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Films Screened In 2001

"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 questions of existence and consciousness."—Variety ... Two police detectives are called to a ... Read more
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
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 make her true feelings known. ... Read more
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. Sometimes the ties that bind become too tight. ... Read more
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 flashy cars, glamourous playboys and decadent sex while Marie is a picture of propriety, integrity and ... Read more
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, suspicious, nervous— they are soon playing soccer, talking and eating together. Goldberg presents an ... Read more
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 his latest film begins with a doting New York dad videotaping his daughters school Christmas pageant ... Read more
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 summer of 1972 as 13-year-old Janey is awakening to the newly found power of her blossoming sexuality ... Read more
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 create an achmgly real experience. ... Read more
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
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 encounter with an Australian culture obsessed with physical education. Underscored by outstanding ... Read more
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 characters: Jack and Fran (James Laurie and Rebecca Gilling), and Bert and Olla (Neil Melville and Julie ... Read more
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 generation. A warning to viewers: this film contains liberal doses of dubious dancing. ... Peter Weir's ... Read more
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
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, screaming death, that she unleashed was the subject of Ring and Ring 2 (MIFF 2000). Ring O.The Birthday ... Read more
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
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 farmer and pisstakes of more Hollywood blockbusters than you could shake a lawsuit at. ... In ... Read more
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 music's most enduring forms from the 70s to the new millennium join Africa Bambaata, Grand Mixer DXT ... Read more
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 resulting from the accident. What the girl is suffering from is memory loss. To makes matter worse, and more ... Read more
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 quiet, shy schoolgirl who gets e-mails from the dead. Initially bewildered by any form of technology ... Read more
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 explores the lives of three couples of various ages, whose recreational hours are spent soliciting ... Read more
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 phone call. A big job is being planned back in London and Don Logan (Ben Kingsley), Gals former partner ... Read more
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 promoter all his life, and engaged in none too kosher activities, in order to get a shot at becoming a ... Read more
Seedy late-night shopping melon-drama. ... Read more
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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