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SHOWING 156 FILMS FROM THE FESTIVAL YEAR 2004

AFGHANISTAN, THE LOST TRUTH

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 64 minutes
  • Country: Iran
An honest look at a war-ravaged land after the fall of the Taliban, going beyond the now-clichéd images of so many recent films. Actress/director Maleknasr travels the country interviewing a wide range of Afghans who, despite the turmoil and suffering they have endured, poignantly voice their collective dreams for their nation's future. |Read More

AGENCY

  • Runtime: 90 minutes
HBO's Entourage has introduced viewers to the omnipresent Hollywood agent. Meet the real-life "masters of Hollywood" who represent Hollywood's leading figures and who, some say, hold the future of filmed entertainment in their hands. Moderator: Georg Szalai (Hollywood Reporter) Panelist(s): Jeremy Barber (United Talent Agency), Cassian Elwes (William Morris Independent), Arianna Bocco (Gersh Agency) |Read More

ALL THE PRETTY PICTURES

  • Runtime: 90 minutes
Traditionally, times of adversity, war, and cultural repression are fertile breeding grounds for creative expression and artists are among the first to respond. Yet, if present-day Hollywood seems more inspired by commerce than confrontation, what will the emerging American filmmaker's response to current events be? Is an artistically and socially engaged film renaissance in our future? Moderator: Anthony Kaufman (Village Voice, indieWIRE) Panelists: Christine Vachon (Killer Films), Ted Hope (This is that.) |Read More

AMELIA

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 60 minutes
  • Country: Canada
In acclaimed Canadian choreographer Lock's own interpretation of his modern ballet, the power and grace of his La La La Human Steps dance troupe are brilliantly complemented by striking cinematography and editing, which surround the dancers so completely that it appears Amelia is fully realized on screen rather than on stage. With transcendent music by David Lang and lyrics by Lou Reed. |Read More

AMERICA BROWN

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Country: USA
In this warm coming-of-age drama, a high school quarterback, still coping with the untimely death of his older brother and the pressures of West Texas football, journeys to Brooklyn in search of answers. What he finds there may not be what he sought, but it may be what he needs. |Read More

AMERICA'S HEART AND SOUL

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Country: USA
Schwarzberg's lovingly crafted documentary is a cinematic paean to the splendors of America -- its vast landscape, diverse people, and incomparable natural wonders. The filmmaker packed up his camera and hit the road, recording his encounters with ordinary Americans -- from a Vermont farmer to an Appalachian coal miner -- and set it all to stirring original music by John Mellencamp. |Read More
In our search for romance does the new celluloid version of love leave room for the fairy tale? When chivalry, feminism and film collide we find…the modern love story. Panelist(s): Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas (Revolution Studios), Lynda Obst (How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days) |Read More

ANOTHER ROAD HOME

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 77 minutes
  • Country: USA
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is given a human face -- actually, as many human faces as a family reunion -- through Israeli filmmaker Elon's quest to find Musa Obeidallah, the Palestinian man who kept house for her family in Jerusalem for more than 20 years. The search begins soon after September 11, in Paterson, New Jersey, one of the largest Arab communities in the country. |Read More

BAADASSSSS!

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Country: USA
Mario assumes the role of his father, Melvin, in this heartfelt homage to the making of the elder Peebles' groundbreaking 1971 feature Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (also in the Festival). Intercutting brief clips from Sweetback with dramatic re-creations, Baadasssss recounts the trials Van Peebles pere endured to finance and film this pioneering indie effort, now considered a touchstone of the blaxploitation genre. |Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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