improbable group of mostly HIV-positive young men and women broke the mould as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. Set at the height of the AIDS ... Read more
Declan Greene checks into a decaying hotel where we just wants to lay low. The manipulative and homicidal tapeworm that lives inside him and has a taste for black-market foods has different ideas. ... D/S Jordan Prosser P Steven McKinnon WS VCA School of Film & Television TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
When Jarlo and his girlfriend stumble across an ominous sign out in the bush, Jarlo ignores it at his peril. A modern and creepy re-telling of the bunyip story. ... D Margaret Harvey P John Harvey S Cameron Costello Dist Brown Cab Productions TD DCP/2012 ... Read more
"It's a loving, fun, extraordinarily well made celebration of the imagination and worldview of being 12." – Badass Digest ... Pre-teen and military tactics expert PK Sullivan gathers his friends together for their usual game of capture the flag. As his opponent Quinn grows tired of ... Read more
A mobile slaughterman who can kill a cow humanely from a moving car, Beatle Tarrant offers a powerful argument for ethical slaughtering in this revealing portrait of a man who kills so that we may eat meat. ... Contains scenes of animal slaughter that may offend. ... D David White, Paul Wedel P ... Read more
A teenage boy in love with his father's girlfriend is presented with an opportunity to act on his feelings in this sensual and provocative film about adolescent desire. ... Directed by Paola Morabito and executive produced by Jane Campion. ... Please note that this film has been removed from the ... Read more
“This is a visually eccentric and puppyishly funny film: the very best kind of odd.” - The Telegraph ... MIFF regular Hong Sang-soo (Oki's Movie, MIFF 11; the Prix Un Certain Regard winning Hahaha, MIFF 10) returns with this delicate romantic comedy starring Isabelle Huppert as a Frenchwoman ... Read more
Winner of the FIPRESCI Award at Cannes 2012. ... It is 1942, and on the German-occupied Western frontiers of the Soviet Union, local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign. Two of these partisans, Voitik and Burov, are escorting suspected Nazi collaborator Sushenya to his death when ... Read more
The uplifting power of art is showcased in this special coming-of-age documentary. ... Inocente is a perception-shattering documentary about the transformative power of art, told through the eyes of its 15-year-old titular subject: a homeless, undocumented immigrant who dreams beyond her bleak ... Read more
Best Short Animation winner at Sundance, Tony Donoghue's (A Film From My Parish: 6 Farms, MIFF 2009) Irish Folk Furniture is an enchanting, visually delightful look at the culture and social history of discarded Irish farmhouse furniture restoration. ... D/S Tony Donoghue P Cathal Black WS Mayfly ... Read more
During recess, four teens discuss seeing Brokeback Mountain on television; how it moved them and how it got them thinking about same-sex relationships. Sweet, funny and honest, It's Not a Cowboy Movie screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival International Critics' Week. ... D Benjamin ... Read more
A bold allegory on The Last Supper, Zimbabwean-born multimedia artist Kudzanai Chiurai's Iyeza is an absorbing, powerful piece of cinematic painting exploring the violence at the heart of what Chiurai calls "the African condition". ... D/P/S Kudzanai Chiurai WS Goodman Gallery L Xhosa w/English ... Read more
Melbourne in winter… Rain. Wind. Pubs. Beer. Sex. Corruption. Murder. ... Based on international award-winning crime writer Peter Temple's novel Bad Debts and directed by Jeffrey Walker, Jack Irish - Bad Debts is the first in a series of films that burrows into the seedier side of Melbourne ... Read more
"Joyously heterodox in its method, an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink mélange of sci-fi, black comedy, and action, with disquieting body-horror sight gags that at times recall David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch." – Slate ... Slacker Dave heads to a restaurant to tell his impossible ... Read more
“A tribute to a masterful eye, a humanistic heart and a wondrous life.” - Variety ... Part travel diary, part retrospective, Journal de France trails acclaimed documentarian Raymond Depardon (Untouched by the West, MIFF 02) on his six-year journey around the French countryside photographing the ... Read more
Kim Ho-dong has been on the jury for more than 40 film festivals, giving him a unique insight into the process that he hilariously skewers in this satirical, self-aware look at film festivals and the awards judging process. ... D Kim Dong-ho P Hong Hyo-dook S Zhang Lu, Yoon Seong-ho WS Indiestory L ... Read more
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