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Films Screened In 2005

BOMBON - EL PERRO (Carlos Sorin, 2004)
Bombon - El Perro is a story about fate and friendship, and a magnificent white Argentinean mastiff named Bombon. The amiable Juan Villegas has lost his job at a remote Patagonian service station. At… Read more

born dead (Jacek Blawet, )
[Born Dead] is Jacek Blawut's powerful and intimate observation of Robert Jurczyga, a 23-year-old man incarcerated in remand centres since he was just 15. Close to his release date, Robert volunteers… Read more

Bound to lose (Sam Wainwright Douglas, Paul Lovelace, 2005)
A steady diet of amphetamines has left The Holy Modal Rounders' co-founder Peter Stampfel with a nervous, Woody Allen manner that drives his partner in crime, Steve Weber, crazy. Stampfel gave away d… Read more

Boy Who Feeds Cats, The (Craig Brookes, Andrea Brookes, )
Leonard lives with his Aunt Alethea in Broken Gate. He lost his mother when he was young, but he never lost hope that he would find her again. This is a beautifully crafted work from Melbourne's Blue… Read more

Broken Soldier (Bahman Ghobadi, )
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 w… Read more

brother to brother (Rodney Evans, )
[Brother to Brother] is the accomplished debut feature of the amply talented Rodney Evans, for which he won the 2004 Special Jury Prize at Sundance. ... Perry is an articulate and politicised college… Read more

brothers (Sussanne Bier, 2004)
In her powerfully immediate [Brothers], Suzanne Bier - director of the acclaimed Dogma film [Open Hearts] (MIFF 02) - has fashioned a taut psychological drama of a splintering family. ... Michael and… Read more

BUFFALO BOY (Minh Nguyen-Vo, 2004)
The striking debut feature of Minh Nguyen-vo, which won him the Youth Jury and Leopard awards at Lorcano last year, marks him as a filmmaker to look out for. ... Set in Indochina in 1940, his [Buffal… Read more

Butterfly Man (Samantha Rebillet, )
[Butterfly Man] is Samantha Rebillet's brilliant profile of Don Herbison-Evans, a man who studies butterflies and then experiences his own human metamorphosis on the dance floor. --- D/S Samantha Reb… Read more

cafE Lumiere (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2004)
In [Cafe Lumiere] Hou Hsiao-hsien has fashioned a superb homage to Japan's master filmmaker Ozu Yasujiro, incorporating some reverent references to his 1953 [Tokyo Story]. ... [Cafe Lumiere] is a del… Read more

Can't Stop Breathing (Amy Neil, )
Set in the lonely and isolated Scottish countryside, [Can't Stop Breathing] portrays the challenges faced by a young girl who looks after her mother. --- D/S Amy Neil P Ravinda Basra WS Scottish Scre… Read more

CASSHERN (Kiriya Kazuaki, 2004)
Kazuaki Kiriya is known in Japan for his music videos and fashion photography. His debut feature is the stylistically eclectic [Casshern], an apocalyptic sci-fi war flick inspired by a 1970s' anime T… Read more

Casuistry: the art of killing a cat (Zev Asher, 2004)
[Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat], which premiered at last year's Toronto Film Festival, is an examination into one of Canada's most notorious, abhorrent animal cruelty cases. This challenging fi… Read more

Catch of the Day (Sarah Watt, )
Before her acclaimed feature debut [Look Both Ways] (screening in MIFF this year), Sarah Watt made a name for herself as one of Australia's leading and most distinctive short-film makers. Predominant… Read more

Cavite (Neil Delallama & Ian Gamazon, 2005)
Smart, tense, raw and uncompromising, [Cavite] is everything we crave of a truly independent thriller. In the town of Cavite, in the Philippines, people will do just about anything to survive. Adam, … Read more

chain (Jem Cohen, 2004)
"Modern civilisation is shown as a bleakly homogenous super landscape in the ambitious [Chain], which links narrative fiction filmmaking to the avant-garde with vision and authority... the cumulative… Read more

channel-swimmerS (Joerg Adolph, 2004)
The English Channel is the most frequented waterway in the world. Each day, more than 500 ships cross its 33 kilometres. There are also a handful of people who consider the Channel their own personal… Read more

CHARMING GIRL, THIS (Lee Yoon-ki, 2004)
Winner of Pusan's New Currents section, [This Charming Girl] is a perfectly calibrated and unusually subtle portrait of a self-contained young woman. ... Jeong-hye is a clerk in a small suburban post… Read more

chased by dreams (Buddhadeb Dasgupta, 2004)
Dreams and disappointment lie at the heart of Buddhadeb Dasgupta's moving [Chased by Dreams], a meditation on hope in the lives of three ordinary people. ... Paresh is a projectionist who takes educa… Read more

Chikamatsu's ``Love In Osaka`` (Uchida Tomu, )
Based on a kabuki classic by Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725), Uchida's [Chikamatsu's 'Love in Osaka'] is adapted with a narrative inventiveness decades ahead of its time. ... A young man adopted int… Read more

childstar (Don McKellar, 2004)
Don McKellar sends up America's celebrity culture and its predilection for the inane in his satirical [Childstar]. Twelve-year-old Taylor Brandon Burns (Mark Rendall) is a star of the trashy US sitco… Read more

Cigar's Smoker, The (Antoine Roegiers, )
France's Antoine Roegiers here delivers a beautiful, poetic and oneiric meditation on a cigar's smoker. --- D/P/S/WS Antoine Roegiers L no dialogue TD video/col, B&W/ 2005/5mins ... Read more

Cinema That Becomes Wet All Over Under the Rain (Bahman Ghobadi, )
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 t… Read more

Clara (Van Sowerwine, )
Struggling with a massive change in her life, 12-year-old Clara is disoriented and confused. Her enchanted childhood has changed forever. [Clara] screened in Official Competition at Cannes, 2005, rec… Read more

Clean (Olivier Assayas, 2004)
In a seedy motel in Ontario, rocker Lee Hauser (muso James Johnston), managed by Vernon (Don McKellar), overdoses on heroin. His partner in love and crime is Emily (Maggie Cheung), who is wrestling w… Read more

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