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    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Wilcha Hits "The Target"

    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Wilcha Hits "The Target"by Edward E. Crouse(indieWIRE/2.11.2000) -- Punk Lives! While punk rock music is a passionate force, any documentaryeffort on its behalf seems doomed from the outset to either leer ("Kurtand Courtney," "The Great Rock N' Roll Swindle," though upcoming s...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000: Biz Beginnings and the Digital Age

    ROTTERDAM 2000: Biz Beginnings and the Digital Ageby Mark Rabinowitz(indieWIRE/2.10.2000) -- Mid-way through the IFFR, one of the things that seemed to be coming outof people's mouths was the dearth of American acquisition activity.Compared to years past, according to many attendees, this year's US ...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Dumont's Relentless, Metaphysical Look at "Humanity"

    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Dumont's Relentless, Metaphysical Look at "Humanity"by Mark Peranson(indieWIRE/2.10.2000) -- Soon to be the most controversial film released this millennium -- thecourageous folks atWinStar plan a limited booking this Spring -- Bruno Dumont's relentless,unique "Humanity" has d...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Dostoevsky Strikes Back: "The Return of the Idiot"

    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Dostoevsky Strikes Back: "The Return of the Idiot"by Mark Peranson(indieWIRE/2.9.2000) -- Sasa Gedeon's odd festival favorite "The Return of the Idiot" (Navratidiota) is inspired by Dostoevsky's title character and is not a properliterary adaptation. This is a good thing. For ...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000: Japanese Pics Bloody Fest, Fukasaku and Takahashi's Yakuza Films

    ROTTERDAM 2000: Japanese Pics Bloody Fest, Fukasaku and Takahashi's Yakuza Filmsby Edward Crouse(indieWIRE/2.9.2000) -- Poor Kinji Fukasaku, his retrospective oversold in Rotterdam,expectations rode so high that he couldn't --as a modest genreprofessional -- help but pale next to recent Western re-d...

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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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