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Films Screened In 2003

Out of the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City comes this portrait of artist Frida Kahlo, a luminary of the Mexican Modernist movement. Where the recent feature Frida presented a sketchy reproduction, Rodrigo Castano's documentary offers a kaleidoscopic view of the painter unencumbered by Hollywood ... Read more
Set in Chechnya and England, The War is an adventure story that mixes satire, action and broad humour to expose the brutalities of war. ... During the war in Chechnya, guerilla fighters take as hostages a group of rebels, that include an English actor John, his Danish fiancee, Margaret and three ... Read more
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, The Weather Underground is a complete and unflinching history of the extreme militant group that caused one of the biggest manhunts in FBI history. "When you feel you have right on your side, you can do some pretty horrific things." ... Read more
The cinema of Abbas Kiarostami has a warm, humanist heart. His latest work serves to further his enviable reputation as one of world cinema's masters. ... The Wind Will Carry Us revolves around the lives of four strangers who arrive from Tehran for a short stay at a remote picturesque village in ... Read more
Set in the reign of King James VI of Scotland, The Witches tells the story of three unusual women who concoct a plan to save themselves from the threat of witch dunking. An amusing and quirky piece, The Witches employs an unusual animation technique, watercolour creating a visually pleasing work of ... Read more
East Germany 1961, the wall has gone up. Out in the country a young boy notices that the village postman, a very unsporty gentleman, has suddenly started running as a hobby. Stop watches, binoculars and trains— what are these two up to? Screened in Aspen. ... Read more
This searing new film from Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher, MIFF 2001, Funny Games, MIFF 1998), starring Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher), arrives straight from Official Selection at Cannes this year, where it divided audiences with its apocalyptic vision and Haneke's utterly rigorous style ... Read more
13-year-old Xiaochun is a shy and sensitive violin prodigy who lives with his father, a hardworking chef in a provincial Chinese city. They set out for Beijing to further the young boy's musical education, in the ultimate hope of attaining fame and great success. At first Xiaochan begins his ... Read more
Following the success of Tokyo Express 02, Madman Entertainment, Australia's leading distributor of quality anime features and series, have compiled an exclusive programme previewing four pilot episodes of upcoming series: ... Full Metal Panic Teenage Sousuke Sagara's past is a mystery. He's lived ... Read more
After a knock on the head Tom starts to have panic attacks, becomes afraid to leave the house and sees the devil in his bathtub. Lurid visuals combine with a deadpan narration in this black comedy about dealing with anxiety in the modern world. Screened in Aspen. ... Read more
A woman and man meet, fall in love and spend the rest of their lives together. Sounds fairly conventional? The catch—the couple met in their 70s. This short feature is a sensitive, deeply felt examination of two people, whose remarkable story is a joy to behold. ... Park Chi-gyu, 73, and Lee ... Read more
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This extraordinary film is a Jean Genet-like tale of torment and desire about an abused boy dealing with the effects of having been released from captivity. It is a raw, beautiful and haunting portrait of an adolescent who only understands love as violence. From the director of the features Eclipse ... Read more
Adelaide, 1971. Leanne (Pia Miranda), 21, has left adolescence behind and is teetering on the edge of adulthood, yet yearns for a life that she can only see through the lens of her camera. Her sister, Bronwyn (Sacha Horler), is stuck in a dead-end marriage, and feels the world closing in around ... Read more
Claire Denis fans, your wait is over, but prepare for the unexpected. Shane (Vincent Gallo, Buffalo 66, MIFF 1998) and Core (Beatrice Dalle, one of French cinema's most internationally recognised faces courtesy of Betty Blue) were part of a team of scientists conducting research in a South Amencan ... Read more
A New Zealand warrior gives us a rare perspective of the Vietnam 'vet'. By placing his feet squarely on the green grass of home he makes his way to remembering. A gentle film dealing with a horrendous past. ... Read more
Out-of-work actor Gyung-soo flees to a popular country town to visit a former schoolmate, now writer, Seong-wu. Soon upon arrival, he has a brief, intense fling with a dance instructor Myung-sook, who happens to be Seong-wu's girlfriend. Concerned more about Myung-sook's protestations than with ... Read more
This mockumentary with a death-wish was a sell-out at Rotterdam Film Festival where it delighted audiences with its combination of macabre black humour and, well, more macabre black humour! Paul Miller (Paul Rudd, The Chateau, MIFF 2001) is an almost talented LA actor at the end of his tether. He ... Read more
Peaceful, rustic Berkeley is a charming fishing village peopled by friendly folk, and flesh devounng zombies! When a spectacular meteor shower brings an horrific alien virus to this country hamlet, the undead rise and begin their slow, unstoppable march in search of living brains. A lone, enigmatic ... Read more
Natti, a rejected boy in a boarding school, is unaware of his peers' perception of him. He meets a girl he likes, but soon learns some painful home truths. Received a Special Mention at Berlin 2003. ... Read more
A dark tale of delusion and fantasy. Beginning wrth an image of a postcard, a man is drawn into an unhealthy obsession with his neighbour. He becomes unable to discern between reality and illusion and dreams of taking her away from all this. Screened in Cannes 2003. ... Read more
In Official Selection at the Venice and Rotterdam Film Festivals, this visually splendid film from Magnum Agency photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon, is highlighted by stunning black-and-white imagery. Based upon a novel by Diego Brosset, the film recounts the story of Alifa, one of the ... Read more
Acknowledged as the revelation of the Official Competition at Cannes this year, and the recipient of the Grand Jury Prize and the Best Actor award—shared between the two leads—Uzak is a haunting tale of displacement and longing from Turkish auteur Nun Bilge Ceyian. ... Yusuf has left ... Read more
At night, Violet (Rebecca Frith) listens to the words of romance. In the day, she witnesses the love of a father and son. From a gesture of innocent intention, she becomes the centre of their hidden desires. Can Violet open her heart? ... Read more
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