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Melbourne International Film Festival 2010: Film Lineup

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The Film Line-up for the 2010 Melbourne International Film Festival has been announced. For me, the highlights for this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival would be The Disappearance of Alice Creed, The Killer Inside Me, Splice, Enter the Void, and The Messenger. I’ve seen both films. The Messenger‘s is excellent and Splice is full of surprises. Opening the festival this year will be The Wedding Party. Peruse the full film line-up showing at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival below.

¿Donde está Kim Basinger?

(France/Argentina, 28 min)
A French road trip in Argentina turns into a mission for Marcus to cheer up his recently dumped brother Antoine.… More >

THE ‘BURBS (1989)

(USA, 102 min)
“A divine comedy full of corrosive humor… and a film that anticipates the Judd Apatow comedy brand, full of immature adults who fulfill (and enjoy) themselves through all forms of regress… More >

1428

(China, 116 min)
A first-hand account of the Great Sichuan Earthquake that shows the human face of a massive tragedy.… … The statistics are mind-boggling: 70,000 dead, 375,000 casualties. In 1428 filmma… More >

1981

(Canada, 102 min)
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 R… More >

5150 ELM’S WAY

(Canada, 106 min)
A film student stumbles into the lair of a righteous serial killer in this chilling adaptation of a best-selling novel by Patrick Senécal.… … When film student Ian (played by Marc-… More >

72 HOUR PROJECT

(90 min)
A team of Irish filmmakers are setting out to make a cinema-quality feature film in just 72 hours.… … The Ballad of Des & Mo is a romantic comedy that will be made on the fly on loc… More >

ACCELERATOR 1

(103 min)
A must-see program of short films from the hottest new filmmaking talent from Australia, New Zealand and Canada.… More >

ACCELERATOR 2

(94 min)
A must-see program of short films from the hottest new filmmaking talent from Australia and New Zealand.… More >

THE ACTRESSES

(South Korea, 104 min)
There are three kinds of people in the world – men, women and actresses.… … Six ravishingly beautiful Korean movie stars make light of their professional personae in this witty, t… More >

ADRIFT

(Vietnam, 105 min)
“A subtle, melancholy exploration of erotic angst and uncomfortable awakening.” – New York Times… … In steamy, rain-sodden Hanoi, a bride spends her wedding night wait… More >

AIR DOLL

(Japan, 116 min)
‘I found myself with a heart I was not supposed to have.’– Nozomi, the inflatable doll… The subject of a MIFF spotlight in 2007, filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda (Still Walking, MIFF 09; Nobody… More >

ALAMAR

(Mexico, 70 min)
“Documentary? Fiction?… simply, and finally, a film – albeit one of uncommon and delicately achieved beauty.” – Cinema Scope… … Hoping to impart somet… More >

Alma

(Spain, 6 min)
Skipping through her snow-covered town, Alma spots a familiar looking doll in a window. Foolishly, she decides to enter…… More >

Amadi

(New Zealand, 15 min)
Alone in a foreign country Amadi knows that a person’s face can never tell their full story – but his heartbreak and that of his neighbour may be more similar than he realises.… More >

AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE

(USA, 89 min)
“A story of art-making and mental illness and the sometimes thin line between both.” – Variety… … The haunting account of the life and times of performer and monologis… More >

THE ANGEL

(Norway/Sweden, 97 min)
A compassionate account of drug dependence, adapted from the true story of a young mother’s descent into heroin addiction.… … A young mother-to-be finds her world crumbling around… More >

Angry Man

(Norway, 20 min)
“One day I hope to be like daddy, my big, kind daddy! I’ll be good, and quiet, and hope the day will turn out fine.”… More >

ANIMATION SHORTS 1

(89 min)
From the hand-drawn to the computer-generated, this programs of shorts showcases a startling selection of animated shorts.… More >

ANIMATION SHORTS 2

(94 min)
From the hand-drawn to the computer-generated, this programs of shorts showcases a startling selection of animated shorts.… More >

APART TOGETHER

(China, 95 min)
“Opens up deep historical wounds and generational traumas created by China’s civil war, but does not press on them, exploring instead more universal human dilemmas.” – Hollywoo… More >

AROUND A SMALL MOUNTAIN

(France/Italy, 84 min)
“In Rivette-land, there is no life without art and vice versa.” – Screen International… For Kate, a broken-down car and a broken-down life both get a jump start from a chance … More >

The Astronomer’s Sun

(UK, 6 min)
A young man finds the answer to humanity in the stars, confronting his past and following his father into the unknown.… More >

AU HASARD, BALTHAZAR

(France, 95 min)
The burden of humanity is placed on the shoulders and into the very being of one of God’s forgotten creatures in Bresson’s masterpiece, the ultimate animal film.… Baptised by three childr… More >

AU REVOIR TAIPEI

(Taiwan/USA, 85 min)
“A perky urban dramedy that makes one smile from ear to ear.”  – Hollywood Reporter… … Filmmaker Arvin Chen combines a colourful visual aesthetic and a hilarious … More >

AUSTRALIAN SHORTS

(86 min)
Sourcing this country’s best new talent, this program of homegrown shorts is insightful, moving and funny.… More >

AUSTRALIANA

(113 min)
Homegrown Fulldome films ranging in diversity from Black Holes to Australia’s first Fulldome dance film.… More >

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NICOLAE CEAUSESCU

(Romania, 180 min)
“After all, a dictator is simply an artist who is able to fully put into practice his egotism. It is a mere question of aesthetic level, whether he turns out to be Baudelaire or Bolintineanu, Louis X… More >

Autumn Man

(Sweden, 29 min)
Absurd humour amongst the changing of the seasons as two jinxed, soulless desperadoes try anything for a free cup of coffee.… More >

Bad Language

(Australia, 14 min)
A little bit of gambling, a place to hide from the wife, good coffee and a lot of Greek. If you don’t speak it, you’re in trouble.… More >

BANANAS!*

(Sweden, 88 min)
“A front-row seat to a landmark Erin Brockovich-style trial.” – Variety… … Following a historic first court case in the Los Angeles Superior Court and ending with a ve… More >

Barking Island

(France, 15 min)
An elegant animation that shows that for the dogs of Constantinople, 1910 was a very bad year. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes.… More >

BEESWAX

(USA, 100 min)
“[Filmmaker] Bujalski is both a neo-hipster Woody Allen and a Rohmer-like romantic.” – Cinema Scope… … Twin sisters in Austin, Texas, fumble their way through the vici… More >

BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO

(USA/Japan, 90 min)
“It’s as though Sofia Coppola had scrapped Lost in Translation midway through to focus instead on elephant beetles.” – Austin Chronicle… The ineffable mystery of Japan’s… More >

Berik

(Denmark, 16 min)
Blind and deformed from radiation poisoning, Berik spends his days alone at home – that is until 11-year-old Adil comes knocking.… More >

BEST MIFF SHORTS SCREENING

(120 min)
A repeat screening of the best shorts of the Festival, as chosen by the MIFF Shorts Awards jury.… More >

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

(Sri Lanka/France, 85 min)
“The forces of history, of the past, the forces of nature… the forces of cinema, all come to a clash and to explode.” – filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara… … Rajith … More >

BIBLIOTHÈQUE PASCAL

(Hungary/Germany/UK, 111 min)
“Spins a dark fairytale, riffing on various storytelling traditions from circus puppet shows to great literature.” – Screen International… … An original and outlandish… More >

BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK

(USA, 84 min)
“We all get dressed for Bill.” – Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief… … Unassuming and unpretentious, cycling through the streets of Manhattan with his battered Nikon … More >

BLACK BUS

(Israel, 75 min)
To the Ultra-Orthodox Haredim, segregation is for your own safety.… … Over the last decade the number of prohibitions for the women followers of Ultra-Orthodox Judaism (known as Haredi)… More >

THE BLACKS

(Croatia, 78 min)
Looking for the enemy, they found it where nobody expected – in themselves.… … From acclaimed Croatian filmmakers Goran Devic and Zvonimir Juric comes a film vilifying the crimes … More >

BLAME

(Australia, 90 min)
To get away with murder you can’t make mistakes. … … Seeking justice and revenge, five friends violently attack a man in his remote country house. Their plan: the perfect mur… More >

BLANK CITY

(USA, 94 min)
“It felt like our lives were movies.” – singer Debbie Harry… … A meticulously observed document of New York underground film in the late 70s and early 80s, Blank City z… More >

BORDER

(Armenia/Netherlands, 82 min)
This wordless wonder examines life in the wake of the Armenian–Azerbaijan conflict, as seen through the eyes of a stray buffalo.… … In this poetic drama, given framework by the pa… More >

BOY

(New Zealand, 87 min)
“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 ca… More >

THE BOYS: THE SHERMAN BROTHERS STORY

(USA, 102 min)
‘So many people knew their songs, but not many people knew the boys.’ – Julie Andrews… Their award-winning work brought success to some of the most memorable films of all time, from Mary … More >

BRING’EM BACK + DRIVE

(100 min)
Two homegrown documentaries on issues of transport.… More >

BRING’EM BACK!

