MIFF 2012by 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
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.
9-10/10 - first official masterpiece of the festival
2. Holy Motors (2012)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy
From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar.
3. Amour (2012)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 79,269 | Gross: $6.74M
AMOUR - 9/10
4. Maniac (2012)
Not Rated | 89 min | Horror
As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface.
Votes: 30,381 | Gross: $0.02M
5. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.
Votes: 54,844 | Gross: $3.97M
6. Ichimei (2011)
Not Rated | 128 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 6,142 | Gross: $0.06M
7. La leggenda di Kaspar Hauser (2012)
95 min | Drama, Mystery
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.
THE LEGEND OF KASPAR HAUSER - 8/10
8. The Faithful Heart (1923)
Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance
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 »
THE FAITHFUL HEART - 8/10
9. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 74,861 | Gross: $12.80M
10. Tabu (I) (2012)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Romance
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.
11. L (2012)
Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama
It's absurd not to trust me.
12. Jagten (2012)
R | 115 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 210,650 | Gross: $0.69M
13. Like Someone in Love (2012)
Not Rated | 109 min | Drama
In Tokyo, a young sex worker develops an unexpected connection with a widower over a period of two days.
Votes: 8,337 | Gross: $0.22M
14. Himizu (2011)
129 min | Crime, Drama
After two teenagers from abusive households befriend each other, their lives take a dark adventure into existentialism, despair, and human frailty.
15. Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)
Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary, Music
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.
Votes: 2,369 | Gross: $0.51M
Not Rated | 134 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
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.
17. Side by Side (2012)
Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary
The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.
Votes: 12,061 | Gross: $0.03M
18. Alpeis (2011)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama
A group of people start a business where they impersonate the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving process.
Votes: 6,672 | Gross: $0.01M
19. Headshot (II) (2011)
Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 1,540 | Gross: $0.00M
20. On the Road (2012)
R | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 36,183 | Gross: $0.72M
21. The House I Live In (2012)
Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary
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.
Votes: 4,891 | Gross: $0.21M
22. Killer Joe (2011)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 64,396 | Gross: $1.99M
23. 7 días en La Habana (2012)
129 min | Drama
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.
24. Le lion des Mogols (1924)
102 min | Drama, Romance
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 »
25. Room 237 (I) (2012)
Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary
Votes: 18,555 | Gross: $0.26M
26. Carré blanc (2011)
77 min | Drama
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.
27. Love Story (III) (2011)
92 min | Romance
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 »
28. A Burning Hot Summer (2011)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama
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.
THAT SUMMER - 5/10
29. Dark Horse (2011)
Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 4,933 | Gross: $0.94M
30. Jack Irish: Bad Debts (2012 TV Movie)
90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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 »
31. Avalon (2011)
Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Thriller
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 »
32. La folie Almayer (2011)
Not Rated | 127 min | Drama
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.
33. Barbie Blues (2011)
18 min | Short, Drama
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 »