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Film Festivals 2001

A fantastic collection of films this year included Wong-kar Wai's 'In The Mood For Love', Christopher Nolan's head-bending 'Memento', kiwi Christine Jeff's sublime 'Rain' and Christopher Guest's gentle doggie satire 'Best in Show'. 'Songs from the Second Floor' was described as 'Short Cuts' meets 'Night of the Living Dead', 'Series 7: The Contenders' took reality TV to the next level and 'Amores Perros' was an astonishing feature debut for Mexican Alejandro Inarritu. And not forgetting Joel Schumacher's 'Tigerland', Australian thriller, 'The Bank' and the revelatory documentary 'One Day in September'.

A Ma Soeur! ( Fat Girl ) (2001)

6.5/10
Director: Catherine Breillat
Starring: Anais Reboux, Libero de Rienzo, Roxane Mesquida, Arsinee Khanjian

Aka "For My Sister", "Fat Girl". Disturbing, sexually graphic and violent French drama about an overweight 13-year-old Parisian girl who feels ostraci... Read more

A Room for Romeo Brass (1999)

7.7/10
Director: Shane Meadows
Starring: Andrew Shim, Ben Marshall, Paddy Considine

Twelve-year-old Romeo and friend Gavin spend days just behaving like boys and putting up with their families. A much older boy, Morell, takes a fancy... Read more

A Time for Drunken Horses (2001)

7.7/10
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Starring: Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi

Lyrical, emotional and bleak drama about several siblings of a poverty stricken Kurdish family desperately trying to find funding for the treatment of... Read more

Amores Perros (2000)

8.1/10
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Goya Toledo, Emilio Echevarria

A.k.a. "Love's A Bitch". Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu makes his directorial debut in an honest, raw, unapologetic look at the total human experience. S... Read more

Before Night Falls (2000)

7.3/10
Director: Julian Schnabel
Starring: Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Andrea Di Stephano, Johnny Depp, Michael Wincot...

"Basquiat" director Julian Schnabel brings to the screen another doomed creative genius on the fringes of his society - gay Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas... Read more

Best in Show (2000)

7.5/10
Director: Christopher Guest
Starring: Catherine O'Hara, Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Michael McKean,...

'Best in Show' follows five teams of pedigree-pup owners and their canine companions in competitions for the blue ribbon at the prestigious US nationa... Read more

Better Than Sex (2000)

6.4/10
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: David Wenham, Susie Porter, Kris McQuade, Simon Bossell, Catherine McClements

Josh (David Wenham) and Cin (Susie Porter) meet at a party. She's a dressmaker, he's a photographer for National Geographic. In no time at all they ar... Read more

Blackboards (2000)

7/10
Director: Samira Makhmalbaf
Starring: Bahman Ghobadi, Said Mohamadi, Behnaz Jafari

In the brutal mountains of the Iran/Iraq border, two nomadic teachers, Reeboir and Said, roam the landscape in search of pupils. They carry their blac... Read more

Brother (2001)

6.8/10
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Starring: Takeshi Kitano, Omar Epps, Tatyana Ali, Claude Maki

Written and directed by 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano, this violent crime drama also features the filmmaker as a Japanese gangster who must flee Tokyo after h... Read more

Cool and Crazy (2001)

7/10
Director: Knut Erik Jensen

Much as "Buena Vista Social Club" revealed a rich and unexplored world of music and culture, "Cool & Crazy" introduces us to a group of men who find p... Read more