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Films Screened In 2000

Sinister, seemingly empty car parks, unnervingly quiet. These curious allotments, viewed from a driver's perspective, are visually distorted behind a soaked windscreen. All becomes chillingly apparent with the introduction of stories uttered by the women who's lives depend on them. ... Read more
This is Me examines a group of veteran transvestites, entertainers and assorted eccentrics and the closure of La Bodega Bohemia, a Barcelona night-club-cum-refuge where they bloom at night. The owner of the club is dying and the film looks at the final moments in the spotlight of a few ... Read more
Winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes, Throne of Death is a darkly comic and provocative examination of politics, technology and human nature. Krishnan, a seasonal worker, and his family five in a small island community in Kerala, Southern India. Out of work and desperate, Krishnan steals a bunch of ... Read more
"Marcel Proust's towering classic. The story of an invalid writer facing premature death who retrieves his childhood anxieties and adult frivolities...Time Regained is a tour de force, gorgeous yet stark. That starkness is achieved partly through the constant threat or actual of war which gives an ... Read more
"Theatrical wizard Julie Taymor strides boldly into the feature film arena with Titus and emerges with victory. Gutsily grappling with one of Shakespeare's least performed and most gruesomely melodramatic plays, the lauded Broadway director makes this wild tale of a savage cycle of revenge in ... Read more
The Dark Side of Pop, a series of Japanese CDs, focuses on the weird songs recorded by movie stars, ex-boxers, gangsters and freaky-nobodies from the 60s and 70s. Many of them were huge; some went nowhere; all were 'incredibly strange'. Tokyo Drifter is a postcard from that uniquely Japanese ... Read more
Sadomasochism has had a long, rich and quite painful history. Guiding viewers, and voyeurs, on a tour through this leather clad underworld, TOPS and Bottoms manages to link the brutality of the Marquis de Sade and the Inquisition to the flogging brothels of the Victorian era and the masochistic ... Read more
This controversial film concerns a cry for help from people struggling to maintain their existence by surrendering dignity and imagining hope. Roily, the son of a dying prostitute, earns his living performing in a Toro, a live sex show in the sleazy hovels of Manila. Emotionally ... Read more
From the director of Mabo—Life of an Island Man, the producer of Picnic at langing Rock and based on the famous opera by Puccini, Tosca: A Tale of Love and Torture is a documentary like no other. It is 1999 and Opera Australia need a hit at the box office. They decide to stage Puccini's ... Read more
A Festival sleeper, this taut Dutch thriller combines a unique structure with exceptional visual flair. Opening with a spectacular car crash in a surreal traffic tunnel, Total Loss is told in a series of flashbacks not dissimilar to the superb Australian drama, The Boys. Truth and murderous fiction ... Read more
Found footage is elegantly treated and made to appear as a raging fire. The title is taken from a Gustave Mahler quote, our attention is drawn to the decaying photographic image and to a filmmaking tradition being pushed to extinction. Fire is used as motif for cinema under attack. ... Read more
Who really is Alfred Lepetit? Unknown by the general audience but glorified by all the movie industry, Alfred is about to receive a lifetime achievement award for his film career. A portrait of a living legend among film stars. An hilarious film, starring Charlotte Rampling and Roman Polanski ... Read more
Trixie Zurbo, a likable and feisty casino security guard, refers to herself as a 'Private Defective'. By day she busts pickpockets and petty scammers in the gaming rooms, by night she is an amateur sleuth. In Alan Rudolph's exceptional screwball comedy, Trixie stumbles into a case involving slimy ... Read more
Hypnotically beautiful, Tuvalu is a surreal, original work with strong ties to Grimm's fairy tales. Marooned in a dilapidated swimming pool, Anton is forced to keep up the illusion to his blind father that their business is still intact and busy. In reality, there are almost no swimmers and those ... Read more
Asked to contribute to the French TV mini-series Tous les Garcons et les Filles de Leur Age (All the Boys and Girls in Their Time)—which assigned ten European directors the task of creating films about their adolescence, stipulating only that each include a party scene filled with the music ... Read more
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One of Suzukis most intellectual yet perplexing films. Violence Elegy could be somewhere between Porky's and Zero For Conduct. It follows the delinquent exploits of Kiroku Nanbu (Hideki Takahashi) as he rebelliously claws his way through high school hell in Okayama in 1935. In its implosion brought ... Read more
Viridiana, a young nun full of charity, kindness and idealistic illusions about humanity, visits her rich uncle on the eve of her ordination. She stays and tries to help some local peasants and beggars by taking them in, but her altruism is greeted with ridicule and cruelty. True to form ... Read more
The biggest (judged by both fame and, um, endowment) porn star ever was a valued LAPD informant, coke fiend and accessory to one of the City of Angels most brutal multiple murders! Cass Paley's eye-popping documentary covers every aspect of the strange case of John C. Holmes, a hick whose bizarre ... Read more
Based on a play by legendary German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Water Drops on Burning Rocks is a playful yet perverse study in sexual game playing. Structured around four tightly constructed acts, the film is set in Germany sometime in the 1970s. Franz, a naive 19-year-old is brought home ... Read more
"Anchored by fine performances, delicate narrative development and an overall tenderness, this picture unfolds beautifully...This life on the farm drama is a potent addition to cinema's recent Mid-Western collection—Boys Don't Cry and David Lynch's The Straight Story—and there are ... Read more
Nicholas, the son of peasant farmers, lives with his parents and grandparents on a farm. Their lives are in turmoil. Nicholas' father, Mare, has had to destroy his entire herd of cattle due to an outbreak of Mad Cow Disease. Under the strain, he hangs himself. Noel, the patriarch of the clan ... Read more
"That most American of holidays, Thanksgiving, serves as the focal point for this raptly celebratory look at the modern American family. What's Cooking? interweaves the workings of four diverse Los Angeles households—African-American, Jewish, Latino and Vietnamese—as they make their ... Read more
A short film about love, Wildlife is a journey into dream territory, mixing Celtic mythology, Shanghai pop, and modern mysticism. Drama and dance combine in this poignant story about a young man who loves and loses. It is a lyrical, melancholy gem. ... Read more
In the last decade of the 1800s the town of Black Falls, Wisconsin, suffered some very, very bad times. As if a curse had been invoked against the inhabitants of this idyllic rural community, murder, arson, insanity, disease, suicide and gruesome tragedies began to proliferate. One man, the local ... Read more
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