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Films Screened In 2003

The latest work from iconoclast Kitano 'Beat' Takeshi (Hana-Bi, MIFF 1998) weaves together three stories of undying love, delicately intertwined by the beauty of sadness and inspired by the emotions expressed in the tradrtional Japanese doll theatre, Bunraku. ... Bound together by a long red cord ... Read more
George Greenough has been called the most forward-thinking ocean-immersive motion picture photographer of the last few decades. Dolphin Glide is his newest work and is the culmination of his latest innovation: an underwater camera rig designed to 'swim with the dolphins'. As with his previous works ... Read more
"The world of reality television wouldn't exist without Frederick Wiseman's lingering examinations of fragments of society. And those who've grown up watching such programs should look at this film to see what it's like to investigate a scene without being rushed. Wiseman's relaxed detachment is ... Read more
For the past 35 years, Frederick Wiseman has meticulously documented a unique and penetrating view of American social relations and the institutions that try to mediate them. In Domestic Violence, also screening this year at MIFF, he turned his perceptive eye on police responses to brutal abuse ... Read more
"By turns voluptuous, whimsical and exceedingly strange, Guy Maddin's film suggests that silent film and ballet have always been natural dancing partners. At least they seem that way when folded into each other by a quirky visionary like Maddin, the Canadian filmmaker whose work has acquired a ... Read more
"The early 1990s wuxia wave hit its apex with this Tsui Hark-produced remake of King Hu's Dragon Gate Inn. Maggie Cheung sasses up the screen as an innkeeper with a thrifty way of both dealing with unruly customers and keeping meat on the table at the same time. Unruly customers abound when her ... Read more
Marianne works late nights in a 24-hour supermarket. She finds an ingenious and surreal way of escaping the drudgery of her job. ... Read more
Durval is 45 years old and spent the best years of his life in the 70s. Looking like a Latin version of former Rolling Stone, Bill Wyman, he runs an anachronistic vinyl record store in a rundown Sao Paulo suburb. Durval's store is in reality the front room of the house where he lives with his ... Read more
Eaglehawk is a unique project commissioned for performances exclusive to the 2003 Melbourne international Film Festival. The event serves as a cinematic and performance precursor to a feature film script. The project had its genesis in a story of disaffected rural youth living in a small, isolated ... Read more
Winner of three prizes at the Berlin Film Festival and Poland's 2003 Oscar contender this film belongs to Henryk Golebiewski as Eddie. It's difficult to believe that this wizened, goblin-faced man really isn't homeless in a grim, ruthless modern-day Poland. As his powerfully persuasive performance ... Read more
Eliana has just been sacked from her dreary department store job for kicking a customer in the crotch. Needing the support and comfort of her flatmate, Heni, Eliana returns home only to find her missing. However there are two people waiting—a tough-looking guy demanding to see Heni, and ... Read more
Teresa is an airline stewardess who feels right at home above the clouds, serving drinks and trays of pre-packaged food— anything that distances her from the pitfalls of life on earth, like men, motherhood and family. Her latest flight is to Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world, a ... Read more
"You wake up. That's how it always starts. You find yourself in a four-walled cell, the scent of all your lost dreams hanging in the air". So begins this absurd, visually inventive and comically-charged depiction of one man's efforts to escape his mundane existence. ... Read more
Family Tree is the quick-witted and idiosyncratic live-action debut from Shrek co-director Vicky Jenson. An audience award winner at Sundance, it follows a guy on Thanksgiving, overwhelmed by in-laws, seeking help from his wife's long-lost brother whose own problems are 'taking root'. ... Read more
Fast Film is a chase through film-chases. Using print-outs of found-footage frames, which are then folded and animated, it is an extraordinarily stimulating trip through the history of action films. Screened in Official Competition at Cannes. ... Read more
John Turturro is Harry Cam, a security guard in mid-west Amenca, whose wfe has been killed at the mall in which he works. Harry becomes obsessed wrth revenge, poring over endless surveillance camera footage and searching for any shred of evidence. When the police unearth a suspect in a poor quality ... Read more
With poetry, montage, visceral imagery and fractured narrative, this remarkable mixed-media piece is an electrically charged journey into the mind of a volatile Latina pyromaniac poet. Fleeing urban America, Maria seeks catharsis in the lush, erotically dangerous jungles of Yucatan, Mexico ... Read more
A journey into the soul of a building shows life to be anything but flat. ... Read more
With deft dark humour Chris Hinton plays with the speed of life. Like life itself, Flux is packed with almost more than you can absorb. Vivid as a Miro painting, it reverberates with the twang of a plucked string. Screened at Toronto, Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand, Ann Arbor and Palm Springs. ... Read more
A deaf boy is ready to soar. Through the language of movement his father struggles to set him free. ... Read more
A young girl arrives at a hospital to have her fogged-up eyes fixed. But a simple operation becomes complicated when Sister Enid introduces her to the healing powers of God and the wicked coma patient in the next bed. ... Read more
"Jet Li stars as irascible folk legend Fong Sai Yuk in Corey Yuen's period martial arts riot. Li's charisma and agility have never been more perfectly showcased, and Josephine Siao Fong-Fong is equally wonderful as his kung fu fightin' mum, beautifully described by critic Andy Klein as 'imperious ... Read more
Martin Scorsese once remarked that opening credits of a film have the unique opportunity for "setting the tone, providing the mood, and foreshadowing the action". Curators David Peters and Ken Coupland have searched through thousands of films to create a program of the most celebrated title ... Read more
Fortunate Son was stolen by an advert from the 60s peace movement. Wilcox has stolen it back. Responding to the ad's patriotic misreading of the Creedence ditty, this film returns the song to its roots and exposes America's most fortunate son. ... Read more
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