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Films Screened In 2005

This programme includes... ... * [Tama Tu] (Taika Waititi, New Zealand) * [A Whole Heart] (Tracie Mitchell, Australia) * [Easily and Sweetly] (Ingas Miskinis, Lithuania) * [Teen Christian Beach Party] (Richard Vette, Australia) * [Respire] (Wi Ding, Taiwan/China) * [Fuse] (Rob Fox, UK) * [White on ... Read more
In 1980, a $44-million movie flopped and took a major studio with it. [Heaven's Gate], was the epic western Michael Cimino made while drunk on the success of the Oscar-winning [The Deer Hunter]. As the director's budget blew out to five times that of a regular Hollywood blockbuster, chaos took its ... Read more
A boy who makes treasure out of trash meets a girl who thinks that's what she is. Together they explore each other's wasteland. Staring Kane McNay ([Mallboy]) and Melia Naughton, Sheean's [Fish] beautifully depicts young lives on the fringe. --- D/S Eron Sheean P Jason Byrne WS Erogenous ... Read more
This gentle film follows the journey of 500 disabled people as they travel by train from Poland to Lourdes. Everything is taken care of by a Catholic bishop and 12 priests, including the loudspeaker broadcasting of prayers. Hoping for a miracle, the passengers sit tight in this wonderfully observed ... Read more
A jolting reminder of the ongoing problems caused by South Africa's apartheid past, [Forgiveness] follows a white man's quest for reconciliation, and the attempts of his victim's family to deal with their loss. ... Former policeman Tertius Coetzee feels guilty about the violent crimes he committed ... Read more
Alan James (Rip Torn) is a legendary producer from the heyday of Memphis Soul. He now lives in well-earned comfort with his beautiful and much younger lover, Laura, a Muscovite living in the foreign world of Memphis and spending much of her time with their small child. Alan also has an adult son ... Read more
These two episodes from the hilarious and deeply weird animated series [Frank and Wendy] are exemplars of Estonia's unique animation style. With scripts by animation master Pritt Pärn, there is no end of allegorical characters and not-so-subtle swipes at those on all sides of the political ... Read more
These two episodes from the hilarious and deeply weird animated series [Frank and Wendy] are exemplars of Estonia's unique animation style. With scripts by animation master Pritt Pärn, there is no end of allegorical characters and not-so-subtle swipes at those on all sides of the political ... Read more
Kate (Shirley Henderson) is unable to grieve for her missing sister, who two years earlier disappeared without trace. In her search for answers, Kate - a fish-factory worker in the astonishingly beautiful Morecambe Bay - steals a security tape from the police. It holds the last sighting of Annie ... Read more
Aku Louhimies' tough and fearless [Frozen Land] was inspired by Leo Tolstoy's short story [Faux Billet], in which mischance is passed from one person to another. It thus finds a peer in Robert Bresson's 1983 [L'Argent], also inspired by [Faux Billet]. Cleaning up at Gothenburg Film Festival ... Read more
During a blackout, a little boy is playing with a box of matches when his father (David Hayman) comes home drunk. This visually stunning short drama is a remarkable portrayal of a father and his son. --- D/S/P Rob Fox WS Fuse Films TD video/col, B&W/2004/9mins ... Read more
A gay Republican may well be the definition of an American oxymoron. In 2004, President Bush's opposition to gay marriage was writ large in his support for a Constitutional amendment that would recognise a marriage only between a man and a woman. This sent seismic waves through the Log Cabin ... Read more
Albertina Carri's [Geminis] is a beautifully shot but disturbing film that peels back the skin of a middle-class family to reveal the secrets below. It wooed the audiences in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes this year. ... Lucia and Daniel have three children: the eldest is Ezequiel, who now lives in ... Read more
A group of prisoners is about to be executed in front of a foreign photographer and a journalist. Are they there to report the event, or does their presence incite the killing' This powerful depiction of events is a chilling reflection on the power of journalism. --- D/S Rupert Wyatt P Adrian ... Read more
"Nowhere is the level of sophistication of Japanese animation more apparent than in the work of Studio Ghibli ([Princess Mononoke], [Spirited Away], [The Cat Returns]). It also happens to produce the most artistically advanced examples of cel animation in the world" - writer, filmmaker, MIFF ... Read more
Brazil's great secret for dominating world football is hardly a secret at all. Brazilian football players have 'ginga' - a fluid style of movement that raises ball skill to an art form. Ginga is not just restricted to dribbling, passing and scoring, and it's not just about football; it's about ... Read more
[Girl in a Mirror] is a riveting portrait of the extraordinary Carol Jerrems, a photographer of phenomenal talent, who documented counter-culture in Australia during the 1970s. Precocious and irreverent, Jerrems mixed with filmmakers, musicians and fellow photographers in Melbourne and Sydney ... Read more
To take a bicycle down the street should be easy, but a small transport problem can quickly grow. Per Carleson's delightful [Girl Power] proves that a little cunning can help, especially if you are a woman of a certain age. --- D/S Per Carleson P/WS Studio Lagnö L Swedish w/English subtitles TD ... Read more
Tara is 13. She likes to go to the mall and wrestle boys. She only has one more year to do it in, because after that Texas law says she's too old to compete with males! Girl Wrestler is an intriguing portrait of Tara's struggle to be recognised as a serious athlete in a US state that says her ... Read more
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the series, [Godzilla: Final Wars] has been touted by Toho Pictures as not only the most spectacular Godzilla film ever, but the last in the hugely popular series. From the incendiary Kyle Cooper-designed opening title sequence to the outrageously frenzied ... Read more
If Afghan hounds are welcome in Australia, why aren't Afghan people, too' This animated documentary uses dogs as a metaphor to examine our 'multiculturalism' and our immigration policies. Alberton's stylised parody is an award-winning festival gem. --- D/S Paulo Alberton P Paulo Alberton, Rachel ... Read more
On its 1982 release, [Goodbye Paradise] earned the AFI Award for Best Actor and Best Screenplay. Ray Barrett plays Michael Stacey, a disgraced former Queensland assistant police commissioner, in a film that never received the recognition it deserved due to the sensitivity of the time. (It was ... Read more
A gopher finds himself on a road where trucks take produce to market. While trying to snaffle some of the goods for himself, the other animals always beat him to the booty. That is, until a truck comes along with a cow' This hilarious animation was nominated for an Academy Award. --- D/S Jeff ... 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
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