Thursday, June 21, 2007

MIFF Films - the Full List

[All MIFF-related posts]
Good news, dear readers, I come bearing good news indeed. Earlier this evening I received no less than the complete list of films screening at MIFF. That’s right, I have it in my lusty little fingers and I’m drooling. I didn’t realise until now how keen I was to receive this. No dates or times yet, but at least we now have the list.

I haven’t had time to peruse titles in detail – that will take some time, and I have more information than I can post about right now (I can’t tell you how tired and sleep-deprived I feel). For now, I’ll simply post the films as provided by MIFF and you can check out what’s on for yourself. I’ve had a quick squiz at the MIFF website, and this info is not available there right now (I suppose they’re home watching TV or sleeping, like I should be).

Expect additions to the lineup – that’s always a given. Meanwhile, if anyone has the heads up on what to see (maybe you’ve seen something on the list, or heard the buzz on one), please feel free to share your recommendations. When I get time, I’ll share mine.

I applied for Press Accreditation at MIFF this year (even though I paid full price for a full MIFF pass). I haven’t received any formal confirmation that accreditation has been approved, but in the last twelve hours or so I have received invites to MIFF previews and access to press materials, so I guess that means I’m in. Thus I can now share this info with you.

You can see from the list below which films have a commercial release planned, though ‘commercial release’ can also for some films mean just DVD release and not theatrical. I’m not ruling anything out, but I generally don’t make a priority of films with a release planned, documentaries and shorts. But there’s always exceptions of course, and there are documentaries and films with a commercial release that I will definitely see (such as David Lynch’s Inland Empire, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Syndromes and a Century).

As an aside, I have pre-ordered Inland Empire on DVD from Amazon, but regardless of when it arrives, I won’t be watching it until I see it on the big screen. If it arrives first, I expect I’ll watch it pretty soon after I’ve seen in on the big screen. I’ve read of people seeing this film four or more times and still not understanding it.

I'm rambling... here’s the list. If you don't understand a section, go to the MIFF website for explanation.

SECTIONS

AA

Africa! Africa!

IP

International Panorama

AG

Animation Gallery

MM

Magnum in Motion

BB

Backbeat

NG

Next Gen

D

Docos

NW

Neighbourhood Watch

ED

Euro Debuts

SD

Stars of David

FMF

Full Moon Fever

SI

Shohei Imamura Retrospective

FP

Forbidden Pleasures

WS

World Stories

H

Homegrown

*

Films with Distribution

HK

Hirokazu Kore-eda Retrospective



ALPHABETICAL FILM LIST

Film

DIRECTOR

COUNTRY

Sect

4

Tim Slade

Australia

H

4 Elements

Jiska Rickels

The Netherlands

D

*4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days

Cristian Mungiu

Romania

IP

9 Star Hotel

Ido Haar

Israel

SD

A Man Vanishes

Shohei Imamura

Japan

SI

*Aachi & Ssipak

Bum Jin Joe

Korea

AG

AFR

Morten Hartz Kaplers

Denmark

ED

After Life

Hirokazu Kore-eda

Japan

HK

*After the Wedding

Susanne Bier

Denmark

IP

Alexandra

Alexander Sokourov

Russia/France

IP

Alimentation générale - The General Store

Chantal Briet

France

D

Animalia

David Scott

Australia

NG

Animation (Mirrorball )

Various

Various

BB

Anita O'Day the Life of a Jazz Singer

Robbie Cavolina et al.

