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WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS – JULY 2006

WHAT TO SAY OR NOT TO SAY
Women saying sorry and men saying goodbye, Presidents saying last words and computer hackers saying the wrong thing are all themes tackled in the World Movies program of movie premieres for July. For information on how to get World Movies (on Foxtel, Austar or Optus) see http://www.worldmovies.net/page.asp?partid=23


July 2, 8.30pm
PHILEINE SAYS SORRY (2003) The Netherlands (in Dutch and English)

Directed by: Robert Jan Westdijk
Staring: Kim van Kooten, Michiel Huisman

A Dutch film which is aggressively funny, about young love lost and found, based on a best-selling Dutch novel, Phileine Says Sorry. Phileine had always been unlucky in love, until she met Max. So when Max decides to go off to pursue his acting career in New York, Phileine is left behind with the fear that her love life is once again on the brink of disaster. After three months apart and tired of her mother’s extra-marital sex-romps in her apartment, Phileine impulsively goes to New York to pay Max a surprise visit. A whirlwind of crazy events occur when Phileine discovers Max has enrolled in a course to star as Romeo in a post-modern, quasi pornographic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet. Phileine’s jealous rage gets the better of her, literally propelling her through the roof! This is a stylish, funny and entertaining movie with a sexy young cast.

July 3, 8.30pm
DAY AND NIGHT (2004) Denmark (in Swedish)

Directed by: Simon Staho
Starring: Mikael Persbrandt, Lena Endre, Maria Bonnevie

One day, one life and one car is the premise for young Danish director Simon Staho’s compelling drama Day And Night. Mikael Persbrandt gives a solid career-performance as Thomas, a successful architect and family man whose life is falling apart. Completely broken he decides to take his own life. Thomas spends his last day and night driving around picking up his loved ones to say goodbye, intentionally alienating them from him. With each encounter we begin to understand the reason behind Thomas’ tragic demise.

July 9, 8.30pm
THE LAST MITTERRAND (2005) France

Directed by: Robert Guédiguian
Starring: Michel Bouquet, Jalil Lespert

The Last Mitterrand is an adaptation by Georges-Marc Benamou, of his own controversial novel about Francois Mitterrand, President of France from 1981 until 1995 – who died eight months after his second term expired. The movie focuses on the final months of Mitterrand’s life and his relationship with a young, leftist journalist Antoine, hired to compile his memoirs as he edges closer to the end of his reign and his life. Antoine is determined to clear up lingering discrepancies about Mitterrand’s role in the Vichy government during the German occupation of France in WWII, but any definitive truth about the Grand Old Man’s actions during this time remains elusive. Not satisfied, Antoine loses himself in his quest to uncover the ‘real’ Mitterrand, but his obsession comes at a personal price. Bouquet won the Best Actor Cesar for his role, and the screenplay was nominated for another.


July 13, 8.30pm
BROKEN WINGS (2002) Israel (in Hebrew)

Directed by: Nir Bergman
Starring: Maya Maron, Orly Zilberschatz-Banai

Multi-award-winning debut feature, written and directed by Israeli filmmaker Nir Bergman. Broken Wings explores the grief and suffering of an Israeli family who’s struck by the sudden death of husband and father of four. Widowed mother Dafna works long hours as a mid-wife, leaving her daughter Maya to help out with the house work and to look after her three siblings; consequently putting Maya’s aspiring career as a pop singer on hold. Financial and emotional burdens strain the family dynamic, leaving each family member to deal individually with emotions of anger, despair, guilt, pain and abandonment.

July 16, 8.30pm
NICOTINA (2003) Mexico (in Spanish)

Directed by: Hugo Rodríguez
Starring: Diego Luna, Daniel Giménez Cacho

Rodriguez delivers a stylish, jazz-scored black crime comedy about a caper that goes wrong in Mexico City. Diego Luna, well-known from starring in Y Tu Mama Tambien, is a stand-out as Lolo, a lonely computer hacker who spends his days cracking codes and spying on his good-looking female neighbour, Andrea. After managing to crack the code to a Swiss bank account, a deal with Russian gangsters sets Lolo up for some lucrative earnings. Things go awry when he is caught out by his furious neighbour, who confiscates a recorded surveillance CD of herself; consequently derailing Lolo’s bank scam. A CD mix-up means Lolo can’t deliver his end of the deal to the Russians, escalating into a bloody shoot out.

July 23, 8.30pm
BOUDU (2005) France

Directed by: Gérard Jugnot
Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Frot, Gérard Jugnot

French cinema legends Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Frot star in Boudu, writer-director-actor Gérard Jugnot’s upbeat, modern remake of Jean Renoir’s 1932 classic Boudu Saved From Drowning. Jugnot, also plays the middle aged and debt ridden art dealer Christian, who, while trying to seduce his young assistant on the side of a canal, saves the homeless (and recently dogless) Boudu – Gerard Depardieu - from drowning. The outspoken, ill-mannered and crude Boudu creates further chaos in Christian’s life turning out to be a shambolic house guest who disrupts everyone’s life, especially that of Christian’s pill-popping and drink-loving wife, played by the wonderful – and in this film hilarious - Catherine Frot. This is quite an entertaining and farcical French comedy of social mores.

July 30, 8.30pm
2046 (2004) Hong Kong (in Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese)

Directed by: Wong Kar Wai
Starring: Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Faye Wong

Memories, yearning and the possibilities of romance are powerful engines which Wong Kar-Wai uses to full effect here, in a story about a writer Chow Mo Wan – played by the excellent Tony Leung - living in a hotel in Hong Kong in the 60s, who is trying to escape the painful memories of a failed liaison. Bruised and battered by love he now pursues a playboy lifestyle. Cool, suave and immaculately dressed, he cruises the Hong Kong nightlife seducing beautiful women. His ‘prey’ includes a femme fatale (Carine Lau), mournful gambler Su Li-zhen (Gong Li), who mysteriously has the same name as his lost love, and the exquisite Bai Ling (Zhang Ziyi), a prostitute who lives across the hall in room 2046. Chow’s entire emotional life is poured into the sci-fi novel he is writing about a time-travel train that transports people to a place where they can recapture lost memories. 2046 is astonishingly exquisite, achingly erotic – in short, a cinematic masterpiece.

Published June 29, 2006

 

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