What I’m seeing at MIFF 2009: Ronan

19 Jul

It was very tough, but i have made my bookings for MIFF 2009. What a great lineup of films this year. There is also a fair bit of controversy already.

Ken Loach. Not a fan of MIFF

Ken Loach. Not a fan of MIFF

Iconic Miserabalist director Ken Loach has pulled out his film, Looking for Eric, in a protest over MIFF accepting sponsorship money from the Israel government. {link}. This is a little unfair, given MIFF isn’t and doesn’t take sides over the Israel / Palestine conflict, instead choosing to show films from both POV, as long as they are well made. Correct me if I am wrong.

The Chinese Government is putting pressure on MIFF to remove the first film on my line up, 10 Conditions Of Love. {link}. MIFF have subsequently made extra sessions of this available, filling in some gaps on the program. A not so subtle response to China’s demand perhaps…

And does anyone know why Blank City  (featuring Deborah Harry) has been removed? I really wanted to see it.

Sorry about the screwy formatting below:

Date/Time

Venue Session Purchased
Sunday 26 July 2009
7:00 PM ACMI 2 6015 – 10 CONDITIONS OF LOVE
Monday 27 July 2009
7:00 PM Greater Union 3 5021 – MOONSELLING FAST
Wednesday 29 July 2009
7:00 PM Forum Theatre 1033 – VAN DIEMENS LAND
Thursday 30 July 2009
4:45 PM Kino Cinemas 8039 – I NEED THAT RECORD!
9:15 PM Kino Cinemas 8041 – TREELESS MOUNTAIN
Friday 31 July 2009
7:00 PM Greater Union 6 2046 – STOLEN
9:15 PM Forum Theatre 1047 – UNMADE BEDS
Saturday 1 August 2009
9:15 PM Greater Union 6 2054 – AN EDUCATION
Wednesday 5 August 2009
4:45 PM Greater Union 3 5077 – MAID, THE
Thursday 6 August 2009
7:00 PM Greater Union 4 4084 – LOVE EXPOSURE
Friday 7 August 2009
4:45 PM Greater Union 3 5090 – EVERYONE ELSE
Saturday 8 August 2009
12:15 PM Greater Union 4 4098 – LIVING TOGETHER
Sunday 9 August 2009
7:00 PM Greater Union 4 4107 – TWO LINES

+ The Anna Karina talk at the Forum.

Almost made the list: Going Down, The whispering of trees, Burma VJ, The bastards, Amreeka, Dogtooth, Fish tank, Breathless, Sell Out!, All tomorrow’s parties, The Topp twins: untouchable girls, Hansel and Gretel, Action Boys, Prodigal son, White Lightin’, Defamation, Eden Lake, The Exploding Girl, The Sky Crawlers, United Red Army, Citizen Havel, A Lake, Post Punk Mixtape #1, The Beaches of Agnes, The Strangeluck of VS Naipul, Flicker, 12 Lotus, Like you know it all, Murch – Walter Murch on editing, Still walking, No one  knows about persian cats,

Hmm, I am pretty close to buying another mini-pass.

Miff Website {link}

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16 Responses to “What I’m seeing at MIFF 2009: Ronan”

  1. dell July 20, 2009 at 11:53 am #

    hey thanks for kind words and links.
    I find the whole program terrifying. Not that it’s bad, I just get crippled with indecision and visions of being trapped in a tedious art film.
    Oh well.

  2. Morgan Stewart July 21, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    I missed the NZFF screenings of Moon.
    I’m going to see Unmade Beds on Sunday (before Antichrist) at NZFF.
    Love Exposure is 4 HOURS LONG!

  3. Ronan Macewan July 22, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    I know! Reckon i’ll get my moneys worth with that one.

    Though, i may just end up trapped in a tedious art film.

  4. Tessa July 22, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    I’m seeing the second screeing of Moon. Don’t spoil it for me! 🙂

    I will also be going to Treeless Mountain on the 30th!

    can’t afford much more….oh i got free tix to see Alphaville on Sunday…although last time i tried watching it at home i got terribly bored…

  5. Tessa July 22, 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    PS. my picture is the best. why are you an octopus?!

  6. Ronan Macewan July 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    i was just thinking your picture ruled.

    I am an octopus because I like the octopus.

  7. Tessa July 23, 2009 at 3:31 pm #

    PPS. I am annoyed they’re not showing Dinner with Murakami!
    I even emailed the people to put it in the program…and emailed the director to tell them to enter it in…(they wrote back and said they would!)

