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WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS – APRIL 2006

OFF THE RECORD
Subscription channel World Movies is a window to the world of cinema beyond Hollywood, screening mainstream and arthouse films from some of the greatest filmmakers on the international scene – often for the first time in Australia. Here is a little taste of what you can find on the schedule in April 2006, including a season of rockumentaries aptly titled, Off The Record, reports Channel Host Andrew L. Urban.


The spotlight for the next two months will fall on rock and roll bands – and their amazing inside stories, as exposed on the series, Off The Record. Every Tuesday through April and May, Off The Record will reveal the mayhem behind the music of rock n roll legends like Janis Joplin, The Sex Pistols, Metallica, New Order, Radiohead, Depeche Mode, The Happy Mondays, and Oasis, not to mention showcase the filmmaking talent of some of the world’s most highly regarded documentarians and filmmakers, including D.A.Pennebaker, Michael Winterbottom, Rob Reiner and Julien Temple.

World Movies has sought out the talents of two new hosts for the season, self confessed former “try-hard” punk Brendan “Jonesy” Jones from WSFM and rocker Chit Chat (Machine Gun Fellatio, musicMAX), who with the chemistry of two old school buddies, take us backstage for the highs, the lows, the tantrums and the tears of this thrashing season. Check it out at http://www.worldmovies.net

Meanwhile, regular programming continues as a window on the wider world of movies, with an enticing range of movies, including :

April 2, 8.30pm
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter ...And Spring (2003) South Korea

Directed by: Kim Ki-duk
Starring: Oh Young-su, Kim Young-min
On a floating Buddhist temple in the middle of a remote, tranquil lake surrounded by forested mountains, a young boy learns the difficult lessons of Buddhism and life in Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter…And Spring. An exquisitely simple, deeply involving meditation on life, death and the battle that takes place in between from prolific Korean director, Kim Ki-duk

April 9, 8.30
A Touch Of Spice (2003) Greece

Directed by: Tassos Boulmetis
Starring: George Corraface, Ieroklis Michailidis
Blending romance and cuisine with just a pinch of early Greek and Turkish culture, A Touch Of Spice has been billed as Greece’s answer to Like Water For Chocolate. One of the most popular Greek films of all time, this bittersweet coming-of-age story explores themes of cultural displacement with sensitivity and gentle humour. Evocative, nostalgic and full of mouth-watering delicacies, A Touch Of Spice is a delectable delight!


April 16, 8.30pm
Killing Words (2003) Spain

Directed by: Laura Mañá
Starring: Darío Grandinetti, Goya Toledo
In a dark basement, fortysomething philosophy lecturer Ramon records his thoughts on video, revealing he’s killed a woman that morning. Psychiatrist Laura, bound to a chair, watches in the video in horror as Ramon circles her. Ramon suggests they play a word game. If she wins, she goes free, if he wins, he’ll take out her eye. The stakes rise, Laura wins a round and can make a phone call. The number she decides to call is Ramon’s mother’s number. Laura, as it turns out, is Ramon’s ex-wife.

April 23, 8.30pm
The Alzheimer Case (2003) Netherlands, Belgium (in Dutch)

Directed by: Erik Van Looy
Starring: Jan Decleir, Koen de Bouw
Aging contract killer Angelo Ledda (Jan Decleir) wants to get out of the business because he has the developing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. He agrees to commit two final murders, but when he realises he’s expected to eliminate a twelve year-old girl, he refuses, convinced no self-respecting assassin would kill a child. However, when the girl turns up dead, Angelo sets off on a revenge mission against his former, depraved employers, and any other degenerates he feels deserve to die.

April 30, 8.30pm
Memories Of Murder (2003) South Korea

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Kim Sang-kyung
Gripping, compelling Memories Of Murder is based on a series of real-life murders in a rural community that remain unsolved today. One of the few films that manage to effectively straddle black comedy and thriller, the story of Korea’s first recorded serial killer broke box office records at home and won major prizes at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.

Published March 30, 2006

 

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