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Films Screened In 2001

POSSIBLE WORLDS (Robert Lepage, 2000)
"Robert Lepage's Possible Worlds makes a brave and ambitious leap into the the far reaches of reality. This elegant brain teaser will intrigue fans of science fiction and philosophy as it opens up qu… Read more

Poste Restante (Anna Melikian, 2000)
The streets of Moscow are explored in glorious black and white in this rambling, roughly polished gem made from equal parts of Godard, Tarkovski, Wong Kar War Buster Keaton and the British Realists. ... Read more

Premier Amour (Bernard Garant, 2001)
This poignant love story centres on ten-year-old Pol. who has a crush on his classmate Justine. But getting close to her proves difficult, until a potentially embarrassing incident impels Justine to … Read more

Preserving Wax (Monica Syrette, 2000)
In this stop-motion work, a wax doll in a cosy house dreams of escape. Her formidable master does not take kindly to the budding independence of her charge, and a silent and compelling battle ensues.… Read more

PRETTY THINGS (Gilles Paquet-Brenner, 2001)
Mane and Lucie despise each other; identical twins who, at least on the surface, appear to express touching familial love in order to disguise loathing. Lucie is a superficial model, enamoured of fla… Read more

PROMISES (B.Z. Goldberg, Justine Shapiro, Carlos Bolado, 2000)
Boston born, Jerusalem bred director B. Z. Goldberg, a TV journalist and consultant in conflict management, persuades Israeli twins to spend a day with Arab children, initially stand-offish, suspicio… Read more

R-XMAS (Abel Ferrara, 2001)
With the likes of Bad Lieutenant and The Funeral (MIFF 1997) to his credit, the name Abel Ferrara doesn't exactly lend itself to notions of Yuletide cheer So it isn't really surprising that, while hi… Read more

RAIN (Christine Jeffs, 2000)
A beautiful, provocative and moving debut feature from New Zealand director, Christine Jeffs. Rain tells the story of Janey (Alicia Fulford-Wierzbtcki), and her journey towards adulthood. It's the su… Read more

Raw Dates (Shira Behar, 2000)
This immediate and painful drama focuses on two teenage Israeli girls grappling with self-esteem, desire and their unsteady alliance. Emotionally intricate acting and subtle direction combine to crea… Read more

Recently 2 (Jochen Kuhn, 2000)
A man reads about a new medical procedure and decides to check out the irritating sensations he's experiencing. This is a thoughtful and often wry look at a unique examination of what's inside. ... Read more

REEL GEMS 1 (, )
Geoffrey Wright's Arrivederci Roma (1979, 24mms), regarded as one of Australia's most impressive student films, is set in Melbourne's City Baths. It portrays an Italian immigrant's terrifying first e… Read more

REEL GEMS 2 (, )
Melburnian John Ruane's Feathers (1987, 50mins), is a social comedy, based on a Raymond Carver short story. It stars a strange-looking baby, a peacock who thinks he's human, and the four central char… Read more

REEL GEMS 3 (, )
Disco (1977, 11mins) is a hilarious time capsule depicting teenagers of the 70s and their obsession with the weekend disco. Director Phil Noyce captures the observations and confessions of a generati… Read more

Rice Paper Stars (Andy Goddard, 2000)
Jilted bride Kelly-Marie is having the worst day ot her life. But when the ladies' toilets become centre-stage for a life-or-death drama the situation calls for some serious action. ... Read more

RING 0: THE BIRTHDAY (Norio Tsurata, 2000)
Sadako Yarnamura spends thirty years trapped in a well, and lived. More specifically, an evil, vengeful and utterly horrific trace of Sadako lived. The fatal video virus, ensuring a miserable, scream… Read more

Robots – The Animated Docu-Soap (John Williams, 2000)
A 3D animated docu-soap that tracks the tall of three redun­dant robots as they try to give meaning lo their difficult lives. As the narrator tells us, things aren't looking good. ... Read more

SAAMUEL’S ADVENTURES PARTS 1–3 (Riho Unt, -7)
Take Wallace And Grommit. add drunken misbehaviour, slapstick violence and smutty humour and you'd go close to Saamuel's Adventures. This riotous Estonian animated series, features a moonshine making… Read more

SCRATCH (Doug Pray, 2000)
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Scratch presents the remarkable history of Hip-Hop told by a star-studded roll call of major players. Tracing one of modern m… Read more

SECRET TEARS (Park Ki-Hyung, 2000)
Early one rainy morning, insurance agent Ku-Ho having had too much to drink, runs over Mijo and in desperation, takes her home. He is stunned to learn the young girl has no apparent injuries resultin… Read more

SERIAL EXPERIMENTS LAIN (Ryutaro Nakamura, 2000)
A monumental 13-part Japanese anime series, Serial Experiments Lain is a heady brew of X-Files paranoia, The Matrix alternate realities, Strange Days technophilia and existential adventure Lam is a q… Read more

SEX WITH STRANGERS (Joe Gantz, Harry Gantz, 2000)
MIFF opened the door on Swingers with 1998's The Lifestyle. This year all secrets about open relationships and group sex parties are laid bare in Sex with Strangers. This full frontal documentary exp… Read more

SEXY BEAST (Jonathan Glazer, 2000)
Nine years in jail is Gal's (Ray Winstone) cue to get out of London and away from bad company. He retires to the Costa del Sol with wife DeeDee and best friends Aitch and Jackie. Then, an ominous pho… Read more

SHINER (John Irvin, 2000)
Billy 'Shiner' Simpson has pinned his career and a great deal of money on a world title boxing match between his golden-boy son and a visiting US fighter. Billy has struggled as a second rate promote… Read more

Shopper (Mic Looby, 2000)
Seedy late-night shopping melon-drama. ... Read more

Shotgun Wedding (Claudia Solti, 2000)
Two compulsive thieves Daisy and Wayne, have to change their plans when a chance meeting with the Matia leads to shotguns, stockings and a hijacking. ... Read more

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