Edinburgh International Film Festival 2003
Ned Kelly Ned Kelly
Ned Kelly and Aram
16 Years Of Alcohol (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Richard Jobson; Writer: Richard Jobson; Stars: Kevin McKidd, Laura Fraser, Ewen Bremner, Susan Lynch, Iain de Caestecker)
Life and times of a budding drunk in the mean streets of Edinburgh.
All Over Brazil (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: David Andrew Ward; Writer: James Havlin; Stars: Iain de Caestecker, Frank Gallagher, Gemma Morrison, Pete MacKenzie)
World Cup summer of 1974 and all 13-year-old Steve wants to be is a glam rocker.
Afterlife (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Alison Peebles; Writer: Andrea Gibb; Stars: Lindsay Duncan, Kevin McKidd, Paula Sage, James Laurenson, Shirley Henderson, Fiona Bell, Anthony Strachan, Emma D'Inverno, Eddie Marsan, Isla Blair, Stuart Davids)
A man goes on a personal voyage of discovery with his Down Syndrome sister.
All Tomorrow's Parties (Country: China; Year: 2003; Director: Yu Lik Wai; Writer: Yu Lik Wai; Stars: Cho Yong Won, DiO Yi Nan, Zhao Wei Wei, Na Ren)
Confusing refugee shenanigans.
American Splendor (Country: US; Year: 2002; Director: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini; Writer: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini, Harvey Pekar, Joyce Brabner; Stars: Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis, James Urbaniak, Judah Friedlander, Harvey Pekar, Joyce Brabner, Toby Radlof)
True story about misfit who creates a popular comic series based on his own life.
Wondrous Oblivion Wondrous Oblivion
Wondrous Oblivion and Torremolinos 73
Anna Spud (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Edward Foster)
Who wants holidays if getting there is beyond ruin?
Annotate (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Cameron Duguid; Writer: Cameron Duguid)
Discourse on electricity - the hows and whats - with moveable graphs and animated thingies.
Aram (Country: France; Year: 2002; Director: Robert Kechichian; Stars: Simon Abkarian, Lubna Azabal, Serge Avedikian, Alain Mottet, Mathieu Demy)
An Armenian terrorist returns home to see his family and exact revenge.
Belleville Rendez-Vous (Les Triplettes De Belleville, The Triplets Of Belleville) (Country: France/Canada/Belgium; Year: 2002; Director: Sylvain Chomet; Writer: Sylvain Chomet; Stars: voices of Michele Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Ronda, Monica Viegas)
Animated tale of a boy who loves cycling, his supportive Gran and a dog called Bruno.
A Big Girl Like You (Une Grande Fille Comme Toi) (Country: France; Year: 2003; Director: Christophe Blanc; Writer: Christophe Blanc; Stars: Mercedes Cecchetto, Laura Locatelli, Sarah Zidhane, Jean-Yves Dubois, Nathalie Krebs)
A French provincial girl grows up fast in Paris.
The Sky The Plane The Girl The Sky The Plane The Girl
The Sky The Plane The Girl and Man Of The Year
Black Tape (Navare Khali, Found In The Garbage, Black Tape: A Tehran Diary, Ravaryete Makdush) (Country: Iran; Year: 2002; Director: Fariborz Kamkari; Writer: Fariborz Kamkari; Stars: Parviz Moasesi, Shilan Rahmani, Shokan Ghafari, Farzin Saboni)
A tortured relationship is captured on camera.
Blind Shaft (Mang Jing) (Country: Hong Kong/Germany; Year: 2003; Director: Li Yang; Writer: Li Yang; Stars: Li Yixiang, Wang Shuangbao, Wang Baoqiang, An Jing, Bao Zhenjiang, Zhao Junzhi)
Moral parable about greed and deception in rural China.
Blind Spot (Slepa Pega) (Country: Slovenia; Year: 2002; Director: Hanna A W Slak; Writer: Hanna A W Slak; Stars: Manca Dorrer, Kolja Saksida, Lotos V Sparovec, Silva Cusin, Jozica Avbelj, Uros Furst)
Gritty Slovenian drama about a girl trying to help her drug-addicted brother.
A Boy's Life (Country: US; Year: 2002; Director: Rory Kennedy, Liz Garbus, Nick Doob)
Documentary about a dysfunctional boy and his family in small town Mississippi.
Camp (Country: US; Year: 2003; Director: Todd Graff; Writer: Todd Graff; Stars: Daniel Letterie, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus, Alana Allen, Anna Kendrick, Tiffany Taylor, Don Dixon, Sasha Allen, Steven Cutts, Vince Rimoldi)
A summer camp for kids who adore musicals.
