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Films In 2000

Direct from this year's Cannes Film Festival, where it was the co-winner of the Jury Prize, Blackboards is bold and provocative. The film opens with an almost surreal image of a group of male teachers crossing the mountainous paths of the remote Iranian-Kurdistan border region, carrying large ... Read more
In the first scenes of La Faute a Voltaire, Jallel, a young man from Tunisia who has come to France illegally is coached by a pair of uncles for his interview with an immigration officer. Tell them you're Algerian," they advise, and urge him to play to the image of France as a beacon of liberty ... Read more
In Blitze, Dietmar Brehm generates a sordid Kuleshov effect, where the face of the voyeur is transformed by what he watches and what he watches is transformed by being watched. The impact of the gaze is marked by lightning bolts as the voyeur opens his eyes to a series of images, illicitly watching ... Read more
This killer Japanese animation packs a stake-snapping whallop. Dispensing with exposition, Blood-The Last Vampire propels the viewer headlong into the story. Saya, a teenaged girl, sits alone on a subway train, late at night. She is alone, except for a shadowy man who somehow manages to move ... Read more
A humorous cinematic resuscitation' where the process of blowing 'life into a female dummy is analogous to the process of blowing up substandard film material to 35mm. Blow-up breathes with the pleasure of experimenting with raw material. ... Read more
In winter the Arctic fishing settlement of Shoina is blanketed by polar night; in summer, endless windstorms cover the settlement in sand. This film is a metaphysical reflection about Russia: the role of the state, endless hardships, the freedom longed for by millions of Russians and their ... Read more
Joseph Paul Jemigan was executed eight years ago but anyone with a modem can view his body today. While still warm, Jemigan was handed over to Texan scientists, who froze his corpse and sawed him into millimetre thick slices to be used for anatomical studies worldwide. ... Jernigan was on a ... Read more
Little Amaniku holds the fate of a planet in her hands. She and her parents return to Earth after devastating atom wars, taking refuge deep under sea to escape contamination. Genetic codes they have preserved are the key to regenerating life. Now, out of hypersleep, Amaniku finds her parents dead ... Read more
Torn by famine and political turmoil, a disparate group of Africans, six men and one woman, cling to the dream of Europe. They are brought together through a variety of past hardships, lives in limbo through exile and the status of being forever 'illegal'. During their exodus, from Central to North ... Read more
When his gun-wielding friend cries out for him to 'RUN!', Arab-Australian teenager Benny sprints away from pursuing police. In one hand, he carries a watch case, a gift from the dying grandfather whose flat he has just left. As it flashes back and forth in time, Sirhat Caradee's film has a very ... Read more
Fueled on the aroma of bleach, a daring Greek woman embarks on a cleaning frenzy at her local bowling club which leads to cross cutturalisation, misinterpretation and ultimately a loophole capable of launching four women into new found careers. ... Read more
"The locale may have changed but the commitment to challenging social drama remains unwavering in Ken Loach's (My Name is Joe, MIFF 1999) first North American venture. Set in Los Angeles - and inspired by the continuing 'Justice For Janitors' union struggles - the latest collaboration between Loach ... Read more
Breathe In. Breathe Out follows three Vietnam War veterans, accompanied by their grown-up children, as they journey back to the very jungles and villages where they were once stationed. Leading viewers on a harrowing passage into their own memories and psyches, they relive the horrors and terrors ... Read more
Harry Weaver is visiting his wife He has brought her flow­ers, but she needs more than flowers Bring Me Your Love is a gripping interpretation of a Charles Bukowski short story. ... Read more
A magnificent return to form for Japan's reigning master of the gangster film. Takeshi Kitano (Hana-Bi MIFF 1998). The director, who also stars, plays a Yakuza banished from Tokyo as a result of a gang war. Looking up his younger brother in Los Angeles, he finds his sibling engaged in some highly ... Read more
Nik and Luda are recent emigres to the USA following their hurried departure from an unnamed war-torn country. Arriving penniless in L.A. they lodge with a truculent friend of the family. Despite their education, they cannot secure employment. An old friend, Pecha finds them dubious employment with ... Read more
The sultry, hip swiveling rhythms that Latin jazz proclaims is brought to the screen by Spanish film director Fernando Trueba in Calle 54. This is an ode to Latin jazz and what better way to capture the genre than allowing the musicians to speak for themselves. Simple sets and beautifully lit ... Read more
A nonsense comedy about senior citizens getting even with the 20th century Two elderly ladies decide to change their destiny and history, giving them a new reason to live. ... Read more
Rhythms presented in an elegant nihilistic view - a personal diary, that moves in time and space to create an illusion through repetition and textures. Shades of Sartre, Picasso and Shakespeare wrought into poetic imagery that examines the state of being. ... Read more
The Circle was a multiple award-winner at the Venice Film Festival in 2000. ... A tour de force, The Circle depicts the plight of several Iranian women oppressed solely for being born female in a male-dominant society. In displaying the struggle of these women, filmmaker Jafar Panahi's harrowing ... Read more
City of Dreams tells the fascinating story of an unconventional couple—Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin; visionary American architects, whose imaginative engagement with Australia spanned a twenty-year period. On the eve of WW1, Walter and Marion travelled to Australia to ... Read more
On a hot summers day, an Israeli chicken-breeder encoun­ters a Palestinian roadblock on the way to market. When he discovers that the man in charge is a former employee, it's not only the chickens that start teeling the heat. ... Read more
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Rita works with her mother Nicole running the family butchers Rita wants to leave but not before she witnesses some small sign of tenderness from her mother. What will it take before that occurs? ... Read more
Violence is the life-blood of American culture. Criminals attain mythological status; the crimes are replayed by the media forming a perverse mirror image of the dominant American myth of the self-made man. The serial killer is the most recent 'folk hero' in a line that stretches back through ... Read more
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