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Films In 2001

Three more surprising shorts from the Aardman studio. Non-Domestic Appliance, about a matador's duel to the death, with a surreal twist; Ernest, an irreverent and frenetic account of one man's life from beginning to bitter end; and Comfy, about going to great lengths to get a good night's sleep. ... Read more
A fetishistic, slyly humorous history of one of America's great war machines, the B-52 bomber. Director Harmut Bitomsky is as fascinated by this gargantuan jet's place in the global power structure as he is by the sensuous curves of wings and fuselage. ... Bitomsky pieces together a complete ... Read more
Re-filmed cut-out images from children's books are reprocessed further through slide and computer. These visual delicacies flutter and stutter, acting as a kind of rhythm section to the Sparklehorse song of the same name. ... Read more
Hang Gi, a tough pimp ruling his brothel with an iron fist, has a huge chip on his shoulder. Moments after setting eyes on Seon-hwa, a pretty and proper college student, he forces her to kiss him, indifferent to her disgust, until a beating by soldiers sends him on his way. A scheme is concocted by ... Read more
As a child Migue ran away from a family home ravaged by poverty. As a teenager he finds a new home and family; living on the rooftops of Barcelona with his girlfriend Mara and an illegal immigrant Ahmed. Petty theft and pickpocketing sustain their existence, until Migue steals from the wrong man ... Read more
The films of Majid Majidi - including Children of Heaven (1999) and The Colour of Paradise (2000) - have captivated MIFF audiences. With Baran, a stand out film at Rotterdam, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, Majidi draws attention to the ongoing and current plight of illegal Afghan workers. ... Read more
Barcode is an animated road movie that takes the viewer through an abstract virtual landscape of light and shadow. Screened at Rotterdam Festival this is a computer-generated choreography of light and space to music composed by Erik Stok. Winner Golden Palm at Annecy. ... Read more
Portrait of a family who are not as cool as they'd like to be-even at the beach! Subtle nuance is ever present in this beautifully shot film, as family dynamics and the awkward­ness of puberty are gently examined. ... Read more
Have you ever wondered what men talk about when they go fishing? Sublimely located, this beautifully photographed tale about two men and their tackle subverts all expectations. ... Read more
Traversing homogenous suburbs and multiplexed freeways, Besenbahn clinically and elegantly fragments the notion of a 'road movie'. Using time slice technology, this videographic experiment transcends time and place as it ruptures the geometries of movement and perception. ... Read more
"Okatsu is a widow raising five children - adults but still mama-dependent - in mid-eighteenth century Edo, Japan. Her frugality attracts unflattering comment even amid national tough times (the region is in famine) What Okatsu tells no one is that she saves so that a friend can start his own ... Read more
An evocative exploration of emotional landscapes, Blind Spot flickers on the retina like a poignant memory. Its conscious stream of fragmented images and enigmatically composed soundtrack slip in and out of focus like fading recollections of an all but forgotten event. ... Read more
On Sunday 30 January 1972 a British paratrooper unit shot dead 13 unarmed civilians taking part in a march for peace in Derry, Northern Ireland. Thirty years later, the killers still haven't got their story straight. Writer-director Paul Greengrass has made a damning, nail-biting, heart-wrenching ... Read more
Rebecca, 15, is struggling with something big. Every morning, she sneezes violently. Exactly nine sneezes every time, her mother insists. Rebecca feels allergic to life, and needs to admit a big secret before she can blow these sneezes away. ... Read more
Blue Spring is about high school anarchy, hairstyles and rock'n'roll. In a school where the students set the rules while teachers are dangled from windows, students play a deadly game of chicken to decide who is boss. When hip Kujo, idolised by childhood friend Aoki, wins the game, he at first ... Read more
"Arguing that vinyl is the most potentially deadly consumer product on the planet, Blue Vinyl doesn't just draw our attention to the lurking danger. Rather, this enormously entertaining documentary takes a surprisingly light-hearted jaunt through Silkwood and Erin Brockovich terrain." - Variety ... Read more
Now that New Zealand is synonymous with The Lord of the Rings, don't think that all Kiwi dark pleasures are confined to the subterranean lairs of Trolls. Director David Blyth has embarked on his own quest for the ring: the nipple ring! Blyth trekked through New Zealand's most notorious dungeons ... Read more
Shelley uses her parents handycam to record her final year break-up party and ends up filming what breaks inside her. Shot completely in one take, this film is disarmmgly real in both style and performance Please Note this film contains scenes that may offend some viewers. ... Read more
Hong Kong filmmaker Yan Yan Mak's debut scooped the coveted FIPRESCI Award at the 2001 Hong Kong Film Festival. Her ambitious film took the director from her home in bustling Hong Kong to a remote North Western province in China, a journey largely mirrored in the film's narrative. ... Ah Ming ... Read more
Brotherhood Of The Wolf attracted more than two million movie-goers in its first week of release in France. Set during the reign of Louis IX. this ripping yarn is the story of the beast of Gevaudin, a creature that purportedly killed more than 100 people during the late 1760s. The plot centres on ... Read more
Army supply clerk Ray Elwood (Joaquin Phoenix) reluctantly chose the army over a stint in jail. He rules the roost around the base, duping his ineffectual, pompous superiors, way-laying vast shipments of army goods and reselling them on the black market - and even cooking up and selling heroin in ... Read more
A dreamlike tale from the margins of Americana, Buried has an otherworldly quality ideally suited to the dark fable that forms its core. Nineteenth century Montana: a woman's hand thrusts up through the earth of a shallow grave. She drags herself from the sod, emerging fully clothed in a saloon ... Read more
Eight people, seven dreams, one bus. Sit back for a contemplative trip. ... Read more
A man and a woman, having once met in the pharmacy where the woman works, drive to a hotel in a small seaside town near Seoul. Only on the way does the man ask the woman her name. Each has their own families, and memories of the town, once a small inlet in their school days, now full of ... Read more
A bold combination of animation styles and techniques, coupled with live action, this BAFTA nominated piece compares accounts of growing up in a family with a schizophrenic parent. Screened at Rotterdam, British Animation Awards and World Animation Celebration. ... Read more
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