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Films Screened In 2005

[The Door to the Sun] is an epic history struck through with suffering, hope and love. This powerful film, screened at Cannes last year, is adapted from a novel by Elias Khoury. ... Told with daring and sensitivity, Yousry Nasrallah, longtime collaborator of Youssef Chahine, charts the ... Read more
Pacifist Yoav Genar is doing all he can to prevent his son from enlisting in the Israeli army. In the 24 hours prior to the draft, an ideological and emotional confrontation evolves between father and son. --- D/S Naomi Levari P Talya Salama, Yoav Abramovitch WS Sam Speigel School of Cinema ... Read more
There are places we know nothing of, and might prefer don't exist at all. One of those places is the rubbish dump. Latvian filmmaker Laila Pakalnina turns the observational nature documentary around as the lives of insects, birds, reptiles and mammals are observed closely throughout a diurnal cycle ... Read more
The joys of love last but a short time. Through remarkably direct and intimate interviews, Melbourne filmmaker Lawrence Johnston allows us into his family as they ruminate on love and explore its joys and pains, based on the 59-year marriage of his parents. --- D/S Lawrence Johnston P/WS Peter ... Read more
Mrs Lee is not coping well with ageing. Her vanity leads her to seek potions and powders to keep the wrinkles at bay, until desperation leads her to Mei and her rejuvenation dumplings. But when you make a meal-deal with the devil, don't ask what's in the filling. ... Christopher Doyle's gifted eye ... Read more
"[Durian Durian] follows the path of a young woman, Yan, as she struggles in a dirty precinct of Hong Kong, and her reimmersion into family life after she abandons the world of prostitution in the city. Chan shows us Yan's world through the eyes of an eight-year-old named Fan. ... "Yan is ... Read more
Dastaguir and his spirited young grandson, Yassin, wait at a dusty roadside junction in a lonely desert landscape. They wait for a truck that will take them to the remote mine where the old man's son works. He is honour-bound to take the devastating news to his son that their village has been ... Read more
World over, lads hang out in the city on a Saturday night. [Easily and Sweetly] is an affecting look at some Lithuanian boys who have not quite grown up, but are no longer children. --- D Ingas Miskinis P Ieva Norvilien S Ingas Miskinis, Mantas Gimauskas WS Studio Cinevera L Lithuanian w/English ... Read more
If nothing else, let the inspired casting of a movie star in the role of Narcissus draw you to the theatre. Reminiscent of Pasolini's Oedipus Rex, this superb short evokes the stark brutality of Greek myth through the story of Echo. --- D/S Stephen Hamel P Stephen Hamel, Keanu Reeves WS Company ... Read more
"Ulmer was nothing if not a self-inventor - by his own fantastic account, he created the first dolly and worked on every major film to come out of Weimar Germany, handily listing himself as an uncredited assistant. But Ulmer's moviemaking influence is incontrovertible. Using a Peter Bogdanovich ... Read more
Lubbock, Texas, has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the US. It also has the highest rate of STDs in teenagers. The sex education policy in the schools of this southern, ultra-conservative town is 'abstinence until marriage'. ... This superb and nuanced documentary plots the politicisation ... Read more
Stellan Skarsgård stars as a man who dreams of being in Paris during the 1920s, where he searches for the mysteriously absent Eiffel Tower. When he wakes and recounts the dream to his wife, he discovers his reality and the world at large are not quite how he left them. --- D/S Niklas Rådström P ... Read more
Elections are always tense, but none more than for the leadership of Hong Kong's largest and oldest criminal Triad. The much-acclaimed Hong Kong director Johnnie To brings together a luminous cast in his [Election], a tale of age-old brotherhood traditions meeting cut-throat 21st-century ambition ... Read more
The films of Mitchell & Kenyon UK with live score performed by [In the Nursery] ... ... The most exciting British film discovery of recent times, the Mitchell and Kenyon Collection (1900-13) was miraculously rediscovered and restored after many decades sitting in sealed barrels in the basement of a ... Read more
"My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me'" Christ's plea from the cross resonates through Aoyama Shinji's ([Eureka], MIFF 00) bleak vision of a post-apocalyptic world overwhelmed with despair. Featuring in this year's Un Certain Regard at Cannes, it showcases Aoyama's truly idiosyncratic vision ... Read more
First-time filmmaker Tracey Rigney's immediate and sassy documentary takes a look at the scarcity of eligible Indigenous men, and the effects this has on Indigenous women looking for love and for the survival of Aboriginal people and culture. ... --- ... D/S Tracey Rigney P Carmel McAloon WS ... Read more
Nominated for the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, [Enron] is a tight, fascinating chronicle of arrogance, conspiracy and greed. Throughout the 1990s Enron grew with astonishing speed to become one of America's largest corporations. But, as one subject notes, the whole enterprise was "a ... Read more
Erika Schinegger was the 1966 women's downhill skiing world champion. She was a popular figure; Austrian athlete of the year, she was a farm girl with a no-nonsense attitude, a funny haircut and a deep voice. In 1967, a urine test decreed that genetically she was a man, and her career came to an ... Read more
Set against the backdrop of British occupation of Northern Ireland in 1985, an Irish farmer struggles to save his drowning horse as his daughter looks on in horror. When a young British soldier offers to help, he is forced to confront his enemy. This Academy Award nominated film is a moving ... Read more
This programme includes... ... * [Kilvo] (Michaela Grill , Austria) * [Skagafjoerdur] (Peter Hutton, Iceland) * [November] (Hito Steyerl, Austria/Germany) * [Solo Mit Chor] (Karo Goldt, Austria/Germany) * [Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine] (Peter Tscherkassky, Austria) * [Uso Justo] ... Read more
In this beautifully animated fairy tale, a man and woman are cursed only to meet in their animal forms. When they do meet, their passion for one another is overshadowed by their predatory instincts. --- D/P/WS Daniel Sousa TD video/col/2005/7mins ... Read more
"With remarkable access and a steely, clinical attitude toward her all-too-ingratiating subject, filmmaker Ellen Perry delivers an intimate and deeply disturbing portrait of Peruvian ex-president Alberto Fujimori, a fugitive from justice in his native land and a leader who wielded virtual ... Read more
Ju-seok returns home after spending three years in jail for pickpocketing. She has always had a hostile relationship with her widowed father, a former cop whose job was revoked when he lost the sight of one eye, and who brought up Ju-seok and her younger brother alone. Jeong-eun has long been ... Read more
[Fateless] is a deeply moving tale of a Hungarian Jewish boy and his quest for the meaning of his past. It screened in Official Selection at Berlin, 2005. ... Based on the 2002 Nobel prize-winning novel by Imre Kertesz, [Fateless] chronicles the attempts of 14-year-old Gyuri Koves to reconcile the ... Read more
This programme includes... ... * [Everything in this Country Must] (Gary McKendry, UK) * [Desperate Urge] (Yannick Saillet, France) * [Lap] (Meloni Poole, UK) * [Raftman's Razor] (Keith Bearden, USA) * [Can't Stop Breathing] (Amy Neil, UK) * [Being Bad] (Laurence Coriat, UK) * [Before Dawn] (Balint ... Read more
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