Films In 2000

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Humorous treatment of the develop­ment of numbers and the science of arithmetic. ... Read more
An international hit from Toronto to Fantastic Fest to London, Australia’s answer to Sons of Anarchy sends Ryan Corr, Abbey Lee and Aaron Pedersen into a brutal bikie turf war. ... For three years, Paddo has led the charge at the Copperheads Motorcycle Club while gang president Knuck serves time. He’s on the cusp of taking the crew in a new direction, but his just-released leader isn’t keen on cha... Read more
A solitary mole man's routine existence is rocked by the arrival of a potential companion. With his desire for contact at war with his suspicion of others, the mole man makes a series of attempts to stare down his fears. ... D/S Grigoris Leontiades P Camilla Bray WS NFTS L No Dialogue TD Video/Col/2003/10mins ... Read more
Is there a tougher woman than Rebiya Kadeer? ... Rebiya Kadeer spent six years in a Chinese prison before being exiled to Washington DC. An tireless advocate for the independence of her oil-rich Uyghur homeland - known as East Turkestan - she has been punished at every turn by the Chinese authorities, who have now condemned two of her sons to lengthy prison sentences. ... Rising from obscurity and... Read more
MIFF has brought together the amazing and imaginative works by Image Forum, Japan. Exclusive to MIFF, these short films are at the epicentre of experimental filmmaking in a range of styles. [The Trains] (Hirata Takahiro, 8 mins) is a rhythmic rendition of [Kaerunoouta] (Frog song), created by the passing of trains. [Grainy Days] (Oki Chieko, 19 mins) is the story of a young girl working in a soybe... Read more
'Abbas Kiarostami has had extensive influence on world filmmaking over his 30-year career, particularly in Iran and developing countries. 10 on Ten,a self-contained masterclass on cinema, succinctly brings together his current ideas about how to shoot a film, using his feature Ten [MIFF 2003] as the chief example. ... 'Of course, not everyone wants to follow the path of Iranian realism, as Kiarost... Read more
"A well crafted, tightly controlled and emotionally probing X-ray … teems with wonderful ideas about the relationship between love and technology." – Hollywood Reporter ... When Alex decides to spend a year in Los Angeles pursuing her photography career, leaving Barcelona and her boyfriend Sergi behind, the distance isn't defeating: they'll text, video chat, call and use social media to fill in th... Read more
The MIFF Premiere Fund-supported debut feature from Melbourne's Cairnes brothers was winning awards before it was even made. ... When three young suburbanites head off to a music festival in the country, a car breakdown is all they need. Thankfully, help is at hand in the form of local organic fertiliser trader Reg, who stops and invites the partygoers to wait for help back at the farm he runs wit... Read more
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A beautifully complex machine makes beautifully simple light bulbs to the ambition don't mix. Cast with unknown players, the film was a big critical success in its day. ... Read more
A whimsical three-minute animated history of the telephone, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the invention of the telephone. ... Read more
Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, MIFF 2012) brings us this affectionate portrait of influential contemporary artist Carmen Herrera, who only found recognition and fame in her 90s. ... Read more
The urbane and almost mournful life of a Melbourne busker, Monty, is invaded by his country-cousin Ida. As she learns the rules of the often capricious lifestyle of Monty and his friends, she comes to contribute her earthy approach to the problems of a stifling bureaucracy. ... Read more
In life, there's no such thing as a perfect standard. ... At the Norwegian Institute of Weights and Measures, the prototype kilogram is kept under lock and key, with lab technician Marie one of its keepers. The precision and rigour she applies to her professional pursuits also ripples through her post-divorce personal dealings, until an unexpected business trip – and equally unforeseen liaison wit... Read more
Documentary, storytelling and song from Sydney's Iraqi community tell a story of survival. ... Read more
A suburban encounter and a mutual need for companionship lead to a re-telling of the tales of 1001 Arabian Nights. Eerily distant images force words back into the prominence they once held in the days before cinema, radio and T.V. ... Read more
Hlynur considers waking up in time to masturbate to aerobic workouts on early morning TV a major achievement. A 20-something slacker with zero ambition, he has moved from child support to the dole and hopes to nap his way to an old age pension. 101 Reykjavik is a bizarre but charming and affectionate dark comedy about sexual confusion and emotional maturity, or the lack thereof. ... Hlynui's story... Read more
Saffron invites her new boyfriend to live with her— and her de facto. In this Birmingham love triangle, messages are mixed and no one ever reacts in quite the way they're meant to. Strong performances, a hand-held camera style and a slightly surrealistic edge underpin this amusing comedy. ... Read more
“An absorbing coming-of-age drama… takes its place among Wang Xiaoshuai's finest films.” - Variety ... The harsh realities of the Chinese Cultural Revolution enter 11-year-old Wang Han's life when a murder is committed in his small rural town. After encountering the fugitive teenage suspect, Han's view of the world is changed forever and he must decide what to tell his friends and family.... Read more
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