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Urban Cinefile’s editor Andrew L. Urban presents The Word, hosting the Sunday night movie premieres at 8.30 pm on subscription channel World Movies (on Foxtel, Optus, Austar). He also talks about other movie highlights in the World Movies line-up. Sunday night tv premieres in June:

Sunday June 2, 2002, 8.30pm
Actors (Les Acteurs) (2000)
Directed by: Bertrand Blier 
Starring: Jacques Villeret 
Jean-Pierre Marielle 
Andre Dussollier (and many more)
Screenplay: Bertrand Blier
Cinematographer: Francois Catonne
Producer: Alain Sarde

Director Bertrand Blier rounds up the biggest names in French cinema and casts them in roles where they essentially play themselves.
At an upmarket Parisian restaurant near the Champs-Elysees, three aging actors share a table. Jean-Pierre Marielle orders a pot of hot water but is ignored by the waiter. After the merciless evaluations from his fellow thesps, Jacques Villeret and Andre Dussollier, a distraught Marielle concludes his acting is to blame. Meanwhile, in a series of amusing episodes, it is revealed Gerard Depardieu has a tendency to be involved in motorcycle accidents and standing up to cops, Alain Delon delivers a maudlin monologue about the late Jean Gabin, Jean-Paul Belmondo amuses as a homeless man who dies laughing, and Blier himself makes a brief appearance. 

Sunday, June 9, 8.30pm
The Praying Mantis (Die Gottesanbeterin) (2000)
Directed by: Paul Harather 
Starring: Christiane Hoerbiger 
Screenplay: Susanne Freund
Cinematographer: Fabian Eder
Producer: Helmut Grasser

Directed in a colourfully smooth manner by Paul Harather and accompanied by a skilled Austrian cast, The Praying Mantis is a tasty black comedy about deceit, violence and betrayal. 

Trixi (Christiane Hoerbiger) has had enough of being a housewife and so decides to escape the constraints of her tyrant husband by gambling her housekeeping money at the racetrack. These adventures escalate into a trail of suspicious deaths, even more suspicious since the murdered men are all linked to Trixi. An uneasy comedy that makes you question what your partner is up to when you are not around.

Sunday, June 16, 8.30pm
The Squale (La Squale) (2000)
Directed by: Fabrice Genestal 
Starring: Esse Lawson
Tony Mpoudja
Screenplay: Fabrice Genestal
Cinematographer: Eric Guichard
Producer: Pierre Forette

Fabrice Genestal delivers a highly charged tale of violence, struggle and betrayal in The Squale, his feature film debut.

Desiree (Esse Lawson) is a tough teenager, newly arrived in a troubled Parisian neighbourhood rife with crime and gang violence. By claiming a connection to Souleimane, a hood hero, she gains kudos and emerges as the alpha female in the ghetto. Soon Desiree is sharing love and dreams of a better tomorrow with handsome gang leader Toussaint (Tony Mpoudja). When he betrays her with another girl, Desiree refuses to act the victim and chooses to apply her own form of justice. A sometimes disturbingly realistic portrayal of underground youth violence and racial tensions, The Squale depicts a young woman determined to succeed, and refusing to accept the hand life has dealt her.

2001 Cesar Awards – Nominated Best New Director, Fabrice Genestal

Sunday, June 23, 8.30pm
6IXTY NIN9 (Ruang Talok 69) (1999)
Directed by: Pen-ek Ratanaruang 
Starring: Lalita Panyopas
Screenplay: Pen-ek Ratanaruang
Cinematographer: Chankit Chamnivikaipong
Producer: Pen-ek Ratanaruang

The life of an ordinary woman takes an unexpected turn when she discovers a noodle box in this bizarre, comic thriller.

Tum (Lalita Panyopas) has just been retrenched from her job. Feeling depressed and rejected, she opens her door to discover a noodle box stuffed with cash. She takes it inside but when two thugs turn up demanding the noodle box, she denies having ever seen it. A scuffle ensues and Tum accidentally kills the two thugs. Suddenly, events are escalating out of control and unsure of what to do next Tum decides to hide the bodies, get a fake passport and flee to London.

2000 Berlin International Film Festival – Won Don Quixote Award, Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Sunday June 30, 8.30pm
The Protector (Wei Long Meng Tan) (1985)
Hong Kong
Directed by: Jackie Chan, James Glickenhaus 
Starring: Jackie Chan 
Danny Aiello

Screenplay: Jackie Chan, James Glickenhaus 
Cinematographer: Mark Irwin
Producer: Peter Chow

The film that inspired Jackie Chan’s hugely successful Police Story series, The Protector has been re-worked to Chan’s signature style. When the original American production failed to make use of his martial arts abilities, Chan took it back to Hong Kong and packed it with action and elaborate brawls. 

Chan comes back fighting as Billy Wong, a New York cop wreaking havoc when his partner is killed during a robbery. Demoted and assigned a new partner, Danny Garoni (Danny Aiello), Wong is working as security at a fashion show where it’s expected he’ll keep out of trouble. However, when the daughter of an influential businessman is kidnapped at the scene, he and Garoni embark on a rescue bid, which leads them to Hong Kong and right into the middle of a drug ring.

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