Behemoth (China, 2015)

With intermittent voiceover narration loosely based on Dante’s The Divine Comedy, Zhao Liang’s otherwise wordless, observational documentary Behemoth straddles the poetic, the purgatorial, and the political in its representation of the coal mining industry and […]

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on Aug, 28 · in Reviews

Japanese Film Festival (JFF), October 14 – December 4

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) returns in 2016 for its 20th anniversary with a huge national tour of Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, shining a spotlight on the best of Japanese culture from […]

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on Aug, 27 · in Announcements

A Road (Japan, 2015) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

A Road is the debut feature of Daichi Sugimoto, who also produced and stars. Sugimoto is a young tyro still at university but already making a name for himself based on this film, which has […]

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on Aug, 23 · in Reviews

The Hedonists (China, 2016)

Despite its title, viewers may still be surprised at how light-hearted Jia Zhangke’s recent short The Hedonists actually is, especially when compared to the director’s more somber films. While this 26 minute short essentially deals with […]

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on Aug, 16 · in Reviews

The Mahjong Box (China, 2016)

The Mahjong Box is the second feature from Shanghai-based French filmmaker Fabien Gaillard whose laidback, observational debut Lao Wai (2010) impressed with its naturalistic take on contemporary cross-cultural romance in the Paris of the East. […]

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on Aug, 13 · in Reviews

Kickstart This: On Halloween by Quentin Lee

Horror films are rarely heartwarming experiences, but while Quentin Lee’s new short On Halloween fully intends to scare the wits out of its audience, the motivation behind the project is rather touching. Lee wants to give his […]

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on Aug, 10 · in Announcements

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