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THE WORD on WORLD MOVIES – APRIL

Urban Cinefile’s editor Andrew L. Urban joins subscription channel World Movies (on Foxtel, Optus, Austar), with a new program titled The Word, to present the Sunday night movie premieres, starting on April 7 at 8.30 pm. The four Sunday night premieres in April - Shower, Kukijuro, Maelstrom and Fugitives – couldn’t be more different.

Andrew says: “I'm truly excited to present some of the most outstanding contemporary films from around the world on a movie channel devoted to them. Anyone who subscribes to World Movies already knows that there is a treasure trove of entertaining, surprising, moving, breathtaking and liberating films on the schedule. My job will be to put them in some sort of context, and to identify those in the program which I think are extra special. Above all, I hope subscribers will join me on Sunday nights for a great, entertaining and relaxing movie experience at home. And if you like it, please spread the word...”

April 7, 8.30pm
SHOWER (1999) China
Directed by Zhang Yang
Stars Zhu Xu, Pu Cun Xin, Jiang Wu
Script by Zhang Yang
Produced by Peter Loehr

Young businessman Da Ming (Pu Cun Xin) returns from ultra-modern Shenzhen (where they have automated pay-showers in the street) to his suburban village in Beijing after a cryptic postcard from his retarded brother Er Ming (Jiang Wu), makes him think his elderly father Master Liu (Zhu Xu) has died. But he finds his father in good health and still actively running the public men's bathhouse, where he enjoys caring for customers who have become his family. Da Ming has shunned this life and is preparing to return home, when he gradually discovers that this lifestyle offers more than initially meets the eye.

April 14, 8.30pm
KIKUJIRO (1999) Japan
Directed by Taksehi Kitano
Stars Takeshi Kitano, Yusuke Sekiguchi
Script by Takeshi Kitano
Produced by Masuyuki Mori

Nine year old Masao (Yusuke Sekiguchi) is a lonely kid as summer arrives. Living with his grandma, not even knowing his parents, Masao discovers a photo album with his mother’s picture and address – a long way away. One of grandma’s friends cajoles her obnoxious, lazy, irresponsible husband Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano) into taking the boy on the trip with some of her own money. When he gambles it all away, they are forced to try various other means – not always orthodox – to make the journey, and encounter an assortment of people, plus several small – and a few larger – adventures.

April 21, 8.30pm
MAELSTROM (2000) French Canada
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Stars Marie-Josee Croze
Script by Denis Villeneuve
Produced by Roger Frappier

Bibiane (Marie-Josee Croze) is going through a tough time in her life – and then it gets worse, when, under the influence of alcohol, she accidentally runs down a pedestrian. She wakes with a hangover and a conscience, and begins the guilty search for the victim. On reading a newspaper article about a Norwegian fisherman who died after a hit and run, she is convinced it’s him, and goes to the funeral home to pay her respects – and meets the man’s son, Evian (Jean-Nicolas Verreault). Her secret notwithstanding, their meeting leads to a cup of coffee – and soon, an affair.

April 28, 8.30pm
FUGITIVES ( 2000) Spain
Directed by Miguel Hermoso
Stars Laia Marull
Script by Miguel Mermoso
Produced by Antonio P. Perez

Tony (Laia Marull) and her boyfriend Juanjo (Jesus Olmeda) are small time crooks who, along with Maxi (Miguel Hermoso Arnao) and Moco (Roberto Cairo) plan an armed robbery. Meanwhile, Juanjo’s prostitute sister wants him to take her daughter to visit the girl’s estranged father across the country, so Juanjo convinces Tony to make a getaway from the bank, without their two partners in crime. But then Juanjo double crosses Tony, too, leaving her with his abandoned and unwanted niece, Laura (Beatriz Coronel) – and the duped crims on their tail.

Published March 28, 2002

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