Tag Archives: 2000s

Vimukthi Jayasundara – Sulanga Enu Pinisa aka The forsaken land (2005)

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‘The Forsaken Land’ Tells the Tale of Sri Lanka’s Walking Wounded
By MANOHLA DARGIS (The New York Times)
Published: June 23, 2006
Some films offer up their mysteries openly; others, like the quietly affecting Sri Lankan film “The Forsaken Land,” keep their secrets close, revealing them gradually shot by shot, scene by scene. Directed and written by the young Sri Lankan filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara, this fine first feature takes place on a desolate stretch of wind-swept coast far from the big city and much of anything else that might evoke the modern world. Here, amid the swaying palms and an occasional pool of blood, men and women drift through life as if they were ghosts, casualties of a civil war that hangs over them like a curse. Read More »

Various – Cinema16: British Short Films (2003)


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A compilation of sixteen short films from British filmmakers: Includes: About A Girl – Brian Percival, Boy And Bicycle – Ridley Scott, Dear Phone – Peter Greenaway, Doodlebug – Christopher Nolan, Eight – Stephen Daldry, Gasman – Lynne Ramsay, Girl Chewing Gum – John Smith, Home – Morag McKinnon, Joyride – Jim Gillespie, Inside Out – Tom and Charles Guard, Je T’aime John Wayne – Toby McDonald, The Sheep Thief – Asif Kapadia, The Short And Curlies – Mike Leigh, Telling Lies – Simon Ellis, UK Images – Martin Parrand, and Who’s My Favourite Girl? – Adrian McDowall. Read More »

Manijeh Hekmat – Zendan-e zanan aka Women’s Prison (2002)

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Spanning 18 years in an Iranian women’s prison, this follows two women: the new prison warden, a tough as nails devout Muslim who has served in the army on the Iraqi front, and a young midwife, Mitra, who is serving her sentence for killing her mother’s abusive husband. In the early years, Mitra is repeatedly punished as the warden tries to break her. This includes punishment for delivering a baby in the prison cell while all of the prison staff has taken shelter during an Iraqi bombing. The warden’s attitude starts to change after 8 years, when Mitra tries to protect a new inmate from rape at the hands of her older cellmates. When the baby comes back in 1991 as a 17 year old delinquent, Sepideh, the warden respects Mitra enough to protect the girl. Read More »

Joe Swanberg – Alexander the Last (2009)

Director Joe Swanberg (Nights and Weekends) goes beyond the mumblecore movement with this revealing drama about marriage. For Alexander the Last, Swanberg reigns over an experienced cast of actors — including Jane Adams, Jess Weixler, and Josh Hamilton — but still incorporates his usual improvisational techniques. Margot at the Wedding director Noah Baumbach serves as one of the film’s producers. —IFC Films Read More »

Andrey Zvyagintsev – Vozvrashcheniye (Возвращение) AKA The Return [+Extras] (2003)


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Feisty, diminutive 13-year-old Ivan (Ivan Dobronravov) lives with his mother (Natalia Vdovina) and easygoing, tall, 15-year-old brother Andrei (Vladimir Garin) in a small, grimy Russian town. Their father (Konstantin Lavronenko) has long since departed the scene – until one day, completely out of the blue, he returns.

A dour, steely presence, Dad doesn’t say much, but next day takes the boys on a “fishing trip.” While Andrei does his best to re-establish friendly terms with his uncommunicative parent, Ivan rebels – and even questions whether this mysterious streanger really is their father at all. When they reach their destination at a remote lake, events take an even more enigmatic turn… Read More »

Abel Ferrara – Chelsea on the Rocks (2008)


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The Chelsea Hotel has long been consider the creative epicenter of New York City, a sort of unofficial gathering point for the most renowned artists and entertainers that the city has to offer. But while the Chelsea Hotel was once considered an impenetrable, untouchable monument to the creative spirit, an early 21st Century renovation led many to believe that the new management company had little appreciation for it’s unique history. Dennis Hopper, Milos Forman, R. Crumb, Ethan Hawke, Grace Jones, and a whole host of Chelsea Hotel regulars all chime in with their fondest memories about the New York landmark, and their thoughts about what may be in store for the iconic building in the future. —allmovie guide Read More »

Christoffer Boe – Allegro (2005)


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Zetterstrøm is an accomplished pianist who lives and breathes music. When he plays he shuts out his surroundings, isolates himself entirely in a universe where only he and his piano exist in perfect symbiosis, forgetting all that matters, even those who love him. When his girlfriend finally abandons him he is heartbroken, and his already reclusive nature is strengthened. He travels to New York and takes up residence, now playing concerts physically isolated from the audience. Ten years pass and he feels compelled to return to Copenhagen, but in his absence something very strange has happened to his old neighbourhood… Read More »