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SHOWING 156 FILMS FROM THE FESTIVAL YEAR 2004
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BEAR CUB

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Country: Spain
Pedro, a gay dentist with a very active social life, agrees to take care of his 11-year-old nephew for two weeks -- but it soon becomes a more permanent arrangement. In the tradition of Kramer vs. Kramer, Albaladejo seamlessly merges dramatic situations with offbeat humor, creating a potent, heartwarming film. |Read More
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BEAUTY ACADEMY OF KABUL

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 74 minutes
  • Country: USA
Under the Taliban, Afghan women were forced to become faceless. This engrossing, optimistic film follows a group of American women who travel to Kabul, where many of them were born but forced to flee, to teach beauty skills. They end up fostering inner healing and spiritual transformation, restoring long-lost self-confidence, and learning much about themselves along the way. |Read More
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BEING PAVAROTTI

Elton, a 13-year-old South African opera singer, fell in love with opera after his cousin gave him a tape of famed Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Elton's performances, from solo stints at open-air festivals to opening for established opera singers, are punctuated by his undeniable talent and passion. Screens with Cinderella of the Cape Flats. |Read More
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BEREFT

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Country: USA
After her fiancé's fatal hit-and-run, amateur photographer Molly refuses to travel by car. Yet in many other ways she becomes dangerously careless while grappling with life without love in her once-comforting Vermont town. Featuring assured performances by Vinessa Shaw, Tim Blake Nelson, and codirector Daly (Wings, Diner). |Read More
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BLIND CAMEL

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
  • Country: India
It isn't easy to cross the border between Pakistan and India -- even for a camel. The only Indian film to win an award at this year's Golden Elephant International Children's Film Festival at Hyderabad, Blind Camel tells the enchanting story of a child who unwittingly crosses the border from India into Pakistan in pursuit of his stray camel herd. |Read More
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BLIND FLIGHT

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Country: U.K.
In this drama based on actual events, an Irish nationalist (Ian Hart) and an English journalist (Linus Roache) forge an unlikely bond during four-and-a-half years of captivity together in Beirut. Eschewing political judgments, the film remains tightly focused on the interplay between the cellmates, giving this character study an uncompromising and compelling rawness. |Read More
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BLUE BUTTERFLY

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Country: Canada
A terminally ill boy dreams of catching the world's most beautiful butterfly, the elusive Blue Morpho. Accompanied by his mother and a renowned entomologist (compassionately portrayed by William Hurt), he heads into the Costa Rican rain forest to fulfill his quest. Breathtaking views of the equatorial flora and fauna, plus a series of stunning waterfalls, highlight this tale of redemption inspired by true events. |Read More
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BORED IN BRNO

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 103 minutes
Two socially awkward young people from separate towns meet and begin exchanging letters. After a year, they make a date to have dinner and experience their "first time" together. Friends, relatives, and neighbors leap in to offer the couple erotic advice, providing ample comic grist for this romantic charmer, which swept the major prizes at this year's Czech Lion Awards. |Read More
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BORICUA

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Country: USA
Intertwined stories capture the flavor of Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood in this tale of four Puerto Rican youths dealing with issues of cultural identity, gentrification, and pride. Their individual journeys culminate during the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. An irreverent, unflinching, semiautobiographical debut feature from writer/director Torres. |Read More
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BRIDE OF THE SEVENTH HEAVEN

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 85 minutes
Finnish cinema takes another bold step forward with this enchanting film about an elderly Nenet woman who entertains a blind girl with tales of her youth as the betrothed of Num, the holiest of holies. Beguiling visuals and winsome performances by a cast of newcomers enhance this fascinating look at a unique culture. |Read More

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