Stay-Put Cinema

Stay-Put Cinema

Artistic Director Al Cossar recommends seven stories of people stuck in place by choice, or circumstance.

Relaxer 

USA (dir. Joel Potrykus) - Featured in MIFF 2018

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Relaxer

It is the year 1999, and a man cannot leave his couch until he's completed his brother's ultimate challenge - complete 256 levels of Pacman. Potrykus's freefall, miniature-Herzog-scale odyssey through couch-bound slackerdom channels its period's pre-millennium tension into strange and wonderful and abject places. Enjoy with a glass of milk.

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Clash

Germany, Egypt (dir. Mohammed Diab) - Featured in MIFF 2016

Clash
Clash

Set and sustained entirely in the back of a police van as American-Egyptian journalists are forced into a microcosm of the country’s confrontation, Diab's Cannes-featured tinderbox of a film casts a confined eye towards the political dynamics of the Egyptian revolution. 

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The Guilty

Finland (dir. Gustav Moller) - Featured in MIFF 2018

The Guilty
The Guilty

Playing out on one end of the phone in an emergency call centre, an operator's interaction with a kidnapped woman sparks a cleverly claustrophobic ride. It's a thriller full of the knowing possibilities of suggestion and implication, for those looking for an elevated Danish crime experience.

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Lebanon

Germany/Israel/France/Lebanon (dir. Samuel Maoz) - Featured in MIFF 2010

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Lebanon

From the inside of a tank, the world (in this instance seen through periscopes and viewfinders) can distort – it’s not a subtle message, but delivered with the intensity and ingenuity of Maoz’s Golden Lion winning conflict chamber piece (also inspired by his own experiences), it remains unnerving and potent.  

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The Invitation

USA (dir. Karyn Kusama) - Feautured in MIFF 2015

The Invitation
The Invitation

Dinner parties don’t get more awkward than this – in Kusama’s excellent, elegant and unnerving thriller, using the full dynamic of John Carroll Lynch’s talents. It’ll make you long for the non-gore laden Tupperware party invites of the mid-80s.

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Curve

Australia (dir. Tim Egan) - Featured in MIFF 2016

Curve
Curve

A 10 minute anxiety injection, this Australian short won Best Short Film at Fantastic Fest and Sitges Film Festival in its depiction of one girl looking to hold on against the odds.

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The Follow Up

USA (dir. Benjamin Berman)

The Follow Up
The Follow Up

From the director of The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (MIFF 2019) - in these socially ravaged times, will Cameo and the paid insight of mid-tier celebrities be what saves us all?

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