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Films In 2001

A visual exploration about the image of power in the post industrial age. The First Story utilises improvisational music techniques and assembles Super8 footage of imposing parades of trucks and freight trains along with other aspects of the American West. ... Read more
A young man works in a foundry and leads a solitary life. He looks to the sky for inspiration and the opportunity to experience a better way of life. ... Read more
A man is renovating his home and adds a set of french doors to the house. When he wakes the next morning the world has taken a dramatic turn into the unknown. ... Read more
An hilariously chaotic reinterpretation of macabre MIFF 1999 comedy The Quiet Family. Miike Takashi dispenses with guns and gangsters, disappearing into the hills to hire a room with a cursed Japanese Von Trapp family who find themselves in a (literally) bloody mess. ... "The story concerns a ... Read more
Rampaging around the Wild West with the only thing on his shoulders being the proverbial chip, The Headless Horseman reverses his outcast status by chancing on a suitable replacement. Directed with refreshing vitality by Ulo Pikkov. ... Read more
A driver picks up a hitchhiker on a deserted country road. But it seems neither of them know what lies ahead. ... Read more
Jimmy is the kind of schmuck who might have stepped off a Coen Brothers set: disillusioned and resentful of his mortal coil. He works as a grocery store clerk alongside stoner co-worker Ray (a lively performance by Ethan Hawke, see Tape, also in the Festival), stealing cases of beer to compensate ... Read more
This film explores high frequency wave propagation and the people who love it. Three pirates and a ham demonstrate the madness the methods, and ultimately the magic of amateur radio broadcasting. ... Read more
One town. One family. One abattoir. In Poowong, regional Victoria, the cattle abattoir is one of the few places you can find work. This is the story of one young slaughterman and his extended family who all play a part in the meat game. ... Read more
Veteran British filmmaker Ken Loach, who has consistently astounded MIFF audiences with films including My Name is Joe (1999) and Bread and Roses (2000), has again delivered a work that champions society's underdogs. Based on a screenplay by ex-railway worker Rob Dawber, Loach turns a jaundiced eye ... Read more
Set in small-town China, an unemployed factory worker agrees to care for a prostitute's baby for a meager stipend. Slowly, something of a family emerges, but their shared path veers when the womans pimp, also the child's father, decides he wants to look after the child - driven by his ... Read more
Digital animation can offer a rich layering of textures and forms. Here it is punctuated with the graphics of website design and content. Slithers of emaciated sound bites act like a welcome bucket of cold water on this visual Utopia. ... Read more
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize, Best Actor and Best Actress. Cannes 2001.Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher is an audacious film. That it remains as effective as it does, can be attributed to Isabelle Huppert's utterly fearless performance. ... Erika Kohut (Huppert) is a woman in her early 40s who ... Read more
A train that never arrives and a man who discovers why. A short, sharp, funny tale with a twist. ... Read more
In the far future Japan has been closed to the outside world for 500 years. Dazzling technology is at odds with a primitive feudal system. A terrorist rebel organisation, battling the oppressive regime, is held in check by ruthless assassins for hire. Their code of honour demands death for ... Read more
A series of candid, funny documentaries about four British women who only have one thing in common - their name A wanderer a policewoman, a cookbook writer and a saleswoman share their thoughts on men, work and the best-selling novel that borrowed their name. ... Read more
A subtle interplay between clashing ideologies: that of traditional religious values versus modern youth drawn towards extremism. Events overtake Subbaiah Sastry, a highly respected vedic and scholar in his prime now scraping out a meagre existence as a corpse carrier. He endures the contempt of ... Read more
MIFF has keenly followed the emerging career of US indie filmmaker Rose Troche, with her debut, Go Fish (1994) and Bedrooms and Hallways (1999). The Safety of Objects sees Troche widen her canvas to shopping malls and posh suburban neighbourhoods complete with backyard pools. ... A top-notch cast ... Read more
A tantalising smell draws an old man from his deathbed. Overcoming severe obstacles, he finally reaches the source of the smell - the smell that kills him. (Not screen­ing in odourama) ... Read more
Private Ryan hits the Russian Front in 1944. 'The Star' is the call sign of an elite reconnaissance detachment ordered deep behind enemy line to cause as much havoc as possible and gather information about German invasion plans. In broken and covert contact with a solitary female radio operator ... Read more
In 1998 renowned Canadian documentary maker Simcha Jacobovici's ground-breaking film, Hollywoodism: ]ews, Movies & the American Dream enthralled MIFF audiences. With The Struma Jacobovici promises to again stir consciousness and debate. In 1941, aboard an overcrowded vessel called the Struma, 779 ... Read more
When Victoria Chaplin, daughter of Charles, rummaged through her father's effects she stumbled across a pile of new film rolls. Revealed here for the first time, the find is Sydney Chaplin's colour documentation of his brother's 1940 masterpiece, The Great Dictator. For Charles, his satire on ... Read more
"The Trespasser went down so well when it screened at Sundance 2002 (it picked up the best Latin American feature prize) that director and co-writer Beto Brant was approached for US remake rights and directing jobs. The fast-paced, searing thriller highlights the gulf between the rich and the poor ... Read more
Do you know the story of the three little pigs that go from one house to the next looking for somewhere to stay? That's more or less how it starts. Fanfan leaves her boyfriend Charles and tries to move in with her girlfriend, Joss. That wouldn't be a problem, if it weren't for the fact that just at ... Read more
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