Films Screened In 2005

[.Tibbar] tells the story in reverse (the title spelt backwards reads rabbit) of 20,000 albino rabbits on a breeding farm. In astonishing detail we see the entire lives of these trapped rabbits. The oddly normal backward movements of both breeders and rabbits evoke a sense of extreme distance, and at the same time a strange commitment to the furry animals' fate. ... --- ... D Leo Wentink P Hans Mu... Read more
MIFF has brought together the amazing and imaginative works by Image Forum, Japan. Exclusive to MIFF, these short films are at the epicentre of experimental filmmaking in a range of styles. [The Trains] (Hirata Takahiro, 8 mins) is a rhythmic rendition of [Kaerunoouta] (Frog song), created by the passing of trains. [Grainy Days] (Oki Chieko, 19 mins) is the story of a young girl working in a soybe... Read more
The direct and fragmentary narratives of dead, wounded and fleeing civilians and soldiers powerfully conveys the reality of the Russian Chechen conflict in [14 Episodes]. ... --- ... D/P Murad Mazaev WS Kaukasus TV Foundation L Chechen w/English subtitles TD video/col/2004/9mins ... Read more
In an environment that exists only in its immediacy, a man stumbles over familiarity in the darkness. Local filmmaker Callum Cooper's first animation was awarded the Best Script, Best Animation and Most Cinematic Potential at the VCA awards. ... --- ... D/S/P Callum Cooper WS VCA School of Film & Television TD video/ col/2004/4mins ... Read more
A prizewinner at Venice, IDFA (Amsterdam) and Thessaloniki film festivals, this stunning documentary reveals how the Chechen War has affected children on both sides of the conflict. Room 1, set in a military academy near St Petersburg, portrays the highly regimented lives of the young cadets being trained for future roles in the Russian army. Room 2, filmed in Grozny, Chechnya, shows the widesprea... Read more
The mesmerising 3-Iron, which won him the Best Director Award at the Venice Film Festival, again proves Kim Ki-duk deserves his reputation as one of the world's leading outsider filmmakers. Exemplifying Kim's rare ability to combine elegance, poetry and raw power in his filmmaking, 3-Iron - like his recent Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (MIFF 04) - is a singular creative vision. Homele... Read more
From its explosive beginning, Ilya Khrzhanovsky's 4 will satisfy those with an eye for the imaginative and an ear for the industrial. This unique and enigmatic Tiger Award-winning debut is based on a story by controversial author Vladimir Sorokin, who co-wrote the screenplay with Khrzhanovsky. The film employs an evocative and original visual language to convey a confounding vision of contemporary... Read more
A festival favourite, François Ozon returns with a thoroughly affecting excavation of love. The forensic 5x2 won the Pasinetti Award, for Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi's remarkable performance as Marion, and was nominated for the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, 2004. "Five times two or the difficulty of being a couple: five moments in the life of a modern couple... This film is the portrait of a cou... Read more
Capturing a moment in time, this is a poignant film about a young girl yearning for her absent father. Erin White's 62 Sleeps is wonderfully understated and deeply affecting, with Beatrice Bradley as the stoic star. --- D/S Erin White P Dane Carson WS VCA School of Film & Television TD video/col/2004/11mins ... Read more
A team of Irish filmmakers are setting out to make a cinema-quality feature film in just 72 hours. ... The Ballad of Des & Mo is a romantic comedy that will be made on the fly on location in Melbourne from 3 August, edited live at Federation Square and screened at ACMI on Sunday 8 August. ... Note that the screening of the 72 Hour Project has been granted an exemption to be shown at an MA15+ ratin... Read more
A key work of post-war Japanese cinema, A Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji broke with conventions of the samurai film through its strong critique of warrior 'ethics'. Witty and generally light-hearted (although with a surprisingly dark finale), A Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji could also be characterised as a road movie. Young samurai Kojuro makes the long journey to Edo, accompanied by his spear-carrier, G... Read more
Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman) is your average prudish suburban mother, until one day she suffers a wallop on the head. With this, she transmutes into a raunchy erotomaniac. It was tow-truck driver Ray-Ray Perkins (Johnny Knoxville) who liberated her libido; he's the sexual saviour of the concussed. In his Messiah role, he makes sexual sorties into the suburbs to release the repressed beast withi... Read more
Tokyo, Taipei and Shanghai. Three of Asia's hottest young directors make three films about love. Japanese director Ten Shimoyama, Taiwan's Yee Chih-yen (Blue Gate Crossing, MIFF 03) and China's Zhang Yibai explore the tenuous, sweet, fragile and sometimes bitter nature of young love in the multicultural landscape of contemporary Asia. Yao and Michiko are two Tokyo artists who can't really get thei... Read more
Accelerator brings together some of the region's brightest new filmmaking talent. In the heat of MIFF's first weekend, from 22nd-25th July, Accelerator has invited 13 writer/directors from Australia and New Zealand to participate in this dynamic program of presentations, workshops, meetings, parties and screenings with local and international industry specialists. ... This programme includes... ..... Read more
Accelerator brings together some of the region's brightest new filmmaking talent. In the heat of MIFF's first weekend, from 22nd-25th July, Accelerator has invited 13 writer/directors from Australia and New Zealand to participate in this dynamic program of presentations, workshops, meetings, parties and screenings with local and international industry specialists. ... This programme includes... ..... Read more
Accused is a dramatic new addition to the school of bold and compelling Danish cinema. At first glance, Henrik, Nina and Stine seem to comprise a perfectly average family. Henrik is a swimming teacher and his wife, Nina, is a secretary. If this well-heeled, middle-class couple have a problem at all then it's their 14-year-old daughter; Stine's going through a difficult phase. Then one day Henrik i... Read more
Yu Likwai, the celebrated cinematographer of Jia Zhang-ke (MIFF 05 filmmaker in focus), reveals his dystopian vision in the futuristic All Tomorrow's Parties, which screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, 2003. Set in the mid-21st century, China and the Korean Peninsula are under the totalitarian rule of the Gui Dao dynasty. Two brothers, Zhuai and Mian, are labelled dissidents and sent for re-ed... Read more
Almost Brothers is an ambitious film by filmmaker Lucia Murat. With the realism of a documentary, she explores the racism bubbling beneath the surface of Brazil's cultural pluralism, and the difficulty of social change. The film is set in three distinct periods - the 1950s, 1970s and 2004 - the action of the latter two periods captured through flashbacks. The story chronicles the lives of Miguel a... Read more
Russian dolls' No, alter egos. Laurence Green has crafted a brilliant and perceptive animated documentary in his [Alter Egos]. His subjects are animator and 1969 Oscar nominee Ryan Larkin and prodigy Chris Landreth, himself an Oscar nominee. ... Ryan Larkin was one of the world's most celebrated animators - until addiction ransacked his life and brought his career to an end, his last film made in ... Read more
Does America have a ruling class? How does one join it, and should one even want to? Written by Lewis Lapham, American Ruling Class explores the US's most taboo topics: class, power and privilege in the nominally democratic republic. The dramatic documentary satire stars Lapham, the renowned essayist, author and editor of Harper's Magazine, as we trail him taking two recent Yale graduates on a pro... Read more
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