Monday, July 06, 2009

MIFF 2009 List of Films

OK, the festival launch has happened and the attending members have the program. Here's the list of films at least 60 minutes long. Any recommendations for or against are greatly appreciated.

[Update]: titles in blue are receiving a post-festival release. See my separate post for details.

[Update 18/7/09]: removed from list Blank City, Looking For Eric and compilations of shorts
  1. $9.99
  2. 12 Lotus
  3. 35 Shots of Rum
  4. À l'aventure
  5. About Elly
  6. Action Boys
  7. Adela
  8. Ajami
  9. All About Actresses
  10. All Around Us
  11. All Tomorrow's Parties
  12. Alphaville
  13. Amos Oz – The Nature of Dreams
  14. Amreeka
  15. Anna
  16. Antichrist
  17. Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not For Sale, The
  18. Awaydays
  19. Balibo
  20. Bastards, The
  21. Beaches of Agnès, The
  22. Big River Man
  23. Black Dynamite
  24. Blank City - not available
  25. Blessed
  26. Blind Company
  27. Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly
  28. Blood Appears
  29. Blue Beard
  30. Blue Film Woman
  31. Boris Ryzhy
  32. Bran Nue Dae
  33. Breathless
  34. Brendan & the Secret of Kells
  35. Bronson
  36. Buick Riviera
  37. Burma VJ
  38. Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB
  39. Burrowers, The
  40. Celia the Queen
  41. Chaser, The
  42. Che Part 1 - the Argentine
  43. Che Part 2 - Guerilla
  44. Cheeky Girls
  45. Chinese Roulette
  46. Chocolate
  47. Citizen Havel
  48. Coraline
  49. Cove, The
  50. Dead Snow
  51. Deathbowl to Downtown
  52. Defamation
  53. Divorce Albanian Style
  54. Dogs in Space
  55. Dogtooth
  56. Double Take
  57. Draughtman's Contract, The
  58. Eastern Plays
  59. Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl
  60. Ecstacy of the Angels
  61. Eden is West
  62. Eden Lake
  63. Eden log
  64. Education, An
  65. Embodiment of Evil
  66. Empty Nest
  67. Endgame
  68. Englishman in New York, An
  69. Entrepreneur, The
  70. Eros Plus Massacre
  71. Everyone Else
  72. Examined Life
  73. Exploding Girl, The
  74. Film ist. a Girl & a Gun
  75. Filmphobia
  76. Fish Tank
  77. Flame & Citron
  78. Flicker
  79. Food, inc.
  80. Forward Motion
  81. Funeral Parade of Roses
  82. Girlfriend Experience, The
  83. Going Down
  84. Gushing Prayer: a 15 Year Old
  85. Hansel and Gretel
  86. Heidi Fleiss: The Would Be Madam of Crystal
  87. Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno
  88. Higher Force, The
  89. Home
  90. Home Movie
  91. Horrors of Malformed Men
  92. Humpday
  93. Hurt Locker, The
  94. I Need That Record!
  95. In the Loop
  96. Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia
  97. Inglourious Basterds
  98. Intangible Asset #82
  99. It Came From Kuchar
  100. It Might Get Loud
  101. It's Not Me, I Swear!
  102. Jermal
  103. Journey With Peter Sellars, A
  104. Karamazovs, The
  105. Katalin Varga
  106. Kill Daddy Goodnight
  107. Kimjongilia
  108. King and the Bird, The
  109. Kisses
  110. Krabat
  111. Lake, A
  112. Land of Madness
  113. Land of Scarecrows
  114. Letter to a Child
  115. Letter to Anna
  116. Liberty of Norton Folgate, The
  117. Lights Camera Tracktion
  118. Like You Know It All
  119. Little Joe
  120. Living Together
  121. Looking for Eric - withdrawn by the director
  122. Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine
  123. Louise-Michel
  124. Love Exposure
  125. Loved Ones, The
  126. Maid, The
  127. Man Who Came With the Snow, The
  128. Maradona by Kusturica
  129. Martyrs
  130. Members of the Funeral
  131. Miao Miao
  132. Milk of Sorrow, The
  133. Misfortunates, The
  134. Mommo
  135. Moon
  136. Morphia
  137. Moss, The
  138. Mother
  139. Mum & Dad
  140. Murch – Walter Murch on Editing
  141. My Asian Heart
  142. My Magic
  143. My Neighbor, My Killer
  144. My Suicide
  145. Nak
  146. No One Knows About Persian Cats
  147. North
  148. Nun, The
  149. Nymph
  150. Oblivion
  151. Onoff: Mark Stewart From the Pop Group to the Maffia
  152. Ong Bak 2: The Beginning
  153. Our City Dreams
  154. Outrage
  155. Paper Soldier
  156. Pardon my French
  157. Perfect Life
  158. Petition: The Court of the Complainants
  159. Pierrot le fou
  160. Prime Mover
  161. Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The
  162. Prodigal Sons
  163. Promised Land: A Swamp Pop Journey, The
  164. Queen and I, The
  165. Red Army/PFLP: Declaration of War
  166. Red Riding: 1974
  167. Red Riding: 1980
  168. Red Riding: 1983
  169. Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect
  170. Rough Aunties
  171. Sauna
  172. Schoolgirl's Diary, A
  173. Sell Out!
  174. September Issue, The
  175. Sergio
  176. Shadow Play: The Making of Anton Corbijn
  177. Silent Wedding
  178. Skirt Day
  179. Sky Crawlers, The
  180. Snow
  181. Still Walking
  182. Stolen
  183. Strange Luck of VS Naipaul, The
  184. Sweet Rush
  185. Tales from the Golden Age
  186. Tea with Madame Clos
  187. Tears for Sale
  188. Theater of War
  189. Thirst
  190. Thriller in Manila
  191. Tonight or Never
  192. Tony Manero
  193. Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, The
  194. Tour, The
  195. Town Called Panic, A
  196. Treeless Mountain
  197. Troubled Water
  198. Two Lines
  199. Tyson
  200. United Red Army
  201. Unmade Beds
  202. Valentino: The Last Emperor
  203. Van Diemen's Land
  204. Varese, the One All Alone
  205. Victoria
  206. Villa Amalia
  207. Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman
  208. Waiting for Sancho
  209. We Live in Public
  210. Wedding Song, The
  211. We're Livin' on Dog Food
  212. White Lightnin'
  213. White Night Wedding
  214. White Ribbon, The
  215. Who's Afraid of the Wolf?
  216. Woman is a Woman, A
  217. Yakuza Eiga
  218. Yes Men Fix the World, The
  219. Young Freud in Gaza
  220. Yuri's Day
  221. Zift


