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Films In 2011

Sketches and illustrations of comet sightings throughout the ages are presented alongside NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory footage. ... D/P Deborah Stratman WS Pythagoras Films TD 16mm/2011 ... Read more
“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
"[Director] Takashi Miike is in top, slashtastic form." - Variety ... Kinetic Japanese director Takashi Miike (Audition, MIFF 2000, Sukiyaki Western Django, MIFF 2007) returns with an homage to his legendary compatriot Akira Kurosawa. ... In 19th century Japan, a time of peace is threatened by the ... Read more
An inter-continental journey with a little girl lost and an adult looking to be found. ... For Mei Mei (Zhu Lin), escaping her orphan upbringing and becoming part of a real family is a dream that has forever seemed impossibly out of reach. When her orphanage travels to Australia to take part in the ... 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
Sweeping the Berlinale awards with wins for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Actress, A Separation is one of most engrossing films of the year. ... A middle-class Iranian couple, already in the midst of an unpleasant separation, find themselves drawn into a web of half-truths and manipulation after ... Read more
Belgian filmmaking's most revered auteur returns with a freewheeling adaptation of Joseph Conrad's first novel. ... Atmospheric, subversive and impeccably controlled, Almayer's Folly continues Chantal Akerman's (Jeanne Dielman, MIFF 79; Night and Day, MIFF 92) lifelong pursuit of a new form of ... Read more
“A bracing experience for those who want animation to be more than 3D superheroics and anthropomorphic animal stories.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Alois Nebel is an isolated train dispatcher at a lonely station on the Czechoslovak border in the 80s. His life is quiet, disrupted only by the fog ... Read more
“A truly original work and a masterpiece of contemporary existentialism.” - Cinema Scope ... A mysterious underground club known as Alps offers a most unusual service: to stand in for your dearly departed, taking on their mannerisms and wearing their clothes, until you have overcome your loss ... Read more
Underground filmmaker Ken Jacobs (Capitalism: Slavery, MIFF 2008) explores colonialism and industrialisation via an imagined train journey through a militarised Southeast Asian country. ... D/P Ken Jacobs TD digibeta/2011 ... Read more
Henry Hills (Porter Springs 4, MIFF 99) directs this visually and acoustically arresting cut-up epic that combines a wide variety of footage - both found and shot by the filmmaker - underscored with pieces from The Bribe, John Zorn's 1986 musical tribute to crime fiction writer Mickey Spillane. ... Read more
"Rowland was Australia's most unique, gifted and uncompromising guitarist." - Nick Cave ... Guitarist, songwriter and artist Rowland S. Howard was an instrumental figure in the Australian rock scene, particularly renowned for his role in seminal post-punk outfit The Birthday Party. In a career ... Read more
"An assured, darkly humorous portrait of an affluent class in hedonistic self-denial, Avalon marks the arrival of a promising new voice in Swedish filmmaking." - FIPRESCI jury, Toronto International Film Festival ... With characters inspired by the director's parents and their friends, this ... Read more
Abandoned in a country town by his guardian, a young, solitary albino boy spends his days playing chicken and spying on his neighbours until a bizarre encounter forces him to connect. ... D/S Billie Pleffer P Rita Walsh, Stacey Kwijas WS VCA School of Film & Television L no dialogue TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
An intimate study of sisterly dynamics in a time of transition. ... Drawing on memories from her own life as a young girl, Milagros Mumenthaler's debut feature is set in Buenos Aires at the end of a summer and against a soundtrack of soft folk music from the 60 and 70s. Three sisters must adjust to ... Read more
Mika finds a dead bird in her swimming pool and asks her middle-aged neighbour to help remove it. The resulting afternoon of playful flirting leads to something far more confronting. ... Screens with Girl Model (USA, 80 mins). ... D/S Adi Kutner P Rona Feldman, Adi Kutner L Hewbrew w/English ... Read more
Hollywood actor Michael Rapaport brings the story of hip-hop's finest to the screen with a fan's devotion. ... Prior to their breakup in 1998, the legendary A Tribe Called Quest were pioneers of alternative hip-hop, fusing jazz sounds with a creative lyrical approach that resonated with fans ... Read more
Winner of the Queer Palm award at Cannes. ... The first Afrikaans-language film to ever be screened at Cannes, Beauty tells the story of François, a middle-aged man whose well ordered existence comes unravelled. A chance encounter with Christian, the son of a long lost friend, ignites ... Read more
A vision of a city environmentally at the end of its tether. ... When photographer Wang Jiuliang began looking into waste disposal in China's capital, he had no idea of the scale of the city's environmental problems. Out beyond Beijing's Sixth Ring Road he found a ring of another kind - hundreds of ... Read more
"There are Piggy people in the world, and Kermit people, and Grover people, but Elmo people are everywhere." - Variety ... Red, furry and with an infectious laugh that teaches children to hug, Elmo is one of Sesame Street's smallest and most loved puppets. But behind the cuddly monster is Kevin ... Read more
“Though this debut feature from New Zealand director/writer Miro Bilbrough is a self-confessed ‘love letter to Sydney' it comes with… something of a European sensibility.” - Screen Daily ... Venice (Alice McConnell) is having trouble with the men in her life. On the night her ex-hippy ... Read more
A playful yet profoundly intimate portrait of singer-songwriter Ben Lee, and a fascinating portrayal of celebrity. ... Destined for stardom, Ben Lee cemented his place in the annals of Australian pop with his catchy tunes and his extraordinary self-confidence. Despite a remarkable musical career ... Read more
“It's sometimes said that cinema's power lies in letting us see the world through other people's eyes, an idea taken to a literal extreme by Romanian writer/director Adrian Sitaru.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Best Intentions explores, through subjective point-of-view cinematography, the nature of ... Read more
"Some people think you have a certain amount of songs before you dry up. I tend to think it's like an amount of time, so I'm racing against time constantly." - Jay Reatard ... In 2010, at the age of 29, garage rock legend Jay Reatard was found dead in his Memphis home, a lethal cocktail of booze ... Read more
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