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Quirky in any language – Medianeras review

Medianeras – Starring Javier Drolas, Pilar López de Ayala, and Inés Efron. Directed by Gustavo Taretto. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Medianeras plays the Perth International Arts Festival from March 26 to April 8. Click here for more details. Gustavo Taretto’s Argentine rom-com Medianeras owes a lot to quirky American cinema. Fans of Wes Anderson […]

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Interview: Joshua Marston (The Forgiveness of Blood)

Interview: Joshua Marston (The Forgiveness of Blood). By Simon Miraudo. New York-based writer/director Joshua Marston made a splash with his feature debut Maria, Full of Grace in 2004; a Spanish-language film that earned star Catalina Sandina Moreno a Best Actress nomination at the 77th Academy Awards. He spent the next six years trying to put […]

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That sinking feeling – The Deep Blue Sea review

The Deep Blue Sea – Starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, and Simon Russell Beale. Directed by Terence Davies. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The Deep Blue Sea plays the Perth International Arts Festival from March 19 to 25. It hits select Australian cinemas on April 5. Click here for more details. Rachel Weisz and Tom […]

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Two serious men – Footnote review

Footnote – Starring Shlomo Bar-Aba and Lior Ashkenazi. Directed by Joseph Cedar. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. Footnote plays the Perth International Arts Festival from March 12 – 25. Click here for more details. It arrives in cinemas nationally April 5, 2012. Joseph Cedar’s Footnote is easily one of the most exciting and creatively executed films about […]

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Home alone – This Is Not a Film review

This Is Not a Film – Directed by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. Rated G. By Simon Miraudo. This Is Not a Film plays the Perth International Film Festival as part of PIAF’s In Retrospect line-up. It screens with Panahi’s The White Balloon on March 9, 2012. Click here for more details. This Is Not a Film arrives […]

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Norwegian hood – Headhunters review

Headhunters – Starring Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Synnøve Macody Lund. Directed by Morten Tyldum. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Headhunters plays the Perth International Arts Festival from February 26 to March 11. Click here for more details. It arrives in cinemas nationally March 8, 2012. Morten Tyldum‘s Headhunters is the latest adaptation of a […]

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Perth International Arts Festival – Tabloid review

Tabloid – Directed by Errol Morris. Rated M. Originally published June 12, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run  – in slightly shorter form – during the Sydney Film Festival. Tabloid plays the Perth International Arts Festival from February 20 to February 25. Click here for more details The hilarious documentary Tabloid, from director Errol Morris, […]

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Perth International Arts Festival reveals In Retrospect line-up

The Perth International Arts Fest is celebrating ’60 Years of Festival Films‘ by screening eight classic pictures over the course of one big week. The line-up of features – taken from the past six decades – was revealed last week, and they include legendary works from Yasujirô Ozu, Wim Wenders, Michelangelo Antonioni, Jane Campion, François Truffaut, as […]

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Uncomfortable together – Romantics Anonymous review

Romantics Anonymous – Starring Isabelle Carré and Benoît Poelvoorde. Directed by Jean-Pierre Améris. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Romantics Anonymous plays the Perth International Arts Festival from February 13 – 26. Click here for more details. It arrives in cinemas nationally April 5, 2012. Those with hearts of stone, read no further. Jean-Pierre Améris‘ delightful […]

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Perth International Arts Festival – A Separation review

A Separation – Starring Peyman Moaddi, Leila Hatami and Sareh Bayat. Directed by Asghar Farhadi. Rated M. Originally published July 31, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run during the Melbourne International Film Festival. A Separation plays the Perth International Arts Festival from January 30 to February 12. Click here for more details. […]

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Interview: Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre)

Interview: Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre). By Simon Miraudo. Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki (ah-kee kaur-oohs-mak-ee – more fun to pronounce than even Michel Hazanavicius!) is one of the most acclaimed writer-directors in the world. Famous for his adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, as well as The Match Factory Girl and The Man Without a Past, […]

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Perth International Arts Festival – Buck review

Buck – Directed by Cindy Meehl. Rated PG. Originally published August 1, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was originally run during the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Buck plays the Perth International Arts Festival from January 23 to February 5. Click here for more details. Following the exploits of real-life cowboy (as well as inspiration […]

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Perth International Arts Festival – Le Havre review

Le Havre – Starring André Wilms, Blondin Miguel and Jean-Pierre Darroussin. Directed by Aki Kaurismäki. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Le Havre plays the Perth International Arts Festival from January 16 to January 22. Click here for more details. Besides having one of the best names in cinema history, Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki, (ah-kee kaur-oohs-mak-ee; […]

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Perth International Arts Festival – The Kid with a Bike review

The Kid with a Bike – Starring Thomas Doret and Cecile de France. Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Rated M. Originally published July 28, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run – in slightly longer form – during the Melbourne International Film Festival. The Kid with a Bike plays the Perth International […]

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Perth International Arts Festival – The First Grader review

The First Grader – Starring Oliver Litondo and Naomie Harris. Directed by Justin Chadwick. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The First Grader plays the Perth International Arts Festival from December 26 2011 to January 8 2012. Click here for more details. The First Grader stars Oliver Litondo as late Kenyan Kimani Maruge, the Guinness World […]

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Perth International Arts Festival – We Have a Pope review

