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Films Screened In 2005

[Grange] is the latest drama of Australian filmmaker Catriona McKenzie, awarded Emerging Australian Filmmaker at MIFF 04 with [Mr Patterns]. [Grange] is a refreshingly fast-paced, action-packed comedy about two smart young lawyers trying to get ahead in the corporate world. It stars Aaron Pederson ... Read more
What hidden dangers threaten an innocent walk in the park' In MIFF favourite Bill Plympton's Academy Award nominated short we go inside the mind of an overzealous guard dog to find out. --- D/P/S Bill Plympton WS SND Films TD 35mm/col/2004/5mins ... Read more
[Gunner Palace] is an intimate tale of the chaotic, stressful and surreal lives of a troop of American soldiers in Iraq. The 2/3 Field Artillery, AKA the 'Gunners', lives in Uday Hussein's Azimiya Palace, in the most hostile part of Baghdad. Four months after President Bush declared the end of ... Read more
"Bill Plympton is a bizarre and supremely gifted animator. [Hair High] is a goofy, gothic re-imagining of Grease (without the music) meets Carrie (with more zombies). It's a spoof, a satire and a farce. It's a love story, it's a tragedy, it's horror, it's comedy and it's modern art of the silliest ... Read more
As country music's first superstar, and perhaps its most influential artist, there's much to celebrate in the legend of Hank Williams. But his life was also tremendously tragic, with the trials and heartaches that resounded through his life and music only ending with his premature death, aged 29 ... Read more
Leon is the kleptomaniac inmate of an asylum. Apart from theft, Leon has one obsession, Asa, his childhood sweetheart. A decade earlier they had arranged to meet on Leon's birthday if they wanted to marry. With that happy day upon him, Leon can think of nothing but Asa, who is speeding to Oslo. ... Read more
[Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque] is an absorbing and rewarding tribute to a colossus of French film. One of the co-founders of Cinematheque Francaise, Langlois almost single-handedly preserved some of the finest films ever produced in France, including [The Cabinet of Dr Caligari] ... Read more
In Claudia Lorenz's award-winning short, two old ladies meet unexpectedly at a hairdresser's. Maya recognises Charlotte, and Charlotte recognises Maya. But Maya denies they know each other. The unexpected encounter takes the two aback, but then memories of a youth spent together bring their ... Read more
Georges (Daniel Auteuil) and Anne (Juliette Binoche) live a model middle-class life in Paris, with their well-adjusted son, Pierrot. Georges is a TV host and Anne works in publishing. While there are no ripples mocking the glassy surface of these waters, a dark current runs beneath. One day, a ... Read more
*IMPORTANT* ... Due to circumstances beyond MIFF's control, *_High or Dry_* will not be screening at the festival. See daily schedule changes for replacement films. ... [High or Dry], depicting middle-class heroin-user Mark, is one of the best and most arresting documentary debuts seen in this ... Read more
This is the sassiest, sexiest and shortest love story of all time. Experience the glamour and allure of a hot and sizzling romance. --- D/S Monika Forsberg P Sylvie Bringas WS Animus Films TD 35mm/ col/2004/4mins ... Read more
Following his debut feature, Show Me Love, and his acclaimed Lilya 4-ever, the talented Lukas Moodysson probes further into the dark excesses of human behaviour. Sure to provoke controversy, his fearless A Hole in My Heart explores the shocking world of DIY pornography, reality TV and emotional ... Read more
In the shadow of the modern, sky-rise, residential towers Plaza Hollywood (in East Kowloon) is the shantytown Tai Hom, which will shortly be torn down by the government to make way for a new development. Into this town enters mainland prostitute Tung Tung, also going by the name Fong Fong. She ... Read more
"Remodelling: you know when it starts but not when it will be over." [Housewarming] is Brigitte Rouan's comedic musing on renovations, relationships, domestic mayhem and illegal immigrants. Chantal Letellier (Carole Bouquet) is a legal sleuth, battling for the disadvantaged and invariably ... Read more
[Howl's Moving Castle] is the latest gem from animation genius Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli fame ([Spirited Away]). He set out to make an animation for old people, but the result is a brilliant animation of ideas and inventions for all ages. ... Based on a book by children's author Diana Wynne ... Read more
A smoking, rock 'n' rolling, alcoholic Orthodox Jew ghostwrites passionate sermons for the community's most popular Rabbi. Starring musician and actor Tim Rogers, this dark comedy, with a soundtrack by Matt Walker, is a quirky road movie with a twisted ending. ... --- ... D/S Michael Weisler P ... Read more
"We don't have a plan, so nothing can go wrong", the most famous comic of our times once declared. ... [I Told You I was Ill: The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan] is an intimate portrait of comic genius and manic-depressive Spike Milligan, told largely through his three daughters, his brother and ... 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 ... Read more
A young cameraman of erotic films and an old and forgotten inventor get together for a strange and complex experiment, inspired by the theory that the television antennae can capture ghosts' magnetic energies. [In Darkness] screened in the Cinéfondation programme Cannes, 2005. --- D/S Juan Manuel ... Read more
The most recent animation by Dave Jones ([Whatcha Got], MIFF 04) was made in collaboration with the students of Natimuk Primary School. Audio recordings of stories told by students from the 1930s provide the soundtrack for the gorgeous animated drawings by current students. --- D/S/P Dave Jones WS ... Read more
[In the Battlefields], which premiered in Cannes' Directors' Fortnight and also screened in Venice, is an evocative and acutely observed work that marks the emergence of a great filmmaking talent. Director Danielle Arbid, who grew up in Beirut, brings a clear-eyed perspective that could only be ... Read more
When a young Turkish woman is raped, the responsibility of dealing with the criminal and restoring her family's honour is left to her 13-year-old brother. Based on a true story, this shocking film, which premiered at Sundance, is not to be missed. --- D/S Danielle Lurie P Katie Mustard WS Women ... Read more
Six-year-old Iris emerges from a burial box into a dreamlike world of pre-pubescent girls, all with coloured ribbons in their hair. The ribbons denote the girls' ages, all-important in this self-contained school set deep in the forest's heart. Here the girls are tutored in ballet and biology, for ... Read more
"Open up and say 'ah' to this wickedly probing documentary from Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato ([Eyes of Tammy Faye], MIFF 00). Before the internet made it a snap to download porn, dudes in raincoats had to slink off to grimy XXX theaters. [Deep Throat] changed all that by bringing smut into the ... Read more
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