MIFF 2012

by d-JCB | created - 05 Jun 2012 | updated - 13 Jan 2013 | Public

films that have grabbed my attention that i may lock in at MIFF this year

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1. La chute de la maison Usher (1928)

63 min | Horror

7.4
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Allan visits the sinister Usher family mansion, where his friend Roderick is painting a portrait of his sickly wife Madeline. The portrait seems to be draining the life out of Madeline, slowly leading to her death.

Director: Jean Epstein | Stars: Jean Debucourt, Marguerite Gance, Charles Lamy, Fournez-Goffard

Votes: 2,745

9-10/10 - first official masterpiece of the festival

2. Holy Motors (2012)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.1
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84 Metascore

From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar.

Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue

Votes: 34,040

9-10/10

3. Amour (2012)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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94 Metascore

Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud

Votes: 79,269 | Gross: $6.74M

AMOUR - 9/10

4. Maniac (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

6.1
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47 Metascore

As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface.

Director: Franck Khalfoun | Stars: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, America Olivo, Megan Duffy

Votes: 30,381 | Gross: $0.02M

9/10

5. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.2
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79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 54,844 | Gross: $3.97M

8/10

6. Ichimei (2011)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama

7.3
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76 Metascore

An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Munetaka Aoki, Naoto Takenaka, Hikari Mitsushima

Votes: 6,142 | Gross: $0.06M

8/10

7. La leggenda di Kaspar Hauser (2012)

95 min | Drama, Mystery

6.7
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Arriving on a deserted beach in the Mediterranean sea, in a time and a place unspecified, Kaspar Hauser is forced to confront the evil of a Grand Duchess who feels threatened by the power she exercises over the community.

Director: Davide Manuli | Stars: Claudia Gerini, Vincent Gallo, Elisa Sednaoui, Fabrizio Gifuni

Votes: 1,028

THE LEGEND OF KASPAR HAUSER - 8/10

8. The Faithful Heart (1923)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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Marie wants to escape from her job and also from her lover, Paul, an unemployed drunk. She dreams of going off with Jean, a dockworker. The two men quarrel and fight over Marie on two ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Epstein | Stars: Léon Mathot, Gina Manès, Edmond Van Daële, Claude Benedict

Votes: 803

THE FAITHFUL HEART - 8/10

9. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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86 Metascore

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Director: Benh Zeitlin | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes

Votes: 74,861 | Gross: $12.80M

8/10

10. Tabu (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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78 Metascore

A restless retired woman teams up with her deceased neighbor's maid to seek out a man who has a secret connection to her past life as a farm owner at the foothill of Mount Tabu in Africa.

Director: Miguel Gomes | Stars: Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes, Hortêncílio Aquina, Américo Mota

Votes: 5,594

8/10

11. L (2012)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

5.5
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It's absurd not to trust me.

Director: Babis Makridis | Stars: Aris Servetalis, Makis Papadimitriou, Lefteris Matthaiou, Nota Tserniafski

Votes: 485

8/10

12. Jagten (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama

8.3
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77 Metascore

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm

Votes: 210,650 | Gross: $0.69M

8/10

13. Like Someone in Love (2012)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

7.0
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76 Metascore

In Tokyo, a young sex worker develops an unexpected connection with a widower over a period of two days.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, Ryo Kase, Denden

Votes: 8,337 | Gross: $0.22M

7-8/10

14. Himizu (2011)

129 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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66 Metascore

After two teenagers from abusive households befriend each other, their lives take a dark adventure into existentialism, despair, and human frailty.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Shôta Sometani, Fumi Nikaidô, Tetsu Watanabe, Mitsuru Fukikoshi

Votes: 2,674

7-8/10

15. Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary, Music

7.4
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72 Metascore

On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. Documenting this once in a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.

Directors: Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern | Stars: James Murphy, Chuck Klosterman, Keith Wood, Nancy Whang

Votes: 2,369 | Gross: $0.51M

7/10

16. Bumchoiwaui junjaeng: Nabbeunnomdeul jeonsungshidae (2012)

Not Rated | 134 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.1
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On the verge of being fired, a corrupt customs official finds a haul of drugs and teams up with a vicious gangster to become the most powerful crime partnership in Busan.

