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Films In 2003

Made in 1994, this French Government video was intended for distribution amongst Foreign Affairs Departments in English-speaking countries. It reveals how the French Department of the Interior proposed the global introduction of the revolutionary Metric Time system. ... Read more
A fascinating, probing documentary that chronicles the decade that seminal architect Frank Gehry spent designing, planning and modelling a home for multi-millionaire Peter B. Lewis. The makers of A Constructive Madness were granted practically unlimited access to the staff, process, documentation ... Read more
Fourteen-year-old Maurice likes filming his family with an old super 8mm camera: his sick father his stressed mother and his younger brother Casper. But while he's documenting the everyday, he's quietly aware how sick his father actually is. ... Read more
As Dennis discovers, being Miss Understood can sometimes be a good thing. The age-old struggle for understanding between generations is captured in this musical about self-acceptance and finding the courage to be yourself. ... Read more
Krishnanunni is a descendant of a wealthy upper caste family, whose fortunes have dwindled. However there is enough money to ensure a leisurely life for him, his wife Suma and their seven-year-old son, Unni. Life seems to be treating Krishnanunni well until one morning he wakes to find a black mole ... Read more
Set in 1981, A Thousand Months tells the tale of a seven-year-old boy, Mehdi, who lives in a small village, situated in Morocco's picturesque Atlas Mountains. He lives with his mother Amina, and impoverished grandfather—his father has been thrown into prison for inciting a strike, but young ... Read more
As well as new Wallace and Gromit works (see Animation Gallery), MIFF presents new installments of some Aardman favourites: Angry Kid and The Presentators. With trademark humour and characterisation, the five episodes from these senes will not disappoint. ... Read more
"In his lyrical second feature, David Gordon Green (George Washington, MIFF 2000) astonishes and delights with the distinctiveness of his cinematic voice and the depth of his genuine, contoured characters. Green and his trusted collaborators boldly plumb fertile emotional territory; the ... Read more
Yu Likwai, the celebrated cinematographer of Jia Zhang-ke (MIFF 05 filmmaker in focus), reveals his dystopian vision in the futuristic All Tomorrow's Parties, which screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, 2003. Set in the mid-21st century, China and the Korean Peninsula are under the totalitarian ... Read more
The remarkable story of a likable Aussie bloke and just how he became the woman of her dreams. Paul is a farmer from Bathurst, an avowed V8 fan, petrol head and one-time member of his brother's pit crew. Single, straight, 37 and now working in Sydney as a bus driver, Paul has chosen to undergo ... Read more
"Four actors, 10 dialogues. It looks easy on paper but let me tell you I will be extremely rigorous." Thus begins Torbjorn Ehrnvall's window onto the back lot of Saraband, which Bergman claims will be his final cinematic opus. He is indeed rigorous, distractingly fastidious in his perfectionism ... Read more
Song and Tang are coal miners, working under torturous and unsafe conditions. When Tang's brother, Chaolu, arrives for a visit, they convince him to join them in the mine. Deep underground, they kill Chaolu, and manage to cause the mine to collapse just before escaping unharmed. Feigning outrage ... Read more
A languid and sensual meditation on love, Blissfully Yours is a sumptuous new offering from Thailand. ... Min is an illegal Burmese immigrant, living in Thailand and in desperate need of a forged ID. His Thai girlfriend, Roong, has enlisted the help of Om, an older woman, and her husband, to ... Read more
Cala is a scruffy little dog who means the world to Lao, a blue-collar worker who lives in Beijing with his wife and son. When the pooch is nabbed by the authorities for being out on the streets without a permit, the family has 18 hours to procure enough money to pay the considerable fine ... Read more
Full of fascinating and insightful interviews with some of the Hollywood elite including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr., three of Chaplin's children, actors and collaborators on his films as well as biographers and critics including David Thomson and Andrew Sarris ... Read more
December 21st, and eldest son Keri has just turned up unannounced to the modest family home in Whangarei, a Kiwi town going nowhere fast, where he grew up. Sharing in the 'festivities' are the house's inhabitants, a dysfunctional maori/anglo-saxon family— parents, Brian and Loma, teenage ... Read more
A young girl is left at a garage while her mother has her car serviced. Soon it is the girl who is fixing the cars, with the help of her father. ... Read more
Eddie spends her pocket money obsessively hoarding fireworks and carefully planning for cracker night. When it finally arrives, Eddie and her family head to the local football oval. In the frosty air, Eddie lights the fuse of her first cracker and experiences a pivotal moment, one of the seemingly ... Read more
Crimson Gold was selected as the Closing Night film of Un Certain Regard and winner of the Jury Award, Un Certain Regard, at the Cannes Film Festival. ... An intimate and absorbing drama, Crimson Gold is the tragedy of a man who, feeling humiliated in a word of injustice and materiality, is pushed ... Read more
Winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Award at Cannes this year, Jafar Panahi's (The Circle, MIFF 2001) new film is a intimate and absorbing drama. Based on true events, told to Panahi by Abbas Kiarostami (who will be presenting selection of his own work at MIFF this year), Crimson Gold is the ... Read more
Sedma, Jasmina, Senada: three young village women. During the war in Bosnia in the mid-90s, their world fell apart. Their husbands disappeared, along with dozens of men from their families. Their houses, land, villages and country were all swept away. ... In August 1998, they moved into a halfway ... Read more
Obsessive record collector Joe Bussard parties like it's 1929! A cultural scavenger, musician and broadcaster, he was a pioneer in the preservation of 78rpm records and the roots music produced in pure and undiluted form in the 20s and 30s. Bussard has rescued priceless shellac artefacts from ... Read more
At long last, Destino, the legendary collaboration between Salvador Dali and Walt Disney, shelved since 1946, has been completed. And it's coming to MIFF! The surrealist short, mysteriously abandoned before it reached completion, was considered a lost cause—the Loch Ness monster film never to ... Read more
The winner of the FIPRESCI prize at this year's Berlin Film Festival, Distant Lights is a tender humanist portrart of a group of people finding their way in a world of moral ambiguity. ... The German-Polish border is marked by the Oder river and divides two very different towns— the ... Read more
George Greenough has been called the most forward-thinking ocean-immersive motion picture photographer of the last few decades. Dolphin Glide is his newest work and is the culmination of his latest innovation: an underwater camera rig designed to 'swim with the dolphins'. As with his previous works ... Read more
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