Friday, July 5, 2013


Ok Shadowfolk, it's very soon MIFF time again. Below are my picks on my minipass. As usual, I am more than willing to consider screenings outside of this lil' block and should you qualify me in your own way as an apt cine-companion and see nothing at all in this list that tickles your fancy, lemme know and I might well go: "Yeah!"

I've kept the Gialli out of it as I like to keep MIFF to unseen things of current vintage but will probably end up shelling out for extra tix for some of those. If you haven't seen Don't Torture a Duckling by the great Lucio Fulci you ought to, and this way, with a crowd of strangers in the dark. See also Deep Red and ... anything else on the giallo program.

While there are a few things that I have really been waiting for (new Shane Carruth for eg.) I've decided to really take a few chances this year. Program looks good.

Note to MIFF website engineers. Only a few years ago I was able to plot my alloted minipass selections on a calendar and send the lot to the checkout and, presto, it was done. Why can't I do that now?

In other news, I like the Android app. At this teething stage it's a tad sluggish but should pick up closer to the day. Anwyay, looking good for the nonce. Here are my pix!

1022 - JÎN 
11:00 AMForum Theatre
"Visually stunning, vividly emotional." - Variety From award-winning director Reha Erdem (Kosmos, MIFF 2010; Times and Winds, MIFF 2007) comes Jîn, the story of a young Kurdish rebel who breaks...

Monday 29 July 2013

1029 - THE EAST 
11:00 AMForum Theatre
"Fusing the anti-corporate paranoia of ‘70s thrillers like The Parallex View with a more modern, post-Occupy sensibility, [The East is] a triumph: smart, notably uncondescending, utterly gripping...

Tuesday 30 July 2013

11:00 AMForum Theatre
"A tragic love story, a fierce indictment against the Islamist regime in Tehran … a lyrical elegy replete with symbolical visions." - Screen Daily A poet during the reign of the Shah is imprisoned...

Wednesday 31 July 2013

11:00 AMACMI 2
"I was angry, I wrote things down. Stupid, not dangerous." In a culture of fear, the line between victim and aggressor becomes hard to trace. But Sean, a high-school outcast, finds himself on the wrong...

2047 - A TOUCH OF SIN 
9:00 PMGreater Union Cinema 6
"This ultraviolent attack on Chinese consumerism is a stunning slap in the face from previously-sedate director Jia Zhang-ke." - The Guardian The blood hits the floor in this confronting look at modern...

Thursday 1 August 2013

3:45 PMACMI 2
"A brave, challenging picture … perhaps the first film since the declaration of the Islamic Republic to confront so directly the brutality of the feared security apparatus." - Variety Arrested...

Friday 2 August 2013

1:30 PMForum Theatre
"A love letter to 1920s European silent film, liberally mixing humor and melodrama." - Hollywood Reporter The Brothers Grimm get a sumptuous reinvention in Blancanieves, the new silent, black-and-white...

Monday 5 August 2013

6:30 PMForum Theatre
"Original, heady, visually gorgeous, aurally luscious … [a] brilliant, bewildering sci-fi exploration of humanity's mysterious biological connections." - Shane Carruth created great...

Tuesday 6 August 2013

4:00 PMForum Theatre
"Every shot is a tour de force of precision that leans toward pure hallucination." - Cinema Scope At the age of 104, the indefatigable Manoel de Oliveira (The Strange Case of Angelica, MIFF 2010) is...

Wednesday 7 August 2013

6:30 PMForum Theatre
Aim High in Creation! is a revolutionary comedy about the cinematic genius of North Korea's late dear leader, Kim Jong-il, with a groundbreaking experiment at its heart: the making of a film-within-a-film,...

Thursday 8 August 2013

4:00 PMForum Theatre
"A powerful and intensely watchable film." - Screen Daily Tobias Lindholm (co-writer of The Hunt, MIFF 2012) settles into his second stint behind the camera in typically taut style, crafting an intelligent,...

Friday 9 August 2013

6:30 PMForum Theatre
Following the Sunnyboys' enigmatic frontman Jeremy Oxley from the band's origins, breakthrough success and his subsequent 30-year battle with schizophrenia, The Sunnyboy is one man's inspired story of...

Saturday 10 August 2013

4:00 PMGreater Union Cinema 6
When the Troubles divided Belfast, one man discovered the music to unite a generation.Good Vibrations was a record store, a label and the life of Terri Hooley - Ireland's Godfather of Punk. And as war...

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