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      Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival
    Fest things first

    The 2000 Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival presents imaginative films of all kinds — with no preconceptions and absolutely no "nepotismo."


    Just two years ago, a group of independent filmmakers brought forth in Williamsburg a new film festival dedicated to the proposition that all movies are created equal, whether they cost a thousand dollars or millions.

    Sixty-one films from the U.S. and abroad.

    Related links: Official site
    Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival 2000
  • Overview
  • Dolphins
  • Intervista
  • Once We Were Strangers
  • Venti
  • 2001 festival
    "This is something I used to say the first year: It started out of frustration," says Italian-born festival director Marco Ursino. Why this frustration with some other festivals? "I will call it in Italian 'nepotismo.' You have to know somebody or you have to hire a star."

    The Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival looks for such ethereal qualities as "freshness," "drive" and a "common visual language" in its 61 offerings, but above all seeks to present a broad range of films that, however they might be categorized, present some original vision. Among the diversity of films showing at this year's festival:

  • "Dolphins", the visually striking, wordless fable of an institutionalized woman whose dreams of freedom are inspired by the goldfish bowl in her locked hospital room.

  • "Intervista", a student film project that started when a young Albanian discovered a soundless videotape of his mother in her younger days as a Communist Party aparatchik-in-training, and investigated the story behind this mystery tape.

  • "Once We Were Strangers", a charming sort of anti-romance romance picture in which a gray, blustery New York fights two couples' every effort to fall in love.

  • "Venti", an road picture in which the buddies are a bubbly porn actress and a somber television interviewer who stumble into a series of twisted vignettes as they cross Italy.

  • Festival articles




    The institutionalized heroine of the powerful film "Dolphins" looks at her goldfish bowl and dreams of freedom.



    Finding a lost film of his mother the communist sets a young Albanian off on a fascinating confrontation with the past in this short documentary


    Once We Were Strangers

    A gray, blustery New York fights two couples' every effort to fall in love in a thoroughly charming anti-romance romance.



    Two Italian women hit the road and find friendship and strange stories in the uneven "Venti."

    MAY 10, 2000

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