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Films In 2002

Fact: The average American youth has experienced 18,000 television murders by the age of 16. Using a relentless draining array of repeating imagery as backdrop, Holden recounts, in macho beat mode, his disturbing encounters with dead bodies on the streets of suburbia. ... Read more
An observation of the media frenzy surrounding the events that took place in America on September 11, 2001. This short but provocative film may simply perpetuate the myths of mainstream media but perhaps it can also encourage us to question our capacity for judgement, condemnation and distrust. ... Read more
In Official Competition at Cannes this year, the latest film from Michael Winterbottom (The Claim, MIFF 2001) is an energised, chemical-fuelled trip through the birth and heyday of the dynamic Manchester music scene. Inspired by a seminal Sex Pistols gig, Tony Wilson set up record label Factory ... Read more
A captivating documentary and the result of thousands of hours of painstaking time lapse photography. With superstar architect Renzo Piano at the helm, Berlin's Potsdamer Platz between 1990 and 2001 was the worlds largest building site, a startling and innovative design. Director and photographer ... Read more
When Bobby and Tia meet by accident, the last thing they want is a relationship. Bobby is hell-bent on self-destruction and, in Tia, he finds a willing companion.They embark on a brutal and damaging tryst fuelled by sex, alcohol and deceit. ... Tia's only emotional refuge is her childhood friend ... Read more
With the playful combination of 3,500 images taken on separate pinhole cameras and a dissonantly commanding soundtrack, A Man That Sink His Head manages to dive onto the screen with an irrepressibly rhythmic charm. ... Read more
Madhaven and Dileep have just gone through an arranged marnage, and life for the two Sri Lankan youths is wonderful, as they begin to fall in love. Their post-marital bliss is shattered, however; by a military invasion, which leaves Madhaven alone and pregnant in an Indian refugee camp. There, she ... Read more
"Buddhadeb Dasgupta has long been considered one of the major forces in Indian cinema ... Poetic and haunting, A Tale of a Naughty Girl doesn't just reaffirm this reputation; it underscores it in the most vivid way possible ... It may well be worthy of that overused term: masterpiece." &mdash ... Read more
A young soldier finds a place to forget what he does and remember who he is. This film captures the love and isolation within a land divided. ... Read more
In the midst of war-ravaged Palestine, the everyday experiences of a hopeful newlywed couple takes on particular resonance. In July 2000, while Arafat is in America talking peace, Bassam - a telephone repairman in Cleveland - returns to his home in Palestine in search of a bride. Soon after his ... Read more
Screened in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes last year, Abouna is a bracing look at the dissolution of a rural Chadian family seen through the eyes of two young boys, from director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and executive producer Abderrahmane Sissako (director of Waiting for Happiness. MIFF 2002). ... Read more
This stylised documentary film follows a group of teenagers at a party that gradually disintegrates over the course of a night. An inspiring miniature, it traces the rhythms of an adolescent gathering with a sense of poetry, intimacy and remarkable simplicity. ... Read more
'Images of Elvis', the pinnacle of the Elvis impersonator's art, a cutthroat competition staged in Memphis to determine the worlds finest 'Elvis' (almost). This cheeky documentary, loaded with pathos, plumbs the dedication, desire and devotion of Elvis fandom, specifically a half dozen ... Read more
Winner of the Audience award and the Jury's Freedom of Expression prize at last year's Sundance Film Festival, Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony is a soul-stirring documentary that uses exclusive interviews and rare, never-before-seen footage to document the vital role that music played in ... Read more
Scooping the FIPRESCI award for best film in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes this year and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, American Splendor is a captivating and utterly original mix of fiction and reality, that immerses the audience in the true life story of Harvey Pekar. ... Pekar works ... Read more
21 women were murdered in a single year in the Iranian holy city of Mashad. Strangled, their bodies were cocooned in their long, black chadors, knotted at both ends and dumped beside roads or in sewers. Iranian media referred to the events as 'The Spider Killings'. Saeed Hanaei, a 39 year old ... Read more
Khamro, a burly, violent Tadjikistani thug, ran out on his hometown a decade ago. He left behind a disgraced mother, a pregnant girlfriend, and a trail of debts, then wound up in a Russian jail. The prodigal son has now returned and the locals are demanding he assume responsibility for his dying ... Read more
Presented as the 'found frames of an alter-ego losing the key', Angus is a humorous video that uses grating repetition and a techno soundtrack to dissect and intensify an everyday experience of idiotic frustration. ... Read more
In this startling piece, a boy - a self-proclaimed demon - terrorises and thrills his friends, always taking things a step too far. Eventually the children are whipped into an uncontrollable frenzy by him and events grow dangerously out of control. Screened at Telluride and Rotterdam. ... Read more
A tough, brooding thriller that reaches deep into the heart of Turkish-Armenian animosity. The DST, France's internal secret service, observes the covert arrival on their shores of Aram, a feared ex-soldier for the Armenian cause who disappeared underground as a resistance fighter in his homeland ... Read more
One Christmas Eve, young housewife Mi-Heun has her world thrown into disarray when she uncovers her husband's infidelity. Unable to cope with the change in her seemingly idyllic existence, she becomes afflicted with migraines. Driven by guilt and a desire to mend the domestic discord, Mi-Huen's ... Read more
Arthur, a mediocre boxer, attracts the attention of a ruthless promoter and the sympathy of Jeanne, who is wise to the arranged mismatch. However, his gloves are Arthur's true allies. A vibrant film from a largely novice crew. ... Read more
Asakusa Kid is the story of the outrageous, misspent youthful days of internationally renowned Japanese multi-hyphenate (director-star-writer-all-round-media-personality) Kitano 'Beat' Takeshi, whose films, which include Hana-Bi (MIFF 1998) and Kids Return (MIFF 1997), have wowed Festival audiences. Read more
She thinks if she can steal away in the darkness, before the man in the bed wakes, it never happened. The man in the tree strongly disagrees. Golden Bear winner at Berlin. ... Read more
australian rules premiered at 2002 Sundance Film Festival to audiences entranced by an enormously moving, immensely satisfying drama by first-time director Paul Goldman. The film is a sensitive but often unflinching foray into loyalty in a small South Australian fishing town. It surprises and ... Read more
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