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Films In 2001

Bill Plympton has crafted an outlandish work of science fiction in his latest animated epic. Audiences still reeling from Plympton's past hits will be only partially prepared for this far flung trip from outer space to the inner reaches of one of animation's most fertile imaginations. ... Astronaut ... Read more
My Brother Tom is the story of teenagers, Tom and Jessica. He is troubled, dark, inhabiting the forests as his holy domain, hiding from the misery and oppression of his home. She is intrigued by this very darkness. They fall in love, forming a bond so powerful it cannot abide compromise. ... Read more
Mike and Dan live alone after the recent accidental death of their mother. Dan, the younger of the two, is still reeling. Mike, a media student, is compelled to make a short film or face expulsion from his course and makes it about his brother, to compelling effect. ... Read more
Winner of the Grand Prix at this years Annecy Animation Festival, and the FIPRESCI award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, My Life as McDull is the inventive, satirical story of a little pig from Hong Kong who has aspirations of moving beyond the borders of his hometown. McDull lives ... Read more
My Mother India begins by telling a love story. A young, middle-class Australian woman falls in love with a young intellectual Indian whilst at university during the 1950's. They eventually marry and the Australian woman leaves her country to begin a new life in India as a wife and mother. My ... Read more
A young disabled man finds himself falling for a beautiful, troubled nurse. What must he do to prove his feelings for her? Ravi Kumar's irreverent, unique film provides a startling perspective on disability and desire. Screened in Venice, London and Rotterdam. ... Read more
In an unknown Korean city in the near future, a desperate woman named Anna arrives in search of the rumoured 'oblivion virus', a bug with the fortunate side effect of erasing painful memories. Outbreaks of the virus are tracked and willing victims embrace blissful amnesia. ... Although relying on a ... Read more
With Big Brother's Johnnnie Cass in the role of Gigolo, this dramatised doco explores the world of Sydney sexworker Sasha Nikolovic. After leaving war-torn Yugoslavia to avoid being drafted, he reflects on the impact of the conflict and leaving his homeland and family. ... Read more
Noble Art could be a contender to step into the ring with the Muhammad Ali doco When We Were Kings as one of the few boxing documentaries to be of interest to those who usually find the sport a bloody mess of male ego. This candid film traces an unlikely comeback of Fabrice Benichou, a one-time ... Read more
"Billed as a gas station triptych, Nogo spins together three separate stories about young couples obsessively bound together against the world before uniting the six characters in an explosive finale. Debuting Austrian writer-directors Sabine Hiebler and Gerhard Ertl, whose background is in ... Read more
In this innovative animation, a sheep dog looks back with regret at the moment he strayed from the well-worn path, and lost control of his desires. ... Read more
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Bowling over audiences at Berlin, Toronto and Montreal Film Festivals, Finnish auteur Markku Pölönens fifth film is a burlesque comedy with absurdist overtones. Cynical Helsinki real estate agent Rane Koskivuo heads home to sell the family farm, which he has not visited in 20 years (even for his ... Read more
A lonely young girl walks the city streets. A young man with a camera walks the streets at night. They meet and inspire each other to move on in life. ... Read more
Escaping the blistering heat of Athens in mid August, rich and poor alike head for cooler, less claustrophobic holiday destinations. From one apartment block, a snapshot of modern Athens emerges - two young couples and a family - representing the nouveau riche, middle class and working class. As ... Read more
In 1932 a child went missing in outback NSW. Entranced by a beaming full moon, the little girl left her bed and wandered into the night, vanishing mysteriously. This musical drama features sublime music and performances by Paul Kelly and Kaarm Fairfax together with an extraordinary supporting cast ... Read more
What's it like being Hepatitis C positive? This simple and succinct introspection was scribed with a rudimentary tech­nology that itself echoes this degradation and breakdown. An abstracted and scarred image for the cuts within. ... Read more
Those who complain that US indie features have lost their edge should embrace Paradox Lake." - Variety ... Selected for both Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, Paradox Lake follows Matt, a listless young New Yorker. His life takes a strange new direction when he volunteers to assist at a summer ... Read more
Screening at London, Pusan and Toronto as well as taking the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Special Mention) at Cannes, Pauline and Paulette has warmed hearts globally with its loveable characters. A family drama concerning the ties between four sisters, with all their flaws on show, the film ... Read more
A shy man, a femme fatale across the hall and a ping-pong bat all star in this magnificently spare, bittersweet meditation on the eternal conflict between dreams and reality. Screened in Cannes. ... Read more
October 2020: mobile phone use and smoking are punishable by death. The collapse of the EU and a severe energy crisis have plunged Europe into poverty. A totalitarian government has seized power while two media giants control all entertainment. Television is giving people just what they want; a ... Read more
Combining shuddering, groove-laden funky soul and folky, handcrafted acoustics, singer-songwriter Ben Harper has cultivated a cult following in the past decade. A native of California, he grew up on blues, folk, soul, R&B and reggae. Playing guitar as a child, as an adolescent he picked up acoustic ... Read more
This poignant love story centres on ten-year-old Pol. who has a crush on his classmate Justine. But getting close to her proves difficult, until a potentially embarrassing incident impels Justine to make her true feelings known. ... Read more
Mane and Lucie despise each other; identical twins who, at least on the surface, appear to express touching familial love in order to disguise loathing. Lucie is a superficial model, enamoured of flashy cars, glamourous playboys and decadent sex while Marie is a picture of propriety, integrity and ... Read more
Jia Hong Sheng was an emerging film star in the early 90s, nicknamed 'the thug idol' for playing gangsters and heroes in 'B' movies, when he branched out and starred in a stage version of Kiss of the Spider Woman in 1992. However, things soon changed, as his fragile psychological state, combined ... Read more
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