Kedma (2002)

AMOS GITAI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Italy/Israel/France, 2002.  Agav Hafakot, Arte France Cinema, BIM Distribuzione, MK2 Productions, MP Productions, R&C Produzioni.  Screenplay by Amos Gitai, Mordechai Goldhecht, Marie-Jose Sanselme, based on the novel by Haim Hazaz.  Cinematography by Giorgos Arvanitis.  Produced by Amos Gitai, Marin Karmitz, Alain Mamou-Mani, Laurent Truchot.  Music by David Darling, Manfred Eicher.  Production Design by Eitan…

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Sweet Sixteen (2002)

KEN LOACH United Kingdom/Germany/Spain, 2002.   Alta Films, British Broadcasting Corporation, Road Movies Filmproduktion, Scottish Screen, Sixteen Films, Tornasol Films.  Screenplay by Paul Laverty.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Rebecca O’Brien.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Martin Johnson.  Costume Design by Carole K. Millar.  Film Editing by Jonathan Morris.   Just shy of his sixteenth birthday, young Liam is facing issues that most…

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Russian Ark (2002)

ALEXANDER SOKUROV Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Russky Kovcheg Russia/Germany, 2002.  The State Hermitage Museum, The Hermitage Bridge Studio, Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Angelegenheiten der Kultur und der Medien, Filmbüro NW, WDR/Arte, Fora Film, Koppmedia, NHK, Seville Pictures, YLE TV1, Danmarks Radio, AST Studio, Mariinsky Theatre, Egoli…

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Irreversible (2002)

GASPAR NOE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  France, 2002.  120 Films, Canal+, Eskwad, Les Cinémas de la Zone, Nord-Ouest Productions, StudioCanal, Wild Bunch.  Screenplay by Gaspar Noe.  Cinematography by Benoit Debie, Gaspar Noe.  Produced by Christophe Rossignon.  Music by Thomas Bangalter.  Production Design by Alain Juteau.  Costume Design by Laure Culkovic.  Film Editing by Gaspar Noe.   Unpleasantness is the cornerstone of this…

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Bowling For Columbine (2002)

MICHAEL MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Canada/USA/Germany, 2002.  United Artists, Alliance Atlantis Communications, Salter Street Films International, Vif Babelsberger Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. Zweite KG, Dog Eat Dog Films, Iconolatry Productions Inc., TiMe Film- und TV-Produktions GmbH.  Screenplay by Michael Moore.  Produced by Charles Bishop, Jim Czarnecki, Michael Donovan, Kathleen Glynn, Michael Moore.  Music by Jeff Gibbs.  Film Editing…

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The Man Without A Past (2002)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Original title:  Mies Vailla Menneisyytta Finland/Germany/France, 2002.  Bavaria Film, Pyramide Productions, Pandora Filmproduktion, Sputnik, Yleisradio.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Production Design by Markku Pätilä.  Costume Design by Outi Harjupatana.  Film Editing by Timo Linnasalo.   A metal worker arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten and mugged on his first…

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About Schmidt (2002)

ALEXANDER PAYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 2002.  New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, based on the novel by Louis Begley.  Cinematography by James Glennon.  Produced by Michael Besman, Harry Gittes.  Music by Rolfe Kent.  Production Design by Jane Ann Stewart.  Costume Design by Wendy Chuck.  Film Editing by Kevin Tent.   A newly retired vice-president of an Omaha…

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24 Hour Party People (2002)

MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 2002.  Revolution Films, Baby Cow Films, The Film Consortium, Film Council, FilmFour, Wave Pictures.  Screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce.  Cinematography by Robby Muller.  Produced by Andrew Eaton.  Production Design by Mark Tildesley.  Costume Design by Steven Noble, Natalie Ward.  Film Editing by Trevor Waite.   The punk music scene’s emergence from Manchester in…

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Unknown Pleasures (2002)

ZHANGKE JIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Ren Xiao Yao South Korea/France/Japan/China, 2002.  E-Pictures, Hu Tong Communications, Lumen Films, Office Kitano, T-Mark.  Screenplay by Zhangke Jia.  Cinematography by Nelson Yu Lik-wai.  Produced by Shozo Ichiyama, Kit Ming Li.  Production Design by Jing Dong Liang.  Film Editing by Keung Chow.   Part of that wonderful school of eastern cinema that focuses…

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Spider (2002)

DAVID CRONENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Canada/United Kingdom, 2002.  Odeon Films, Capitol Films, Artists Independent Network, Grosvenor Park Productions, Catherine Bailey Ltd., Téléfilm Canada, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Metropolitan Films.  Screenplay by Patrick McGrath, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky.  Produced by Catherine Bailey, David Cronenberg, Samuel Hadida.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by…

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Ten (2002)

ABBAS KIAROSTAMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   France/Iran/USA, 2002.  Abbas Kiarostami Productions, Key Lime Productions, MK2 Productions.  Screenplay by Abbas Kiarostami.  Cinematography by Abbas Kiarostami.  Produced by Marin Karmitz, Abbas Kiarostami.  Film Editing by Vahid Ghazi, Abbas Kiarostami, Bahman Kiarostami.   Two cameras are set up in a Tehran woman’s car in an effort to naturally observe her day to day life…

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All Or Nothing (2002)

MIKE LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/France, 2002.  Les Films Alain Sarde, Thin Man Films.  Screenplay by Mike Leigh.  Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams, Alain Sarde.  Music by Andrew Dickson.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.   Mike Leigh returns with yet another incisive and touching look at life…

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