MIFF 2008

Richard Moore
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This year marks a historic moment in MIFF's illustrious history; for the first time MIFF's opening night film is one from our own production slate, the MIFF Premiere Fund – we bend down on grateful knees to the Victorian Government for their foresight in establishing the fund.    

“Everyone's a critic” is our catch phrase this year; its an acknowledgement of the collective spirit that MIFF engenders in this great southern city. How will audiences remember MIFF 08 ? For the blood splatters left after George Romero's first visit to our shores, for MIFF's first ever survey of Romanian cinema, for the grace and beauty of Edward Yang, or the passionate discussions around this years slate of political documentaries? We have tried to create as many varied entry points for you to enter this year's festival – so embrace the films, take in a drink at the revamped Coopers Lounge and revel in this year's entertainment program.     

So many people to thank – a wonderful staff insatiably passionate about this event, a pro active and supportive board, our cultural partners and sponsors – love you all. However you decide to approach the festival please consider becoming a MIFF member. There has never been a better time to do it. Take advantage of the priority quequing, enjoy the real discount in ticket prices and glow with satisfaction that you are joining an organization that will cherish your support.   

Richard Moore
Executive Director 

Dear  Heat-Seeking Miffophiles,

Cinematically, the middle of the year is the silly season on the calendar.  While we battle the chilly winds of Melbourne , the big American studios roll-out their pop-corn tent-pole blockbuster summer products across the globe, more than ever, hitting and missing and pretty much gauging the value of each and every film on its world-wide box-office take.  Despite most people enjoying at least one of these as a sort of guilty pleasure, this business juggernaut ploughs on presumably working off public taste, and leaving some filmgoers wondering how low their brows  will be required to descend.

Enter MIFF.  Yet again, another superb fabulous wintry banquet of pan-continental film-making – yet again, an eclectic, sumptuous, daring and thrilling menu.  Richard Moore settling in beautifully as Host, and uncorking some of his secrets and favourites from the cellar, smiling conspiratorially as he gets you to taste.  And you remember once again just how great  a great meal can be.  Don't let anyone tell you anything different.  This is the right time of the year for some serious binge-viewing.

Geoffrey Rush
MIFF Patron 

Introduction taken from the 2008 official guide

Festival Program
260 feature films and 135 short films were screened from 25 July to 10 August
Full Program

Program in Focus
Films from Africa and Romania featured in the 2008 program, as did a diverse selection of contemporary US cinema, showcasing a new generation of American filmmakers. Free Radicals looked at films that question, twist or simply deride accepted narrative and stylistic conventions, and a collection of horror films featured under the title of Full Moon Fever. Music documentaries, Asian cinema (Neighbourhood Watch), short films and documentaries continued to form a large base of the program. There was a focus on Ozploitation, Director's Fortnight's 40th anniversary and the animation gallery. The festival paid tribute to the late Taiwanese director, Edward Yang, and the youth and children's program of earlier festivals screened for the first time under the title Next Gen, featuring a collection of stellar films targeted at a young audience. 

Filmmaker in Focus
George A. Romero. Romero was a guest of the festival, a retrospective of his work was screened.
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Opening Night Film
Not Quite Hollywood (Mark Hartley, 2008)  
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Films

24 CITY

er shi si cheng ji
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ADHEN

DERNIER MAQUIS
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AN ISLAND CALLING

An Island Calling
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USA
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BIRDSONG

el cant dels ocells
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BLIND LOVES

slepe lasky
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CHRISTMAS TALE, A

CONTE DE NOEL, UN
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UK
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Dissection

dissection
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FRONTIER OF DAWN

FRONTIERE DE L'AUBE, LA
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FUJIAN BLUE

Jin bi hui huang
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Funk, The

The Funk
Director Cris Jones
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Ground Beneath, The

The Ground Beneath
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UK
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IT'S HARD BEING LOVED BY JERKS

c'est dur d'etre aime par des cons
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JESUS CHRIST SAVIOUR

jesus christ erlöser
Director Peter Geyer
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LEMON TREE (G)

shajarat limon / etz halimon
Director Eran Riklis
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LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

lat den ratte komma in
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NIGHT AND DAY

Bam gua nat
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ON WAR

DE LA GUERRE
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REVUE

predstavlenye
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SONG SUNG BLUE

Song Sung Blue
Director Greg Kohs
USA
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THREE MONKEYS

üÇ maymun
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TRIP TO ASIA - THE QUEST FOR HARMONY

trip to asia - die suche nach dem einklang
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WELCOME TO THE STICKS (M)

bienvenue chez les ch\\\'tis
Director Dany Boon
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White Wolf

Le Loup Blanc
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