BBC FOUR - Autumn highlights 2004
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4-Ever (Sweden, 2002)
Lilya is a teenage girl who escapes the bleakness of
the former Soviet Union, merely to exchange that life for one of sexual
exploitation in her Swedish 'haven'. Her only happiness is in her friendship
with young Volodya.
Director Lukas Moodysson's third film and his
masterpiece is dedicated to "... the millions of children
around the world who are exploited by the sex trade".
Lilya 4-Ever won the European Film Award 2002.
Tehran: a beautiful woman, making 10 journeys in her
car over a 48-hour period, offers lifts to a variety of friends, relatives
The ensuing conversations about love and life add up
to a vivid portrait of the inhabitants of this enigmatic city.
Abbas Kiarostami's bold and innovative work has an absolutely
universal appeal and was one of the most acclaimed films
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's complex and macabre thriller
centres on a group of four people who, having already cheated death
once in the past, become caught up in an elaborate and lethal game of
chance, with terrifyingly high stakes.
Sam, a Holocaust survivor, runs a casino where luck
is a transferable commodity to be acquired and gambled with. The four
become intertwined in his world.
This ingenious and distinctive debut film, which was
co-written with Andrés M Koppel, was released in the UK in 2003
and makes its television première on BBC FOUR.
Contemporary Buenos Aires: two con men, Juan and Marcos,
meet apparently, by chance.
They embark on a convoluted scam involving the Nine
Queens, a set of rare, apparently genuine, stamps. But who is exploiting
Director Fabian Bielinsky strides confidently into David
Mamet territory with this taut and sophisticated thriller.
In this international film première from writer-director
Otar Iosseliani, Vincent plans his escape from that weary Monday morning
Sick and tired of his dreary life his boring
job, his dull home town, his wife and children Vincent wakes
up one day and leaves. Without a word to anybody he heads off to Italy
in search of life.
Iosseliani's drama focuses on Vincent's need for adventure
and introduces him to a new world and some colourful and occasionally
comic characters along the way.
It was released in 2002 and is set in France.