Films Screened In 2000

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
After losing her job due to downsizing, Tum despairs until a noodle carton chock full of cash is wrongly delivered to her door (a simple but superb visual gag explained in the title). When a pair of goons come calling, a scuffle ensues and Tum inadvertently kills them both! A bizarre chain of events is triggered and the bodies of leering gangsters and meddling cops pile up in closets and tubs. ...... Read more
A Hollywood veteran as subject for a documentary veteran makes for a superb film. This warm, intimate but unobtrusive, account of Gregory Peck's personal and professional life is a triumph of portraiture. Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple divides her film between a Peck biography that spans his entire film output, anecdotes recorded during theatre appearances and episodes from this bel... Read more
This controversial film depicts a torrid relationship between two lovers who meet through an advertisement in a porn magazine, intent on sharing a fantasy. Featuring interviews with 'her' and 'him', the film shifts from present-day to flashback as it uncovers a love affair that evolves out of a strictly sexual encounter. Discrepancies occur between the two parties' recollections of the fantasy, on... Read more
Shane Meadows (Small Time & Where's the Money Ronnie, both MIFF 1997) once again proves himself one of Britain's most intriguing visual poets with this thoroughly engaging movie about English childhood. At once insightful and inspirational, Meadows reminds us that it's possible to make extraordinary movies about very ordinary people. Romeo and Gavin have been best mates and neighbours for years. T... Read more
On this day, in loving memory of Pearly, Agnes and Maude play a game on Pearly's favourite poker machine. But when they hit the jackpot, money isn't the only thing that comes spilling out. The gaudy familiarity of the local RSL belies the complex past that is unravelled over a few quick drinks in memory of a dear friend. ... Read more
Spring had sprung and every species is mating except the caged cheetahs of Akbar, Emperor of Hindustran. When frustration spills over, stay out of reach of the big cats. ... Read more
Allerd Fishbein's In Love is a delightful comedy about the first big crush. On holiday with his parents and his older brother, 13 year old Allerd Fishbein meets the confident and beautiful Marrika Guttman. There's only one problem: he's Jewish and she's German! As their parents battle it out in hilarious style, Allerd is drawn further and further into the intoxicating world of first love. ... Read more
Winner of the Berlin Film Festival audience award last year, Alone is a gritty story about a mother and daughter, their relationship and its compelling consequences. This remarkable new film is the notable debut of Andalusian filmmaker, Benito Zambrano. Maria has lived away from her parents for a long time, making ends meet by doing odd jobs. Bad tempered, and an embittered alcoholic who has made ... Read more
Cohen's beautifully composed documentary, Amber City, is dedicated to writer Primo Levi. It was shot in countless locations across an unknown city in Italy with a soundtrack by musicians including Blonde Redhead, All Scars, Sascha Pellegrini, Stephen Vitiello and others including Cohen himself. Amber City is a painterly, romantic view of an anonymous city full of evocative images of antiquated scu... Read more
In the early days of the Summer of 1941, the Finnish army is mobilised on the Russian border. An idealistic young lieutenant, Eero, leads his platoon into a newly conquered village. There he sees his beloved fiancee Kaarina, who is serving in the Women's Auxiliary Corps. Eero asks his superiors to have Kaarina and the other women transferred from the front line. In return, he accepts a dangerous r... Read more
Based on Bret Easton Ellis' controversial novel, American Psycho is a film that dares you to watch it. Taking place in New York City in 1987, this is the story of Patrick Bateman, a Wall Street player and status whore, who dedicates his time to a lifestyle of material gain. "I have all the characteristics of a human being," he warns us in voice-over narration, "but not a single clear identifiable ... Read more
Freddie Wadling, the subject of this striking documentary, would only undergo life-saving surgery when his doctor lied to him and told him that Captain Beefhearl's mother had phoned and told him to go ahead with the operation! Just one of the many eccentricities of this Swedish musician who endured a bizarre childhood and whose career has taken in styles from Punk to Classical music. He made his s... Read more
This youthful Australian comedy sparkles with the wit of the Y generation—too old to be Generation X but still not game enough to quit their jobs at the video library. And that's where Dan finds himself a King's Cross share house with aspiring stand-up comic Ian (day job: porno bookstore) and Jade, an aspiring stoner (day job: stoner). During dull days at the video library, Dan diligently taps out... Read more
"Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumes in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training. On the day of the audition, she's the last person they see. Aoyama is hooked. After a dinner date Aoyama calls Asami. She's alone in her darkened room—alone, tha... Read more
"I wanted to make the world a better place by inventing a perpetual motion machine. At the front during WWII I realised that there is only one perpetual motion machine: the weapon"—Michail Kalashnikov. ... Automat Kalashnikov is a documentary portrait of a weapon which, unlike any other, has become the embodiment of a global political ideal. The AK47 is cheap, extremely reliable in all conditions ... Read more
"It is a film so unexpectedly shocking that it could turn into a dinner party talking point"—Screen International ... Closely resembling Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves thematically, Bad Company is the gripping tale of Delphine, a shy and naive 15-year-old from a 'proper' family, who falls helplessly in love with a ne'er-do-well school classmate, Laurent. Meeting at a school dance, the two you... Read more
Russell is finally permitted to use a real person in close-up in a highly stylised meditation on the Hungarian born Bartok. ... "The film's structure is even more significant, especially the counter opening of shots of the isolated composer in his sombre, sparsely furnished room in New York City, with the long, sensuous and terrifying dramatisations of excerpts from The Miraculous Mandarin and Blu... Read more
A paint on glass film that explores the elements of composition, design and colour. Inspired by the work of artist Pierre Bonnard. ... Read more
Arguably Denis' greatest film to date, Beau Travail is by any standard a magisterial piece of work: meditative, richly sensual—an ode to the beauty of male bodies and to the inscrutability of their passions. In adaptating Melville's classic Billy Budd, Denis and co-scenarist Fargeau transpose this narrative of innocence and obsession from the British Navy of the 1870s, to modern-day Africa, and a ... Read more
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