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Films In 2004

Fiction Shorts Programme 2The 09:24 Local (5mins)Natan (12mins)Full Circle (14mins)Soar (20mins)It Takes Two to Tango (12mins)Out on the Tiles (14mins)Holly-Bolly (12mins)Sliding Flora (12mins) ... Read more
Film as a Subversive Art: Amos Vogel and Cinema 16 UKThe story of an unsung hero of world cinema, Film as a Subversive Art is an affectionate profile of film curator and historian Amos Vogel and the influential film society he co-founded, Cinema 16.Austrian-born Vogel moved to New York in 1938 ... Read more
Generation: The Sam Spiegel Film School 1993-2002 IsraelThe Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem has been producing award-winning short films since the start of the 1990s, and this year the Festival presents an overview of the finest work from this respected institution.Party Line (1993) A day in ... Read more
In 1980, a $44-million movie flopped and took a major studio with it. [Heaven's Gate], was the epic western Michael Cimino made while drunk on the success of the Oscar-winning [The Deer Hunter]. As the director's budget blew out to five times that of a regular Hollywood blockbuster, chaos took its ... Read more
Five Iran/FranceOne of the two Abbas Kiarostami films to be screened at this year's Festival'both of which premiered at Cannes this year'Five is an utterly contemplative and meditative abstract work. An homage to the Japanese cinematic master Ozu, the film is composed solely of five single shots ... Read more
The Five Obstructions (De Fem Benspænd) Denmark'Between Lars von Trier and me I can say there is a sympathy and professional respect, but also both of us have an appreciation of play and experiment and teasing.' -Jørgen Leth 'There are just a few areas on which I think I'm an expert. One of ... Read more
Five Sides of a Coin USA/Canada'If God had to choose one religion that best articulated his intentions, he would choose hip-hop.' Aesop Rock is amongst the horde of hip-hop identities that don't mince their words in this phenomenal history lesson. Jazzy Jay, Kool Herc, De La Soul, Phase Too ... Read more
The Five Venoms (Wu Du) Hong KongThe Scorpion, The Snake, The Centipede, The Lizard and The Toad: five treacherous assassins, each trained in a deadly fighting technique modelled after their namesakes, the most venomous creatures on earth. In the martial arts universe of Chang Cheh they are the ... Read more
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Focus on Cate Shortland AustraliaCate Shortland's much-anticipated first feature film, Somersault, premiered at Cannes this year and screens as MIFF's Opening Night film. In this programme Shortland talks about her creative approach and screens her lyrical, poetic imagery and dynamic (and ... Read more
Forget Baghdad Switzerland/Germany'[Director] Samir travels to Tel Aviv to talk to older Iraqi Jews, his father's comrades, about 'what it's like to become the enemy of your own past'. His charming, rueful interlocutors shine through. Secular intellectuals, they praise the vanished cosmopolitan ... Read more
A jolting reminder of the ongoing problems caused by South Africa's apartheid past, [Forgiveness] follows a white man's quest for reconciliation, and the attempts of his victim's family to deal with their loss. ... Former policeman Tertius Coetzee feels guilty about the violent crimes he committed ... Read more
Alan James (Rip Torn) is a legendary producer from the heyday of Memphis Soul. He now lives in well-earned comfort with his beautiful and much younger lover, Laura, a Muscovite living in the foreign world of Memphis and spending much of her time with their small child. Alan also has an adult son ... Read more
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Freakstars 3000 GermanyIt scandalised the Rotterdam Film Festival and, for as long as reality TV rules the airwaves, you are unlikely to see anything as weird and disturbing as Freakstars 3000. This challenging documentary is the work of notorious German 'Riot Artist' Christoph Schlingenseif. As ... Read more
Aku Louhimies' tough and fearless [Frozen Land] was inspired by Leo Tolstoy's short story [Faux Billet], in which mischance is passed from one person to another. It thus finds a peer in Robert Bresson's 1983 [L'Argent], also inspired by [Faux Billet]. Cleaning up at Gothenburg Film Festival ... Read more
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Shot in 16mm, FUNNY HA HA examines life after college in an understated and moving way. Written, directed, and co-starring indie darling Andrew Bujalski (Mutual Appreciation, MIFF 06), the film features impressively natural performances led by newcomer Kate Dollenmayer, whose commanding yet ... Read more
Fuse (Gori Valtra) Bosnia-Herzegovina/Austria/France/TurkeyIn the small Bosnian town of Tesanje things appear calm in the aftermath of the ravaging war. People seem warm and open, and the town square is an inviting meeting point for its inhabitants. But look closer and there is a seedy underbelly ... Read more
G-Sale USABogwood: the garage sale capital of the USA. A certain breed of person will spend every weekend combing through other folks' cast-off belongings looking for treasure in the form of an elephant carved from a coconut. Like Christopher Guest's Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman, the ... Read more
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