In America In America
In America and Noi Albinoi
Capturing The Friedmans (Country: US; Year: 2002; Director: Andrew Jarecki; Writer: Andrew Jarecki; Stars: Arnold Friedman, Elaine Friedman, David Friedman, Seth Friedman, Jesse Friedman, Howard Friedman, John McDermott, Frances Galasso, Joseph Onorato, Judd Maltin, Abbey Boklan, Ron Georgalis, Scott Banks, Debbie Nathan, Jerry Bernstein, Peter)
A documentary charting the implosion of a family after a child sex scandal.
Cabin Fever (Country: US; Year: 2002; Director: Eli Roth; Writer: Eli Roth, Randy Pearlstein; Stars: Jordan Ladd, Rider Strong, James DeBello, Cerina Vincent, Joey Kern, Arie Verveen, Giuseppe Andrews)
Deadly virus attacks teens in the woods.
Charlie: The Life And Art Of Charles Chaplin (Country: US; Year: 2003; Director: Richard Schickel; Writer: Richard Schickel)
Biopic of the little tramp.
Le Chignon d'Olga (Olga's Chignon) (Country: France; Year: 2002; Director: Jerome Bonnell; Stars: Hubert Benhamdine, Nathalie Boutefeu, Serge Riaboukine, Florence Loiret Caille, Delphine Rollin)
Introspective drama focusing on the trials and tribulations of a family.
Christmas (Country: New Zealand; Year: 2003; Director: Gregory King; Writer: Gregory King; Stars: Darien Takle, David Hornblow, Helen Pearse Otene, Matthew Sunderland, Tony Waerea)
A dysfunctional New Zealand family Christmas.
Eroica Eroica
Eroica and Cremaster
Comandante (Country: US; Year: 2002; Director: Oliver Stone; Stars: Fidel Castro)
Oliver Stone interviews Fidel Castro.
Cremaster (The Cremaster Cycle, Cremaster I - V) (Country: USA; Year: 2002; Director: Matthew Barney; Writer: Matthew Barney; Stars: Ursula Andress, Matthew Barney, Marti Domination, Norman Mailer, Jim Tooey)
A series of symbolic works about sexual development and creation.
Crimson Gold (Talaye Sorgh) (Country: Iran; Year: 2003; Director: Jafar Panahi; Writer: Jafar Panahi; Stars: Hussein Emadeddin, Kamya Sheissi, Azita Rayeji, Shahram Vaziri, Ehsan Amani, Pourang Nakhayi)
Anatomy of a murder, Iranian style.
Dad's Dead (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Chris Shepherd; Writer: Chris Shepherd; Stars: Ian Hart)
Nostalgia for a working-class Liverpudlian childhood turns sour.
A Decade Under The Influence (Country: US; Year: 2003; Director: Richard LaGravenese, Ted Demme; Writer: Richard LaGravenese)
Documentary outlining Hollywood’s 1970s heyday.
Eating For Two Eating For Two
Eating For Two and Annotate
Deserted Station (Istgah-e Matrouk) (Country: Iran; Year: 2002; Director: Alireza Raisian; Writer: Kambozia Partovi; Stars: Leila Hatami, Nezam Manouchehri, Mehran Rajabi, Mahmoud Pak Neeyat)
Story about a couple stuck in the desert evolves into a modern parable.
Eating For Two (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Steve Smith; Stars: The voice of Timothy Spall)
Trying for a baby over fish and chips.
Echelon The Secret Power (Echelon Le Pouvoir Secret) (Country: France; Year: 2003; Director: David Korn-Brzoza; Writer: David Korn-Brzoza)
Mockumentary on the workings of a global information-gathering organisation.
Elle Est Des Notres (For She’s A Jolly Good Fellow, She's One Of Us) (Country: France; Year: 2002; Director: Siegrid Alnoy; Writer: Siegrid Alnoy, Jerome Beaujour; Stars: Sasha Andres, Carlo Brandt, Catherine Mouchet, Eric Caravaca, Pierre-Félix Gravière, Jacques Spiesser, Mireille Roussel, Daniel Ceccaldi)
A lonely French office temp fantasises about a more interesting life, which might include murder.
Eroica (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Simon Cellan Jones; Stars: Ian Hart, Tim Piggot Smith, Frank Finlay, Clare Skinner, Anton Lesser, Robert Glenister, Jack Davenport, Fenelia Woolgar, Leo Bill, Peter Hanson )
The birth of Romance.