(Australia, 45 min)
Bring’Em Back is a political and emotional plea for the return of Melbourne’s beloved ‘connies’ – or conductors, for those of you of a younger vintage.… Director Phillip Donne… More >

BROTHERHOOD

(Denmark, 97 min)
More than just a gay neo-Nazi film.… Violent and affectionate, brutal and touching, Nicolo Donato’s feature debut is a tale that delves into the dichotomy of homosexuality within the rank… More >

Bruce

(UK, 4 min)
Advances in open-source synthetic biology allow a young man to grow his very own familiar-looking action hero.… More >

The Cage

(Romania, 17 min)
An injured bird puts new strain on an already tough family relationship.… More >

CANE TOADS: THE CONQUEST

(Australia/USA, 85 min)
“Rarely has an ecological menace appeared as entertaining.” – Hollywood Reporter… … Frog-marching their way across the nation for the last 75 years, these amphibian in… More >

Careful With That Crossbow

(New Zealand, 2 min)
He was careful with an axe, he was careful with a power tool, now he’s armed to the teeth. … More >

CARLOS PART 1

(France, 98 min)
“Bravura narrative filmmaking on a hugely ambitious scale, Carlos is a spectacular achievement.” – Variety… … The career exploits of Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ram… More >

CARLOS PART 2

(France, 106 min)
“Bravura narrative filmmaking on a hugely ambitious scale, Carlos is a spectacular achievement.” – Variety… … The career exploits of Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ram… More >

CARLOS PART 3

(France, 115 min)
“Bravura narrative filmmaking on a hugely ambitious scale, Carlos is a spectacular achievement.” – Variety… … The career exploits of Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ram… More >

CATERPILLAR

(Japan, 85 min)
“This masterpiece has the blunt force of a tank rolling over naked flesh.” – Hollywood Reporter… … When Lieutenant Kyuzo Kurokawa returns home from WWII a hero –… More >

CATFISH

(USA, 94 min)
“Documenting in tantalizing detail the twist-filled true story of a young man fooled by Facebook.” – Variety… … When New York photographer Nev Schulman receives a pain… More >

CELL 211

(Spain/France, 110 min)
“Satisfyingly intense… keeps the viewer tightly handcuffed.” – Variety … … A gritty, edge-of-your-seat thriller filled with powerhouse performances and calc… More >

CERTIFIED COPY

(France/Italy, 106 min)
“Imagine a middle-aged Before Sunrise rolled up with Under the Tuscan Sun but spiked with elements of The Game.” – Screen International… … At the European launch of hi… More >

CHICKS (LIFE AT THE RANCH)

(France, 92 min)
Dogs in Space goes to Paris.… … A group of early-twenty-something Parisian girls party, pick up and hang out in this visceral and hilarious debut from Sophie Letourneur.… …… More >

China’s Unnatural Disaster: The T…

(USA, 39 min)
For those grieving for the 70,000 who died in the Sichuan Province’s 2008 earthquake, justice is just one more thing they’ll have to live without.… More >

CHLOE

(USA/Canada/France, 96 min)
A steamy Hitchcockian thriller that delves into the realm of sexual jealousy.… … Eroticism as seen through the eyes of Atom Egoyan (Exotica) comes elegantly composed with caressing came… More >

Chocolate Cake

(Australia, 15 min)
“Falling in love with guys who are 21 when one is one’s 30s is like eating a lot… a lot of chocolate cake.”… More >

Choice Night

(New Zealand, 16 min)
In one night, the choice between his footy mates and the girl he likes will change a teenager’s life.… More >

CITIES ON SPEED – BOGOTA CHANGE

(Denmark, 55 min)
Bogotá Change… … Ridden with crime and drugs, Bogotá was once considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Then Antanus Mockus – a man fired from his univers… More >

CITIES ON SPEED – CAIRO GARBAGE

(Denmark, 51 min)
Cairo Garbage… … With 10,000 tonnes of new garbage produced every day, Cairo is drowning in its own waste. Even the ‘garbage people’ who for years have made a living from the… More >

CITIES ON SPEED – MUMBAI DISCONNECTED

(Denmark, 59 min)
Mumbai Disconnected… … With a population set to grow from 18 million to 28.5 million in the next 10 years – 80% of whom currently catch the train to and from work each day – … More >

CITIES ON SPEED – SHANGHAI SPACE

(Denmark, 60 min)
Shanghai Space… … In a city that grows by half a million people per year, space is a precious commodity. Shanghai’s rapid expansion is forcing officials to look at subterranean acc… More >

CITIES ON SPEED PROGRAM 1

(119 min)
The gripping first two stories in a four-part documentary project on the world’s largest megacities.… More >

CITIES ON SPEED PROGRAM 2

(106 min)
The thought-provoking final instalments in the Cities on Speed project.… More >

CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH

(China, 135 min)
“Gut-wrenchingly up close and personal.” – Variety… … Filmmaker Lu Chuan (Kekexili: Mountain Patrol, MIFF 2004) shows the ‘Rape of Nanking’ to be an approp… More >

THE CLINIC

(Australia, 90 min)
How far would you go to get back what was taken from you?… A slow-burning psychological thriller based on true events, The Clinic is the debut feature from Australian writer-director James Rabb… More >

COLLAPSE

(USA, 82 min)
Crackpot. Conspiracy theorist. Genius.… … Investigative journalist and former policeman Michael Ruppert has been called many things – from ‘conspiracy theorist’ … More >

COOKING HISTORY

(Austria/Slovakia/Czech Republic, 88 min)
6 wars, 10 recipes, 60,361,024 dead.… … If the cooks went on strike would there still be war? Pondering this question and looking at six of the greatest, bloodiest wars of Europe’… More >

COWBOYS IN PARADISE

(Singapore, 83 min)
The unassuming film that inflamed an internet controversy and raised the ire of Indonesian authorities.… … After meeting a 12-year-old Indonesian boy who announced “When I grow up… More >

DANCING DREAMS

(Germany, 89 min)
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 elec… More >

Danny Boy

(Poland/Switzerland, 10 min)
Sadness and alienation fill a young poet’s heart, but is there another who may give him hope?… More >

THE DAY WILL COME

(Germany/France, 103 min)
A dramatic psychological thriller about a secret 30 years in the making.… … When a family of four living on a rambling vineyard in Alsace-Lorraine open their doors to a young woman &nda… More >

Deeper Than Yesterday

(Australia, 20 min)
After three months in the belly of a Russian submarine, even the best men can and will become savages.… More >

The Delian Mode

(Canada, 25 min)
A short experimental documentary on electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, best known for her work on the Doctor Who theme.… More >

The Descent

(Israel, 20 min)
On a journey to find materials for their son’s tombstone, a family’s repressed feeling of loss come to the surface.… More >

DESERT FLOWER

(Germany/Austria/France, 120 min)
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 Flow… More >

DESPICABLE ME

(USA, 92 min)
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 G… More >

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED

(UK, 100 min)
“Taut, superbly executed and consistently engrossing.” – Hollywood Reporter… … Kidnapped, thrown in a van and locked away in a purpose-built room, it seems the end is … More >

DOCO SHORTS

(98 min)
Casting a watchful lens over a series of very different subjects, this program of documentary shorts presents the world at its most raw.… More >

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark Room

(Poland, 35 min)
Lata tends to put her dad up on a pedestal, but as Father’s Day approaches all the secrets he’s hiding threaten to bring him down.… More >

DOWN TERRACE

(UK, 89 min)
“If The Sopranos had been cooked up by Mike Leigh instead of David Chase, the result might resemble Down Terrace.” – Cinematical … … This black suburban comedy fr… More >

