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Films In 2000

New Years Eve. and the streets are ablaze with light in London. Still, some have to take the bus. Here the light shines upon the passenger, and the elemental threads of humanity are sewn into a fabric of momentum amidst the tales of the night. ... Read more
In this spectacular adventure, Ishii Sogo has married the kinetic energy of Akira Kurosawa's great samurai pictures with a uniquely deranged brand of Buddhist spirituality. Gojoe liberally employs the latest computer FX technology to increase the wonder and beauty of its awe-in spiring images. ... Read more
Blade Runner meets Psycho in this wildly stylised short shocker that graphically depicts the hazards of underground commuting. This futuristic German slasher film revels in gross-out filmmaking and the exploits of an ultra-slick femme fatale. ... Read more
Grateful Dawg traces the decades long friendship between the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and bluegrass picker and musicologist, David Grisman, who met by chance at a Bill Monroe concert in 1964. ... Over a thirty year period the two kept in contact to write tunes, record, perform and talk for days ... Read more
Yonah wishes to bury his son who has committed suicide, however for religious reasons he cannot. We follow Yonah throughout the day, as he dejectedly picks up passengers in his taxi. The night, however, holds a surprise. ... Read more
Acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou - a 'Fifth Generation' master of Chinese cinema whose films include Raise the Red Lantern and Red Sorghum - has delivered a gentle comedy of manners and morals. ... The lead protagonist, middle-aged Zhao, is onto his eighteenth attempt to find a dating agency ... Read more
Director/cmematographer Kann Westerlund pays a private and very subjective visit to one of her favourite places the sea-bathing facility at Helgoland. ... Read more
Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, The Grifters) teams with John Cusack to bring Nick Hornsby's hysterical bestseller to the screen. Cusack is Rob, an eternal teenager approaching 30. In the midst of a painful break-up with his long-term girlfriend, Rob re-examines the events of his life that ... Read more
Biblical tours are big business. Suzi Rosedale moved from Australia to an Arab outer suburb of Jerusalem in 1984. Since then she has run a highly successful company chaperoning devout pilgrims around the ancient sites of the Holy Land. Mormons, Catholics, Jews and Muslims all line up for a glimpse ... Read more
Best known for his collaborations with Charles Mingus, Roland Kirk and Dexter Gordon, Horace Parian's life story is extraordinary. Don McGlynns intimate portrait of the pianist is comprised of a combination of revealing interviews about Parian's fascinating life. McGlynn captures every stage of ... Read more
At the Tosserz Nightclub a guileless pair of wannabe lady-killers vie for the attention of a classy girl on the dance floor. Impressive characterisation and a pumping soundtrack prove that animated folk can boogie with the best of them. ... Read more
High yields, stiff stalks—one man's passion for corn." So runs the tag me of this truly unusual and highly original documentary. Milford Beeghly has made corn his life's work. Now 101 years old and sassy as ever. Beeghly began experimenting with corn breeds, when even basic gene research was ... Read more
I Am Boy combines 2D and 3D animation, historic and live foolage to show the musical and cultural influences on a Siberian OJ, Misha Maltsev, before and after perestroika, ... Read more
An extraordinary portrait of the daily lives of homeless peoples, / Could've Been Human allows each individual to tell their story, their dreams and hopes. A sense of survival and great loss is revealed— these are people who once had homes and families, were part of 'society', yet for one ... Read more
Two of Mimmo Calopresti's feature films have been selected for competition at Cannes. Not bad for a documentary filmmaker who decided to make the switch to drama just five years ago. Calopresli's latest—a densely textured, plaintive film about the friendship between two boys from different ... Read more
In her directional debut, Argentinean filmmaker Albertina Carri takes us into a world of troubled despair in / Won't Go Back Home. It tells the story of the enclosed and desperate world of two families shaken by a murder. This is a tough film filled with desolation and anger and offering sincere ... Read more
The hard facts are that Iggy Pop is now, at 55, the age of most grandfathers and can still rock, shock and roll harder than most pups half his age. A veteran of more than 30 years in the music biz (and now some 12 films), Iggy is still a mean and muscled mayhem machine in concert. This shirts-off ... Read more
A remarkable new animation by the Brothers Quay with a monumental score by Stockhausen. A woman is doomed to endlessly repeat a task, forever speechless in her cell within the walls of an asylum. Outside a wasteland of war­ring light beams reflect her despair. ... Read more
Two brothers eke out a hand-to mouth existence gutting fish. Their mother is in hospital, dying from an incurable disease. In the Jungle is a confronting look at contemporary Korean life. It is a challenging film—dark and gritty, at times reminiscent of Ken Loach's sombre 'social realism'. An ... Read more
Gary Greenberg was a Unabomber groupie. He was in constant contact by phone and mail with Ted Kaczynski. one of the FBI's Most Wanted, before his arrest on multiple explosives and firearms charges. Greenberg approached this extremely paranoid individual, gamed his trust and offered to write a ... Read more
A bittersweet reminder of the power of imagination. In the Wings revolves around a group of retired actors living together, focussing on Henry, who refuses to let age circumstance and the catty rantmgs of his house mates hold him back. ... Read more
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The savage dog spirits of Shikoku are restless. Their guardians, the women of the Bonomia Clan, have kept them safely imprisoned within clay jars for a quarter century. The arrival of a handsome teacher and his burgeoning but forbidden affair with a local paper maker threatens to shatter the ... Read more
At 23, Josef Fares is one of the youngest talents to emerges from the the Swedish filmaking scene. Jalla! Jalla! is his debut film, is a charming comedy in which love, sex and cultural differences play leading roles. Mans and Roro are in their 20s and best friends. They both work for the park ... Read more
"An existential journey as solemn and intimate as it is majestic and imposing, Japón represents an impressive introduction for debuting Mexican director Carlos Reygadas. Spreads a weighty canvas of big themes like death and rebirth, human strength and fragility, sex and love, religion and faith in ... Read more
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