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Films Screened In 2002

Shot under extremely difficult and dangerous conditions, this film features portraits of eight Palestinian women from different social and religious backgrounds. Exploring their lived realities, it seeks to show how Palestinian women know war, and imagine peace. ... Read more
Regarded by some as the greatest writer since the second world war, by others as unreadable, most literary critics will agree that in the past 50 years few English-speaking authors have had such a profound effect on literature - whilst remaining so utterly enigmatic - as America's Thomas Pynchon ... Read more
To Be and to Have (in Official Selection at Cannes this year) follows an academic year in the lives of a dozen youngsters, aged 4-10, who are taught every subject, from math to gym, by one dedicated teacher. Any negative stereotypes viewers might harbour about education in rural communities are ... Read more
Gazing right into the heart of human suffering and yearning, To the Left of the Father probes the dark side of the universal parable of the Prodigal Son. The lens moves in on a migrant Lebanese family in the interior of Brazil, a wealthy family now fallen on hard times. When André strays from ... Read more
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What the hell do you do? You're a Kiss tribute band called Larger Than Life. Your 'Gene Simmons' goes crazy two weeks before a $5000 gig, is taken away in a straight jacket, shaves his head and finds Jesus. You quickly audition two replacements: one is incapable of even rehearsing without flipping ... Read more
A visually magnetic journey through contemporary Berlin along the former Wall strip at the magical hour of twilight. This area, of such historical significance, is now an often strangely empty, eerie piece of inner-urban land surrounded by a bold new city. ... Read more
In June 1988, one of the worst racially motivated crimes since desegregation occurred in a small Texan town. Three young white men dragged African American James Byrd behind their vehicle for over five kilometers down a dirt road, tearing his body apart. The case drew unprecedented international ... Read more
Last year Jia Zhang-Ke captivated MIFF audiences with Platform, a politically charged epic concerning a troupe of young performers in rural Shanxi province. The young Chinese filmmaker's third feature - in Official Competition at Cannes this year, where it was nominated for the Palme D'Or - again ... Read more
A car overturned. A mountain's edge. A woman's trapped upside down. She wakes to see her partner, freed from the wreck, and the world starts turning. Climbing back in he straps himself upside down and the pair hang, waiting for their world to right itself. ... Read more
A young boy's perspective on life is coloured by an early mishap, but nothing can dull Vincent's hopes for a bright future full of love. A jewel of a film. ... Read more
In an indefinite time, alienated from past, future and present, a veiled school exists - training students in a combination of martial arts and supernatural expertise. After being expelled from eight schools for his magical powers of telekinesis, Kim Kyung-Soo finds himself at Volcano High. He soon ... Read more
Satin shirts and smooth cheeks - Waikiki Brothers is a band going nowhere. After another depressing gig, the three members end up at lead singer Sungwoo's home town, Suanbo. Once a popular hot spring resort - and a place where live bands could thrive back in the 80s and early 90s - Suanbo now ... Read more
"Set in a Mauritanian coastal town that functions as a transit point, director Abderrahmane Sissako's Waiting for Happiness (winner of the FIPRESCI award at Cannes 2002 for best film in the Un Certain Regard section) is a poignant, poetic reflection on themes of exile, travel, home and ... Read more
Winner of two prizes at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival (including the Teddy for Best Feature) and also selected for the Hong Kong Film Festival, Walking on Water is a refreshingly unsentimental, and even surprisingly humourous, film about people dealing with loss and grief. ... Charlie (Vince ... Read more
Struggling to hold together her train-wreck family, Kelley tracks down her drifter brother to a seedy, remote island off Chile and discovers him living with a ragged group of expatriates. He reacts to her frantic demands to return home by tricking her into being stranded; but when she falls in love ... Read more
Go with the flow and take a voyage with the element of life. ... Read more
Mistrust, a missing person and a floating dressmaker's dummy dominate the weekend of five Beijing friends who spend a summer weekend on the banks of the Yangzhe. Yudong, away from his wife's gaze, is stirred at the arrival of high-school sweetheart Jin Xiao-Bei. The appearance of said dummy, with a ... Read more
The latest from Tsai Ming-liang - a dynamo on the Taiwanese film scene - is a poignant, frequently amusing and whimsical, journey through the human conditions of memory and yearning, filtered through an illuminating, at times cinematically referenced, humour. Hsiao-Kang sells watches on the streets ... Read more
A fantastic snapshot of a collection of characters that find comfort in their neuroses, wishes and simple desires. The narrative allows us to share their personal thoughts and dreams. Testament to the idea that the gravity of our perceptions can change our outlook on life. ... Read more
Christine Hakim - the most prestigious actor in Indonesia - stars in and co-produces this rites-of-passage feature. Set in the stark landscapes of East Java, the film's concern is the mother-daughter relationship of Daya and Berlian (Hakim), a midwife and herbal medicine vendor. A spate of murders ... Read more
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Set in the back alleys of Paris, Wild Animals sketches the unique friendship between two Koreans living abroad. South Korean Chung-hae goes to Paris to study art but, lacking scruples, he soon winds up earning a living through various scams. He meets an AWOL North Korean soldier named Hong-san ... Read more
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