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With animated puppets and a witty rhyming commentary the film shows how man has coped through the ages with the problem of keeping himself warm. ... Read more
Without benefit of commentary, Bert Haanstra contrasts the mysterious refinement of the work of men with the uniformity of machines. The approach is light and deft and full of humor, communicating above all a delight in the creativeness of men's hands. The color photography is used for a clear ... Read more
Writer-director Nanouk Leopold's impressive second feature delves into notions of how we create distances and fall out of phase with one another. ... A strong-willed, thirty-something, wife and mother, Anna is an irrigation engineer on aid missions, seemingly leading a comfortable existence. When a ... Read more
Boegel parodies the hero by imitating Bowie. His appearance evokes the image of the pop star which he clearly is not. A woman's fate is ... projected behind him. As the number progresses, more and more white fluid escapes from her mouth. ... Read more
The robust doctor, Angelino, occupies a central position in his village community. He is surrounded by colourful characters, and most of them are his patients. But one of them strikes him especially: she is the new school-teacher and he meets her in his consulting room. Her beauty is enough to make ... Read more
It's Emiel's 10th birthday. He doesn't feel like celebrating, so he hides away in his tree house. His parents try to persuade him to come down but the situation escapes them.. ... Read more
The eternal fight of the Dutch against the encroaching sea has been the subject of many films from the Netherlands in the past. This film does far more than to depict the ravages of ocean and lake, however. It includes some impressive sequences from Joris Iven's 1932 film Zuider Zee, and several ... Read more
“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.” - Kurt Vonnegut ... --- ... D/S Ayse Altinok P Neil C Henry TD betacamsp/2010 ... --- ... D/S Ayse Altinok P Neil C Henry TD betacamsp/2010 ... Read more
Impressions, without commentary, of the city of Rotterdam, which was devastated in 1910. The city is a living organism whose heart was torn away by the brute force of war. Among the ruins a new life has started up &ndash: in the docks, among the bombed out ruins men are at work.' In a mighty ... Read more
This low-budget film, with English and Dutch dialogue, concerns a group of lovesick losers in a very unglamorous Amsterdam. Their 'hardboiled but tragicomic adventures' lend the film its raffish sense of humour and attractive characters, all neatly etched by director Paul Ruven. ... The underworld ... Read more
Paintings placed on a transparent flounce surface turn to the right as their mirror-images disappear to the left of the screen. As they meet in the middle, they form a collage of more or less recognisable elements ... that can be assembled with imagination Into a story. ... Read more
Winner of the FIPRESCI Award at Cannes 2012. ... It is 1942, and on the German-occupied Western frontiers of the Soviet Union, local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign. Two of these partisans, Voitik and Burov, are escorting suspected Nazi collaborator Sushenya to his death when ... Read more
Violence in human life is so ugly as to be fascinating. ... Read more
“Raya Martin's weather-beaten melodrama is one hallucinatory emotional hothouse.” - Time Out New York ... With fake backdrops, overacting, deliberately rough effects and a black and white 1:33 aspect ratio, Independencia harks back to golden era of 1930s cinema to tell an earnest tale about a ... Read more
“Relationships are universal. You can have self-destructive and abusive relationships anywhere in the world.” - Steve Buscemi Before his assassination by an Islamic extremist in 2004, filmmaker Theo van Gogh planned on remaking three of his films in English. Interview was the first. Pierre ... Read more
“If Jacques Tati, the French comic absurdist, had ever made a gangster thriller, it probably would have looked like Invisible Waves.” - Hollywood Reporter This ethereal existential offering from Thai revelation, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, who was the subject of a special MIFF spotlight in 2004 ... Read more
This feminist thriller, only the second narrative feature from Mady Saks, is an engrossing account of how a 30 year old woman who, having turned her back on city life, tries to live an independent existence as a veterinarian in a backward country village. Here she instantly becomes a victim of ... Read more
The iron lady unplugged controls her domestics' bliss. Slave driver and chore checker, she keeps her three workers starching and steaming with her steel claddings and scorching glares. But escape is only a shot of steam away . ... Read more
Using a combination of animation and live action shots, this is a humorous explanation of vibration - particularly in connection with the production of gramophone records. ... Read more
When the mirror separating the 'real world' from the 'world of the dream' breaks, two perceptions are mixed. Borges meets Murnau in this mixed-media animation, the latest installment of Rosto's Mind My Gap graphic novel. Winning the Canal + Prize for Best Short Film in Critics' Week at Cannes, this ... Read more
“Balances sweet and sour in just the right doses” - Variety ... Ten-year-old Jojo lives alone with his security guard father, a sometimes erratic man of few words. Missing his absent mother, a country singer, Jojo finds solace in an unexpected friendship with an abandoned baby jackdaw. ... Read more
Four short experiments in animation, using constantly shifting perspectives. The makers of the films are pupils of Frans Zwartjes, Holland's leading experimental filmmaker. ... Read more
Florencia (co-director, Vera Fogwill) and her daughter, Eugenia (Lucia Snieg), are victims of Argentina's all-consuming economic crisis; they are also refugees of Florencia's own personal crises, the fallout of her ongoing drug abuse. But this is not a depressive film about national and personal ... Read more
Puppet film of a colourful fair. Most ambitious film yet made by Joop Geesink, who is carrying on puppet film. ... Read more
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