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The terminology and critical nomenclature that will label American Art of the 1970's is still being devised and debated. The implication is that, unlike the 1950s and 1960's, when a basic style and set of artistic values emerged, this most recent decade defies generalities. The film selects ... Read more
A satirical look at where Australian Rules football is going in the year 2001. ... Read more
In Official Competition at Cannes this year, the latest film from Michael Winterbottom (The Claim, MIFF 2001) is an energised, chemical-fuelled trip through the birth and heyday of the dynamic Manchester music scene. Inspired by a seminal Sex Pistols gig, Tony Wilson set up record label Factory ... Read more
In 1963 Granada Television commissioned Michael Apted and Paul Almond to produce 7 UP — a 40 minute documentary based on interviews with 14 seven-year-old children from diverse class and regional backgrounds. The children talked candidly about their ambitions, their hopes and their plans for ... Read more
... ... Vienna, Christmas Eve, 1993. A nineteen year old student randomly shoots several people. Framed as a mystery, 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance unfolds in five asymmetrical chapters that eschew conventional narrative strategies and simple character-driven psychology to decon­struct ... Read more
The original film that began Michael Apted's lifelong obsession to follow the lives of 14 seven-year-olds documented at seven year intervals. (28UP his latest instalment, is also being screened at this Festival.) In 7UP the extremes of the British class system are already obvious — from ... Read more
The average man, in ignorance and confusion, has an optimistic view of his future. The expert, wrapped in his knowledge and expertise, is pessimistic. It is this disparity of belief that the political cartoonist and humorist, Bruce Petty, animates in his film. Petty sees the world and its problems ... Read more
One Halloween night, Jank Rottweiller asks his old friend Fred to drive him to his father's house in the country. As miles pass, Jank leaves all reason behind him, dragging Fred along. By the time they reach his father's house, Jank has become an unweildly child, trapped in the body of an adult ... Read more
A CANTERBURY TALE a 1944 black and white production by Powell and Pressburger. was the first of their productions to be restored by the British National Film Archive The American release version of this originally 124 minute film was cut by 30 minutes The full English release version was restored ... Read more
Playing like the first third of a feature film, A Day and a Half carefully observes the inter-relations between a family through the eyes of an 11 year old girl. ... Former AFTRS student Michael Karris shows exceptional feeling for nuance and telling but never showy direction, in this accomplished ... Read more
A Girl in Black is the third and most considerable film of Michael Cacoyannis, the young Greek director. It is a fresh honest film with an ambitiously simple theme, the central situation of which is developed with perception and a simple intensity. ... A Girl in Black was shot entirely on location ... Read more
Set in the West Indies with an all-Jamaican cast, an offbeat and hilarious fairy tale about an unhappy middle class "princess" and how she is made to laugh again. ... An exceptionally endearing performance from Nelson, her "prince", and a general roughness, add to the fresh simplicity of this ... Read more
A Matter of Dignity tells of a bourgeois family on the verge of bankruptcy, pinning all their hopes on their daughter's catching a rich husband. ... The Pellas mansion is gripped in an atmosphere of falsehood and hysteria, set by Cleon's wife. Roxane. whose efforts to keep up a facade of social ... Read more
An alcoholic paraplegic kidnaps his 7-year-old daughter. What on earth is he going to do now? ... Read more
In 1950, Michael Blakemore left Australia for London and a career in the theatre. A Personal History of the Australian Surf describes his life up to that point. It is probably the story of innumerable boys who grew up along the coast of Australia under the spell of the Pacific Ocean. The film tells ... Read more
When approached to direct the American contribution to the BFi's Century of Cinema project, Martin Scorsese (a natural choice given his remarkable film knowledge and passion) decided the only possible approach he could take was a distinctly personal, idiosyncratic memoir of what American movies ... Read more
A celebration of the rain forests and a study of the attitudes towards them from the time of the first occupants - the Aborigines. ... Read more
Adam develops a theory that erratic ant behavior signals impending earthquakes. In a brave new world that has gone sadly awry, he salvages what little is left of love and the vestiges of his sanity. ... Read more
Through the life history of a native woman we witness the basic problems of equatorial Africa: tradition versus progress; religious rivalry; colonialism versus independency - in this context we see her as a child, a girl at school, getting married. Finally the post-independence problems are ... Read more
Micro, macro, micro, macro, let's call the whole thing off. ... Read more
Winner of Cannes' coveted top prize, the Palme d'Or. ... Unfolding largely within the protective shell of a Parisian apartment, filmmaker Michael Haneke's (The White Ribbon MIFF 09, Funny Games MIFF 98) Amour eschews violence and psychological riddles for a profoundly frank portrayal of ageing ... Read more
Another Girl, Another Planet, a dreamy fable about a guy in an East Village walk-up and his serial love life, has gained considerable acclaim and notoriety over the last year, largely due to its unique look and particular production history. Directed by a respected collaborator of Wenders and ... Read more
... ... American New Wave originals, Robert Almereyda (Girl from Another Planet. Nadja] and Amy Hobby take their obsession with the toy. Fischer Price pixelvision camera to the Sundance Film Festival. Turning it on the directors. producers, writers and actors they corner there. they transform a ... Read more
A stop-motion animated sitcom about a slacker named Jesus, his father God and his babysitter Satan, a recovering alcoholic. Special cameo by Richard Dawkins. ... Michael Greaney is a guest of the Festival. ... D/P/S Michael Greaney TD digibeta/2010 ... Read more
Hollywood actor Michael Rapaport brings the story of hip-hop's finest to the screen with a fan's devotion. ... Prior to their breakup in 1998, the legendary A Tribe Called Quest were pioneers of alternative hip-hop, fusing jazz sounds with a creative lyrical approach that resonated with fans ... Read more
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