USA

BB

Armstrongs - the Movie, The

Fergus O'Brien

UK

D

Aviva My Love

Shemi Zarhin

Israel

SD

*Away From Her

Sarah Polley

Canada

IP

Azur and Azmar

Michel Ocelot

France

NG

Ballad of Narayama, The

Shohei Imamura

Japan

SI

Beaufort

Joseph Cedar

Israel

SD

Beauty in Trouble

Jan Hrebejk

Czech Republic

IP

Beauty Knows No Pain

Elliot Erwitt

USA

MM

Behind the Veil

Eve Arnold

UK

MM

*Bella

Gomez Monteverde

Mexico/USA

IP

Belle Toujours

Manoel de Oliveira

Portugal/France

IP

Bet Collector, The

Jeffrey Jeturian

Phillipines

NW

Between Heaven and Earth

Frank van den Engel

The Netherlands

D

Beyond Eyruv

John Mounier

USA

SD

Beyond Our Ken

Luke Walker et al

Australia

H

Big Dreamers

Camille Hardman

Australia

H

Black Rain

Shohei Imamura

Japan

SI

*Black Sheep

Jonathan King

New Zealand

FMF

*Black Snake Moan

Craig Brewer

USA

IP

*Blind Mountain

Yang Li

China/Hong Kong

NW

Bliss

Sheng Zhimin

China

NW

Book That Shook the World

Con Anemogiannis

Australia

H

Born and Bred

Pablo Trapero

Argentina/Italy/UK

IP

Boss of It All, The

Lars Von Trier

Denmark

IP

Boxing Day

Kriv Stenders

Australia

H

Boy on a Galloping Horse, The

Adam Guzinski

Poland

ED

Brand Upon the Brain!

Guy Maddin

USA/Canada

FP

Breath

Kim Ki-duk

South Korea

NW

Bubble, The

Eytan Fox

Israel

SD

Bug

William Friedkin

USA

FMF

Bunny Chow

John Barker

South Africa

AA

Buy a Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter. S Thompson on Film

Tom Thurman

USA

D

Cages

O Masset-Depasse

Belgium

ED

Cats of Mi Ri Kitani, The

Linda Hattendorf

USA

D

Children

Ragnar Bragason

Iceland

IP

Publicity Video Diaries: Dying For

Chris Steele-Perkins

UK

MM

Comrades in Dreams

Uli Gaulke

Germany

D

Con Man Confidential

Alexander Adolph

Germany

D

Congo River: Beyond Darkness

Thierry Michel

France/Belgium

AA

*Control

Anton Corbijn

UK

BB

*Conversations With My Gardener

Jean Becker

France

IP

Corroboree

Ben Hackworth

Australia

H

Crazy Love

Dan Klores

USA

D

Dark Deer

Viesturs Kairiss

Latvia/Austria

IP

*Day Watch

T Bekhmamabetov

Russia

IP

*Deep Water

Louise Osmond et al

UK

D

Desert Dream

Zhang Lu

South Korea/ France

NW

*Dirty Carnival, A

Ha Yoo

South Korea

NW

*Dirty Three

Darcy Maine

Australia

BB

Distance

H Kore-eda

Japan

HK

Dog Bite Dog

Pou-Soi Cheang

Hong Kong/China

NW

Dol: the Valley of Tambourines

Hiner Saleem

Kurdistan/Germany...

IP

Dreams of Dust

Laurent Salgues

France/Canada

AA

Dry Season

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

France/Belgium/ Chad/Austria

AA

*Eagle vs Shark

Taika Waititi

New Zealand

NW

Echoes of Home

Stefan Schwietert

Switzerland/ Ger

D

Eijanaika

Shohei Imamura

Japan

SI

Enemies of Happiness

Anja Al Erhayem et al

Denmark

D

Eve and Marilyn

Eve Arnold

UK

MM

Everything’s Gone Green

Paul Fox

Canada

IP

Ex-Drummer

Koen Mortier

Belgium/Neth...

ED

*Exit

Peter Lindmark

Sweden

IP

Exterminating Angels

Jean-Claude Brisseau

France

FP

Falkenberg Farewell

Jesper Ganslandt

Sweden/Denmark

ED

Falling

Barbara Albert

Austria

IP

Family Ties

Kim Tae-yong

South Korea

NW

*Fay Grim

Hal Hartley

USA

IP

*Few Days in September

Santiago Amigorena

Canada/USA

IP

*Fido

Andrew Currie

Canada /USA

FMF

*Forbidden Lies

Anna Broinowski

Australia

H

Forever

Heddy Honigmann

Netherlands

D

Forever Never Anywhere

Antonin Svoboda

Austria

IP

Fresh Tracks (Mirrorball)

Various

Various

BB

Gardens in Autumn

Otar Iosseliani

France

IP

Ghosts

Nick Broomfield

UK

IP

Ghosts of Cité Soleil

Hger Leth

Denmark/USA

D

*Grace is Gone

James C. Strouse

USA

IP

Great World of Sound, The

Craig Zobel

USA

IP

Gucha – Distand Trumpet

Milic Dusan

Germany/Serbia...

