UTOPIA 2012 - The Tel Aviv International Festival of Fantastic Film

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1.
Robot & Frank (2012)
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Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team. (89 mins.)
Director: Jake Schreier
“ Opening night, Local Premiere ” - valiky-tlv
 
2.
Antiviral (2012)
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In a blackly satirical near future, a thriving industry sells celebrity illnesses to their obsessed fans. Employee Syd March's attempts to exploit the system backfire when they involve him in a potentially deadly mystery. (108 mins.)
“ Closing night, Dir Brandon Cronenberg in attendance ” - valiky-tlv
 
3.
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
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Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel. (86 mins.)
Director: Colin Trevorrow
“ Official Selection, Best Film Award, Dir Colin Trevorrow in attendance ” - valiky-tlv
 
4.
Sound of My Voice (2011)
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Two documentary filmmakers attempt to penetrate a cult who worships a woman who claims to be from the future. (85 mins.)
Director: Zal Batmanglij
“ Official Selection, Honorable Mention Award ” - valiky-tlv
 
5.
Eva (2011)
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A shy genius is employed by his former university to design robot software. (94 mins.)
Director: Kike Maíllo
“ Official Selection ” - valiky-tlv
 
6.
A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012)
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A crime novelist, whose research on Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, must confront his worst fears, when a film executive takes a sudden interest in his movie script. (100 mins.)
“ Official Selection ” - valiky-tlv
 
7.
Game of Werewolves (2011)
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After 15 years, Tomas, a not very succesfull writer, comes back to the village in Galicia where his family comes from... (98 mins.)
“ Official Selection, Dir Juan Martinez Moreno in attendance ” - valiky-tlv
 
8.
Extracted (2012)
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A scientist who has invented a technique to watch people's memories finds himself in a dangerous situation after he's tasked with entering a heroin addict's mind to see whether the man committed murder. (85 mins.)
Director: Nir Paniry
“ Official Selection ” - valiky-tlv
 
9.
ParaNorman (2012)
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A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. (92 mins.)
“ Special Screening, Local Premiere ” - valiky-tlv
 
10.
Grabbers (2012)
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When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive. (94 mins.)
Director: Jon Wright
 
11.
Death of a Superhero (2011)
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A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality. (97 mins.)
Director: Ian Fitzgibbon
 
12.
Thale (2012)
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Estranged friends Leo (a crime-scene cleaner) and hired-hand Elvis are cleaning up a particularly messy casualty deep in the Norwegian woods... (76 mins.)
“ Producer Bendik Heggen StrØnstand in attendance ” - valiky-tlv
 
13.
Ruby Sparks (2012)
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A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence. (104 mins.)
 
14.
The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012)
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A young man returns to his recently deceased mother's charming gothic revival home, only to discover a sinister presence lying within that may be linked to a peculiar cult run by two strange brothers. (82 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo Gudiño
 
15.
Bellflower (2011)
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Two friends spend all their free time building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa". (106 mins.)
Director: Evan Glodell
 
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Dimensions (2011)
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Cambridge, England, 1921 - or so it seems. A brilliant young scientist becomes obsessed with finding a way back to his past - no matter what the cost. (101 mins.)
Director: Sloane U'Ren
 
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The Awakening (2011)
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In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves. (102 mins.)
Director: Nick Murphy
 
18.
Dead Shadows (2012)
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Chris' parents were murdered on the same day the Halley comet was visible from Earth. Eleven years later, a new comet lights up the Parisian sky, but as the night goes on, people begins to transform into horrible creatures. (75 mins.)
Director: David Cholewa
 
19.
Astronaut: The Last Push (2012)
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When a tragic accident cuts short the first manned mission to explore life on the moons of Jupiter, Michael Forrest must make the 3 year journey home to Earth in pure solitude. (85 mins.)
Director: Eric Hayden
 
20.
Hop-o'-My-Thumb (2011)
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(81 mins.)
Director: Marina de Van
 
21.
Het leven uit een dag (2009)
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What if you lived your entire life in one day? And you'd have, but one time, to enjoy each moment: the first kiss... (94 mins.)
Director: Mark de Cloe
 
22.
Pulp (2013)
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Thunder Racers, Infinite Finity, Rat Warriors. Junk Comics' titles have been referred to as 'the worst printed material since Mein Kampf'... (94 mins.)
 
23.
Shuffle (2011)
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Shuffle is the tale of a man who begins experiencing his life out of order; every day he wakes up at a different age, on a different day of his life, never knowing where or when he's going to be once he falls asleep. (82 mins.)
Director: Kurt Kuenne
 
24.
22nd of May (2010)
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A bomb explodes in a shopping mall. Sam the security agent tries to save the victims, but at the end he runs off. Later he encounters all the people he saved. They all think that somehow he is responsible for what happened. (88 mins.)
Director: Koen Mortier
“ Belgian Fantastic Films, Guest Speaker - Chris Orgelt, Content Director of the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival ” - valiky-tlv
 
25.
Madonna's Pig (2011)
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Traveling salesman Tony Roozen and his newest gadget, Porky (a robotic pig) end up stranded in the tiny... (109 mins.)
“ Belgian Fantastic Films, Guest Speaker - Chris Orgelt, Content Director of the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival ” - valiky-tlv
 
26.
Codebreaker (2011 Documentary)
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The highs and lows of Alan Turing's life, tracking his extraordinary accomplishments, his government persecution through to his tragic death in 1954... (62 mins.)
“ Documentary Program ” - valiky-tlv
 
27.
Orphans of Apollo (2008 Documentary)
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Join this band of rebels out to change the course of history in space, as they board a private Gulf Stream jet, fly to Russia, negotiate one of the most remarkable business deals of the final frontier. (52 mins.)
“ Documentary Program ” - valiky-tlv
 
28.
Batman Begins (2005)
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After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it. (140 mins.)
“ Batman Trilogy Marathon ” - valiky-tlv
 
29.
The Dark Knight (2008)
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When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ Batman Trilogy Marathon ” - valiky-tlv
 
30.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
“ Batman Trilogy Marathon ” - valiky-tlv
 
31.
I Scream Gelato! (2012 Short Film)
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(36 mins.)
“ Israeli Program ” - valiky-tlv
 
32.
Anachnu Lo Levad (2011)
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Eddie is a lonesome young man who works as a security guard at a big shopping mall. Eddie strongly believes... (90 mins.)
Director: Lior Har-Lev
“ Israeli Program
Also included in the Israeli Program:
A Pizza Place from the Past
Sharon Maman's Trash ” - valiky-tlv
 
33.
The Prestige (2006)
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After a tragic accident two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion whilst sacrificing everything they have to outwit the other. (130 mins.)
“ Special Screening, Author Christopher Priest in attendance, Modern Classic ” - valiky-tlv
 
34.
The Hunger (1983)
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A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist. (97 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ Classics Program ” - valiky-tlv