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Films In 2002

Alberto resorts to disturbing and extravagant practices to break through the shell of his loneliness and fulfill his desires. This cheeky short film won the Grand Prix for Short film, Critics Week, Cannes 2002. ... Read more
Chantal Akerman's haunting new documentary focuses on the plight of Mexican workers and their attempts to cross the US border and forge a better life 'on the other side'. ... Akerman sets the story in the twin towns of Agua Prieta, Mexico and Douglas, Arizona, USA. In Agua Prieta, she interviews ... Read more
As the preponderance of media outlets bombard us with information ranging from the trivial to the terrible, are we afflicted by the new malaise 'indifference'? An ideal and often overlooked use of the medium. Screened at Annecy. ... Read more
In 2002 Liz Garbus packed a cinematic whallop MIFF audiences won't soon forget with death-row documentary, The Execution of Wanda Jean. Girlhood focuses on the opposite, but no less lethal, end of the US correctional industry. ... When Shanae was 10, she was gang raped by five boys. She coped with ... Read more
Ever had one of those Seinfeld moments? Stereotypical fears escalate to a darkly comedic confrontation between two disparate characters, in a film that examines how confined spaces heighten personal conflicts. ... Read more
The fishing trip of two old friends takes a turn for the worse when a joke doesn't go quite as planned. ... Read more
When Sam Phillips opened a storefront recording studio in Memphis 50 years ago, he tapped the rich musical vein of the Mississippi delta and instantly sparked a revolution. Sun Records superstars including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins inspired generations. Sun also ... Read more
On recently finishing his lead role in The Tracker (MIFF Opening Night film), David Gulpilil returned to the Yolgnu clan in Arnhem Land in Northern Australia, where his tribal status necessitates social obligations. Charting Guipilil's life between these two very different worlds, this fascinating ... Read more
A young Muslim woman negotiates cultural and personal boundaries as she comes to terms with falling in love.The film explores the ultimately triumphant way in which she deals with the men in her life. Dogme-style aesthetics influence this remarkably insightful film. ... Read more
A short burst of hilarity. The three little pigs have an unexpected guest one cold winter night. A colourfully energetic animation. ... Read more
Australian director Ben Lewin's fascination and obsession with jewellery was spawned during the production of his film The Favour, The Watch, and the Very Big Fish. It all started with a watch that Jeff Goldblum's character wore, and from then Lewin graduated to 'celebrity watch consultant' status ... Read more
Horns and Halos careens straight into the heart of leftwing underground publishing versus hegemonic US political agendas. The pivotal characters include a 29-year-old punk rocker-cum-publisher an ex-crim-cum-muckraking author, and former Texas governor-cum-US president George W Bush. ... In 1998 ... Read more
1969. France. A competition to go to the moon. Moussa, a ten-year-old boy, goes in place of his uncle. ... Read more
Death comes to all of us, but does the Grim Reaper always do his research with the requisite thoroughness? An impressive debut from Argentinean-born director Ignacio Ferreras. ... Read more
Twin Peaks meets Microcosmos in this multi-award winning gem that has captivated Festival audiences world-wide. ... An old peasant sits by the side of a road hiccupping in a slow, rhythmic fashion. The sun beats down, and life, as usual, continues around him—women sew, grass grows and men ... Read more
Academy-Award-winning animator (and political cartoonist) Bruce Petty takes a satirical look at the 'contraptions' that shape our lives. Education, sex, finance, globalism, art, media, medicine, law, government and even the brain are all transformed into evolving machines in this incisive and ... Read more
Antoine, a 29-year-old man, performs his personal ad to a packed train carriage on the French subway. His performance is funny and charming, but will it ever lead to bigger things? ... Read more
A lonely man, a cigarette, a hotel hallway— this is the setting for an ironic take on Sinatra lore. Fueled by the contents of his flask, he staggers for all eternity through the corridors of a hotel whose name he has forgotten, his macho image looking increasingly absurd. ... Read more
Sitting in her bathroom in a new country, Maria takes a pregnancy test. While she waits for the results, she remembers the violence and exile she escaped when she left Argentina. Won the Silver Bear at Berlin. ... Read more
Johnny and Sarah (Samantha Morton, Morvern Collar, in MIFF this year) arrive in New York from Ireland with their two young daughters, soon after the death of their infant son. Virtually penniless and still grief-stricken, they find board in a dilapidated building, populated by junkies and ... Read more
Esther is in her 30s and freelances for a public relations firm. She's ready to make some changes in her life—the possibility of accepting a regular position within the company, and also settling down with her boyfriend, Vincent, are tempting propositions. One night while walking in a dark ... Read more
Direct from Directors' Fortnight at this year's Cannes Film Festival, In the Beginning was the Eye is a film about narration and remembering; about the volatility of language and image and the tricks our sensual perception plays on us. Lurid postcards and filmed images of the exact locations are ... Read more
On December 1, 2001 it was 66 degrees (19 Celsius) in NYC: an Indian Summer that comes to an icy end. Dobbe carefully builds up the days contemplative mood with a classic filmic eye for detail, colour and movement. ... Read more
Taking its place besides the classic John Woo and Tsuik Hark Hong Kong action films of the 80s and 90s, Infernal Affairs is as hard boiled and relentless as they come. Yan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) is an undercover cop working with the triads, recruited before he graduated from the police academy. Ming ... Read more
Observational composition and unobtrusive reflections create a meditative tone for this portrait of Mongolia. This breathtaking journey juxtaposes images of an ancient world set against a modern society. ... Read more
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