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Festivale online magazine
A Reel Life film section
July - August, 2000

This month's issue

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49th Melbourne International Film Festival

July 19th - August 6th, 2000

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See What's Out There

For the next eighteen days Melbourne will play host to over 300 international films, documentaries and multi-media interactives at four city venues, including the fabulous Art Deco Capitol Theatre in Swanston Street.

In addition to the usual feature films, shorts, animation and documentaries, this year showcases retrospectives of French film-maker Claire Denis and Spanish Surrealist Luis Bunuel, a regional focus on new French cinema and Japanese cinema and multi-media interactives.

Many events will be introduced by directors: fifty film-makers are guests of the festival and will be talking about their work in question and answer sessions after screenings and also in forums. Highly recommended.

One of the highlights will be Wonder Boys which opens the festival on July 19th - a sold out event to be introduced by Director Curtis Hanson (who shared an Academy Award for the screenplay of his last film LA Confidential). Wonder Boys stars Michael Douglas as a frustrated college professor experiencing a chaotic weekend, and Frances McDormand as his long suffering mistress.

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Other films to look out for include Jesus' Son" which will be introduced by Director Alison Maclean. Alison will be discussing her film at a breakfast forum co-presented by Women in Film and Television.

American Psycho will be followed by a forum presented by Radio National and the Film Critics' Circle of Australia - a great chance to hear and partake in instant reviews of this most controversial of films, based on Brett Easton Ellis' book.

Local product is well covered with Better Than Sex, the tale of two young lovers on a one-night stand which may turn out to be more than they expected, and "Innocence" the latest from Paul Cox amongst an impressive selection of Australian film.

As always, there are films on music. I'm looking forward to High Fidelity with John Cusack based on Nick Hornsby's best selling book about a bloke who works in a rare record shop and is the midst of breaking up with his long term girlfriend. Director Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, The Grifters) will be there to tell us about it.

Born to Lose: The Last Rock and Roll Movie portrays the decline and fall of Johnny Thunders, notorious member of the New York Dolls. Downtown 81 takes us back to the early eighties and a snapshot of hip, arty clubland Manhattan in the post-punk era. Anyone remember DNA or James White and the Blacks?

And for when you're all filmed out, Chip Interactives and Multi-media, with special guest Eric Zimmerman, Director of SissyFight 2000 is on at the Treasury Theatre.

I'll be there throughout, jotting down notes as I go. So stay tuned for updates…

Nicky Jenkins

For more information, see melbournefilmfestival.com.au
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