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Films In 2005

“If Jacques Tati, the French comic absurdist, had ever made a gangster thriller, it probably would have looked like Invisible Waves.” - Hollywood Reporter This ethereal existential offering from Thai revelation, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, who was the subject of a special MIFF spotlight in 2004 ... Read more
“A production of startling audacity and aesthetic provocation... if (director, James) Longley's astonishing feat of poetic agitation has a precedent in the entire history of documentary, I'm not aware of it.” - Village Voice Iraq in Fragments illuminates post-war Iraq in three acts, building a ... Read more
Stumbling to the ground with a basket of clean washing, a woman lies contemplatively in the autumn dirt. A gently playful comedy of an every-day heroine, patiently awaiting her just reward.---D/S Jörgen Hjerdt P Charlotte Rafsten WS Jörgen Hierdt L Swedish w/English subtitles TD ... Read more
It's Winter was in Official Competition at this year's Berlin Film Festival. ... Khatoun and her daughter are abandoned when her husband searches for work elsewhere. Months pass. His family doesn't receive a single sign of life from him. No phone calls. No letters. Autumn arrives. Meanwhile, young ... Read more
[Jewboy], which screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes this year, announces the abundant talent of director Tony Krawitz. Set in the Chassidic community of Sydney, it concerns a young man named Yuri, recently returned from Israel, who turns his back on his strict Chassidic community. He yearns to ... Read more
Kilometre Zero screened in Official Competition at last year's Cannes Film Festival. Veering between playful black comedy and telling commentary on the historical ethnic tensions that continue to wrack Iraq to this day, Kilometre Zero is a timely look at the forces straining the fabric of the ... Read more
[Kissed by Winter] is the piercing debut feature of Sara Johnsen, its story turning on loss, repression and redemption. ... A doctor in Stockholm, Victoria's life is thrown into disarray by the death of her beloved son and the blame her husband feels towards her. She flees to a backwater Norwegian ... Read more
KZ was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. How do people live with the ghosts of the past? How do you live your life knowing that, in the very recent past, atrocities were committed just kilometres from your home, possibly by people you know? These are the ... Read more
The dead shall inherit the earth. ... Partially rewritten after 9/11, Land of the Dead is the only film of the ‘Dead' series produced by a major studio.While the rich and powerful live in a fortified golden tower, all around them the zombies (“my blue collar monsters,” Romero calls them) walk ... Read more
This evocative one-shot film depicts the daily life and fragmented aural memories of PolySom, the last vinyl record factory in Latin America. ... Read more
The miners of Tower Colliery bought their pit believing they were securing the future of their community. This is a compelling yet chilling portrait of this community ten years on.---D/P/S Sasha Maja Djurkovic WS National Film & Television School UK L English TD video/col/2005/17mins ... Read more
Before long, the unknown families' outings and coffee klatches, documented in the original home movies for themselves and thier children, will no longer be recognisable. In the same way as the memories of these events, the films fade. ...---D/P/S Johannes Hammel WS Sixpackfilm L no dialogue TD ... Read more
A young man goes shopping with his mother after a tumultous night out. a conversation filled with uncomfortable dialogue takes place en route to their destination. ... Read more
An elliptical blend of documentary and fiction, The Legend of Time is an exploration of two lives on the native island of Spain's legendary flamenco singer, Camarón. The first tale in this film follows teenager Israel Gomez Romero, growing up (fast) in a boisterous gypsy family. The lively ... Read more
Trouble strikes a high-school, teen-girl band on the eve of their performance at the school's festival. The lead guitarist has broken her finger and the lead singer has split. The remaining band members, unwilling to call it quits, search for a new lead singer to complete their line-up with three ... Read more
“One of the best films from China within the past few years.” - The Guardian Seen through the eyes of a four year-old boy, Little Red Flowers vividly realises the struggles of fitting into a post-revolutionary Chinese society. Moreover, the pint-sized cast offers unforced performances that ... Read more
“A filmmaker enters Coen brothers territory at his own risk. Baltasar Kormákur crosses that border with A Little Trip to Heaven, a film with Fargo on its mind.” - Hollywood Reporter ... A finely wrought neo-noir narrative sees Icelandic wonder Baltasar Kormákur mark his English language debut ... Read more
A writer in a secluded country house is haunted by the past in the latest supernatural horror offering from Kurosawa Kiyoshi. Reiko (Nakatani Miki, Ring), an author struggling with a deadline on her romance novel, suddenly starts to exhibit strange symptoms. She coughs up what appears to be mud ... Read more
Alan Lomax devoted his entire life to recording music in danger of disappearing. For six decades he travelled tirelessly, documenting blues, bluegrass, jazz, Appalachian and Cajun music for the Archive of Folksong at the Library of Congress. Lomax made some of the earliest recordings of Muddy ... Read more
An inadvertent infidelity propels three inhabitants of a small German town into a fraught love triangle in this powerful, minutely and beautifully observed second film from director Valeska Grisebach. Markus, a small-town metal worker, lives a comfortable but unexceptional life with his wife, Ella ... Read more
Sarah Watt has a considerable reputation for her award-winning animated shorts. But Watt's astonishing debut feature, [Look Both Ways], marks this talented director's effortless transition to feature filmmaking. ... This beguiling and skilfully executed film turns on the idea that we all could be ... Read more
“Suspenseful, funny, touching, sexy, and painlessly pertinent.” - Variety A love story between two women, Looking for Cheyenne also explores the deeper questions about the extent to which society, or the choices of our loved ones, should dictate our lives. Having been downsized from her ... Read more
Six of Central and Eastern Europe's brightest young directors come together in this omnibus feature, each giving their idiosyncratic take on the theme of ‘generation'. In The Ritual (Nadejda Koseva, Bulgaria), a wedding party waits in suspense for the bride and groom. In Turkey Girl (Cristian ... Read more
A man misplaces a bag full of gold but doesn't seem to want it back. His reluctance to reclaim his treasure results in a spectacularly strange chase scene.---D/S Jean-Luc Greco D Catherine Buffat P Laurent Pouvaret L French w/English subtitles TD video/col/2005/13mins ... Read more
With almost 100 film projects to his credit, Raoul Ruiz has a firm place among the great directors of our time. The Lost Domain masterfully blends political and personal themes in a story about friendship and the test of time. This intricately structured plot starts in 1932 where 10-year-old Max is ... Read more
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