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Films Screened In 2000

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 'special' nature of Pujol's unique talent has seen him forgotten by history. Pujol first took the stage ... Read more
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 urban landscape of tollways and convenience stores evokes a strong sense of mood in this wry look at ... Read more
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 animator Andrew Home brings to life one of Leunig's most popular characters and follows his encounters ... Read more
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 humour and pathos of Leunig's work is translated perfectly through this short animation. ... Read more
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 than his clothes. Through allegory, this film presents the link of violence between humans. ... Read more
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. ... Talia is a 13-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister. When her stepfather ... Read more
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 wasted. ... Read more
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 became the leading practitioner of silhouette animation, creating many stunning short and feature ... Read more
"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 own office. His consistency brilliant music biographies have enthralled Melbourne audiences for the ... Read more
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 British character actor Ray Winstone: The War Zone, MIFF 1998, Nil By Mouth) heads up a bumbling gang of ... Read more
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 that is inherent in a constant state of desire. The multi-levelled, multi-voiced cacophony is a play ... Read more
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 consistent with other films in the sextet. Brehm intercuts the labial mouth of an African objet dart ... Read more
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/director of Mallboy, Giarrusso proves that he is a versatile artist with an incredible breadth of talent ... Read more
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 (The Burning Heads) were embarking upon their debut tour of France, and her decision to join them ... Read more
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 Hawaiian community of lepers. Paul Cox combines his acute eye for breathtaking scenery (evident in ... Read more
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 almost slips through your fingers. Sound confusing? It's not. ... Read more
"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 ... Errol Morris has an unerring eye for tracking down oddballs, people whose peculiar interests illuminate ... Read more
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 about religious sectarianism, fanaticism. bouffants and very uncomfy shoes. ... Read more
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 business, buying a packet of cigarettes, the men ogle and wolf-whistle. The young man re-enters the ... Read more
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 independently and simultaneously hatched plans to murder each other! ... Collaborating on such classics as ... Read more
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 David (Matthew Newton, Looking for Alibrandi). To Frank, this is just being a concerned parent, to ... Read more
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 interest in his work. He could also do with a little cash to help out with a pending court case ... Read more
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 exceptional film, Nang Nak's husband, Mak, departs for war, leaving his pregnant wife to care for ... Read more
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 chef living in Marseilles, where he spends his days tending to his pet rabbit and idly lusting ... Read more
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. Mooney Pottie is a worldly, sharp-witted 15-year-old who doesn't suffer the Catholic yokels gladly ... Read more
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