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Films In 2004

Imagine a single train with a seating capacity of 1050, bursting at the seams with more than 4500 passengers. The result 'a surreal journey which highlights the daily reality of an overcrowded and perilously dangerous commuter train system in Mumbai. ... Read more
A solitary mole man's routine existence is rocked by the arrival of a potential companion. With his desire for contact at war with his suspicion of others, the mole man makes a series of attempts to stare down his fears. ... D/S Grigoris Leontiades P Camilla Bray WS NFTS L No Dialogue TD ... Read more
'Abbas Kiarostami has had extensive influence on world filmmaking over his 30-year career, particularly in Iran and developing countries. 10 on Ten,a self-contained masterclass on cinema, succinctly brings together his current ideas about how to shoot a film, using his feature Ten [MIFF 2003] as ... Read more
Singapore'Growing up in the world's most oppressive nanny state can be bad for your mental health, and 15 tells it like it is. 26-year-old Royston Tan's social satire has given local censors their biggest ever headache by focusing on Singapore's 'problem' boys: the ones from broken homes, the ones ... Read more
20: 30: 40 Hong Kong/ChinaSex and the City Taipei-style. Nominated for the Golden Bear at this year's Berlin Film Festival, this irresistible film from Sylvia Chang is a fun and entertaining romantic comedy following the lives of three women looking for love.20-year-old Xiao-jie has left her family ... Read more
2D or Not 2DNetherlands/Canada When Paul Driessen unleashes his legendary imagination, things are never as they seem to be. 2D or Not 2D is a love story that illustrates the human capacity to spin fiction out of reality. Screened in Annecy, Tampere and many other Festivals.D/S Paul Driessen P ... Read more
A prizewinner at Venice, IDFA (Amsterdam) and Thessaloniki film festivals, this stunning documentary reveals how the Chechen War has affected children on both sides of the conflict. Room 1, set in a military academy near St Petersburg, portrays the highly regimented lives of the young cadets being ... Read more
The mesmerising 3-Iron, which won him the Best Director Award at the Venice Film Festival, again proves Kim Ki-duk deserves his reputation as one of the world's leading outsider filmmakers. Exemplifying Kim's rare ability to combine elegance, poetry and raw power in his filmmaking, 3-Iron - like ... Read more
From its explosive beginning, Ilya Khrzhanovsky's 4 will satisfy those with an eye for the imaginative and an ear for the industrial. This unique and enigmatic Tiger Award-winning debut is based on a story by controversial author Vladimir Sorokin, who co-wrote the screenplay with Khrzhanovsky. The ... Read more
A festival favourite, François Ozon returns with a thoroughly affecting excavation of love. The forensic 5x2 won the Pasinetti Award, for Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi's remarkable performance as Marion, and was nominated for the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, 2004. "Five times two or the ... Read more
6ixtynin9 (Ruang Talok 69) Thailand ... Pen-ek Ratanaruang's second feature is a macabre black comedy that highlights his talents as a filmmaker who can successfully mix genres. Leaving both critics and audiences cheering for more, 6ixtynin9 has screened at numerous Film Festivals, including ... Read more
A team of Irish filmmakers are setting out to make a cinema-quality feature film in just 72 hours. ... The Ballad of Des & Mo is a romantic comedy that will be made on the fly on location in Melbourne from 3 August, edited live at Federation Square and screened at ACMI on Sunday 8 August. ... Note ... Read more
Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman) is your average prudish suburban mother, until one day she suffers a wallop on the head. With this, she transmutes into a raunchy erotomaniac. It was tow-truck driver Ray-Ray Perkins (Johnny Knoxville) who liberated her libido; he's the sexual saviour of the ... Read more
Abbas Kiarostami Recommends Programme 1 IranThe Ladies' (Zananeh)Situated in a public park within the bustling heart of Tehran is a ladies' public toilet. Run by an old woman, it is a shelter for girls and women who gather, talk, laugh, cry and live. Runaway girls, drug dealers, prostitutes and ... Read more
Tokyo, Taipei and Shanghai. Three of Asia's hottest young directors make three films about love. Japanese director Ten Shimoyama, Taiwan's Yee Chih-yen (Blue Gate Crossing, MIFF 03) and China's Zhang Yibai explore the tenuous, sweet, fragile and sometimes bitter nature of young love in the ... Read more
Now in its fifth year in 2008, ACCELERATOR has firmly established itself as a showcase of pre-eminent new Australian and New Zealand shorts. For the first time featuring filmmakers from Ireland and Singapore, Accelerator has secured international recognition as an esteemed industry program. The ... Read more
Accelerator:The FilmsThe inaugural Accelerator programme brings together some of Victoria and New Zealand's brightest filmmaking prospects. We're proud to present a selection of the participants' celebrated short films Two Cars, One Night (New Zealand, D Taika Waititi) (Winner of the Panorama Short ... Read more
The Adventures of Iron Pussy (Hua jai Tor Ra Nong) Thailand Not since the outlandish escapades of Inspector Clouseau has the world felt sosecure. Secret agent Iron Pussy,kick-boxingsuperhero(ine) in drag, and her motorcycle taxi driving sidekick, Pew are out to tackle the world's most evil ... Read more
Ae Fond Kiss UK/Spain/Germany/ItalyMaster of contemporary social-realism cinema Ken Loach makes a return to MIFF with the final film in his acclaimed Glasgow trilogy, which includes My Name is Joe (MIFF 1999) and Sweet Sixteen. Peering into the world of interracial romance and ethnic intolerance ... Read more
Almost Brothers is an ambitious film by filmmaker Lucia Murat. With the realism of a documentary, she explores the racism bubbling beneath the surface of Brazil's cultural pluralism, and the difficulty of social change. The film is set in three distinct periods - the 1950s, 1970s and 2004 - the ... Read more
Almost There Greece/IsraelAlmost There is an intimate and inviting documentary that traces the lives of two Israeli lesbians whose search for happiness leads them to the Greek island paradise of Mykonos.Belgian-born Joelle has been living in Tel Aviv for 11 years and has had enough of the violence ... Read more
Russian dolls' No, alter egos. Laurence Green has crafted a brilliant and perceptive animated documentary in his [Alter Egos]. His subjects are animator and 1969 Oscar nominee Ryan Larkin and prodigy Chris Landreth, himself an Oscar nominee. ... Ryan Larkin was one of the world's most celebrated ... Read more
Ana and the Others (Ana y los otros) ArgentinaAfter living in Buenos Aires for a number of years, 25-year-old Ana returns to her small Argentine hometown of Paraná. Catching up with former friends and visiting all her old haunts, Ana notices a distinct difference between her 'sophisticated' ... Read more
Animation Shorts Programme 1Creature Comforts: Working Animals (9mins)GA-RA-KU-TA: Mr Stain on Junk Alley (Eps 1&2; 2x7mins)LittleThings (1min)My Shadow (6mins)Get in the Car (6mins)Lorenzo (5mins)A Slippery Tale (7mins)Love is Strange (7mins)The Separation (10mins)Anna Spud (10mins)Wrong Number ... Read more
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