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Films In 2013

"By turns pulse-quickening and contemplative, The Crash Reel is a thoroughly winning portrait of former pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce." – Variety ... Two-time Oscar-nominated director Lucy Walker (Waste Land, MIFF 2010) is at the top of her game in this brilliantly told account of the rise and ... Read more
Winner of the Directing Award: US Documentary at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. ... Octogenarian alcoholic Ushio Shinohara is an action artist who punches paint onto canvasses with boxing gloves. His early work gained notoriety in Japan but his career failed to gain traction after moving to New ... Read more
"Life can be comic, can be sexy, can be everything at the same time. So I will make a picture, but I will not say what you need to feel. You will feel whatever you're feeling." - Alejandro Jodorowsky ... After a 23-year filmmaking hiatus, Alejandro Jodorowsky returns with this audacious, highly ... Read more
A woman wakes up having lost her memory and can't even remember her husband, who is lying next to her. A sensitive portrayal of mental illness, loss, intimacy, helplessness and hope. ... D/S Izabela Plucinska P Robert Kern, Izabela Plucinska WS Krakow Film Foundation L German w/English subtitles TD ... Read more
"An intelligently rendered, gripping drama reflecting the wider issues of Greece's current financial crisis ... thoroughly enjoyable. **** " – CineVue ... When her father disappears in the midst of Greece's financial meltdown, 14-year-old Myrto finds herself cast adrift in a ... Read more
MIFF favourite Park Chan-wook (Stoker, MIFF 2013) and his brother Park Chan-kyong reunite after their 2011 Berlinale Best Short Film winning Night Fishing to deliver this tale of an elderly master (Park regular Sang Kang-ho) giving singing lessons to a young girl on a mountain. ... D/S Park ... Read more
"Drinking Buddies is an incredibly personal, organic film that will be experienced a little differently by each person." – Sound on Sight ... On the back of a SXSW premiere, Joe Swanberg presents his 14th feature: the relationship comedy, Drinking Buddies. ... Luke (Jake Johnson) and ... Read more
"Fusing the anti-corporate paranoia of ‘70s thrillers like The Parallex View with a more modern, post-Occupy sensibility, [The East is] a triumph: smart, notably uncondescending, utterly gripping … it's more satisfying, and more provocative, than any mainstream drama I've seen so far ... Read more
"Intelligent and enjoyably outrageous ... turns nudity into a source of empowerment on both sides of the footlights." - Variety ... Over a career spanning more than 30 years, New York underground filmmaker Beth B has delighted in burrowing down into the most discomfiting and revealing crevices of ... Read more
The untold story of Nevil Shute's famed novel On The Beach and the film of the same name. ... Acclaimed British-Australian novelist Nevil Shute's best-known work, On The Beach is widely considered one of the most significant anti-war novels of the 20th century. Written in the aftermath of the ... Read more
"Shines a damning light on the damage done by international aid agencies whose well-meaning but ignorant assumptions turned a nightmare into an unsolvable tragedy." - Variety ... In the wake of a disaster as devastating as the 2010 Haiti earthquake it's inevitable that even the most altruistic ... Read more
A psychedelic trip into magic and madness. ... In 17th-century England, a group of deserters flees a raging battle through the English countryside. They are soon caught by a man who insists they help him uncover a treasure buried in the middle of a field. As they feast on wild mushrooms, the group ... Read more
"All these boy bands out there making a ton of money, they just swipe their shit from the Descendents." - Keith Morris (Black Flag, OFF!) ... Would the likes of Green Day and Blink 182 have existed were it not for Californian punk-pop band the Descendents? Unlikely, according to this entertaining ... Read more
Sometimes the survivor must forever follow the dead. ... In a remote Scottish fishing village, a young loner named Aaron finds himself the only survivor of a tragic boating accident that has killed his older brother and four other men. Driven by superstition and a fear of the unknown, the village ... Read more
Fourteen-year-old Freia grew up and lives in an alternative community, but now she's starting to ask herself what sort of life she wants to live. ... D/S Carl Javér P Fredrik Lange WS Vilda Bomben Film AB L Swedish w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
A young mother struggling with the pressures of study and a dysfunctional relationship finds comfort in the make-believe world she shares with her daughter. ... D Aidee Walker P Julia Parnell WS NZ Film Commission TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
Oscar Grant's death was immortalised on camera, another casualty of urban unrest. This is his life. ... Inspired by a senseless police shooting in Oakland in the first hours of 2009, and produced by Forest Whitaker, Fruitvale Station was the toast of Sundance - winning both the Grand Jury Prize and ... Read more
MIFF is excited to again present a special program of jaw-dropping fulldome screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium. Located at Scienceworks, the Planetarium features a 16-metre domed ceiling, reclining seats, a surround-sound stereo system and projection system that blankets the dome with a ... Read more
As four teens navigate the flashpoint of adolescent relationships, their lives will be forever scarred by a tragedy that engulfs their city. ... Teenagers Billie and Laura, who live in Canberra's suburban outskirts, are best friends and share everything – even, as it turns out, Laura's ... Read more
A compelling and unsettling documentary, Ghost Train introduces us to an elderly man whose wife is hospitalised with dementia. Struggling to cope, he visits Dracula's theatre restaurant, where he forms a bond with one of the performers. ... World Premiere. ... D/P/S James Fleming, Kelly Hucker Dist ... Read more
Charlie has cerebral palsy and wants to lose his virginity for his 16th birthday. However, his mother is not comfortable with the arrangements that his father and brother have made. ... D/S Spencer Harvey, Lloyd Harvey P Lloyd Harvey, Spencer Harvey WS Harvey House Productions TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
Gore Vidal savaged the establishment throughout an extraordinary life atop the crest of the American Century. ... As a novelist, critic, playwright, activist, bon vivant and all-round celebrity intellectual, Gore Vidal was America's unforgiving conscience for six decades. Consort of the powerful ... Read more
"The emerging master of African cinema ... the director's compassion shines out, and so does the charisma of Souleymane Deme." – Guardian ... By night the man known as Grigris is a legend, one of the most electrifying dancers in all of Chad. By day he is an outcast, a dirt-poor cripple ... Read more
"Harmony Lessons is a bona fide tour de force … endearing and repulsive, funny and tragic, appealing and terrifying, and never short of compelling." – Film Comment ... This debut feature from writer/director Emir Baigazin takes us to a school in a remote village of Kazakhstan, where ... Read more
If John Waters is the Pope of Trash, the infamous Divine was Mother Superior of Drag. ... Harris Glenn Milstead grew up in conservative Baltimore a bullied tubby kid. But as Divine he became a queer icon, a midnight movie heroine, an unlikely pop star, and one of the filthiest people to ever live ... Read more
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