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Films Screened In 2003

BURNING PARADISE (Ringo Lam, 1994)
"Someone gave bad seed director Ringo Lam many Hong Kong dollars to remake Burning of the Red Lotus Temple, an epic about popular character Fong Sai Yuk (see Fong Sai Yuk elsewhere in this section). … Read more

BUS 174 (José Padilha, 2002)
On June 12, 2000—Brazil's Valentine's Day—Sandro do Nascimento held up a bus in Rio de Janeiro's largest public park in broad daylight, taking the passengers hostage.Television crews arri… Read more

Bush Bikes (David Vadiveloo, 2002)
In town camps and remote communities of Central Australia, Aboriginal boys and girls begin their apprenticeships early, making bush bikes! ... Read more

CABIN FEVER (Eli Roth, 2002)
An isolated cabin retreat, six cocksure teenagers, a highly-infectious disease, crazed hillbillies—the perfect ingredients for a slasher hybrid marked by its knife-edge wit and knife-wielding c… Read more

CALA, MY DOG! (Lu Xuechang, 2003)
Cala is a scruffy little dog who means the world to Lao, a blue-collar worker who lives in Beijing with his wife and son. When the pooch is nabbed by the authorities for being out on the streets with… Read more

Calling Gerry Molloy (Andrew Lewis, 2002)
Jude and Ron play games, it's harmless, competitive fun, a way of spicing up their relationship, until Gerry Molloy enters their lives. Fact becomes fiction, or is it the other way around? ... Read more

Captive, Waiting... (Mohammad Ahmadi, 2002)
A prisoner of the war between Iran and Iraq has been writing a letter to his son, whom he hasn't seen for 18 years. He is placed on the list of prisoners to be released, but he's still apprehensive. … Read more

CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS (Andrew Jarecki, 2002)
"Capturing The Friedmans ran away with this year's Sundance Grand Jury prize for best documentary and deservedly so. An engrossing, troubling and, in the end, profoundly ambiguous re-examination of a… Read more

CHANDNI BAR (Madhur Bhandarkar, 2001)
Chandni Bar launches scathing attacks on an outmoded caste system, police corruption, vice and the appalling conditions endured by the marginalized in one of the world's most populated but poor citie… Read more

Chapter Two; How to Breathe (Lee Hyung-suk, 2002)
A boy goes to extraordinary lengths to shelter his dog from the dangers and violence of the outside world. A short film of remarkable scope and complexity, touching upon universal issues with a parti… Read more

CHARLIE: THE LIFE AND ART OF CHARLES CHAPLIN (Richard Schickel, 2003)
Full of fascinating and insightful interviews with some of the Hollywood elite including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr., three of Chaplin's children, actors and colla… Read more

CHINESE ODYSSEY 2002 (Jeff Lau, 2002)
Produced by Wong Kar-wai, cast with several of his favourite actors and spiked with parodies of his films, Jeff Lau's thoroughly entertaining Chinese Odyssey 2002, set in the Ming Dynasty, ruthlessly… Read more

CHRISTMAS (Gregory King, 2003)
December 21st, and eldest son Keri has just turned up unannounced to the modest family home in Whangarei, a Kiwi town going nowhere fast, where he grew up. Sharing in the 'festivities' are the house'… Read more

CLOSE-UP (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990)
"Werner Herzog calls this 'the greatest documentary on filmmaking I have ever seen.' Much stranger than fiction, Close-Up recounts the bizarre case of Hosem Sabzian, a frustrated film buff who preten… Read more

Clutch (Jackie Shultz, 2003)
A young girl is left at a garage while her mother has her car serviced. Soon it is the girl who is fixing the cars, with the help of her father. ... Read more

COME DRINK WITH ME (King Hu, 1966)
"Cheng Pei-Pei is the original swordswoman. Before Michelle Yeoh, before Brigitte Lin, before Maggie Cheung and certainly before Carrie-Ann flippin' Moss, she rode out of the east and into the wuxia … Read more

Cough Therapy (Jean-Philippe Laraque, 2002)
In this twisted comedy, a man coughs when he hears certain words (family, birthday, formica). Another man decides to cure him. He sets up a series of bizarre scenarios to achieve his goal, no matter … Read more

Cracker Bag (Glendyn Ivin, 2003)
Eddie spends her pocket money obsessively hoarding fireworks and carefully planning for cracker night. When it finally arrives, Eddie and her family head to the local football oval. In the frosty air… Read more

CRIMSON GOLD (Jafar Panahi, 2003)
Winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Award at Cannes this year, Jafar Panahi's (The Circle, MIFF 2001) new film is a intimate and absorbing drama. Based on true events, told to Panahi by Abbas Kiaros… Read more

DE GUERRE LASSES (Laurent Bécue-Renard, 2003)
Sedma, Jasmina, Senada: three young village women. During the war in Bosnia in the mid-90s, their world fell apart. Their husbands disappeared, along with dozens of men from their families. Their hou… Read more

DEMONLOVER (Olivier Assayas, 2002)
Cahiers du Cinema critic turned director Oliver Assayas (Irma Vep, MIFF 1997) takes us on another wild ride with this erotic cyber-thriller complete with a killer soundtrack by Sonic Youth and an ecl… Read more

DESPERATE MAN BLUES (Edward Gillan, 2003)
Obsessive record collector Joe Bussard parties like it's 1929! A cultural scavenger, musician and broadcaster, he was a pioneer in the preservation of 78rpm records and the roots music produced in pu… Read more

Destino (Dominique Monfery, 2003)
At long last, Destino, the legendary collaboration between Salvador Dali and Walt Disney, shelved since 1946, has been completed. And it's coming to MIFF! The surrealist short, mysteriously abandoned… Read more

DISTANT LIGHTS (Hans Christian Schmid, 2003)
The winner of the FIPRESCI prize at this year's Berlin Film Festival, Distant Lights is a tender humanist portrart of a group of people finding their way in a world of moral ambiguity. ... The German… Read more

DOING TIME (Sai Yoichi, 2002)
A prison movie like no other, this amiable biographical film is a sheer delight. Cult manga author Hanawa Kazuichi spend three years in jail, for possession of replica guns he used in simulated battl… Read more

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