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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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read more
Prolific Mexican video artist Ximena Cuevas continually produces biting and sardonic short works which interrogate and subvert states of normalcy. Part of the Dormimundo series, Cama is fascinated with the life of an inanimate object steeped in the values of family and tradition. A 'decent' ... Read more
REM's Michael Stipe first alerted directors Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen to the undiscovered musical genius of Benjamin Smoke; a performer with a voice of lyrical agility akin to a cross between Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. Tucked away in a dirt-poor outlying suburb of Atlanta called Cabbage Town ... Read more
Anyone who cares about cinema will relish Berlin-Cinema (Titre Provisoire). Ambitious and illuminating, this documentary focuses on two of cinema's great masters—Wim Wenders and Jean-Luc Godard—in exploring the city of Berlin. Described in poetic images, Berlin is slowly revealed ... Read more
Best in Beef juxtaposes surreal visions of hell in a slaughterhouse against abattoir workers eating at lunchtime. Images of blood-splattered faces between mouthfuls sit uneasily alongside the upstairs executive in suits, methodically eating while doing business on the phone. With a detached ... Read more
Moby, Carl Cox, Roni Size, Frankie Bones, Kraftwerk, Jason Bentley, Meat Beat Manifesto and The Crystal Method—just a handful of the electronica and dance luminaries profiled and interviewed in Jon Reiss hip and hypnotic technomentary. This idiosyncratic examination of rave culture and music ... Read more
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