Le Chignon d'Olga Le Chignon d'Olga
Le Chignon d'Olga and Blind Shaft
EvenHand (Even Hand) (Country: USA; Year: 2002; Director: Joseph Pierson; Writer: Mike Jones; Stars: Bill Sage, Bill Dawes, Lawrence Stringer, Io Tillet Wright, Ruth Osuna, Irene Peña, Hector Garcia, Kelley Saunders, Eduardo Cavazos Garza, Greg Bransom)
A year in the life of two small town Texan cops.
Fear X (Country: Denmark/UK; Year: 2002; Director: Nicolas Winding Refn; Writer: Nicolas Winding Refn, Hubert Selby Jr; Stars: John Turturro, Deborah Unger, James Remar, Stephen McIntyre, William Allen Young, Gene Davis, Mark Houghton, Jacqueline Ramel, Liv Corfixen, Nadia Litz )
A dark noir-ish mystery about a man looking for his wife's killer.
Feathers In My Head (Des Plumes Dans La Tete) (Country: Belguim; Year: 2003; Director: Thomas de Thier; Writer: Thomas de Thier; Stars: Sophie Museur, Francis Renaud, Ulysse de Swaef, Alexis Den Doncker)
Coping with the loss of a child by indulging in brutal sex.
The Federation Of Black Cowboys (Country: US; Year: 2003; Director: Eric Martz)
Documentary about black cowboys in Brooklyn.
Four Eyes (Country: Scotland; Year: 2003; Director: Duncan Finnigan; Writer: Duncan Finnigan; Stars: Gordon Grant, John Smith, Wilma Smith, Duncan Finnigan, Mark O'Hare, Douglas Irvine, John Marshall, Jean Lowe, Iain Webb, Janice Dornan )
Dark Scottish comedy as a man tries to support his family by selling double glazing for the boss from hell.
Policewoman Policewoman
Policewoman and Success With Sweet Peas
Herman Can Sing (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Douglas Neilson)
Puppetry ventriloquy.
The Hours Of The Day ( Las Horas del Dia) (Country: Spain; Year: 2003; Director: Jaime Rosales; Writer: Jaime Rosales; Stars: Alex Brendemulh, Agata Roca, Maria Antonia Martinez, Pape Monsoriu, Vincente Romero)
Portrait of a serial killer from the Barcelona suburbs.
Infernal Affairs (Wu jian dao, Mou gaan dou) (Country: Hong Kong; Year: 2002; Director: Keung Lau, Siu Fai Mak; Writer: Felix Chong, Siu Fai Mak; Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Kelly Chen, Sammi Cheng, Edison Chen, Shawn Yue, Elva Hsiao)
Two men, working undercover for the police and Triads respectively, have to eliminate each other to save their jobs, and their lives.
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Mike Hodges; Writer: Trevor Preston; Stars: Clive Owen, Charlotte Rampling, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Malcolm McDowell, Ken Stott, Jamie Foreman, Sylvia Syms, Alexander Morton, Damian Dibben, Geoff Bell)
Once a gangster, always a gangster?
Interstella 5555 The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5sytem (Country: Japan/France; Year: 2003; Director: Kazuhisa Takenouchi, Leiji Matsumoto; Writer: Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, Cédric Hervet; Stars: Romanthony)
Daft Punk and Leiji Matsumoto’s animated house odyssey.
Blind Spot Blind Spot
Blind Spot and Party Monster
In America (Country: Ireland/UK; Year: 2002; Director: Jim Sheridan; Writer: Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan; Stars: Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine, Sarah Bolger, Emma Bolger, Djimon Hounsou, Ciaran Cronin, Juan Hernandez, Jason Salkey, Rene Millan, Merrina Millsapp)
A family of Irish immigrants tries to find their feet in New York.
In My Skin (Dans Ma Peau) (Country: France; Year: 2002; Director: Marina De Van; Writer: Marina De Van; Stars: Marina De Van, Larent Lucas, Lea Drucker, Thibauly de Montalembert, Dominique Reymond, Bernard Alane, Marc Rioufol, Francois Lamotte)
Marina De Van indulges in self-harm and enjoys it.
Kamchatka (Country: Argentina and Spain; Year: 2002; Director: Marcelo Piñeyro; Writer: Marcelo Figueras, Marcelo Piñeyro; Stars: Cecilia Roth, Ricardo Darin, Hector Alteiro, Tomás Fonzi, Matias del Pozo, Fernanda Mistral, Mónica Scapparone, Milton De La Canal, Matías Del Pozo, Evelyn Domínguez )
A family tries to evade capture following the military coup in Argentina.
