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Films Screened In 2003

Ranging from the classic, rarely seen films of the Golden Age of Korean cinema of the 50s, to the invigorating work emerging at the moment, this new documentary is a concise examination of female representation in Korean movies. ... Female audiences flocked to the cinema after the Korean War, eager ... Read more
Antoine, a 29-year-old man, performs his personal ad to a packed train carriage on the French subway. His performance is funny and charming, but will it ever lead to bigger things? ... Read more
A lonely man, a cigarette, a hotel hallway— this is the setting for an ironic take on Sinatra lore. Fueled by the contents of his flask, he staggers for all eternity through the corridors of a hotel whose name he has forgotten, his macho image looking increasingly absurd. ... Read more
Sitting in her bathroom in a new country, Maria takes a pregnancy test. While she waits for the results, she remembers the violence and exile she escaped when she left Argentina. Won the Silver Bear at Berlin. ... Read more
Johnny and Sarah (Samantha Morton, Morvern Collar, in MIFF this year) arrive in New York from Ireland with their two young daughters, soon after the death of their infant son. Virtually penniless and still grief-stricken, they find board in a dilapidated building, populated by junkies and ... Read more
Esther is in her 30s and freelances for a public relations firm. She's ready to make some changes in her life—the possibility of accepting a regular position within the company, and also settling down with her boyfriend, Vincent, are tempting propositions. One night while walking in a dark ... Read more
Direct from Directors' Fortnight at this year's Cannes Film Festival, In the Beginning was the Eye is a film about narration and remembering; about the volatility of language and image and the tricks our sensual perception plays on us. Lurid postcards and filmed images of the exact locations are ... Read more
On December 1, 2001 it was 66 degrees (19 Celsius) in NYC: an Indian Summer that comes to an icy end. Dobbe carefully builds up the days contemplative mood with a classic filmic eye for detail, colour and movement. ... Read more
Taking its place besides the classic John Woo and Tsuik Hark Hong Kong action films of the 80s and 90s, Infernal Affairs is as hard boiled and relentless as they come. Yan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) is an undercover cop working with the triads, recruited before he graduated from the police academy. Ming ... Read more
In a mysterious netherworld, a group of people, including Holocaust survivor and underground casino owner Sam (Max Von Sydow), and his right-hand man, bank robber Federico, possess the gift of being uncommonly lucky. When Federico decides to break away from his boss, Sam strips him of his 'gift' ... Read more
Parisian electro-duo Daft Punk combine with legendary Japanese animator Leiji Matsumoto (Albator) in this hour-long visual and aural extravaganza. Its simple plot—four musicians from another galaxy are kidnapped by an evil manager to ultimately become the biggest band on earth—is ... Read more
An intnguingly simple premise—a counterfeit 1000 toman banknote travels throughout Iran as it is passed from person to person—that results in a kaleidoscopic journey of culture, geography and values, forms the basis of Iranian Spread, an entertaining and though-provoking modern-day ... Read more
A compilation of outrageous, inventive short films from seven of Japan's hottest filmmakers. Wildly diverse in subject, genre, systems of photography and filmmaking technique, Jam Films explodes onto the screen and doesn't let up for 109 minutes. ... Each director was allowed a level of creative ... Read more
"In Japan we have an expression which, when translated, means 'you meet only once, so make everything in that moment count.'" - Gotaro Tsunishima ... Toni Colette is Sandy, an ambitious geologist who has just started up a mapping software company in Perth with Baird (Matthew Dyktynski). When a ... Read more
Become the Perfect Japanese, with this step by step mock educational video. Japanese Tradition is fun, quirky and very cool. When exploring Dogeza, the art of apology, and Sushi, the art of eating sushi, the irony is ever-present—and tradition and courtesy have never been so amusing or hip! ... Read more
Become the Perfect Japanese, with this step by step mock educational video. Japanese Tradition is fun, quirky and very cool. When exploring Dogeza, the art of apology, and Sushi, the art of eating sushi, the irony is ever-present—and tradition and courtesy have never been so amusing or hip! ... Read more
Wongsang is a struggling student, living in a single room and working part-time as a plumber while finishing his thesis in literature. He dreams of studying abroad, but his financial situation is not particularly rosy, and to make matters worse his girlfriend just dumped him. When he is offered a ... Read more
The New York Times called enigmatic jazz legend Jimmy Scott "the most unjustly ignored American singer of the 20th century". Best known for his heavenly voice and work with practically every legendary jazz figure from the 40s onward, this documentary is an intimate and thoroughly engrossing account ... Read more
Long-distance truck driver and widower John prepares to relax at home with Christmas beers, a bag of frozen hash and a porno movie.To his horror he discovers his estranged daughter Mia is a porn star. Kind-hearted and clumsy, he immediately resolves to revive their relationship. ... Read more
Selected for Berlin and Seattle Film Festivals and awarded at two more, Jonny Vang is a skewed black comedy about a small town loser with ambitions to make it in the high flying world of ... worm farming. Jonny is a harmless dope who's made a few enemies in his Norwegian hometown. He has borrowed ... Read more
A stowaway from Sierra Leone, a Welsh town and Christmas ... "Beautiful acting from Usifu Jalloh and Ruth Madoc. Lovely, lovely film. Sensitive, understated, kind and clear"—Ewan McGregor ... Read more
A vivid and compelling portrait of transsexuality in Iran. Morvarid strives to conciliate her Islamic culture, her family and her sex work. But, more than this, she strives to become a woman. Won the Teddy Jury prize at Berlin. ... Read more
During the Heian Period of Japan's history, dark spirits still dwelled in the forests, mountains and rivers. Disguised as a male warrior a young woman named Kaidohmaru, 'The Knight of Fire', wages constant war against these forces of evil to maintain the safety of the people of Kyoto. She is allied ... Read more
Life for Ryo is hectic. Aside from his university studies, his indulgences in drugs, girls and clubs keep him on his toes. On his birthday, he decides to throw a party with some close friends, that includes Naoshi, a childhood pal, and Makoto, who drops in on Ryo unaware that it is his birthday ... Read more
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