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MAROONED IN IRAQ (Bahman Ghobadi, 2002)
During the Iran-Iraq war an old Kurdish singer, Mizra, receives word that his estranged wife, Hanareh, is in trouble.Tricking his two sons into joining him, Mizra sets off to Iraq in search of the wo… Read more

MARTHA’S NEW COAT (Rachel Ward, 2002)
15-year-old Martha lives in a small, inland, rural town with her mother and younger sister Elsie. Things are bleak in the town; shops are closing down, people are leaving in droves and there is nothi… Read more

MAX (Menno Meyjes, 2002)
A fascinating conceit that advances the theory that if Hitler was a better artist, the world may have been spared a despot and a World War. Homeless, penniless and disillusioned by Germany's defeat i… Read more

MAY (Lucky McKee, 2002)
If you can't find a friend... make one. May suffered a childhood of taunts due to her lazy eye. She got zero support from her obsessive-compulsive mother and now, all grown up and working in an anima… Read more

MC5: A TRUE TESTIMONIAL (David C. Thomas, 2002)
From the first thundering chord of Kick Out the Jams to the final frames recounting one of the most influential bands of the 60s/70s self-destructing in a blur of drink, drugs, record company machina… Read more

MERCANO THE MARTIAN (Juan Antin, 2002)
Mercano's life on Mars is a peaceful one, until one day a wayward probe from Earth smashes into his planet, killing his beloved dog. Enraged, the intrepid Martian climbs into his spacecraft and heads… Read more

MISSING PERSONS (Dan O'Donnell, 2002)
"A refreshingly oddball stew of parodic film noir, police and sci-fi elements sifted through deadpan surrealism. Distinct in tone and visual style ... the film has a striking design palette for which… Read more

MODS (Serge Bozon, 2002)
Almost impossible to categorise, Serge Bozon's first featurette Mods is a warm melange of psychedelic black-comedy, musical and love story - all scored with a groovy 60s soundtrack.Inexplicably struc… Read more

Mood Motions (W.P. Murton, 2002)
Mood Motions is the latest masterpiece from genius cineaste, W.P. Murton. It concerns the subtleties and deconstruction of abstract forms and avant-garde electronic music. ... Read more

MORVERN CALLAR (Lynne Ramsay, 2002)
Morvern Callar (Samantha Morton) is a dissatisfied grocery store worker, desperate to escape her humdrum existence. On Christmas Day she wakes to discover her boyfriend has killed himself and on a ne… Read more

MOTHERS OF LIFE (Anastasia Lapsui, Markku Lehmuskallio, 2002)
Mothers of Life serves as a companion piece to Anastasia Lapsui and Markku Lahmuskallio's previous film, Seven Songs from the Tundra (MIFF 2000). Once again the filmmakers journeyed to the remote Yam… Read more

Mt. Head (Koji Yamamura, 2002)
After a stingy man eats some cherry seeds, a cherry tree grows out of his head, presenting a lot of trouble for him. Koji Yamamura's supremely expressive animation, set in contemporary Tokyo, is a re… Read more

MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING (Michael Rubbo, 2002)
Who really wrote Shakespeare? Even the director of London's Globe theatre has his doubts. Melbourne-born filmmaker Michael Rubbo probes experts from London to Seattle, arriving at a film essay of inc… Read more

MUDDY WATERS: CAN’T BE SATISFIED (Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon, 2002)
The first comprehensive documentary of the man who pioneered electric blues and paved the way for rock and roll. When Bob Dylan went electric, he hired young white musicians who had learned from Mudd… Read more

MUSIC AND MURDER (Michael Cordell, 2002)
Music and Murder follows the story of three ostensibly ordinary men who, we discover, have been incarcerated for horrific murders. Whilst in prison, they have each become accomplished musicians. As t… Read more

MUSIC FOR WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS (Unni Straume, 2002)
Sara has just published the most successful novel of her career but the sweetness of the limelight is soured by her personal life. Her marriage collapsed and she is still grieving the death of her yo… Read more

MY ARCHITECT (Nathaniel Kahn, 2002)
Louis Kahn is universally recognised as one of the influential architects of the 20th century. An Estonian Jew who grew up in the slums of Philadelphia, Kahn was severely scarred by burns as a child … Read more

MY BEAUTIFUL GIRL, MARI (Lee Sung-Gang, 2002)
South Korean animator Lee Sung-Gang's feature debut (which recenty won the Grand Prix for Best Animated Feature at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival) is a highly original cinematic fantasy. I… Read more

My Blind Brother (Sophie Goodhart, 2002)
When professionally disabled Robbie attempts a long distance swim, tensions between he and his long-suffering brother come to a head. A blackly funny look at sibling rivalry and the commodification o… Read more

My Wrongs #8245-8249 and 117 (Chris Morris, 2002)
Chris Morris, TV satirist and controversial British hoaxer has christened the new film wing of legendary electronica label Warp Records with this surreal short about a man who no longer uses his name… Read more

Neo-Noir (Chase Palmer, 2002)
The 1930s. Two men. A beautiful woman. An unfortunate accident. Or is it? A classic case of 'Soviet' roulette. That is, Russian roulette in which someone cheats. Screened at Sundance. ... Read more

NO BLOOD NO TEARS (Ryu Seung-wan, 2002)
Gyung-sun used to be a professional safecracker but now she is all washed up, trawling the streets as a cab driver in order to pay off her ex-husband's debts. The only thing that gets her by is the h… Read more

NO ONE’S ARK (Yamashita Nobuhiro, 2002)
Japan in the 90s: the decade of the bubble that burst. A young couple, Daisuke and Akajiru, fail to launch their 'health drink' in the city, and so they retreat to the provincial town where Daisuke g… Read more

No Strings Attached (Keirnan Fitzpatrick, 2002)
Raw emotion dominates the 2002 Queensland Air Guitar Championships. JJ Speedball struts his Cherry-Ass rock'n'roll, while Slurvie Ray Vaughan goes menerk, a level above berserk. Is this the stuff of … Read more

NONE WITHOUT SIN: ARTHUR MILLER, ELIA KAZAN AND THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST (Michael Epstein, 2002)
When Martin Scorsese presented Elia Kazan with a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 1999, it generated tremendous worldwide controversy—not because of Kazan's acclaimed body of work, which includes … Read more

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