Film Festivals 2003

2003 brought many filmic gems from around the world. Some highlights were Rolf De Heer's stunning 'The Tracker'; New Zealand's entry, a delicious, black holiday comedy 'Christmas'; from Brazil, the astonishing debut of Fernando Meirelles, 'City of God' and from Russia, the longest tracking shot in film history, 'Russian Ark'. From the US came the unique and captivating bio-pic 'American Splendor' and tongue-in-cheek horror 'Cabin Fever' as well as documentaries 'The Kid Stays in the Picture' featuring the infamous Robert Evans, and Noam Chomsky's 'Power and Terror'.

11'09"01 - September 11 (2002)

Director: Claude Lelouch, Idrissa Ouedrago, Ken Loach, Mira Nair, Samira Makhmalbaf, Sean Penn, Shohei Imamura, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Danis Tanovic, Amos Gitai, Youssef Chahine

This film is a unique and extraordinary response to the catastrophic events in New York City that shook the world on September 11, 2001. Producer Alai... Read more

A Tale of a Naughty Girl (2002)

Director: Buddhadeb Dasgupta
Starring: Samata Das, Rituparna Sengupta, Arpan Basar

India, 1969. Rajani, a prostitute, and her daughter, Lati, both live in a bordello in a little town called Gospaira. Hoping that her daughter will hav... Read more

All or Nothing (2002)

Director: Mike Leigh
Starring: Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Alison Garland, James Corden, Ruth Sheen, Marion...

Three-time Oscar-nominated writer/director Mike Leigh ("Secrets and Lies") delivers this "rewarding... vibrant... poetic slice-of-life drama" (Variety... Read more

Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (2002)

Director: Lee Hirsch
Starring: Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela

The profound effect of black South African freedom music on the eventual dissolution of apartheid is the subject of this soul-stirring and inspiration... Read more

American Splendor (2003)

Director: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis, James Urbaniak, Judah Friedlander, Harvey Pekar

"From off the streets of Cleveland" comes the acclaimed filming of Ohio file clerk/jazz buff/crank Harvey Pekar's underground comic book chronicle of... Read more

Antwone Fisher (2002)

Director: Denzel Washington
Starring: Derek Luke, Joy Bryant, Denzel Washington

Inspired by the true life experiences of its title character, Denzel Washington's accomplished directorial debut tells the compelling story of a troub... Read more

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002)

Director: Dai Sijie
Starring: Xun Zhou, Chen Kun, Liu Ye

Set in China during the Cultural Revolution of the 1970s, the story follows Luo (Chen Kun) and Ma (Liu Ye), two young men from the city who are sent t... Read more

Blue Car (2002)

Director: Karen Moncrieff
Starring: David Strathairn, Agnes Bruckner, Margaret Colin, Frances Fisher

Having been abandoned by her father and neglected by her overworked mother (Margaret Colin), young Meg (Agnes Bruckner) turns to her English teacher (... Read more

Blue Velvet (1986)

Director: David Lynch
Starring: Laura Dern, Dennis Hopper, Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dean Stockwell

The most talked about film of the '80s, David Lynch's controversial, surreal mystery is set amid the manicured lawns of small town America where a wor... Read more

Blue Velvet ( Blu-ray ) (1986)

Director: David Lynch
Starring: Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper, Hope Lange, Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan,...

Director David Lynch crafted this hallucinogenic mystery-thriller that probes beneath the cheerful surface of suburban America to discover sadomasochi... Read more