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Films In 2002

A young woman is killed in a remote Alaskan outpost by someone who took a great deal of care in their grisly task. The crime is highly unusual for the terrtory and the local sheriff calls on an old LAPD pal to assist. The haunted Detective Will Dormer (AI Pacino) and partner Hap (Martin Donovan) ... Read more
A lost and fragile boy new to the streets. A wary teenager just thinking about the money. A wealthy man playing out a delicate and lonely game. Over one night their lives intersect in unexpected ways blurring the line between betrayer and betrayed. ... Read more
An intnguingly simple premise—a counterfeit 1000 toman banknote travels throughout Iran as it is passed from person to person—that results in a kaleidoscopic journey of culture, geography and values, forms the basis of Iranian Spread, an entertaining and though-provoking modern-day ... Read more
A compilation of outrageous, inventive short films from seven of Japan's hottest filmmakers. Wildly diverse in subject, genre, systems of photography and filmmaking technique, Jam Films explodes onto the screen and doesn't let up for 109 minutes. ... Each director was allowed a level of creative ... Read more
"In Japan we have an expression which, when translated, means 'you meet only once, so make everything in that moment count.'" - Gotaro Tsunishima ... Toni Colette is Sandy, an ambitious geologist who has just started up a mapping software company in Perth with Baird (Matthew Dyktynski). When a ... Read more
Become the Perfect Japanese, with this step by step mock educational video. Japanese Tradition is fun, quirky and very cool. When exploring Dogeza, the art of apology, and Sushi, the art of eating sushi, the irony is ever-present—and tradition and courtesy have never been so amusing or hip! ... Read more
Become the Perfect Japanese, with this step by step mock educational video. Japanese Tradition is fun, quirky and very cool. When exploring Dogeza, the art of apology, and Sushi, the art of eating sushi, the irony is ever-present—and tradition and courtesy have never been so amusing or hip! ... Read more
Wongsang is a struggling student, living in a single room and working part-time as a plumber while finishing his thesis in literature. He dreams of studying abroad, but his financial situation is not particularly rosy, and to make matters worse his girlfriend just dumped him. When he is offered a ... Read more
The New York Times called enigmatic jazz legend Jimmy Scott "the most unjustly ignored American singer of the 20th century". Best known for his heavenly voice and work with practically every legendary jazz figure from the 40s onward, this documentary is an intimate and thoroughly engrossing account ... Read more
Long-distance truck driver and widower John prepares to relax at home with Christmas beers, a bag of frozen hash and a porno movie.To his horror he discovers his estranged daughter Mia is a porn star. Kind-hearted and clumsy, he immediately resolves to revive their relationship. ... Read more
A stowaway from Sierra Leone, a Welsh town and Christmas ... "Beautiful acting from Usifu Jalloh and Ruth Madoc. Lovely, lovely film. Sensitive, understated, kind and clear"—Ewan McGregor ... Read more
Combining the perfumed scent of reality cop shows with the Eau de Vie of courtroom television broadcasts, Judge Tracy is a poke in the ribs to our modern perception of the law, justice and ballistics. ... Read more
A vivid and compelling portrait of transsexuality in Iran. Morvarid strives to conciliate her Islamic culture, her family and her sex work. But, more than this, she strives to become a woman. Won the Teddy Jury prize at Berlin. ... Read more
Kabbarli sheds light on a peculiar moment of colonial superiority sheltering under a lace parasol. The film's subject, Irish-born Daisy Bates, spent more than 30 years living with Aboriginal tribes on the Nullarbor Plain. In spite of being lauded as a Florence Nightingale figure, her story has ... Read more
During the Heian Period of Japan's history, dark spirits still dwelled in the forests, mountains and rivers. Disguised as a male warrior a young woman named Kaidohmaru, 'The Knight of Fire', wages constant war against these forces of evil to maintain the safety of the people of Kyoto. She is allied ... Read more
Life for Ryo is hectic. Aside from his university studies, his indulgences in drugs, girls and clubs keep him on his toes. On his birthday, he decides to throw a party with some close friends, that includes Naoshi, a childhood pal, and Makoto, who drops in on Ryo unaware that it is his birthday ... Read more
What do you do when you are a cop In a small town whose crime rate drops so low the authorities are threatening to shut the station down? Of course you'd bribe the local drunk to steal from the grocery store, write anti-police graffiti on walls and threaten passers-by with guns. Wouldn't you? An ... Read more
Unknown Belgian singer (and yokel) Walter is selected to appear in La Chanson-Chanson, a famous show on French television. The problem is: how to get to Paris? When his cousin Jacques, a taciturn farmboy, offers to be his driver, things can only go wrong. Screened at Rotterdam, nominated for Best ... Read more
Focusing on the observations and experiences of former porn actress Raffaela Anderson (who also went on to star in Virginia Despentes' controversial Baise-Moi), La Petite Morte explores the French porn industry and its efforts over the years to gain mainstream acceptance. ... Porn stars appear on ... Read more
Be prepared for a singular, disturbing film expenence. Set in an undisclosed location, most probably somewhere in war ravaged Eastern Europe, a group of men undertake a number of nefarious activities, including the operation of underground clubs and dens. However, Grandrieux is not overly concerned ... Read more
Two boys—friends sharing fantasies. One girl— a lesson better than French. Screened in Berlin. ... Read more
"Don't look back, never, that's the secret". A young woman explores her latest interests— lock picking and cat burglary—with the help of a new friend, a male escape artist. Their relationship tests the patience of her boyfriend as she seeks to perfect her talents. ... Read more
Revered for his hallucinatory essay films, Chris Petit (last seen at MIFF 1999 with Negative Space and The Falconer) has cooperated with lain Sinclair on a documentary version of Sinclair's scabrous novel, London Orbital. The controversial M-25 motorway encircles London with 200 kilometres of ... Read more
Jason and Julian, a couple of naïve Sydneysiders, decide that their future lies in filmmaking. They beg, borrow and max out their credit cards to scrape together a $100,000 budget. One million dollars and five years later they discover that its a cut-throat business they've entered into with ... Read more
Agnes (Molly Parker, Pure, in MIFF this year) returns to her provincial hometown to visit her chain-smoking, alcoholic mother who is returning home from hospital. Agnes, who had fled to Toronto years earlier with a dark secret - and battled her own demons there - is greeted with a cold shoulder by ... Read more
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