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    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: "But I'm a Cheerleader," a Half-Time of Hilarity

    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: "But I'm a Cheerleader," a Half-Time of Hilarityby G. Allen Johnson(indieWIRE/2.7.2000) -- Jamie Babbit's directorial debut, "But I'm a Cheerleader," is hilarious-- for about 30 minutes. It decelerates quickly after that. But whereelse are you going to see RuPaul as a reformed...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Virgin No More, Sofia Coppola Kills in Holland

    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Virgin No More, Sofia Coppola Kills in Hollandby Mark Peranson(indieWIRE/2.4.2000) -- American Zoetrope presents a Francis Ford Coppola production of a filmwritten and directed by Sofia Coppola, with assistance from RomanCoppola, a role for Robert Schwartzman, and a big thank you to someonecredited as "Spike." This is part of the brain trust behind "The VirginSuicides," a nuanced and ultimately too sober 70's period piecescreening in Rotterdam as part of the "Bad Teenage Taste" program(alongside such contemporary classics as ?Kingpin?and "Election"). S. Coppola's credible debut shows that her talent liesbehind the camer...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 FEATURE: IFFR Buzzes with "Dead Dogs," "Black Lizard," and Swedish "Love"

    ROTTERDAM 2000 FEATURE: IFFR Buzzes with "Dead Dogs," "Black Lizard," andSwedish "Love"by Mark Rabinowitz(indieWIRE/2.4.2000) -- Each year, there are Amer-indies that float around the festival circuitgarnering awards and critical praise, but get completely ignored bydistributors. While Rotterdam is primarily known as a showcase for newEuropean films, there are some small and noteworthy U.S. moviesscreening in various sections of the fest, including many withoutdistribution such as Ed Radke's "The Dream Catcher," Robert J. Siegel's"Swimming" and Christopher Wilcha's Slamdance winner "The Target ShootsFirst," which are all garnering positive bu...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 INTERVIEW: Veit Helmer, German Wunderkind, Travels with "Tuvulu"

    ROTTERDAM 2000 INTERVIEW: Veit Helmer, German Wunderkind, Travels with"Tuvulu"by Bryan Wendorf(indieWIRE/2.4.2000) -- "Tuvulu," the debut feature from German director Veit Helmer, is apoetic fable about an agoraphobic who dreams of leaving his father'sdilapidated public swimming pool, and journeying to a tropical islandparadise. Winner of the Slamdance Jury Prize for best cinematography(and garnering additional awards at international fests from Flanders toHof), the film is told almost entirely throughvisuals. Veit Helmer has been directing since he was 14, and his shortfilms including "The Window Washer" and "Surprise!" have earned him moret...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Gatlif Goes Godard with Anarchic "Stork"

    ROTTERDAM REVIEW: Gatlif Goes Godard with Anarchic "Stork"by Mark Peranson(indieWIRE/2.3.2000) -- Presumably tired of being branded "that gypsy filmmaker," Tony Gatlifhas leapt out of the closet and into the ocean with "Je suis de n'unecignone" ("The Children of the Stork"). Seems the Algerian-born,French-based director, whose recent oeuvre encompasses a trilogy ofbawdy, musical documentary-inclined Rom fiction ("Latcho Drom," "Mondo,""Gadjo Dilo") is a New Wave-loving anarchist, so much so that he willsto make an entire film in the 60's vein of the Godard-ian heyday. Doomedto be deemed too precious by a half, it's self-conscious and very muc...

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    PARK CITY 2000: Bright Docs - "Night's Journey" and "Dark Days," and "Faye" Gets Facelift, Jesus, To

    PARK CITY 2000: Bright Docs - "Night's Journey" and "Dark Days," and "Faye" Gets Facelift, Jesus, Tooby Patricia Thomson(indieWIRE/2.3.2000) -- When all is said and done, Sundance 2000 was a very good year for documentaries. Although lacking an on-your-feet crowd-pleaser on the level of "Hoop Dreams...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 REVIEW: Zhang's "Not One Less" Bold, Simple, Elegant

    ROTTERDAM REVIEW: Zhang's "Not One Less" Bold, Simple, Elegantby Mark Adams(indieWIRE/2.2.2000) -- Simple, elegantly told and eventually uplifting, "Not One Less," thelatest film from acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou, is a thoroughlyenjoyable experience. It marks a change of pace from his 1995...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 FEATURE: "Blue Bird" Flies and 2-for-1 Drinks

    ROTTERDAM 2000 FEATURE: "Blue Bird" Flies and 2-for-1 Drinksby Mark Rabinowitz(indieWIRE/2.2.2000) -- Having been told that Rotterdam is the largest public film festival inthe world -- not to mention one of the largest industry events -- Iexpected a zoo of gargantuan proportions. The overlapping of ...

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    PARK CITY 2000: No Parking on the Dance Floor: Slamdance and the Other Alternatives

    PARK CITY 2000: No Parking on the Dance Floor: Slamdance and the OtherAlternativesby Bryan Wendorf(indieWIRE/2.2.2000) -- The Sixth Annual Slamdance Film Festival began with the near arrest of aparticipating filmmaker. Iranian refugee Farhad Yawari, maker of"Dolphins," was handcuffed and came close ...

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    ROTTERDAM 2000 FEATURE: CineMart Invests in the Future

    ROTTERDAM 2000 FEATURE: CineMart Invests in the Futureby Mark Adams(indieWIRE/1.31.2000) -- Now in an impressive 17th year, the CineMart, staged as part of the Rotterdam International Film Festival, continues to attract a fascinating and extremely diverse group of film projects in development. The ...

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