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Films In 2005

Combining punk-influenced rock with a distinctive surf sound and fronted by the off-beat vocals of Black Francis, the Pixies' eclectic style heavily influenced the alternative rock explosion of the 90s. Kurt Cobain even cited the band as the inspiration for Nirvana's signature tune, Smells Like ... Read more
Nouria's life is falling apart. The flowers that fill her house are rotting, her dad won't get out of bed, her little brother just won't stop wetting himself and her boyfriend's dog is dying. But for Nouria, none of this matters ... because love is all there is and, with love, she can make things ... Read more
When an AIDS orphan moves from his Zulu village to Durban, he discovers abond of connection with the most unlikely of people. Screened at Edinburgh, Berlin, Clermont-Ferrand.---D/S/P Avie Luthra P Junaid Ahmed, Bex Hopkins WS Bex Hopkins L Zuluw/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2005/20mins ... Read more
“What could be more natural than cult director Jan Svankmajer pairing the poetic twins of decadence, Edgar Allan Poe and the Marquis de Sade? Combining live action with the Czech director's wondrously inventive brand of animation, Lunacy is billed as a horror film, with all the degeneracy of the ... Read more
"It's more than learning the steps... it's etiquette... it's life," says Louise Verdemare, principal of the kids at PS 112. ... [Mad Hot Ballroom] turns the lens on ballroom dancing 'tweens' from three New York public schools. It's an inspirational and endearing look at kids from a wide range of ... Read more
[The Magician] is the tale of Melbourne hit man Ray Shoesmith. As Ray goes about his daily business, he's trailed by a young documentary filmmaker with a camera on his shoulder. He's keeping a record of events in case anything should happen to Ray, a la Pauline Hanson's famous video. ... Ray is a ... Read more
The roots of the 1990s' grunge phenomenon lay in the melding of punk and metal into the stadium-meets-CBGB styling of bands such as Malfunkshun, Green River and Mother Love Bone. Andrew Wood, charismatic vocalist and haunting lyricist for Mother Love Bone, died in 1990 after a heroin overdose. His ... Read more
Our anti-hero reclines on his banana lounger, drinks, smokes and harasses his girlfriend. You don't need familiarity with this poem, or any Bukowski, to appreciate the Beat sensibility. ... Read more
A major domestic box office and critical success, Manslaughter bears the hallmarks that have made recent Danish cinema substantial and constantly challenging. Fifty-two-year-old Carsten (Jesper Christensen) is a popular, much-respected high school teacher. He is married to Nina and they have a son ... Read more
“If you have to sell out your values and principles to get at a greater truth, where does that leave you?” - filmmaker Debbie Melnyk Documentary filmmakers Debbie Melnyck and Rick Caine set out to make a straightforward biography of their hero Michael Moore but what they discovered changed ... Read more
“Its own double bill - a response to The Passion of the Christ… a fantastic amalgam of Mel Gibson and Ferrara himself.” - Village Voice Tackling issues of faith and redemption in these cynical times, Mary sees controversial American director Abel Ferrara channelling his own persona ... Read more
"With her incredibly auspicious debut feature, acclaimed multimedia performance artist Miranda July makes the leap to feature filmmaking with such skill and original vision it's hard not to feel a tremor of excitement" - Sundance Film Festival ... "July stars as Christine, a would-be artist and ... Read more
“Strong enough to make believers out of non-metalheads, and inside enough to get the devil's-horns salute from the most diehard followers.” - Variety Headbanger-turned-anthropologist Sam Dunn acts as the on-screen guide for this testiment to an often-vilified subculture. Digging under the ... Read more
“I made bad taste one percent more respectable and that was what I was put on this earth to do.” - John Waters Before VCRs were readily available, midnight movies were the holy grail of ravenous film nuts. These low budget diamonds-in-the-rough traditionally screened at midnight sessions and ... Read more
Water's spray is captured in the flash of hi-speed digital freeze-frames. Like a good mantra, such a chant of form eventually reveals itself as something else entirely.---D/S Arash T Riahi P Golden Girls Film Production WS sixpackfilm L no dialogue TD video/col/2005/6mins ... Read more
Ever thought you've seen it all' [Modify]'s in-depth look at the extremities of body modification will make you think again. ... Exploring methods such as major piercing, tattooing, subcutaneous implants, plastic surgery, liposuction, sexual redesignation and flesh suspensions - hanging one's body ... 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 day in the life of Mr Etienne, who spent his life mediating the gripes between his two best friends, and now prepares for their funeral. A visually stunning and heartfelt film.---D/S Yann Chayia P Jean de Forets WS Les Films Durequin L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2005/23mins ... Read more
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In Mutual Appreciation, director Andrew Bujalski, the new darling of US indie filmmaking, creates a totally fresh picture of 20-something America. A likeably loose, New York slacker romp through post-collegiate anomie, awkward courtship rituals and uncomfortable silences, Bujalski's unique riff on ... Read more
"...an extraordinary portrait of an extraordinary musician." - SIGHT & SOUND (UK) ... "...one of the most starkly beautiful and moving documentaries ever made about a jazz musician." - JAZZ TIMES (USA)The prophetic free jazz saxophonist, Albert Ayler, recognised as one of the most important ... Read more
If the catchcry 'fun, chaos and sleaze' announced the raucous arrival of the New York Dolls in 1972, then the title of their second album, [Too Much Too Soon], was a fitting epitaph to their demise. A combination of Iggy Pop's anarchy, Lou Reed's streetwise brutality and more than a pinch of ... 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
NEXT: A Primer on Urban Painting is a documentary exploration of the global graffiti movement, a phenomenon that was born on the streets of the Bronx and has come to influence youth culture all over the world. Filmmaker Pablo Aravena travelled around the world for two years to document the wildly ... Read more
MIFF has enthusiastically flown the flag for South Korean cinema, championing such diverse and mind-altering work as MIFF guests Kim Ki-duk (retrospective in 2002), Park Chan-wook (Old Boy 2004), Im Sang-soo (President's Last Bang 2005) and Kim Jee-woon (A Bittersweet Life 2006). South Korean ... Read more
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