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Films Screened In 2003

Khamro, a burly, violent Tadjikistani thug, ran out on his hometown a decade ago. He left behind a disgraced mother, a pregnant girlfriend, and a trail of debts, then wound up in a Russian jail. The prodigal son has now returned and the locals are demanding he assume responsibility for his dying ... Read more
In this startling piece, a boy - a self-proclaimed demon - terrorises and thrills his friends, always taking things a step too far. Eventually the children are whipped into an uncontrollable frenzy by him and events grow dangerously out of control. Screened at Telluride and Rotterdam. ... Read more
A tough, brooding thriller that reaches deep into the heart of Turkish-Armenian animosity. The DST, France's internal secret service, observes the covert arrival on their shores of Aram, a feared ex-soldier for the Armenian cause who disappeared underground as a resistance fighter in his homeland ... Read more
One Christmas Eve, young housewife Mi-Heun has her world thrown into disarray when she uncovers her husband's infidelity. Unable to cope with the change in her seemingly idyllic existence, she becomes afflicted with migraines. Driven by guilt and a desire to mend the domestic discord, Mi-Huen's ... Read more
Asakusa Kid is the story of the outrageous, misspent youthful days of internationally renowned Japanese multi-hyphenate (director-star-writer-all-round-media-personality) Kitano 'Beat' Takeshi, whose films, which include Hana-Bi (MIFF 1998) and Kids Return (MIFF 1997), have wowed Festival audiences. Read more
"Filmed largely in the south-western Indian state of Kerala, Pan Nalin's (director of MIFF 2002's Most Popular film Samsara) film offers glimpses of several different practitioners of traditional holistic medicine at work. They display a dizzying variety of methods, related only by their assumption ... Read more
Ted Davis is a superhuman ladies man. He is worshipped by his pals who live vicariously through Ted's raunchy sexploits. Ted has all the lines, all the moves and a one hundred percent success rate in bar pick-ups. Needless to say he also has a fairly high opinion of himself as a high-flying, macho ... Read more
Rene, an artist, lives with his writer boyfriend in an abandoned dance hall on the chilly French coast. He becomes fixated on repetitive tasks, behaviour and images and feels, oddly as though he is "coming down with something". Rene and his partner enjoy a curious ritualist sex life; subtle ... Read more
Balnearios combines oral tradition, faux- documentary style and techniques from the photo novel that resembles Chris Marker's seminal masterwork La Jetee, to celebrate the waterside holidays of Argentines from days long gone. Structured around four episodes, this wholly original film is filled with ... Read more
The observer and the observed. Voyeunstic pleasure and jealous desire. Fantasy or reality? Stars David Wenham. ... Read more
The remarkable story of a likable Aussie bloke and just how he became the woman of her dreams. Paul is a farmer from Bathurst, an avowed V8 fan, petrol head and one-time member of his brother's pit crew. Single, straight, 37 and now working in Sydney as a bus driver, Paul has chosen to undergo ... Read more
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Traversing homogenous suburbs and multiplexed freeways, Besenbahn clinically and elegantly fragments the notion of a 'road movie'. Using time slice technology, this videographic experiment transcends time and place as it ruptures the geometries of movement and perception. ... Read more
1343: China is under the rule of the Mongol Yuan Dynasty. Young warrior Jin-ha, an apprentice in the art of Bichunmoo sword-fighting, meets a young girl named Sullie, the daughter of Mongol general Taruga. The pair grow increasingly close but Taruga wishes to forge a strategic alliance and promises ... Read more
Song and Tang are coal miners, working under torturous and unsafe conditions. When Tang's brother, Chaolu, arrives for a visit, they convince him to join them in the mine. Deep underground, they kill Chaolu, and manage to cause the mine to collapse just before escaping unharmed. Feigning outrage ... Read more
A languid and sensual meditation on love, Blissfully Yours is a sumptuous new offering from Thailand. ... Min is an illegal Burmese immigrant, living in Thailand and in desperate need of a forged ID. His Thai girlfriend, Roong, has enlisted the help of Om, an older woman, and her husband, to ... Read more
Blue Gate Crossing is a lyrical and tender ode to the difficult, and often precarious phase of moving from adolescence to adulthood. ... Flighty Yuezhan has a typical schoolgirl crush on the handsome Zhang, a member of the swimming team, secretly taking photos of him and collecting objects he ... Read more
Two young brothers, Nita and Itta, live in a derelict town on a small Japanese island populated by an eccentric bunch of characters. One day, out of the blue, their mother returns with Kanoko, a sister they never knew they had. As quickly as she appears, their mother flees, taking the deed to the ... Read more
This insightful monologue, delivered in a nightclub bathroom, reveals the emotional landscape of a 50-something woman as she tells her poignant and sometimes painful story of falling in love with a younger man. ... Read more
At the core of this program of Japanese shorts are the highlights, of Samurai Shorts the latest HD-cam wonders produced by Wataru Furuta (Burst the Earth, MIFF 2001) which are having their international premieres at MIFF. ... Emu is a thoroughly modern and highly stylised re-visiting of an ancient ... Read more
Michael Franti,The Fat Boys, Biz Markie, Doug E. Fresh, Mix Master Mike, Money Mark and a couple of dozen other MCs, DJs and assorted playas join forces to deliver the definitive history of the human beat-box. Along with break-dancing, graffiti, rasping and turntable gymnastics, beat-boxing was a ... Read more
Winner of over 15 major international film awards, including the audience award at Berlin this year and nine Israel Film Academy Awards, Broken Wings is a powerful and uplifting examination of the strength of family. ... The first day of school should be an occasion of excitement and promise ... Read more
Army supply clerk Ray Elwood (Joaquin Phoenix) reluctantly chose the army over a stint in jail. He rules the roost around the base, duping his ineffectual, pompous superiors, way-laying vast shipments of army goods and reselling them on the black market - and even cooking up and selling heroin in ... Read more
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