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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 fulfilling his words at the beginning of the 21st century. ... Award-winning Chinese filmmaker and novelist ... Read more
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 Mardi Gras in New Orleans to even qualify! This five-course, set-menu documentary follows the rise of a ... Read more
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
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 former silver medallist of the Asian Games is selling himself on the street as a human punching bag ... Read more
[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, excited and provoked the nation. When Vit Klusak and Filip Remunda began to build a marketing campaign ... Read more
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 world. These shorts are not only diverse and stylistically adventurous, but provide a rare glimpse ... Read more
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 his own pleasure, he's tooling around the streets of Copenhagen in his Fiat 500. In the true spirit ... Read more
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 exploitation of Africa's resources by the developed world. ... Some time in the 1960s, in the heart of ... Read more
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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 elderly uncle and aunt's old water heater. While he examines the water heater, they chat, and while ... Read more
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 Room for Romeo Brass] (MIFF 00). ... Powerfully acted by co-writer Paddy Considine, Richard is a ... Read more
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 Later], [Undead] and [Shaun of the Dead], which have led the zombie renaissance of the past few ... Read more
'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 transformation. --- D/P/WS Michael Carmody, Justine Beltrame TD video/col/2005/8mins ... Read more
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. Predominantly bright, painterly animations, her short films uniquely capture the drama and extraordinary ... Read more
"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, Bhutan and India. Tea was carried along this route by pack-mules for more than two millennia, and ... Read more
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. Predominantly bright, painterly animations, her short films uniquely capture the drama and ordinary ... Read more
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-story of a Somali nomad who escaped a cruel fate to find a better life as a supermodel in England ... Read more
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 and delusions of grandeur have ensured that he remains an enigma to the music industry, but to ... Read more
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 mountain, according to an ancient belief that the devil determines the fate of all who work within the ... Read more
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 his beautiful and aurally inspired[ Diary of St Petersburg - Mozart . Requiem]. "The first night ... Read more
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 novelist Frederico Gana, as indeed it was by the life of the novelist himself. ... Set in a bar in ... Read more
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-tough gang of blind buddies in the tired neighbourhoods of Buffalo. --- D/WS Talmage Cooley P Talmage ... Read more
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 glory at the legendary Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. The film is a study of the ... Read more
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 VIII. This time it's not the Capulets and Montagues, but rather Hungarian and Gypsy clans that are ... Read more
* .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 (12 mins) ... * Undressing My Mother (6 mins) ... * Wayfarers (10 mins) ... Read more
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