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Films In 2000

The Alcohol Years is filmmaker Carol Morley's attempt to recapture five lost years in Manchester during 1982-87. What could have been a self indulgent excursion into the past turns out to be both a journey back to the Manchester of the Hacienda Club and New Order and into Morley's own alcoholic ... Read more
Space is a lonely town. For Samuel Curtis—loner, interplanetary trader, rocket cowboy—it can be a very dangerous place. In Cory McAbee's outrageous galactic western. Curtis has taken on the perilous task of delivering a prime condition boy to all-female Venus. A tough assignment even ... Read more
On a cold, early morning a couple and their young son Bruno journey from Iheir home to the airport in Geneva. They will endure an emotional day of suspense and uncer­tainty for a meeting that will permanently alter their lives. ... Read more
An incisive, witty and deeply moving drama about responsibility and solidarity. Per Fly's directorial debut tells the story of alcohol-ravaged Kaj in the sympathetic, straightforward style adopted in the best films of Ken Loach (particularly My Name is Joe, MIFF 1999) and Mike Leigh. ... Kaj (a ... Read more
Can somebody love a camel? This question, posed in a script written by a young Krzysztof Kieslowski, compelled renowned Polish actor/director Jerzy Stuhr to make a fable exploring just that. Abandoned by a departing circus troupe, the camel of Stuhr's film wanders into the home of a middle aged ... Read more
In this shocking, politically courageous look at the other' Iran, the plight of women is wilfully, sometimes furiously forced into plain sight. Director Jafar Panahi's narrative delicately drifts among several women, each story melting into another, while a sense of their everyday oppression comes ... Read more
Inspired by Thomas Hardy's novel The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Claim is a story about the tragic fall of a self-styled king In 1867 the future of the isolated town Kingdom Come, depends entirely on a proposed railroad. The dream of prosperity has consumed Daniel Dillon (Peter Mullan. My Name Is ... Read more
The Diplomat follows East Timor's freedom fighter and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos Horta in the final tumultuous year of a passionate campaign to secure independence for the country. Allowed extraordinary access to Horta's public and private life, award-winning filmmaker Tom Zubrycki (Billal ... Read more
Your life is controlled by an anthill in the New Mexico desert. Your emotions, social interactions, personality and relationships change depending on a few thousand bugs scuttling around the sand... and the perverse sense of humour of celebrated and notorious director Lars Von Trier. ... As an art ... Read more
2000 marks the 100th anniversary of The Davis Cup, the world's most prestigious tennis trophy. Using rare archival footage and new interviews with Australia's stars of yesteryear and today, The Fifth Set is a documentary for tennis lovers or anyone who shares the nation's determination for ... Read more
A knockabout comedy of fragile friendships and 5-pound notes. ... Read more
Many worker have an "and other duties as directed" clause in their employment contract. Most don't expect it will entail oral sex. Naive country boy Sean heads to Hollywood planning on a career as a cinematographer. When he takes a job behind the camera for a dodgy company called Men of Janus ... Read more
Dae-Ho, a timid bank clerk, is hopeless at his job. Mind you, it doesn't help that his boss is a ferocious disciplinarian who punishes staff with brutal headlocks Dae-Ho's escape comes with a decision to learn wrestling. Before long, the no-hoper becomes famed for his prowess as a skilled cheat ... Read more
An intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life, as lived by the country's poor and its provident, as well as by the film's own director, Agnès Varda. The aesthetic, political and finally, moral point of departure for Varda are gleaners, those individuals who pick at already reaped fields for the ... Read more
Determination will get you anywhere, but tread carefully. ... Read more
A loser in Australia, a tosser in England, whatever term you choose, Toti - the hero of The Icelandic Dream - is no winner. In some ways he's the George Costanza of Reykjavic: the kind of guy who gets into the shady 'import/export' business with no knowledge of the product. Saddled with a history ... Read more
Cult-buster Dr Harry Ballard has pissed off the wrong people. Harry is getting obsessively and deeply into his work, causing problems both on the job and at home. The madness escalates when he finds his girlfriend crucified with barbed wire, and the cops on his trail, certain that he is to blame ... Read more
"Hyunshik, an ex-cop in deep pain and on the lam, arrives at the end of his road, an isolated lake, dotted with floating huts, serving as a retreat for fishing and a host of sordid activities. Its beautiful but elusive proprietor, Heejin. never speaks, even when supplementing her income by ... Read more
Sondra London's childhood fantasy came true. She had always imagined a bogeyman on a black stailion sweeping her up and riding off into the night. She dated Gerald Schaefer as a teenager but dumped him when he began to refate his own fantasy: to brutally murder women. London rekindled their romance ... Read more
It's 1991 and the first thing Beatrice notices about Henry is an egg-shaped tumour at the base of his neck. Beatrice, played by Sarah Polley (Go, MIFF 1999) mistakes Henry's cancer for AIDS. A sweet natured soul, she pursues a friendship with Henry When she realises he is not gay or sick with AIDS ... Read more
"The Legend of Love is a fascinating, stately glimpse at the rugged beauty of the Kurdistan mountains and the customs and the rituals of the people. Years ago, the idealistic Horman quit med school to work at the clinic in his war torn hometown clinic of Boonan. Now his beloved, Khazar, travels ... Read more
'Teddy Edwards is a pioneer of the modern tenor sax. His peers and friends acknowledge that he never had the kind of extraordinary career that his talent should have commanded. With this taste of a sad story to come—including the period during which Edwards fell under the spell of ... Read more
Winner of every major film prize in its home country and selected for over a dozen Festivals worldwide. This hard-hitting documentary parallels the lives of two young men who have chosen very different paths in dealing with the horrifying violence that grips their city. ... Helmho is a 21 year old ... Read more
Director Jamie Thraves steps onto the scene with a clear fresh voice that translates into this hip yet heartfelt observation of a group of friends whose iives are all about to change. Frank is a restless young man in his late 20s whose life revolves around friends and work. He should have quit his ... Read more
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