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CHINESE ODYSSEY 2002 (Jeff Lau, 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… Read more

CINEMANIA (Angela Christlieb, Stephan Kijak, 2002)
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 liv… Read more

Contrabass (Anna Melikian, 2002)
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 d… Read more

Cough Therapy (Jean-Philippe Laraque, 2002)
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 … Read more

CRY WOMAN (Liu Bingjian, 2002)
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 an… Read more

DEMONLOVER (Olivier Assayas, 2002)
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 ecl… Read more

DERRIDA (Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering Kofman, 2002)
"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,… Read more

Desperate Deeds (Antonio Barlin, 2002)
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 com… Read more

DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND (Lucy Walker, 2002)
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 s… Read more

DIVINE INTERVENTION (Elia Suleiman, 2002)
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 Ja… Read more

DOING TIME (Sai Yoichi, 2002)
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 battl… Read more

DOLLS (Kitano Takeshi, 2002)
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 … Read more

Don’t Have, Don’t Give (David Turner, 2002)
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 fa… 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… Read more

Dragonblood (Thomas Ruge, 2002)
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 RECORDS (Anna Muylaert, 2002)
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 … Read more

EDDIE (Piotr Trzaskalski, 2002)
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 re… Read more

ELIANA, ELIANA (Riri Riza, 2002)
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 miss… 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… Read more

Excursion (Cris Jones, 2002)
"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-char… Read more

Family Tree (Vicky Jenson, 2002)
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… Read more

Fancy, Fancy, Being Rich (Guy Maddin, 2002)
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FILM IST. 7–12 (Gustav Deutsch, 2002)
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 theme… Read more

Flux (Chris Hinton, 2002)
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 p… Read more

Fly (Shona McCullagh, 2002)
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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