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World Movies is a window to the world of cinema beyond Hollywood, screening
mainstream and arthouse films from some of the greatest filmmakers on the international scene – often for the first time in Australia. Here is a little taste of what you can find on the schedule in January 2006, reports Channel Host Andrew L. Urban.

January 1, 8.30pm
TWIN SISTERS (2002) Netherlands

Directed by Ben Sombogaart
Stars Thekla Reuten, Nadja Uhl

Based on a bestseller and nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, sweeping, weepy Dutch drama Twin Sisters tells the epic tale of two sisters separated as children who find each other, only to be separated again by WWII. Beautifully shot across Luxembourg and the Netherlands, this moving period piece features an outstanding cast who create a genuinely emotional experience.

January 8, 8.30pm
SINCE OTAR LEFT (2003) France (in French, Georgian, Russian)

Directed by Julie Bertuccelli
Stars Esther Gorintin, Dinara Droukarova, Nino Khomassouridze

The deserved winner of the Critics Week Grand Prize at Cannes, Since Otar Left is the touching story of three generations of Georgian women coping with tragedy and loss. First-time director Julie Bertuccelli extracts extraordinary performances from her lead women, especially Ester Gorintin as the feisty, aged matriarch Eka, and the film is peppered with beautiful, subtle moments of familiar family life. Classically and beautifully made, this simple tale of love and loss is exquisitely bittersweet and will stay with you long after the credits roll.

January 9, 8.30pm
EVERYTHING (2004) UK, in English

Directed by Richard Hawkins
Stars Ray Winstone, Jan Graveson

Shot in nine and a half days and made for next to nothing, Everything comes to us hot off the festival circuit, having screened at the 2005 Sydney Film Festival. The film is affecting and utterly compelling, boasting top-notch performances from its cast, which includes the brilliant Ray Winstone, who was seen in the acclaimed Australian western, The Proposition.

January 15, 8.30pm
A TALE OF TWO SISTERS (2003) South Korea

Directed by Kim Jee-woon
Stars Yeom Jeong-a, Im Soo-jung

Two sisters, recently out of an asylum, and dealing with the loss of their mother, are now living with their insensitive father and a stepmother they despise. This spine-tingler enjoyed great commercial success at home in South Korea, and has won international fantasy film awards in Portugal, Spain and France, as well as the Crystal Skull Award at the Los Angeles Screamfest.

January 22, 8.30pm
ANTS IN THE MOUTH (2004) Spain

Directed by Mariano Barroso
Stars Eduard Fernanadez, Ariadna Gil

A moody, modern film noir set in 1950s Cuba. A gang of activists in Spain rob a bank but the money disappears. Out of jail, Martin goes to Cuba looking for his girlfriend Julia who also disappeared. No doubt with the money, he thinks. It’s this criss-cross of love and loot that gives Ants In The Mouth its special appeal, and the plot unwinds with new revelations that keep us intrigued to the very end.

January 29, 8.30pm
DUPLICITY (2004) France

Directed by Harry Cleven
Stars Benoît Magimel, Natacha Régnier

Benoît Magimel is frighteningly excellent as both the good and the evil twin in claustrophobic French thriller Duplicity. When Matyas (Benoît Magimel) goes to the reading of his mother’s will, he is surprised to meet a previously unknown twin brother, Thomas (also played by Magimel). Thus begins an edgy story that gradually reveals Thomas to be not exactly what he appears.

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Published December 26, 2005

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