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Films In 2000

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
Trixie Zurbo, a likable and feisty casino security guard, refers to herself as a 'Private Defective'. By day she busts pickpockets and petty scammers in the gaming rooms, by night she is an amateur sleuth. In Alan Rudolph's exceptional screwball comedy, Trixie stumbles into a case involving slimy ... 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
"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
Struggling to hold together her train-wreck family, Kelley tracks down her drifter brother to a seedy, remote island off Chile and discovers him living with a ragged group of expatriates. He reacts to her frantic demands to return home by tricking her into being stranded; but when she falls in love ... 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
Based on a play by legendary German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Water Drops on Burning Rocks is a playful yet perverse study in sexual game playing. Structured around four tightly constructed acts, the film is set in Germany sometime in the 1970s. Franz, a naive 19-year-old is brought home ... 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
"Anchored by fine performances, delicate narrative development and an overall tenderness, this picture unfolds beautifully...This life on the farm drama is a potent addition to cinema's recent Mid-Western collection—Boys Don't Cry and David Lynch's The Straight Story—and there are ... 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
A seedy interior reminiscent of an early porn genre, some wickedly choreographed double exposures techniques and a transparent filmmaker having sex with herself, makes Mit Mir a silently confronting encounter. Who said experimental cinema couldn't be both smart and sexy! ... Read more
From Curtis Hanson, the Director of the critically acclaimed LA Confidential, comes Wonder Boys. The film chronicles a chaotic weekend in the life of Grady Tripp, a frustrated college literature professor. An unfinished novel, a stolen car, a murdered pet, an unstable student, a fed-up wife, a ... Read more
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
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