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Films Screened In 2002

Often regarded as the Woody Allen of the West Coast, veteran filmmaker Henry Jaglom's 13th feature is a mostly improvised satire of Hollywood wheeler-dealers with contract-signing fever, filmed amidst the actual machinations of the Cannes Film Festival. The crisscrossing narratives involve an ... Read more
Gustav Deutsch's Film ist. 1-6 intrigued MIFF 2000 audiences with its collection of rare and bizarre scientific footage. The follow-up project, Film ist. 7-12, adopts a similar structure of six themed chapters but explores an entirely new realm of lost German silent cinema. ... Deutsch's Film ist ... Read more
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This unflinching documentary explores the minds of American soldiers who served a tour of duty in Vietnam, questioning them about the experience of the first time they took the life of a fellow human being. ... The film is anchored in the recollections of Michael Herr, war correspondent, consultant ... Read more
Danish photographer Jacob Riis holds a rare accolade in the hearts of America, a country rarely known for recognising the power of foreigners to have a deep-seated effect on the way they live. In the late 1800s Riis left Denmark for what he expected to be a promised land. In New York's slums he ... Read more
A floating man attracts a crowd of onlookers. After a comical series of failed rescue attempts, the man resumes his ascent. A warm and lyrical film that is sure to delight audiences. ... Read more
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In a country like Iran, where 75 per cent of the population is under 25, football can tell a lot about society and its people. While half the population, women, are not allowed to enter a stadium or play the game, they can visit training sessions and phone in during question times with the players ... Read more
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Fortress Australia uncovers the brazen attempt by successive Australian governments to fortress the nation with atomic weapons. Recently released top secret documents finally allow this astonishing story to be told, revealing a web of intrigue in which Australia's nuclear industry became ... Read more
Jean-Pierre Jeunet created a gem of a film that was so successful that it became an inspiration for the opening scenes of Amelie. In it, their muse Dominic Pinon plays a young man who makes an inventory of all that he likes and does not like in everyday life. Utiliising all of the formal ... Read more
Annie Goldson made a serious impact on MIFF audiences in 1999 with her heart-rending documentary about the aftermath of the Dili massacre, Punitive Damage. Her latest work once again reflects a personal struggle, this time for acceptance. Georgie Girl explores the colourful, always outrageous and ... Read more
This heartwarming yet burlesque German comedy won audience hearts and the prized FIPRESCI Award at this year's Rotterdam International Film Festival - and in the first few minutes its not hard to see why. Head of a strange, incomplete family is 30-year-old Mike, whose time is taken up caring for ... Read more
Golden Gate tells a gripping story of two kids living in one of the most violent favelas in Rio de Janeiro. All they want is some pocket money to go to a concert. This beautifully produced film screened at Sundance and New York and was a prize winner at Berlin. ... Read more
A boy, a girl and the ultimate question. ... Read more
The fishing trip of two old friends takes a turn for the worse when a joke doesn't go quite as planned. ... Read more
When Sam Phillips opened a storefront recording studio in Memphis 50 years ago, he tapped the rich musical vein of the Mississippi delta and instantly sparked a revolution. Sun Records superstars including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins inspired generations. Sun also ... Read more
Lennart is in his fifties and has been abandoned by his gay partner. He finds love and happiness in the legacy of the affair - a four-year-old, 75-pound bulldog called Gösta. ... Read more
Grateful Dawg traces the decades long friendship between the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and bluegrass picker and musicologist, David Grisman, who met by chance at a Bill Monroe concert in 1964. ... Over a thirty year period the two kept in contact to write tunes, record, perform and talk for days ... Read more
When a commuter uses his new mobile phone to call home he starts a comic chain reaction with deadly results. Lavish production values combine with razor sharp story telling in a cautionary tale about the vagaries of modern communications. ... Read more
On recently finishing his lead role in The Tracker (MIFF Opening Night film), David Gulpilil returned to the Yolgnu clan in Arnhem Land in Northern Australia, where his tribal status necessitates social obligations. Charting Guipilil's life between these two very different worlds, this fascinating ... Read more
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