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Films Screened In 2002

One town. One family. One abattoir. In Poowong, regional Victoria, the cattle abattoir is one of the few places you can find work. This is the story of one young slaughterman and his extended family who all play a part in the meat game. ... Read more
Veteran British filmmaker Ken Loach, who has consistently astounded MIFF audiences with films including My Name is Joe (1999) and Bread and Roses (2000), has again delivered a work that champions society's underdogs. Based on a screenplay by ex-railway worker Rob Dawber, Loach turns a jaundiced eye ... Read more
When Murry Richman loses a client it's usually to an ice-pick or a shotgun. As a young defender he gravitated to exclusive bars and casinos in search of big money clients. He found himself specialising in representing the goons and enforcers of the New York Mafia. Richman has convinced juries that ... Read more
Set in small-town China, an unemployed factory worker agrees to care for a prostitute's baby for a meager stipend. Slowly, something of a family emerges, but their shared path veers when the womans pimp, also the child's father, decides he wants to look after the child - driven by his ... Read more
Digital animation can offer a rich layering of textures and forms. Here it is punctuated with the graphics of website design and content. Slithers of emaciated sound bites act like a welcome bucket of cold water on this visual Utopia. ... Read more
A train that never arrives and a man who discovers why. A short, sharp, funny tale with a twist. ... Read more
In the far future Japan has been closed to the outside world for 500 years. Dazzling technology is at odds with a primitive feudal system. A terrorist rebel organisation, battling the oppressive regime, is held in check by ruthless assassins for hire. Their code of honour demands death for ... Read more
MIFF has keenly followed the emerging career of US indie filmmaker Rose Troche, with her debut, Go Fish (1994) and Bedrooms and Hallways (1999). The Safety of Objects sees Troche widen her canvas to shopping malls and posh suburban neighbourhoods complete with backyard pools. ... A top-notch cast ... Read more
A humorous tale about cheeky five-year-old Qian, who will try anything to avoid her dreaded piano lessons. When her strict mother will not listen to her pleas, Qian devises a plan to escape to her own secret heaven. ... Read more
The Slaughter Rule employs the vast landscapes of rural Montana and a particularly fast and brutal variation on traditional Grid Iron as the background for its potent story. The film examines the destructive relationship between a washed-up coach, Gideon Ferguson and his protégé, Roy Chutney ... Read more
Before the Guinness Book of Records scrapped the category of World's Highest IQ, Christopher Langan held the title. Langan spends his days contemplating models of the universe, abstract physics, plans for breeding a race of super intelligent humans... and brawling with Montana cowboys! A former ... Read more
In 1999 Belgian filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne walked away fron Cannes with the coveted Palme d'Or prize for Rosetta. Three years later they have delivered The Son, selected for Official Competition at Cannes 2002. ... The Dardenne brothers have again utilised Rosetta lead actor ... Read more
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The Australian outback, 1922... four men relentlessly track a Fugitive, an Aboriginal man accused of murder. Nominally in charge of the expedition is the Fanatic (Gary Sweet), calculating and complex. The Follower (Damon Gameau) is new to the frontier, a greenhorn. The Veteran (Grant Page) is along ... Read more
When Victoria Chaplin, daughter of Charles, rummaged through her father's effects she stumbled across a pile of new film rolls. Revealed here for the first time, the find is Sydney Chaplin's colour documentation of his brother's 1940 masterpiece, The Great Dictator. For Charles, his satire on ... Read more
"The Trespasser went down so well when it screened at Sundance 2002 (it picked up the best Latin American feature prize) that director and co-writer Beto Brant was approached for US remake rights and directing jobs. The fast-paced, searing thriller highlights the gulf between the rich and the poor ... Read more
Echoing films like Evil Dead, The Blair Witch Project and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, this Swedish chiller promises to have you thinking twice about a camping holiday. Five researchers are dispatched to a remote patch of forest to report on an inexplicable fire. Friendly bickering about camp ... Read more
Elderly couple Shirl and Norm take fate into their own hands as they grapple with Norm's deteriorating memory and the onset of dementia. This tragic love story is beautifully told, impeccably photographed and leaves behind a haunting resonance. ... Read more
Peter Nicholls is an unconventional man who has led an extraordinary life. For 50 years he has been personally and professionally devoted to science fiction. This doco explores Nicholls' life-long passion, eccentricities and unique insights. This Australian author (his major work, The Encyclopedia ... Read more
In 1992, Gas Food Lodging placed US Allison Anders on the world map as one of the strongest US independent filmmakers. With this, her sixth feature - between directing Sex and the City - she addresses difficult terrain. Sherry, a Florida singer in the touch-yet-tender female rocker vein (her band ... Read more
A small man Terzo (Third) and a large man, Mondo (World) live in a strange world, closed in by four high walls. There is no roof, doors or windows, only an opening through which one receives sustenance. The story of a presumed privilege that results in prejudice. ... Read more
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