DREAM HOME

(Hong Kong, 96 min)
Spiralling property prices push a woman over the edge, in this blood-spattered black comedy.… … An aspiring yuppie wants to forget her impoverished childhood and secure the home of her … More >

THE DREAMER

(Indonesia, 122 min)
“I may not know where I’m going, but I’ll always know where to come home to.”… … The follow-up to one of Indonesia’s most celebrated box office hits, 2008&… More >

DREAMLAND

(Australia, 86 min)
‘It could be easier to ask what isn’t Dreamland about. But I think the answer would still be the same. Everything and nothing, all at the same time.’ – filmmaker Ivan Sen… Set somewhere o… More >

Dreams from the Woods

(Sweden, 9 min)
Dreams and reality merge in shadow puppet theatre, with a mesmerising story about a girl, a bird and death.… More >

DREAMS IN COPENHAGEN

(Denmark, 72 min)
A voyeuristic ode to the buildings and landscapes of Denmark’s capital.… A tribute to the physical surroundings that shape the lives of Copenhagen locals, Max Kestner’s documentary … More >

DRIVE

(Australia, 55 min)
Drive is a film about lethal combinations. A documentary project conceived by community organisation Big hART, it goes behind the official advertising campaigns to produce a highly personal and cinem… More >

Echo

(Poland, 15 min)
The powerful echo of two schoolboys’ actions resonates as they reconstruct their crime and relive the pain of what they have done.… More >

EINE NACHT DER MUSIK

(113 min)
Two new Fulldome music films direct from Germany, a visual extravaganza and a symphony of sound.… More >

ELEANOR’S SECRET

(France, 80 min)
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&rs… More >

Elephantiasis

(Australia, 12 min)
Meredith suffers a serious affliction – Elephantiasis: being showered with elephant-themed gifts on any occasion. It’s a pity she hates elephants.… More >

ENTER THE VOID

(France/Germany/Italy, 154 min)
“A wild, hallucinatory mindfuck for adults… defies cinema convention in every way.” – Screen International… … Gaspar Noé (Irreversible) continues his stand… More >

EXODUS: BURNT BY THE SUN 2

(Germany/France/Russia, 150 min)
A long-awaited sequel and the most expensive Russian film ever made.… … Burnt by the Sun claimed both the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and the Cannes Grand Prix in 1994. It took … More >

EXPERIMENTAL PROJECTIONS

(128 min)
A feast of the best new experimental Fulldome works from around the world.… More >

EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS

(85 min)
From mind-bending animation to abstract cinema, these experimental offerings leap the boundaries of traditional film and keep on running.… More >

THE FAMILY JAMS

(USA, 81 min)
Three bands, a van and a harp – a rambling tour through the inception of ‘freak folk’.… … In the summer of 2004, folk-rockers Vetiver joined Devendra Banhart and Joann… More >

A Family Portrait

(UK, 5 min)
A picture perfect memento to hang on the wall becomes a ‘happy’ family snap from a family about to snap.… More >

Fatso

(Australia, 8 min)
Being an overweight lift attendant has its ups and downs.… More >

FILM SOCIALISME

(Switzerland/France, 101 min)
“We’ve entered into an era with the digital wherein, for different reasons, humanity will be confronted by problems which will not have the luxury of being expressed.”… R… More >

A FILM UNFINISHED

(Israel, 89 min)
A glimpse inside the Nazi propaganda machine provides a revealing meditation on the construction of history.… … This is a story about the longest film made by the Nazi propaganda unit o… More >

FIRST SQUAD: THE MOMENT OF TRUTH

(Russia/Japan/Canada, 70 min)
As the forces of the Third Reich clash with the Red Army on the Eastern Front, a hidden war is waged between Nazi occultists and a Russian psychic.… … In 1942, as Nazi Germany marches o… More >

Flag Mountain

(UK, 8 min)
In Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus, a display of nationalism is taken to its logical conclusion.… More >

FLICKAN

(Sweden, 98 min)
“A haunting, poetic portrait of childhood solitude.” – Variety… … Relegated to the care of a flaky aunt when her parents go on holiday, a nine-year-old girl finds hers… More >

Flyscreen

(Australia, 8 min)
An abstract fly’s-eye-view of the world featured in experimental 16mm cine-cubism.… More >

FOR Y’R HEIGHT ONLY

(Philippines, 93 min)
This 1981 Filipino heightsploitation classic is a satire of the James Bond series that – while featuring a hero short in stature – doesn’t fail to measure up in the cheesy action de… More >

FOUR LIONS

(UK, 101 min)
“The most engaging and fuzzy-warm film about people who want to kill you that you’ll ever see.” – Empire… What’s so funny about jihad? Everything apparently in this sati… More >

Franswa Sharl

(Australia, 14 min)
When his dad’s competitive streak gets out of hand Greg finds that remaining number one son requires a certain amount of ingenuity.… More >

FUCK OFF POLICE CAR

(South Africa, 108 min)
“It’s a band that changed South African music, and that’s as big a legacy as you can get.” … … Putting together an Afrikaans punk band started out as a kind… More >

GARBO: THE SPY

(Spain, 88 min)
“In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” – Winston Churchill… Truth comes stranger than fiction in this le Carré-like account o… More >

THE GENIUS AND THE BOYS

(Sweden, 84 min)
‘How could such a brilliant man be so deluded?’ – Independent… The youngest person ever to graduate from Harvard Medical School, D. Carleton Gajdusek was a brilliant mind who won the Nobe… More >

GENIUS WITHIN: THE INNER LIFE OF GLENN …

(Canada, 108 min)
A fascinating look at a legend in the classical music scene, which delves into the man behind the carefully cultivated public persona.… Renowned for his interpretations of Bach, pianist Glenn G… More >

A Gentle Creature

(Belgium, 19 min)
With papers signed, the tax advantages agreed upon and procedures put in place, a young couple begin a confronting and disturbing ritual.… More >

Germaine Greer In Conversation

(90 min)
Screening as part of the MIFF Premiere Fund this year, Mother of Rock tells the story of Australian journalist Lillian Roxon, matriarch of the revolutionary late 60s New York music scene. In 1970 Ger… More >

THE GHOST WRITER

(France/Germany/UK, 95 min)
Roman Polanski returns with a sinuous political thriller, laden with intrigue and dread.… … Ghost writing the ex-British Prime Minister’s memoirs spirals into a game of intrigue a… More >

Glenn Owen Dodds

(Australia, 17 min)
So you don’t believe in the Supreme Being, the creator of the universe, the almighty God? Then you haven’t met Glenn Owen Dodds.… More >

The Gravediggers

(Poland, 9 min)
The atrocities of the Bosnian war live on in the hearts and minds of those who survived, and those that took part.… More >

Great Man and Cinema

(USA, 4 min)
A modern-day faux propaganda film made in the style of North Korea’s nationalistic Juche cinema.… More >

GREEN DAYS

(Iran/France, 71 min)
The bloody violence of the 2009 Iranian elections explodes onscreen in this audacious film by 21-year-old Iranian filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf.… … A new wave of hope has sent the Iranian p… More >

GREMLINS (1984)

(USA, 106 min)
Never expose them to light. Never let them get wet. But, most of all, never, ever let them eat after midnight.… … E.T. goes Alien. Simple rules get easily broken in Dante’s most f… More >

GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH (1990)

(USA, 106 min)
“The movie is smarter, wilder and more unfettered than the original Gremlins.” – New Yorker… … The Gremlins go to Manhattan in this brilliantly hyperbolic follow up th… More >

HAHAHA

(South Korea, 116 min)
“For Hong’s fans as well as art film-inclined audiences coming to his films new, this is as tangy and refreshing as sangria.” – Hollywood Reporter… Receiving the top prize in … More >

Hen Night

(Austria, 3 min)
A silent view of six women and their interaction with the camera, showing how the camera’s presence always creates an inauthentic moment.… More >

The Henhouse

(UK, 7 min)
Even a hungry fox in the henhouse has to sing for his supper. But if he succeeds will it be worth it?… More >

THE HOLE

(USA, 92 min)
“You’ve got a gateway to hell under your house… and that is really cool.”… Moving to a new town is hard – and finding a bottomless pit in your basement isn’t going to help. F… More >

HOME BY CHRISTMAS

(New Zealand, 93 min)
“A classic New Zealand story, perfectly told.” – New Zealand Herald… … On his way home from rugby practice, Ed Preston joined the New Zealand army. He promised his pre… More >

