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Films Screened In 2000

Family Secret centres on a letter from Romania that inspires a New York filmmaker to take a trip half way around the world to meet the brother that she never knew she had. Pola Rapaport and her step-brother, Pierre Radulescu-Banu have one thing in common, a father who died 25 years earlier. A ... Read more
Based on the works of Thomas Bernhard, Primo Levi and Marguerite Duras, Fanny's Wedding explores loss, time and the atrocity of war, through the eyes of a woman who lost her husband on her wedding day. Fragments of memory, grief and longing coupled with highly stylised, mesmerising sequences of ... Read more
Ever wished you had someone to show your knickers to? Lonely heart Muriel does in Fast Spin Fling, a romantic comedy about a young woman who takes pity on her housemate's boyfriend and begins to secretly fancy him. Featuring a refreshing style of computer drawn animation, an up-tempo soundtrack and ... Read more
Fishing is beautiful in its simplicity. This minimal animation evokes the tensions between man and water, between water and fish, between fish and man. ... Read more
Bourque reworks personal home movie images to create a visceral interior world of forgetting and remembering. Distorted images fluctuate like resurfacing memories. The point of reference continuously shifts so that the film plane itself appears warped. The film underwent two levels of distortion ... Read more
A young man enters a cold dark subway in the middle of the city one night. He finds a drink machine lying on its side. The man tilts the drink machine upright and turns it on. He buys a can of fizzy drink and suddenly his nightmare begins. ... Read more
Vietnam, 1969, a soldier encounters a Vietcong girl. They take aim at each other. Something is wrong. ... Read more
Friday portrays a pivotal day in the life of a troubled woman. Recently in remission from breast cancer, the events of this day once again throw her future into doubt. ... Read more
A creepy, noxious fantasy that combines elements of classic fairytales (of he Grimms Brothers variety) with horror and even a subversive ecological message. While innocently strolling in a dark wood, The Girl stumbles across an ornate shell-shaped music box containing a pair of human eyeballs. The ... Read more
Narrated by Gregory Peck, this documentary is full of passionate testimony and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Hollywood screen legends—including Anthony Quinn, Leslie Caron, Robert Stack—about two of the most beloved and influential acting coaches, Michael Chekhov and George Shdanoff ... Read more
Felix is a happy-go-lucky, smiling guy who lives in a dull town on France's northern coast. One day, in need of some excitement, he decides to visit Marseille and the father he never knew. Instead of taking the train directly, he puts on his backpack and simply sets off, telling his lover, Daniel ... Read more
Furniture Poetry is a slickly flickering animation of inanimate domestic objects. It is born out of a desire to challenge Wittgenstein (in On Certainty) who considered the question of whether objects change when we are not looking at them, and the need to ask such a question. Precise editing ... Read more
Distinguished by the extraordinary visuals for which he is justifiably celebrated, the latest project by director Shinya Tsukamoto is an atmospheric, eerie exploration of identity, destiny and psychological torture. Dr. Yukio Daitokuji seems to have it all. It is 1910, Tokyo, he runs a successful ... Read more
"This hypnotic, poignant and richy imaginative work actually uses the 'I cannot tell a lie' folklore of America's first President as an ironic counterpoint to a stylised tale of lost youth in the South"—Filmmaker ... The surprise hit of the Berlin Film Festival, George Washington is seen ... Read more
What ever happened to Gerry Humphrys? This is teh question asked and answered in Nigel Buesst's tribute to a great lost figure in Australian music. Humphrys is best remembered as front man for The Loved Ones, an international pop sensation in the 60s for their hits The Loved One and Ever Lovin' ... Read more
A successful middle-aged businesswoman receives a letter from a childhood friend who grew up to be a murderer. Tension mounts on her journey to visit him at a mental institution, bringing back memories of a seemingly idyllic holiday spent as a teenager in 1950s England. ... Read more
Ron Mann's long overdue project is an hilarious and illuminating film about one of the most controversial drugs of the twentieth century—marijuana. Weed activist Woody Harrelson narrates this laugh-out-loud look at the misguided policies of a succession of paranoid US governments, who ... Read more
Green is a beautiful folkloric animation. It uses a paint on glass technique to portray a battle of universal proporlions. The battle, represented through the interplay of primary colours, eventually reaches a very natural resolution. Although the subject is huge, and reinforced by a dramatic ... Read more
Hand of Fate is a visually ravishing film portrait of six diverse individuals from across the globe, who have been given the gift and burden of being able into see the future. Told in their own words, their stories are at once exotic, intimate and shocking. From the banks of the Ganges River in ... Read more
Handy Man examines the window as a site of voyeurism and surveillance. With his Hi-8 camera. Henricks documents workers in his interior courtyard. The camerawork has a secretive and furtive feel, treating the male body as an erotic object. This footage forms the basis of a video that attempts to ... Read more
Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, The Grifters) teams with John Cusack to bring Nick Hornsby's hysterical bestseller to the screen. Cusack is Rob, an eternal teenager approaching 30. In the midst of a painful break-up with his long-term girlfriend, Rob re-examines the events of his life that ... Read more
'Hair Wars' —the 'black hair extravaganza of America'—has established itself as a Mecca for creative styling expression and fantastical hair creations. A working model of the solar system inside your crowning glory, anyone?! Hot Irons is outrageous testimony to the health of a massive ... Read more
Situated on a remote windswept English island. Hotel Sptendide is accessible only by a monthly ferry Kalh (Toni Collette) arrives, after a five year absence, with a mysterious note urging her to return. The hotel is a family-run affair that makes Fawlty Towers seem accommodating. The matriarch, Mrs ... Read more
A writer desperately seeks financial relief while trying to maintain his artistic integrity. However his choice of fair over sleazy publisher, combined with an ever-growing list of debtors, forces our anti-hero into the ultimate giveaway. How Much for a Half Kilo? is a dark, surreal comedy that ... Read more
Human Resources is an award-winning debut feature from Laurent Cantet which mixes politics and pathos to create a cogent human drama. Franck is a recent business school graduate who returns to his hometown to take up a position in a factory where his father has worked for the past 30 years ... Read more
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