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Films Screened In 2003

Most people have seen a great deal of Frank Frazetta's work on numerous novel and album covers and movie posters without ever knowing the artist's name. Although exploited and underpaid for most of his life, Frazetta's work now changes hands for in excess of a half a million dollars. He was the ... Read more
Alberto resorts to disturbing and extravagant practices to break through the shell of his loneliness and fulfill his desires. This cheeky short film won the Grand Prix for Short film, Critics Week, Cannes 2002. ... Read more
Chantal Akerman's haunting new documentary focuses on the plight of Mexican workers and their attempts to cross the US border and forge a better life 'on the other side'. ... Akerman sets the story in the twin towns of Agua Prieta, Mexico and Douglas, Arizona, USA. In Agua Prieta, she interviews ... Read more
As the preponderance of media outlets bombard us with information ranging from the trivial to the terrible, are we afflicted by the new malaise 'indifference'? An ideal and often overlooked use of the medium. Screened at Annecy. ... Read more
James Clayden's Ghost Paintings series, produced over the past 17 years, represents a bold and unique synthesis of film and video art. Carefully layered textures, colours and sounds become a sort of visual poetry that defies rational analysis, but that nevertheless invokes thought in the viewer ... Read more
In 2002 Liz Garbus packed a cinematic whallop MIFF audiences won't soon forget with death-row documentary, The Execution of Wanda Jean. Girlhood focuses on the opposite, but no less lethal, end of the US correctional industry. ... When Shanae was 10, she was gang raped by five boys. She coped with ... Read more
Ever had one of those Seinfeld moments? Stereotypical fears escalate to a darkly comedic confrontation between two disparate characters, in a film that examines how confined spaces heighten personal conflicts. ... Read more
An on-the-road rockumentary documenting a tour that packaged German punk/new wave act the Golden Lemons, schizophrenic/autistic cult-rocker Wesley Willis and acid rap act Grand Buffet. Fourteen days and nights with the bands drinking their way from San Francisco to the Mexican border via Las Vegas ... Read more
This Cannes Directors' Fortnight selection relates the story of Ozaki, a senior Japanese gangster whose increasingly peculiar behaviour is beginning to worry his Yakuza superiors. When Ozaki interrupts a gang meeting to voice his concerns that the Chihuahua staring through the window has been sent ... Read more
A young Muslim woman negotiates cultural and personal boundaries as she comes to terms with falling in love.The film explores the ultimately triumphant way in which she deals with the men in her life. Dogme-style aesthetics influence this remarkably insightful film. ... Read more
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them. And then there are others... " ... MIFF is proud to present the Australian premiere of Harvie Krumpet, Adam Elliot's animated biography of an ordinary man seemingly cursed with perpetual bad luck. This highly ... Read more
A short burst of hilarity. The three little pigs have an unexpected guest one cold winter night. A colourfully energetic animation. ... Read more
In a digital world, can analogue find true love? It is the wise old gramophone who has the answers for a lovesick loner. ... Read more
In Poland they're called the 'Blocker Generation', Eastern Europe's version of the A Clockwork Orange's Nadsat youth. With no life goals, no values and no sense of 'good' and 'evil', they drift through hours of cigarettes, drink, drugs and excess. Tereska is a sensitive girl dreaming of a career in ... Read more
Helen Barrow's penetrating documentary takes us behind the scenes at the offices of Australia's leading newspapers and into the studios of the country's leading political cartoonists. Combining fly on the wall observation and probing interviews, the film delves into the minds of the cartoonists ... Read more
Australian director Ben Lewin's fascination and obsession with jewellery was spawned during the production of his film The Favour, The Watch, and the Very Big Fish. It all started with a watch that Jeff Goldblum's character wore, and from then Lewin graduated to 'celebrity watch consultant' status ... Read more
About one million Japanese youths are afflicted with 'hikikmori'—a total withdrawal from society—shutting themselves up at home, out of frustration with school or work. Home is a fascinating documentary portraying one family's struggle with the effects of this condition. ... 25-year-old ... Read more
Shot in 1987, at the height of the Iran-Iraq war, Homework is an extraordinary snapshot of an Iranian primary school and the children who know the meaning of the word 'punishment' but few have heard of 'encouragement'. ... Kiarostami 'plays director', interviewing the children, whose school yard ... Read more
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Director Rob Zombie (of classic trash thrashers White Zombie) directs and provides the soundtrack for this wonderfully insane gore fest. With a plot mixing ill-fated brain experiments, creepy clowns and human gobbling hicks, Zombie salutes his no doubt substantial collection of horror classics. The ... Read more
Based on a true story and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Venice Film Festival, House of Fools is a biting, satirical look at war set in an insane asylum, seen through the eyes of a woman literally madly in love. ... A young Chechen woman, Janna, is one of several inmates living in a ... Read more
1969. France. A competition to go to the moon. Moussa, a ten-year-old boy, goes in place of his uncle. ... Read more
Death comes to all of us, but does the Grim Reaper always do his research with the requisite thoroughness? An impressive debut from Argentinean-born director Ignacio Ferreras. ... Read more
Twin Peaks meets Microcosmos in this multi-award winning gem that has captivated Festival audiences world-wide. ... An old peasant sits by the side of a road hiccupping in a slow, rhythmic fashion. The sun beats down, and life, as usual, continues around him—women sew, grass grows and men ... Read more
Academy-Award-winning animator (and political cartoonist) Bruce Petty takes a satirical look at the 'contraptions' that shape our lives. Education, sex, finance, globalism, art, media, medicine, law, government and even the brain are all transformed into evolving machines in this incisive and ... Read more
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