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Films In 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 woman who abandoned him 23 years ago for his best friend. As they journey on, the two brothers ... Read more
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 nothing for teenagers to do, except hang around the local park, drinking, ... It's Martha's birthday, but ... Read more
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 in WWI, Hitler (Australian Noah Taylor) is hawking sketches around Munich when he encounters gallery ... Read more
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 animal shelter, May is dangerously determined to overcome her terminal shyness. Encouraged and then ... Read more
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 machinations and police harassment, MC5: A True Testimonial is the first and finest account of the music of ... Read more
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 out for vengeance, crash-landing in Buenos Aires. Ordinarily his presence would cause alarm, but ... Read more
"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 the co-creators (brothers Matthew and Daniel O'Donnell) wrote their own 3D animation software ... Read more
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 struck down with melancholy, uni student Edouard stops speaking and refuses to leave his room. His two ... Read more
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 (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 nearby computer screen, the flashing words 'Read this' reveal themselves to be a link to his suicide ... Read more
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 Yamal Peninsula in eastern Siberia to record the lives of the Nenet people. Combining documentary and ... Read more
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 reinterpretation of the traditional Japanese Rakugo story Atama-Yama. ... Read more
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 incredible wit and charm. Starting with American eccentric scholar Calvin Hoffman - who claimed that ... Read more
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 Muddy Waters in Chicago and many of the bluesman's tunes have entered popular music through performances ... Read more
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 they reveal themselves through their life stories and in song, the film examines their musical ... Read more
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 young son, an only child. She is isolated in a cold, minimalist monument to the Scandanavian modernist ... Read more
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 but overcame his self-consciousness to become a charismatic, womanising workaholic. A nomadic ... Read more
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. It has echoes of feverish childhood dreams shot through with a wide-eyed fascination with a world ... Read more
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 of disability. ... Read more
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 because he's decided he no longer deserves one, and the dog who'll be representing him in court ... Read more
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
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 hope that one day she'll meet her estranged daughter. ... Soo-jin, nicknamed 'Sunglasses Girl', lives ... Read more
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 grew up and attempt a 'relaunch'. Again their efforts come up short, as the townsfolk simply find the ... Read more
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 dreams or the greatest rock'n'roll swindle of the 21st century? ... Read more
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 On the Waterfront and A Streetcar Named Desire, but for 'naming names' during the infamous McCarthy ... Read more
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