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Films Screened In 2003

University Professor Mitya (Oleg Yankovskiy, who worked with Tarkovsky on The Mirror and Nostalgia) has just suffered the death of his wife. His teenage son, Petya, stricken with grief, suggests that his mother's death was caused by stress. Perplexed at this suggestion, Mitya rifles through his ... Read more
Screening with Dolphin Glide is The Makng of Dolphin Glide, a privileged look behind the scenes, at the methods and means employed by Greenough as he captures his amazing footage. ... Read more
Maiquel just wants a quiet, normal life. This simple plan goes out the window when he loses a soccer bet and has to dye his hair blonde. Cruelly teased by a much-loathed neighbourhood drug dealer, Maiquel snaps and shoots the man. Suddenly he is a folk hero, a protector of the meek, even endorsed ... Read more
During WWII the residents of five-year-old Alex Kurzem's village were rounded up to be shot. The spirited kid ran off, living for two months in nearby woods. Scrounging food (he had determined that strawberries grew in close proximity to the corpses of fallen soldiers), braving weather and dodging ... Read more
On a hot, summer afternoon, in a housing estate, a young girl is bored. Her mother's ignoring her. And even her dog won't play. But outside, in a field near a freeway, she meets a stranger. Someone who understands. Selected for Official Competition at Cannes 2003. ... Read more
From writer Hanif Kureishi and director Roger Michell. collaborators onThe Buddha of Suburbia, The Mother is a compelling and biting contemporary British drama, in which an ageing widow seduces her daughter's lover. With its heady mix of sex, love and death, the film paints an achingly heartfelt ... Read more
Macabre and absurd, The Musical Chairs unravels like a tale from the Brothers Grimm. Stranded in an undisclosed and desolate location, five children and a toxic clown engage in a truly unsettling game of musical chairs—the result of which provides a sparse and theatrical experience that ... Read more
A film of a poem by Philip Larkin, a meditation on growing old and facing our mortality. A suitably nasal Bob Geldof evokes a mixture of fear, disgust and compassion as the 'lighted rooms' begin to dim. A very effective mixture of rotoscope and traditional animation. ... Read more
A lyrical underwater sequence lures us into this enchanting tale of a vivacious and headstrong woman who was fearlessly ahead of her time.The achievements of Australian pioneer Annette Kellerman—swimmer, diver, vaudeville entertainer, silent movie star and lifestyle guru—are inspiring ... Read more
Despite what Nike keeps telling everyone, it's perfectly OK to lose a ball game. The Other Final—an exceptionally funny, good natured, cheer-along documentary—celebrates the greater part of the world population who are not elite athletes. Bhutan, a peaceful kingdom in the Himalayas, and ... Read more
Inspired by the beheading-cum-abduction of renowned Danish tourist attraction The Little Mermaid, the film's protagonist, Julius, attempts to emulate history. He concocts an elaborate plan but it goes awry when he is unwittingly thrust into the limelight. ... Read more
Whether you like it or not, a childhood trauma can affect your whole life. In The Pirate, we discover the childhood traumas of a pirate and a friendship never forgotten. ... Read more
A visually explosive journey through the nine planets of our solar system, The Planets combines painterly effects and an intimate breathy soundtrack with an intermittent computerised voiceover. ... Read more
Paul surfers from writer's block and has become increasingly restless with his life. When he meets charismatic risk-taker Billy in a bizarre road accident, the two share a few drinks at a local pub. Paul's interest is piqued as he is exposed to a different, more secretive side of life. Around the ... Read more
As a projectionist departs his cinema for the last time, passing through darkened laneways, we witness a gallery of ghostly visions, projections seemingly from his past life. Displaying remarkable technique and imagination, The Projectionist has screened at Tampere, New York and Ann Arbor. ... Read more
Placid (Ben Lee) is an awkward, troubled teen. His school life was marred by bullying and the embarrassing eccentricities of his aging flower-power parents (Miranda Richardson, Blackadder and Garry McDonald, Mother and Son). Free of the bonds of high school, he takes a job at an insurance ... Read more
'That's it, no vodka at least a week before the film festival!' A strange and absurd re-telling of Russian history applied with beautiful thick painterly animation. What animation was made for. If only all revisionists could be this funny. ... Read more
A subtle interplay between clashing ideologies: that of traditional religious values versus modern youth drawn towards extremism. Events overtake Subbaiah Sastry, a highly respected vedic and scholar in his prime now scraping out a meagre existence as a corpse carrier. He endures the contempt of ... Read more
"The Sea, like director Baltasar Kormakur's predecessor (101 Reykjavik, MIFF 2001), tells the story of a fire-and-ice showdown by spinning what we know of the family drama into a whirl of erotic redefinition. ... "Hoary patriarch and self-styled autocrat Thordur summons his grown children home to ... Read more
When a parent is imprisoned, the effects on the children are traumatic.This film explores the instability, social discrimination and alienation that children experience when a parent is incarcerated. ... Read more
Parisian native Xavier (Romam Duris, star of Gadjo Dilo) amves in Barcelona on a student exchange program, unable to speak the local lingo. Unhappy about leaving his girlfriend behind (Amelie's AudreyTautou) and uncertain of finding any fnends in this new city, Xavier's luck takes a dramatic turn ... Read more
Private Ryan hits the Russian Front in 1944. 'The Star' is the call sign of an elite reconnaissance detachment ordered deep behind enemy line to cause as much havoc as possible and gather information about German invasion plans. In broken and covert contact with a solitary female radio operator ... Read more
Russian filmmaker Pavel Klushantsev had an extraordinary influence on an entire genre. The Star Dreamer explores the life and work of this visual wizard and the fantastic legacy of his films which transformed science fiction. Throughout his career in St. Petersburg, Klushantsev pioneered and ... Read more
Celebrated photographer Shelby Lee Adams is in a precarious position. On one hand his work hangs in the most prestigious galleries worldwide; on the other he is heavily criticised for his subject matter. Born in Kentucky, Adams has, for more than 30 years, photographed the poorest, most isolated ... Read more
Directors Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau enchanted MIFF audiences with their two previous films, Funny Felix (MIFF 2000) and Jeanne and the Perfect Guy (MIFF 1998). Their new film is equally charming, as wefollow the journey of an adolescent's sexual awakening through the lens of his own ... Read more
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