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“An absorbing coming-of-age drama… takes its place among Wang Xiaoshuai's finest films.” - Variety ... The harsh realities of the Chinese Cultural Revolution enter 11-year-old Wang Han's life when a murder is committed in his small rural town. After encountering the fugitive teenage ... Read more
What are a few lies between friends? ... The 80s were all about Rubik's cubes, Michael Jackson, cassette Walkmans, calculator watches and seven-cent popsicles. But for 11-year-old Ricardo Trogi, starting afresh in a new school in Quebec City, it is a time to make new friends and fall in love - the ... Read more
"Taking the inevitable step to womanhood is a universal female experience... It's an age when seemingly trivial events have a huge importance." - filmmaker Marian Quinn ... The debut feature from actor-turned-writer-director Marian Quinn (sister of Aidan Quinn, also starring in this film) sees ... Read more
From anime master Hiroyuki Okiura (director of Jin-Roh, MIFF 00, animator for Ghost in the Shell, Akira) comes a touching, fantastical tale of a young girl's grief and the three mischievous spirits sent to look after her. ... After the death of her father, 13-year-old Momo and her mother move from ... Read more
“A nostalgic waltz through a century-old City of Light, A Monster in Paris is an enchanting little 3D animation film... filled with catchy song-and-dance numbers from real-life French musicians.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Paris, 1910. Thanks to a freak greenhouse accident, film-loving cinema ... Read more
The biggest hurdle Babak faces isn't his disability, but gaining acceptance in his own family. ... Babak is bright and creative, but his physical disability leads his own father to see him as a burden on the family and a hindrance to his younger brother's education. When Babak is confined to his ... Read more
A story of joy, laughter, hope and generosity. And football. ... When Fabrice, a young Rwandan with dreams of being a football star, is given the chance to audition for the 2010 World Cup, he sets off on a ramshackle journey across Africa, his self-appointed 'manager' Dudu and his sister Beatrice ... Read more
Graeme Base's classic best-selling book adapted for the screen - ‘where animals rule!' Twenty years after Animalia was first published, Melbourne author Graeme Base's magical world of walking and talking animals has finally leapt from the page into animation. The first three episodes of this ... Read more
Winner of the Audience Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. ... A hybrid of stylised animation and autobiographical documentary, Laurent Boileau and Jung's adaptation of the latter's graphic novel weaves memories and moods into a thoughtful meditation upon the adoptee ... Read more
Gallic mischief-makers Asterix and Obelix once again take on the entire Roman Empire in their third live-action adventure. ... With the Olympic Games approaching, Brutus has hatched a plot to overthrow Julius Caesar, dominate the games and win the heart of beautiful Greek princess Irina. But Brutus ... Read more
“Pure magic… a tale of childlike wonder and innocence that speaks to open-minded humans of any age.” - Hollywood Reporter A hit at last year's Cannes Film Festival, Azur and Asmar is a modern-day fable about two contrasting young men - one dark, the other fair - who go from best buddies ... Read more
Two brothers. One donkey. On a mission to find Superman. ... In 1990, two Kurdish orphans catch a glimpse of a Superman film screening and set off to find the hero they believe has the power to fix all their problems. While intending to make it to the USA, the homeless brothers' quixotic journey ... Read more
"I was angry, I wrote things down. Stupid, not dangerous." ... In a culture of fear, the line between victim and aggressor becomes hard to trace. But Sean, a high-school outcast, finds himself on the wrong side of that line when he posts a revenge-fuelled tirade online. The comments spark the ... Read more
“Alternately zany, sentimental and remarkably insightful.” - indieWIRE ... It's 1984, and one man rules the playgrounds on the east coast of New Zealand, a man capturing the imaginations and dance shoes of kids everywhere: Michael Jackson. For one 11-year-old boy, he's the best singer and ... Read more
“Visually ravishing and doused in Celtic magic.” - Screen International ... Brought to life through vivid hand-drawn animation, Brendan and the Secret of Kells takes its inspiration from one of the world's most beautiful illuminated manuscripts, The Book of Kells. ... Charged with undertaking a ... Read more
"When they become adults how will these children, who mock the game of war in childhood, play with each other and with the future of humanity?" - filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf ... In 2001 the Taliban destroyed two gigantic 5th century statues of Buddha in the mountains of Balmian, in Afghanistan. In ... Read more
“Serves as a call to action against abuse of students by their peers.” - Variety ... With millions of kids every year suffering schoolyard persecution at the hands of their peers, bullying is the most prevalent form of violence young people experience. From teasing to cyberbullying to the ... Read more
"A road movie/coming-of-ager that's so wondrously quirky and simpatico with its subjects, it'll hold audiences' hearts captive long after its magical end." – Variety ... In the pretty town of Numazu, two young sisters discover their estranged father is dying and are sent by their ... Read more
Based on a bestselling German book series, this raucous rock ‘n' roll adventure is about friends, crushes and surviving high school. ... Three best friends, Hannah, Mila and Kati, navigate the explosive minefield of high school, coping with everything from oddball parents to school stress to the ... Read more
Put on your 3D specs for a fun-filled, animated journey into a parallel world. ... Just when you thought you'd seen everything possible at the movies, filmmaker Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) has created a groundbreaking stop-motion feature in stereoscopic 3D. Based on a children's ... Read more
The awkwardness of adolescence is put on show - literally - as a teen dance troupe prepares to stage a confrontingly physical production. ... Raging hormones add an electric charge to a classic dance piece in Dancing Dreams - a documentary following a group of German teenage dancers as they grapple ... Read more
"Combining elements of Shrek and Truffaut's The Wild Child." – Hollywood Reporter ... This debut feature from skilled French animator Jean-Christophe Dessaint is both beautifully crafted and moving. Featuring the voices of Jean Reno and the late Claude Chabrol, The Day of the Crows ... Read more
The remarkable story of a Cinderella-like transformation from rags to riches - and it's all true. ... Based on the best-selling autobiography of Waris Dirie, Desert Flower is the inspirational true-story of a Somali nomad who escaped a cruel fate to find a better life as a supermodel in England ... Read more
Just because he's a bad guy doesn't mean he's a bad guy. ... Having to suffer the indignity of being the world's number two supervillain is gruelling enough for Gru - a sinister, nasty stick-in-the-mud who's planning on stealing the moon - but when he inherits an orphaned group of girls who want ... Read more
The fairy tales of the world are under threat - and only one unlikely hero can save them. ... An inheritance of books doesn't mean much when you can't read, and that's exactly what seven-year-old Nathaniel has been left by his late Aunt Eleanor. Unhappy with the collection at first, he soon ... Read more
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