IP

Half Moon

Bahman Ghobadi

Iran/Iraq

IP

Hana

Hirokazu Kore-eda

Japan

HK

Hansel and Gretel

Anne Wild

Germany

NG

Hardcore Chambermusic

Peter Liechti

Switzerland

D

*Heartbreak hoTel

Colin Nutley

Sweden

IP

Hebrew Lesson, A

David Ofek et al

Israel

SD

His Big White Self

Nick Broomfield

England

D

Honor de Cavalleria

Albert Serra

Spain

ED

Hope

Steve Thomas

Spain

H

Hot house

Shimon Dotan

Israel

SD

Hottest State, The

Ethan Hawke

USA

IP

How is Your Fish Today?

Xiaolu Guo

UK/China

NW

I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone

Tsai Ming-Liang

Taiwan/France...

NW

*I Served the King of England

Jiri Menzel

Czech Republic/Slovakian Republic

IP

Ils

David Moreau et al

France

FMF

In Memory of Myself

Saverio Costa NZO

Italy

IP

In the Company of Actors

Ian Darling

Australia

H

*Indigenes

Rachid Bouchareb

France/Morocco...

WS

*Inland Empire

David Lynch

USA

IP

Intentions of Murder (aka Unholy desire)

Shohei Imamura

Japan

SI

Interview

Steve Buscemi

USA

IP

Irina palm

Sam Garbarski

Belgium...

IP

Island of lost souls

Nikolaj Arcel

Denmark

NG

Island, The

Pavel Lounguine

Russia

IP

It Happened Just Before

Anja Salomonowitz

Austria

D

Jellyfish

Etgar Keret et al

Israel

SD

*Joe Strummer: the Future is Unwritten

Julien Temple

Ireland/UK

BB

*Joshua

George Ratliff

USA

FMF

Journals of Knud Rhmussen

Zacharias Kunuk

Canada/Denmark/...

WS

Kalaupapa Heaven

Paul Cox

Australia

H

Khadak

Peter Brosens et al

Belgium...

WS

Kidz in da Hood

Ylva Gustavsson et al

Sweden

NG

Knowledge is the Beginning

Paul Smaczny

Germany

SD

La Boucane (the Smoking House)

Jean Gaumy

France

MM

*Lady Chatterley

Pascale Ferran

Belgium/France/UK

IP

Lake of Fire

Tony Kaye

USA

D

Last Winter, The

Larry Fessenden

USA/Iceland

FMF

Lights in the Dusk

Aki Kaurismaki

Finland...

IP

Little Red Flowers

Zhang Yuan

China

NG

London to Brighton

Paul Andrew Williams

UK

ED

Lost in Beijing

Yu Li

China

D

Lost World of Tibet, The

Emma Hindley

UK

D

Maborosi

Hirokazu Kore-eda

Japan

HK

Made in Jamaica

Jérôme Laperrousaz

France/USA

BB

Magnum story 1, 2, 3

Patricia Wheatley, Rosemary BowenJones

UK

MM

Making of

Nouri Bouzid

Tunisia

AA

Man Who Souled the World, The

Mike Hill

USA

D

Manufactuing Dissent: Michael Moore and the Media

Rick Caine, Debbie Melynk

Canada

D

Men at Work

Mani Haghighi

Iran

IP

*Mighty Heart, A

Michael Winterbottom

UK/USA

IP

Misery Loves Company: The Life and Death of Bruce Gilden

Gideon Gold

USA

MM

Monastery, The

Pernille Rose Grønkjaer

Denmark

D

Monkey Grip, The

Ken Cameron

Australia

H

My Father, My Lord

David Volach

Israel

SD

My Friend and his Wife

Shin Dong-il

Korea

NG

*My Kid Could Paint That

Amir Bar-Lev

USA

D

My Name is Albert Ayler

Kasper Colin

Sweden

BB

My Son

Martial Fougeron

France

IP

*Night

Lawrence Johnston

Australia

H

Night of the Sunflowers, The

Jorge SánchezCabezudo

Spain/France/Poland

ED

Night of Truth, The

Fanta Régina Nacro

Burkino Faso

AA

No Exit

Dror Sabo

Israel

SD

*Nobody Knows

Hirokazu Kore-eda

Japan

HK

Nomadak TX

Raul dela Fuente et al

Spain

WS

Old Weird America: Harry

Rani Singh

USA

BB

Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music on the Rowanlea Trawler

