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Films In 2000

Un homme, Une lemme. Le cinema. The film tells the story of a young Englishman named Belmondo, who has seen too many French films. ... Read more
Love may be a small piece in life's puzzle but to Madeline. the picture is incomplete! Beautifully shot and deftly directed, this wonderfully mischievous silent film humorously explores the sensuality of one of life's more 'Rubenesque' women. ... Read more
Jogging sneaks up on you along a barren post apocalyptic highway cluttered with signs of displacement. It finishes with a ghetto of dogs as ominous and degrading as the eyes staring out of any shantytown, fringe dwelling or garbage dump. ... Read more
At a border post between North and South Korea, three soldiers are dead and the two surviving witnesses to their killing have attempted suicide. Into a potentially explosive situation steps investigator Jang. Swiss/Korean Jang has been selected as a neutral party qualified to unravel a mystery that ... Read more
Thursday night. Late night shopping. Joy wants to have fun. A glimpse at a teenage girl's life; the glitter of the shopping mall mecca and the pull of friends, intersected by the familiar commands that are meant to instill a sense of discipline but only make you want to get further away. Sometimes ... Read more
Jungle Jazz combines an excellent new Jazz soundtrack with footage from several classic Soundies (the short films that were produced in the 1940s to accompany the popular songs of the day). Also invoking the spirit of 1950s propaganda scare films it is a clever and historically interesting work. ... Read more
"There are few subjects as abhorrent to our sensibilities as incest, particularly when it involves very young children. Just, Mebin chronicles a truly monstrous case. The film tells the story of an individual whose path of destruction was so insidious and devastating that it's almost impossible not ... Read more
"How do people taste?' A fair enough question when put to Tobias Schneebaum: artist, writer...cannibal. Schneebaum first gained notoriety in 1955. when the US State Department announced the New York artist was missing in the Peruvian jungle. He emerged, after several months, naked, covered in body ... Read more
Meticulously constructed from religious films, old Hollywood footage and home movies, Rosenblatt exposes his own (and cinemas) troubled relationship with Jesus Christ, in examining the source of anti-semitism he weaves through the scavenged images a kind of healing homage to the King of the Jews ... Read more
If love can conquer the wintry cold, hunger, poverty and even violence, then you're really swimming in the thick realms of commitment and obsession. When David (Florian Setter) loses his job as a construction worker, he meets a prostitute named Mane (Sabine Timofeo) and they fall truly, madly ... Read more
1960s Australia, not the swinging city, but a dusty fibro amidst scorched grass in the shadow of an oil refinery Lola (Lola Marceli) is an exotic Spanish woman, defiantly serving chorizos in a land of roast lamb and veggies. But her husband, Ricardo, has had enough of her fiery ways. He heads for ... Read more
Vincent, a notorious womaniser, seduces a stranger faster than you can say 'Madeline Zozzocolovich', her name. This one tryst out of so many has dire consequences as fateful coincidence leads him from tedium to randy adventure. Vincent and his pals, all night workers, gather at a cafe each evening ... Read more
Nothing can help Danny sleep. Working as a toll-way attendant, his life is dominated by the mindless ritual of night shift, paid sex and insomnia— until an old school friend looks him up. The urban landscape of tollways and convenience stores evokes a strong sense of mood in this wry look at ... Read more
The unmistakable humour and anguish of Michael Leunig's illustrated modern-day fables make the leap from newsprint to screen in this well crafted model animation film. Award-winning Australian animator Andrew Home brings to life one of Leunig's most popular characters and follows his encounters ... Read more
Not quite your idyllic Saturday morning in the 'burbs. Struggling to communicate with his son, a man wanders out to his backyard to play with the dog instead. But the dog's up to its own tricks. The humour and pathos of Leunig's work is translated perfectly through this short animation. ... Read more
The best spy is invisible. Antonio Mendez didn't achieve invisibility (and a formidable reputation as a super spook) using James Bond technology, but by being a master of disguise Mendez was point man on countless perilous missions to Moscow, Hong Kong, Laos and Iran at the height of the Cold War ... Read more
With shades of David Lynch's Eraserhead, Jan Svankmajers Little Otik is an astonishing modern adaptation of a traditional Czech fairy-tale. Karel, the husband of a barren couple, attempts to console his wife, Bozena. by presenting her with a deformed tree stump as a substitute for a child. Bozena ... Read more
In Little Senegal, French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb, finds simple, human terms to explore the dark legacy of violence and broken families created by American slavery. The film traces the historical itinerary of Africans forced into slavery in the New World, Its hero, 65-year-old widower ... Read more
Australian film maker Jeremy Weinstein goes to Cannes during the film festival to track down his idol and namesake. Miramax boss. Harvey Weinstein. Jeremy's relentless search is spurred on by the startling coincidences that link the two Wemstein filmmaking dynasties. ... Read more
Jack Dawkins, Head of Missing Persons, questions his grasp on reality when three children appear from nowhere and seem to belong to no-one. In this haunting but beautiful evocation not a frame is wasted. ... Read more
Lotte Reiniger made an invaluable contribution to early cinema and this enlightening documentary examines the life of this pioneering German animator. Born on the eve of the 20th century, Reiniger became the leading practitioner of silhouette animation, creating many stunning short and feature ... Read more
The Tales of Neville and Matthew, two brothers, one black and one white. They have been each others keeper since their family was torn apart by a decade old tragedey. Neville is a comedian struggling with his art; Matthew, a boxer content with the pleasure and pain of his skin. On his first night ... Read more
From the lap-top stylings of Hassids in New Jersey to a 24 strong posse of San Diego mothers (who consider size 10-12 women as overweight!) who insist they aren't gossips, Make me a Match criss-crosses the USA, revealing the varied methods of Jewish dating services. Veering from the hilanous to the ... Read more
The debris of abandoned buildings creates an ominous playground for a young Polish girl as she negotiates a world of isolation, poverty and neglect Mama. Look was made in Poland by British director Grant Thorburn. ... Read more
"A depiction of French family life from director Sandrine Veyssett (Will it Snow For Christmas MIFF 1997). Martha is an unstable young woman given to fits of depression. She is clearly not the ideal mother for six-year-old Use, who may or may not be the daughter of her loyal, long suffering ... Read more
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