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Films In 2001

With the likes of Bad Lieutenant and The Funeral (MIFF 1997) to his credit, the name Abel Ferrara doesn't exactly lend itself to notions of Yuletide cheer So it isn't really surprising that, while his latest film begins with a doting New York dad videotaping his daughters school Christmas pageant ... Read more
A harrowing true story, sparked by a news headline, that challenges viewers on many levels, Rainbow Bird and Monster Man relates the traumatic childhood and tragic adulthood of Tony Lock. After suffering a decade of terrifying and humiliating sexual abuse at the hands of Gordon Kerr, a family ... Read more
Part screwball comedy, part social commentary, Ray Bang is both a great deal of fun and a warm meditation on the hopes and dreams of a trio of deadbeat cab drivers. Hak-Rak contends with a wife nagging him to work longer and harder. Joon-Hyung, a balding former accountant, salts away his taxi ... Read more
"Lilia has lived an increasingly lonely existence since the death of her husband. Her teenage daughter, Salma, is always at school, or out with friends, leaving her mother to eat her meals alone ... and obsessively dust and clean the house. All that changes when she goes to see Salma at her dancing ... Read more
The wreckage of a Daihatsu Charade stands outside an old warehouse in Hamburg's docklands. Suddenly the car bursts into life. A tribute to stillness and motion. A road movie in one minute. Screened in Berlin. ... Read more
In Rachel Griffiths' Roundabout, an ordinary man heads for work and never makes it. A sudden event triggers a previously unrevealed fragility and he spirals out of control. Endlessly circling, he is lost to the world and to himself. ... Read more
Tashi, a brilliant young Buddhist monk has just completed three years of solitary meditation amidst the splendor of the Himalayas. Brought out of a deep trance, he is taken back to his ancient monastery where he slowly recovers his strength. But Tashi's return has unexpected results. Despite a life ... Read more
A momentous day in the life of a small boy who lives in a remote, picturesque mountain village in Kyrghyzstan. On this day he passes into a new stage of life - not yet adult but no longer a baby. ... Read more
"Screamin' Jay Hawkins is just like Snoop Dogg. You ask him how many men he's killed!" One of the many fascinating disclosures in the first ever documentary about the underground R&B legend. Known the world over for his signature tune, I Put a Spell on You, Hawkins survived WWII, the Mafia, racism ... Read more
In a small country town, an ex-AFL footballer's obsession with his long past career begins to affect his family with tragic results. In family and football you can only push so far. ... Read more
Supported through Rotterdam Film Festivals Hubert Bals Fund for innovative talent in developing countries, Secret Ballot is a sharply evocative political allegory. It's also something of a rarity for an Iranian film: a deadpan comedy. Director Babak Payami gives this quirky drama a formal, subdued ... Read more
John is the provider and guardian of his younger brother Gabriel, who is mentally challenged. Partly shown through the eyes of Gabriel and his digital camera, Seven Chocolate presents the drastic events that take place when their routine is upset by an unwitting outsider. ... Read more
In this groundbreaking documentary on the mid-late 60s campaign that allowed General Suharto's New Order to seize control from President Sukarno, witnesses dare to speak for the first time: those who in one way or another became victims of paranoia and power. ... Building on accounts of mass ... Read more
Painfully funny, gloriously over the top, saturated wrth FX, wire work and outrageous fu, Shaolin Soccer is a comic triumph. A disgraced, partially crippled and washed up soccer coach has been reduced to spit-shining his sleazy boss's shoes. Mumbling, half-drunk and extremely bitter, he encounters ... Read more
What will hush a disconsolate child? A bleakly funny examination of the human condition. This startling hand-drawn animation sets a cracking pace as we are whirled into the realm of the subconscious. ... Read more
A baby squid and a lump of fetta cheese fight to the death in a guy's bowels. ... Read more
An actor prepares for his scene in a Hollywood remake of Truffaut's classic Shoot the Pianist, while anxiously awaiting news from his wife who is heavily pregnant with their first child. A black comedy about the all consuming nature of the American film industry. ... Read more
A man and woman are joined together at the back as brother and sister, they must share the one body and accept their fate. They care for each other but love drives them apart. ... Read more
Malak is a famous singer and actress. After an onerous divorce, she falls for the charms of the smooth Lamei, who sees in Malak his chance to climb a few rungs up the social ladder. Her love changes to obsession, when her regular scriptwriter and her director, who do not trust Lamei an inch, try to ... Read more
Bill and John, two down-on-their luck gamblers are battling the booze and fighting a losing streak. The pair are offered salvation and the deal of a lifetime by the enigmatic Alex Silver—to take over the training and care of Silver's red brindle greyhound, a potential champion. ... Silent ... Read more
Sister Helen has already collected prizes at Sundance, Chicago and a slew of other film festivals for its harrowing portrayal of a dictatorial nun lording it over a the lives of the downtrodden residents of a halfway house in the roughest section of the South Bronx. ... Helen Travis was herself a ... Read more
This complex tale of deceit, infidelity, a crime of passion and real estate prices is more about questions than answers. ... Read more
This complex tale of deceit, infidelity, a crime of passion and real estate prices is more about questions than answers ... Read more
"A story of conflict between two Oglala Sioux brothers, Skins exposes the largely invisible side of American prosperity by humanising the scourge of alcoholism in dirt-poor Indian communities. The delicately rendered story's warm characterisations, gentle humour and spiritual undertones make it an ... Read more
Taking the supernatural genre in an unexpected direction, this intellectual thriller is a chilling tale about a group of people confined by bad karma, revenge and transference of sin and guilt. Moving into a crumbling apartment, Yong-Hyun, a taxi driver, soon learns that a previous tenant of his ... Read more
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