HOMECOMING (2005)

(USA, 58 min)
“This is a horror story because most characters are Republicans.” – Joe Dante… … “If I had one wish, I would wish for your son to come back,” says an oily … More >

HONEY

(Turkey, 103 min)
“A movie without spiritual values is like useless knowledge.” – filmmaker Semih Kaplano?lu… … Winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival,… More >

Hortum

(Netherlands/USA, 7 min)
“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… More >

Hotel 66

(UK/Singapore, 15 min)
For a lone security guard and a mysterious guest at the Hotel 66, curiosity and fascination gives way to something more.… More >

THE HOUSEMAID

(South Korea, 106 min)
“An operatic, sensuous social satire that dares to be different from the original classic.” – Hollywood Reporter … … Controversial Korean director Im Sang-soo (A … More >

THE HOUSEMAID (1960)

(South Korea, 111 min)
“[Director Kim Ki-young is] capable of probing deep into the human mind, its desires and impulses, while paying sarcastic attention to the details.” – Cahiers du Cinéma… More >

HOW MUCH DOES YOUR BUILDING WEIGH, MR. …

(UK/Spain, 78 min)
‘The architect really has no power. That is the truth.’ – Lord Norman Foster… One of the world’s most prolific modern architects, Lord Norman Foster has designed renowned buildings … More >

HUBBLE 3D

(Canada, 45 min)
Strap on your 3D glasses for a voyage into the outer reaches of deep space on Melbourne’s biggest screen at IMAX.… … Join seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis as they emba… More >

HUGH HEFNER: PLAYBOY, ACTIVIST AND REBEL

(Canada, 135 min)
‘There isn’t a man alive who wouldn’t give his left nut to be Hugh Hefner.’ – Gene Simmons… At Hugh Hefner’s 80th birthday, Brigitte Bermen convinced him to divulge the ‘real … More >

THE HUNTER

(Iran/Germany, 92 min)
Corruption in modern Iran comes under fire in The Hunter, a neo-realist drama that veers into thriller territory. … … In the icy woods outside of Tehran, security guard Ali lets of… More >

I KILLED MY MOTHER

(Canada, 100 min)
An audacious coming-of-age comedy about the relationship between a mother and son, from a talented auteur barely out of his teens.… … Sixteen-year-old Hubert is a volatile teenager at w… More >

I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS

(USA/Canada, 102 min)
Schemes can come true.… … When family man Steve Russell (Jim Carrey) has a near-death experience his American dream starts to feel a little less dreamy. Jumping out of the closet and st… More >

I’m Here

(USA, 31 min)
A robo-romance in a world where robots are part of the everyday and love isn’t hardwired. A short film by Spike Jonze. … More >

THE ILLUSIONIST

(France/UK, 80 min)
A nostalgic trip back to the golden days of vaudeville.… … Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville) brings his meticulous brand of hand-drawn animation to a hitherto unproduced Jacqu… More >

In A Pig’s Eye

(Japan, 10 min)
Japanese animator Atsushi Wada’s latest surreal snapshot of the life of a family, and the giant pig blocking their front door.… More >

IN THE ATTIC: WHO HAS A BIRTHDAY TODAY?

(Czech Republic, 76 min)
A low-tech toy story that even Pixar would envy.… Something’s stirring in the attic. Toys are springing to life and creating a fantastical world from everyday recycled objects. It’s… More >

The Incident at Tower 37

(USA, 11 min)
Tower 37 stands alone in a desolate landscape, siphoning every last drop of water, with its lone security guard ignorant to the destruction it is causing.… More >

Incident by a Bank

(Sweden, 12 min)
A one-shot reconstruction of an actual event witnessed on June 26, 2006, as a bank robbery doesn’t quite go to plan.… More >

INDEPENDENCIA

(Philippines/France/Germany/Netherlands, 77 min)
“Raya Martin’s weather-beaten melodrama is one hallucinatory emotional hothouse.” – Time Out New York… … With fake backdrops, overacting, deliberately rough effe… More >

INNERSPACE (1987)

(USA, 120 min)
“If The ‘Burbs is a one-finger exercise on the themes of Rear Window, Innerspace is a big-budget remake of North by Northwest, with a script that is in many ways even better: certainly fu… More >

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS 1

(97 min)
A tasty selection of shorts from around the world.… More >

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS 2

(100 min)
A tasty selection of shorts from around the world.… More >

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS 3

(100 min)
A tasty selection of shorts from around the world.… More >

THE INVENTION OF DR. NAKAMATS

(Denmark, 57 min)
“My brain is very important.” – Dr Yoshiro Nakamatsu… … “The brain reaches maximum activity 0.5 seconds before death, then I can suddenly create a breakthrough!&… More >

ISHQIYA

(India, 116 min)
“A delicious little film that teeters dangerously between saucy comedy and suspenseful noir.” – CNN-IBN… Crime, suspense, passion and deceit are the backdrops of romance in Is… More >

It’s a Good Life (1983)

(USA, 26 min)
“Something like an off-Broadway cartoon designed by Chuck Jones.” – Joe Dante… … Beware of seemingly sweet kids who ask you to drive them home and then invite you in to… More >

It’s Free For Girls

(France, 23 min)
Laetitia and Yeliz are about to graduate as hairdressers and open a salon, but first they plan to party.… More >

THE JAPANESE WIFE

(India, 100 min)
How far would you go for love?… … An improbable love triangle springs from the most unlikely of sources in The Japanese Wife, a critically-acclaimed, tale of blind love and eternal hope… More >

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD

(USA, 90 min)
“He was one of the people I was truly envious of but… he was too fragile for this world.” – Madonna… … This is the first feature-length documentary about celebra… More >

Joe Dante In Conversation

(90 min)
Joe Dante, the subject of this year’s tribute Dante’s Inferno, will discuss film, life and Hollywood in conversation with Italian journalist, author and former director of Torino Film Fes… More >

THE JUCHE IDEA

(USA, 62 min)
“An outrageously funny study of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il’s theories on moviemaking.” – Variety… The irony in Kim Il-sung’s ideology of Juche (pronounced ‘… More >

KANIKOSEN

(Japan, 109 min)
“Think remake of Mutiny on the Bounty using Dogville as an aesthetic blueprint.” – Hollywood Reporter… Japan’s recent economic recession has fuelled the revival of left-… More >

KARAOKE

(Malaysia, 75 min)
“What is the reality of our environment and why are we unable to see past the illusion of this place we call home?” – filmmaker Chris Chong Chan Fui… … Against a backd… More >

KAWASAKI’S ROSE

(Czech Republic, 100 min)
A Czech look into the lives of others.… … Loyalty, history and regret take centre stage for university professor Pavel Josek, lauded for standing up to the communist regime when it coun… More >

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

(USA, 104 min)
“A generous, nearly note-perfect portrait of a modern family.” – New York Times… … For live-in lesbian couple Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening), life wit… More >

THE KILLER INSIDE ME

(USA, 108 min)
Prolific filmmaker Michael Winterbottom returns with a chilling portrait of a small town psychopath.… … In 1950s small-town USA, Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford (Casey Affleck) is a well-bred a… More >

The Kiss

(Australia, 16 min)
Fuelled by cheap alcohol and teenage bravado, Steph and Aimee jump into an impossible situation and find that sometimes there’s no way out.… More >

Kitchen Horror

(Australia, 4 min)
There’s horror lurking in every suburban kitchen… but the devil is in the detail.… More >

KOSMOS

(Turkey/Bulgaria, 121 min)
“Kosmos is nothing less than cosmic in scope… beautifully shot, and profoundly imaginative.” – Hollywood Reporter… … From the sweeping snow-driven plains on the … More >

L.A. ZOMBIE

(USA/Germany/France, 63 min)
The creator of Otto; Or, Up with Dead People (MIFF 08) extends his adventures in cinema’s most unmarketable sub-genre – gay zombie porn.… … Zombies don’t often come as… More >

LA DANSE: THE PARIS OPERA BALLET

(France/USA, 159 min)
“Yes, this is one of the finest dance films ever made, but there’s more to it than that.” – New York Times… … Setting his gaze on Paris’s Palais Garnier, p… More >

LA PIVELLINA

(Italy/Austria, 100 min)
“A bittersweet yet often joyful paean to the pleasures and perils of family life.” – Eye Weekly… … Even when you’re part of a circus troupe, there’s not a … More >