Killing Time At Home (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Neil Coslett)
There is a website called www.disposablefriends.com.
The Lease (Nuomos Sutartis) (Country: Lithuania; Year: 2002; Director: Kristijonas Vildziunas; Writer: Kristijonas Vildziunas; Stars: Larisa Kalpokaite, Dalia Micheleviciute, Tomas Tamosaitis, Gintaras Liutkevicius, Laisvunas Raudonis, Asta Baukuté, Laisvunas Raudonis, Eglé Mikulionyté)
A divorced Lithuanian woman leases an apartment and is miserable.
A Big Girl Like You A Big Girl Like You
A Big Girl Like You and Traces Of A Dragon: Jackie Chan And His Lost Family
Letters In The Wind (Namehay Bad) (Country: Iran; Year: 2002; Director: Ali-Reza Amini; Writer: Bayram Fazli; Stars: Mohammad Taqi Hashemi, Faramarz Hashemzadeh)
Teenage Iranian conscripts endure basic army training in the mountains.
Laurel Canyon (Country: US; Year: 2002; Director: Lisa Cholodenko; Writer: Lisa Cholodenko; Stars: Frances McDormand, Christian Bale, Kate Beckinsale, Natascha McElhone, Alessandro Nivola, Louis Knox Barlow, Russell Pollard, Imaad Wasif, Mickey Petralia, Melissa De Sousa)
Culture-clash drama about a man and his fiancee who move with his mother.
Lonely Boy (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: B Brodskis)
An abused child grows into a sad recluse.
Mansion By The Lake (Wekande Walauwa) (Country: Sri Lanka; Year: 2002; Director: Lester James Peries; Writer: Lester James Peries; Stars: Malini Fonseka, Vasanthi Chaturani, Sanath Gunatileke, Paboda Sandeepani, Ravindra Randeniya, Iranganie Serasinghe, Senaka Wijesinghe, Asoka Rodrigo, Nuwangi Liyanage, Ranjit Rubasinghe )
Chekov transposed to the failing aristocratic classes of Sri Lanka.
Man Of The Year (O Homem Do Ano) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2002; Director: José Enrique Fonseca; Writer: Rubem Fonseca, based on the novel by Patrícia Melo; Stars: Murilo Benício, Cláudia Abreu, Natália Lage, Jorge Dória, José Wilker, Agildo Ribeiro, Paulo César Pervio, André Barros, Wagner Moura, Mariana Ximenes)
mass murderer runs amok in the dusty streets of Brazil
A Boy's Life A Boy's Life
A Boy's Life and Since Otar Left
Mystic River (Country: US; Year: 2003; Director: Clint Eastwood; Writer: Brian Helgeland based on the novel by Dennis Lehane; Stars: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney, Emmy Rossum, Tom Guiry, Kevin Chapman, Adam Nelson, Spencer Treat Clark, Cameron Bowen, Eli Wallach)
Murder mystery in Massachusetts resurrects memories of child sex abuse.
My Architect (My Architect: A Son's Journey) (Country: US; Year: 2003; Director: Nathaniel Kahn; Writer: Nathaniel Kahn; Stars: Nathaniel Kahn, Louis Kahn, Philip Johnson, Sue Anne Kahn, Harriet Pattison, Anne Tyng, Moshe Safdie, B V Doshi, I M Pei, Alexandra Tyng, Shamsul Wares, Richard Katz, Edmund Bacon, Edwina Pattison Daniels, Robert Stern, Frank O Gehry, Priscilla Pattison)
A son searches for the spiritual heart of his architect father through his life and work.
Ned Kelly (Ned Kelly: Public Enemy No. 1) (Country: Australia/UK; Year: 2003; Director: Gregor Jordan; Writer: John Michael McDonagh, based on Our Sunshine by Robert Drewe; Stars: Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Naomi Watts, Geoffrey Rush, Rachel Griffiths, Joel Edgerton, Laurence Kinlan, Philip Barantini , Kerry Condon , Kris McQuade)
The myth The Kelly Gang is brought down to earth in an unromantic biopic.
New Life (La Vie Nouvelle) (Country: France; Year: 2002; Director: Philippe Grandrieux; Writer: Philippe Grandrieux, Eric Vuillard; Stars: Anna Mouglalis, Zack Knighton, Marc Barbé, Zsolt Nagy, Vladimir Lutov, Gueorgui Kadourine, Raoul Dentec, Simona Hülsemann, Diana Guerova)
Exploitative, misogynistic film about men treating women as dogs.
