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Films Screened In 2002

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australian rules premiered at 2002 Sundance Film Festival to audiences entranced by an enormously moving, immensely satisfying drama by first-time director Paul Goldman. The film is a sensitive but often unflinching foray into loyalty in a small South Australian fishing town. It surprises and ... Read more
Avalon is an illegal and potentially lethal computer game - a battlefield simulation where players win money to support themselves in a cold, dystopic future. Ash has reached the exalted warrior class with aspirations to penetrate the much rumoured 'Class: Special A' level where players eliminate ... Read more
Avoca traces the filmmaker's memories of growing up in a small coastal town, amidst the burgeoning beach culture of the 70s. A poignant and revealing testimony, it blends Australian popular history with an individual sense of belonging. ... Read more
Three more surprising shorts from the Aardman studio. Non-Domestic Appliance, about a matador's duel to the death, with a surreal twist; Ernest, an irreverent and frenetic account of one man's life from beginning to bitter end; and Comfy, about going to great lengths to get a good night's sleep. ... Read more
A fetishistic, slyly humorous history of one of America's great war machines, the B-52 bomber. Director Harmut Bitomsky is as fascinated by this gargantuan jet's place in the global power structure as he is by the sensuous curves of wings and fuselage. ... Bitomsky pieces together a complete ... Read more
Re-filmed cut-out images from children's books are reprocessed further through slide and computer. These visual delicacies flutter and stutter, acting as a kind of rhythm section to the Sparklehorse song of the same name. ... Read more
Hang Gi, a tough pimp ruling his brothel with an iron fist, has a huge chip on his shoulder. Moments after setting eyes on Seon-hwa, a pretty and proper college student, he forces her to kiss him, indifferent to her disgust, until a beating by soldiers sends him on his way. A scheme is concocted by ... Read more
As a child Migue ran away from a family home ravaged by poverty. As a teenager he finds a new home and family; living on the rooftops of Barcelona with his girlfriend Mara and an illegal immigrant Ahmed. Petty theft and pickpocketing sustain their existence, until Migue steals from the wrong man ... Read more
The films of Majid Majidi - including Children of Heaven (1999) and The Colour of Paradise (2000) - have captivated MIFF audiences. With Baran, a stand out film at Rotterdam, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, Majidi draws attention to the ongoing and current plight of illegal Afghan workers. ... Read more
Barcode is an animated road movie that takes the viewer through an abstract virtual landscape of light and shadow. Screened at Rotterdam Festival this is a computer-generated choreography of light and space to music composed by Erik Stok. Winner Golden Palm at Annecy. ... Read more
A surreal and humorous film about escaping the claustrophobia of suburban life. A teenage boy cleans his room, feeds his cat, says goodbye to his parents and silently disappears. Behave is a beautifully realised meditation on escaping the monotony of suburban ritual. ... Read more
Only two generations ago, India was divided into hundteds of feudal kingdoms ruled by princes. Even under British rule they had the power of life and death over their subjects. Upon India's independence, however, their lives changed dramatically. Beyond the Royal Veil takes us into the lives of two ... Read more
"Okatsu is a widow raising five children - adults but still mama-dependent - in mid-eighteenth century Edo, Japan. Her frugality attracts unflattering comment even amid national tough times (the region is in famine) What Okatsu tells no one is that she saves so that a friend can start his own ... Read more
In a bleak urban landscape, an old man pulls out a tooth triggering a memory of his proudest moment. Surrounded by decay the old man relives his childlike sense of joyful expectation. ... Read more
Touring Berlin, Montreal, Moscow and LA Film Festivals, Kim's third film shook audiences with its haunting images of two women reconciling polar differences. Unique in positioning two female characters centre-stage, the film's dividing line runs along class, sex and social status. Jin-Ah, a tough ... Read more
Black Chicks Talking is an engaging documentary that filters the politics and issues of Black Australia through the lives of five contemporary Aboriginal women of disparate backgrounds. The feature comes direct to MIFF after inclusion as the only non-US documentary in the inaugural Tribeca Film ... Read more
An evocative exploration of emotional landscapes, Blind Spot flickers on the retina like a poignant memory. Its conscious stream of fragmented images and enigmatically composed soundtrack slip in and out of focus like fading recollections of an all but forgotten event. ... Read more
On Sunday 30 January 1972 a British paratrooper unit shot dead 13 unarmed civilians taking part in a march for peace in Derry, Northern Ireland. Thirty years later, the killers still haven't got their story straight. Writer-director Paul Greengrass has made a damning, nail-biting, heart-wrenching ... Read more
Rebecca, 15, is struggling with something big. Every morning, she sneezes violently. Exactly nine sneezes every time, her mother insists. Rebecca feels allergic to life, and needs to admit a big secret before she can blow these sneezes away. ... Read more
Blue Spring is about high school anarchy, hairstyles and rock'n'roll. In a school where the students set the rules while teachers are dangled from windows, students play a deadly game of chicken to decide who is boss. When hip Kujo, idolised by childhood friend Aoki, wins the game, he at first ... Read more
"Arguing that vinyl is the most potentially deadly consumer product on the planet, Blue Vinyl doesn't just draw our attention to the lurking danger. Rather, this enormously entertaining documentary takes a surprisingly light-hearted jaunt through Silkwood and Erin Brockovich terrain." - Variety ... Read more
Torn by famine and political turmoil, a disparate group of Africans, six men and one woman, cling to the dream of Europe. They are brought together through a variety of past hardships, lives in limbo through exile and the status of being forever 'illegal'. During their exodus, from Central to North ... Read more
Now that New Zealand is synonymous with The Lord of the Rings, don't think that all Kiwi dark pleasures are confined to the subterranean lairs of Trolls. Director David Blyth has embarked on his own quest for the ring: the nipple ring! Blyth trekked through New Zealand's most notorious dungeons ... Read more
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