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Berlin and Beyond Outtakes – “Out of Tibet”

In conversation with Solveig Klaßen, creator of Out of Tibet which we screened at Berlin and Beyond 2001… The story told in your film is a story of two very unusual people, both of whom find it impossible to live…

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Berlin and Beyond Outtakes – “Perfect Site”

In a conversation with the director Sören Voigt, actor-singer Michi Fanselow, and composer Rainer Kirchmann, filmcritic.com talked with the filmmakers about the creation of Voigt’s first feature film, Perfect Site from the Berlin and Beyond 2001 film festival. First of…

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The Year in Film – 2000

It’s hard to believe, but in 2000, we reviewed somewhere in the neighborhood of 260 films at filmcritic.com. But the truly unfathomable thing is not the sheer number of releases, but rather that the vast majority of them were not…

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What’s So Great About Steven Soderbergh?

Steven Soderbergh has had one hell of a year, having achieved some much-deserved exposure for his mainstream breakthroughs, Erin Brockovich and Traffic. More impressive is that he hasn’t backed down from his experimental, irreverent approach to filmmaking. Independent single mom…

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Dusan Makavejev: Or, the Case of the Messed-Up Serbian Director

In January 2001, six long-unavailable films by Yugoslavian director Dusan Makavejev earn their freedom from the vaults to provide some insight into the seldom-seen Eastern European cinema, and what a sight it is. In two of his early films from…

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Ich bin ein Clevelander: The 2000 Ohio Independent Film Festival

Of all the cities in America, Cleveland may just go down in history as the first to declare itself sovereign. This proud little town, with a sports tradition that has spawned such films as Major League I and II, and…

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Witt’s Beginning: Alicia Witt Struts Her Stuff in the New Comedy “Playing Mona Lisa”

It’s funny, but the very last thing you expect when you knock on the door of Alicia Witt’s hotel room is that Alicia Witt will actually answer it. Meeting the stunning 25-year-old star of TV’s Cybill, Urban Legend, Mr. Holland’s…

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One on One with Mr. Hauser

Cole Hauser is one of those low profile actors that’s been surfing around Hollywood for the past ten years, working with high profile directors like John Singleton, Richard Linklater, Gus Van Sant, and Stephen Fears. Hauser has been seen in…

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The Big Pig Meets the Silver Screen: The 2000 Boston Film Festival

To get a feel for the Boston Film Festival, which wrapped on September 18, it helps to know Boston. The city is a vibrant, diverse collection of small neighborhoods with a distinctively New England flavor, yet is aspires to be…

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“Virgin” Tendencies: Sofia Coppola Takes on Filmmaking

In anticipation of meeting the Princess of the Coppola family, I expected to encounter a woman from an altogether different echelon. I envisioned a diva from a rare and unique class, not merely wealthy, but worldly, exotic, and alluring. In…

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