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Films Screened In 2005

Wayfarers (Igor Strembitzyy, )
In Igor Strembitskyy's [Wayfarers] childhood never returns, dreams don't come true, and madness is a kind of happiness and grief. This superb documentary, written around a traditional lullaby, is the… Read more

wayward cloud, the (Tsai Ming Liang, 2004)
Celebrated auteur Tsai Ming-liang returns to MIFF with his daring [The Wayward Cloud], which won the Fipresci and Silver Bear at Berlin, 2005. Loneliness and disconnection are at the heart of the fil… Read more

Wedding, The (Wojtek Smarzowski, 2004)
Described by its director as "a simple, very Polish story", [The Wedding] features barbarous drinking, family feuding, general depravity and the corruption of all social principles and institutions. … Read more

What Alice Found (A. Dean Bell, 2003)
Eighteen-year-old Alice has finished summer vacation and all her friends have gone to college. Out of boredom - and the looming prospect of a dead-end job in a New England backwater - she steals mone… Read more

White on Blue (Ramunas Greicius, )
A teenager wonders at her father's selfishness as he leaves his family in favour of a younger woman. The girl's story reflects the surrealism of confused adolescence, yet presents some well-observed … Read more

Who Do You Love' (Jim McRoberts, )
Heather wakes up hungry, but her mum has the shakes. While finding something to eat and money to feed her mum's habit, Heather pays an unexpected price. Taut and genuinely shocking, [Who Do You Love'… Read more

Whole Heart (Tracie Mitchell, )
A woman waits at a bus stop, ready to move on with her life. But first she must let go of all that holds her back. The story of a woman caught between her past and her future, [Whole Heart] stars sta… Read more

wild parrots of telegraph hill, the (Judy Irving, 2004)
The personalities of a flock of oversized budgies and their hippy caretaker ensnare you in the irresistibly charming [The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill]. ... "It's also a portrait of Mark Bittner, t… Read more

Window Facing the Sun, A (Bijan Zaman Pira, )
A programme of short films curated exclusively for MIFF by Bahman Ghobadi complements the 'Homelands Now' spotlight. It is an eclectic selection from one of the least-known filmmaking cultures in the… Read more

WINTER’S BONE (Debra Granik, 2004)
When her meth-cooking father goes missing, violating his bail conditions and putting the family home at risk of repossession, 17-year-old Ree Dolly (the revelatory Jennifer Lawrence) sets out to find… Read more

wolf creek (Greg McLean, 2004)
Australia has made a name for itself since the 1960s for mysterious disappearances on its remote stretches of bitumen. And backpackers have often been at the centre of these chilling episodes. Based … Read more

World mirror cinema (Gustav Deutsch, 2005)
In this new-found footage work by Gustav Deutsch (Film Ist), three historical camera pans take in the streets and squares of Vienna, Surabaya and Porto. They provide a starting point for reflecting o… Read more

world without thieves, a (Feng Xiaogang, )
A World Without Thieves, from popular Chinese director Feng Xiaogang, is a stylish, high-octane ride on a train to redemption - with some superbly choreographed battle scenes en route. It revolves ar… Read more

Yang ban xi (Yan Ting Yuen, 2005)
During the 10 years of China's Cultural Revolution, the only culture allowed was [Yang Ban Xi] - propaganda operas. Based on traditional Chinese stories and adapted to the taste of Mao's wife, Jiang … Read more

year of the yao (James D Stern, Adam Del Deo, 2004)
Yao Ming is Houston's big man of basketball. The Houston Rockets drafted the seven-foot, six-inch Chinese national in 2002, amid considerable skepticism from the NBA hoops experts. [The Year of the Y… Read more

Yellow Fella (Ivan Sen, )
In 1978, Tom E. Lewis played the unforgettable hero in [The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith]. The character he played was close to himself: a young man struggling on the edge of two cultures. Ivan Sen's fi… Read more

yesterday (Darrell James Roodt, 2004)
Zululand, South Africa. Yesterday (Leleti Khumalo), a woman in her early 30s, and her seven-year-old daughter Beauty are on the way to the nearest clinic. Yesterday has a lingering cough and wants to… Read more

Yoshiwara The Pleasure Quarter (Uchida Tomu, )
A glorious, dynamic melodrama written by Mizoguchi collaborator Yoda Yoshikata, [Yoshiwara: The Pleasure Quarter] ranks among Uchida's finest films. ... A successful textile industrialist from the pr… Read more

z channel: a magnificent obsession (Xan Cassavetes, 2004)
Directed by Xan Cassavetes, daughter of legendary actor-director John Cassavetes, [Z Channel] is an engrossing account of a TV phenomenon topped off by a bizarre murder-suicide. Jerry Harvey was a vi… Read more

z Reactor (Kazuhiro Goshima, )
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 Tra… Read more

Zombie Honeymoon (Dave Gebroe, )
Denise takes her marriage vows seriously. It should come as no surprise then that when her new hubby Danny is attacked and infected by a zombie sailor, she stands right by her man... at least up unti… Read more

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