Jean Gaumy

France

MM

Once

John Carney

Ireland

IP

Opera Jawa

Garin Nugroho

Indonesia

NW

Other Side, The (El otro lado)

Alex Webb

USA

MM

*Out of the Blue

Robert Sarkies

NZ

NW

*Paprika

Satoshi Kon

Japan

AG

Paraguayan Hammock

Paz Encina

Paraguay

WS

Philip Jones Griffiths Cambodian Odyssey

Richard Traylor-Smith

UK

MM

Pictures From a Revolution

Susan Meiselas

USA

MM

Playing the Victim

Kirill Serebrennikov

Russia

IP

Pornographers, The

Shohei Imamura

Japan

SI

Prater

Ulrike Ottinger

Austria/Germany

D

Primo Levi’s Journey

Davide Ferrario

Italy

D

*Promised Paradise

Leonard Rebel Helmrich

The Netherlands, Indonesia

D

Radiant City

Gary Burns, Jim Brown

Canada

D

Rebllion, the Litvinkenko Case

Andrei Nekrasov

Russia

D

*Red Road

Andrea Arnold

UK/Denmark

ED

*Reprise

Joachim Trier

Norway

ED

*Rescue Dawn

Werner Herzog

USA

IP

Return to Goree

Pierre-Yves Borgeaud

Switzerland

AA

Robert Capa: in Love and WAR

Anne Makepeace

UK

MM

Rock’n’roll Outlaw

Lucille Desoto Clements

Australia

BB

Run Rabbit Run

Bob Ellis

Australia

H

Russian Prison: a Separate Life

Gueorgui Pinkhassov

USA

MM

Scott Walker – 30th Century Man

Stephen Kijak

UK/USA

BB

Searching for Sandeep

Poppy Stockell

Australia

H

*September

Peter Carstairs

Australia

H

Seven Easy Pieces by Marina Abramovic

Babette Mangolte

USA

D

*Severance

Christopher Smith

United Kingdom

FMF

Shame

Mohammed Naqvi

Pakistan/USA

D

Shotgun Stories

Jeff Nichols

USA

IP

*Sicko

Michael Moore

USA

D

*Signal, The

David Bruckner et al

USA

FMF

*Snoop Doggs Hood of Horror

Stacy Title

USA

FMF

Snow Angels

David Gordon Green

Canada

IP

Someone to Run with

Oded Davidoff

Israel

SD

*Stephanie Daley

Hilary Brougher

USA

IP

Still Life

Jia Zhang-Ke

Hong Kong/China

NW

*Strange Culture

Lynn Hershman Leeson

USA

D

Submarine (Sous-marin)

Jean Gaumy

France

MM

*Syndromes and a Century

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Thailand/France/Austria

NW

Tasmanian Devil: the Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn

Simon Nasht

Australia

H

*Teeth

Mitchell Lichenstein

USA

FP

*Tekkonkinkreet

Michael Arias

Japan

NG

Think of England

Martin Parr

UK

MM

*This is England

Shane Meadows

UK

IP

Times and Winds

Reha Erdem

Turkey

IP

Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark, The

Oscar Redding

Australia

H

Train, The

Donovan Wylie

UK

MM

Triple Dare

Christina Rosendahl

Denmark

NG

Two Faces of China, The

René Burri

USA

MM

U

Gregoire Solotareff

France

NG

Ugly Duckling and Me, The

Michael Hegner

Denmark

NG

Ulzhan

Volker Schlondorff

Kazakstan/France

IP

Untouchable, The

Benoit Jacquot

France

IP

Vengeance is Mine

Shohei Imamura

Japan

SI

Vhs-kahloucha

Nejib Belkadhi

Tunisia

AA

*Vitus

Fredi Murer

Switzerland

NG

Viva

Anna Biller

USA

FP

Voices of Bam

Aliona van der Horst...

