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Films In 2007

A young man making his daily walk in the Flemish countryside meets the hostile inhabitants of the region. Special Jury Prize at Clermont Ferrand 08. Australian premiere. --- D/S Marc Roels and Wim Reygaert P Stephanie Deleuze, Aine Clarke WS T42 Films TD DigiBeta/2007/22mins ... Read more
At four years old, Marla Olmstead became an overnight art sensation, her works selling for up to 25,000 US dollars a piece. Then the media and art world turned, with accusations of fraud dogging the Olmstead family. Setting out to cover the remarkable story of a child prodigy, documentary maker ... Read more
“How much will I get? I'm gambling with my life.” ... Battling alcoholism, portly magician Francis (played by real-life magician Francis Bosco) works at a bar while relying on his young son Rajr to clean up after him, following his regular drunken escapades. As Rajr struggles to better himself ... Read more
“Snowy, sleepwalking Winnipeg… I must leave it… I must leave it now. But how to escape one's city?” - Guy MaddinA fantasy documentary blurring the lines between outlandish fact and outright fiction, My Winnipeg is a melding of history and memory as MIFF regular Guy Maddin (Brand ... Read more
Nana's granddaughter thinks Nana's pretty special. She loves her Nana because she helps the old people; she's a good painter and other people love her too. Nana's got everyone under control. ... D/S Warwick Thornton P Kath Shelper TD video/col/2007/6mins ... Read more
Harry really wants a rabbit. Harry's dad really wants his wife back. But both seem to have forgotten that they already have each other. --- D/S David Michôd P Angie Fielder & Polly Staniford TD 35mm/2007/15mins ... Read more
Based on a story by Roddy Doyle, this comedic short captures the experience of being the new kid in school through the eyes of Joseph, a nine-year-old African boy. --- D/S Steph Green P Tamara Anghie TD 35mm/2007/11mins ... Read more
Nigger! That's what the sign says. Nigger Lovers portrays indigenous Australian of the year Stephen Hagan's fight against a Toowoombain sign all the way to the UN. The film questions whether things have really changed over the past 200 years when it comes to racism. ... D Rhonda Hagan P Daryl ... Read more
WORLD PREMIERE ... A stunning and cinematic big screen event documentary celebrating Australia at night. ... Showing society in all its forms, people and places, urban and rural, Night explores the universal nature of night and how we experience it. Beautiful and arresting imagery captures the mood ... Read more
A chilling drama set in China's inhospitable industrial western provinces. ... After making a humorous debut with Uniform (MIFF 04), filmmaker Diao Yinan performs an about-face with this strikingly composed, minimalist drama that dives into inhospitable depths, leaving a chill that lingers long ... Read more
“Rembrandt is captured in all his joyful, bawdy, self-analyzing ways, prey to passions and capable of real love.” - Variety ... Director Peter Greenaway (The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover) returns with an exploration of greed, lust and art with Nightwatching, the story of Rembrandt and ... Read more
“Kolya locates a spiritual cousin in feel-good crowd-pleaser Noodle.” - Variety ... A twice war-widowed flight attendant in her late 30s, Miri enjoys the life of a jetsetter but ultimately returns home to an empty nest. When her housekeeper is deported as an illegal immigrant, Miri finds ... Read more
Misunderstood and fake memories of a relationship surface in the space between dreams and consciousness (Not in comp). --- D/S Reka Gacs P/WS Royal College of Art TD DigiBeta/2007/6mins ... Read more
“Seven years of celestial field recordings gathered from the chaos of the cosmos and inscribed onto 16mm film from various locations upon this turning tripod Earth.” - Jeanne Liotta. Awarded Best Experimental Film at Rotterdam IFF 2008. Australian Premiere. --- D Jeanne Liotta TD ... Read more
Filmed from aboard the ‘Gallivant', Offshore is a textured chronicle of Kotting's relay swim of the English channel, with commentary from iconic London diarist Iain Sinclair. --- D/S Andrew Kotting TD DigiBeta/2007/20mins ... Read more
“I don't think I've ever seen more tension-filled sequences of this sort.” - critic and historian David Bordwell ... Affectionately called ‘Old Fish' by the locals, a cop approaching retirement is the only person in town deemed qualified to dispose of recently discovered landmines left behind ... Read more
“My dreams came true… I saw America changed by music.” - Harry Smith Filmmaker, musician, painter, mystic and string collector… Harry Smith was a man of many talents. He was catapulted into the American cultural conscious after spearheading the Anthology of American Folk Music in ... Read more
In the dark streets of Prague, surreal scenarios and enchanted vignettes entwine to create a disturbing tryptic of urban peculiarities. ... We visit an apartment building of people with magnificent misshapen heads and dreadful ideas about animals. They perform bedroom bear hunts, practice live pet ... Read more
Photos and drawings from photos: Paper, cut, torn crumpled - re-animated - re-photographed - re-presented in a gallery space: an examination of the iconographic, indexical and symbolic aspects of images and the ethics of representing and being in, the land. ... ---D/S/P Bridget Walker TD video/col ... Read more
“Christopher Zalla's smartly scripted first feature is an exhilarating dog-eat-dog thriller brimming with style and exceptional performances.” - Sundance Film Festival ... Winner of the 2007 Sundance Grand Jury prize, Padre Nuestro is a thrilling ride through the dirty underworld of Mexican ... Read more
“My mother's home and she'll confirm this, I'm not a terrorist.” ... On 22 December, 1989 Nicolae Ceausescu's 24-year communist dictatorship came to an end; what happened next is anyone's guess. The military coup and insurrection leaves everyone guessing as to who is running the country ... Read more
“Any stragglers still unconvinced that animation can be an exciting medium for both adults and kids alike will run out of arguments in the face of Persepolis.” - VarietyAn engaging animated tale of an eight-year-old girl whose life is upturned during Iran's Islamic revolution. Adapted by ... Read more
“I don't know if Pete Seeger believes in saints, but I believe he is one.” - Chicago Sun-Times ... A man and a musician who believes music can change the world, Pete Seeger continues to be what the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines calls “the high priest of folk music”.Ego-free, with an innate ... Read more
“This is one of the craziest dances in the world.”Forgotten by the mainstream and written off as an embarrassing 80s fad, break dancing had a long climb back to being accepted by the masses, but on the streets and in underground clubs from Tokyo to the USA it never died, bubbling under the ... Read more
Every relationship needs its fantasies; some are more real than others. ... Arriving back in Thailand after a decade abroad, Wit and his wife Dang check in to a five-star hotel downtown. As Dang sleeps, a jet-lagged Wit retires to the hotel bar where he meets Ploy, a Lolita-like 19-year-old girl ... Read more
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