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Films In 2012

Stare into the eyes of a performance art icon. ... Seductive, fearless and outrageous, Marina Abramović has been challenging the definition of art for four decades. Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present follows the performance art doyenne in the year leading up to her 2010 retrospective at New ... Read more
Meshuggeneh in Minnesota. A father and sons fishing trip. A subtly sharp film about family and frustration. ... Marvin, the classic grumpy old man (played with understated heart by Marvin Gurewitz), guilts his two sons, Stanley (director and Marvin's real-life son Stephen Gurewitz) and Seth (Alex ... Read more
During jail visiting hours, a mother and her son discuss a bank robbery gone wrong. Flashbacks reveal the explosive violence and high-octane car chase that ensured. ... D Guillaume Pierret P Nabil Khouri, Cyril Schulmann, Rémi Leautier S Guillaume Pierret, Yvan Georges-Dit-Soudril WS Heska ... Read more
The Moochmore girls are certain they all suffer from some kind of undiagnosed mental illness - because if they're not crazy then they're just unpopular. ... Their mother, Shirley - unable to cope with her demanding daughters and unsupported by her philandering politician husband, Barry - suffers a ... Read more
A young, broke mother visits a church with her daughter to seek help from the parish priest. But her unexpected visit sparks conflict over an unresolved past. ... D/S Eliza Subotowicz P Ewa Jastrz?bska WS Krakow Film Foundation L Polish w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
Guilt and redemption under the northern lights. ... A German couple, Niels and Maria, and their teenage son Markus move to the Norwegian coastal town of Hammerfest, hoping for a new beginning in the land of endless twilight. Instead they find themselves drifting further apart. Niels submerges ... Read more
Deliverance meets Memento. ... Local filmmaker Richard Gray takes a sharp stylistic turn from his debut character drama, Summer Coda (MIFF 10), with a smart möbius strip of a thriller that twists and turns in many fascinating directions. ... Bound for a remote vacation, a group of young friends ... Read more
“Bollywood meets Boogie Nights.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Ashim Ahluwalia (John and Jane) turns a planned documentary project into fiction with this unique specimen of Hindi-language filmmaking, neither definable as Bollywood nor traditional art cinema. ... Set in the lower depths of Bombay's ... Read more
"Starts as a top-notch black comedy, and segues into something darker still and very serious, without ever missing a beat." - FilmInk ... Filmmaker Mani Haghighi (Men At Work, MIFF 07) fills the multiple roles of producer, writer, director and actor in this absurdist provocation about a rich couple ... Read more
An enchantingly quirky animation based on the bestselling children's classic. ... Adapted from Tomi Ungerer's 1967 children's picture book of the same name, Moon Man follows the adventures of its title character as he grows bored living alone on the moon and hitches a ride on a comet to visit ... Read more
In the Mexican immigrant community of Huntington Park, miles and more away from the gleaming centre of Los Angeles, 15-year-olds Yolanda and Mari fall into an unlikely friendship. ... Yolanda is the high achiever of the two, a girl whose strict Catholic parents see in her the family's path out of ... Read more
"Effectively applies Cohen's existing strengths to a familiar scenario and rejuvenates it by delivering a powerfully contemplative look at the transformative ability of all art." - Indiewire ... Celebrated writer/director Jem Cohen (Chain, MIFF 2005) sets his first fiction feature in Vienna's grand ... Read more
The most important things in Samy's life are his younger brother and his horse. Tired of being a drug trafficking subordinate, he decides to betray his boss Papo. Selected for competition at Cannes. ... D/S Álvaro Aponte-Centeno P Luillo Ruiz L Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2012 ... Read more
“A rags-to-rogues crimer whose finely chiseled portraits of greed, self-preservation and depravity are buttressed by powerhouse performances.” - Variety ... Set in the 1980s around President Roh Tae-woo's war on organised crime, this epic Korean gangster movie charts a decade-long rivalry ... Read more
“Superbly constructed, skillfully acted and beautifully lensed... That Filho can juggle so many important issues without being heavyhanded or dropping even one speaks volumes about his strengths as scripter, helmer and co-editor.” - Variety ... A multitude of lives intersect, collide and ... Read more
Salote does the night shift as an airport cleaner, picking up what others have left behind in order to survive. This latest film by MIFF Accelerator alumni Zia Mandviwalla (Amadi, 2010) screened in competition at Cannes this year. ... D/S Zia Mandviwalla P Matt Noonan, Chelsea Winstanley WS NZ Film ... Read more
"Beautifully shot and winsomely appealing … Nina is an artfully elegant and sweetly playful film." – Screen ... It's August and Rome's citizens are deserting the city for cooler climes. Remaining behind in sweltering streets, 20-something Nina is preparing for an exam, and her ... Read more
“An absorbing account of one country's unlikely route from oppression to democracy.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Revolving around Chile's 1988 referendum on the Pinochet regime, this brilliant behind-the-scenes drama tracks with engaging detail the unfolding of a political marketing campaign that ... Read more
"The New Wave is still alive and kicking in Korea … judging by Hong Sang-soo's latest contribution." - Screen Daily ... Many MIFF-goers will be familiar with the work of Hong Sang-soo (most recently with In Another Country, MIFF 2012, and The Day He Arrives, MIFF 2011), and this latest ... Read more
“Filmmaker Celina Murga applies her sensitive, observant perspective on young people's behavior and thoughts to her superb foray into nonfiction.” - Variety ... This Wiseman-esque portrait of a typical public - normal - school in its run up to student council elections is an assured first ... Read more
A portrait of documentary filmmaker Bob Connolly (Rats in the Ranks, MIFF 1996), from former Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year Julian Shaw. ... D/P Julian Shaw TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
"With its put-upon protagonist, black-and-white cityscape and snappy soundtrack of New Orleans-style jazz, the comedy Oh Boy inescapably brings to mind vintage Woody Allen." - Hollywood Reporter ... Twenty-something Niko has dropped out of law school, but continues to cash his father's cheques. He ... Read more
“A beautiful and respectful adaptation of Jack Kerouac's landmark novel.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Director Walter Salles (Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries) successfully takes on a project that has confounded numerous filmmakers for over 50 years: Jack Kerouac's seminal Beat novel On The ... Read more
Friendship, first love and faith plus homelessness is showcased in this special coming-of-age documentary. ... Best friends Kevin and Garrison spend their days skating and listening to punk music, seemingly inseparable until Kevin kisses Garrison's girlfriend Skye. As the three navigate the heady ... Read more
With Operation Free Lunch, director Lixin Fan (a guest of the festival this year) looks at the impact of social media as a force for good in China. ... Lixin's debut feature documentary Last Train Home won the Joris Ivens Award at the 2009 International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, as ... Read more
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