    It was on at a doco festival when i was overseas two years ago but i missed it. It’s probably too old for them to show…

  8. Jemila July 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    Pony I have booked. I had quite a few of the films you are seeing on my shortlist. Missed out on Moon though:( Will compare notes and sit with you. Hopefully you can help with my crowd/smell of crowds induced claustrophobia. Also I never look at how long films run for I had no idea love exposure was 4 hours!! I am thinking of taking in some whisky to make the experience more bearable, or perhaps a light up game of backgammon? Would that be annoying?

  9. Ronan Macewan July 23, 2009 at 7:08 pm #

    whisky is good. Glad to see someone else will be suffering love exposure with me and Jen. i’ll bring a torch and pop a matic trouble, i’m sure people won’t mind. MIFF crowds are usually very tolerant patient group…courgh.

    What would be excellent, is if people start posting up there lists of films on this comments thread.

    Go!

    …carn.

  10. Jemila July 23, 2009 at 7:24 pm #

    Date/Time Venue Session Purchased
    Sunday 26 July 2009
    4:45 PM Forum Theatre 1014 – NORTH View Session
    Thursday 30 July 2009
    7:00 PM Forum Theatre 1040 – LOVED ONES, THE View Session
    9:15 PM Kino Cinemas 8041 – TREELESS MOUNTAINSELLING FAST View Session
    Friday 31 July 2009
    9:15 PM Forum Theatre 1047 – UNMADE BEDS View Session
    Saturday 1 August 2009
    4:45 PM Forum Theatre 1052 – HANSEL AND GRETEL View Session
    Sunday 2 August 2009
    12:15 PM Greater Union 4 4057 – LETTER TO A CHILD View Session
    Tuesday 4 August 2009
    4:45 PM ACMI 2 6071 – EXPLODING GIRL, THE View Session
    Wednesday 5 August 2009
    4:45 PM Greater Union 3 5077 – MAID, THE View Session
    Thursday 6 August 2009
    7:00 PM Greater Union 4 4084 – LOVE EXPOSURE View Session
    Friday 7 August 2009
    4:45 PM Greater Union 3 5090 – EVERYONE ELSE View Session
    Saturday 8 August 2009
    12:15 PM Greater Union 4 4098 – LIVING TOGETHER View Session
    2:30 PM Greater Union 4 4099 – BLUE BEARD View Session

  11. Jemila July 23, 2009 at 7:25 pm #

    Sunday 9 August 2009
    7:00 PM Greater Union 6 2107 – WHITE RIBBON, THESELLING FAST View Session

  12. Jemila July 23, 2009 at 7:29 pm #

    5 films in common. Is Jens list similar to yours?

  13. Ronan Macewan July 23, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

    the exact same.

    we are a dynamic couple!

  14. prue July 24, 2009 at 12:42 pm #

    Here’s mine… i don’t think there are many cross overs though, perhaps we can just chill in the festival lounge 😉

    Monday 27 July 2009
    7:00 PM ACMI 2 6021 – ART OF FAILURE: CHUCK View Session
    9:15 PM Greater Union 3 5022 – A LAVENTURE View Session
    Tuesday 28 July 2009
    9:15 PM Greater Union 3 5028 – GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE,SELLING FAST View Session
    Saturday 1 August 2009
    7:00 PM ACMI 1 7053 – LAKE, A View Session
    Sunday 2 August 2009
    2:30 PM ACMI 2 6058 – WE LIVE IN PUBLIC View Session
    Monday 3 August 2009
    7:00 PM Greater Union 5 3066 – THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE View Session
    Saturday 8 August 2009
    12:15 PM Greater Union 5 3098 – HEIDI FLEISS: THE WOUL View Session
    10:45 PM Greater Union 6 2103 – ANTICHRIST View Session
    Sunday 9 August 2009
    7:00 PM ACMI 2 6107 – DOGS IN SPACE View Session

  15. Jemila July 26, 2009 at 7:58 pm #

    North ****

    see it.

  16. Emma July 26, 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    Here’s my list, I think we have four more the same:

    Mon 27 Jul 09 7:00 PM MOON Greater Union 3
    Sat 1 Aug 09 4:45 PM THE COVE Greater Union 3
    Sat 1 Aug 09 7:00 PM EXAMINED LIFE Greater Union 4
    Wed 5 Aug 09 4:45 PM 5077 THE MAID Greater Union 3
    Wed 5 Aug 09 9:15 PM VILLA AMALIA Greater Union 3
    Fri 7 Aug 09 4:45 PM EVERYONE ELSE Greater Union 3
    Sat 8 Aug 09 12:15 PM LIVING TOGETHER Greater Union 4
    Sat 8 Aug 09 7:00 PM WHISPERING OF THE TREE ACMI 2
    Sun 9 Aug 09 2:30 PM REM KOOLHAAS: A KIND OF ARCHITECT Greater Union 4

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