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Films In 2001

Take Buena Vista Social Club, pump the volume up to 11 (Spinal Tap style), and crank the colour beyond garish. This musical road movie is a 4,000km journey of discovery into the musicians, singers and dancers in Rio de Janeiro, Pernambuco and Bahia - three Brazilian states that symbolise Brazil's ... Read more
Staceyann Chin traces the personal journey of a prominent American Slam poet. The testimonies about her turbulent childhood and quest for sexual identity are intertwined with an exciting subculture, engaging voices, rhythms and cadences of Slam Poetry competition. ... Read more
The ultimate documentary about one of the most gifted and controversial filmmakers of our time. With the complete cooperation of the Kubrick family and his many friends and colleagues, this is an insightful, considered film, presenting Kubrick as a dedicated family man and incorrigible ... Read more
Brilliant Hungarian animator Ferenc Cako, creates a bewitching succession of impressions out of sand. ... Read more
Roger and Doris live a quiet, comfortable life until one night they are awakened by the arrival of a strange visitor. It's a child - the answer to their dreams! A gift from heaven or from much further out? Screened at Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand, Toronto and Palm Springs; nominated for Best Animated ... Read more
Director Pacek gives a group of pre-adolescents a quick lesson in filmmaking, then hands over the camera. The group's ensuing rampage and street savvy antics are captured with compelling naturalism yielding some chilling images of childhood in poor, suburban Warsaw. ... Read more
"Watching Suicide Club is a special experience indeed. What to think of an opening sequence in which 54 uniformed schoolgirls commit simultaneous suicide in front of a train at Shinjuku station. Thinking there might be a lot more behind this event, the police move in to investigate. As the bodies ... Read more
A charming and heartfelt look at the secret lives of young women in a rapidly changing South Korea. Good looking Hae-joo dreams of becoming a successful career woman; talented outsider Ji-young yearns to study art abroad; meanwhile, rebellious Tae-hee submits to a romance that no one understands ... Read more
The highly regimented formality of military drill is set within the trees, grasses and birdlife of gentle Salisbury Plain. The stark, ironic contrast transmits a senseless beauty and spectacle to gestures that can only evoke England's passion for soldierly war. ... Read more
In Teenage Kicks: The Undertones, veteran BBC radio DJ John Peel - a man who's interviewed practically every notable independent muso of the past thirty years - takes his first visit to Derry in the north of Ireland and discovers for himself the band that forged his favourite pop song, 'Teenage ... Read more
Catching the train home. Weirdos all aboard. ... Read more
Doyle is a genius working in the far reaches of mathematical theory, searching for a formula that can predict future stock market crashes. The potential in Jim's software fires the imagination and greed of Simon O'Reilly, the CEO of Centabank. O'Reilly's freewheeling management styte and negative ... Read more
Director Trent Harris met Groovin Gary in 1979 while testing some camera equipment in a carpark. Gary intrigued him with bizarre impressions of Sylvester Stallone, John Wayne and Barry Manilow and invited Harris to a talent show a couple of days later. The director arrived to find Groovin Gary (his ... Read more
Back in the mists of Victorian times, a sinister man tells his young apprentice the legend of a ferocious feline thief. Is the apprentice struck dumb, or has the cat got his tongue? This slick, dark fantasy has won numerous awards across the globe. ... Read more
A stellar Hollywood cast rise to the challenge of reconstructing one of La La Land's biggest 'true story' scandals. In 1924 producer Thomas Ince died aboard a luxury yacht owned by media mogul William Randolph Hearst - on whom Orson Welles based Citizen Kane. Aboard were starlet Marion Davies ... Read more
The Chateau is a culture-clash comedy, shot on digital video in the south of France—a complete change of pace from Jesse Peretz's 1997 debut First Love. Last Rites. The setting a badly maintained chateau in the French countryside inherited by American brothers Graham ad Alex. When they ... Read more
In the final moments before his death, a young skinhead tries to atone for the mistakes of his past. ... Read more
When the iron curtain suddenly lifts, a Russian cosmonaut is left in orbit, forgotten by a world that no longer needs him. The Cosmonaut is a poetic story about the fragility of good fortune and the capricious nature of circumstance. ... Read more
Advancements in child-scaring technology lead an old school bogeyman to fear for his job. But can computer-generated scaremongering ever be as frightening as traditional techniques? A tightly constructed and funny combination of 3D puppet animation and digital imagery. ... Read more
For Margaret Hall (Tilda Swinton), being a mother ain't easy, what with having to raise her three children, care for her aging father-in-law, and clean up the dead bodies left in the yard—while her navy husband Alek is out at sea. ... Teenage son Beau, a talented musician, is struggling with ... Read more
A popular title selected for the prestigious 2002 Berlin Film Festival International Forum, The Deserted Valley is a film of universal relevance. Ethnic minorities in Vietnam's remote provinces carve out an existence largely disconnected from western influence - their lives rarely investigated in ... Read more
Total Recall meets Barton Fink in this visually stunning, mini sci-fi gem. Sometime in the future emotionally suppressed clones are mass manulactured, and disposed of just as routinely. On the brink of termination, a clone peers at a photo and memories come flooding back. ... Read more
According to the history books, Napoleon Bonaparte died in 1821 in exile on the island of St Helena. Director Alan Taylor maintains that it was an imposter who croaked and that the real Napoleon was working undercover as a greengrocer, plotting to regain his lost empire! Part whimsical comedy, part ... Read more
This unflinching documentary probes a strange and complex murder case. Just before Christmas 1988, Wanda Jean Allen shot and killed her girlfriend in front of an Oklahoma police station. A black lesbian with diminished intellectual capacity and a serious criminal record, Wanda Jean faced the ... Read more
"Blossomed azaleas on the way to school..." Young Jin-soo's teacher discovers his pupil's talent for poetry. Elated by a round of applause from his class, Jin-soo finds that not everyone in his secluded farm village appreciates his newfound gift... ... Read more
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