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Films Screened In 2001

A pool-hall brawl opens Ryoo Seung-Wan's debut feature, a fitting summation of the territory explored throughout this exciting debut. A Rotterdam Film Festival highlight, Die Bad comprises four distinct episodes, each of which has its own tone and style. With criss-crossing themes and characters ... Read more
A short, experimental documentary belaying the disappear­ance of frogs in the nverways, and the death of a young father. Using strong images, this film explores the sadness of unexplained loss of human life and the environment. ... Read more
The embryonic love tale of Pig and Runt begins when they are bom on the same day in the same hospital. This film is based on the play by Enda Walsh and is the debut feature film for Irish filmmaker Kirsten Sheridan—whose famous father Jim Sheridan made films such as My Left Foot and In The ... Read more
Real life characters make up the cast of Dolce. They include celebrated Japanese author Toshio Shimao, who died in 1986, his widow and their daughter. The film serves as a framework to underline deep insights into the family's history. The main narrative line is comprised of the lyrical monologues ... Read more
Could you build a career out of your parents' painful and protracted divorce? Gees Krijner can. The young Dutch artist won the prestigious Prix de Rome art prize for a performance piece about the breakup of his family, starring his own mother. The height of conceptual art, or a bizarre form of ... Read more
Playing by a high-voltage power pylon as a child, Dragon Eye Morrison receives a massive electric shock. Rather than terminate his young life, the charge ignites a long dormant, prehistoric predisposition for blind rage in his brain. Morrison's dragon has been awakened. Scientists try vainly to ... Read more
Jean is in a spot of bother. He has just been retrenched from his crap factory job, he has just drugged and kidnapped a prominent pop star, and he has appaling taste in clothes. He has pinned his hopes on his 17 year old daughter. Marva. She is completely without talent and grossly overweight, but ... Read more
Found peeping torn footage, projected through a moving sieve of film edge perforations is used here not as subject matter but as a way of suggestively inflecting the resulting layered light patterns and soundtrack. ... Read more
Any deep-sea fisherman will tell you he'd rather fall overboard into a shark feeding frenzy than a school of squid. Like Pirhana, these tentacled killers can strip a person to the bone in moments. Clyde Roper, on the other hand, claims he wouldn't mind being crushed by a giant squid if it allowed ... Read more
Imagine an Argentine retaking the Falkland Islands alone—cheating British military security and recording his crazy mission on video. Fabian is an Argentine national with a diabolical plan for revenge, a guerilla action by an advance agent pitted against those who defeated his country in ... Read more
An extraordinary essay on how one woman finds freedom, from a filmmaker famous for his obsessive interest in the world of men. Now Sakamoto's thematic layers of macho uber cool toughness, pathos and all consuming revenge, are rendered through the lens of a uniquely feminine struggle for redemption ... Read more
Ingmar Bergman's touch resonates throughout this intense look at a marriage, its failure and the impact of the characters' subsequent actions. Directed by long time Bergman collaborator and one time lover Uv Ullmann this is a sensitive film that examines each person and their actions regarding ... Read more
Lust, love, trust, doubt and the passage of time...These are the vast themes explored in the carefully constructed Fallen Together Remarkably, it's all done in a single take and less than two minutes. ... Read more
Wrong place, wrong time. Terry enters the betting shop to have a flutter, and things take a strange turn when a nervous lad walks through the door. A tense and comic thriller. ... Read more
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For The Birds is a story about a flock of small birds perched on a telephone wire and a larger bird who tries to join them. Features Pixars fantastic style of snappy 3D animation and great character design. ... Read more
15-year-old Maria recalls her childhood in farming village Kirchdorf. She believes she is cursed and performs daily rituals in a bid to become a saint and avert ill fate for her family and friend Nataljia. But Manas daily prayers fail and she must face the unknown and the loss of her friend. ... Read more
Before Reinhold Messner's name inspired a Ben Folds Five album title he was known principally as a fearless, and possibly reckless, mountaineer who had lost a brother and six toes in his endeavours to conquer some of the largest peaks in the world. In this film Herzog captures Messner's attempts to ... Read more
What do you do as an encore to human sacrifice? How about Under My Thumb, which is what The Rolling Stones continued playing after Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death in front of them. Gimme Shelter is not just one of the finest concert films ever made but dispatches from a war zone. The Summer Of ... Read more
Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, this unsettling short film centres on Gina, a struggling actress who lands the role of a lifetime A troubling, razor-sharp examination of integrity, compromise and ambition that has divided audiences worldwide. ... Read more
New Years Eve. and the streets are ablaze with light in London. Still, some have to take the bus. Here the light shines upon the passenger, and the elemental threads of humanity are sewn into a fabric of momentum amidst the tales of the night. ... Read more
A vivid account of Werner Herzog's meeting with Californian late-night television evangelist Dr Gene Scott. Scott fleeced fundamentalists to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars each year with his broadcasts. Extracts from these surreal preaching sessions alternate with interviews ... Read more
In this spectacular adventure, Ishii Sogo has married the kinetic energy of Akira Kurosawa's great samurai pictures with a uniquely deranged brand of Buddhist spirituality. Gojoe liberally employs the latest computer FX technology to increase the wonder and beauty of its awe-in spiring images. ... Read more
Blade Runner meets Psycho in this wildly stylised short shocker that graphically depicts the hazards of underground commuting. This futuristic German slasher film revels in gross-out filmmaking and the exploits of an ultra-slick femme fatale. ... Read more
Gretchen Worden oversees one of the strangest and creepiest collections in existence. As director of The Mutter Museum, she presides over preserved, mummified and mounted remains of human oddities. Glass jars line her walls, each containing a freak of nature, a grossly deformed corpse or body ... Read more
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