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Films Screened In 2003

"A very remarkable film, one of the very best of the year—remarkable for its strenuous technical simplicity, for its superbly intelligent acting and for the extraordinary, almost unmediated access it appears to give to the lives and thoughts of real, modern women in Iran."—Peter ... Read more
Welcome to the Terminal Bar, one of the meanest watering-holes in Manhattan where, over the course of 10 years, bartender Sheldon Nadelman took more than 2,500 photos of the drinkery's low-life customers. In this film, his son Stefan uses these haunting black-and-white portraits to introduce the ... Read more
Moshen Makhmalbaf's feature films have long followed the Iranian tradition of blurring the line between fact and fiction. His 2001 film, Kandahar, documented one woman's heartbreaking journey through war-ravaged Afghanistan. For his latest work, Makhmalbaf has stripped away any artifce and produced ... Read more
A young couple buys an antique bed that seems to have magic powers, enabling them to suspend the laws of physics. However magic doesn't always prevent human nature from running its course. ... Read more
Wei and Jei are neighbours and best friends. The two 19-year-olds each live with their widowed fathers and annoying siblings in the suburbs of Taipei. However they couldn't be less alike in character and temperament. Wei, the more grounded of the two, is promoted from a parking valet to a debt ... Read more
An wry, laconic observational comedy from the youthful master of deadpan, Sabu. Igarashi (Kitano 'Beat' Takeshi regular Sumumu Terajima) cannot believe his bad luck. On his first day as a factory worker the business folds and everyone is laid off. Despondent, he ponders his fate by the banks of a ... Read more
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Is it too late to do it all again? Colin and Denny Burgess hold a special place in the pantheon of Australian rock. Since the 60s the pair have enjoyed stints in The Masters' Apprentices, saucy 60s beat sensation The Throb and even a formative line-up of AC/DC. Three years ago, when this ... Read more
It's September 1944 and Finland is on the brink of abandoning its treaty with Germany and conceding territory to the advancing Soviet Red Army. On a desolate landscape Veiko, a Finnish soldier is abandoned by a bunch of Germans, tied to a rock and dressed in a SS uniform, designed to attract the ... Read more
On a photographic trip with his mentor master Iranian fillmaker Abbas Kiarostrami, director Alireza Raisian's car broke down and he went looking for help. From that simple premise, an idea for a film was born. Creating an intimate and realistic world from a relatively basic concept is something at ... Read more
"Blossomed azaleas on the way to school..." Young Jin-soo's teacher discovers his pupil's talent for poetry. Elated by a round of applause from his class, Jin-soo finds that not everyone in his secluded farm village appreciates his newfound gift... ... Read more
It's Ashley and Mike's tenth wedding anniversary. To celebrate, Mike buys his wife a bunch of roses and takes her to her favourrte restaurant. Everything seems fine, but is it? Ashley has had a dream that unnerved her and she wants to talk about it ,but Mike doesn't. "How do you tell if someone ... Read more
To the astonishment of everyone, including themselves, the North Korean team caused one of the biggest upsets in soccer history when they defeated some of the greatest teams in the game to make it to the final round of the 1966 World Cup. It has taken almost four decades to track down the seven ... Read more
Even if you haven't seen The Gleaners and I, no matter, as this new film begins with a brief overview of the original. Filmed between October 2001 and June 2002, this wonderful new film from Agnes Varda is fascinating viewing. With her trusty digital camera, Varda documents the events that ... Read more
"You can say that the allies liberated Europe physically, but with The Great Dictator, Chaplin liberated us spiritually."—Milos Foreman, Academy-Award winning director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus. ... Charlie Chaplin's 1940 anti-Nazi satire The Great Dictator is a bona fide ... Read more
Under the supervision of Ring and Ring 2 writer Hiroshi Takahashi, newcomer Takashi Shimizu has directed a supernatural hit that has gone box-office ballistic in his home country. Sharing an approach with the Ring films, The Grudge is not reliant on overblown effects but the creation of terrifying ... Read more
A wonderful new Aussie comedy from acclaimed director Ted Emery (Kath & Kim, Fast Forward). Wally Norman, a rural battler, is the foreman of a failing meat­packing plant. He is suddenly and reluctantly thrust into public office when a couple of corrupt local politicians devise a way to deflect ... Read more
Developed over four years from the art workshops in a London Community Care Trust house, the memories, aspirations and observations of the clients are eloquently and sympathetically brought into the animated realm. ... Read more
John Smith is obsessed by names. Bold names. Old names. Names with flourish. Anything to change his boring life. His journey takes him to the heart of bureaucracy, and what he finds is not only a new identity. Samuel Johnson and Kim Gyngell shine as a pair of happy idiots. ... Read more
A 1965 installment of TV pop show Shindig: Rolling Stones Brian Jones and Mick Jagger gush about their inspirational first listen to Little Red Rooster. When it looks like the show's presenter is going to prattle on, Jones snarls, "Shut up and bring out the Wolf!" The Stones had only appeared on ... Read more
From the director of acclaimed Alone (MIFF 2002) comes this railroad movie about strolling musicians, a father and son, and a disturbing encounter that will disrupt the rhythm of their lives. They must choose how and where to proceed. Screened at Rotterdam. ... Read more
Legendary documentanan Frederick Wiseman directs Comedie-Francaise doyenne Cathenne Sarnie in her forceful, award-winning stage performance of Life and Fate, a recreation of a Russian Jewish doctor's final letter in 1941. ... Anna Semionovna lives in a small Ukrainian town that has just been ... Read more
This tattered out of focus film presents Mervyn, a deaf man who has recently become blind. Its images are the traces of those day-to-day moments that life at the margins still savours. ... Read more
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