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Films Screened In 2002

Malak is a famous singer and actress. After an onerous divorce, she falls for the charms of the smooth Lamei, who sees in Malak his chance to climb a few rungs up the social ladder. Her love changes to obsession, when her regular scriptwriter and her director, who do not trust Lamei an inch, try to ... Read more
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"A story of conflict between two Oglala Sioux brothers, Skins exposes the largely invisible side of American prosperity by humanising the scourge of alcoholism in dirt-poor Indian communities. The delicately rendered story's warm characterisations, gentle humour and spiritual undertones make it an ... Read more
Jakob is a crabby 80-year old Dutch East India veteran. Disapointed with life, he passes his days in loneliness, angry at the world. A young Sudanese refugee, Majok, is seeking a safe haven in Holland. Avoiding the authorities, he only feels at home with the cows, a reminder of his home country ... Read more
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Taking the supernatural genre in an unexpected direction, this intellectual thriller is a chilling tale about a group of people confined by bad karma, revenge and transference of sin and guilt. Moving into a crumbling apartment, Yong-Hyun, a taxi driver, soon learns that a previous tenant of his ... Read more
Take Buena Vista Social Club, pump the volume up to 11 (Spinal Tap style), and crank the colour beyond garish. This musical road movie is a 4,000km journey of discovery into the musicians, singers and dancers in Rio de Janeiro, Pernambuco and Bahia - three Brazilian states that symbolise Brazil's ... Read more
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Staceyann Chin traces the personal journey of a prominent American Slam poet. The testimonies about her turbulent childhood and quest for sexual identity are intertwined with an exciting subculture, engaging voices, rhythms and cadences of Slam Poetry competition. ... Read more
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Roger and Doris live a quiet, comfortable life until one night they are awakened by the arrival of a strange visitor. It's a child - the answer to their dreams! A gift from heaven or from much further out? Screened at Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand, Toronto and Palm Springs; nominated for Best Animated ... Read more
Director Pacek gives a group of pre-adolescents a quick lesson in filmmaking, then hands over the camera. The group's ensuing rampage and street savvy antics are captured with compelling naturalism yielding some chilling images of childhood in poor, suburban Warsaw. ... Read more
"Watching Suicide Club is a special experience indeed. What to think of an opening sequence in which 54 uniformed schoolgirls commit simultaneous suicide in front of a train at Shinjuku station. Thinking there might be a lot more behind this event, the police move in to investigate. As the bodies ... Read more
Jack Thompson, Max Cullen, Peter Cummins, John Ewart: Sunday Too Far Away is a parade of Australian cinema royalty. This leather tough 1974 feature is set on an Australian sheep station in 1955 in the lead up to the infamous nine-month shearer's strike. It graphically depicts the lives of shearers ... Read more
Festival favourite Tony Gatlif (Vengo, MIFF 2001, Gadjo Dilo, MIFF 1998) returns with a meditative sunny and thoroughly enthralling new film. Enjoying an idyllic summer vacation in the Alsace countryside with his grandmother, 10-year-old Max becomes enchanted by the virtuoso Gypsy jazz guitar ... Read more
A charming and heartfelt look at the secret lives of young women in a rapidly changing South Korea. Good looking Hae-joo dreams of becoming a successful career woman; talented outsider Ji-young yearns to study art abroad; meanwhile, rebellious Tae-hee submits to a romance that no one understands ... Read more
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Independent American filmmaker Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Waking Life) again demonstrates his filmmaking prowess with a one-room claustrophobic drama. This low-tech, digitally shot three-character piece - based on Stephen Belber's stage-play and starring Ethan Hawke (also in The Jimmy ... Read more
The highly regimented formality of military drill is set within the trees, grasses and birdlife of gentle Salisbury Plain. The stark, ironic contrast transmits a senseless beauty and spectacle to gestures that can only evoke England's passion for soldierly war. ... Read more
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A deliriously inventive, over the top and challenging film from youthful Korean cinema mavericks, Indiestory (see also Looking for Bruce Lee and shorts in this year's programme). ... "Of all the gob-smacking developments in Korean cinema in recent years, the arrival of this deranged feature must be ... Read more
In Teenage Kicks: The Undertones, veteran BBC radio DJ John Peel - a man who's interviewed practically every notable independent muso of the past thirty years - takes his first visit to Derry in the north of Ireland and discovers for himself the band that forged his favourite pop song, 'Teenage ... Read more
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