LATE NIGHT AT NOVA PROGRAM 1

(203 min)
A late night double feature, served up thanks to our friends at the Nova.… More >

LATE NIGHT AT NOVA PROGRAM 2

(177 min)
A late night double feature, served up thanks to our friends at the Nova.… More >

LATE NIGHT AT NOVA PROGRAM 3

(160 min)
A late night double feature, served up thanks to our friends at the Nova.… More >

LE DONK & SCOR-ZAY-ZEE

(UK, 71 min)
“Like a cross between This Is Spinal Tap and Steve Coogan’s sitcom Saxondale.” – Independent… A rollicking rock mockumentary from Shane Meadows (This is England, MIFF 07; Some… More >

LEAP YEAR

(Mexico, 92 min)
Winner of the Camera d’Or at this year’s Cannes film festival.… … Holed up in her rundown Mexican apartment, freelance journalist Laura Lopez lives a life of quiet desperati… More >

LEBANON

(Germany/Israel/France/Lebanon, 94 min)
Winner of the Golden Lion for best film at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.… There are no heroes in this war drama. Based on writer/director Samuel Maoz’s experience as a soldier during the 1982 … More >

LEMMY

(USA, 124 min)
“More than any other rock musician, he is the baddest motherfucker in the world.” – Dave Grohl… … Lemmy Kilmister and God get in a fight, who wins? Trick question, Lem… More >

LET EACH ONE GO WHERE HE MAY

(USA/Suriname, 135 min)
A startling pilgrimage from the modern to the historical unfolds across the tropical landscape of Suriname.… This extraordinary feature debut from artist and experimental filmmaker Ben Russell … More >

A Letter To Uncle Boonmee

(Thailand/Germany/UK, 18 min)
“Uncle… I have been here for a while. I would like to see a movie about your life. So I proposed a project about reincarnation.”… More >

LIFE DURING WARTIME

(USA, 96 min)
“Profound in its funny hipness, it shows Solondz as the true heir to Woody Allen, albeit on a far kinkier and politically/socially engaged level.” – Hollywood Reporter… R… More >

Lightning (1995)

(USA, 31 min)
“I always wanted to make a western – but when I got to do it, the western was over.” – Joe Dante… … Each episode of the Norman Jewison-produced Picture Windows se… More >

LIKE A DREAM

(China/Taiwan/Hong Kong, 118 min)
In his dreams, she appears as an otherworldly beauty. In reality, she ’s a brassy country girl. Which version of this woman does he love?… … A Chinese man (played by Hong Kong sup… More >

Lily

(Australia, 15 min)
A girl and her father share their last holiday. Based on a series of paintings by Julia Ciccarone.… More >

LITTLE SPARROWS

(Australia, 88 min)
A story about secrets, loss and the desire to love.… … Over one hot Australian Christmas, Susan discovers her breast cancer has spread, and one by one her daughters return to be by her … More >

LOLA

(France/Philippines, 110 min)
“Though arthritic and weary, these two gray panthers offer a sharp, unsentimental portrait of cunning and determination.” – Village Voice… … In the permanently flooded… More >

Long Live The New Flesh

(Belgium, 14 min)
Nicolas Provost uses existing classic horror films and creates a new horror where each scene devours the last.… More >

The Lost Thing

(Australia/UK, 15 min)
The story of a thing with a weird, sad, lost sort of look that didn’t really belong anywhere. Narrated by Tim Minchin.… More >

Lou Barlow: Goodnight Unknown

(USA/Australia, 30 min)
A revealing and intimate glimpse into the creative process of indie rock pioneer Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh and Folk Implosion.… More >

LOURDES

(France, 96 min)
“Sly and suggestive, Lourdes is a cosmic black comedy that bumps up against the metaphysical.” – Time Out New York… … Skeptical multiple sclerosis sufferer Christine (… More >

LOVE IN A PUFF

(Hong Kong, 103 min)
“A eulogy to lung pollution, Love in a Puff makes sharing a pack of cigarettes look sexier than sharing a bed.” – Hollywood Reporter … … In post-cigarette ban Hon… More >

LSD

(India, 103 min)
You’re being watched.… … Technology, media and voyeurism interweave in stories covering love, sex and dhokha (treachery) in the modern age. From forbidden romance to hidden camera… More >

MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED!

(Australia, 85 min)
Blood! Breasts! Beasts! A brutal orgy of ghastly terror!… … Busty babes, mutated monsters and midget secret agents, the Filipino genre films of the 70s and 80s had it all. Saturating dr… More >

Madagascar, Carney de Voyage

(France, 12 min)
The travelogue of a lone western tourist in Madagascar dances off the page and brings colorful local customs to life.… More >

MAI MAI MIRACLE

(Japan, 110 min)
‘As beautifully illustrated as a Monet landscape painting.’– Hollywood Reporter… Adapted from Nobuko Takagi’s autobiographical novel about growing up in rural post-war Japan, Mai Ma… More >

MAKING IT HANDMADE!

(Australia, 60 min)
Think craft is for grannies? Think again.… … A seditious and subversive subculture is gaining momentum in Melbourne. But rather than wielding megaphones and placards, they’re cros… More >

MAMMUTH

(France, 90 min)
Gérard Depardieu heads up a consummate laugh-fest as a retiree on the road trip of his life.… … Offbeat French directing duo Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern genera… More >

Manurewa

(New Zealand, 19 min)
The lives of the residents of Manurewa, New Zealand, clash in tragedy. Based on true events.… More >

MARK

(Canada, 70 min)
“The impossible happened, the thing that was never supposed to occur.” – filmmaker Mike Hoolboom… … Experimental filmmaker Mike Hoolboom dives into deeply persona… More >

MARWENCOL

(USA, 83 min)
“It just gets weirder and weirder.” – Mark Hogancamp… … After a vicious bashing left him brain damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp sought recovery in ‘Marwencol&rs… More >

Maska

(UK/Poland, 23 min)
Created limb by limb and programmed to kill, a deadly automaton questions her maker. New stop-motion animation from the award-winning Quay Brothers.… More >

MATCHING JACK

(Australia, 103 min)
Sometimes it takes a trauma to change things for the better.… … An inner-urban Melbourne family is turned upside down when their young son Jack is diagnosed with leukemia, and his fathe… More >

MATINEE (1993)

(USA, 99 min)
“In this funny, philosophical salute to B-movies and the B-Moguls who made them, Dante looks back fondly on growing up with the apocalypse always in your mind.” – Washington Post… More >

MEDAL OF HONOR

(Romania, 106 min)
“A medal glitters, but it also casts a shadow.” – Winston Churchill… … Miserable curmudgeon Ion is anything but a hero. Both his son and wife haven’t spoken to h… More >

MERLE HAGGARD: LEARNING TO LIVE WITH MY…

(Germany, 83 min)
“I’m living proof that things go wrong in America and I’m also living proof that things can go right.” – Merle Haggard.… … Country music legend and poet of… More >

THE MESSENGER

(USA, 112 min)
“This is a fully felt, morally alert, marvellously acted piece of work.” – New Yorker… … Of all the war movies to come out of the USA in the last few years The Messeng… More >

MIFF SHORTS AWARDS

(120 min)
MIFF’s shorts program not only presents the best short films from around the globe but it also houses one of the biggest short film awards in the southern hemisphere.… … The winne… More >

Miramare

(Croatia/Switzerland, 8 min)
On the Mediterranean borders of Europe, tourists try to relax whilst ‘illegal’ immigrants struggle for a chance for a better life.… More >

MONSTERS

(UK, 97 min)
“If John Cassavetes had ever made a sci-fi thriller, it probably would’ve looked and sounded a lot like this.” – Variety… … Six years ago a NASA space probe crashed to… More >

Mother of Many

(UK, 6 min)
The most dangerous journey needs a helping hand from someone who experiences it every day.… More >

MOTHER OF ROCK: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF L…

(Australia, 74 min)
A tribute to a pioneer of modern rock journalism.… … In New York City in 1968 a revolution was under way in a tiny club called Max’s Kansas City. When Andy Warhol’s Factory … More >

THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF

(Italy, 76 min)
Documentary and fiction is blurred to striking effect in this love story between a macho ex-con and a transsexual, former drug addict.… … Mary and Enzo’s unusual union commenced b… More >

THE MOVIE ORGY (1968)

(USA, 280 min)
“Everything in my subsequent work comes from The Movie Orgy.” – Joe Dante… … Inspired by Susan Sontag’s well known essay ‘Notes on Camp’, as well as … More >

