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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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    PARK CITY 2000: No Parking on the Dance Floor: Slamdance and the Other Alternatives

    PARK CITY 2000: No Parking on the Dance Floor: Slamdance and the OtherAlternativesby Bryan Wendorf(indieWIRE/2.2.2000) -- The Sixth Annual Slamdance Film Festival began with the near arrest of aparticipating filmmaker. Iranian refugee Farhad Yawari, maker of"Dolphins," was handcuffed and came close ...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 FEATURE: CineMart Invests in the Future

    ROTTERDAM 2000 FEATURE: CineMart Invests in the Futureby Mark Adams(indieWIRE/1.31.2000) -- Now in an impressive 17th year, the CineMart, staged as part of the Rotterdam International Film Festival, continues to attract a fascinating and extremely diverse group of film projects in development. The ...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Excuse Me While I Read the Sky

    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Excuse Me While I Read the Skyby Mark Peranson(indieWIRE/1.31.2000) -- Opening Sundance 2000, fest director Geoffrey Gilmore brought special attention to the increasing presence of both female directors and films shot on digital video. By these criteria, Nichola Bruce's debut feature-length film "I Could Read the Sky" would seem the ideal "Sundance film," but its aggressively experimental mode of story-telling would preclude it taking its place beside Park City screwball comedies and crowd-pleasing Miramax schlock. Rather, this is a clear "Rotterdam film" - aggressively non-commercial art, an attempt to make a film for ...

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    PARK CITY 2000 REVIEW: "Boiler Room" Offers Slick, Dick-Swinging Diversion

    PARK CITY 2000 REVIEW: "Boiler Room" Offers Slick, Dick-Swinging Diversionby Ray Pride

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 DIARY: Arriving in Rotterdam, or Can I Smoke This Here?

    ROTTERDAM 2000 DIARY: Arriving in Rotterdam, or Can I Smoke This Here?by Mark Rabinowitz(01.31.00) [indieWIRE's coverage of the 29th International Film Festival Rotterdam begins today. Each weekday for the next two weeks, we will be bringing you reviews and festival reports. More from the Rabbi, as well as writers Mark Peranson, Mark Adams, Edward Crouse and G. Allen Johnson coming your way.]Boarding my KLM flight for The Netherlands, I almost expected to be greeted at the door of the plane by a flight attendant with a tray of joints. So much of the conversation in New York before I left was about pot, that you would think that it's the only ...

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    ROTTERDAM REVIEW: All Hail Kiarostami!: "The Wind Will Carry Us"

    ROTTERDAM REVIEW: All Hail Kiarostami!: "The Wind Will Carry Us" by Mark Peranson (indieWIRE/1.31.2000) --Three mysterious strangers ride into an isolated outpost, their purposes unclear though we presume them to be nefarious two of them are never seen. Their bossy leader proceeds to befriend a small child, ingratiating himself with the community's inhabitants as he takes instructions from another unseen controller and awaits the death of a town elder. What is this, some kind of Western?The only thing in the above, bareboned description to give away that we're in Iran actually, Kurdistan is the presence of the small child, by now as comm...

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