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A MOMENT OF INNOCENCE (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1996)
The lyrical and spare storytelling that Makhmalbaf applied in Gabbeh (MIFF 1996) is utilised again to tell another personal story, this time it is the director's own, told from two differ­ent poi… Read more

ALBINO ALLIGATOR (Kevin Spacey, 1996)
Kevin Spacey's (Usual Suspects, Seven) shatter­ing directorial debut. Albino Alligator takes the familiar frame of a heist gone wrong/hostage drama and hangs upon it astonishing perfor­mances… Read more

ANOTHER MOTHER (Paula van der Oest, 1996)
The fall of Communism in Eastern Europe did not only affect countries. The ordinary human lives that were shattered should not be forgotten. In a decaying Latvia with appalling economic conditions an… Read more

BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA (Anjelica Huston, 1996)
Anjelica Huston's splendid directorial debut is a harrowing examination of child abuse and backwoods ciose-mindedness in South Car­olina. 'Bone' Boatwright lives with the stigma of illegitimacy a… Read more

CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE (Jan Svankmajer, 1996)
Self-appointed 'militant surrealist' Jan Svankmajer describes his most recent film as a 'grotesque black comedy'. This latest work from the Czech director combines his signature Surrealist preoccupat… Read more

COURTING COURTNEY (Paul Tarantino, 1996)
Courting Courtney is Paul Tarantino's (no rela­tion) first project, his previous experience in film coming from his job in the marketing department of Walt Disney Studios and the classes he atten… Read more

DEEP CRIMSON (Arturo Ripstein, 1996)
Mexico 1949; Coral Fabre, a buxom, sensual, young nurse and mother, meets Nico who uses his looks to take advantage of women. Coral, immediately attracted to him, abandons her children and delves int… Read more

DREAM WITH THE FISHES (Finn Taylor, 1996)
Terry, is a buttoned-down and uptight loner who has been feeling suicidal since the sup­posed death of his wife. His lonely past-times involve binoculars and his neighbours' open win­dows - c… Read more

EL SANTO LUZBEL (Miguel Sabido, 1996)
In the tiny Mexican mountain village of Yohualichan, the majordomo who presided over the annual Colloquium has died. Conse­quently the resident Indians have not held the holy play, dedicated to S… Read more

FINE POWDER (Estaban Sapir, 1996)
Esteban Sapir's Fine Powder is a film with its own distinctive aesthetic. It gently oscil­lates between objects and image, seen from the perspective of a confused Jewish boy growing up in Argenti… Read more

FIRE (Deepa Mehta, 1996)
Courageous and unflinching, Deepa Mehta's engrossing study of a lesbian affair inter­weaves sexual repression, pressure-cooker desire, crumbling patriarchy and cultural transfor­mation in con… Read more

GRIDLOCK'D (Vondie Curtis Hall, 1996)
Tupac Shakur's screen epitaph, completed prior to the rapper, and alleged gangster, being gunned down in Vegas late last year. Grid-lock'd is a skewed (drug) buddy film following the ludicrous misadv… Read more

HARD CORE LOGO (Bruce McDonald, 1996)
Hard Core Logo is the top draw Canadian punk rock band, that is, if it was a real group. Director Bruce McDonald is only too familiar with mixing truth and outrageous fiction in order to craft his us… Read more

IRMA VEP (Olivier Assayas, 1996)
Olivier Assayas made his name with serious, emotionally weighty works such as L'eau Froide (MIFF 95). With Irma Vep Assayas lightens the mood, proving to also be a skilled director of comedy. After m… Read more

JOHNS (Scott Silver, 1997)
David Arquette gives an emotionally charged performance as the frenzied yet deter­mined, perpetually moving street hustler in Scott Silver's Johns. The film details a day in the (low) life of Arq… Read more

KISSED (Lynne Stopkewich, 1996)
Molly Parker gives an enigmatic perfor­mance as Sandra Larson, the central char­acter in this compelling tale of perverse eroticism set in an anonymous Canadian town. The fiim charts the prog… Read more

LANDSCAPES OF MEMORY (José Araújo, 1996)
In the backwaters of Brazil, the small town of Sertao has been neglected by the government, despite its drought-ravaged landscape. An old woman, Maria, a reincarnation of the Virgin Mary, or possibly… Read more

LAYIN' LOW (Danny Leiner, 1996)
One of the more accomplished of the recent crop of low budget, independent US films. This deadpan comedy features two feckless losers, Jerry and Christy, as its main characters. Their lives suddenly … Read more

LEA (Ivan Fila, 1996)
Winner of a clutch of international awards, Lea is a film that subverts its own grim premise. Lea witnesses her father murder her mother. Struck dumb by the shock, she is transferred to an adoptive h… Read more

LEVEL 5 (Chris Marker, 1996)
In his new film, Chris Marker continues to explore the ways in which new technologies can inform our comprehension of traumatic his­torical events. Like his earlier film Sans Solei,. Level Five m… Read more

LILIES (John Greyson, 1996)
1952, and Bilodeau (Marcel Sabourni), a Catholic Bishop arrives at a Quebec jail to hear a prisoner's confession. But when he meets the prisoner, Simon (Aubert Pallascio), a man he knew 40 years ago,… Read more

LITTLE ANGEL (Helke Misselwitz, 1996)
Little Angel tells the story of a woman who is consumed by the need to provide maternal love. Ramona lives on her own in a run-down dis­trict of East Berlin near the Ostkreuz subway sta­tion.… Read more

LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! (Joe Mantello, 1996)
A moving and frequently hilarious adaptation of Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning Broadway play, Love! Valour! Compassion! traces the interwoven lives of eight gay men over a summer in upstate Ne… Read more

MUGSHOT (Matt Mahurin, 1996)
A white man is mugged and beaten in Harlem and wakes up with amnesia in a Kafkaesque nightmare of a room. His only hope is a black man, Rumor, who promises to help him get out but decides to keep him… Read more

NéNETTE AND BONI (Claire Denis, 1996)
Reuniting the teenage leads of US Go Home (MIFF 95|, acclaimed director Claire Denis has created a moving film which explores the relationship between two estranged siblings. Boniface, nicknamed Boni… Read more

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