Director: Jong-bin Yun | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo, Dong-seok Ma

Votes: 4,220

7/10

17. Side by Side (2012)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

7.6
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82 Metascore

The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

Director: Christopher Kenneally | Stars: Derek Ambrosi, Michael Ballhaus, Andrzej Bartkowiak, Dion Beebe

Votes: 12,061 | Gross: $0.03M

7/10

18. Alpeis (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

6.4
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69 Metascore

A group of people start a business where they impersonate the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving process.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Stavros Psyllakis, Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris, Ariane Labed

Votes: 6,672 | Gross: $0.01M

7/10

19. Headshot (II) (2011)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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60 Metascore

A cop who becomes a hitman for a group aimed at eliminating those who are above the law finds his world turned upside down by a single a devastating blow.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang | Stars: Nopachai Chaiyanam, Sirin Horwang, Chanokporn Sayoungkul, Apisit Opasaimlikit

Votes: 1,540 | Gross: $0.00M

7/10

20. On the Road (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.1
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56 Metascore

Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams

Votes: 36,183 | Gross: $0.72M

7/10

21. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

7.9
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77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, Michelle Alexander, Mark W. Bennett, Joe Biden

Votes: 4,891 | Gross: $0.21M

7/10

22. Killer Joe (2011)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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62 Metascore

When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church

Votes: 64,396 | Gross: $1.99M

6/10

23. 7 días en La Habana (2012)

129 min | Drama

6.1
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A lesbian, an aspiring actor, an aspiring singer, a low-class marriage, a neighborhood community and 2 renowned directors have memorable less-than-24-hour-long experiences while living in/visiting the capital of Cuba.

Directors: Laurent Cantet, Benicio Del Toro, Julio Medem, Gaspar Noé, Elia Suleiman, Juan Carlos Tabío, Pablo Trapero | Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Vladimir Cruz, Magali Wilson, Daisy Granados

Votes: 3,326

6/10

24. Le lion des Mogols (1924)

102 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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In the kingdom of the Moguls, Prince Roudghito-Sing, a young officer of the palace, falls in love with Zemgali, a captive princess held prisoner and coveted by the Grand Khan. Fleeing the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Epstein | Stars: Ivan Mozzhukhin, François Viguier, Nathalie Lissenko, Alexiane

Votes: 74

6/10

25. Room 237 (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

6.2
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80 Metascore

An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining (1980).

Director: Rodney Ascher | Stars: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan

Votes: 18,555 | Gross: $0.26M

6/10

26. Carré blanc (2011)

77 min | Drama

5.8
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Philippe lives in a world controlled by a caste system. Those who play the "game" correctly become higher and more powerful. Phillipe plays the game well but his wife wants him to return to reality. Its a love story after marriage.

Director: Jean-Baptiste Léonetti | Stars: Sami Bouajila, Julie Gayet, Jean-Pierre Andréani, Carlos Leal

Votes: 308

6/10

27. Love Story (III) (2011)

92 min | Romance

6.6
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A beautiful stranger on the Coney Island train becomes both lead actress and real life object of desire in this choose your own adventure documentary about writing a fictional love story on... See full summary »

Director: Florian Habicht | Stars: Shauna Goodgold, Florian Habicht, Frank Habicht, Masha Yakovenko

Votes: 107

6/10

28. A Burning Hot Summer (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

5.0
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62 Metascore

The once-happy marriage between brooding painter Frederic and his movie-star wife Angele hits the rocks when another couple joins them on a Roman holiday.

Director: Philippe Garrel | Stars: Monica Bellucci, Louis Garrel, Céline Sallette, Jérôme Robart

Votes: 1,640

THAT SUMMER - 5/10

29. Dark Horse (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

5.9
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66 Metascore

Romance blooms between two thirty-somethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector who is the dark horse of his family and a depressed woman on the rebound.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow

Votes: 4,933 | Gross: $0.94M

4/10

30. Jack Irish: Bad Debts (2012 TV Movie)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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A former criminal lawyer is getting his life back together and now spends his days as a part-time investigator, debt collector, apprentice cabinet maker, punter and finding those who don't ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Walker | Stars: Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen, Roy Billing

Votes: 1,572

4/10

31. Avalon (2011)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Thriller

5.4
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Janne, a 60 year old party promoter is arranging a nightclub at the annual tennis week in the small coastal town of Båstad, where he also teams up with his older sister Jackie. But an ... See full summary »

Director: Axel Petersén | Stars: Johannes Brost, Peter Carlberg, Léonore Ekstrand, Charlotte Wandt

Votes: 1,093

4/10

32. La folie Almayer (2011)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama

6.5
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92 Metascore

A tale of an occidental merchant, Kaspar Almayer, whose dreams of riches for his beloved daughter, Nina, collapse under the weight of his own greed and prejudice.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Stanislas Merhar, Marc Barbé, Aurora Marion, Zac Andianas

Votes: 450

4/10

33. Barbie Blues (2011)

18 min | Short, Drama

7.4
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When Mika, a suburban teenager teenager finds a disturbing creature in her swimming pool she asks her neighbor Gershon for help. What starts off as a friendly encounter between two ... See full summary »

Director: Adi Kutner | Stars: Dvir Benedek, Meyrav Feldman

Votes: 15

3/10