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Films In 2002

Produced by Wong Kar-wai, cast with several of his favourite actors and spiked with parodies of his films, Jeff Lau's thoroughly entertaining Chinese Odyssey 2002, set in the Ming Dynasty, ruthlessly mocks martial arts cliches. Sneaking out of the Forbidden City to mingle incognito with her ... Read more
Are you prepared to alter your diet to avoid the need for toilet breaks, thus fitting in more movie screenings each day? Do you take changes of clothes to the cinema to avoid coming home? Can you live on peanut butter sandwiches for months in order to afford up to eight screenings a day? ... The ... Read more
A young man who is born to happiness is foiled when his over-zealous parents buy him a contrabass (double bass). Will he ever escape its oppressive influence and know happiness once again? From the director of Poste Restante (MIFF 2001). ... Read more
In this twisted comedy, a man coughs when he hears certain words (family, birthday, formica). Another man decides to cure him. He sets up a series of bizarre scenarios to achieve his goal, no matter what. ... Read more
Banned in China, yet screening at Cannes this year in Un Certain Regard, Beijing filmmaker Liu Bingjian's third feature (the other two were also banned) has struck a chord for its equally humorous and honest portrayal of mainland Chinese life in all its contradictions. ... Guixiang, a strong and ... Read more
Cahiers du Cinema critic turned director Oliver Assayas (Irma Vep, MIFF 1997) takes us on another wild ride with this erotic cyber-thriller complete with a killer soundtrack by Sonic Youth and an eclectic cast that includes Connie Nielsen (One Hour Photo, MIFF 2002), Gina Gershon (Bound), Chloe ... Read more
"A philosophical experiment in portraiture, Derrida avoids becoming a deconstrurtion primer, instead positioning itself as a demonstration of the French thinker's theories. In a series of interviews, Derrida is encouraged to systematically dismantle the documentary process." - Village Voice ... A ... Read more
Times are tough for Georg and his son's glass business. It seems there just isn't enough crime to keep their business afloat. Desperate Deeds is a stylish and evocative film that reveals a darkly comic portrait of desperate times. ... Read more
With the common view of the Amish community formed by films such as Peter Weir's Witness - bonnets, buggies and beards - the idea of drunken, speed dealing Amish biker hitmen comes as somewhat of a shock. ... The tradition of 'Rumspringa' encourages Amish youth between the ages of 16 and 21 to ... Read more
Collecting both the Jury Prize and FIPRESCI awards at Cannes this year, Elia Suleiman's Divine Intervention offers a singular view of Palestinian communities fraying at the edges - conveyed with a Jacques Tati-like absurdist sensibility. In Nazareth, Israel, a man (Elia Suleiman) tries to end a ... Read more
A prison movie like no other, this amiable biographical film is a sheer delight. Cult manga author Hanawa Kazuichi spend three years in jail, for possession of replica guns he used in simulated battles, and upon release created a popular account of 'doing time'. This is not a Midnight Express-type ... Read more
The latest work from iconoclast Kitano 'Beat' Takeshi (Hana-Bi, MIFF 1998) weaves together three stories of undying love, delicately intertwined by the beauty of sadness and inspired by the emotions expressed in the tradrtional Japanese doll theatre, Bunraku. ... Bound together by a long red cord ... Read more
A writer returns to his hometown in the Polish rust belt, rekindling an old sibling rivalry. No one is what they seem in this beautifully observed study of the tension between personal freedom and familial duty. ... Read more
"By turns voluptuous, whimsical and exceedingly strange, Guy Maddin's film suggests that silent film and ballet have always been natural dancing partners. At least they seem that way when folded into each other by a quirky visionary like Maddin, the Canadian filmmaker whose work has acquired a ... Read more
Marianne works late nights in a 24-hour supermarket. She finds an ingenious and surreal way of escaping the drudgery of her job. ... Read more
Durval is 45 years old and spent the best years of his life in the 70s. Looking like a Latin version of former Rolling Stone, Bill Wyman, he runs an anachronistic vinyl record store in a rundown Sao Paulo suburb. Durval's store is in reality the front room of the house where he lives with his ... Read more
Winner of three prizes at the Berlin Film Festival and Poland's 2003 Oscar contender this film belongs to Henryk Golebiewski as Eddie. It's difficult to believe that this wizened, goblin-faced man really isn't homeless in a grim, ruthless modern-day Poland. As his powerfully persuasive performance ... Read more
Eliana has just been sacked from her dreary department store job for kicking a customer in the crotch. Needing the support and comfort of her flatmate, Heni, Eliana returns home only to find her missing. However there are two people waiting—a tough-looking guy demanding to see Heni, and ... Read more
Teresa is an airline stewardess who feels right at home above the clouds, serving drinks and trays of pre-packaged food— anything that distances her from the pitfalls of life on earth, like men, motherhood and family. Her latest flight is to Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world, a ... Read more
"You wake up. That's how it always starts. You find yourself in a four-walled cell, the scent of all your lost dreams hanging in the air". So begins this absurd, visually inventive and comically-charged depiction of one man's efforts to escape his mundane existence. ... Read more
Family Tree is the quick-witted and idiosyncratic live-action debut from Shrek co-director Vicky Jenson. An audience award winner at Sundance, it follows a guy on Thanksgiving, overwhelmed by in-laws, seeking help from his wife's long-lost brother whose own problems are 'taking root'. ... Read more
Gustav Deutsch's Film ist. 1-6 intrigued MIFF 2000 audiences with its collection of rare and bizarre scientific footage. The follow-up project, Film ist. 7-12, adopts a similar structure of six themed chapters but explores an entirely new realm of lost German silent cinema. ... Deutsch's Film ist ... Read more
With deft dark humour Chris Hinton plays with the speed of life. Like life itself, Flux is packed with almost more than you can absorb. Vivid as a Miro painting, it reverberates with the twang of a plucked string. Screened at Toronto, Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand, Ann Arbor and Palm Springs. ... Read more
A deaf boy is ready to soar. Through the language of movement his father struggles to set him free. ... Read more
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