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19th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival.

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  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Runtime: 90 min.
  • Director: David Ondricek
A biting comedy about aimless Czech youth looking for love and meaning, David Ondricek's debut feature is a hip and funny look at the current Prague zeitgeist that manages to happily confound audience expectations at every turn.


  • Country: Italy
  • Runtime: 70 min.
  • Director: Alessandro Piva
  • Language: Italian
The quietly charming debut feature of long-time editor Alessandro Piva is a rare commodity in Italian cinema: a completely independent production. Set in Bari, a small city on the Adriatic with its own colourful dialect, the film follows a gang of clueless smugglers attempting to recover possession of a missing cocaine shipment.


  • Country: Canada
  • Runtime: 79 min.
  • Director: Andrea Dorfman
Having finally mustered the courage to break-up with Ollie, Kate discovers that she is pregnant. So, she seeks a natural "remedy"--parsley... Set against the backdrop of a Halifax summer, this charming first feature from Andrea Dorfman follows Kate on her journey toward independence. With: ~Clothesline Patch (Canada, 23 min.) , Mary Lewis' amusing and evocative coming-of-age tale.


  • Country: USA
  • Runtime: 95 min.
  • Director: Josh Evans
An innovative love story that careens between the seamier side of LA and the beautiful Utah desert, Josh Evans' latest follows a clueless record store clerk as he gets embroiled in a drug deal gone wrong. Using digital technology to construct a unique narrative structure, the film also features music from cast members Goldie and Sticky Fingaz.


  • Country: Germany
  • Runtime: 92 min.
  • Director: Leander Haussmann
  • Language: German
A huge hit on its home turf, Leander Haussmann's comedy looks back with affection to a little corner of East Berlin in the 1970s while chronicling the coming-of-age tales of the teenagers residing there. "A kind of East Berlin Graffiti."--Variety. Haussmann was honoured in the Critics' Choice: 2000 sidebar at the Karlovy Vary festival.


  • Country: USA
  • Runtime: 90 min.
  • Director: Steve Buscemi
  • Language: Italian
Steve Buscemi's nuanced, character-driven prison drama shows how once-promising Ron Decker (Edward Furlong) can become a hardened criminal. The brilliant ensemble cast features Willem Dafoe's best performance to date as well-connected inmate Earl Copen, the prison Godfather who takes Ron under his wing.


  • Country: Japan
  • Runtime: 110 min.
  • Director: Ichikawa Kon
  • Language: Japanese
Ichikawa Kon's 74th film stars Yakusho Koji as a seemingly dissolute magistrate sent to clean up a regional hotbed of gambling, smuggling and prostitution. Co-written by Kurosawa 30 years ago, it recaptures the humour, action and panache of such films as Yojimbo and Sanjuro.


  • Country: Belgium
  • Runtime: 100 min.
  • Director: Dominique Deruddere
  • Language: Flemish
In Dominique Derrudere's immensely enjoyable film, all factory worker Jean Vereecken wants is success for his daughter, Marva--but she doesn't have the voice or the body type to be a pop star. After Jean is laid off, he accidentally comes across Belgium's most famous singer, Debbie, and an idea pops into his head...


  • Country: France
  • Runtime: 100 min.
  • Director: Kamel Saleh, Akhenaton
  • Language: French

A Boyz 'n the Hood that emphasizes soul and sensitivity over sex and violence, this a deeply affecting feature debut about the mishaps of a group of immigrant youth in Marseille. It features a wonderful original hip-hop score put together by co-director Akhenaton (of the important Marseille rap collective IAM).


  • Country: Canada
  • Runtime: 76 min.
  • Director: Ross Weber
  • Language: English
Ross Weber's debut feature interweaves black-and-white vignettes about twentysomething Vancouverites dealing with obsession, friendship, loneliness and sex. Subtle humour and low-key performances from a terrific ensemble cast, including Tom Scholte and Nancy Sivak, effectively convey the intangible nature of human relationships. With: ~Landscaping (Canada, 15 min.) , Paul Carriere's short about love and geography.

Pola X

  • Country: France
  • Runtime: 134 min.
  • Director: Leos Carax
  • Language: French
Leos Carax's scandalous, self-defeating film maudit receives its Canadian premiere. In this rough adaptation of Herman Melville's Pierre, or the Ambiguities, Guillaume Depardieu plays a writer who abandons his fiance to embark on a passionate affair with his mysterious half-sister.


  • Country: Germany/Bulgaria
  • Runtime: 92 min.
  • Director: Veit Helmer
A fantasia that brings to mind the works of Melies, Keaton, Vigo and Jeunet and Caro, Veit Helmer's feature debut--set in a dilapidated Eastern European bathhouse and concerning the tribulations of Denis Lavant's acrobatic attendant--is a surreal and almost wordless dreamscape, awash in images of hypnotic beauty.

WHAT ABOUT ME: The Rise of the Nihilist Spasm Band

  • Country: Canada
  • Runtime: 75 min.
  • Director: Zev Asher
For more than 35 years, the Nihilist Spasm Band has performed its own unique brand of wild, improvised noise music. Zev Asher's highly entertaining experimental documentary explores the history of Canada's strangest musical group. With: ~Me, My Shadow and I (Canada, 15 min.) , Desiree Leal's short about a do-it-yourself Granville Street musician.


  • Country: USA
  • Runtime: 80 min.
  • Director: Jem Cohen, Peter Sillen
The source of inspiration to artists like Patti Smith and Michael Stipe, the gravelly voiced Benjamin was a genuine underground legend--HIV-positive drag queen, drug addict and hedonist. Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen have crafted a sensitive document of the late artist and his music, a unique collision of country, folk and punk.


  • Country: Canada
  • Runtime: 106 min.
  • Director: Alain DesRochers
  • Language: French
In Alain DesRochers' bittersweet comedy from Quebec former high school friends, Francois and Real, reunite to fulfill a childhood promise--to unearth a bottle buried 15 years earlier. But the bottle proves to be elusive and the more they dig, the higher the price becomes...

LOUIS PRIMA: The Wildest!

  • Country: USA
  • Runtime: 82 min.
  • Director: Don McGlynn
The career of wildly extroverted, determinedly silly hepcat Louis Prima gets a long overdue look in Don McGlynn's infectious documentary. An affectionate and spirited look at the ultimate showman, including the special verve and excitement of Prima's hypnotic stage performances.


  • Country: Brazil
  • Runtime: 94 min.
  • Director: Cesar Paes
  • Language: Brazilian Portuguese
The music and poetry of the "catadores," troubadours from poverty-stricken northern Brazil, tell the story of Sao Paulo, the "great city of the North," and one of the five most populous cities on the planet. A Brazilian version of Baraka, from filmmaker Cesar Paes.


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Runtime: 77 min.
  • Director: Colin Hodson
Director Colin Hodson just drops us into the middle of things, crafting an enigmatic fiction that feels like a recorded version of a normal life. He gives us no background information and lets us discover meaning as it arises; the result is a strangely compelling interpretive minefield. Oh, and it was made in three days for $100...


  • Country: India
  • Runtime: 188 min.
  • Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
  • Language: Hindi
A colourful, romantic triangle featuring three of India's top stars, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's vibrant Bollywood musical illustrates the festivals that mark the Indian calendar with a dozen enthralling song-and-dance spectacles set in Gujarat palaces. A blockbuster at home, the film received a lengthy standing ovation at the Berlin Film Festival.

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