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Films In 2002

"Everything flows, everything moves itself in image, tone and word". A metamorphosis of language and image within the boundaries of a structured digital frame. Image becomes movement and language becomes code. ... Read more
Oasis won four awards at the 2002 Venice Film Festival, including Best Director and a FIPRESCI award 'for the audacity and courage of its imaginative exploration of the difficulties of communication, and for its remarkable actors.' A huge box-office success in its home country, Oasis is a film to ... Read more
Winner of the FIPRESCI Award at Cannes 2002. ... Before filmmaker Cristian Mungiu collected the coveted Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival with 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (MIFF 07), he wowed critics and audiences alike with his debut feature, a bitter comedy about young people looking ... Read more
A short film investigating the connection between a diet of grains and nuts, how far you can do the splits, little girls with ribbons, and predestination. Not to forget Georgian men firing rifles and the head of a cross-eyed horse. ... Read more
With a powerhouse cast that includes Robert Carlyle and Rhys Ifans, MIFF regular Shane Meadows (A Room for Romeo Brass, 2000) returns with his typically skewed look at the world. This time he takes a classically generic Western premise—a dark stranger rambles into town and attempts to take ... Read more
A Godard-inspired absurdist drama about desire and politics. One Dau Trois 123 features a man and woman in conversation with each other, the off-screen director, a Welsh taxi driver, a Parisian anarchist and graphic interventions. ... Read more
In an eerily atypical role, Robin Williams plays a 'nobody with a dark heart' in this chilling psychological drama. 'Sy the Photo Guy' is one of those people you see but look through. Blending into his surrounds, he is well aware of his customers - their routines and their photos that pass through ... Read more
July 1st, 1969: Neil Armstrong takes 'one small leap' for man. In Muskogee, Oklahoma, one man is turning back the evolutionary clock. ... Read more
Celebrated experimental director Jon Jost has created an arresting and challenging film that plays with the form of the burgeoning digital medium and its content, for Oui Non is not easily categorised—it is neither drama nor documentary. Screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival ... Read more
Those familiar with the universe of Bubblegum Crisis:Tokyo 2040 will immediately recognise the hi-tech dystopia of Parasite Dolls, a film sure to terrify and outrage with its depiction of rogue robots, criminal conspiracy and anime mayhem! ... This first-rate Japanime marshals the creative forces ... Read more
Inspired by the filmmaker's visit to Phillip Island during MIFF 2001, Penguins' Parade is about a young man who, in an absurd situation, insists on remaining a human being. Is this really how overseas visitors see the penguins? ... Read more
Orphaned by the sudden death of her father, a 10-year-old girl's bleak day-to-day existence is poignantly explored in this remarkably gentle film. Unable to put up with her harsh reality any longer she decides to escape from it. ... Read more
Platform (MIFF 01) is Jia Zhang-ke's ambitious follow-up to his highly successful debut, Pickpocket. Set over 1979 to 1989, it explores the tensions in expectations and world-views that emerge as China shifts from its isolationist Cultural Revolution years to its pop-cultural revolution of the ... Read more
Exposed directly onto film, this playful and elegant work explores the materiality and design of the humble postage stamp. With sampled extracts from anonymous postcards comprising the soundtrack, Post Mark Lick meditates not only on the history and form of correspondence, but also on the iconic ... Read more
This is a most uncommon film about who we are, what we dream and what we all do at least a couple of times a day. Fruit Chan's seventh film is a wandering, contrary, metaphorical journey that focuses on four public toilets in four countries to explore the four basic human emotions: excitement ... Read more
"Pure opens with the shocking scene of Paul, a 10 year old boy, bringing his mother (Molly Parker, Marion Bridge, in MIFF this year) breakfast in bed. On the tray is a cup of tea, a syringe and her heroin, which in his innocence he thinks is her medicine. If ever there was film with its heart in ... Read more
About a guy in a queue. ... Read more
This fiery romance-cum-underworld saga was snapped up for the Berlin Film Festival this year. Forbidden love clashes with issues of people smuggling, illegal bare-knuckle fights and Gallic triads. Chinh, the softly-spoken daughter of Cambodian immigrants, is treated like a beautiful pet by the ... Read more
A breath of fresh air in American independent cinema, Raising Victor Vargas is a life-affirming portrait of teenage romance and the trials of growing up. ... 16-Year-old Victor lives in a small New York apartment with his grandmother and younger brother and sister. He is a cocky teenager, spending ... Read more
A bright green ball slowly emerges on a black background from the lower edge of the screen. A buzzing tone leads to a screeching sound. In this minimal work, the sun's movement in real time reduces cinema to its essence. ... Read more
A man becomes an involuntary witness of a contemporary love affair. Set amidst a stark urban landscape, Jochen Kuhn paints a sumptuous portrait of love's remains. The third installment from the award winning series that contemplates scenes from everyday life. ... Read more
Asian cinema specialist Tony Raynes described Resurrection of the Little Match Girl as 2002's best martial arts fantasy from South Korea—his runner up was last year's MIFF smash Volcano High. Get ready for a breathtaking and exhilarating ride from maverick director Jang Sun-woo. ... Young ... Read more
Dae-shik, a once celebrated mountaineer, is the leader of a ramshackle group of homeless people. One morning he discovers, sprawled on the pavement, Suk-Won, an ex-financier who has been kicked out by his wife after losing all their money in a stock market crash. Suk-Won is suicidal, but Dae-shik ... Read more
The charismatic Hungarian Robert Capa - war photographer, bon viveur, gambler and legendary lover as well as co-founder of Magnum - is still remembered with great affection at the agency and could be said to be Magnum's talisman. In this fascinating portrait, Anne Makepeace shows why Capa was ... Read more
The remarkable life of one of the 20th century's most influential war photographers, Robert Capa, is explored with insight and depth in this expertly crafted film. Interweaving Capa's stunning still photos, archival footage and interviews with acquaintances and those influenced by his ... Read more
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