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Films Screened In 2005

Based on Al Purdy's 1968 poem, this vibrant, kinetic riff has the poet waxing lyrical about beer and blooms in a small-town basement tavern. ... --- ... D Bruce Alcock P Tina Ovellette WS Global Mechanic TD 35mm/col/ 2005/4mins ... Read more
This blackly comic look at taxidermy leads us to think about our own relationships with our families, our pets and death. --- D/S Samantha Reynolds P Nora Donaghy WS Nora Donaghy TD video/col/ 2005/27mins ... Read more
The funny and wonderfully animated Badgered tells the tale of a badger who just wants to be left alone to sleep! --- D/S Sharon Colman P Jamie Wolpert WS National Film & Television School TD video/col/2005/7mins ... Read more
Proposed by Bahman Ghobadi for MIFF 05, this programme is an eclectic selection of short films from one of the least-known filmmaking cultures in the world. Diverse and stylistically adventurous, these films broaden our understanding of Kurdish cinema and culture, and also provide a context for ... Read more
The dancers of the Ballets Russes were Russians who never performed in their homeland. Ballets Russes is a tribute to those remarkable individuals and the revolutionary dance company - more accurately, companies - that launched and buoyed their careers. You don't need to be an aficionado of dance ... Read more
A quirky scientist in a sperm bank is in love with the nurse at the fertility clinic, but she doesn't even know he exists. In this tale of unrequited love, he takes some crazy steps just to prove his heart. The Banker is ex-pat Hattie Dalton's BAFTA-Award winning first short. --- D/S Hattie Dalton ... Read more
On a hot August afternoon in 1972, John Wojtowicz rushed into a Brooklyn bank, demanding money in a desperate effort to finance his lover's sex-change operation. So began a chain of events that became the basis for Sidney Lumet's 1972 film, Dog Day Afternoon. What had begun as a quick robbery soon ... Read more
To satisfy his curiosity, a teenaged Townes Van Zandt leaned back over a balcony, falling four floors to the ground below. This is the man who was declared a songwriting genius by the likes of Steve Earle, and it signals the nihilism and psychic pain that shaped his life and his music. Born to ... Read more
Before dawn, the wheat gently undulates on the hillside. Before dawn, people will rise and others will take away their hope. Bálint Kenyeres' poignant reminder of the state of the world and its borders was screened in Competition in Cannes, 2005. ... --- ... D/S Bálint Kenyeres P András Muhi WS ... Read more
"Four actors, 10 dialogues. It looks easy on paper but let me tell you I will be extremely rigorous." Thus begins Torbjorn Ehrnvall's window onto the back lot of Saraband, which Bergman claims will be his final cinematic opus. He is indeed rigorous, distractingly fastidious in his perfectionism ... Read more
Behind the Scenes of Turtles Can Fly was made by a Kurdish filmmaker, Abdin Aliveisi, who stayed with the crew for six months of the gruelling shoot, with the aim of showing the conditions under which the film was made. A remarkable document of the production of a remarkable film, it explains the ... Read more
A snapshot of the lives of three teenagers (encompassing past, present and future), this seductively dreamy film explores their longing for love, played out under Mediterranean skies. This poetic film by Laurence Coriat (writer of Michael Winterbottom's Wonderland) premiered at Sundance, 2005. ... Read more
MIFF will present a selection of the best of this year's bumper short-film crop. Following the announcement of the winners of the International Short Film Competition will be a screening of some of the highlights of the competition. ... Read more
Ken (Daniel Wu) has been romancing teacher Chan Wai-Ching (Gillian Chung), until he unceremoniously ditches her for karaoke waitress Shirley (Tao Hung). Chan goes knocking on Shirley's door when she finds that the rapscallion Ken has posted naked images of her on the Internet, leading to her losing ... Read more
It's been 60 years since Enid and Clarry were married and today they plan to renew their wedding vows. There's only one small hitch, they're having trouble remembering them. The Big Day is a romantic comedy by renowned filmmaker Christine Olsen, scriptwriter of Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002). --- D/P/WS ... Read more
Riding a crowded bus, a man spies a white box, but while opening it he dies. The woman sitting in front of him steals the cursed box, linking her fate to its contents. This frantically charged short is emblematic of contemporary Argentinean cinema and is not to be missed. --- D/S Venditti+Hofman ... Read more
Choi Dong-hoon's directorial debut, The Big Swindle, proves that South Korea's golden age of filmmaking is set to continue for a while yet. Carrying on the recent tradition of films that deliver on every front, it's a heist film par excellence: suspenseful, slick and, as a bonus, extremely funny. A ... Read more
This unforgettable musical animation stars a young man afraid to come out... of the locker. Set on the beach in the 1960s, this is a rocking spin on an old favourite tune. --- D/P/S Lasse Persson WS Post Scriptum & Media TD 35mm/col/ 2004/7mins ... Read more
A cinephile's fantasy: a rare meeting between legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder and one of his biggest fans, German director and cinephile Volker Schloendorff ([The Tin Drum], see also [The Ninth Day]). [Billy, How Did You Do It'] takes the form of an extended conversation conducted over a few days ... Read more
For 40 years the cantankerous Esfandiar has prepared corpses for the journey to their final resting places. He works with a dignified widow named Delbar, who washes the bodies of deceased women, and a flighty lad, who incinerates the clothes of the dead. While Esfandiar's mean-spiritedness works ... Read more
Love can be difficult at the best of times, and the remarkable Blacktown is a disarmingly honest tale of love-against-the-odds. Office secretary Nikki (Niki Owen) is disillusioned with her fraught, 'sometime' relationship with married boyfriend, Peter. Emotionally scarred by the dysfunctional ... Read more
Blood and Bones centres on Kim Sun-pei, a Korean migrant attempting to build a fortune in Japan. Contrary to his hopes, the Japan he encounters is a brutal world of discrimination and hard labour. Responding with all the violence, selfishness and severity imaginable, he becomes hated and abandoned ... 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 ... Read more
David Lynch meets Jane Campion. On the fringes of a housing estate a girl seduces a boy with a secret she will only reveal in exchange for his love. When the boy fails to honor the pact, that which he holds closest is threatened by the girl's desire for revenge. Blue Tongue screened in Critics' ... Read more
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