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Films Screened In 2002

Opening this year's Rotterdam International Film Festival, acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abolfazl Jalili's latest film (supported through the Hubert Bals Fund for innovative talent in developing countries) is equal parts poetic beauty and stark realism. ... Delbaran is a small Iranian bordertown ... Read more
"A philosophical experiment in portraiture, Derrida avoids becoming a deconstrurtion primer, instead positioning itself as a demonstration of the French thinker's theories. In a series of interviews, Derrida is encouraged to systematically dismantle the documentary process." - Village Voice ... A ... Read more
Times are tough for Georg and his son's glass business. It seems there just isn't enough crime to keep their business afloat. Desperate Deeds is a stylish and evocative film that reveals a darkly comic portrait of desperate times. ... Read more
With the common view of the Amish community formed by films such as Peter Weir's Witness - bonnets, buggies and beards - the idea of drunken, speed dealing Amish biker hitmen comes as somewhat of a shock. ... The tradition of 'Rumspringa' encourages Amish youth between the ages of 16 and 21 to ... Read more
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Distraught West Texan dimwits Junior and Scooter have just buried their dead mother, wrapped in a sleeping bag. Grown men who make Forrest Gump look like Einstein, the boys hatch an idiotic plan to find a substitute mother - taking them all over the state on an accidental spree of kidnapping and ... Read more
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Collecting both the Jury Prize and FIPRESCI awards at Cannes this year, Elia Suleiman's Divine Intervention offers a singular view of Palestinian communities fraying at the edges - conveyed with a Jacques Tati-like absurdist sensibility. In Nazareth, Israel, a man (Elia Suleiman) tries to end a ... Read more
Two armed robbers sit waiting in a car opposite the bank for dawn to approach. Lost in snatches of fond memory and chilling moments of recollection, each one is instinctively aware of what is to come. Screened in Aspen. ... Read more
On a sweltering hot summer day, the 'dog days' settle on an affluent Vienna suburb. Behind the sterile exteriors, outer garments and inhibitions are cast off as six characters lose their cool. Former beauty queen Klaudia finds herself the target of her boyfriend's insane jealousy. An elderly man ... Read more
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"The world of reality television wouldn't exist without Frederick Wiseman's lingering examinations of fragments of society. And those who've grown up watching such programs should look at this film to see what it's like to investigate a scene without being rushed. Wiseman's relaxed detachment is ... Read more
A writer returns to his hometown in the Polish rust belt, rekindling an old sibling rivalry. No one is what they seem in this beautifully observed study of the tension between personal freedom and familial duty. ... Read more
A wry tale of adolescent angst in provincial Britain. Thirteen-year-old Tom's preference for spending time in his bedroom prompts his parents to guide him through the pitfalls of teenage life whilst unwittingly creating them themselves. ... Read more
"Part comic book, part case study, this is certainly the most original and venturesome American independent of the past year." - Village Voice ... Donnie Darko takes its vernacular from 80s pop culture, but employs sufficient X-Files conspiracy theory and magic realism that it reads like a John ... Read more
This twisted, superbly animated tale takes us on a journey to a very unconventional afterlife, populated by unruly skeletons with a penchant for boozing and big number stage shows. ... Read more
Eddie and Maria have met at a time in their lives when they're both keen to start life afresh, eager to leave their respective pasts behind. But the past has a way of emerging unexpectedly. One day Eddie's old friend Kullmann arrives on the scene, recently released from a long prison sentence for a ... Read more
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Taking its structure from the time it takes to undergo the deepest sleep, Dream Work pays tribute to both the X-ray experiments of Man Ray and the deeper insights of Freudian psychology with a compelling examination of the nether world of one woman's dreams and nightmares. ... Read more
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Wahid's life in Australia is formed by the rhythm and ritual of his faith. By chance he makes a connection to Eve, a young woman enmeshed in a violent relationship. The brutal reality of the outside world will test their connection. ... Read more
"Every bit as odd and intriguing as its title, Every Day God Kisses Us on the Mouth is a dark parable about a butcher driven by conflicting urges to love and kill, who in his blackest hour is unexpectedly redeemed from on high. Displaying a distinctive, original voice, a boldly rough hewn narrative ... Read more
A woman who can't stop jogging, a man obsessed with Claudia Schiffer and a washing machine repairman taken hostage - welcome to some strange glimpses into everyday life. ... Read more
Fausto 5.0 left an indelible mark on audiences at Berlin and Venice Film Festivals. Set in a part sci-fi Barcelona - street signs appear in foreign languages and visual elements of the past meld with an imagined future - Fausto 5.0 readily departs from the moral oppositions of Goethe's original ... Read more
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