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    ROTTERDAM 2000: Show Them You're A Tiger, A Look at the Rotterdam Competition

    ROTTERDAM 2000: Show Them You're A Tiger, A Look at the Rotterdam Competitionby Mark Peranson(indieWIRE/2.8.2000) -- This year's Rotterdam festival was overwhelmed by Asia, with a focus onJapan and the Fukasaku spotlight. So let me join in by saying that thebest films in the VPRO Tiger competition came from the East. As I finishthis wrap-up, sitting in Heathrow during a six-hour flight delay, thewinners of the prizes, which go to directors of first or second filmsselected for the competition, are not yet known. If I were on the jury,this is how it would shape up. Be forewarned: originality is not thename of the game -- the international excha...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: "Seventeen Years" Takes Engrossing, Uneven Trip

    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: "Seventeen Years" Takes Engrossing, Uneven Tripby G. Allen Johnson(indieWIRE/2.8.2000) -- Zhang Yuan has emerged as one of China's more fearless directors, "EastPalace, West Palace" was the first mainstream film from the Mainland todepict homosexuality, and previous work like ...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: "But I'm a Cheerleader," a Half-Time of Hilarity

    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: "But I'm a Cheerleader," a Half-Time of Hilarityby G. Allen Johnson(indieWIRE/2.7.2000) -- Jamie Babbit's directorial debut, "But I'm a Cheerleader," is hilarious-- for about 30 minutes. It decelerates quickly after that. But whereelse are you going to see RuPaul as a reformed...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 FEATURE: IFFR Buzzes with "Dead Dogs," "Black Lizard," and Swedish "Love"

    ROTTERDAM 2000 FEATURE: IFFR Buzzes with "Dead Dogs," "Black Lizard," andSwedish "Love"by Mark Rabinowitz(indieWIRE/2.4.2000) -- Each year, there are Amer-indies that float around the festival circuitgarnering awards and critical praise, but get completely ignored bydistributors. While Rotterdam is primarily known as a showcase for newEuropean films, there are some small and noteworthy U.S. moviesscreening in various sections of the fest, including many withoutdistribution such as Ed Radke's "The Dream Catcher," Robert J. Siegel's"Swimming" and Christopher Wilcha's Slamdance winner "The Target ShootsFirst," which are all garnering positive bu...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 INTERVIEW: Veit Helmer, German Wunderkind, Travels with "Tuvulu"

    ROTTERDAM 2000 INTERVIEW: Veit Helmer, German Wunderkind, Travels with"Tuvulu"by Bryan Wendorf(indieWIRE/2.4.2000) -- "Tuvulu," the debut feature from German director Veit Helmer, is apoetic fable about an agoraphobic who dreams of leaving his father'sdilapidated public swimming pool, and journeying to a tropical islandparadise. Winner of the Slamdance Jury Prize for best cinematography(and garnering additional awards at international fests from Flanders toHof), the film is told almost entirely throughvisuals. Veit Helmer has been directing since he was 14, and his shortfilms including "The Window Washer" and "Surprise!" have earned him moret...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Virgin No More, Sofia Coppola Kills in Holland

    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Virgin No More, Sofia Coppola Kills in Hollandby Mark Peranson(indieWIRE/2.4.2000) -- American Zoetrope presents a Francis Ford Coppola production of a filmwritten and directed by Sofia Coppola, with assistance from RomanCoppola, a role for Robert Schwartzman, and a big thank you to someonecredited as "Spike." This is part of the brain trust behind "The VirginSuicides," a nuanced and ultimately too sober 70's period piecescreening in Rotterdam as part of the "Bad Teenage Taste" program(alongside such contemporary classics as ?Kingpin?and "Election"). S. Coppola's credible debut shows that her talent liesbehind the camer...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Gatlif Goes Godard with Anarchic "Stork"

    ROTTERDAM REVIEW: Gatlif Goes Godard with Anarchic "Stork"by Mark Peranson(indieWIRE/2.3.2000) -- Presumably tired of being branded "that gypsy filmmaker," Tony Gatlifhas leapt out of the closet and into the ocean with "Je suis de n'unecignone" ("The Children of the Stork"). Seems the Algerian-born,French-based director, whose recent oeuvre encompasses a trilogy ofbawdy, musical documentary-inclined Rom fiction ("Latcho Drom," "Mondo,""Gadjo Dilo") is a New Wave-loving anarchist, so much so that he willsto make an entire film in the 60's vein of the Godard-ian heyday. Doomedto be deemed too precious by a half, it's self-conscious and very muc...

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    PARK CITY 2000: Bright Docs - "Night's Journey" and "Dark Days," and "Faye" Gets Facelift, Jesus, To

    PARK CITY 2000: Bright Docs - "Night's Journey" and "Dark Days," and "Faye" Gets Facelift, Jesus, Tooby Patricia Thomson(indieWIRE/2.3.2000) -- When all is said and done, Sundance 2000 was a very good year for documentaries. Although lacking an on-your-feet crowd-pleaser on the level of "Hoop Dreams...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Zhang's "Not One Less" Bold, Simple, Elegant

    ROTTERDAM REVIEW: Zhang's "Not One Less" Bold, Simple, Elegantby Mark Adams(indieWIRE/2.2.2000) -- Simple, elegantly told and eventually uplifting, "Not One Less," thelatest film from acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou, is a thoroughlyenjoyable experience. It marks a change of pace from his 1995...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 FEATURE: "Blue Bird" Flies and 2-for-1 Drinks

    ROTTERDAM 2000 FEATURE: "Blue Bird" Flies and 2-for-1 Drinksby Mark Rabinowitz(indieWIRE/2.2.2000) -- Having been told that Rotterdam is the largest public film festival inthe world -- not to mention one of the largest industry events -- Iexpected a zoo of gargantuan proportions. The overlapping of ...

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