Noi Albinoi (Noi The Albino) (Country: Iceland; Year: 2003; Director: Dagur Kari; Writer: Dagur Kari; Stars: Tomas Lemarquis, Throstur Leo Gunnarsson, Elin Hansdottir, Anna Fridriksdottit, Hjalti Rognvaldsson)
An icy tale of love and rebellion.
Lonely Boy Lonely Boy
Lonely Boy and Black Tape
Nobody's Life (La Vida De Nadie) (Country: Spain; Year: 2002; Director: Eduard Cortés; Writer: Eduard Cortés, Piti Español; Stars: José Coronado, Adriana Ozores, Marta Etura, Roberto Álvarez, Adrián Portugal)
Flying by deceit of his pants.
One For The Road (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Chris Cooke; Writer: Chris Cooke; Stars: Rupert Procter, Greg Chisholm, Mark Devenport, Hywel Bennett, Julie Legrand, Micaiah Dring, Jonny Phillips, Johann Myers, Penny Linfield, Tony Classen)
Drink-drivers gang up on a boozy millionaire and relieve him of his large change.
The Other Final (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2003; Director: Johan Kramer; Writer: Johan Kramer)
Movie maker sets up an alternative World Cup final between the world's two worst teams.
Party Monster (Country: US; Year: 2002; Director: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato; Writer: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato; Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Seth Green, Chloë Sevigny, Marilyn Manson, Natasha Lyonne, Wilmer Valderrama, Wilson Cruz, Diana Scarwid, Dylan McDermott)
Flamboyant drama based on the life of club-kid promoter Michael Alig.
Paw (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Duncan Nicoll)
A couple find something nasty in the woods.
Spare Parts Spare Parts
Spare Parts and Young Adam
Perfect (Country: UK; Year: 2002; Director: Anya Camilleri; Writer: Jonathan Goodfellow; Stars: Stephen Moyer, Roy Simpson, Yvonne O'Brien, Mark Cox, Nicola Burnett Smith, Ford Kiernan)
Scottish estate agent works hard showing clients and colleagues the stairway to heaven.
The Plot (Country: UK; Year: 2002; Director: Matt Hulse; Writer: Matt Hulse)
An intruder in an empty house leads to the discovery of a website address.
Policewoman (Muhler Polícia) (Country: Portugal/Spain/France/Brazil; Year: 2003; Director: Joaquim Sapinho; Writer: Joaquim Sapinho; Stars: Amélia Corôa, Ludovic Videira, Maria Silva, Miguel Romeira, Norbeto Barroca, João Manata, Joaquim Santos, José Pinto, Vítor Norte, Jorge Fernandes)
A mother and son escape from their past lives in Portugal.
Pork Chop (Country: UK; Year: 2002; Director: David Paton; Writer: Ricky Callan; Stars: Anna Hepburn, Malcolm Shields, Anne Downie, Ricky Callan)
An old lady goes to the butchers - twice - and has a night in with a pal.
Pulse (Kairo) (Country: Japan; Year: 2001; Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa; Writer: Kiyoshi Kurosawa; Stars: Haruhiko Kato, Kumiko Aso, Koyuki, Karume Arisaka, Masatoshi Matsuo, Shinji Takeda, Jun Fubuki, Shun Sugata, Sho Akaiwa, Koji Yakusho, Kenji Mizuhashi)
Facing the apocalypse, as a secret website devotes itself to the terrible isolation of ghosts and the parable of techno terror.
Christmas Christmas
Christmas and Vendredi Soir
The Rage In Placid Lake (Country: Australia; Year: 2003; Director: Tony McNamara; Writer: Tony McNamara; Stars: Ben Lee, Rose Byrne, Miranda Richardson, Garry McDonald, Nicholas Hammond, Saskia Smith, Christopher Stollery, Francis McMahon)
Subversive comedy about an oddball making his way in a bland world.
The Red And The White (Csillagosok, katonak) (Country: Hungary/USSR; Year: 1967; Director: Miklos Jancso; Writer: Gyulam Hernadi, Heorgi Mdivani, Miklos Jansco; Stars: Joszef Madaras, Andras Kozak, Tibor Molnar, Jacint Juhasz, Anatoli Yabbarov)
The bloody civil war in Russia that followed the October Revolution.
Returner (Ritana) (Country: Japan; Year: 2002; Director: Takashi Yamazaki; Writer: Takashi Yamazaki; Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Anne Suzuki, Kirin Kiki, Goro Kishitani, Yukiko Okamoto, Mitsuru Murata, Motohiro Iida, Kazuya Shimizu, Chiharu Kawai, Dean Harrington)
Japanese futuristic action pic about a probable alien invasion.
