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Films In 2013

What would you do on the last day on Earth? ... With the end of the world only hours away, the self-absorbed James heads to the ultimate party-to-end-all-parties. On his way there, he saves the life of a young girl named Rose who is searching desperately for her missing father. This simple act sets ... Read more
Gutsy and joyous, the sound of roots music is the story of America. And Chris Strachwitz became its biographer. ... So much of the American South's music is destined to be lost: played on porches and streets, in the swamps and fields, to friends and passers-by, but never recorded. Chris Strachwitz ... Read more
A Palestinian man is torn between his responsibility to his country and the chance for a better life for his family in America. The first independent, crowd-sourced film in the post-revolutionary Arab world was the winner of the Prix UIP at International Film Festival Rotterdam and is ... Read more
Seventeen of our finest creative talents take on the bestselling short story collection in Australian history: Tim Winton's The Turning. ... In The Turning, Tim Winton turned his peerless eye for the quiet struggles of everyday life upon the seaside town of Angelus, Western Australia. Across three ... Read more
"An utterly brazen mix of screwball comedy, film noir and sharp social commentary." - Variety ... After a low-level informant turns up dead in northern France, Internal Affairs dispatches ham-fisted detective duo Lafarge (Isabelle Huppert) and Marinelli (Sandrine Kiberlain) to try to find out who ... Read more
A modern-day retelling of one of cinema's greatest achievements. ... Yasujiro Ozu's 1953 masterpiece Tokyo Story is regarded by many as the greatest film in the history of Japanese cinema, a finely wrought tale of human fragility amidst the rampant social upheaval of post-war Japan. In Tokyo ... Read more
"This ultraviolent attack on Chinese consumerism is a stunning slap in the face from previously-sedate director Jia Zhang-ke." - The Guardian ... The blood hits the floor in this confronting look at modern China and the domestic conflict its newfound wealth has wrought. Following four characters ... Read more
When Cassius Clay embraced Islam and became Muhammad Ali, the "People's Champion" courted controversy. When he subsequently refused the draft, he went from "The Greatest" to persona non grata. ... Muhammad Ali is, perhaps, the most famous athlete in the world. While most documentaries have focused ... Read more
Raphael Elisha's (Catch Perfect, MIFF 2012) stylish tale of two men who meet in a bar and discuss a riddle about a three-way duel. ... D/S Raphael Elisha P Rocco Siciliano, Raphael Elisha Dist Airbag Productions TD HD Cam/2013 ... Read more
"You may not know their names, but the performances of these instantly recognizable backups singers are unforgettable." - Hollywood Reporter ... The back-up singers who made great songs greater and enhanced the voices of music icons from Mick Jagger to Stevie Wonder step into the limelight in ... Read more
A long-held grudge between a Bollywood wannabe and a ruthless chief of police frames this hectic action thriller about Mumbai's dark side. ... When aspiring actor Rahul leaves his daughter Kali in the car while he attends an audition, she vanishes without a trace. But the investigation into her ... Read more
"It seemed as if Wayne Lynch had just fallen out of the sky, after a long visit to the future." – Matt Warshaw, author of The History of Surfing ... When Wayne Lynch first appeared on the scene, he created shockwaves: no one had ever surfed like him before, and his revolutionary approach to ... Read more
Han and Mikaela meet at a bar and go back to her place. On the way Mikaela tells him more about herself, arousing his curiosity. ... D Victor Lindgren P Therese Högberg S Jana Bringlöv Ekspong WS Botnia Film L Swedish w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
The Cain and Abel story retold as an animation featuring two teddy bears who are hunting demonically voiced unicorns. If you go into the woods today be very, very afraid. ... D Alberto Vázquez S Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivero WS Abrakam Estudio L Spanish w/English subtitles TD ... Read more
"Original, heady, visually gorgeous, aurally luscious … [a] brilliant, bewildering sci-fi exploration of humanity's mysterious biological connections." - ioncinema.com ... Shane Carruth created great expectations with his debut, Primer (MIFF 2005), a no-budget, brain-bending time travel ... Read more
When a rock catches the attention of the odd inhabitants of an otherwise empty and timeless landscape, it sets off a strange chain of events. ... D Ulrich Totier P Sophie Fallot S Julie Rousset, Ulrich Totier L no dialogue TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
"The sequel to the found footage horror movie VHS is an incredible, exciting leap forward." – Badass Digest ... V/H/S/2 seriously ups the ante as a whole new set of horror wunderkinds follow in the grisly footsteps of last year's VHS. When a PI searching for a missing kid enters the ... Read more
"[A] stirring, pro-tolerance documentary." – Hollywood Reporter ... "He was solving a problem." That's how one juror describes the actions of Brandon McInerney, a 14-year-old from Oxnard, California, who shot and killed his cross-dressing classmate Lawrence King. Serving a 21-year ... Read more
"A rich, humane, surprising film ... manages to mix the drollery of Wes Anderson, the genre swagger of Tarantino and the opaque narrative of a Bruno Dumont in one intriguing package." - Screen Daily ... Deep in the snow-covered backwoods of Quebec, 61-year-old Vic is trying to escape her criminal ... Read more
Commissioned as part of a series of works inspired by the Dadaist Kurt Schwitters, Wantee is Turner Prize shortlisted artist Laure Prouvost's search for her fictional grandfather, a conceptual artist and friend of Schwitter. ... D/P/S Laure Prouvost WS LUX TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
"Captures the tribulations and perspectives of a difficult age when kids start to act tough while still being vulnerable inside." - Screen Daily ... In a nameless, down-market town somewhere in New Zealand, shy 11-year-old Adrian fantasises to escape the dreary reality of life with his no-nonsense ... Read more
Two brothers living in a remote fjord with their parents discover the value of the bond between them. ... D/S Gudmunder Arnar Gudmundsson P Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, Anton Máni Svansson WS Danish Film Institute L Icelandic w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
Uprooted from the life she knew in the city, Jade's new home in the country with her mother's latest boyfriend and his son is far from ideal. In her search to find her place, Jade realises she will never belong. ... D/S Catherine Bisley P Catherine Fitzgerald WS NZ Film Commission TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
"Charming, hilarious, touching and unashamedly frank." - Twitch ... The elastic boundaries of family, identity and sexual fulfilment furnish the intertwined tales of Arvin Chen's (Au Revoir Taipei, MIFF 2010) sophomore effort, as midlife malaise begets a coming of age. ... After nine dedicated and ... Read more
A mythical tale of a wolf protecting her cubs against dark forces in the night, revealing the answer to an age-old question. ... D/P/S Leanne Lee L no dialogue TD HD Cam/2013 ... Read more
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