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Films Screened In 2003

FRAZETTA: PAINTING WITH FIRE (Lance Laspina, 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 h… Read more

From Mesmer, with Love or Tea for Two (Salvador Aguirre, Alejandro Lubezki, 2002)
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, C… Read more

FROM THE OTHER SIDE (Chantal Akerman, 2002)
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 i… Read more

Geranium Peace (Marcel Hobi, 2002)
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 th… Read more

GHOST PAINTINGS (James Clayden, )
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 … Read more

GIRLHOOD (Liz Garbus, 2002)
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 th… Read more

Going Down (Dominic Inzana, 2002)
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 … Read more

GOLDEN LEMONS (Jörg Siepmann, 2003)
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 … Read more

GOZU (Miike Takashi, 2003)
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 interrup… Read more

Habibti My Love (Pernille Fischer Christensen, 2002)
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… Read more

Harvie Krumpet (Adam Elliot, 2003)
"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 Elli… Read more

Hash (Andrey Sokolov, 2002)
A short burst of hilarity. The three little pigs have an unexpected guest one cold winter night. A colourfully energetic animation. ... Read more

Hello (Jonathan Nix, 2003)
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

HI, TERESKA (Robert Glinski, 2001)
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 throu… Read more

HIRED ASSASSINS (Helen Burrow, 2003)
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 o… Read more

HOLLYWOOD GOLD (Ben Lewin, 2002)
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 J… Read more

HOME (Kobayashi Takahiro, 2001)
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 fascinat… Read more

HOMEWORK (Abbas Kiarostami, 1989)
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 … Read more

Hospital Fragments (Guy Maddin, 1999)
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HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES (Rob Zombie, 2003)
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 … Read more

HOUSE OF FOOLS (Andrei Konchalovsky, 2001)
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 … Read more

How I Walked on the Moon (Samuel Jadok, 2002)
1969. France. A competition to go to the moon. Moussa, a ten-year-old boy, goes in place of his uncle. ... Read more

How To Cope With Death (Ignacio Ferreras, 2002)
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

HUKKLE (György Pálfi, 2002)
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. T… Read more

HUMAN CONTRAPTIONS (Bruce Petty, 2002)
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,… Read more

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