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"As close to pure existential cinema as American filmmaking is likely to get these days … All is Lost [is an] emotionally resonant one-man showcase for Robert Redford." - Variety ... The talk of Cannes, JC Chandor’s follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Margin Call sees Robert Redford ... Read more
"In his lyrical second feature, David Gordon Green (George Washington, MIFF 2000) astonishes and delights with the distinctiveness of his cinematic voice and the depth of his genuine, contoured characters. Green and his trusted collaborators boldly plumb fertile emotional territory; the ... Read more
Prolific, political and peripatetic Jon Jost is a genuine cinema maverick. He works not so much against the system as out of it, with an independence that is both exhilarating and harsh. This is his most lavish film yet and possibly the most accessible. It seems to signal a new direction for Jost ... Read more
Allerd Fishbein's In Love is a delightful comedy about the first big crush. On holiday with his parents and his older brother, 13 year old Allerd Fishbein meets the confident and beautiful Marrika Guttman. There's only one problem: he's Jewish and she's German! As their parents battle it out in ... Read more
'Images of Elvis', the pinnacle of the Elvis impersonator's art, a cutthroat competition staged in Memphis to determine the worlds finest 'Elvis' (almost). This cheeky documentary, loaded with pathos, plumbs the dedication, desire and devotion of Elvis fandom, specifically a half dozen ... Read more
AIDS is now the leading cause of death among young Americans. One in five cases is diagnosed among young people. Alone Together humanises these stark statistics and allows the young voices to speak honestly and with dignity. The young people come from vastly diverse backgrounds, yet each is able to ... Read more
Winner of the Audience award and the Jury's Freedom of Expression prize at last year's Sundance Film Festival, Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony is a soul-stirring documentary that uses exclusive interviews and rare, never-before-seen footage to document the vital role that music played in ... Read more
... ... Deadpan, fiercely cynical and extremely funny, Hal Hartley has cemented his reputa­tion as the US independent requiring the closest of scrutiny. This curious director creates a con­sistently fabulous feature every couple of years, wows an ever expanding audience and then ... Read more
Cohen's beautifully composed documentary, Amber City, is dedicated to writer Primo Levi. It was shot in countless locations across an unknown city in Italy with a soundtrack by musicians including Blonde Redhead, All Scars, Sascha Pellegrini, Stephen Vitiello and others including Cohen himself ... Read more
As President Bush's 'War Against Drugs' rant dominates the soundtrack we see another reali­ty — two characters who everyday have to contend with an America more interested in sermonising than compassion, in policing rather than contending with the issues. ... Read more
As the title indicates, the film puts the ... arms race into perspective both from an ... historical and a present point of view: ... American industry backed Nazi Germany and now is making profits from the current preparation for war. ... Joan Harvey has created a powerful ... plea for our peace ... Read more
Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940) was pioneer of social photography in the USA. From 1910-1940 he took about 15,000 photos, above all portraits of workers: his images of a steel worker on the Empire State Building, and of immigrants on Ellis Island, have become famous. He took poignant pictures of ... Read more
Four vignettes on American life done in cinema verite style. 'Honeymoon Hotel' looks at an ultra-gauche haven for newlyweds: 'Risen Indeed' covers the training of the travelling young believers of the Campus Crusade for Christ; The Best of Your Life' documents the pleasures of growing old in ... Read more
Leading US experimental filmmaker presents two contrasting Americans against a background of the politics and music of the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies ... Read more
Generally unheralded at the time, the early 80s, hardcore punk rock scene in America gave birth to much of the rock music and culture that followed. There would be no Nirvana, Beastie Boys or Red Hot Chili Peppers if not for hardcore pioneers such as Black Flag, Bad Brains and Minor Threat. ... Read more
A cunning storyteller presents a curious tale of blackmail to two friends invited to lunch. As the story unwinds we realise that the blackmail plot is merely a cover-up for a far more sinister plot involving revenge and murder. This fast-paced, ironic black comedy provides the spectator with a ... Read more
The Royal Family of horror film directors, a veritable who's who of nastiness, discuss their seminal works and reflect on American society in the 60s and 70s. The central question at the core of this film appears to be; Can an entire nation have a nightmare? Providing an answer are. John Carpenter ... Read more
Based on Bret Easton Ellis' controversial novel, American Psycho is a film that dares you to watch it. Taking place in New York City in 1987, this is the story of Patrick Bateman, a Wall Street player and status whore, who dedicates his time to a lifestyle of material gain. "I have all the ... Read more
A study of suicide in the context of our age. An engrossing film that mocks both characters and audience with visual and aural style and grace. ... First Prize for Short Subjects, Chicago Festival. ... Read more
Does America have a ruling class? How does one join it, and should one even want to? Written by Lewis Lapham, American Ruling Class explores the US's most taboo topics: class, power and privilege in the nominally democratic republic. The dramatic documentary satire stars Lapham, the renowned ... Read more
Scooping the FIPRESCI award for best film in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes this year and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, American Splendor is a captivating and utterly original mix of fiction and reality, that immerses the audience in the true life story of Harvey Pekar. ... Pekar works ... Read more
A Vietnam veteran turns up in a small town in Kansas. Instead of just passing through, he hangs around. He starts to restore a broken-down merry-go-round and, gradually, the town's people become fascinated, then ignore him and, finally, turn on him. ... Americana is the first feature film to be ... Read more
Americas in Transition is a 29 ... minute documentary tracing U.S. involvement in Latin American affairs during the past 50 years. ... Read more
A humourous fish-out-of-water story of hope, determination and a side of fries. ... Palestinian single mother Muna and her teenage son Fadi decide to escape the daily grind of checkpoints and tension in Palestine and move to the US, exchanging the military-occupied West Bank for the fast-food ... Read more
A filmmaker's personal look at the notion of success — that obsession with 'making if built so deeply into 20th Century culture that one can barely distinguish it from breathing. This journey winds through slogans, murmurings, high school, advertisements, sports, admonitions, dreams and home ... Read more
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