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Films In 2000

Adapted from Vladimir Nabokov's novel, The Luzhin Defence tells the story of a chess Grand Master who arrives at a sumptuous Italian resort to play the match of his life. Luzhin (John Turturro) is a dishevelled idiot savant whose obsession with the abstract world of chess has cost him the ability ... Read more
The Mad Century is a wildly drawn and colourful animation that moves, in high speed, through the history ot political and cultural shifts of the last hundred years. Its well-researched selection of events is informative, contentious and humourous. The film is a wonderful reminder of just what went ... Read more
The Man With the Beautiful Eyes tells the story of a group of children's encounter with a strange man who gives them a glimpse of what life doesn't have to be. It is an adaptation of the poem by Charles Bukowski and is narrated by Peter Blegvad, a man with a beautiful voice. This wonderfully ... Read more
Mark Lewis has taken the same brilliant humour he has applied to the animal kingdom in Cane Toads and The Wonderful World of Dogs in approaching his latest subject, the humble chook. This wonderful account of man's relationship with his feathered friend relates amazing events and amusing anecdotes ... Read more
Antonio Bolivar (Richard Dreyfuss) has spent most of his life as a recluse living deep within the Amazonian jungle and passing his days reading pulp romances. His tentative affair with the young Josefina and humourous verbal sparring with a swaggering, itinerant dentist (Hugo Weaving) are put on ... Read more
"The Pledge is by far the finest of the three films that Sean Penn has directed It infuses almost every image with a mixture of sorrow and dread. Set in Nevada, its portrait of the West is of a shabby modern-day frontier civilization planted in a landscape of ominous beauty. The air crackles with a ... Read more
This romantic fairy tale, set amongst the hills of a uniquely New Zealand dairy farm, is the second feature by Topless Women Talk About Their Lives director, Harry Sinclair. Danielle Cormack (Siam Sunset, MIFF 1999) and Karl Urban (Via Satellite, MIFF 1998) play Lucinda and Rob. Madly in love ... Read more
In a desert outside Los Angeles a heatwave burns. Seismologists Bill and Ray think its just another day at the office, but a change is brewing and it's not one they re expecting. An environmental thriller with searing effects. ... Read more
... ... Arturo Ripstein's film begins with a peasant being beaten to death by two of his friends after a fateful baseball match. Initially, the reasons for this are quite obscure, but they gradually emerge as his friends, his wife, and his lover bicker over the corpse. Winner of the Best Film and ... Read more
Ten years after graduation, Dex has gained a few pounds. Friends who come across him at a college reunion wonder what became of the chopper ridin' lady killer they remember from University. But make no mistake, tubby, and dressing solely in a succession of garish Hawaiian shirts, Dex is still a hit ... Read more
"A terrifically engaging portrait of an elephantine cross cultural endeavour, veteran music-documentary specialist Allan Miller's The Turandot Project trains a wry yet respectful eye on the production of Puccini's opera that travelled from Florence to Beijing's Forbidden City—ruffling ... Read more
Echoing films like Evil Dead, The Blair Witch Project and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, this Swedish chiller promises to have you thinking twice about a camping holiday. Five researchers are dispatched to a remote patch of forest to report on an inexplicable fire. Friendly bickering about camp ... Read more
Ricardo Lopez put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. At the time he was sitting in front of a home video camera. The tape of the event was broadcast on TV news setvices across the globe, not so much for shock value, but for the fact that earlier that same day, Lopez had mailed a package ... Read more
'An unconventional love story told with delicacy and power, The Widow of Saint Pierre is a sweeping costume drama shot through with issues and considerations as pertinent today as they were 150 years ago. Based on true events, the film recounts the strange and wonderful triangle formed by a ... Read more
Uttara is the stylised reaction of Indian director Buddhadeb Dasgupta to the outbursts of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in both the East and West. In addition, the film is an intriguing ode to the millions of people in developing countries who are not taken seriously because they are ... Read more
In 1992, Gas Food Lodging placed US Allison Anders on the world map as one of the strongest US independent filmmakers. With this, her sixth feature - between directing Sex and the City - she addresses difficult terrain. Sherry, a Florida singer in the touch-yet-tender female rocker vein (her band ... Read more
This is Me examines a group of veteran transvestites, entertainers and assorted eccentrics and the closure of La Bodega Bohemia, a Barcelona night-club-cum-refuge where they bloom at night. The owner of the club is dying and the film looks at the final moments in the spotlight of a few ... Read more
In the tradition of Full Metal Jacket, and Platoon, Joel Schumacher's Tigerland lifts the lid on the horrors of boot camp in his account of raw recruits preparing for combat. The film follows the specialised training inflicted upon draftees at Fort Polk in Louisiana. The camp was constructed to ... Read more
Two men abseil down the side of a highnse firing machine guns at one another like Banshnikovs possessed by the spirit of Clint Eastwood. No one but no one does action cinema like Tsui Hark. Returning to Hong Kong after an obligatory stint in Hollywood, Hark has exceeded expectations with Time and ... Read more
A low-tech, low-budget record of the eponymous US guer­rilla art group's drolly subversive interventions in globalised corporate culture Part infommercial. part manifesto, part performance, it promotes the maxim 'There is no outside of the system.' ... Read more
Japan has always had fantasy women hidden away in the secret zones of its cities. Tokyo Bound gains unique access to the dungeons, homes and lives of a select coterie who lead Japan's S&M scene. Sexy. rebellious and sophisticated, these women are calling the shots with their sexuality. ... MaxX, a ... Read more
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
From the director of Mabo—Life of an Island Man, the producer of Picnic at langing Rock and based on the famous opera by Puccini, Tosca: A Tale of Love and Torture is a documentary like no other. It is 1999 and Opera Australia need a hit at the box office. They decide to stage Puccini's ... Read more
A Festival sleeper, this taut Dutch thriller combines a unique structure with exceptional visual flair. Opening with a spectacular car crash in a surreal traffic tunnel, Total Loss is told in a series of flashbacks not dissimilar to the superb Australian drama, The Boys. Truth and murderous fiction ... 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
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