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This celebrated novel by Francois Mauriac was adapted for the screen by the author himself and by his son Claude, critic of "Le Figaro Literaire". The films director is Georges Franju who has previously given us the celebrated short films, Les sang des betes and Hotel des Invalides. ... Therese ... Read more
Piano virtuoso Glenn Gould, one of this century's most enigmatic musicians, had all the marks of musical genius - blinding talent, a craving for perfection and an obsession with the idea of disembodied communication that drove him beyond the formal traditions of the classical music world. This ... Read more
During the war of 1914, the Princess de Bormes organises an ambulance service to the front. She is aided by the young Thomas de Fontenoy, who manages to get the necessary authorisations on account of his alleged relationship to the general of the same name. After a couple of trips, during which ... Read more
One of the most visually inventive films on art. By the combined movements of statue, camera, and background, a view of the entire work and then close-ups, the development of an idea from a drawing to a finished work, the film gives a curious kind of semi-existence to Thoryaldsen's somewhat frigid ... Read more
A symbolic short by the leading Dutch experimental film maker, Franz Zwartjes. The action takes place in a garden where a woman tries to find a place for a doll. There is no normal development of the story; realistic scenes are interrupted by abstract sequences. Sound and time-flow are manipulated. ... Read more
"It's about loving stuffed animals and neglecting people." – Frank V Ross ... Recently married, Christopher and Melody are stuck in a work-to-live rut. With barely any time for each other, Melody teaches high-school students, while Chris slaves over a novel by day and works a deadbeat ... Read more
A cartoon parable about the scramble to "the top", told without commentary, yet with telling effect and a sharp sense of humour. ... Read more
TOLL OF THE SEA complements the screening at this year's festival of BECKY SHARP, the cinema's first three-colour::.;..: Technicolor feature. TOLL OF THE SEA is the first two-colour Technicolor feature, and the latest restoration success from the Film Archives at the University of Southern ... Read more
The lives of three young people are intertwined in this initial feature by Gian Mingozzi. A young girl who wins a pop singing contest is seen to triumph in her work as a singer. An introverted youth takes to spying on a bachelor across the way, who leads a lonely life that somehow attracts the boy ... Read more
A young man attempts to outrun a stream train across a snow-filled wilderness in this visually stunning metaphorical tale of adversity from the Head of the Art Department on 300 and the director of Looking for Alexander. ... D Arnaud Brisebois, Francis Leclerc P Antonello Cozzolino S Arnaud ... Read more
A true life story, based on novelist Kant's own experience as a 19-year-old drafted into the German army in 1944. Taken ... prisoner in Poland after only a few weeks' service, he is mistakenly identified by a distraught mother as the man responsible for her daughter's death in Lublin. ... He ... Read more
In this film, Truffaut turned to a love story by the author of "Jules et Jim", about a triangle again, but this time of two English girls and a Frenchman whom they nickname "The Continent". ... Claude, the hero of the film, meets the elder sister, Anne, first, when she is studying sculpture in ... Read more
A beautiful elaboration on personal loss and what it means to be left alone. In a film radically removed from his past works, Francois Ozon (Water Drops on Burning Rocks MIFF 2000) again shows himself to be one of the brightest lights of recent French cinema. Marie (Charlotte Rampling) and Jean ... Read more
“His music is completely unique. If you haven't heard it yet, go hear it.” - Frank Zappa ... Described by writer Henry Miller as “the stratospheric colossus of sound”, French sonic alchemist Edgard Varèse (1883 - 1965) continues to influence music even 40 years after his death. Artists who ... Read more
"This beautiful Peruvian film captivated me with the simplicity of its concept and its beautiful imagery which betrays a personal visual style. A grandson asks his grandfather about the old days then we see how even today the fishermen ply their trade just like their forefathers." Eva Schmid ... Read more
Director Frank Scheffer was the recipient ot the 1997 Dutch Film Critics Award for his entire body of work, a back catalogue numbering over 25 films made during the past 17 years. Scheffer has a particular interest in the relationship between music and images and his docu­mentary Voyage to ... Read more
Based on a play by legendary German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Water Drops on Burning Rocks is a playful yet perverse study in sexual game playing. Structured around four tightly constructed acts, the film is set in Germany sometime in the 1970s. Franz, a naive 19-year-old is brought home ... Read more
"Two champions – one of the racetrack, one of the big screen – are reunited four decades on in a long-unseen documentary." – Screen Daily ... In 1971, Formula One racing was one of the most dangerous sports in the world, and Scotsman Jackie Stewart was its champion. Worshipped for ... Read more
Nicholas, the son of peasant farmers, lives with his parents and grandparents on a farm. Their lives are in turmoil. Nicholas' father, Mare, has had to destroy his entire herd of cattle due to an outbreak of Mad Cow Disease. Under the strain, he hangs himself. Noel, the patriarch of the clan ... Read more
What's in the suitcase? A quirky comedy. ... Read more
The threadbare quality of the prominent people of our age and the way they are managed is exposed with a wealth of sarcasm in this zany spoof on the promotion racket. The formula for success is extravagant conduct plus publicity, and Kim, a bizarre American, is determined to be a success. But all ... Read more
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Somewhere in a block of apartments a couple wakes up in the morning of January 1st, 2000. As they enter upon a new day at a leisurely pace they find themselves under an unexpected attack. Simple in narrative but distinguished in style, X2000 is a charming piece of filmmaking with all the feel and ... Read more
A commentary on the way the photographer, David Hamilton, works with his five favourite models, with a selection of his best photos. ... Silver Dragon, Warsaw. ... Read more
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