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Films Screened In 2002

In Unit 6B at Platypus Rise Flats, two hardened and damaged women living on a diet of soapies, sarcasm and frustration are about to reach breaking point. A bad day becomes worse by the hour and to top it off, the toilet won't flush. Twenty-something, ugh-booted Teesh is unemployed and uninspired ... Read more
Catching the train home. Weirdos all aboard. ... Read more
A no holds barred investigative documentary that lifts the (garbage can) lid on the brutal world of backyard wrestling. A cable TV phenomenon that grew into an underground industry, backyard wrestling is not for the squeamish. Although the combatants employ some of the theatrics of WWF superheroes ... Read more
An incisive, witty and deeply moving drama about responsibility and solidarity. Per Fly's directorial debut tells the story of alcohol-ravaged Kaj in the sympathetic, straightforward style adopted in the best films of Ken Loach (particularly My Name is Joe, MIFF 1999) and Mike Leigh. ... Kaj (a ... Read more
Peter Weir's first feature was a highly unusual black comedy. Misunderstood for years, The Cars That Ate Paris has overtones of J.G. Ballard's urban science fiction and Jean-Luc Godard's Weekend. In the opening scene travellers enjoying an idyllic country drive in a devilishly clever parody of 70s ... Read more
Back in the mists of Victorian times, a sinister man tells his young apprentice the legend of a ferocious feline thief. Is the apprentice struck dumb, or has the cat got his tongue? This slick, dark fantasy has won numerous awards across the globe. ... Read more
A stellar Hollywood cast rise to the challenge of reconstructing one of La La Land's biggest 'true story' scandals. In 1924 producer Thomas Ince died aboard a luxury yacht owned by media mogul William Randolph Hearst - on whom Orson Welles based Citizen Kane. Aboard were starlet Marion Davies ... Read more
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Danny is about to appear on a quiz show. Despite having a Palestinian wife, he is more interested in regurgitating trivia than in the unfolding events in the Middle East. When he inadvertently insults his Palestinian barber, the barber wreaks an exacting and clever revenge. ... Read more
When the iron curtain suddenly lifts, a Russian cosmonaut is left in orbit, forgotten by a world that no longer needs him. The Cosmonaut is a poetic story about the fragility of good fortune and the capricious nature of circumstance. ... Read more
Advancements in child-scaring technology lead an old school bogeyman to fear for his job. But can computer-generated scaremongering ever be as frightening as traditional techniques? A tightly constructed and funny combination of 3D puppet animation and digital imagery. ... Read more
A popular title selected for the prestigious 2002 Berlin Film Festival International Forum, The Deserted Valley is a film of universal relevance. Ethnic minorities in Vietnam's remote provinces carve out an existence largely disconnected from western influence - their lives rarely investigated in ... Read more
According to the history books, Napoleon Bonaparte died in 1821 in exile on the island of St Helena. Director Alan Taylor maintains that it was an imposter who croaked and that the real Napoleon was working undercover as a greengrocer, plotting to regain his lost empire! Part whimsical comedy, part ... Read more
This unflinching documentary probes a strange and complex murder case. Just before Christmas 1988, Wanda Jean Allen shot and killed her girlfriend in front of an Oklahoma police station. A black lesbian with diminished intellectual capacity and a serious criminal record, Wanda Jean faced the ... Read more
A young man works in a foundry and leads a solitary life. He looks to the sky for inspiration and the opportunity to experience a better way of life. ... Read more
An hilariously chaotic reinterpretation of macabre MIFF 1999 comedy The Quiet Family. Miike Takashi dispenses with guns and gangsters, disappearing into the hills to hire a room with a cursed Japanese Von Trapp family who find themselves in a (literally) bloody mess. ... "The story concerns a ... Read more
Rampaging around the Wild West with the only thing on his shoulders being the proverbial chip, The Headless Horseman reverses his outcast status by chancing on a suitable replacement. Directed with refreshing vitality by Ulo Pikkov. ... Read more
A loser in Australia, a tosser in England, whatever term you choose, Toti - the hero of The Icelandic Dream - is no winner. In some ways he's the George Costanza of Reykjavic: the kind of guy who gets into the shady 'import/export' business with no knowledge of the product. Saddled with a history ... 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
Jimmy is the kind of schmuck who might have stepped off a Coen Brothers set: disillusioned and resentful of his mortal coil. He works as a grocery store clerk alongside stoner co-worker Ray (a lively performance by Ethan Hawke, see Tape, also in the Festival), stealing cases of beer to compensate ... Read more
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