The River (Le Fleuve) (Country: Guinea/France; Year: 2002; Director: Mama Keita; Writer: David Achkar, Mama Keita; Stars: Stormy Bugsy, Aurelie Coulibaly, Vincent Byrd Lesage, Karim Seghair, Georges Kritchmar, Ramatoulaye Diallo, Doc Gyneco)
A romantic comedy road movie, with thriller elements, in Senegal.
Room For The Night (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Vincent Hunter)
A man alone in his car discovers the emotional alienation of sex for hire.
Afterlife Afterlife
Afterlife and Royal Bonbon
Royal Bonbon (Country: Canada/Haiti; Year: 2002; Director: Charles Najman; Writer: Charles Najman; Stars: Dominique Batraville, Verlus Delorme, Amboise Thomson, Erol Josué)
A vagrant lays claim to the kingdom of Haiti.
Screaming Men (Huutajat) (Country: Finland/Denmark; Year: 2003; Director: Mika Ronkainen)
Finnish male voice choir have a scream on tour.
The Separation (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Robert Morgan)
A Siamese twin is unable to accept his oneness after being separated.
Shade (Country: UK; Year: 2004; Director: Dustin Demri-Burns, Matt Pinder; Writer: Matt Pinder; Stars: Ben Lord, Scott MacDougall, Tina Baird, Jordana Hall, Marina Melville, Andy Broadfoot)
A boy comes to terms with his new baby sister.
Silence. The Stigmatised (Cisza. Naznaczeni, Silence. The Stigmatized) (Country: Poland; Year: 2001; Director: Michal Rosa; Writer: Krzysztof Piesiewicz; Stars: Kinga Preis, Bartosz Opania, Irena Burawska, Grazyna Walasek, Magdalena Walasek)
What do you do when you meet someone who knows you better than yourself?
Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself
Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself and The Federation Of Black Cowboys
Since Otar Left (Depuis Qu'Otar Est Parti) (Country: France/Belgium; Year: 2003; Director: Julie Bertuccelli; Writer: Julie Bertuccelli, Bernard Renucci, Roger Bohbot; Stars: Esther Gorintin, Nino Khomassouridze, Dinara Droukarova, Temour Kalandadze, Roussoudan Bolkvadze)
Three Georgian women deal with the absence of Otar, the only man in the family.
The Sky The Plane The Girl (Nebo, Samoljot, Devushka) (Country: Russia; Year: 2002; Director: Vera Storozheva; Writer: Renata Litivinova, Edvard Radzinsky; Stars: Renata Litivinova, Dmitri Orlov, Inga Strelkova-Oboldina, Mikhail Yefremov, Konstantin Murzenko )
The tale of a flighty romance.
Solid Air (Country: UK; Year: 2002; Director: May Miles Thomas; Writer: May Miles Thomas; Stars: Maurice Roëves, Brian McCardie, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Gary Lewis, James Martin, Laura Harvey, Neil McCormack, Ian Hanmore, Anne Downie, Matthew Bill Boyd, Laurie Ventry)
Is a gambler really fighting for his dad - or just trying to win cash to pay off a debt?
Song For A Raggy Boy (Country: Ireland; Year: 2003; Director: Aisling Walsh; Writer: Patrick Galvin, Kevin Byron Murphy, Aisling Walsh; Stars: Aidan Quinn, Iain Glen, Marc Warren, Dudley Sutton, Claus Bue, Alan Devlin, Stuart Graham, John Travers, Chris Newman, Simone Bendix)
Autobiographical account of life as a boy offender in an Irish Catholic reform school.
Sophiatown (Country: Ireland/UK/South Africa; Year: 2003; Director: Pascale Lamche; Writer: Pascale Lamche; Stars: Hugh Masekela, Nelson Mandela, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jurgen Schadeiberg, Jonas Gwaglia, Dolly Rathebe, Dorothy Masuka )
Documentary about black cultural renaissance during apartheid in an area of Johannesburg in the Forties and Fifties.
Fear X Fear X
Fear X and Nobody's Life
So Close (Chik Yeung Tin Sai, Chik Yeung Tin si, Xi Yang Tian Shi) (Country: Hong Kong; Year: 2002; Director: Corey Yuen; Writer: Jeff Lau; Stars: Shu Qi, Zhao Wei, Seung-Heon Song, Karen Mok, Michael Wei, Yasuaki Kurata, Wan Siu Lun, Ben Lam, Lam Ki Yan, Josephine Ho)
Kill-for-hire sisters get martial arts kicks.
