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Films In 2005

According to Kurt Cobain, Daniel Johnston was the greatest songwriter on earth. Musician, cult outsider artist and manic depressive, Daniel Johnston's wild behavioural fluctuations, downward-spirals and delusions of grandeur have ensured that he remains an enigma to the music industry, but to ... Read more
Dig is a lovingly hand-wrought ethnographic, historical, animated, live-action evocation of an industry, some people, a place and the humble potato. ---D/S Bridget Walker P Paul Fletcher, Robert Stephenson WS VCA School of Film & Television L English TD video/col/2005/4mins ... Read more
Jeff Bowden's mud-streaked documentary follows a championship season of world-class Street Stocks. This is the bottom class of American dirt-track auto racing, played out in all its beer-bellied glory at the legendary Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. The film is a study of the ... Read more
A historical tragedy meets a personal rebellion in Lech Kowalski's idiosyncratic third instalment of his Wild, Wild East documentary trilogy. East of Paradise opens with a harrowing description by Maria Kowalski - Lech Kowalski's mother - of her transportation from Krakow to the Soviet gulags in ... Read more
Celebrated playwright David Mamet pulls no punches in this incendiary tale of social paranoia. William H. Macy steps up to the plate as a disgruntled businessman who throws his tedious existence to the wind, only to be caught in the turbulence and violence of ‘real life'. His bad attitude ... Read more
Lubbock, Texas, has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the US. It also has the highest rate of STDs in teenagers. The sex education policy in the schools of this southern, ultra-conservative town is 'abstinence until marriage'. ... This superb and nuanced documentary plots the politicisation ... Read more
A girl stands on a lonely road looking into the distance and into her future, “…a moody, jangly score by the Devastations and striking cinematography by Adam Arkapaw.” - Adrian Martin, The Age ---D/S Julius Avery P Simon Meyers WS VCA School of Film and Television L English TD ... Read more
Erika Schinegger was the 1966 women's downhill skiing world champion. She was a popular figure; Austrian athlete of the year, she was a farm girl with a no-nonsense attitude, a funny haircut and a deep voice. In 1967, a urine test decreed that genetically she was a man, and her career came to an ... Read more
Living a peaceful life in his shop, 30-something Alexandre (Serge Bozon) spends his days working meticulously in his tailor shop and listening to his radio. With no one to talk to, he soon becomes restless and decides to banish his loneliness by taking an evening French literature class for adults ... Read more
Everlasting Regret received six nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards. ... Based on the best-selling 1996 novel by Wang Anyi, Stanley Kwan's handsome epic, Everlasting Love, sweeps across the screen on a wave of Shanghai nostalgia. Using its troubled anti-heroine to navigate the troubled waters ... Read more
"With remarkable access and a steely, clinical attitude toward her all-too-ingratiating subject, filmmaker Ellen Perry delivers an intimate and deeply disturbing portrait of Peruvian ex-president Alberto Fujimori, a fugitive from justice in his native land and a leader who wielded virtual ... Read more
“A starkly black-and-white parable dripping with unspoken regrets and submerged in the ambient sturm und drang of distant factory roar… Consider it a thumbnail remake of Blow-Up by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.” - Village Voice ... Writer-director Fred Kelemen creates a brooding existentialist ... Read more
[Fateless] is a deeply moving tale of a Hungarian Jewish boy and his quest for the meaning of his past. It screened in Official Selection at Berlin, 2005. ... Based on the 2002 Nobel prize-winning novel by Imre Kertesz, [Fateless] chronicles the attempts of 14-year-old Gyuri Koves to reconcile the ... Read more
Gillick's revealing documentary focuses on a group of 'old blokes' residing in a public high-rise. The filmmaker creates a warm and unpretentious story about their daily routines, dreams, dilemmas and disappointments, providing a unique, fascinating perspective on the lives of public housing ... Read more
A fantastic not-so black-and-white chase sequence made of classic film noir moments collaged into a highly imaginative series of stop motion worlds, each collapsing onto the other.---D/P/S Osbert Parker L no dialogue TD video/col/2005/3mins ... Read more
A boy called Criquet shares fun times with his grandfather, who collects memories. When the old man dies, he leaves the boy a magical legacy.---D Patrick Poubel P Eric Pattedoie, Caroline Perchaud S Patrick Poubel, Charlotte Paillieux WS Laboite Productions de Film L French w/English subtitles TD ... Read more
Based on Michel Tournier's novel Vendredi ou le limbes du Pacifique (a reworking of Robinson Crusoe), Friday or Another Day charts the course of the relationship between a proud thespian and a sardonic islander. From an initial position of colonialism-in-miniature, their friendship matures to ... Read more
This lively documentary uses pristine archival footage to portray an ebullient story of musical metamorphosis - from the synagogue choirs of darkest Russia to Harlem hotspots, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and eventually the bright lights of Hollywood. Some 2.5 million Jews fled persecution in Russia and ... Read more
A searing salute to Scorsese's Taxi Driver, filmmaker Aku Louhimies based Frozen City on the fate of one of the characters from his television series Fragments (2003) and follows a narrative thread from his Frozen Land (MIFF 2005). The story picks up where a cab driver, abandoned by his wife and ... Read more
Aliens, Corona and Crescent live as the pets of Betty Boop-style starlet Funny after crash-landing on earth. Despite its sugar-coated look, this series from the creator of Mr Stain on Junk Alley is twisted, comic and truly surreal. Four episodes will screen separately: Black Hole, Photography ... Read more
“Outbursts of honesty and extremes of secrecy, moments of doubt and founded or unfounded joy… it's all there.” - Venice Film Festival Envied for their success, the master and mistress of the house revel in the delight of their guests. Dinner parties, long evenings, conversation, good ... Read more
Phie Ambo's documentary sees her turning the camera on fellow Danish filmmaker, Nicholas Winding Refn, detailing his real-life tale of risk and sacrifice. ... After crashlanding in Cannes with the gritty debut, Pusher, Winding Refn suffered a box office flop, Fear X (2003), which saw him plunged ... Read more
What does it take to succeed as an ‘animation star'? Three out-of-work animated characters envy a friend's success - and animation takes a comical look in the mirror in the process.---D Henry Cruickshank P Nick Wright S Johnny Meres WS Scotttish Screen L English TD video/col/2005/6mins ... Read more
“One of the most ambitious films ever made in Indonesia.” - Rotterdam International Film Festival Low in budget but epic in nature, significance and scale, Riri Riza's Gie is a chronological biography drawing its fundamental details from the posthumous diaries of the legendary activist Soe Hok ... Read more
Brazil's great secret for dominating world football is hardly a secret at all. Brazilian football players have 'ginga' - a fluid style of movement that raises ball skill to an art form. Ginga is not just restricted to dribbling, passing and scoring, and it's not just about football; it's about ... Read more
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