Muscles

(Australia, 14 min)
Richard’s sister Millie wants to be a bodybuilder. What happens when she’s a better boy than he is?… More >

MY DOG TULIP

(USA, 83 min)
“Unable to love each other, the English turn naturally to dogs.” – J.R. Ackerley… … For curmudgeonly writer J.R. Ackerley, a man unable to connect emotionally with oth… More >

MY JOY

(Germany/Ukraine/Netherlands, 127 min)
“There are echoes of Michael Haneke’s work in this rambling, nightmare journey through the dark soul of Russia.” – Screen International… … In the frozen, dark Ru… More >

The Mystery Of Flying Kicks

(Australia/USA/Spain/Jordan, 14 min)
Murder, sex, drugs, art or politics? Sneakers hanging on telephone lines are a powerful urban symbol, but what do they mean?… More >

THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER

(USA, 97 min)
“They trick you into giving up your childhood with all these promises of adventure. Once you realize what you’ve lost, it’s too late. You can’t get it back.”… &#… More >

NENETTE

(France, 70 min)
Six hundred thousand people have filed past her cage each year. Seven days a week, winter and summer. For 37 years.… … Humans are heard but never seen in this wry documentary that turns… More >

Navigating a Narrative World: Robert Ro…

(90 min)
A must for everyone – audiences and filmmakers alike – this lecture demonstrates that stories are the way we make sense of our world. Narrative is the evolutionary advantage that has empo… More >

NE CHANGE RIEN

(Portugal/France, 99 min)
“The film is a sensorial exaltation… feast on the liquescent black and white cinematography, while Jeanne Balibar purrs her way through the recording and performing of an ensemble of musi… More >

The New Tenants

(Denmark/USA, 21 min)
Chronicles perhaps the worst moving day ever. Funny, frightening and unexpectedly romantic. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short in 2009.… More >

Newbie

(Poland, 20 min)
17-year-old Ania is trying to fit in with a group of risk-taking friends, but getting them to think about what they’re doing may require her to up the ante.… More >

Night Mayor

(Canada, 14 min)
Winnipeg, 1939: Bosnian immigrant Nihad Ademi conceives of a way to turn the music of the Aurora Borealis into film.… More >

NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT

(France/Germany/Chile, 90 min)
An extraordinary viewing experience that has to be seen on the big screen.… With this film, set in one of the driest place in the world – Chile’s Atacam desert – filmmaker Patricio … More >

THE OATH

(USA, 97 min)
“A gripping psychological study of a conflicted former Al-Qaeda member.” – Screen International… … Two brothers-in-law, Abu Jandal and Salim Hamdan – one Os… More >

OIL CITY CONFIDENTIAL

(UK, 104 min)
“Julien Temple’s new rock doc is the dog’s bollocks. 5/5” – Mojo … … The final film in his trilogy on British music of the 70s sees Julien Temple rewi… More >

THE OLD SCHOOL OF CAPITALISM

(Serbia, 122 min)
Provocative filmmaker Želimir Žilnik returns with a wry look at the social turmoil plaguing Serbia.… … Žilnik (Kenedi is Getting Married, MIFF 08) weaves an intricate pic… More >

OSADNE

(Czech Republic/Slovakia, 65 min)
Even the cows are leaving. … … The only thing that really sets the tiny hamlet of Osadné in Slovakia apart is a fading statue of Andy Warhol (his parents were born there). The… More >

Out in That Deep Blue Sea

(Canada, 16 min)
Too much work, not enough sleep, a kid that hates you and a wife that’s on your back – the malcontented life of a middle-age real estate agent.… More >

Out Of Love

(Denmark, 29 min)
The children of Kosovo survive in the aftermath of war, each with their own gripping, surreal and sad stories of memory, loss and fear.… More >

OVER YOUR CITIES GRASS WILL GROW

(France/UK/Netherlands, 94 min)
A compelling exposition of master sculptor Anselm Kiefer’s manufactured landscapes.… … Directed by Sophie Fiennes (The Perverts Guide to Cinema, MIFF 06) and produced by Kees Kasa… More >

PAJU

(South Korea, 110 min)
A polished mystery story set in a South Korean border town about a man seeking to escape the demons of his past, and the enigmatic women entangled in it.… … They say the mist that wraps… More >

Palmes d’Or

(Austria, 9 min)
Photos taken at Cannes are transformed into a collection of blurred silhouettes, grey streaks and iconoclasm where perfection usually reigns.… More >

Parallax

(Austria/Norway, 5 min)
Filmmaker Inger Lise Hansen turns architecture and space on its head, showing how much our perspective is ruled by habit.… More >

Passage Briare

(Austria, 3 min)
A brief silent encounter between a man and a woman on the Passage Briare in Paris becomes a respite from the fear of getting old.… More >

Patti Smith: Long for the City

(USA, 9 min)
Patti Smith and her poetry wind their way through the streets of New York City, as she voices her thoughts on her neighbourhood and her life.… More >

PEEPLI LIVE

(India, 106 min)
Director Anusha Rizvi, producer Aamir Khan and the film’s stars will be in attendance for a special gala screening of Peepli Live, a biting social-satire on poverty, the media and Indian societ… More >

A Perm

(South Korea, 19 min)
If you marry a Korean man you must become a Korean woman, and that starts with a perm.… More >

PETITION

(France/China, 124 min)
“Even Franz Kafka would find it hard to credit the systemic injustice denounced in Petition.” – Screen International… … In his quest to give voice to the unheard masse… More >

PETROPOLIS: AERIAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE …

(Canada, 43 min)
‘It’s mesmerising and, to that extent, forcefully confronts us with the ugliness of industrialisation.’ – Times… Under 4.3 million hectares of boreal forest in Canada lies a mixture… More >

PIANOMANIA

(Germany, 93 min)
It’s said that you save 50% energy when you’re satisfied with 90% of perfection – this film is about the last ten percent.… … Eighty-eight keys, 230 strings on a cast … More >

PICTURE ME: A MODEL’S DIARY

(USA, 82 min)
“One of the best films about the world of modelling and an honest portrayal of an industry built on artifice.” – Guardian… … After tagging along with his partner,… More >

PIGGIES

(Poland/Germany, 94 min)
A disquieting tale of teenage prostitution on the Polish–German border.… … In the early 90s, with the border controls removed between Poland and Western Europe, adolescents in a st… More >

Pinion

(Australia, 12 min)
Suffering from a mysterious affliction, a young boy is left in the care of a secluded hospital where nothing is as it seems.… More >

PIRANHA (1978)

(USA, 94 min)
“What about the goddamn piranhas?”… … “They are eating the guests, sir.”… … A secret government plan involving flesh-eating fish causes havoc when, … More >

Pivot

(Netherlands, 5 min)
Forced to flee after witnessing a murder, a man finds a way to turn the tables on his pursuer.… More >

PLEASE GIVE

(USA, 91 min)
Three generations of New York women confront the complexities of everyday life in this existential film from Nicole Holofcener (Lovely & Amazing, Friends with Money).… … Kate (Cathe… More >

POETRY

(South Korea, 139 min)
Winner of the Best Screenplay prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.… … Filmmaker Lee Chang-dong (Secret Sunshine, MIFF 08; Oasis, MIFF 03) continues his tradition of razor-sh… More >

Poi Dogs

(USA, 12 min)
The story of footballer Toa and tough-as-nails tuba-player Anela. Can they let their guards down and accept each others’ help?… More >

POLISH SHORTS

(103 min)
A cracking selection of shorts from the heart of Europe.… More >

The Poodle Trainer

(USA, 7 min)
The touching tale of the irrepressible Irina Markova and her amazing poodles – a Russian circus act with a difference.… More >

Poppy

(New Zeleand, 11 min)
The true story, told through vibrant animation, of a New Zealand soldier who finds redemption in the hell of the WWI battlefields.… More >

THE PORTUGUESE NUN

(Portugal, 127 min)
Fate and the metaphysical intervene in the life of a lost actress.… … A film-within-a-film is the catalyst for life-changing events in this homage to prolific filmmaker Manoel de Olivei… More >

Poste Restante

(Poland, 14 min)
In the orchestra of the post office some letters are held until the recipient calls for it – even when addressed to a higher power.… More >

The Prelude

(Australia, 8 min)
A snapshot of a young New Yorker’s world. There’s a new man in her life – but will he call?… More >

