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Films In 2002

Ted Davis is a superhuman ladies man. He is worshipped by his pals who live vicariously through Ted's raunchy sexploits. Ted has all the lines, all the moves and a one hundred percent success rate in bar pick-ups. Needless to say he also has a fairly high opinion of himself as a high-flying, macho ... Read more
Rene, an artist, lives with his writer boyfriend in an abandoned dance hall on the chilly French coast. He becomes fixated on repetitive tasks, behaviour and images and feels, oddly as though he is "coming down with something". Rene and his partner enjoy a curious ritualist sex life; subtle ... Read more
Balnearios combines oral tradition, faux- documentary style and techniques from the photo novel that resembles Chris Marker's seminal masterwork La Jetee, to celebrate the waterside holidays of Argentines from days long gone. Structured around four episodes, this wholly original film is filled with ... Read more
The observer and the observed. Voyeunstic pleasure and jealous desire. Fantasy or reality? Stars David Wenham. ... Read more
A surreal and humorous film about escaping the claustrophobia of suburban life. A teenage boy cleans his room, feeds his cat, says goodbye to his parents and silently disappears. Behave is a beautifully realised meditation on escaping the monotony of suburban ritual. ... Read more
Only two generations ago, India was divided into hundteds of feudal kingdoms ruled by princes. Even under British rule they had the power of life and death over their subjects. Upon India's independence, however, their lives changed dramatically. Beyond the Royal Veil takes us into the lives of two ... Read more
In a bleak urban landscape, an old man pulls out a tooth triggering a memory of his proudest moment. Surrounded by decay the old man relives his childlike sense of joyful expectation. ... Read more
Black Chicks Talking is an engaging documentary that filters the politics and issues of Black Australia through the lives of five contemporary Aboriginal women of disparate backgrounds. The feature comes direct to MIFF after inclusion as the only non-US documentary in the inaugural Tribeca Film ... Read more
Blue Gate Crossing is a lyrical and tender ode to the difficult, and often precarious phase of moving from adolescence to adulthood. ... Flighty Yuezhan has a typical schoolgirl crush on the handsome Zhang, a member of the swimming team, secretly taking photos of him and collecting objects he ... Read more
Two young brothers, Nita and Itta, live in a derelict town on a small Japanese island populated by an eccentric bunch of characters. One day, out of the blue, their mother returns with Kanoko, a sister they never knew they had. As quickly as she appears, their mother flees, taking the deed to the ... Read more
This insightful monologue, delivered in a nightclub bathroom, reveals the emotional landscape of a 50-something woman as she tells her poignant and sometimes painful story of falling in love with a younger man. ... Read more
At the core of this program of Japanese shorts are the highlights, of Samurai Shorts the latest HD-cam wonders produced by Wataru Furuta (Burst the Earth, MIFF 2001) which are having their international premieres at MIFF. ... Emu is a thoroughly modern and highly stylised re-visiting of an ancient ... Read more
Michael Franti,The Fat Boys, Biz Markie, Doug E. Fresh, Mix Master Mike, Money Mark and a couple of dozen other MCs, DJs and assorted playas join forces to deliver the definitive history of the human beat-box. Along with break-dancing, graffiti, rasping and turntable gymnastics, beat-boxing was a ... Read more
Winner of over 15 major international film awards, including the audience award at Berlin this year and nine Israel Film Academy Awards, Broken Wings is a powerful and uplifting examination of the strength of family. ... The first day of school should be an occasion of excitement and promise ... Read more
On June 12, 2000—Brazil's Valentine's Day—Sandro do Nascimento held up a bus in Rio de Janeiro's largest public park in broad daylight, taking the passengers hostage.Television crews arrived on the scene just behind the police, and for the next five hours an incredible drama unfolded ... Read more
In town camps and remote communities of Central Australia, Aboriginal boys and girls begin their apprenticeships early, making bush bikes! ... Read more
Promising young Romanian director Cristian Nemescu was killed in a car crash in late 2006, while his debut feature California Dreamin' was in post production. Three of Nemescu's lively shorts are collected here as a tribute to the director. ... C Block Story ... In C Block Story, a young man's ... Read more
An isolated cabin retreat, six cocksure teenagers, a highly-infectious disease, crazed hillbillies—the perfect ingredients for a slasher hybrid marked by its knife-edge wit and knife-wielding characters. Director Eli Roth got his start assisting David Lynch with the set-up of his amazing ... Read more
Jude and Ron play games, it's harmless, competitive fun, a way of spicing up their relationship, until Gerry Molloy enters their lives. Fact becomes fiction, or is it the other way around? ... Read more
A prisoner of the war between Iran and Iraq has been writing a letter to his son, whom he hasn't seen for 18 years. He is placed on the list of prisoners to be released, but he's still apprehensive. This intricately observed piece takes the form of the prisoner reading a letter to his unknown son. ... Read more
"Capturing The Friedmans ran away with this year's Sundance Grand Jury prize for best documentary and deservedly so. An engrossing, troubling and, in the end, profoundly ambiguous re-examination of a child molestation case that tore one upper-middle class family apart on New York's Long Island ... Read more
A boy goes to extraordinary lengths to shelter his dog from the dangers and violence of the outside world. A short film of remarkable scope and complexity, touching upon universal issues with a particularly Korean sensibility. Grand Prix winner Pusan. ... Read more
"Hiroshi Shizumi is a Takeshi Kitano protégé, having worked as assistant director on several of his films, including Kids Return (MIFF 1997), Hana-Bi (MIFF 1998) and Brother (MIFF 2001). Shizumi's style in Chicken Heart (selected for Critics' Week at Cannes this year) echoes that of his master ... Read more
Julian Benedikt's third documentary to be screened at MIFF; this exhaustively researched film traces the life of Chico Hamilton from the early years performing with his school buddies Dexter Gordon and Charles Mingus, through the orchestras of Count Basie and Duke Ellington to his time with the ... Read more
"Sharing this year's Best Director prize at Cannes, veteran Korean filmmaker Im Kwon-Taek has crafted a stirring, poetic portrait of the creative process as personified by Ohwon, an eminent late-nineteenth century Korean painter. A colourful individual with a healthy appetite for living, Ohwon, at ... Read more
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