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Films Screened In 2000

Co-winner of the Jury prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival (sharing the prize with Blackboards, also showing at MIFF), Songs From the Second Floor is an alarmingly funny and bold film. ... 'Songs From the Second Floor, directed by Sweden's Roy Andersson, is the most provocative of this year's ... Read more
'An affectionate chronological trawl through the much mythologised life of legendary Spanish director Luis Buñuel. A combination of personal reminiscences and well-disposed analysis, the film is strongest in the informed way that it links speakers recollections with clips from the movies ... Read more
Before there was the X-Files, there was Craig Baldwin. In 1991 Baldwin concocted Tribulation 99, a hoax documentary at knitted together dozens of the kind of conspiracy theories that have left Mulder and Scully hopping for many a creepy episode. Baldwin's humourous twist was at every unexplained ... Read more
A pacy, ultra-hip mosaic unlike anything previously seen from India. Dev Benegal has crafted a dynamic expose of India's great metropolis, Mumbai (Bombay). Some of the most expensive real estate in the world is here and yet as we learn at the film's close, in March 2000, 900,000 people were denied ... Read more
Nuanced and intimate, Spring Forward tells the story of Paul (Liev Schreiber) and Murph (Ned Beatty), two city park workers who bond over a series of quiet encounters. Comprising of seven snapshots throughout a year, the film highlights the friendship and trust that grows between them and how their ... Read more
Witty, wise, whimsical and Woody Allenesque, Stalker Guilt Syndrome takes us on a journey through two frenetic realms—New York's brown-stone streets and its hapless protagonist's neurotic, over-active mind. Marc—played with dead-on, paranoiac charm by veteran NY stand-up and Dr Katz ... Read more
Both the machines and the staff at the bread factory run like clockwork. Except for the new girl, no.23. She's having a hard time with the machines. She seems to be fighting a losing battle. ... Read more
Some sequences in Story of a Prostitute are so achingly beautiful, they scar the mind. In fact, I would argue that Suzuki's most powerful films revolve around women. OK—so they re always prostitutes in one way or another, but a potent trait of Japanese cinema has been its portrayal of the ... Read more
Spectacular impossibly vibrant and charged with electric song and dance, this Bollywood epic embodies the modern India in comedy, tragedy and music, music, music! ... In a palatial house in Gujart lives the extended family of celebrated classical singer Pandit Darbar. The entire household eagerly ... Read more
This Welsh short from director Phil Johns presents the story of Caitlin and Rhys, a 21st century couple whose relationship is on the verge of either destruction or reconstruction. With a penchant for S&M, bisexuality and general competitiveness, their tale is a sexy, stylish and amusing exploration ... Read more
There is an exhilarating horrible immediacy about the Bureau of inverse Technology's Suicide Box. Formed in Melbourne in 1992, incorporated in Delaware, USA in 1997, but now based in cities across the Northern Hemisphere, the Bureau are a covert action data collection agency for the information ... Read more
"A compelling story of love and obsession whose progress mirrors the sinuous flow of the Shanghai waterway that supplies its title, Suzhou (River). Combining elements from classical Hollywood cinema—Hitchcock's Vertigo in particular— with a gritty, contemporary texture, this coolly ... Read more
Greg King's Teach You a Lesson is another alarming portrayal of dysfunction, following the shock of his first film Pop. It is a juvenile retelling of childhood within a family displaying a smorgasbord of abuse. The video-to-film handbag home movie style participates in the telling through its own ... Read more
Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is commonly claimed to be the first animated feature film. However, over a decade before, in 1926, Berlin-born avant gardist Lotte Reiniger designed the exquisite 'siIhouette film', The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Loosely based on 1001 Arabian Nights, the ... Read more
The Alcohol Years is filmmaker Carol Morley's attempt to recapture five lost years in Manchester during 1982-87. What could have been a self indulgent excursion into the past turns out to be both a journey back to the Manchester of the Hacienda Club and New Order and into Morley's own alcoholic ... Read more
The Amateurist slides along the edges of horror and satire to create an unsettling portrait of a woman on the brink of technologically-driven madness. Miranda July's performance is split between a tarty denizen trapped in a padded cell and neurotic mathematician who studies and narrates her ... Read more
Uwe and Gustav are brothers who are both wrestling with a major mid-life crisis. Zen Buddhism is Gustav's answer to his situation, as he plans for a trip to a Japanese monastery. Uwe, meanwhile, lives for his work, but when his wife leaves him, a spur of the moment decision, he joins Gustav in ... Read more
The Colour of Paradise is another milestone in Iranian cinema's impressive tradition of films dealing with children. Vibrant cinematography and natural performances ensure a festival highlight. It is summer vacation and Mohammad, an eight-year-old blind boy returns, with his widowed father, to ... Read more
The Diplomat follows East Timor's freedom fighter and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos Horta in the final tumultuous year of a passionate campaign to secure independence for the country. Allowed extraordinary access to Horta's public and private life, award-winning filmmaker Tom Zubrycki (Billal ... Read more
With the film industry dominated by commercialism, the art of cinema seems doomed forever. But Jack's a director on a mission. Just pray to God his next location isn't near you. The heist film is given a new spin in this energetic, multi-award winning comedy by VCA graduate Patrick Hughes. The ... Read more
This delightful comedy revolves around a group of six chic, upper-middle class men and women who find themselves unable to disentangle themselves from their own thoughts, beliefs, fears, memories and dreams. They go from frustrating situation to frustrating situation in search of a meal they never ... Read more
A few brief moments is all Lehmann needs to evoke a sense of longing. The story of the break-up of a long distance relationship is told in the form of 1950s didactic films, Wendy Hughes' narration of instructions to the letter-writer counterpoints the love story as it unfolds in a sequence of ... Read more
Your life is controlled by an anthill in the New Mexico desert. Your emotions, social interactions, personality and relationships change depending on a few thousand bugs scuttling around the sand... and the perverse sense of humour of celebrated and notorious director Lars Von Trier. ... As an art ... Read more
In the best surrealist tradition, the opening credit of The Exterminating Angel warns that "from the standpoint of pure reason there is no explanation" for Buñuel's brilliant, disconcertingly funny joke which forms the premise of this film. Guests at a bourgeois party following an evening at ... Read more
"When a character as vivacious and outgoing as Tammy Faye Bakker Messner captures the media spotlight, it is easy to look past her humanity. Everyone is aware of her as a personality, but how many feel they really know her? Don't you think it's about time you cared? Few Americans have had lives as ... Read more
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