London Film Festival 2009

A walk on the wilder, avant garde side of cinema. Includes the short film showcases Whirl Of Confusion and Human Nature

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The Portuguese Nun The Portuguese Nun
The Portuguese Nun and Double Take
And The Sun Flowers (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Mary Helena Clark)
The director says, this is :"Notes from the distant future and forgotten past. An ethereal flower and disembodied voice guide you through the spaces in between."
Showing in Whirl Of Confusion
An Organization of Dreams (Country: UK, France; Year: 2009; Director: Ken McMullen; Writer: Ken McMullen; Stars: Bernard Stiegler, Gabriella Wright, Dominique Pinon)
Exploring the power of cinema, both as an inspiration and as a manipulator.
Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly (Babi buta yang ingin terbang) (Country: Indonesia; Year: 2008; Director: Edwin; Writer: Edwin; Stars: Joko Anwar, Clarine Baharrizki, Ladya Cheryll, Andhara Early, Carlo Genta, Pong Harjatmo, Wicaksono)
Ideas of disoriented identity are explored in this exploration of Chinese-Indonesian experience. Screening at London Film Festival with shorts Trip To The Wound and Hulahoop Surroundings.
Burning Palace (Country: Austria; Year: 2009; Director: Chris Haring, Mara Mattuschka; Writer: Mara Mattuschka, Chris Haring; Stars: Stephanie Cumming, Luke Baio, Katharina Meves)
A dream-filled night in a Parisian hotel.
Showing in Human Nature
Castro (Country: Argentina; Year: 2009; Director: Alejo Moguillansky; Writer: Alejo Moguillansky; Stars: Edgardo Castro, Julia Martínez Rubio, Alberto Suárez)
A man goes on the run from his ex-wife and the men she has sent to track him down.
contre-jour (Country: Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller; Stars: Elisabeth Masé, Ralph Kostrzewa)
Blurs, flashes and stroboscope montages disintegrate reality into shadowy images that inflict pain on the retina, apparently... needless to say this comes with a warning that it is not suitable for epileptics.
Showing in Whirl Of Confusion
The Discovery (Country: US; Year: 2009)
Casting an experimental eye over a parlour game.
Showing in Human Nature
Double Take (Country: Belgium, Germany, Netherlands; Year: 2009; Director: Johan Grimonprez; Stars: Ron Burrage, Mark Perry), Trailer
As Cold War tensions rise and the world teeters on the brink of destruction, Alfred Hitchcock meets his double.
Elementary Training For Actors (Entrenamiento elemental para actores) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2009; Director: Federico León, Martín Rejtman; Writer: Federico León, Martín Rejtman; Stars: Fabián Arenillas, Ulises Bercovich, Luca Damperat, Brian Sichel, Luis Sichel, Julian Zucker, Mario Zucker)
Comic exploration of method acting, as seen through the eyes of a teacher trying to school children in the technique.
The Exception And The Rule (Country: UK, Pakistan, India; Year: 2009; Director: Karen Mirza, Brad Butler)
Avant garde documentary, exploring political themes.
False Aging (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Lewis Klahr)
Surreal collage.
Showing in Whirl Of Confusion
The Ferrari Dino Girl (Holka Ferrari Dino) (Country: Czech Republic; Year: 2009; Director: Jan Nemec; Writer: Jan Nemec; Stars: Karel Roden, Tammy Sundquist, Jan Budar)
The director reveals how he shot footage of the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and managed to smuggle it out.
Film For Invisible Ink Case No. 142: Abbreviation For Dead Winter (Diminished By 1,794) (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: David Gatten)
The director says: "A single piece of paper, a second stab at suture, a story three times over, a frame for every mile. Words by Charles Darwin."
Showing in Whirl Of Confusion
FILM IST. A Girl & A Gun (Country: Austria, Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Gustav Deutsch; Writer: Gustav Deutsch)
Vision of relationships explored through 'found footage'.
Gregor Alexis (Country: Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Jana Debus)
Portrait of the filmmaker's schizophrenic brother.
Showing in Human Nature
Hollis Frampton: Hapax Legomena (Year: 1972; Director: Hollis Frampton)
Seven-part series exploring the relationship between filmmaker and viewer.
Hotel Roccalba (Country: Austria; Year: 2008; Director: Josef Dabernig)
An afternoon at an Alpine hotel.
Showing in Human Nature
Monolog (Country: UK, France; Year: 2009; Director: Laure Prouvost)
Exploring the nature of the viewer - created especially for London Film Festival this will be shown on a continuous loop.
Mount Shasta (Country: Canada; Year: 2008; Director: Oliver Husain)
A puppet play based on incidents from a road trip.
Showing in Whirl Of Confusion
My Absolution (Country: Russia, Netherlands; Director: Victor Alimpiev)
Described by the festival as a "cryptic performance" this work will be shown for free on a continuous loop.
My Tears Are Dry (Country: USA, Spain; Year: 2009; Director: Laida Lertxundi)
Poetic look at an afternoon's repose in southern California.
My White Baby (Me broni ba) (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Akosua Adoma Owusu; Writer: Adowa Adu-Gyamfi, Akosua Adoma Owusu)
Portrait Ghanaian hair salons, exploring the legacy of the country's colonial heritage.
Passage briare (Country: Austria; Year: 2009; Director: Friedl vom Gröller)
A chance meeting in a Parisian street leads to a revelation.
Showing in Human Nature
Perestroika (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Sarah Turner)
The director retraces her route along the Trans-siberian railway that proved to be her last trip with a friend, exploring the impact of the past on the present.
The Portuguese Nun (A Religiosa Portuguesa) (Country: Portugal, France; Year: 2009; Director: Eugène Green; Writer: Eugène Green; Stars: Leonor Baldaque, Adrien Michaux, Beatriz Batarda, Diogo Dória, Eugène Green, Francisco Mozos, Ana Moreira)
An actress rediscovers herself on a film shoot in Portugal.
The Presentation Theme (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Jim Trainor)
Animation drawing on the myths of the ancient Moche civilisation.
Showing in Human Nature
Shot Film (Country: UK, Norway; Year: 2009; Director: Greg Pope)
This film has been shot, literally, with a gun.
Showing in Whirl Of Confusion
They All Lie (Todos mienten) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2009; Director: Matías Piñeiro; Writer: Matías Piñeiro; Stars: Julia Martínez Rubio, Romina Paula, María Villar)
Post-modern thriller-cum-playful-fable centres on a group of friends in a Buenos Aires house.
Wolf's froth/Amongst other things (Country: UK; Year: 1009; Director: Paul Abbott)
Read what Paul Abbot says about this film on his website
Showing in Whirl Of Confusion
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