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Films Screened In 2002

It's a family day. Alex, 10 years old, is always on his own. So is Julie. They meet for the first time and play dolls together. She's a teaser. He's curious. Screened at Cannes and Oberhausen. ... Read more
"You pretend to work; we'll pretend to pay you' goes the old Soviet adage. In this remarkable debut film, which screened at Cannes, two ageing brothers, railroad line guards in the middle of nowhere, live lives that are deliciously, sometimes brutally, superfluous. ... Read more
Kabbarli sheds light on a peculiar moment of colonial superiority sheltering under a lace parasol. The film's subject, Irish-born Daisy Bates, spent more than 30 years living with Aboriginal tribes on the Nullarbor Plain. In spite of being lauded as a Florence Nightingale figure, her story has ... Read more
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This remarkable fable about a gang of kids who emulate an adult pig hunt will chill you to the bone. The results are devastating and lead to radical changes for this once carnivorous village. ... Read more
Mr Gorsky's life is an inescapable treadmill. His thoughts of freedom are fuelled when a mysterious ally delivers him a box simply marked 'Improve Your Life'. Inside lies a knitting kit. Could this really be his means of escape? ... Read more
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Zair has been arrested by the police and has missed his secondary school exams. He doesn't have the courage to tell his mother but he doesn't want to be seen as a failure in her eyes. Screened in Clermont-Ferrand. ... Read more
Set within the tranquil landscapes of modern Georgia, this poetic film reflects upon the social residues left over from the civil war that ravaged the country in 1992. In this context, death becomes matter of fact, and the human presence holds sinister promise. ... Read more
We follow a lonely and somewhat scary man from a mysterious airport to the place of the ensuing drama, the family apartment. Evocative sound, high contrast black-and-white, and dramatic, spare landscapes present us with a sexual and existential crisis at close range. ... Read more
A group of soldiers is locked up in a bunker, facing an unknown future. But it seems that the enemy comes from within. Jeunet and Caro actually play leading roles in this film, and fans will also recognise some of the retro-futuristic devices and effects they later revisited in The City of Lost ... Read more
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A couple drive to the country for a picnic. On a deserted road they hit a dog, but when the man climbs out to check for damage, the dog has disappeared. A surreal thriller about a stretch of road that holds many secrets. ... Read more
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Denny Fitch experienced both the worst and best luck in his life in a same hour. A veteran pilot, seated as a DC-10 passenger flying home from work, Fitch was called upon to assist the crew of the ill-fated United flight 232. The plane experienced technical problems so extreme that the chances of ... Read more
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Looking For Bruce Lee is a post-millennium, spiky Korean Hard Day's Night, revolving around real-life band Crying Nut (Korea's most successful punk act) and their often futile attempts to understand the world around them. Crying Nut perform at Drug, an underground club in the lively university ... Read more
This aptly named profile of Sydney musician and collector of psychotronic films, Jamie Leonarder, explores the intriguing and little known world of 'outsider' culture. A diversional therapist, who formed a band with the patients, Leonarder likens the institutional world of nursing to a painting by ... Read more
Jason and Julian, a couple of naïve Sydneysiders, decide that their future lies in filmmaking. They beg, borrow and max out their credit cards to scrape together a $100,000 budget. One million dollars and five years later they discover that its a cut-throat business they've entered into with ... Read more
Manic has enjoyed a tremendous reaction at numerous Film Festivals in the past months including Toronto, London and Rotterdam. The film's strength lies in the unflinching portrayal of disturbed youth locked down in a Californian mental institution. ... Clearly exhibiting an acting range far beyond ... Read more
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One of the most respected and loved filmmakers working in France today, Robert Guédiguian has built a career weaving achingly beautiful narratives in his beloved home town of Marseille. Utilising many of the same ensemble of actors from previous films - including his wife Ariane Ascaride and ... Read more
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