Anonymous said...

I'm a bit disapointed in this years line up to be honest. Nothing really strikes me as unmissible (sure "antichrist" generated controversy for one scene but I've seen this sort of things in films before).

I'm annoyed that QT's session costs $55 for non-members and $50 for members and is not counted as part of the purchase of a passport.

The opening and closing night films don't strike me and the line up of late shift films all feature films made in 2008 and mostly are available on DVD (Martyrs is on the way from the states to my PO box as we speak).

I'm thinking on saving my money this year and investing it on a decent digital projector and screen for my home cinema and buying DVD's of the few titles I'd be interested in seeing.

Very disappointed.

Paul Martin said...

There's a few titles I'm looking forward to, though I haven't collated a list yet. My experience has been that the gems are often little films by unknown directors that fly under the radar.

I didn't notice the small detail of cost to Inglourious Basterds and can't see how they can fill the Forum with people who will pay $50 or more. I suspect it's an invitation event like the Opening Night where most people there won't have paid, and the riff-raff have to pay top dollar for the privilege. I won't be paying $50 to go and I'll wait for a cinema release, which no doubt will happen.

richardwatts said...

Paul - good work on posting up this list of films - that must have taken a furious burst of typing!

I'll let you know if the Inglourious Basterds screening with QT turns out to be a schmooze fest. If it does, hopefully I'll qualify for a media ticket!

Paul Martin said...

Richard, it was less work than it looks. I want to compile a list of films with a commercial release - do you have any inside info on that? I find it harder to get info from MIFF than what I used to.

Anonymous said...

Not being a doco buff, I decided to see what I was missing out on. Rough Aunties was on at awkward times at the SFF so I am hoping it will be more convenient at MIFF. The doco was shot in rural and suburban South Africa with some children's rights activists (five ladies, both black and white).

What these ladies acomplish in the weeks of filming is staggering. The changes they are bringing about in the post-apartheid rainbow nation is making the difference to the many children they help.
I found myself at first wondering when I was going to get some background to the characters and the topic but then I realised it was more intimate by my feeling my way through. I was emotionally drained and horrified by what people will do to each other but by the end the catharsis and awe were worth the ride.
Go see this, highly recommended.

Anonymous said...

As an update, watched my DVD of "Martyrs" and I must say it is one of the most amazing films I've ever seen (much less horror films). I sat transfixed by this and am now planning to see it on the big screen. Very intelligent and disturbing film, show's the world once again how well the French do horror.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for making this list....

Paul Martin said...

You're welcome, Anonymous (a name or pseudonym would be nice - at least to differentiate you from other Anonymouses) and thanks for the tip. Given that Kojo are releasing Martyrs in September, it's unlikely I'll see it at MIFF. There is little good horror around, though the Japanese and Koreans turn out some good pieces (Audition anyone?).

Joel H said...

10 Conditions of Love being shown at Cinema Nova from next week?

Also... your 'Films getting a release' link has broken.

Paul Martin said...

I'm not sure what happened there, Joel, but it's now fixed. Yesterday I was updating some release dates.