The Netherlands

D

Waimate Conspiracy

Stefen Lewis

New Zealand

WS

Waiting For Happiness

Abderrahmane Sissako

Mauritania

AA

*Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory, A

Esther B. Robinson

USA

D

Wasted, The

Nurit Kedar

Israel

SD

We Are Together

Paul Taylor

UK

AA

Welcome to Nolly Wood

Jamie Meltzer

USA/Nigeria

AA

Witnesses, The

André Téchiné

France

IP

Wolfs Bergen

Nanouk Leopold

Netherlands/Belgium

IP

Woman on the Beach

Hong Sang-soo

Korea

NW

*Words from the City

Natasha Gadd/ Rhys Graham

Australia

BB

*Workshop, The

Jamie Morgan

UK

FP

Wrestling with Angels -Playwright Tony Kushner

Freida Mock

USA

D

Yamamura Retrospective Programme

Koji Yamamura

Japan

AG

Year of the Dog

Mike White

USA

IP

Yella

Christian Petzold

Germany

IP

Yo

Rafa Cortes

Spain

ED

Yokohama Mary

Takayuki Nakamura

Japan

D

Your Mommy Kills Animals

Curt Johnson

USA

D

Zoo

Robinson Devor

USA

FP

25 comments:

trent said...

I don't see Mister Lonely on there...what have you done to me Paul??

Paul Martin said...

I see that the list is missing about 40 titles, Trent, so I suppose Mister Lonely is among them. I've emailed the publicist for details. Meanwhile, go easy on the messenger...

marty said...

While there are certainly some good films which I am dying to see, I find the presence of so many films that will eventually get a theatrical release a disturbing trend. I know it happens every year but this year there seems to be an inordinate amount. There are so many great films we don't get to see here and this is largely due to the presence of so many films that already have local distribution tied up. I think it would be ideal if MIFF excludes films that already have local distribution and thus will eventually be released. Only then will we get a truly great film festival that will be the envy of the international film world.

Paul Martin said...

As an after-thought, I suspect that Dendy Films are scheduling a release date for Inland Empire based on audience feedback at the Sydney Film Festival. It screened just yesterday and the day before. Or maybe they will wait to see the Melbourne response also. I think Sydney would be sufficient, and maybe we'll hear about a release date sometime soon.

trent said...

The Inland Empire screening I went to (Wednesday night) was sold out, don't know how last night's went. Not a whole lot sticks out to me on that list apart from Syndromes and a Century of course--the film of the century. What other films are missing apart from Mister Lonely though? If there's around 40 then it's not very complete at all, is it.

Paul Martin said...

Trent, 237 out of 278 films is just over 85%. No, it's not complete, but the important thing for me is that I can start researching some of these films and start to narrow down some of the films I want to prioritise. There's still 5 weeks, and I don't think the dates are released until July 13.

Paul Martin said...

So, you saw it - you liked? Or not?

Kamikaze Camel said...

Thanks Paul! Do tickets go on sale on July 15 when the complete list is officially released?

On the MIFF site I've added to my shopping cart thing the 10 ticket package. I so hope to get Inland Empire ticket. I will die of excitement.

Paul Martin said...

KC, the full programme comes with The Age on July 13, and bookings can be made online from that date (and probably at the MIFF office at the Forum Theatre). Congratulations on getting the mini-season pass. I got one last year and found it great value. I needed to take a day off work to take advantage of the 'bonus' off-peak tickets.

Get in early for Inland Empire. I don't care how many sessions they put on - I predict they will all sell out.

trent said...

Lynch makes soap better than the Mexicans.

Paul Martin said...

Man, these Blogger tables are so hard to edit and get right. I've fixed the dark line, but find it hard to get the column widths any better. I'll find a better way next time.

Paul Martin said...

