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Winner of a Special Mention at last year's Venice Film Festival, Virgin of Lust is a deliciously sordid work from the father figure of Mexican cinema, Arturo Ripstein (Ruination of Men, MIFF 2001). ... Mexico in the 40s. 'El Makado' is a reserved and lonely waiter, working at the Ofelia Cafe, a bar ... Read more
“A heartfelt human drama that sneaks up and floors you.” - Rolling StoneMiddle-age college professor Walter Vale is a visitor in his own life. Trapped in a malaise of inertia and depression, he shuffles through life doing as little as possible. Returning to his rarely used apartment in New York ... Read more
"Set in a Mauritanian coastal town that functions as a transit point, director Abderrahmane Sissako's Waiting for Happiness (winner of the FIPRESCI award at Cannes 2002 for best film in the Un Certain Regard section) is a poignant, poetic reflection on themes of exile, travel, home and ... Read more
Struggling to hold together her train-wreck family, Kelley tracks down her drifter brother to a seedy, remote island off Chile and discovers him living with a ragged group of expatriates. He reacts to her frantic demands to return home by tricking her into being stranded; but when she falls in love ... Read more
Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2012 Berlinale, and the Founders Award for Best Narrative at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. ... Set in sub-Saharan Africa, where 12-year-old Komona lives peacefully with her parents until the rebels arrive, War Witch draws audiences into the ... Read more
After inciting uproar and censorship debate with Ken Park, filmmaker Larry Clark returns with Wassup Rockers, an observational tale about seven Latino skaters on the mean streets of South Central Los Angeles. Adopting a loose approach to storytelling, this is Clark's most accessible film to date ... Read more
"Energetic and exciting... a fascinating portrait of 'wasted youth' of all ages." - Screen International ... In a modern Athens ravaged by the exploding financial crisis, teenager Haris is just happy that his school is closed. He spends his time skateboarding around the capital in search of girls ... Read more
he Way I Spent the End of the World won the Prix d'Interpretation (acting award) in Un Certain Regard (Dorotheea Petre). Bucharest 1989; the last year of Stalinist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's reign and the backdrop for Catalin Mitulescu's debut feature, The Way I Spent the End of the World ... Read more
“A bold, very carnal take on adolescent female bonding.” - Variety ... In 1942 in Tunisia, two teenage girls struggle to hold their friendship together in the face of cultural differences and emerging sexuality, amid the turmoil of World War II. ... Nour, a Muslim, and Myriam, a Jew, find ... Read more
Described by its director as "a simple, very Polish story", [The Wedding] features barbarous drinking, family feuding, general depravity and the corruption of all social principles and institutions. ... Wieslaw is throwing a wedding reception for his daughter, and he has a lot to juggle. With the ... 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
Jake Scott - son of Ridley Scott (Alien), nephew of Tony (True Romance) - propagates the family filmmaking gene with this new take on the chivalry-for-the-destitute theme. ... Doug (James Gandolfini) searches outside his marriage for sexual fulfilment following the death of his teenage daughter and ... Read more
The heartwarming comedy that became the biggest box office smash in French history.In an attempt to cheer up his depressed wife, postal worker Philippe tries to scam a transfer from his comfortable life in Salon-de-Provence to a seaside town down south - and is caught red-handed. His punishment ... Read more
Six years after the monumental Satantango. Bela Tarr returns with Werckmeister Harmonies, a film bearing the unmistakable trademark of the Hungarian master seen by some as the only true successor to Andrei Tarkovsky. Shot in his signature B&W and set in a small, rural village, Tarr traverses the ... Read more
Ziad Doueiri's assured debut is a lively coming of age tale, a technically polished, frequently funny and emo­tionally affecling work which was also a Toronto Film Festival award winner. April 13 1975, the first oflicial day of Ihe Lebanese Civil War: the passengers of a Palestinian bus are ... Read more
Eighteen-year-old Alice has finished summer vacation and all her friends have gone to college. Out of boredom - and the looming prospect of a dead-end job in a New England backwater - she steals money from her boss and embarks on a 1000-mile road trip to Miami in a beat up Ford Escort. A succession ... Read more
"Anchored by fine performances, delicate narrative development and an overall tenderness, this picture unfolds beautifully...This life on the farm drama is a potent addition to cinema's recent Mid-Western collection—Boys Don't Cry and David Lynch's The Straight Story—and there are ... Read more
"A heartbreakingly perceptive … closely observed and deeply emotional drama." – Screen Daily ... Loosely based on the 1897 novel by Henry James, this very New York update follows the upheaval in the lives of a couple and their young daughter, Maisie, in the aftermath of divorce ... Read more
"That most American of holidays, Thanksgiving, serves as the focal point for this raptly celebratory look at the modern American family. What's Cooking? interweaves the workings of four diverse Los Angeles households—African-American, Jewish, Latino and Vietnamese—as they make their ... Read more
A New Jersey girl on the verge of adulthood. Anna (Liza Weil) is struggling to realise her dreams in a world where there are no easy solutions or happy endings. It is the early 80s: The Ramones, Iggy Pop and Blondie are hot. It's a time of excess - a last call for the sex, drugs and rock and roll ... Read more
“Kormákur's most assured and ambitious film to date.” - Toronto Film Festival ... Actor-director Baltasar Kormákur (Jar City, MIFF 08) calls his modernised version of Anton Chekhov's play Ivanov a ‘dramedy', inspired by the likes of Pedro Almodóvar and Woody Allen. ... A middle-aged ... Read more
Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. ... From the unerring hand of Michael Haneke (Funny Games, MIFF 08; Hidden, MIFF 05; The Time of the Wolf, MIFF 03) comes a tautly constructed whodunit in The White Ribbon, a period piece set on the eve of World War I in a staunchly ... Read more
Juliette is a lively, streetwise and pretty Cuban teenager residing in Havana. She was orphaned after her mother's suicide and father's flight to the US. Juliette, despite the fact that the reverse is patently obvious to all concerned, claims she does not wish to be reunited with her father. Raised ... Read more
Even though broodingly handsome Wilbur is almost irresistible to women, and in fact universally adored, he attempts suicide on such a regular basis that the members of his therapy group vote him out for being too discouraging to their progress. His brother, Harbour, is an incurable optimist and ... Read more
“Astronauts lost in space, the secret Roswell object re-examined, an alien who tells us all about his home planet - the Wild Blue Yonder - where the atmosphere is composed of liquid helium and the sky frozen, is all part of my science-fiction fantasy.” - Werner Herzog Herzog's self-professed ... Read more
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