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Films In 2005

Beyond Beats and Rhymes is a provocative documentary that skewers hip-hop's dominant sexual politics. Fronted by filmmaker Byron Hurt, this film was originally conceived as a “loving critique” from a self-proclaimed “hip-hop head” but soon became a take-no-prisoners assault on the hypocrisy ... Read more
“Homoerotic prison life acts as an inscrutable metaphor for what's wrong with modern Japan.” - Variety ... Jun leads an isolated life working in a gay bar but after being brutalised by a customer who picks him up, Jun goes into a frenzy and kills him. This single violent act leads Jun to a ... Read more
A cinephile's fantasy: a rare meeting between legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder and one of his biggest fans, German director and cinephile Volker Schloendorff ([The Tin Drum], see also [The Ninth Day]). [Billy, How Did You Do It'] takes the form of an extended conversation conducted over a few days ... Read more
“Even by Korean standards of movie brutality, A Bittersweet Life raises the bar to a new level… will have genre fans nailed to their seats” - Variety ... A tour de force of noir-ish style, A Bittersweet Life sees MIFF stalwart Kim Jee-woon hitting the screen with guns blazing ... Read more
Black Gold was nominated for the World Documentary Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. ... Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets, dominating an industry worth over 80 billion dollars, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the ... Read more
“Solito's directorial debut as a dramatic filmmaker seems itself like a flower amid the grit of most contemporary cinema.” - Sundance Film Festival ... The purity of first love is pitted against poverty and corruption in Auraeus Solito's unexpectedly moving look at life in the slums of Manila ... Read more
WEDNESDAY 9 AUGUST, 7PM - SOLD OUT ... India is changing. This new generation of call centre employees works late into the night and perfects English and American accents to sell to clients half a world away. ... For their efforts, they are being paid more money than their parents ever dreamed of ... Read more
A steady diet of amphetamines has left The Holy Modal Rounders' co-founder Peter Stampfel with a nervous, Woody Allen manner that drives his partner in crime, Steve Weber, crazy. Stampfel gave away drugs in the late 1970s and Weber plans to quit any day now. When Weber goes AWOL for more than a ... Read more
An anarchic mix of juvenile delinquency, comic genius and erratic humour. Winner of the Audience Award and Special Jury Distinction at Annecy Film Festival 2005.---D/P/S Stephan-Flint Muller L German w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2005/15mins ... Read more
“This is Spinal Tap meets Stuck on You.” - Variety ... Described by the Toronto Film Festival as “a raucous ride through a burning flash of glory in 70s British rock music”, this bravura feature - filmed fake documentary style by Anthony Dod Mantle (28 Days Later) - comes from the ... Read more
“Soderbergh and screenwriter Coleman Hough aren't interested in creating a coy whodunit so much as evoking the deeper, less romantic mysteries of people - and it's riveting.” - Washington Post ... In a Midwestern town fallen on hard times, the small and uneventful lives of two local doll ... Read more
C.R.A.Z.Y. bagged the award for Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival, just after its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. ... A rollicking coming-of-age tale, C.R.A.Z.Y cruises along on a playful soundtrack of Patsy Cline, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and ... Read more
Born in Singapore in 1976, Royston Tan has been heralded as Singapore's most promising young filmmaker and its latest cult icon. Stemming from a music video-making background, Tan has collected over 26 international and local awards for his shorts, documentaries and two feature-length films, 15 and ... Read more
When Claudia's cat knocks a lamp into the bath where her owner is relaxing, you'd expect the owner to die and then remain in the tub, wouldn't you? A bold and inventive gem. ... Filmmaker Lily Coates will introduce the film on Friday 4 August, 7pm at Greater Union. ... --- ... D/S/P Lily Coates ... Read more
Following the hugely successful The Story of the Weeping Camel, Mongolian-born and German-trained filmmaker Byambasuren Davaa delivers a thought-provoking and gentle mélange of documentary and drama in The Cave of the Yellow Dog. ... Where her debut film often favoured nature over humans, this ... Read more
Smart, tense, raw and uncompromising, [Cavite] is everything we crave of a truly independent thriller. In the town of Cavite, in the Philippines, people will do just about anything to survive. Adam, an American citizen visiting his home country for his father's funeral, soon realises this when he ... Read more
A unique tragi-comic tale about Alistar, who after years of avoiding his past, returns with camera crew in tow to 'rescue' his sister from a hippy commune in the Scottish Highlands. ---D/S Zack Copping P/WS Amber Parsons L English TD 35mm/col/2005/13mins ... Read more
In the spirit of Rebel Without A Cause, this coming-of-age hybrid tells the story of Jan who races against his abusive elder brother in an illegal moped race.---D Marc Brummund P Florian Gees S Fabian P. Wiemker WS Hamburg Media School L German w/English Subtitles TD 35mm/col/2005/10mins ... Read more
A portrait of place: trains, artificial light, time and memory give form to forces that drift amidst the darkness of the daily journey. ---D/S Joel Pizzini P Robson Rumin, Paloma Cinematogárfica WS Polofilme L Portuguese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2005/15mins ... Read more
Down on his luck and desperate, Gang Tae-shik ([Choi Min-sik; Old Boy], MIFF 04) is doing it hard on the streets. He's lost the respect of his son, and his wife has thrown him out of home. Now the former silver medallist of the Asian Games is selling himself on the street as a human punching bag ... Read more
Born in Singapore in 1976, Royston Tan has been heralded as Singapore's most promising young filmmaker and its latest cult icon. Stemming from a music video-making background, Tan has collected over 26 international and local awards for his shorts, documentaries and two feature-length films, 15 and ... Read more
A cross-generational story of ostracism, love and the legacy of the past, Dam Street chronicles the life of a woman whose teenage indiscretion continues to haunt her years after the event. ... In a rural Chinese town, high-school girl Xiaoyun faces the indignation of her family and the local ... Read more
Winner of more than 20 awards, including the Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival. ... Critically acclaimed, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu takes us through the final hours of a dying man's life as he is shipped from one hospital to the next, forgotten, ignored or unnoticed by the very ... Read more
Uplifting and very funny. ''You have nothing to lose except your break-time biscuit and the year five rights on the climbing frame.” When 10-year-old Tony is told off for stealing a pencil, he is gripped by revolutionary fervour. A classroom classic.---D/S Chris and Ben Blaine P Barrington P ... Read more
“The most significant Brit chiller since 28 Days Later. 5 stars.” - Empire, UK. ... Pitched by its director as “Deliverance goes underground”, The Descent is the much-anticipated second feature from Neil Marshall who was attributed with sparking a resurgence in British horror with his ... Read more
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