Films In 2017

An abstract film containing a meditation of photographs from the filmmakers past ... Read more
A familiar city without a living soul — everyone has skidaddled, as the title quaintly suggests. Only when the film ends do we understand what has happened. ... Read more
"Mr. Jia is working at the border where fiction and nonfiction meet, which is where this fantastically surreal country itself seems to exist." - New York Times ... For six decades Factory 420 in Sichuan China has been more than just an aeronautics factory - it has been a self-contained town of its own, with living quarters, cinemas, sports facilities and even a school. Now it's being torn down to ... Read more
The final work by the late Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami is a minimalist hymn to the capturing of images. ... Cinema lost one of its greatest exponents in 2016 with the passing of Abbas Kiarostami; his films – including Close-Up (MIFF 2003) and Taste of Cherry (MIFF 1998) – brilliant works of psychological investigation and self-reflexivity. 24 Frames, a project he spent the last three years of ... Read more
In Official Competition at Cannes this year, the latest film from Michael Winterbottom (The Claim, MIFF 2001) is an energised, chemical-fuelled trip through the birth and heyday of the dynamic Manchester music scene. Inspired by a seminal Sex Pistols gig, Tony Wilson set up record label Factory Records, signing bands like Joy Division, New Order and eventually The Happy Mondays. ... What ensues is... Read more
"The next two films are free of lead actors and are about constellations within the group. In 25 Fireman's Street, the house is the star; in Budapest Tales, the trolley car. 25 Fireman's Street tells the tale of a house being demolished and as the house crumbles, a century of Hungarian history unfolds. ... Szabo sketched his original conception of this intricate film: 'One night, an entire househo... Read more
25 Fireman's Street tells the tale of a house being demolished and as the house crumbles, a century of Hungarian history unfolds. Szabo sketched his original concept for this intricate film: "One night, an entire household of people has the same dream, and in that night, they love everyone, hate, betray and reconcile themselves. It is this common dream that unites them. although they have always l... Read more
Black comic "instructional guide", with 25 step-by-step examples of how each method works. ... Read more
This film, by Hungarian director Istvan Szabo, won the major prize at the 1974 Locarno festival. As the title might indicate, the film deals with the inhabitants of an apartment building in Budapest. The neighbourhood has been condemned, and the sounds of demolition disrupt the inhabitants' activities, day and night. It is stiflingly hot, and the heat and continual noise disturb the residents' sle... Read more
Winner of the 1974 AFI Best Film award, 27A is an electrifying film experience, led by a remarkable performance from Robert McDarra. This Australian classic, which has never before screened at MIFF, wtll be presented as a newly restored print. ... BiII Donald (McDarra) ts a middle-aged alcoholic, sentenced to six weeks in prison for a minor offence. While there he undergoes psychiatric treatment f... Read more
A kind of alternative Eden where nature can be cultivated and an encounter can take your breath away, the romanticised paradise at the centre of 28 contrasts with the urban interior loft apartment setting of its imagining. The caustic irony of Sax's previous film 27 (MIFF 1996) has given way to a gentle melancholia. While whether this episode represents remembered idyll or idealised love is not ma... Read more
In 1963 Granada Television commissioned Michael Apted and Paul Almond to produce 7 UP — a 40 minute documentary based on interviews with 14 seven-year-old children from diverse class and regional backgrounds. The children talked candidly about their ambitions, their hopes and their plans for a career, a family and marriage. 7 UP was immensely successful and Apted revisited his subjects every seven... Read more
Ahmed's pawnshop deals with addicts, thieves, poor old ladies and attackers, it's just another day at 296 Smith Street. ... D/S John Evagora P Jorge Tsadilias WS Victorian College of the Arts TD digibeta/2007/15 mins ... Read more
A contemporary, ensemble drama telling the complex tale of six high school students whose lives are interwoven with situations that so many of today's youth are faced with. The story takes place during a normal school day. At precisely 2:37 a tragedy will occur, affecting the lives of a group of students and their teachers. As the story unfolds, the individual stories of the six teenagers are reve... Read more
In an environment that exists only in its immediacy, a man stumbles over familiarity in the darkness. Local filmmaker Callum Cooper's first animation was awarded the Best Script, Best Animation and Most Cinematic Potential at the VCA awards. ... --- ... D/S/P Callum Cooper WS VCA School of Film & Television TD video/ col/2004/4mins ... Read more
2D or Not 2DNetherlands/Canada When Paul Driessen unleashes his legendary imagination, things are never as they seem to be. 2D or Not 2D is a love story that illustrates the human capacity to spin fiction out of reality. Screened in Annecy, Tampere and many other Festivals.D/S Paul Driessen P Willem Thijssen, Marcy Page WS National Film Board of Canada L No dialogue TD 35mm/Col/2003/17mins ... Read more
"Holds up Indonesia like a jewel to the light, examining it for its beauty and flaws, and its mostly non-judgemental eye recalls the less paranoid moments of Easy Rider and its snapshots of 60s America." - Variety ... Yusuf is a young middle-class Muslim entrusted with the all-important in task of delivering an antique cutlery set to a rural wedding, but a one-day trip turns into a three-day odyss... Read more
After driving the streets in MIFF 2015’s Tehran Taxi, Jafar Panahi helms and features in this poignant yet playful exploration of oppression – his fourth movie since being banned from filmmaking, screening fresh from Cannes where it won the Best Screenplay award. ... Panahi’s eighth MIFF appearance in his three-decade career, 3 Faces follows the response to an alarming video sent to actress Behnaz... Read more
Three cinematic postcards offering a hopeful perspective on young lives lived in trouble spots in the West Bank, Zambia and Afghanistan. ... Read more
A prizewinner at Venice, IDFA (Amsterdam) and Thessaloniki film festivals, this stunning documentary reveals how the Chechen War has affected children on both sides of the conflict. Room 1, set in a military academy near St Petersburg, portrays the highly regimented lives of the young cadets being trained for future roles in the Russian army. Room 2, filmed in Grozny, Chechnya, shows the widesprea... Read more
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