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Films Screened In 2005

"We are not just good at destroying the old world, but also at building the new one," announced Mao Tse-tung many years ago. But even he could not have foreseen the extent to which China is fulfillin… Read more

Crazy legs conti: Zen and the art of competitive eating (Danielle Franco, Chris Kenneally, 2004)
Think you've got what it takes to loom large on the international competitive eating circuit' Like Crazy Legs Conti - a legend in his own lunchbox - you'll have to slurp down 34 dozen oysters at Mard… Read more

Crocodile Journals (Yeo, Lee Nah, )
Living in disguise, a crocodile inhabits our human world. One day, the crocodile is invited to a masquerade party... --- D/P/S/WS Yeo Lee Nah TD 35mm/col/2004/7mins ... Read more

CRYING FIST (Ryoo Seung-wan, 2005)
Down on his luck and desperate, Gang Tae-shik ([Choi Min-sik; Old Boy], MIFF 04) is doing it hard on the streets. He's lost the respect of his son, and his wife has thrown him out of home. Now the fo… Read more

czech dream (Vit Klusak & Filip Remuuda, 2004)
[Czech Dream] is a story of a glorious large-scale hoax. What began as a graduation project by two film-school students soon escalated to become a mass media event, one that variously disgusted, exci… Read more

DAF (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

Dark Horse (Dagur Kari, )
Daniel (Jakob Cedergren) is a charming slacker, trying to make ends meet through graffiti. When he's not scrawling the names of young women on blank walls for their erstwhile lovers, or tagging for h… Read more

DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE (Hubert Sauper, 2004)
With virtuoso skill and devastating insight, [Darwin's Nightmare] accumulates the myriad human aspects of a compelling story to create a comprehensive, harrowing look at the human costs of the exploi… Read more

David Lancaster (feature, 2004)
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days and hours (Pjer Zalica, 2004)
Significantly more upbeat than most contemporary cinema from this troubled region, [Days and Hours] revolves around good-hearted bachelor Fuke, who crosses the city in his beat-up car to fix his elde… Read more

dead man's shoes (Shane Meadows, 2004)
Shane Meadows has fashioned a chilling picture of vengeance in his brilliant and unforgiving [Dead Man's Shoes], a radical shift in tone from his [Once Upon a Time in the Midlands] (MIFF 03) and [A R… Read more

Dead Meat (Connor McMahon, 2004)
Any truly international film festival would welcome the inclusion of an Irish zombie movie, and MIFF has. [Dead Meat] represents yet another accomplished entry in the list of films such as [28 Days L… Read more

Debutantes (Michael Carmody, Justine Beltrame, )
'a new pair of shoes makes me really happy'? In this remarkable and often unsettling film, 10 debutantes reflect on their lives and goals, and deliver a fleeting impression of youth, ceremony and tra… Read more

Deep Dive (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

delamu (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 2004)
"The 'Tea Horse Route' is the highest and most perilous of China's ancient trading routes, originating in western Yunnan, ascending the Tibetan plateau, winding through the Himalayas into Nepal, Bhut… Read more

Derwent Envy (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

DESERT FLOWER (Sherry Hormann, 2004)
The remarkable story of a Cinderella-like transformation from rags to riches - and it's all true. ... Based on the best-selling autobiography of Waris Dirie, Desert Flower is the inspirational true-s… Read more

devil and daniel johnston, the (Jeff Feuerzeig, 2005)
According to Kurt Cobain, Daniel Johnston was the greatest songwriter on earth. Musician, cult outsider artist and manic depressive, Daniel Johnston's wild behavioural fluctuations, downward-spirals … Read more

devil's miner, THE (Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson, 2004)
It's believed that eight million workers have perished in the mines of Cerro Rico, Bolivia, since it opened in the 16th century. Each day the miners sever their ties with God upon entering the mounta… Read more

Diary of st petersburg - mozart.requiem (Alexander Sokurov, 2004)
Filmed in a single take, Alexander Sokurov's remarkable [Russian Ark] captured the imaginations of film-goers everywhere. This narrator of Russian culture and spirit takes us back to St Petersburg in… Read more

dias de campo (Raul Ruiz, 2004)
Following more than three decades in exile, acclaimed Chilean auteur Raul Ruiz returns to his homeland to bring cinema audiences [Dias de Campo]. This film was inspired by two stories from Chilean no… Read more

Dimmer (Talmage Cooley, )
To a powerful soundtrack by Interpol (indeed commissioned by the band), Talmage Cooley ([Pol Pot's Birthday], MIFF 05) opens a window onto the life of Mike, a blind teenager growing up with a semi-to… Read more

dirt (Jeff Bowden, 2005)
Jeff Bowden's mud-streaked documentary follows a championship season of world-class Street Stocks. This is the bottom class of American dirt-track auto racing, played out in all its beer-bellied glor… Read more

district, the (Aron Gauder, 2004)
It's crass, edgy and often tasteless. It's [The District!] An hilariously incorrect updating of the story of Romeo and Juliet, [The District!] is set in the notoriously rough Budapest ghetto District… Read more

Documentary Shorts (, )
* .tibbar (12 mins) ... * Big Day, The (11 mins) ... * Butterfly Man (6 mins) ... * Debutantes (8 mins) ... * For A Miracle (18 mins) ... * Museum Piece (12 mins) ... * Paul's Beautiful Laundrette (1… Read more

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