Tag Archives: 2000s

Andrzej Jakimowski – Zmruz oczy AKA Squint Your Eyes (2002)

The story of a spirited ten-year-old girl who has run away from her proudly affluent parents in town and finds grudging refuge with the slightly slovenly caretaker of an abandoned farm, an ex-teacher. Read More »

Dervis Zaim – Cenneti Beklerken aka Waiting for Heaven (2006)

Review by Necla Algan:
A masterpiece from Derviş Zaim, one of the most original directors of Turkish cinema…
There can be little doubt that Waiting for Heaven ranks as one of the most important works of Turkish cinema. Here is a film that stands out for its unique story and visual richness, its original themes and multi-layered, poetic narrative.
The central character of Waiting for Heaven is Eflatun, a miniaturist… Set in the 17th century, the film uses Eflatun’s personal story as a springboard for exploring a multiplicity of themes including the identity of the artist, the relationship between art and reality, the period of history in question and the struggle for power. Read More »

Tatsuya Mori – A2 (2001)

Documentary filmmaker Tatsuya Mori continues the story of the notorious Aum Shinrikyo cult in this provocative follow-up to his critically acclaimed A. With Aum leader Shoko Asahara on trial for his role in the 1995 poison gas attack in the Tokyo subways, his followers struggle to maintain their beliefs and doctrines. Despite a name change and a shake up in leadership, the cult suffers from verbal and physical assaults by media, police, and ordinary Japanese citizens. Broader in scope than A, this sequel continues to chronicle the inner workings of this elusive cult while revealing the dark side of contemporary Japan. Read More »

Chan-ok Park – Jil-too-neun na-euh heem AKA Jealousy Is My Middle Name (2002)

A soft-spoken, fastidious graduate student Won-sang goes through a bad break-up with his girlfriend. He gets a job at a small but prestigious literary magazine, and is attracted to the magazine’s part-time photographer, a permanently disheveled but freewheeling veterinarian Seong-yeon. To his consternation, however, he finds out that his boss Han Yun-sik, the outspoken, charismatic and womanizing editor-in-chief, was responsible for snatching his girlfriend away. Read More »

Beatriz Flores Silva – En la puta vida AKA In This Tricky Life (2001)

Montevideo, Uruguay. In this comedic drama, Elisa, 27, dreams of opening her own hairdressing salon in one of the rich districts of the Uruguayan capital. A bit of a rebel, one day Elisa moves out of her mother’s house with her two children and breaks up with Garcia, her boss and lover who has infuriated her by not wanting to get married. So, in the space of twenty-four hours, Elisa finds herself without a roof over her head, without a man, without a job and without money. Her best friend Loulou finds her a job – in the brothel run by Dona Jacqueline. And without really being aware of it, Elisa slides into prostitution, which leads her to Barcelona. She falls in love, she is exploited, she gets involved in transvestite gang wars, and meanwhile just dreams of earning enough money for her little beauty salon back home. Read More »

Jeremy Weisfeld – Deep Crates 2: Documentary Film Dedicated to Beatdiggin’ Culture [+Extras] (2007)

Deep Crates 2 documents the history behind diggin’ for samples and creating beats. The 2nd Deep Crates DVD installment takes you back to the origins of sampling records with some of the culture’s founding pioneers. Worldwide diggin’ spots are exposed from the USA to Canada to Japan. From first impressions, Deep Crates 2 appears to be a step up from the crude shooting and editing of the original Deep Crates. With a shorter list of featured producers, one can expect longer interviews with more potency. Features in studio footage and exclusive anecdotes from some of the most famous crate diggers on earth. Read More »

Aki Kaurismäki – Mies vailla menneisyyttä AKA The Man Without a Past (2002)

The second part of Aki Kaurismäki’s “Finland” trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job or an apartment, so he starts living on the outskirts of the city and slowly starts putting his life back on track. Read More »