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Films Screened In 2000

LE PETOMANE: FIN-DE-SIÈCLE FARTISTE (Igor Vamos, 1998)
Under the stage name 'Le Petomane', Joseph Pujol's musical anus left 19th century Parisian audiences rolling in the aisles. Despite drawing enormous crowds and pocketing box office fortunes, the 'spe… Read more

Left Lane Ends (Sofya Gollan, 2000)
Nothing can help Danny sleep. Working as a toll-way attendant, his life is dominated by the mindless ritual of night shift, paid sex and insomnia— until an old school friend looks him up. The u… Read more

Leunig: Doom and Gloom (Andrew Horne, 2000)
The unmistakable humour and anguish of Michael Leunig's illustrated modern-day fables make the leap from newsprint to screen in this well crafted model animation film. Award-winning Australian animat… Read more

Leunig: Tricks (Andrew Horne, 2000)
Not quite your idyllic Saturday morning in the 'burbs. Struggling to communicate with his son, a man wanders out to his backyard to play with the dog instead. But the dog's up to its own tricks. The … Read more

Link (Kang Man-jin, 1999)
Set in a time neither past nor present, Link explores the relation of reality and fiction in a brilliant one shot. A drunk comes across a crazy naked man lying in a deserted tunnel and loses more tha… Read more

LITTLE FELLAS (Jacques Doillon, 1999)
With a dramatic centre as deceptively simple as the best Iranian films—a dog is stolen—Little Fellas is a moving portrait of young people with their own code of honour and responsibility.… Read more

Lost (Jo Kennedy, 2000)
Jack Dawkins, Head of Missing Persons, questions his grasp on reality when three children appear from nowhere and seem to belong to no-one. In this haunting but beautiful evocation not a frame is was… Read more

LOTTE REINIGER – HOMAGE TO THE INVENTOR OF THE SILHOUETTE FILM (Katja Raganelli, 2000)
Lotte Reiniger made an invaluable contribution to early cinema and this enlightening documentary examines the life of this pioneering German animator. Born on the eve of the 20th century, Reiniger be… Read more

LOUIS PRIMA: THE WILDEST! (Don McGlynn, 1999)
"The movie is a beautiful thing. No documentary about any musician will make you so glad to be alive."—San Francisco Examiner ... Don McGlynn is a MIFF regular who just about qualifies for his … Read more

LOVE, HONOUR AND OBEY (Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis, 1999)
The creative crew that brought you the sublime and wicked Final Cut (MIFF 1999) re-unite for a London crime comedy in the grand tradition of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Ray (unsurpassed Brit… Read more

Lure (first light) (Olivia Lory Kay, 1999)
Lure (first light) is a film about desire and place where lost love mingles with history. A train motif is used to capture the rattling destabilising rush of progress, symbolising the sense of flux t… Read more

Macumba (Dietmar Brehm, 1995)
The Schwarzer Garten is loaded with dangerous connections. Macumba is overtly menacing, connecting ethnographical footage of tribal rituals with 70s black pornography. The montage construction is con… Read more

MALLBOY (Vincent Giarrusso, 1999)
The only Australia film to be selected for Cannes this year, Mallboy is the first film from Vince Giarrusso, most well known as voice/guitarist for Melbourne group underground LOVERS. As writer/direc… Read more

MAN NO RUN (Claire Denis, 1989)
For her second feature film, Denis departed from the meditative tone of her debut, and plunged instead into the noise and energy of a band on the road. Acclaimed Cameroonian act Les Têtes Brulées (… Read more

MOLOKAI: THE STORY OF ‘FATHER DAMIEN’ (Paul Cox, 1999)
Molokai: The Story of 'Father Damien' is the inspirational saga of idealistic Belgian priest Father Damien who gave his compassion, seemingly limitless energy and, ultimately, his life to an isolated… Read more

More or Less (Miriam Unger, 1999)
This film is exquisite! How does a film explore the tenuous nature of an ending relationship? More or Less is a film without a story; it's about the gaps in between. Both immediate and timeless, it a… Read more

MR. DEATH: THE RISE AND FALL OF FRED A. LEUCHTER, JR. (Errol Morris, 1999)
"I sleep very well at night, knowing that those persons that are executed with my equipment have a better chance of a painless, more humane and dignified execution."—Fred A. Leuchter Jr ... Err… Read more

Mrs Buchan (Rachel Matthews, 1999)
Mrs Buchan has had a revelation that will gain her and her followers salvation as Doomsday approaches. Her faith is shaken when a rebellious Buchanite has a revelation of his own. A black comedy abou… Read more

Ms Understanding (Khristina Totos, 1999)
An attractive young woman wearing a short skirt enters an inner city cafe late at night. The cafe is empty but for a few older men and a young man who quickly exits. As the young woman goes about her… Read more

MY BEST FRIEND (Werner Herzog, 1999)
My Best Fiend is an alarming documentary about the love-hate relationship between Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski. The film deals with the deep trust between the director and actor and their independe… Read more

MY MOTHER FRANK (Mark Lamprell, 2000)
Frances Regina Aileen Nano Kennedy or, more simply, Frank, is a cantankerous, eccentric and sharp-tongued widow in her 50s. A rebellious Catholic, Frank keeps a watchful eye on her 18-year-old son Da… Read more

NAKED STATES (Arlene Donnely, 1999)
Spencer Turnick photographs people nude, in very public places and then gets the hell out of there before the cops arrive! An artist on the cusp of celebrity, Turnick needs a suitable event to spark … Read more

NANG NAK (Nonzee Nimibutr, 1999)
Nang Nak is based on a Thai true story of a beloved wife whose loyalty to her husband is legendary. It is believed that her devotion could not be extinguished by her death. In Nonzee Nimibutr's excep… Read more

NENETTE ET BONI (Claire Denis, 1996)
While virtually all of Denis' films have tacitly addressed the issue of family. this - her fifth narrative feature - confronts the subject explicitly. Boniface (Gregoire Colin) is a 19-year-old pizza… Read more

NEW WATERFORD GIRL (Allan Moyle, 1999)
Funny and exhuberant, Allan Moyle's New Waterford Girl is a generous rites-of-passage film with effortless empathy and lashings of local colour. The setting is a Nova Scotia backwater in the 1970s. M… Read more

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