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Films Screened In 2001

Bill Plympton has crafted an outlandish work of science fiction in his latest animated epic. Audiences still reeling from Plympton's past hits will be only partially prepared for this far flung trip from outer space to the inner reaches of one of animation's most fertile imaginations. ... Astronaut ... Read more
My Brother Tom is the story of teenagers, Tom and Jessica. He is troubled, dark, inhabiting the forests as his holy domain, hiding from the misery and oppression of his home. She is intrigued by this very darkness. They fall in love, forming a bond so powerful it cannot abide compromise. ... Read more
A shy office worker has voices in his head It's a bit of a problem, but at least they can hold a tune. ... Read more
A powerful portrait of a remarkable woman described as an Earth Mother who will break bread with the devil to get what she wants'. My Khmer Heart charts the life and work of Australian nurse Geraldine Cox, 'mother' to orphan children in the ever-shifting political landscape of Cambodia. Cox's story ... Read more
My Mother India begins by telling a love story. A young, middle-class Australian woman falls in love with a young intellectual Indian whilst at university during the 1950's. They eventually marry and the Australian woman leaves her country to begin a new life in India as a wife and mother. My ... Read more
Yon-soo usually goes to a hair salon downtown. This time, to save money, he tries an old barber-shop, with a stubborn old barber who wants to give him a very old-style haircut. Yon-soo wants to keep his own chic style, so the battle begins. ... Read more
Kijima, a WWII veteran, has always blamed himself for leaving his wounded comrade Kanayama behind to be killed by American forces-recurring nightmares conjure the terrifying fate he imagines his friend to have suffered. Kijima refuses to attend his pals annual drunken reunion dinner and is only ... Read more
" Nurse Betty takes a case of amnesia and spins into an irresistible mixture of sadness and hilarity. At it's giddiest peaks the movie, directed by Neil LaBute ( Your Friends and Neighbours, MIFF 1999) produces that shivery feeling --- when your heart melts but at thew same moment you want to burst ... Read more
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In 1932 a child went missing in outback NSW. Entranced by a beaming full moon, the little girl left her bed and wandered into the night, vanishing mysteriously. This musical drama features sublime music and performances by Paul Kelly and Kaarm Fairfax together with an extraordinary supporting cast ... Read more
Ron barely knows the daylight hours, while his nights are divided between his job as an editor of wedding videos, Internet chatrooms and futuristic fantasies. A striking and sensitive portrait of modern alienation. ... Read more
A glorious rendition of the mythical low affair between Orpheus and Euridice, set amidst the pageantry and splendour of Camivale. The Orfeu of this tale is a legendary singer and guitarist whose playing enchants all. In a Rio neighbourhood wracked by drugs, crime and violence, his powerful music is ... Read more
Barbet Schroeder's, Our Lady of the Assassins, is the powerful story of a city in ruins and one man's desperate journey to make sense of his life. The semi-autobiographical tale by Fernando Vallejo centres around the writer's return to his birthplace of Medellin, Colombia, which over four decades ... Read more
What's it like being Hepatitis C positive? This simple and succinct introspection was scribed with a rudimentary tech­nology that itself echoes this degradation and breakdown. An abstracted and scarred image for the cuts within. ... Read more
Painting Country follows a journey by ten of Australia's most famous indigenous artists, from their community of Balgo in remote North West Australia back to their traditional country. The Balgo artists' paintings, which hang in galleries and private collections around the world, are not of the ... Read more
Designer/filmmaker Mike Mills (who has worked with the likes of Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth, Beck, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Air) turns his lens on that two-wheeled denizen of the suburban streets at dawn: the humble paperboy. It is Mills' fascinating technique and probing style that makes this ... Read more
Three children were slain and dismembered in an Arkansas backwater in May, 1993 Three teenagers were convicted for the crime and sentenced to punishments ranging from life imprisonment to death. Cut and dried, except that along the way crucial evidence was 'lost' by police, confessions were ... Read more
New Year's Eve in Paris. Victor (18) and Momo (25) are stranded in a bus heading towards the health centre for homeless people. 24 hours before: Victor is fired from his job as a delivery boy for a video club when his motorbike is stolen and he is thrown out of his room for not having paid the rent ... Read more
This is a majestically dark story of a post-apocalyptic world where two children struggle to survive their mother and her suitor Incorporating an extraordinary visual design from a singular vision this surreal nightmare is peppered with grotesque humour and macabre dance sequences. ... Read more
Mark Chopper' Read ran a racket in Pentridge whereby he sold people their left leg. Pay up, and you get to keep it! Chopper joins author Ray Mooney {Everynight, Everynight, MIFF 1994) and a collection of former guards, governors and cons in this extremely colourful recollection of Australia's most ... Read more
One of the strongest French debuts of the year, every shot in Petite Cherie is perfectly composed and every nuance in behaviour and emotion is meticulously observed. The tragedy of the story is slightly lightened by a subtle comic undertone, but sense of doom remains. Sybille (30) still lives with ... Read more
Phil loves his job. Phil will do anything he can to help you. Got a problem? Call Phil Hes waiting for your call. ... Read more
A splendid account of the life of Warhol starlet Brigid Berlin, daughter to the Hearst Corporation empire. Expected to follow in her parents footsteps and lead a perfect life, Brigid rebelled continually, eloped with a gay window dresser and spent her inheritance in one summer. Her association with ... Read more
Spanning the decade between 1979 and 1989, Jia Zhang Ke's second feature is a chronicle of social change, from Maoist fanaticism to capitalist indolence, as traced through a group of young performers who live in a small town in Shanxi province. Initially, they are all members of a cultural commune ... Read more
In this comic silent film, a lone fisherman whose wife has left him learns that there are 'plenty of fish in the sea', in more ways than one. ... Read more
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