Spare Parts (Rezervni Deli) (Country: Slovenia; Year: 2002; Director: Damjan Kozole; Writer: Damjan Kozole; Stars: Peter Musevski, Alijosa Kovcic, Aleksandra Balmazovic, Primoz Petkovsek, Valter Dragan)
Drama about Slovenian immigrants being smuggled over the Italian border.
Sredni Vashtar (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Angela M Murray; Writer: Angela M Murray; Stars: Fergus Nimmo, Sian Thomas)
Spooky tale of a sick boy and a shed at the bottom of the garden.
A Story That Begins At The End (Arimpara) (Country: India; Year: 2003; Director: Murali Nair; Writer: Murali Nair, Madhu Apsara; Stars: Nedumudi Venu, Sona Nair, Master Bhagyanath, Rajan Sithara, Kochu Preman, Bharathan Njarakkal, Chandrakala)
A high-caste Indian landowner discovers a wart on his chin that grows like Topsy.
Structure Space Form (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Oblong)
Art is the shape of the city.
Kamchatka Kamchatka
Kamchatka and The River
Style Wars/Style Wars: Revisited (Country: US; Year: 1983; Director: Tony Silver)
Remastered 21-year-old documentary about graffiti artists in New York.
Success With Sweet Peas (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Samantha Moore; Writer: Samantha Moore)
Animation about gardening and friendship.
Swimming Pool (Country: France; Year: 2002; Director: François Ozon; Writer: François Ozon, Emmanuèle Bernheim; Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Charles Dance, Marc Fayolle, Jean-Marie Lamour, Mireille Mossé, Michel Fau, Jean-Claude Lecas, Emilie Gavois Kahn, Erarde Forestali)
A prickly English author looks for inspiration in a hedonistic housemate.
A Thousand Clouds of Peace Fence the Sky, Love, Your Being Love Will Never End (Mil Nubes De Paz Cercan El Cielo, Amor, Jamás Acabarás De Ser Amor, A Thousand Clouds Of Peace) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2003; Director: Julián Hernández; Writer: Julián Hernández; Stars: Juan Carlos Ortuño, Juan Carlos Torres, Perla de la Rosa, Salvador Álvarez, Rosa María Gómez, Mario Oliver, Clarisa Rendón, Salvador Hernández, Pablo Molina, Manuel Grapain Zaquelarez)
A 17-year-old Mexican boy agonises over his lover, who has walked out on him.
A Thousand Months (Mille Mois) (Country: Morocco; Year: 2003; Director: Faouzi Bensaidi; Writer: Emmanuelle Sardou, Faouzi Bensaidi; Stars: Fouad Labied, Nezha Rahil, Mohammed Majd, Mohammed Afifi, Mohamed Bastaoui, Abdelati Lambarki, Brahim Khai, Abdellah Chicha, Mohamed Choubi, Hajar Masdouki )
Life in a poor Moroccan village, where a school chair is the most valued object.
The Red And The White The Red And The White
The Red And The White and Returner
Today And Tomorrow (Hoy Y Manana) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2003; Director: Alejandro Chomski; Writer: Alejandro Chomski; Stars: Antonella Costa, Manuel Navarro, Romina Ricci, Carlos Duranona, Ricardo Merkin, Horacio Acosta, Ricardo Holser, Daniel Toppino, Abian Vainstein, Luciana Godoy)
A rather bad day for Paula.
Traces Of A Dragon: Jackie Chan And His Lost Family (Country: Hong Kong; Year: 2002; Director: Mabel Cheung)
Jackie Chan reveals the secrets of his family history.
The Trigger (Ko Ban Ji, Koubanji) (Country: Taiwan; Year: 2002; Director: Alex Yang; Writer: Weibang Ma-Xu; Stars: Ming Ran Ni, Kelly Ko, Xing Hong Cai, Hui Ni Xu, Chuan Zheng Tao, Qi Yang, Ya Xuan Li, Sima san san, Qi Dong You, May Yun You)
An old Taiwanese gangster agrees on one last hit, which involves a young ex-con, trying to go straight.
Trilogy 1: On The Run (La Trilogie: Cavale, Trilogy One) (Country: Belgium/France; Year: 2002; Director: Lucas Belvaux; Writer: Lucas Belvaux; Stars: Lucas Belvaux, Catherine Frot, Ornella Muti, François Morel, Dominique Blanc, Gilbert Melki)
A homegrown terrorist escapes from jail in Grenoble and stays one step ahead of the police.
