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A stylish, fast-moving, gut-wrenching melodrama of hell-bent youth: a loose knit company of teenage crazies in the milieu of ... motorcycles, heroin, mean streets and pool rooms of Tulsa,Oklahoma. ... They are alienated from society at large, family,peers, lovers, siblings—yet needing them ... Read more
Nine men reveal themselves through their fantasies. ... Gold Medal, Virgin Islands; Golden Hugo, Chicago ... Read more
Two girls nestle beside each other on a couch and try desperately to conceal their mutual craving. Sexuality is suggested through the weird rhythm of the film's editing and the tactile quality of the images. ... FIPRESCI Prize, Oberhausen ... Read more
Rich, conservative, and middle-aged, Arthur Hamilton is jolted out of the routine of life by an extraordinary telephone call from a bizarre organization which offers him a chance to buy himself a new identity — a rebirth in appearance and personality. In the lonely strangeness of his second ... Read more
See the Sea, the most ambitious film in a recent trilogy of shorts and featurettes by prolific French director François Ozon, portrays the clash between the worlds of two women. Alone with her baby on the Ile d'Yeu, Sasha, a young British mother, agrees to let dour backpacker Tatiana pitch a ... Read more
The Man Without A Face is a daring criminal who can assume disguises as readily as Sherlock Holmes. No-one knows what he really looks like, not even the woman who loves him and is his partner in crime. Who would suspect Mademoiselle Ermance, a quiet lady who sells sewing accessories? Yet this ... Read more
Glimpses of Australia's wide open spaces where the outback stations depend on water from the billabong. ... Read more
This film is the second feature by an Italian now living in Venezuela, whose former jobs include fashion photography for Vogue in Europe and America and a feature starring Verushka. ... Simplicio is poles apart from those worlds, offering as it does a tale about the tender relationship between a ... Read more
This is the story of an eight year old and an old man, both called "Simplicio". ... The old man ekes out a lonely, meagre existence, living in a sunken ship which has been washed ashore a short distance from a fishing village. His fine boat that had made him the envy of his fellows, was destroyed ... Read more
Francois Ozon's feature-length debut—after more than a dozen shorts and featurettes (including MIFF 1998's See the Sea)—is an hilarious black comedy, irreverent, wacky, weird and wonderful. The director introduces his viewers to a bourgeois family, even opening wilh a flourish and a red ... Read more
Soft Words Australia In 1946, George Orwell wrote about the misuse of language for political gain. Sixty years on, the Howard government has mastered it. ... D/S Adrian Francis P Steve Thomas WS Victorian College of Arts TD video/col/2006/10mins ... Read more
This graphic interpretation of Lewis Caroll's fantasy about a mad gardener provides an enchanting piece of lunacy. ... Youth Prize, Tours Festival. ... Read more
A breathtaking visual record of Sir Ernest Shackleton's heroic but ill-fated attempt to cross Antarctica in 1914 South is a unique historical document and a moving tribute to a small party of men who set out on a voyage of discovery that became an epic struggle for survival. ... As the crew finally ... Read more
“Street Angel” went into production shortly after F. W. Mumau's remarkable “Sunrise”, and well demonstrated the ... impact which that film had on American film-especially at Fox. The early sequences of “Street Angel” strongly recall the ... German style of the l920's, with moody ... Read more
Direct from Cannes, the chameleon-like Francois Ozon returns to MIFF screens with two of his favourite actors, Charlotte Rampling (Under the Sand, MIFF 2001) and Ludivine Sagnier (Water Drops on Burning Rocks, MIFF 2000, 8 Women) in his first English-language film. Charlotte Rampling is Sarah ... Read more
The Torres Strait Islanders are Australia's "other" indigenous minority. Unlike the Aborigines, little was heard of them until 1988 when they made a brief claim for independence. Since first contact with whites in 1871, they have been controlled by benign but effective colonisers, which has left ... Read more
The childhood adventure of a ten-year-old Poly­nesian boy, with all the naturalness and wonder which that suggests. ... Silver Medal, Venice Festival; Diplome D'Honneur R.I.F.J., Cannes. ... Read more
A kaleidoscopic sampler of the people, the land, the traditions, the culture and the activities which make up such a large part of life in the state of Tennessee. ... Read more
Tepu a hermit like Indian wise man returns to Mexico City where the gringos and the half breeds have made it sick. Can it be healed and is he the one to do it? (TH) ... Read more
Francis Ford Coppola returns to his roots with a psychological family drama about two brothers living in the shadow of their father. ... When Bennie tracks down his estranged brother Angelo (Vincent Gallo) in Buenos Aires, the reunion isn't all that he hoped for. Angelo is angry and resentful, but ... Read more
When the Independent Oil Company reduces the price of petrol by four pence per gallon to the lowest level on record, prosperity - as the song goes - is on its way. ... Where is the Independent Oil Company today? ... Read more
A party in a bar. Woman meets man... and slaps him. But things take an unexpected turn and a world-wide chain reaction begins... ... Read more
Between late December 1909 and June 1910, one of the great figures of Australian filmmaking W.Franklin Barrett, made several shorts, scenics and newsreels in New Zealand for the Pathe Freres Company. ... This scenic is one of only three films from the trans-Tasman film trip known to have survived ... Read more
Danny is about to appear on a quiz show. Despite having a Palestinian wife, he is more interested in regurgitating trivia than in the unfolding events in the Middle East. When he inadvertently insults his Palestinian barber, the barber wreaks an exacting and clever revenge. ... Read more
Francesco Rosi takes up a theme already mined by Elio Petri: political intrigue among officials who plot assassinations and ruthlessly suppress dissent in Italy. An inspector is given the job of investigating the deaths of a number of officials, and he slowly begins to confirm the existence of a ... Read more
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