MIFF 2013 shortlist

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1.
Passion (2012)
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The rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency and her talented protégée escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder. (102 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
2.
Frances Ha (2012)
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A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles. (86 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
 
3.
Closed Curtain (2013)
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In a secluded house by the sea with the curtains shut, a screenwriter hides from the world with only his dog as company... (106 mins.)
 
4.
I'm So Excited! (2013)
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When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves. (90 mins.)
 
5.
Stoker (2013)
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After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him. (99 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
6.
Mood Indigo (2013)
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Wealthy, inventive bachelor Colin endeavors to find a cure for his lover Chloe after she's diagnosed with an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs. (131 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
7.
Bastards (2013)
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Marco returns to Paris after his brother-in-law's suicide, where he targets the man his sister believes caused the tragedy - though he is ill-prepared for her secrets as they quickly muddy the waters. (100 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
 
8.
Stranger by the Lake (2013)
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Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel, an attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this but wants to live out his passion anyway. (100 mins.)
Director: Alain Guiraudie
 
9.
Gebo et l'ombre (2012)
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Set in the late 19th century, about a honored but poor patriarch who sacrifices himself to protect his fugitive son. (95 mins.)
 
10.
Jimmy P. (2013)
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A troubled Native American veteran forms an extraordinary friendship with his maverick French psychoanalyst as they try to find a cure to his suffering. (117 mins.)
 
11.
My Sweet Pepper Land (2013)
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Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, is now sheriff in Erbil, the capital city. No longer feeling useful in this society now at peace... (100 mins.)
Director: Hiner Saleem
 
12.
For Those in Peril (2013)
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Aaron, a young misfit living in a remote Scottish fishing community, is the lone survivor of a strange... (92 mins.)
Director: Paul Wright
 
13.
The Past (2013)
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An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce. (130 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
14.
The Dance of Reality (2013)
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Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where this film was shot... (133 mins.)
 
15.
Jîn (2013)
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Jin, a guerrilla, lives in a cave and decides to escape from the organization. She finds some civilian clothes and goes down from the mountain to the city. However, the city is no safer than the mountain. (122 mins.)
Director: Reha Erdem
 
16.
Manuscripts Don't Burn (2013)
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Khosrow and Morteza set out on a mission to kill someone. The assassination ought to be arranged as a suicide. At the last minute however, they are obliged to change their initial plans... (125 mins.)
 
17.
Valentine Road (2013 Documentary)
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On February 12, 2008, in Oxnard, California, eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney shot his classmate... (89 mins.)
 
18.
Behind the Camera (2013)
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Director E J-yong signs on to direct a short advertorial film and becomes taken with the whimsical notion of directing the film not from on set... (85 mins.)
Director: Je-yong Lee
 
19.
Like Father, Like Son (2013)
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Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own. (121 mins.)
 
20.
Nobody's Daughter Haewon (2013)
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The secret relationship between a student and a teacher, will their love last? (90 mins.)
Director: Sang-soo Hong
 
21.
Tokyo Family (2013)
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In this update of Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story", a retired schoolteacher and his wife visit their three working children in modern-day Tokyo. (146 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
22.
The End of Time (2012 Documentary)
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Explores our perception of time. (109 mins.)
Director: Peter Mettler
 
23.
First Cousin Once Removed (2012 Documentary)
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Acclaimed filmmaker Alan Berliner chronicles the deeply personal story of his mother's first cousin--well-known... (78 mins.)
Director: Alan Berliner
 
24.
Omar (2013)
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A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing. (96 mins.)
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
 
25.
The Attack (2012)
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An Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing. (102 mins.)
Director: Ziad Doueiri
 
26.
Le joli mai (1963 Documentary)
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Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's LE JOLI MAI (The Lovely Month of May) is a portrait of Paris and Parisians... (165 mins.)
 
27.
3x3D (2013)
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(70 mins.)
 
28.
Michael H - Profession: Director (2013 Documentary)
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In 25 years, Michael Haneke established himself as one of the most important directors in cinema history... (92 mins.)
Director: Yves Montmayeur
 
29.
Bayou Maharajah (2013 Documentary)
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Bayou Maharajah explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as "the best black... (90 mins.)
Director: Lily Keber
 
30.
La ragazza dal pigiama giallo (1977)
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Two seemingly separate stories in New South Wales: a burned, murdered body of a young woman is found on the beach... (103 mins.)
 
31.
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)
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The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. (96 mins.)
Director: David Lowery
 
32.
Narco Cultura (2013 Documentary)
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To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success... (103 mins.)
Director: Shaul Schwarz
 
33.
Elena (2012 Documentary)
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Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie actress... (80 mins.)
Director: Petra Costa
 
34.
The Turning (2013)
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A collection of short films based on stories by Australian writer Tim Winton. (180 mins.)
 
35.
Stories We Tell (2012 Documentary)
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A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers. (108 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
 
36.
Village at the End of the World (2012 Documentary)
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Village At The End Of The World is a witty, surprising and ultimately feel good portrait of an isolated village of 59 people and 100 sledge dogs, surviving against the odds. (82 mins.)
 
37.
Child's Pose (2013)
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The news of a fatal car accident involving her son will trigger against all odds, a mother's struggle to set her child free. (112 mins.)
 
38.
Approved for Adoption (2012)
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Comic-book artist Jung returns to Seoul for the first time since he was abandoned at the age of 5. (70 mins.)
 
39.
The Punk Singer (2013 Documentary)
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A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s. (81 mins.)
Director: Sini Anderson
 
40.
The Selfish Giant (2013)
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Two thirteen year-old working-class friends in Bradford seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal. (91 mins.)
Director: Clio Barnard
 
41.
Rewind This! (2013 Documentary)
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Home video changed the world. The cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape was enormous. This film traces the ripples of that impact by examining the myriad aspects of society that were altered by the creation of videotape. (91 mins.)
Director: Josh Johnson
 
42.
Mistaken for Strangers (2013 Documentary)
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Tom Berninger chronicles his time spent on the road as a member of the tour crew for The National, the rock & roll band fronted by his brother, Matt. (75 mins.)
Director: Tom Berninger
 
43.
Snow White (2012)
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A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter. (104 mins.)
Director: Pablo Berger