MIFF 2012

films that have grabbed my attention that i may lock in at MIFF this year
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1.
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
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Allan has a hard time finding the Usher's house, which is known to be cursed... But he is a personal friend of Roderick Usher... (63 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
“ 9-10/10 - first official masterpiece of the festival ” - d-JCB
 
2.
Holy Motors (2012)
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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar. (115 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
“ 9-10/10 ” - d-JCB
 
3.
Amour (2012)
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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. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ AMOUR - 9/10 ” - d-JCB
 
4.
Maniac (2012)
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As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface. (89 mins.)
Director: Franck Khalfoun
“ 9/10 ” - d-JCB
 
5.
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary)
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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez. (86 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - d-JCB
 
6.
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
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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. (128 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ 8/10 ” - d-JCB
 
7.
The Legend of Kaspar Hauser (2012)
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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. (95 mins.)
Director: Davide Manuli
“ THE LEGEND OF KASPAR HAUSER - 8/10 ” - d-JCB
 
8.
The Faithful Heart (1923)
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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... (87 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
“ THE FAITHFUL HEART - 8/10 ” - d-JCB
 
9.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
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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. (93 mins.)
Director: Benh Zeitlin
“ 8/10 ” - d-JCB
 
10.
Tabu (2012)
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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. (118 mins.)
Director: Miguel Gomes
“ 8/10 ” - d-JCB
 
11.
L (2012)
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It's absurd not to trust me. (87 mins.)
Director: Babis Makridis
“ 8/10 ” - d-JCB
 
12.
The Hunt (2012)
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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. (115 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - d-JCB
 
13.
Like Someone in Love (2012)
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In Tokyo, a young sex worker develops an unexpected connection with a widower over a period of two days. (109 mins.)
“ 7-8/10 ” - d-JCB
 
14.
Themis (2011)
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After two teenagers from abusive households befriend each other, their lives take a dark adventure into existentialism, despair, and human frailty. (129 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
“ 7-8/10 ” - d-JCB
 
15.
Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012 Documentary)
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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. (108 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - d-JCB
 
16.
Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (2012)
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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. (134 mins.)
Director: Jong-bin Yun
“ 7/10 ” - d-JCB
 
17.
Side by Side (2012 Documentary)
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The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. (99 mins.)
Director: Chris Kenneally
“ 7/10 ” - d-JCB
 
18.
Alps (2011)
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A group of people start a business where they impersonate the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving process. (93 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - d-JCB
 
19.
Headshot (2011)
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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. (105 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - d-JCB
 
20.
On the Road (2012)
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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. (124 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
“ 7/10 ” - d-JCB
 
21.
The House I Live In (2012 Documentary)
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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. (108 mins.)
Director: Eugene Jarecki
“ 7/10 ” - d-JCB
 
22.
Killer Joe (2011)
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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. (102 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - d-JCB
 
23.
7 Days in Havana (2012)
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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. (129 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - d-JCB
 
24.
The Lion of the Moguls (1924)
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In the kingdom of the Moguls, Prince Roudghito-Sing, a young officer of the palace, falls in love with Zemgali... (91 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
“ 6/10 ” - d-JCB
 
25.
Room 237 (2012 Documentary)
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An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining. (102 mins.)
Director: Rodney Ascher
“ 6/10 ” - d-JCB
 
26.
Carré blanc (2011)
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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. (77 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - d-JCB
 
27.
Love Story (2011)
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A beautiful stranger on the Coney Island train becomes both lead actress and real life object of desire... (92 mins.)
Director: Florian Habicht
“ 6/10 ” - d-JCB
 
28.
A Burning Hot Summer (2011)
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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. (95 mins.)
Director: Philippe Garrel
“ THAT SUMMER - 5/10 ” - d-JCB
 
29.
Dark Horse (2011)
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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. (86 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
“ 4/10 ” - d-JCB
 
30.
Jack Irish: Bad Debts (2012 TV Movie)
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A former criminal lawyer is getting his life back together and now spends his days as a part-time investigator... (90 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Walker
“ 4/10 ” - d-JCB
 
31.
Avalon (2011)
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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... (79 mins.)
Director: Axel Petersén
“ 4/10 ” - d-JCB
 
32.
Almayer's Folly (2011)
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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. (127 mins.)
Director: Chantal Akerman
“ 4/10 ” - d-JCB
 
33.
Barbie Blues (2011 Short Film)
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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... (18 mins.)
Director: Adi Kutner
“ 3/10 ” - d-JCB