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In the tradition of Full Metal Jacket, and Platoon, Joel Schumacher's Tigerland lifts the lid on the horrors of boot camp in his account of raw recruits preparing for combat. The film follows the specialised training inflicted upon draftees at Fort Polk in Louisiana. The camp was constructed to ... Read more
"[A] desolate portrait of misguided youth on the brink of maturity, desperately trying to find a sense and purpose in life." - Screen International ... A few years back, first-time filmmaker Nikola Ležaić stumbled across a home-made documentary consisting of Jackass-inspired stunts made by ... Read more
This searing new film from Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher, MIFF 2001, Funny Games, MIFF 1998), starring Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher), arrives straight from Official Selection at Cannes this year, where it divided audiences with its apocalyptic vision and Haneke's utterly rigorous style ... Read more
“Time to die? Are you crazy?” ... Starring the inimitable 91-year-old Danuta Szaflarska, Time To Die is a comical rendering of the everyday routines of an elderly woman as she winds down the days of her life, surrounded by her treasured possessions and her beloved dog, Phila. Feisty ... Read more
A twenty-something graduate returns home to New York to face the toughest question of all: what now? ... Living out of her mother's New York apartment, 22-year-old Aura has a useless film theory degree, a mind-numbing job as a restaurant hostess and no real idea of what to do with her life ... 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
The worlds of a flamboyant diva and a straight-laced bookkeeper collide in a feel-good comedy from Dutch director Paula van der Oest. ... Despite sell-out crowds and a string of successful performances, Anne - flamboyant star of the stage - is past her prime and in financial ruin. Enter Jacob, an ... Read more
"Theatrical wizard Julie Taymor strides boldly into the feature film arena with Titus and emerges with victory. Gutsily grappling with one of Shakespeare's least performed and most gruesomely melodramatic plays, the lauded Broadway director makes this wild tale of a savage cycle of revenge in ... Read more
João Pedro Rodrigues extends on the theme of marginalised homosexuality explored in his previous features (O Fantasma and Odete) with this stunning formalist drama. ... Whipping up a stylistic mélange of Douglas Sirk and Rainer Werner Fassbinder together with a touch of magical realism ... Read more
What Best In Show did for the world of dog competitions, To Protect And Serve does for the LAPD. Joseph Perez's seething mockumentary introduces veteran cops Holloway and Friendly following them on their rounds through the mean streets of the City of Angels. Friendly, true to his name, was one of ... Read more
Gazing right into the heart of human suffering and yearning, To the Left of the Father probes the dark side of the universal parable of the Prodigal Son. The lens moves in on a migrant Lebanese family in the interior of Brazil, a wealthy family now fallen on hard times. When André strays from ... Read more
Winner of Best Queer Film at this year's Berlin International Film Festival. ... After relocating to a new neighbourhood, ten-year-old Laure decides to trade on her androgynous looks to pose as a boy. While initially revelling in her new identity, things get complicated when a local girl named Lisa ... Read more
Acclaimed Polish writer-director Dorota Kędzierzawska (Time to Die, MIFF 2008) presents a quiet, humble film about the indignities of childhood and the persistence of hope. ... Petya, Vasya and Lyapa are alone in the world. Homeless and orphaned, they drift across the wintry Russian landscape like ... Read more
A Festival sleeper, this taut Dutch thriller combines a unique structure with exceptional visual flair. Opening with a spectacular car crash in a surreal traffic tunnel, Total Loss is told in a series of flashbacks not dissimilar to the superb Australian drama, The Boys. Truth and murderous fiction ... Read more
The coltish young girlfriend of a college boy takes a perverse shine to his charmingly thuggish drug dealer in Jacques Doillon's Totally Flaky, a mile-a-minute sampler of contemporary speech patterns and slang, uttered by three energetic leads As hermetic exercises go, this chipper, rather than ... Read more
From its opening shot, Detlev Buck's Tough Enough is as uncompromising as its title suggests, another example of the emerging power of new German filmmaking. Fifteen-year-old Michael Polischka gets a rude awakening when his mother breaks up with her rich doctor boyfriend. With little money of her ... Read more
"One of the year's most jarring and accomplished debuts." - Cinema Scope ... Despite the film's lofty title, the man at the centre of Tower lives life in the mundane. Derek is a balding, 30-something loner living with his parents who works part time and pours himself into an animation project ... Read more
“Pity the festival-going fool who stumbles unawares into Harmony Korine's patently abrasive, deliberately cruddy-looking mock documentary Trash Humpers.” - Variety ... Amongst the badly-lit alley ways that buffer suburban homes exists a great American underground that has been hidden from view ... Read more
Gabriel, a composer struggling to make a living in New York, is picked up on the subway one night by Mark, a hunky go-go dancer Adonis from the local cruise joint. The trouble is, the two of them can't find a place to bed down for the night. As they search for a suitable venue, Jim Falls wonderful ... Read more
“A pitch-perfect portrait of working class life in a provincial town and of growing up as the much younger brother of an adored older sister.” - Variety ... Stefek and his much older sister Elka are both affected by the absence of their father, who left years earlier for another woman. When ... Read more
Trixie Zurbo, a likable and feisty casino security guard, refers to herself as a 'Private Defective'. By day she busts pickpockets and petty scammers in the gaming rooms, by night she is an amateur sleuth. In Alan Rudolph's exceptional screwball comedy, Trixie stumbles into a case involving slimy ... Read more
"A further example of Romanian virtuosity." - Village Voice ... After ten years of marriage, Paul juggles the easy familiarity of his wife and child with the playful passions of his mistress. But a chance meeting in a waiting room brings the three parties together and pushes Paul to make the ... Read more
Hypnotically beautiful, Tuvalu is a surreal, original work with strong ties to Grimm's fairy tales. Marooned in a dilapidated swimming pool, Anton is forced to keep up the illusion to his blind father that their business is still intact and busy. In reality, there are almost no swimmers and those ... Read more
A trio of suburban 12-year-olds deal with the traumas of adolescence, as the death of a peer sends shockwaves through their lives in Michael Cuesta's latest offering. Insecure and self-conscious, Jacob suffers survivor guilt after his twin brother dies in a treehouse fire set by two other youths ... Read more
Canadian director Guy Maddin burst onto the scene in 1985 with an alternately hilarious and grotesque short about grief, The Dead Father. It would be lazy to join the chorus of critics referring to Maddin as the new David Lynch as all the pair really share is a uniquely strange view of the world ... Read more
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