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Films In 2001

A visually clever and witty comedy about a young mans tentative first steps into adulthood Bernd Meys' first day as a security officer with the Underground Tram Network is complicated by the old gang, new love and a curmud­geonly boss. ... Read more
After his climbing partner dies, a tenacious mountaineer finally reaches the summit. But who is going to take his photo to prove it? Shot entirely on location at high altitude, 8849m is funny, ironic and technically astonishing. ... Read more
This multi-layered and exquisitely French take on the fragmented lives of urban living focuses on one rotten day when everything goes awry for a group of tenuously linked Parisians. Director and co-writer Marion Vernoux captures the myriad moods of her characters as they play out their private ... Read more
Fusing the sublime and the anarchic, through images of mountain ranges and an inexplicable road accident, this film's slow motion and grainy images concentrate the senses. A crackling soundtrack supports themes of emptiness and 'anxiety in the ptesence of irreversibility'. ... Read more
The setting is present-day Buenos Aires, a city in the throes of social unrest over escalating unemployment, poverty and political corruption. Elsa is a fun-loving 25-year-old, who holds down a couple of odd jobs that barely keep her financial. Her close circle of friends provides some comfort to ... Read more
Set in contemporary Poland, this is the story of a thirteen-year-old boy who attempts to hide the fact that his father beats him. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film. ... Read more
An alcoholic paraplegic kidnaps his 7-year-old daughter. What on earth is he going to do now? ... Read more
Annarelia, a ten-year-old growing up in a poverty-stricken town, lives in ignorant bliss until her mother saves enough money for a new pair of glasses. Steeped in Italian cinematic tradition, this beautiful film premiered at Venice Film Festival. ... Read more
Martin Fischer, one of his nation's most beloved and esteemed composers, begins a fiery relationship with his married first violinist Barbara. An idyllic Moroccan honeymoon and the imminent completion of his most eagerly anticipated symphony are overshadowed by a creeping unease. ... "A tender and ... Read more
A new animated feature by Nakamura Takashi, chief animation director of Japanime classic Akira (1988). At the base of a huge tree, Fow, an ancient botanist, lives in a hut with a malfunctioning wooden robot named Palme. A wounded warrior arrives at the secluded outpost just ahead of her marauding ... Read more
Celebrated Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami receives a desperate fax from a Ugandan orphan relief organisation. Assistance is urgently needed and a documentary on the subject by so esteemed a filmmaker would help enormously, Kiarostami flies to Uganda on a pre-production scout but soon finds he's ... Read more
2001 saw a number of firsts for Kiarostami— his first film shot outside his native Iran, and his first film shot entirely on digital video.Travelling to Uganda, at the request of the United Nations, to document the work being carried at in children's hospitals and orphanages, Kiarostami ... Read more
Reminiscent of the films of Japan's angry masters (Seijun Suzuki and Shohei Imamura in particular), Kim Ki-Duk has earned a reputation for his unflinching exploration of the sexually and emotionally perverse. The film is a wild ride through the scarred minds and bodies of Korean villagers living ... Read more
"Shunji Iwai achieved international recognition with Love Letter (1995) and April Story (MIFF 1999), and with this quietly devastating, often hauntingly beautiful portrait of troubled youth, he has now proved himself one of Japan's leading talents and boldest voices. Visually, Iwai's film (which ... Read more
Voted Best Documentary at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival, All About My Father is a highly personal film about Esben Benestad, a well respected doctor - who also happens to be a transvestite - from a small, very close-minded Christian town in Norway. The film was directed by the one person most ... Read more
A girl is travelling to a prison to see her mother. A film about a small girl, a vast solitude and cinema's sublime ability to create a more real reality. ... Read more
A single tracking shot of a woman walking along a jetty is ruptured by a random act of violence which is unexpectedly countenanced by a random act of laughter! A sinister little etude, Amadea Fragment plays out with the absurdism of a Brechtian moment. ... Read more
What happens when a man you invited to lunch cancels his visit when the table's set, the candles are lit and lunch is ready? A short story from everyday life in a beautifully compact form. ... Read more
Angry Kid is Aardman's new kid on the block. Dressed in regulation 70s parka, Angry Kid's constant pushing at boundaries and in-your-face bravado leads him into a series of embarrassing and potentially lethal situations, which he soon realises he is ill-equipped to deal with. Employing a novel ... Read more
Apple Blossom is a lavish proliferation of colour, texture and shape Painting scratching and drawing directly onto found 35mm footage creates a lively visual rhythm where the photo­graphic image is engagingly hidden - or revealed. ... Read more
Framed largely by the grim machinery of war and the flames of destruction, this moving collage of found and new footage travels the fatal path of kamikaze pilots in World War II. and offers up the potential for redemption through the preservation of memory. ... Read more
Tells the story of Atomic Ed. a former nuclear scientist turned-atomic-Junk-colleclor who is building a museum of nuclear waste in an attempt to preserve Los Alamos National Laboratory's hidden history. ... Read more
Avalon is an illegal and potentially lethal computer game - a battlefield simulation where players win money to support themselves in a cold, dystopic future. Ash has reached the exalted warrior class with aspirations to penetrate the much rumoured 'Class: Special A' level where players eliminate ... Read more
Avoca traces the filmmaker's memories of growing up in a small coastal town, amidst the burgeoning beach culture of the 70s. A poignant and revealing testimony, it blends Australian popular history with an individual sense of belonging. ... Read more
"Filmed largely in the south-western Indian state of Kerala, Pan Nalin's (director of MIFF 2002's Most Popular film Samsara) film offers glimpses of several different practitioners of traditional holistic medicine at work. They display a dizzying variety of methods, related only by their assumption ... Read more
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