Trilogy 2: An Amazing Couple (La Trilogie: UN Couple Epatant, Trilogy Two) (Country: Belgium/France; Year: 2002; Director: Lucas Belvaux; Writer: Lucas Belvaux; Stars: Ornella Muti, François Morel, Dominique Blanc, Gilbert Melki, Lucas Belvaux, Catherine Frot)
Second part of Belvaux's trilogy is played mostly for laughs as a man comes to believe his wife is caught up in conspiracy.
Swimming Pool Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool and Yesterday
Trilogy 3: After Life (La Trilogie: Apres La Vie) (Country: Belgium/France; Year: 2002; Director: Lucas Belvaux; Writer: Lucas Belvaux; Stars: Dominique Blanc, Gilbert Melki, Ornella Muti, Francois Morel, Lucas Belvaux, Catherine Frot)
Final part in the trilogy about a Grenoble detective and an escaped con.
Torremolinos 73 (Country: Spain; Year: 2003; Director: Pablo Berge; Writer: Pablo Berge; Stars: Javier Camara, Candela Pena, Juan Diego, Fernando Tejero, Mads Mikkelsen, Malena Alterio, Ramon Barea, Nuria Gonzalez, Tina Sainz, Tom Jacobsen)
Comedy in which an encyclopedia salesman and his wife start shooting “scientific reproduction” Super 8 films.
Tube (Country: South Korea; Year: 2002; Director: Baek Woon-Hak; Writer: Baek Woon-Hak; Stars: Kim Seok-hun, Kim Seok-hun (II), Park Sang-min, Bae Du-na, Kwon Oh-jung)
Explosive action thriller set on a Korean subway.
The Tulse Luper Suitcases: Part One The Moab Story (Country: Spain, UK, Italy and Hungary; Year: 2003; Director: Peter Greenaway; Writer: Peter Greenaway; Stars: JJ Field, Valentina Cervi, Drew Mulligan, Isabella Rossellini, Deborah Harry , Yorick van Wageningen, Kevin Tighe, Scot Williams, Tom Bower, Steven Mackintosh)
A meandering historical epic life story of a traveller/natural historian/writer.
Vendredi Soir (Friday Night) (Country: France; Year: 2002; Director: Claire Denis; Writer: Claire Denis, Emmanuelle Bernheim, based on the novel by Emmanuelle Bernheim; Stars: Valerie Lemercier, Vincent Lindon, Helene de Saint-Pere, Helene Fillieres, Florence Loiret Caille, Gregoire Colin)
A one-night stand between strangers who meet in a Parisian traffic jam.
American Splendor American Splendor
American Splendor and I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
Vocation (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Alice Nelson; Writer: Alice Nelson)
A biographical fragment of the life and sacrifice of a disabled priest.
Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself (Country: Denmark/UK/Sweden/France; Year: 2002; Director: Lone Scherfig; Writer: Lone Scherfig, Anders Thomas Jensen; Stars: Jamie Sives, Shirley Henderson, Adrian Rawlins, Lisa McKinlay, Mads Mikkelsen, Julia Davis, Susan Vidler, Coral Preston, Gordon Brown, Lorraine McIntosh)
A suicide addict, a bookish brother and a single mother emotionally interact in Glasgow.
Wise Guys (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Adrian McDowall; Writer: Simon Stephenson; Stars: Anthony Martin, Jonathon Carlin, James McAnerney, Lorraine McIntosh, Jamie Quinn)
Gangster paperboys embark upon a dodgy spree.
Wondrous Oblivion (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: Paul Morrisson; Writer: Paul Morrisson; Stars: Delroy Lindo, Emily Woof, Stanley Townsend, Sam Smith, Angela Wynter, Leonie Elliott, Leagh Conwell, Dominic Barklem, Yasmin Paige, Petra Letang )
Racial prejudice in South London, circa 1960, is relieved by cricket coaching in the back garden.
Yesterday (Country: South Korea; Year: 2002; Director: Jeong Yun-su; Writer: Jeong Yun-su; Stars: Kim Seung-woo, Kim Yun-jin Kim, Choi Min-su Choi, Kim Seon-a, Jeong So-yeong)
Korean SWAT team makes a drama out of a crisis.
Dad's Dead Dad's Dead
Dad's Dead and Trilogy 1: On The Run
Young Adam (Country: UK; Year: 2003; Director: David Mackenzie; Writer: David Mackenzie, based on the book by Alexander Trocchi; Stars: Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Peter Mullan, Emily Mortimer, Jack McElhone, Therese Bradley, Ewan Stewart, Stuart McQuarrie, Pauline Turner, Alan Cooke)
Rootless drifter working on Scottish canal barge discovers dead woman in the water.
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