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Films Screened In 2001

Jungle Jazz combines an excellent new Jazz soundtrack with footage from several classic Soundies (the short films that were produced in the 1940s to accompany the popular songs of the day). Also invoking the spirit of 1950s propaganda scare films it is a clever and historically interesting work. ... Read more
"How do people taste?' A fair enough question when put to Tobias Schneebaum: artist, writer...cannibal. Schneebaum first gained notoriety in 1955. when the US State Department announced the New York artist was missing in the Peruvian jungle. He emerged, after several months, naked, covered in body ... Read more
Siddique is embroiled in a dispute with his brother and former business associate over cash payments made in the dissolution of their partnership. Such friction is nothing new to Siddique, he is locally know as the 'King' of the Chore Bazaar, the famous Thieves Market' of Mumbai. The King solves ... Read more
If love can conquer the wintry cold, hunger, poverty and even violence, then you're really swimming in the thick realms of commitment and obsession. When David (Florian Setter) loses his job as a construction worker, he meets a prostitute named Mane (Sabine Timofeo) and they fall truly, madly ... Read more
When vulcanologists predicted that La Soufriere would erupt, Werner Herzog rushed to the small Caribbean island of Guadelope to capture the explosion The population had already been evacuated from the danger zone and the centre of Basse-Terre had become an eerie ghost town where only the steady ... Read more
1960s Australia, not the swinging city, but a dusty fibro amidst scorched grass in the shadow of an oil refinery Lola (Lola Marceli) is an exotic Spanish woman, defiantly serving chorizos in a land of roast lamb and veggies. But her husband, Ricardo, has had enough of her fiery ways. He heads for ... Read more
Tickets go cheap on the bus ride to hell. Tomiko is an over-worked conductor on a rural bus line. She receives a disturbing letter from a friend and co­worker claiming that Tomiko's former driver, Niitaka, is planning to kill her. What's more, she may not be his first victim. What Tomiko ... Read more
Lantana is a stunning psychological thriller about love and deception from director Ray Lawrence (Bliss), producer Jan Chapman (The Piano) and screenwriter Andrew Bovell (Head On). ... As Detective Leon Zat (Anthony LaPaglia in a powerhouse performance) and his partner Claudia (Leah Purcell) ... Read more
Vincent, a notorious womaniser, seduces a stranger faster than you can say 'Madeline Zozzocolovich', her name. This one tryst out of so many has dire consequences as fateful coincidence leads him from tedium to randy adventure. Vincent and his pals, all night workers, gather at a cafe each evening ... Read more
First screened to rapt audiences at MIFF 1993, Lessons Of Darkness is Herzog's meditation on the apocalyptic aftermath of the Guff War. Tragedy and beauty are blended in aerial photography that glides over the ruins of the battlefields of Kuwait. The oil fires that raged for months afterward, the ... Read more
The best spy is invisible. Antonio Mendez didn't achieve invisibility (and a formidable reputation as a super spook) using James Bond technology, but by being a master of disguise Mendez was point man on countless perilous missions to Moscow, Hong Kong, Laos and Iran at the height of the Cold War ... Read more
With shades of David Lynch's Eraserhead, Jan Svankmajers Little Otik is an astonishing modern adaptation of a traditional Czech fairy-tale. Karel, the husband of a barren couple, attempts to console his wife, Bozena. by presenting her with a deformed tree stump as a substitute for a child. Bozena ... Read more
In Little Senegal, French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb, finds simple, human terms to explore the dark legacy of violence and broken families created by American slavery. The film traces the historical itinerary of Africans forced into slavery in the New World, Its hero, 65-year-old widower ... Read more
Lonely Hearts is the irresistible story of an unlikely romance between a sexually repressed bank clerk and an eccentric, kleptomaniac, piano tuner who has recently escaped the clutches of a domineering mother. ... Meeting via a dating agency, the pair, played to perfection by Norman Kaye (Man of ... Read more
Australian film maker Jeremy Weinstein goes to Cannes during the film festival to track down his idol and namesake. Miramax boss. Harvey Weinstein. Jeremy's relentless search is spurred on by the startling coincidences that link the two Wemstein filmmaking dynasties. ... Read more
The Tales of Neville and Matthew, two brothers, one black and one white. They have been each others keeper since their family was torn apart by a decade old tragedey. Neville is a comedian struggling with his art; Matthew, a boxer content with the pleasure and pain of his skin. On his first night ... Read more
Almost three million women in Brazil work as maids. The wealth of stories these women have to tell prompted directors Fernando Meirelles and Nando Oiival to make a comedy based on the award winning p!ay by Renata Melo. Nominated for a Tiger Award at this year's Rotterdam International Film ... Read more
The debris of abandoned buildings creates an ominous playground for a young Polish girl as she negotiates a world of isolation, poverty and neglect Mama. Look was made in Poland by British director Grant Thorburn. ... Read more
A church in Lisbon. A couple in their forties wanders away from a group of tourists. Suddenly the man collapses. In the mental health service his wife learns that her husband has suffered a psychological shock due to an emotional overload from seeing too much beauty in such a short time span. The ... Read more
"A depiction of French family life from director Sandrine Veyssett (Will it Snow For Christmas MIFF 1997). Martha is an unstable young woman given to fits of depression. She is clearly not the ideal mother for six-year-old Use, who may or may not be the daughter of her loyal, long suffering ... Read more
Darlene, heavily pregnant, waits in the dust outside a tumbled down church for a bridegroom who will never appear. Resigned to her fate, she leaves the Brazilian backwater she lives in to return three years later, once again scouting a husband. Regina Case, one of Brazil's most popular actresses ... Read more
Equal parts Carrie-style supernatural thriller and seething lesbian love story, Memento Mori is a radically stylish Korean feature debut. High-schooler Min-ah happens upon a scarlet diary, a record of shared moments between schoolgirls Hyo-shin and Shi-eun. Min-ah's suspicion that there is more ... Read more
Over the course of three years, internationally renowned filmmaker Raul Ruiz (Time Regained, MIFF 2000) documented short but extremely intensive sessions with artist Jean Miotte at the painter's studios in New York, Hamburg and France. Employing his surrealist eye. Ruiz largely leaves the work to ... Read more
Credit Card maxxed out? Can't keep up the mortgage? Collection agents knocking at your door? Call Andrew Capoccia and within a couple of months the bank could owe you money! A white knight for the debt-ridden. Capoccia's quest is to uncover every loophole available and mount a topsy-turvy court ... Read more
Mr Wasinski, a sixty-year-old Polish immigrant, recovers his hearing when a gauze is removed from deep within his eardrums But how does Mr Wasinski negotiate a sudden flurry of sound? To tell you would deny Mr Wasinski his song! ... Read more
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