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Contemporary World Cinema

... ... A young boy, full of fear and fascination, covertly watches as his mother performs for an unseen admirer A shot is fired and lives are scarred. Awesome in its intensely erotic, seductive grace, the opening sequence of Garin Nugroho's (Letters For an Angel MIFF 94) third feature is a dance ... Read more
Ken Loach meets Mike Leigh" is how Variety described the hilarious Cockney working-class comedy, Beautiful Thing. Hettie Macdonald's film centres around a story of gay love in an East London housing estate—from first nervous glances to ingenious use of peppermint foot lotion" ... This ... Read more
... ... Director Tran Anh Hung brought rural 50s Vietnam to vibrant, poetic lire in his debut film The Scent of Green Papaya (1993) In his latest. very different film. Tran shows us the bustle and brutality of modern urban existence in a surreal Ho Chi Minn City running over with crime. violence ... Read more
... ... Prasanna Vithanage represents the emerging wave of new film makers in Sri Lanka who are trying to make sense of changes sweepin across the country. ... ... ... Anantha Ratfiriua, his second film, is set in th turbulent times of social upheaval in Southern Sri Lanka in the late 80s and early ... Read more
... ... A ... ... ... According to many observers (your humble servant and Werner Herzog amongst them), cinema is alive and well in two countries: China and Iran. Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Gabbeh is incontrovertible proof of this claim and positions him beside countryman Abbas Kiarostani, at the ... Read more
... ... A riveting portrait of Valerie Solanas, the woman who shot Andy Warhol. A radical lesbian and destitute writer. Solanas gained access to Warhol's bizarre world hoping that he would produce her play. Up Your Ass. When the zoned-out Factory crowd rejected her and her work, Solanas developed ... Read more
... ... At last, a Chinese feature that gets to grips with everyday contemporary life. Gone is the stylised historical drama of older directors like Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou. Like Sons (also showing in this year's festival) and a number of other films currently held up by the Chinese censors, In ... Read more
... ... The creative vision of directors like Sasa Gedeon ensures a sound future for Czech film With Indian Summer he tackles the perils of puberty and the initiation of an innocent 15-year-old girl. Klara, by her worldly-wise cousin jealousy, power struggles, deception and revenge set their ... Read more
... ... Tatsuo is a cocky chimpira (apprentice gangster) whose yakuza bosses are grooming as a pimp to the rich and famous. But when screws up big time on one of his first important jobs, Tatsuo is forced to flee Tokyo, followed by his girlfriend. He finds a taxi driver who will take him to a small ... Read more
... ... In his new film Robert Altman introduces his old home town and trademark touches including the complex inter-relationship between different lives (and plot lines) and his masterly ear for music, this time hot, vintage jazz. All roads lead to Kansas City, the Las Vegas of the 30s, a wild ... Read more
... ... In Like Grains of Sand director Ryosuke Hashiguchi orchestrates the intensity of passionate, thwarted first love into a remarkably moving film. When Kasane is transferred to a new school, she does not take long to figure out that Shuji. the most interesting boy in her class, is gay and ... Read more
... ... Or. sex. power and videotape—this smart and funny, pseudo home-movie set in a world of groovy Amsterdam twenty-somethings plays fast and loose with the popular notion that the Camera is an instrument of control. Daant|e Flats alone in Amsterdam. Bold, beautiful and having a good time ... Read more
... ... The fundamental and universal human experience of mourning and regeneration is rendered with quietly gathered power in this wonderful film about a young woman who believes that she brings death to those she loves Kore-eda's first him is in a contemplative, classically Japanese style that ... Read more
... ... The long-awaited follow up to acclaimed amm? landmark Afcim (19881, Memories Is a fantastic new feature-length Japanese animation omnibus initiated By manga artist and author Katsuhiro Otomo. Written and produced by Otomo, Memories is divided into three episodes —each discreet section ... Read more
... ... 70-year-old Amalia fails to arrive for a visit to her daughter Delia's home Missing for 48 hours, she is finally discovered drowned on a beach in Naples wearing only an exotic red bra. Delia travels to Naples for her mother's funeral and witnesses a number of unsettling events that indicate ... Read more
... ... Todd Haynes, director of Poison and the Karen Carpenter Barbie-dull film Superstar, extends his reputation as America's Foremost radical filmmaker wirh the menacingly soothing Safe Julianne Moore plays a well-off San Fernando home-maker increasingly engulfed by an allergy diagnosed as ... Read more
... ... Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Salaam Cinema is the Iran director/activist's typically offbeat tribute to a century of cinema. Such is the popularity of the cinema in Iran that a modest press ad for a film audition can result in a street riot! Looking ... Read more
... ... Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Mohsen Makhmalbaf s Salaam Cinema is the Iran director/activist's typically offbeat tribute to a century of cinema. Such is the popularity of the cinema in Iran that a modest press ad for a film audition can result in a street riot! Looking ... Read more
... ... On one of those rare occasions when the Cannes jury gets it right, the inimitable Mike Leigh garnered this year's Palme d'Or (Best Film), the International Critics Prize and the Best Actress Award (Brenda Blethyn) topping the success of Naked( 1993). ... ... ... After the death of her ... Read more
... ... In this scabrous debut feature. Sao Paulo producer/director Vinicius Mainardi takes on the Brazilian class struggle with a vengeance-sparing no one. Businessman Vittorio foils a robbery by stabbing, but not killing, Jackson, a petty thief who breaks into his sumptuous villa. Worried about ... Read more
... ... Glasgow, 1968: time for the McLean Brothers to decide where their loyalties ambitions lie. The eldest, Bobby, misses his dead dad, suffers nightmares and hangs out a local gang. Alan prefers to devote his time painting and Joanna, an uncommonly self assured lass known to have attracted the ... Read more
The Li household is a typical Beijing family, and a real Beijing family too. In this sensational docudrama, they re-enact their domestic history. The confronting results make Sylvania Waters look like Antic Of Green Gables and show ordinary life in today's China as never before. Father Li has been ... Read more
When Max Skladanowsky's eldest daughter Lucie, confides that she misses her unde, a Juggler, when he is away touring, her father goes to work on a means by which she can always see lifelike, moving images of her favourite relative. A sweet childish request for the impossible (in the 1890s] became ... Read more
... ... Originally made for the BBC as a four episode mini series, author/screen writer Hanil Kureishi brings all the wicked humour and bold strokes of My Beautiful Laundretle and Sammy & Rosie Get laid to this epic semi-autobiographical saga of a young Anglo-Indian's sexual and political ... Read more
... ... Headlights sweeping dark roads on the outskirts of town. A clean-cut white boy at the wheel. Balmy nights in Memphis, down on the Missisippi delta. What are all those parked cars doing here? Who are those guys wandering up and down? And why are there no women? As if you didn't know. ... ... Read more
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