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Films In 2004

A Certain Kind of Death USAWinner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, A Certain Kind of Death is a compelling and unblinking documentary that lays bare the mysterious process that goes on all around us: What happens to people who die with no next of kin'Eschewing sensationalism ... Read more
Certainly Today (Hatman Emrooz),/I>Two men are commissioned by the Iranian Kurdistan province's Office of Hygiene to vaccinate the children in a remote village. But the kids are not willing and set about to escape'D Batin Ghobadi, Bijan Zaman Pira S Batin Ghobadi P/WS Iranian Independents L Kurdish ... Read more
"Modern civilisation is shown as a bleakly homogenous super landscape in the ambitious [Chain], which links narrative fiction filmmaking to the avant-garde with vision and authority... the cumulative effect is profoundly unsettling but is tempered by (director) Cohen's effortlessly eye-catching ... Read more
The English Channel is the most frequented waterway in the world. Each day, more than 500 ships cross its 33 kilometres. There are also a handful of people who consider the Channel their own personal Mt Everest - which is not a bad analogy, until you realise that many more people climb Mt Everest ... Read more
Winner of Pusan's New Currents section, [This Charming Girl] is a perfectly calibrated and unusually subtle portrait of a self-contained young woman. ... Jeong-hye is a clerk in a small suburban post office, who lives on her own and goes through the same routine every day. Attractive and neat but ... Read more
Dreams and disappointment lie at the heart of Buddhadeb Dasgupta's moving [Chased by Dreams], a meditation on hope in the lives of three ordinary people. ... Paresh is a projectionist who takes educational films to the community around the vast expanse of India. Lonely, he falls in love with the ... Read more
Don McKellar sends up America's celebrity culture and its predilection for the inane in his satirical [Childstar]. Twelve-year-old Taylor Brandon Burns (Mark Rendall) is a star of the trashy US sitcom Family Differences, and is accustomed to having his every whim met. Tailed by his flaky mother ... Read more
Chronicle of a Disappearance (Segell Ikhtifà) Palestine/FranceElia Suleiman's first feature, made in 1997, is a wry and ironic assertion that the Arab population of Israel is losing its national identity. Winner of the Luigi De Laurentis award for best debut film at the Venice Film Festival and ... Read more
Cinema Dali France/SpainWith the total cooperation of the Salvador Dali Foundation, director Xavi Figueras' investigative documentary reorganises and returns to the screen the cream of over 40 hours of rare archival images from around the world, shedding new light on the eccentric life of the ... Read more
Cinema of Our Time - Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty France'For five days, director Rafi Pitts was able to follow the inspired director of Driller Killer, The Bad Lieutenant and New Rose Hotel from close by. The result is an eccentric road-movie, with the restless Ferrara as a charming, seedy guide ... Read more
In a seedy motel in Ontario, rocker Lee Hauser (muso James Johnston), managed by Vernon (Don McKellar), overdoses on heroin. His partner in love and crime is Emily (Maggie Cheung), who is wrestling with her own addiction and with dreams for musical success. Their son, Jay, lives with his ... Read more
Closer (New Zealand, D David Rittey) A poignant film about a deaf boy, coming to terms with the death of his sister. Screened at Cannes. ... Read more
Coffee and Cigarettes USA'When you're cool, you're cool and Coffee and Cigarettes is certified.' -VarietyUS indie film icon Jim Jarmusch has assembled a remarkable group of actors and musicians, including Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jack and Meg White (from The White Stripes), Tom Waits and Iggy ... Read more
Cold Light (Kaldaljós)IcelandMagic, catastrophe and loss haunt Grimur's past and they look like intruding on his present. A loner in his 40s, Grimur is gruff and introverted, having no real contact with others in his small, snow-bound Icelandic town. He begins to come out of his shell when he ... Read more
"We are not just good at destroying the old world, but also at building the new one," announced Mao Tse-tung many years ago. But even he could not have foreseen the extent to which China is fulfilling his words at the beginning of the 21st century. ... Award-winning Chinese filmmaker and novelist ... Read more
Control Room USA/EgyptControl Room goes behind the scenes of Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based Arab television network, and Central Command, the US media village, during the recent US-led invasion of Iraq, in this blistering exposé of the machinations of the media and political arenas.'Noujaim's ... Read more
The Corporation CanadaThe CEO of Interface, a massive global manufacturing conglomerate, thinks this planet can support life for 30 to 50 more years and then it's lights out! Mark Achbar (Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media) and Jennifer Abbott's scathing new work combines humour ... Read more
Cowards Bend the Knee Canada'straight from the guilt mines of Guy Maddin's psyche to the collective unconscious of stunned audiences, Cowards Bend the Knee is film autobiography at its most hilariously creative.' -Variety'sex! Voyeurism! Revenge! Ice-hockey! The scandalous confessions of Winnipeg's ... Read more
Think you've got what it takes to loom large on the international competitive eating circuit' Like Crazy Legs Conti - a legend in his own lunchbox - you'll have to slurp down 34 dozen oysters at Mardi Gras in New Orleans to even qualify! This five-course, set-menu documentary follows the rise of a ... Read more
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[Czech Dream] is a story of a glorious large-scale hoax. What began as a graduation project by two film-school students soon escalated to become a mass media event, one that variously disgusted, excited and provoked the nation. When Vit Klusak and Filip Remunda began to build a marketing campaign ... Read more
Darkness Bride (You Gou) Hong Kong/TaiwanA chilling ghost story set in a far-flung Chinese province where industrialisation and medieval beliefs clash. The superstition that a man who dies single will spend eternity alone sparks a wave of grave-robbings, with the corpses of young virgins in high ... Read more
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