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Films Screened In 2001

Languid pace, gorgeous photography and a simple but emotive plot make this superb featurette one of the treasures worth unearthing at this year's Festival. Mo is a withdrawn and introspective high-schooler who likes to hypnotize himself by listening to meditation tapes. A burgeoning interest in ... Read more
The coltish young girlfriend of a college boy takes a perverse shine to his charmingly thuggish drug dealer in Jacques Doillon's Totally Flaky, a mile-a-minute sampler of contemporary speech patterns and slang, uttered by three energetic leads As hermetic exercises go, this chipper, rather than ... Read more
Recalling the splendour of Koyaanisqatsi, Andy MacKinnon's majestic Transition is an account of lost lives and deserted places, outpaced by the encroachment of modernity. In the past decade, the Scottish landscape has been altered drastically as a result of human intervention. Large industrial ... Read more
A remarkable documentary, winner of the 2001 Best Documentary award at the Berlin Film Festival, dealing with Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who come out as gays and lesbians and must reconcile their sexual orientation with the drastic discipline of their tradition. ... They struggle with a way to ... Read more
A worm moves in. He paints the wall arranges thew furniture then sits back in an easy chair. A bright animation with a great scrunchy soundtrack. ... Read more
Tsipa and Volf met dunng WWII. Both widowed, they mar­ried, migrated and started a new family built on a shared understanding ol loss. Now, Alzheimer's Ihreatens their union. A moving, honest account of love and memory, doc­umented by their grandson. ... Read more
Described by its maker as 'film poetry'. Tuning Instruments is driven by a haunting, dissonant soundscape and ceaseless­ly morphing images where every shift of gear is a change in mood and style. Forcefully emotive and technically inspired filmmaking. ... Read more
A beautiful elaboration on personal loss and what it means to be left alone. In a film radically removed from his past works, Francois Ozon (Water Drops on Burning Rocks MIFF 2000) again shows himself to be one of the brightest lights of recent French cinema. Marie (Charlotte Rampling) and Jean ... Read more
Classy, intelligent and visually complex animation by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, a veteran with at least two of the most internationally successful animes ever to his credit, Wicked City (1989) and Ninja Scroll (1995). ... The enigmatic, Eastwood-like D is one of the few surviving vampires in a dark far ... Read more
"A cry, a chant, a hymn to life, to love, to mourning and the price of blood," is how Tony Gatlif describes his latest feature, a beautifully brooding tale of a monumental feud between two warring clans Caco, the handsome and charismatic leader of his clan, tries desperately to dull the pam of his ... Read more
The multi-award winning The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well and its follow-up The Power of Kangwon Province, have established Hang San-Soo as the reigning Korean poet laureate of the ins, outs and self-deceptions of contemporary relationships, not to mention the tricks and traps of storytelling. This ... Read more
Lissa's new neighbours are freaks .They believe strongly in the power of lemons, and their 16-year-old son scrubs his feet before going to bed. He's definitely not the sort of boy a cool chick should be hanging around with. But he is a real live vitalogist and they don't grown on trees. ... Read more
Life hasn't been the same for Seth Selwyn since the death of his beloved father. So, with a little help from Jesus, a heavy-duty battery and a set of jump leads, Seth is planning a family reunion. ... Read more
Warm Water Under A Red Bridge is the story of a recently unemployed man in his forties, whose wife has just left him On the advice of an old tramp, he travels to a faraway village, to a certain house, from where no one can see a red bridge In this house is a vase containing a golden Buddha, stolen ... Read more
Wave Twisters is a rump-shaking, groove-making highlight of the Festival. This visual and musical event is an eye-popping, hip-hop meets Hanna Barbera, animated adventure synched skratch-for-skratch with DJ Q-Berfs turntable masterpiece of the same name. The story: The Inner Space Dental Commander ... Read more
Do you love metal enough to shave Ozzie Osborne's name into your chest hair? If so, see Penelope Spheens' (Wayne's World, The Decline of Western Civilisation), We Sold Our Souls for Rock and Roll...twice! This sweat and beer soaked, mud-caked and blood stained concert rockumentary recounts the ... Read more
Six years after the monumental Satantango. Bela Tarr returns with Werckmeister Harmonies, a film bearing the unmistakable trademark of the Hungarian master seen by some as the only true successor to Andrei Tarkovsky. Shot in his signature B&W and set in a small, rural village, Tarr traverses the ... Read more
Van returns from the war against Vietnam's French colonial rulers to find his village devastated. Married women have lost their husbands, younger women may never find one. All gather at the wharf of widows, by the river that supports them, to grieve, gossip, even laugh in the face of their terrible ... Read more
Reminiscent of Todd Solondz's Welcome To The Dollhouse. Bradford weaves a gripping and transformative story about seven year-old Tess as she confronts her greatest fear. This tale is memorable for its study in sheer schoolyard terror. ... Read more
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The new millennium. The final battle to decide the fate of humanity is about to take place Kamui Shirou's destiny has already been decided by the time he returns to Tokyo to face the ultimate challenge. The Dragons of Heaven, powerful and benevolent cosmic entities, stand ready to assist in the ... Read more
After her stepson's tragic shotgun suicide. Joan Dougherty was inspired to start a company that specialises in cleaning crime scenes. With amazing good humour, Dougherty relates the typically bizarre but sometimes blackly comic nature of her grim profession. Some things are better left unknown but ... Read more
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