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Films In 2001

Chandni Bar launches scathing attacks on an outmoded caste system, police corruption, vice and the appalling conditions endured by the marginalized in one of the world's most populated but poor cities. ... Fleeing her hometown, left in flames after religious conflict, Mumtaz winds up in Mumbai with ... Read more
Facing the ferocious Barent Sea—with a practically uninterrupted view of the North Pole—lies the small fishing village of Berlevag, made famous by the Oscar-winning film Babette's Feast (1987). Berlevag is again making a bid for international recognition, this time with the aid of a ... Read more
A man wakes up. goes to work in a photocopy shop, and copies a series of pictures- of a man who wakes up and goes to work at a photocopy shop. Compositing 18000 photo­copied digital frames Copy Shop is an inventive masterpiece. ... Read more
"From the director of the superb Ring and Ring 2. A young mother is plagued by visions of the ghostly presence of a drowned girl which seem to strip away the reassuring surfaces of modern-day Japan to reveal an alternative world of fear and superstition. But while Ring's horror involved a widening ... Read more
Dead or Alive 2: Birds, is far from a traditional sequel. Mizuki, a crack hitman fond of painfully loud shirts, is hired by an enigmatic magician played by Shinya Tsukamoto, director of the Tetsuo films (MIFF 1994) as well as Tokyo Fist (MIFF 1996) and Gemini (MIFF 2000). His target is a Yakuza ... Read more
Sonny Corpus, 16, orphaned and loose on the streets of Manila, makes a near fatal mistake when he offers to be a lookout for a group of pals planning a home invasion. An elderly woman is killed and a policeman wounded when the thieves botch their getaway. Only Sonny is nabbed and, due to the fact ... Read more
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
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
A short, experimental documentary belaying the disappear­ance of frogs in the nverways, and the death of a young father. Using strong images, this film explores the sadness of unexplained loss of human life and the environment. ... 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
"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 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
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
The final film in the magnificent CinemaScope trilogy, made "in appreciation of the cinematic art of Man Ray", is derived from the same source material as Outer Space but transports us to a multifaceted land of dreams. ... Peter Tscherkassky, 11 mins, 2001, 35mm CinemaScope, B&W, Sound ... Read more
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
Found peeping torn footage, projected through a moving sieve of film edge perforations is used here not as subject matter but as a way of suggestively inflecting the resulting layered light patterns and soundtrack. ... Read more
Lust, love, trust, doubt and the passage of time...These are the vast themes explored in the carefully constructed Fallen Together Remarkably, it's all done in a single take and less than two minutes. ... Read more
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