Films In 2000

"In his unorthodox answer to Hollywood action movies, Jerzy Skolimowski has made a film that is more than what it seems … An astonishing game of mirages, where time expands and contracts giddily." – Cinema Scope ... A student prepares to commit a robbery. A paramedic team races against the clock. A woman embarks on a tryst with a Hollywood filmmaker, unaware that her husband is on the way. At a Wa... Read more
Documentary treatment of juvenile delinquency in New York City, showing the experiences and contributions of a juvenile-board officer in that city in dealing with a particular street gang. ... Read more
Finding the secrets of life, love and long-lasting happiness, one wedding video at a time. ... Making ends meet while chasing the filmmaking dream is a common dilemma, and for Doug Block (The Heck with Hollywood, MIFF 1991), wedding videography filled the gap. For two decades, his camera captured the happiest day of his clients' lives – but when the work was over, he barely gave them another thoug... Read more
A radical biopic on the life and death of a Japanese icon from veteran provocateur Koji Wakamatsu. ... On 25 November 1970 one of Japan's most celebrated writers, Yukio Mishima, committed ritual suicide after staging a failed right-wing coup with his private militia that had attempted to reinstate the Emperor as a deity.Director Wakamatsu (Caterpillar, MIFF 10; United Red Army, MIFF 08) attempts t... Read more
This perceptual training film disciplines the eye to catch a single frame, an explosion of light, a moment of gesture and timing. ... --- D/P/S Johann Lurf WS SixPackFilm L No dialogue TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
“The switch for kitschy visuals and florid melodrama is flicked to 11.” - Variety ... Flamboyant filmmaker Royston Tan follows on from the bubblegum musical fun of 881 (MIFF 08) to once again delve into the exuberant Singaporean song culture of getai - a series of open-air concerts dominating the seventh month of the Chinese calendar. ... 12 Lotus follows the darker tale of Lian Hua, a girl who dr... Read more
A moving and thought provoking second film by Meepok Man director Eric Khoo, 12 Storeys is a look at a day in the life of three households in a Housing and Development Board estate of cramped three-room flats. In Block 173 we enter the lives of Meng, an upright, interfering and over-protective brother whose concern for his sister, Trixie, borders on an unhealthy obses­sion; San San, the neighbourh... Read more
12 Views of Kensal House is a documentary portrait of a working class housing estate built in 1936 as a model of enlightened planning, and which now stands as an archetypal example of inner city decay. The estate's downward path since idealistic conception (under the influence of Le Corbusier, the Bauhaus and the Socialist ... utopianism of the 1930s) is traced through interviews with the architec... Read more
The history of coal mining is a story of back-breaking labor, dangerous working conditions, meagre salaries. and occasionally violent labor strife Coal deposits can mean job opportunities and economic prosperity for the people who mine the ore. but too often miners find themselves exploited by industrial capitalists, sometimes poorly represented by union leaders and occasionally manipulated by gov... Read more
“It's a movie that seems simple, yet its subtle and brilliant complexity is not to be denied.” - San Francisco Chronicle ... With its title referring to the exact time dictator Nicolae Ceausescu fled Romania's presidential palace on 22 December 1989, 12.08 East of Bucharest cleverly looks, with a sly wink, at the aftermath of a revolution - most notably the skewed recollection of events by differe... Read more
Magdalena believes she has been called by God to have 13 daughters all bom on the same day. News of these miracle births spreads each year, but just as Magalena's work is almost done, God seems to change his mind, causing Magdalena to question the religious beliefs which have guided her entire life. ... Read more
"[Director] Takashi Miike is in top, slashtastic form." - Variety ... Kinetic Japanese director Takashi Miike (Audition, MIFF 2000, Sukiyaki Western Django, MIFF 2007) returns with an homage to his legendary compatriot Akira Kurosawa. ... In 19th century Japan, a time of peace is threatened by the rise of a sadistic, murderous young lord. Brother to the Shogun, the lord is politically protected - ... Read more
Winner of the Venice Film Festival Gold Lion award. ... “Shot like the grunge version of a ‘50s noir thriller from France (or Soviet Georgia), the black-and-white 13 (Tzameti) turns into a shocker of Tarantino proportions in protracted sequences of explosive violence that leaves viewers quaking.” - Variety ... Marking the feature debut of its young filmmaker, Géla Babluani (son of well-known Georg... Read more
A beautifully twisted moralistic tale evolves during a drug induced ride through the English countryside with a burly biker. ... Read more
The terminology and critical nomenclature that will label American Art of the 1970's is still being devised and debated. The implication is that, unlike the 1950s and 1960's, when a basic style and set of artistic values emerged, this most recent decade defies generalities. The film selects fourteen artists to examine this heterogeneous era. ... Read more
The direct and fragmentary narratives of dead, wounded and fleeing civilians and soldiers powerfully conveys the reality of the Russian Chechen conflict in [14 Episodes]. ... --- ... D/P Murad Mazaev WS Kaukasus TV Foundation L Chechen w/English subtitles TD video/col/2004/9mins ... Read more
A first-hand account of the Great Sichuan Earthquake that shows the human face of a massive tragedy. ... The statistics are mind-boggling: 70,000 dead, 375,000 casualties. In 1428 filmmaker Du Haibin captures the human face of the catastrophic Great Sichuan Earthquake, a monumental seismic event that measured a massive 8.0 on the Richter scale. ... Surveying the chaos 10 days after the earthquake ... Read more
Singapore'Growing up in the world's most oppressive nanny state can be bad for your mental health, and 15 tells it like it is. 26-year-old Royston Tan's social satire has given local censors their biggest ever headache by focusing on Singapore's 'problem' boys: the ones from broken homes, the ones who smuggle drugs, the dropouts, the ones who obsess on suicide and tend to die young. But what could... Read more
A visually clever and witty comedy about a young mans tentative first steps into adulthood Bernd Meys' first day as a security officer with the Underground Tram Network is complicated by the old gang, new love and a curmud­geonly boss. ... Read more
17 Years to Earth takes us on a journey through a young girl's diary. She writes about a perfect life full of love and happiness. Unfortunately, none of it is true. Director Perry Lin handles this story of a girl's bittersweet voyage of self-discovery with sensitivity and an eye for detail, producing both funny and truly poignant moments. This film combines a powerful screenplay and excellent perf... Read more
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