PRIMATE (1974)

(USA, 105 min)
“It is essentially about one set of primates who have power, using it against another who haven’t.” – Guardian… … Prolific documentary filmmaker Frederick Wisema… More >

The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy…

(Austria, 3 min)
Three minutes and 3664 subliminal frames of other films cut out and stuck together by the filmmaker during his days as a projectionist.… More >

Rabbit à la Berlin

(Poland/Germany, 39 min)
The untold story of the wild rabbits that lived in the Death Zone between the Berlin Walls.… More >

THE RED CHAPEL

(Denmark, 87 min)
A subversive comedy tour through North Korea takes a turn for the absurd in this Yes Men-style gonzo doco from Mads Brügger.… … Fighting propaganda with propaganda, filmmaker Mads … More >

RED HILL

(Australia, 99 min)
An escaped criminal wages a war of retribution against a sleepy town in Victoria’s high country in this modern outlaw thriller.… … When police officer Shane Cooper (Ryan Kwanten, … More >

REJOICE & SHOUT

(USA, 115 min)
“Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.” – Mahalia Jackson… … Take a foot-stompin’ journey into the heart and soul of gospel mus… More >

THE RELUCTANT INFIDEL

(UK, 105 min)
A cross-cultural comedy from UK funny man David Baddiel.… … For Mahmud Nasir (Omar Djalli) being a Muslim living in the UK hasn’t been too easy these past few years, but just as h… More >

THE ROBBER

(Austria/Germany, 97 min)
The real-life tale of a man driven to extremes in pursuit of the ultimate adrenaline high.… Based on real events and adapted from Martin Prinz’s novel, this film tells the story of a man commit… More >

RUBBER

(France, 84 min)
The story of Robert, a murderous tyre with psychic powers. … … It’s not often something comes along that is completely original in concept, but Rubber is definitely the one-a… More >

RUSSIAN LESSONS

(Russia/Norway, 111 min)
“Dignifies the struggles of powerless people and holds a sobering mirror up to a superpower.” – Sundance Film Festival… … A startling work of investigative journalism,… More >

SALON LUMIERE

(60 min)
The National Film and Sound Archive presents Patineur Grotesque, Australia’s earliest surviving film – screened for the first time in 2010.… … Shot in 1896 in an unknown Melbourne… More >

Scary Therapy

(Australia, 5 min)
Even hideous freaks and ghoulish monsters need someone to talk to.… More >

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD

(USA, 111 min)
An epic of epic epicness.… Scott Pilgrim, bass-guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb, has just met the girl of his dreams. But as it turns out, dating her means dealing with her excess baggage … More >

THE SEARCH

(China, 112 min)
The first Chinese production to be shot entirely in the Tibetan language.… Moving from one stunning mountainscape to another, a film crew undertakes a series of auditions across Tibet –… More >

THE SECOND CIVIL WAR (1997)

(USA, 97 min)
“In the years since we made this movie, virtually every element has emerged in the headlines. It never seems to date.” – Joe Dante… … Over 10 years after its release, … More >

SEX&DRUGS&ROCK&ROLL

(UK, 115 min)
“The moral of this story is don’t go looking for morals to stories, and if you want a message, fuck off down the post office.”… An elder statesman of the punk movement gets a rollicking biopic,… More >

SHE, A CHINESE

(UK/France/Germany, 98 min)
“With its quirky humour, its tragi-comic storyline and its repeated defiance of expectations, She, a Chinese is a profoundly human story with a bold scope.” – Eye For Film… … More >

THE SILENT HOUSE

(Uruguay, 76 min)
An exercise in tension, The Silent House is a horror movie in real time – filmed in a single take on a digital camera. … Laura and her father visit a friend in the middle of now… More >

SMALL SOLDIERS (1998)

(USA, 109 min)
“There will be no mercy.” – major Chip Hazard… … It’s the ruthless, armed to the teeth, grotesquely macho Commando Elite versus the noble, cowardly, freakish Gor… More >

A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN

(Norway, 107 min)
Filmmaker Hans Petter Moland teams up with actor Stellan Skarsgard for the third time (Zero Kelvin and Aberdeen) with this minimalist crime-comedy. … … The large and lumbering Ulri… More >

SON OF BABYLON

(Iraq / UK / France / Netherlands / Palestine / United Arab Emirates / Egypt, 90 min)
“Chases a poetic answer for the crimes of Saddam Hussein.” – Variety… … A son’s search for his father and a mother’s search for her son are the centrepiece… More >

SOUNDS AND SILENCE

(Switzerland, 88 min)
The passionate career of a man obsessed with music.… … German music producer and founder of ECM, Manfred Eicher, has been responsible for introducing the world to over three hundred alb… More >

SPACE TOURISTS

(Switzerland, 98 min)
How do you put a price on a dream?… … Once the stuff of mere fantasy, then a symbol of the struggle between superpowers, space travel is now a possibility for anyone with a large enough … More >

THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP

(USA/Canada, 95 min)
Never underestimate the politics of friendship.… Michael Sheen reprises his role as ex-British PM Tony Blair in the third film in writer Peter Morgan’s trilogy (after The Deal and The Que… More >

SPINE TINGLER! THE WILLIAM CASTLE STORY

(USA, 82 min)
A loving tribute to the poor man’s Alfred Hitchcock.… … Remember when a movie producer could ride on a smile and a shoeshine and ballyhoo was as American as apple pie? This was wh… More >

SPLICE

(Canada/France, 100 min)
Science’s newest miracle is a big, big mistake.… … Almost a century after Frankenstein’s monster first lumbered across cinema screens, Splice proves the ‘humans as God… More >

Still In Cosmos

(Japan, 19 min)
Filmmaker Makino Takashi and musician Jim O’Rourke present a dense chaotic experience from birth to death.… More >

Stony Point

(Australia, 11 min)
Two sisters’ friendship is tested when their boring summer holiday is spiced up by the arrival of a new friend.… More >

STRANGE BIRDS IN PARADISE – A WEST PAPU…

(Australia, 75 min)
The story of a people confronting tyranny with the joyful power of art, music and self-expression.… Intensely political and emotional, this documentary is a celebration of West Papua, told thro… More >

THE STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA

(Portugal/Spain/France/Brazil, 95 min)
Pure, vintage Oliveira in this tale of a seductive revenant.… Centenarian filmmaker and MIFF mainstay Manoel de Oliveira (Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl, MIFF 09 and Christopher Columbus &… More >

STRANGE POWERS: STEPHIN MERRITT AND THE…

(USA, 85 min)
“The more time I spent with the music, the more I got to thinking this is really one of America’s great songwriters at work.” – Peter Gabriel … … Best known… More >

STREET DAYS

(Georgia, 86 min)
There’s no such thing as the free world.… … Morality is as grey as the run-down streets of contemporary Georgia in filmmaker Levan Koguashvili’s gritty and satirical debut f… More >

Strips

(Canada, 6 min)
A vintage burlesque film cut to strips and reassembled, hiding and revealing as much as it ever did.… More >

SUMMER CODA

(Australia/USA, 114 min)
Closure is just the beginning.… … The action of this brand new Australian drama centres around the return of Heidi (Rachel Taylor) to Australia in search of family and friends. With only… More >

SUMMER WARS

(Japan, 110 min)
Virtual neo-Tokyo is about to explode in this technological love story.… … With his 2006 feature The Girl Who Leapt Through Time anime director Mamoru Hosoda demonstrated his flair for … More >

SURPRISE SCREENING 1

(90 min)
A re-screening of one of the popular films from this year’s festival, or something new altogether! Check back in the final days of the festival to find out…… More >

SURPRISE SCREENING 2

(90 min)
A re-screening of one of the popular films from this year’s festival, or something new altogether! Check back in the final days of the festival to find out…… More >

SURPRISE SCREENING 3

(90 min)
A re-screening of one of the popular films from this year’s festival, or something new altogether! Check back in the final days of the festival to find out…… More >

SURPRISE SCREENING 4

(90 min)
A re-screening of one of the popular films from this year’s festival, or something new altogether! Check back in the final days of the festival to find out…… More >

SURPRISE SCREENING 5

(90 min)
A re-screening of one of the popular films from this year’s festival, or something new altogether! Check back in the final days of the festival to find out…… More >

SURPRISE SCREENING 6

(90 min)
A re-screening of one of the popular films from this year’s festival, or something new altogether! Check back in the final days of the festival to find out…… More >

SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD

(USA, 90 min)
The sixth film in the Dead series from zombie king George A. Romero (a MIFF guest in 2008).… … Offering up the flesh-chomping effects enthusiasts have come to know and love, Romero&rsqu… More >

SWEETGRASS

(USA/UK/France, 101 min)
“Monumental. An anthropological work of art.” – Cinema Scope… … A giant bleating flock of three thousand sheep take to the big mountains – and the big screen &nd… More >

SYMBOL

(Japan, 93 min)
Cube meets Being John Malkovich.… … Japan’s hugely popular comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto (Dainipponjin, MIFF 08) demonstrates his maturation as a filmmaker with this piece of candy-c… More >

TAQWACORE: THE BIRTH OF PUNK ISLAM

(Canada, 87 min)
‘I am an Islamist! I am the Antichrist!’… It’s not often that a book can start its own musical movement, but Michael Muhammad Knight’s 2003 novel The Taqwacores, about a group of Is… More >

TEENAGE PAPARAZZO

(USA, 95 min)
“Exquisitely layered, Teenage Paparazzo moves beyond personal documentary, charting a cultural revolution of celebrity obsession.” – Sundance Film Festival… … At … More >

TEHROUN

(Iran/France, 95 min)
The dark underbelly of Tehran (known to locals as Tehroun) is laid bare in Nader Takmil Homayoun’s feature debut.… … Ibrahim’s racket is begging for money from passers-by fo… More >

TETRO

(USA, 127 min)
Francis Ford Coppola returns to his roots with a psychological family drama about two brothers living in the shadow of their father.… When Bennie tracks down his estranged brother Angelo (Vince… More >

THEY ALL LIE

(Argentina, 75 min)
“Charged by a whip-smart, deadpan approach, overflowing with talk that seems to be delivered at the speed of sound, if not light.” – Variety… … For a group of twenty-s… More >

A TIME TO LOVE

(Iran, 90 min)
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 a… More >

TO DIE LIKE A MAN

(Portugal/France, 134 min)
João Pedro Rodrigues extends on the theme of marginalised homosexuality explored in his previous features (O Fantasma and Odete) with this stunning formalist drama.… Whipping up a stylis… More >

TOO MUCH PUSSY

(France/Germany, 97 min)
A documentary, a road movie and an explicit feature.… … Activists, artists, writers, musicians, sex workers and porn stars of various sexual (dis)orientations and gender expressions &nd… More >

TRASH HUMPERS

(USA/UK, 78 min)
“Pity the festival-going fool who stumbles unawares into Harmony Korine’s patently abrasive, deliberately cruddy-looking mock documentary Trash Humpers.” – Variety… Amongst th… More >

THE TREE

(Australia/France, 101 min)
A lyrical film about dealing with loss, set in stunning rural Queensland.… … The fruit of a partnership between French filmmaker Julie Bertucelli (Since Otar Left) and Australian produc… More >

THE TROTSKY

(Canada, 114 min)
Join the revolution.… … Fighting the apathy of his peers,17-year old student Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel) is the reincarnation of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky – or so he be… More >

THE TWO HORSES OF GENGHIS KHAN

(Germany, 91 min)
An initiation into the little-heard music of Mongolia that is as captivating to the eyes as it is to the ears.… This highly stylised documentary from filmmaker Byambasuren Davaa (The Cave of th… More >

UNINHABITED

(Australia, 87 min)
Their dream holiday became their worst nightmare.… … For Beth and Harry, the perfect romantic escape means doing something different, and going somewhere that’s remote, secluded a… More >

THE UNLOVED

(UK, 106 min)
“Poignant, perceptive and unrelenting, this may be bleak, [but] like all great drama, it is ultimately uplifting.” – Empire… … Like Alice down the rabbit hole, Lucy &n… More >

Via Gori

(Australia, 13 min)
As Russian planes begin to bomb Georgia, a Russian woman and her daughter board a bus to escape – but will they be discovered?… More >

VIDEOCRACY

(Sweden, 80 min)
An exile’s view of the decline of Italy’s national culture and the man who put the ‘boob’ on the tube. … … This riveting illustration of 21st century media … More >

VIEWS ON VERMEER – 12 SHORT STORIES

(Netherlands, 69 min)
A painter who captured the mundane as magical.… … Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer created works of art based on capturing the everyday, showing the lives of the 17th century middle class… More >

VILLALOBOS

(Germany, 105 min)
“The goal is to use all frequencies, the whole range… It’s the only thing we can do. It’s our expression.” – Ricardo Villalobos… … A legend on dance floors from … More >

WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY

(USA, 86 min)
“One of the best comeback stories in show business history.” – LA Times… … From 1984 to 1994, a group of ambitious young animators – including the likes of Tim B… More >

WAR GAMES AND THE MAN WHO STOPPED THEM

(Poland/Slovakia/France/Germany, 113 min)
“History will judge me.” – Ryszard Kukli?ski… After years of persuasion, filmmaker Dariusz Jablo?ski had finally convinced Colonel Ryszard Kukli?ski to allow himself to be … More >

WASTE LAND

(UK/Brazil, 90 min)
“The moment when one thing turns into another thing is the most beautiful.” – artist Vik Muniz… … From the squalor and poverty of the world’s largest rubbish dum… More >

Wedding

(Austria, 2 min)
The cinematic gaze meets the eye of the private sphere head on, in complete silence and black and white.… More >

THE WEDDING PARTY

(Australia, 115 min)
Family, Vodka and Tears.… … First time feature director Amanda Jane takes her camera into the heart of Melbourne and creates a fun-filled farce about family, love and the choices we mak… More >

WELCOME TO THE RILEYS

(USA, 110 min)
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. … … More >

THE WELL

(India, 117 min)
“It’s about understanding death and loss and achieving oneness with nature.” – filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni… … After years apart, cousins Sameer and Nachiket meet at… More >

What Light (Through Yonder Window Break…

(UK, 4 min)
The light in question breaks free, taking on a life of its own.… More >

When the Wind Changes

(Australia, 18 min)
When Lake Denial dries up and bogan mates Jack, Kevin and Blandy are caught up in a supernatural incident, just getting by becomes a struggle.… More >

WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE: A FILM ABOUT THE D…

(USA, 90 min)
“This movie is the story of the band, but it is also an insight into a moment in time that will never be repeated.” – producer Dick Wolf… … Blessed with unseen footage… More >

WILD TARGET

(UK, 98 min)
A black comedy that proves surviving your friends can sometimes be as hard as surviving your enemies.… … When professional hit-man Victor (Bill Nighy) has a change of heart, he ends up … More >

THE WIND JOURNEYS

(Colombia, 117 min)
“For centuries we’ve asked ourselves:  What keeps us apart? Now is time to ask what brings us together.” – filmmaker Ciro Guerra… … Carrying a cursed piano-… More >

WINTER’S BONE

(USA, 100 min)
When her meth-cooking father goes missing, violating his bail conditions and putting the family home at risk of repossession, 17-year-old Ree Dolly (the revelatory Jennifer Lawrence) sets out to find… More >

THE WOMAN WITH THE 5 ELEPHANTS

(Switzerland/Germany, 94 min)
“Compelling, moving and thought-provoking… an intellectually-stimulating crowd-pleaser.” – Hollywood Reporter… … Swetlana Geier has spent sixty years of her life… More >

WOMEN WITHOUT MEN

(Germany/Austria/France, 95 min)
Winner of the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival.… It’s not surprising that Shirin Neshat’s debut feature is so visually transfixing – considering she&r… More >

The Wonder Hospital

(USA/South Korea, 12 min)
A surreal voyage inside the walls of a mysterious hospital, which turns the sad befores into happy afters.… More >

WORLD ON A WIRE (1973)

(Germany, 204 min)
“There are movies that make news and movies that are news. World on a Wire is one of the latter.” – Village Voice… … R.W. Fassbinder’s epic, made-for-TV, science… More >

WORLD’S GREATEST DAD

(USA, 99 min)
“A crazy, foul-mouthed black comedy that blows up every rule of taste and common sense and somehow gets away with it.” – Entertainment Weekly… With pitch-black humour and the … More >

Zoo

(Netherlands, 12 min)
A 1962 short from Bert Haanstra made from footage he secretly shot of people visiting Amsterdam’s Artis Zoo.… More >

Source:MelbourneFilmFestival

 

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