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Films Screened In 2001

Can somebody love a camel? This question, posed in a script written by a young Krzysztof Kieslowski, compelled renowned Polish actor/director Jerzy Stuhr to make a fable exploring just that. Abandoned by a departing circus troupe, the camel of Stuhr's film wanders into the home of a middle aged ... Read more
The Chateau is a culture-clash comedy, shot on digital video in the south of France—a complete change of pace from Jesse Peretz's 1997 debut First Love. Last Rites. The setting a badly maintained chateau in the French countryside inherited by American brothers Graham ad Alex. When they ... Read more
In this shocking, politically courageous look at the other' Iran, the plight of women is wilfully, sometimes furiously forced into plain sight. Director Jafar Panahi's narrative delicately drifts among several women, each story melting into another, while a sense of their everyday oppression comes ... Read more
Inspired by Thomas Hardy's novel The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Claim is a story about the tragic fall of a self-styled king In 1867 the future of the isolated town Kingdom Come, depends entirely on a proposed railroad. The dream of prosperity has consumed Daniel Dillon (Peter Mullan. My Name Is ... Read more
In the final moments before his death, a young skinhead tries to atone for the mistakes of his past. ... Read more
For Margaret Hall (Tilda Swinton), being a mother ain't easy, what with having to raise her three children, care for her aging father-in-law, and clean up the dead bodies left in the yard—while her navy husband Alek is out at sea. ... Teenage son Beau, a talented musician, is struggling with ... Read more
Total Recall meets Barton Fink in this visually stunning, mini sci-fi gem. Sometime in the future emotionally suppressed clones are mass manulactured, and disposed of just as routinely. On the brink of termination, a clone peers at a photo and memories come flooding back. ... Read more
A visual exploration about the image of power in the post industrial age. The First Story utilises improvisational music techniques and assembles Super8 footage of imposing parades of trucks and freight trains along with other aspects of the American West. ... Read more
A knockabout comedy of fragile friendships and 5-pound notes. ... Read more
Many worker have an "and other duties as directed" clause in their employment contract. Most don't expect it will entail oral sex. Naive country boy Sean heads to Hollywood planning on a career as a cinematographer. When he takes a job behind the camera for a dodgy company called Men of Janus ... Read more
Dae-Ho, a timid bank clerk, is hopeless at his job. Mind you, it doesn't help that his boss is a ferocious disciplinarian who punishes staff with brutal headlocks Dae-Ho's escape comes with a decision to learn wrestling. Before long, the no-hoper becomes famed for his prowess as a skilled cheat ... Read more
A man is renovating his home and adds a set of french doors to the house. When he wakes the next morning the world has taken a dramatic turn into the unknown. ... Read more
An intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life, as lived by the country's poor and its provident, as well as by the film's own director, Agnès Varda. The aesthetic, political and finally, moral point of departure for Varda are gleaners, those individuals who pick at already reaped fields for the ... Read more
A driver picks up a hitchhiker on a deserted country road. But it seems neither of them know what lies ahead. ... Read more
Determination will get you anywhere, but tread carefully. ... Read more
Cult-buster Dr Harry Ballard has pissed off the wrong people. Harry is getting obsessively and deeply into his work, causing problems both on the job and at home. The madness escalates when he finds his girlfriend crucified with barbed wire, and the cops on his trail, certain that he is to blame ... Read more
"Hyunshik, an ex-cop in deep pain and on the lam, arrives at the end of his road, an isolated lake, dotted with floating huts, serving as a retreat for fishing and a host of sordid activities. Its beautiful but elusive proprietor, Heejin. never speaks, even when supplementing her income by ... Read more
Sondra London's childhood fantasy came true. She had always imagined a bogeyman on a black stailion sweeping her up and riding off into the night. She dated Gerald Schaefer as a teenager but dumped him when he began to refate his own fantasy: to brutally murder women. London rekindled their romance ... Read more
It's 1991 and the first thing Beatrice notices about Henry is an egg-shaped tumour at the base of his neck. Beatrice, played by Sarah Polley (Go, MIFF 1999) mistakes Henry's cancer for AIDS. A sweet natured soul, she pursues a friendship with Henry When she realises he is not gay or sick with AIDS ... Read more
"The Legend of Love is a fascinating, stately glimpse at the rugged beauty of the Kurdistan mountains and the customs and the rituals of the people. Years ago, the idealistic Horman quit med school to work at the clinic in his war torn hometown clinic of Boonan. Now his beloved, Khazar, travels ... Read more
'Teddy Edwards is a pioneer of the modern tenor sax. His peers and friends acknowledge that he never had the kind of extraordinary career that his talent should have commanded. With this taste of a sad story to come—including the period during which Edwards fell under the spell of ... Read more
Winner of every major film prize in its home country and selected for over a dozen Festivals worldwide. This hard-hitting documentary parallels the lives of two young men who have chosen very different paths in dealing with the horrifying violence that grips their city. ... Helmho is a 21 year old ... Read more
MIFF has tracked down a new 35mm print to celebrate the 21st anniversary of this British crime classic. Bob Hoskins is chilling as super thug Harold Shand. A self-made mob leader, Shand harbours grand designs to transform London's Docklands into a Thames-side Manhattan with financial support from a ... Read more
Director Jamie Thraves steps onto the scene with a clear fresh voice that translates into this hip yet heartfelt observation of a group of friends whose iives are all about to change. Frank is a restless young man in his late 20s whose life revolves around friends and work. He should have quit his ... Read more
Adapted from Vladimir Nabokov's novel, The Luzhin Defence tells the story of a chess Grand Master who arrives at a sumptuous Italian resort to play the match of his life. Luzhin (John Turturro) is a dishevelled idiot savant whose obsession with the abstract world of chess has cost him the ability ... Read more
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