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Films In 2001

About one million Japanese youths are afflicted with 'hikikmori'—a total withdrawal from society—shutting themselves up at home, out of frustration with school or work. Home is a fascinating documentary portraying one family's struggle with the effects of this condition. ... 25-year-old ... Read more
Based on a true story and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Venice Film Festival, House of Fools is a biting, satirical look at war set in an insane asylum, seen through the eyes of a woman literally madly in love. ... A young Chechen woman, Janna, is one of several inmates living in a ... Read more
About a boy genius who doesn't quite fit in, and a brain that looking for a perfect fit. ... Read more
Ordinary people dance in private moments of personal abandon in living rooms across London. A cinematographic ode to the beauty, grace and humour of the human body in motion, and the joy of music and dance. ... Read more
Where is Dona Kent's head? Her son Saul isnt saying, because he's the one who hid it! A pioneering cryologist, Saul Kent firmly believes that freezing the newly dead or parts of them, can ensure immortality When his mother passed on, Kent had her head off and dipped in liquid nitrogen within hours ... Read more
A modern-day taxi driver leads a second life as a would be Casanova. From the opening scene, where he poses for wedding photos with his bride to be, we watch through flashbacks as events unfold. The camera follows his clueless and sometimes bewildered responses to the changing landscapes swirling ... Read more
Screening to emotional houses at this years Berlin Film Festival I Remember is a simply constructed but deeply moving documentary. Renowned filmmaker Andrzej Wajda has chronicled the political and social changes of his native Poland with sensitivity, passion and a refusal to pull punches. He brings ... Read more
This poignant, performance-driven documentary provides the first real film insight into the life and loves of one of rock's true icons. Broadly, it's the story of a songwriter of extraordinary genius and the price he paid to articulate that vision. ... Forever an outsider in London (he spent his ... Read more
If Martin Scorsese never made another movie, he could unquestionably sustain a career as one of the greatest ever teachers of film. This is an epic masterclass on how to watch films, how to interpret a director's intentions, how to enjoy cinema. Scorsese takes us to back to his Sicillian roots ... Read more
About the loss of the filmmaker's grandmother, this film is an enticing yet evasive construction of memory a hunting down of memory's elusive traces through the synaptic repetition of images and designs. ... Read more
"Jean-Luc Godard, the supreme iconoclast of the postwar generation, is still prolific after all these years, still wrestling with the questions that have informed his cinema over four decades. In Praise of Love (in Official Competition at Cannes 2001) is his most accessible film in years, it is ... Read more
A pioneer of American avant-garde cinema, voodoo priestess and dancer, Maya Deren created a unique body of work before dying, tragically young, in 1961. She was a vivacious, bohemian artist whose fierce individuality and wildly exuberant appearance and manner allowed her access to a diverse group ... Read more
In a mysterious netherworld, a group of people, including Holocaust survivor and underground casino owner Sam (Max Von Sydow), and his right-hand man, bank robber Federico, possess the gift of being uncommonly lucky. When Federico decides to break away from his boss, Sam strips him of his 'gift' ... Read more
Nine candidates. One position. In a desperate bid to take the guesswork out of finding a girlfriend, an intrepid interviewer decides to make a job of it. Audience Favourite at Palm Springs. ... Read more
Welcome Back Kotter meets La Haine in this fascinating fly-on-the-wall account of youth worker Tomer Heymann (also the filmmaker) and the gang (Hasrutim, in Hebrew), a teenage youth group from a housing estate in the town of Azur, near Tel Aviv. Shot over two years by Heymann, the film documents ... Read more
Sunny Holiday and Lester Irving are a travelling two-man championship karaoke team. With Sunny on the mic for lounge bar faves and country classics, Lester taking care of the business end, the pair roam the West looking for big money karaoke competitions. Down on their luck and down to their last ... Read more
"A gripping peek into the dark places of America's prime crime writer. This brilliant, harrowing documentary traces Ellroy's life, work and personal odyssey. Exceptional." - The Guardian ... Academy Award winner Vikram Jayanti's film weaves together a number of strands reflecting different aspects ... Read more
Hot-shot commercials director Dag (actor Ron Eldard from Bastard Out of Carolina, MIFF 1997) lives in a SoHo loft with his girlfriend Halley (Kyra Sedgwick). The pair often find themselves nursing the ego of their gormless friend Peter, whose only claim to fame is that he plays the 'Peanut Butter ... Read more
It's a family day. Alex, 10 years old, is always on his own. So is Julie. They meet for the first time and play dolls together. She's a teaser. He's curious. Screened at Cannes and Oberhausen. ... Read more
"You pretend to work; we'll pretend to pay you' goes the old Soviet adage. In this remarkable debut film, which screened at Cannes, two ageing brothers, railroad line guards in the middle of nowhere, live lives that are deliciously, sometimes brutally, superfluous. ... Read more
This remarkable fable about a gang of kids who emulate an adult pig hunt will chill you to the bone. The results are devastating and lead to radical changes for this once carnivorous village. ... Read more
Siddique is embroiled in a dispute with his brother and former business associate over cash payments made in the dissolution of their partnership. Such friction is nothing new to Siddique, he is locally know as the 'King' of the Chore Bazaar, the famous Thieves Market' of Mumbai. The King solves ... Read more
Mr Gorsky's life is an inescapable treadmill. His thoughts of freedom are fuelled when a mysterious ally delivers him a box simply marked 'Improve Your Life'. Inside lies a knitting kit. Could this really be his means of escape? ... Read more
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