As posted here earlier, MIFF announced a couple of weeks ago that a number of films were to be screened 'direct from Cannes'. A closer look at that list reveals that not only is Mister Lonely (Harmony Korine) not shown, but same goes with The Man From London (Bela Tarr) and Mourning Forest (Naomi Kawase).

I don't know how much credit I can take for the list being published early, but I did request this of festival director Claire Dobbin at the festival launch. She said she would see about getting some information posted, and within a day I had the list, incomplete as it is. I believe that generally the full list is not available until the programme is released - July 13 for this year.

Paul Martin said...

Perusing various media releases, I have cross-referenced the above list (a slow process) and so far identified the following 12 additional titles. I have more releases to study, but I'm hoping I might find the bulk of the 41 missing titles.

Mister Lonely (Harmony Korine)
Mourning Forest (Naomi Kawase)
The Man From London (Bela Tarr)
An unidentified title by Shohei Imamura
A Sister's Love (Ivan Sen)
Tuya's Marriage (Wang Quan'an)
Time (Hong Sang-soo)
El Topo (Alexandro Jodorwsky)
The Hottest State (Ethan Hawke)
I Am The Other Woman (Margarethe von Trotta)
Savage Grace (Tom Kalin)
You, the Living (Roy Andersson)

So Trent, fear not, Mister Lonely is coming.

trent said...

Cheers Paul, I really appreciate your commitment and updates. I've never doubted you man but it will just be nice to finally see the lineup on the website and in the program. The MIFF organisers seem to be pretty coy about the whole thing though--do you think they enjoy toying with us? As we've talked about before though I'm sure it's one hell of a task to put together so I mustn't be too critical.

I see that they plan to show Jodorowsky's El Topo, that movie is a fucking trip man, I wonder if they'll show Holy Mountain too? They were both remastered recently. There's still some very good films to see here, including The Man From London, but I'm still only coming down if they show Mister Lonely. I have faith.

Paul Martin said...

Trent, I don't think they don't want to toy with us at all. It's a matter of organisation. They've committed to having the list out publicly on July 13 (though it's released to members and media the night before). Consider the list I posted an interim one. Each strand of the festival has a separate media release, and Mister Lonely is part of the International Panorama. This is the strand that interests me most, and is largest by volume of films.

I take it you've seen El Topo. Did you like it? Is it worth seeing? Why or why not?

trent said...

El Topo is a story filled with mysticism and allegory. It's a fucked up spaghetti western. It's a spiritual quest. Jodorowsky made it with his cojones. It's worth seeing but it's not my favourite piece of cinema. I'll never forget when I saw it though--it was autumn 2000, I had just moved into a house in East Brunswick and lived near the Movieland on Lygon St. That video store was the greatest that ever was, they had everything you could dream of, it was a period of discovery for me like no other. Anyway I came across VHS copies of both Holy Mountain and El Topo and at that point was very much blown away by the mystical elements to the films, but I have to say that after watching El Topo again recently there is much better cinema out there even though I am very happy I saw it when I did the first time around.

Understood about MIFF. International Panoroma sounds lovely.

Paul Martin said...

OK, fucked up spaghetti western sounds interesting. I'll consider it depending on what else is on and what I'd have to miss to see it. Thanks for the heads up.

Goran said...

I hope you meant to write "Time" by Kim Ki-duk (which I'm dying to see) and not by Hong Sang-soo

Paul said...

I'm afraid, not Goran. Hong Sang-soo's, as posted above.

goran said...

It's just that imdb doesn't list any movie called Time under Hong's credits, but there is one under Kim's (I really am a bit desperate to see it).

Paul Martin said...

It must be fresh out of the oven (though Alkinos Tsilimidos' Em 4 Jay wasn't listed on IMDB until some time after its release). C'est la vie.

Paul Martin said...

Goran, if it's any consolation, Kim Ki-duk's Breath (2007) is screening.

C. said...

I'm confused by the listing of "Nobody Knows," directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. That film was given a mainstream release a year or two ago.

Also, it seems a shame we're not getting "My Blueberry Nights," even if the signs about it aren't great.

Paul Martin said...

C, that film is screening as part of a Kore-eda retrospective. I'm also disappointed that MBN is not screening.

C. said...

Oh oops, guess I missed that. Thanks.