We Have a Pope – Starring Michel Piccoli, Nanni Moretti and Margherita Buy. Directed by Nanni Moretti. By Simon Miraudo. We Have a Pope plays the Perth International Arts Festival from December 19 2011 to January 1 2012. Click here for more details. Ever wondered what goes on inside the Vatican when the cardinals from around […]

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Perth International Arts Festival – Interview: Miranda July (The Future)

Interview: Miranda July (The Future). By Simon Miraudo. Miranda July is a unique talent with many strings to her bow; she’s a performance artist, musician, novelist, screenwriter, director, actor, and, as I discovered when I sat down with her at the Sydney Film Festival, a generally charming human being. Her latest movie – The Future – is a […]

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Perth International Arts Festival – The Future review

The Future – Starring Miranda July and Hamish Linklater. Directed by Miranda July. Originally published June 10, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was originally published during the Sydney Film Festival. The Future plays the Perth International Film Festival from December 12 – 24. Click here for more details.  “Act naturally,” says a little girl to Miranda July as she digs a […]

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Perth International Arts Festival – Happy Happy review

Happy Happy – Starring Agnes Kittelsen, Henrik Rafaelsen and Joachim Rafaelsen. Directed by Anne Sewitsky. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Happy Happy plays the Perth International Arts Festival from December 5 to 11. Click here for more details. Don’t be fooled: movies with ‘happy’ in the title are rarely that. Happy Go Lucky?  Very, very […]

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Perth International Arts Festival – Beloved review

Beloved – Starring Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni and Ludivine Sagnier. Directed by Christophe Honoré. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Beloved plays the Perth International Arts Festival from November 28 to December 4. Click here for more details. Christophe Honoré‘s Beloved fuses frothy French sexcapades with dour tragedy. In his attempts to make a bold genre-and-era-spanning […]

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A Separation, The Kid With A Bike selected as PIAF Lotterywest Festival Films

The slate of acclaimed international feature films headed to WA for the Perth International Arts Festival has been revealed, including such fest favourites as MIFF and SFF award winner A Separation , Errol Morris’ controversial doco Tabloid and the Dardenne brothers’ newie The Kid With A Bike. The Lotterywest Festival Film season runs from November to April. Check out […]

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Unclean – The Housemaid review

The Housemaid – Starring Jeon Do-yeon, Lee Jung-Jae and Seo Woo. Directed by Im Sang-soo. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. The Housemaid plays the Perth International Arts Festival from April 11 to April 17. Click here for more details. Im Sang-soo’s The Housemaid either doesn’t know what it wants to be, or is trying to […]

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The burden of the body – The Human Resources Manager review

The Human Resources Manager – Starring Mark Ivanir, Noah Silver and Guri Alfi. Directed by Eran Riklis. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The Human Resources Manager plays the Perth International Arts Festival from April 4 to April 17. Click here for more details. The burial process of the ancient Egyptians was unimaginably finicky. They believed […]

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Mindgames – The Double Hour review

The Double Hour – Starring Ksenia Rappoport and Filippo Timi. Directed by Giuseppe Capotondi. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The Double Hour plays the Perth International Arts Festival from March 28 to April 10. Click here for more details. The Double Hour also arrives on DVD in Australia May 11. Giuseppe Capotondi’s Italian thriller The […]

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Death of the party – Sagan review

Sagan – Starring Sylvie Testud, Jeanne Balibar and Arielle Dombasle. Directed by Diane Kurys. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Sagan plays the Perth International Arts Festival from March 21st to March 27th. Click here for more details. Françoise Sagan was one of the most controversial and incendiary figures in modern literature; a French virtuoso who […]

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Locked in – Cell 211 review

Cell 211 – Starring Alberto Ammann and Luis Tosar. Directed by Daniel Monzon. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Cell 211 plays the Perth International Arts Festival from March 14th to March 27th. Click here for more details. It also arrives on DVD May 18th. People love prison movies. Consider The Shawshank Redemption, the number one […]

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Manic pixie dream mum – The First Beautiful Thing review

The First Beautiful Thing – Starring Micaela Ramazzotti, Valerio Mastandrea and Claudia Pandolfi. Directed by Paolo Virzi. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The First Beautiful Thing plays the Perth International Arts Festival from March 7 to March 20. Click here for more details. Italians sure do love to make sprawling tributes to their mothers and […]

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Boys of summer – How I Ended This Summer review

How I Ended This Summer – Starring Grigoriy Dobrygin and Sergei Puskepalis. Directed by Alexei Popogrebsky. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. How I Ended This Summer plays the Perth International Arts Festival from February 28 to March 6 (click here for more details). It opens across Australia April 7. How I Ended This Summer is […]

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Interview: Alexei Popogrebsky; director of How I Ended This Summer

Interview: Alexei Popogrebsky; director of How I Ended This Summer. By Simon Miraudo. Russian thriller How I Ended This Summer follows a young meteorologist named Pavel (Grigoriy Dobrygin) and his senior supervisor (Sergei Puskepalis) at an isolated Arctic outpost. When they discover a devastating piece of news from home, paranoia sets in and they slowly […]

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The bookish type – The City of Your Final Destination review

The City of Your Final Destination – Starring Omar Metwally, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Anthony Hopkins. Directed by James Ivory. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. The City of Your Final Destination plays the Perth International Arts Festival from February 28 to March 6. Click here for more details. Over the course of five decades, producer Ismail […]

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