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Fatih Akin was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1973. Films include: Short Sharp Shock (1997), In July (2000), Solino (2002). ... Read more
An Indonesian institution for the ‘mentally disturbed' is a distressing world of squalor, screams and an unexpected cure. ... Not in competition ... --- D/S Dria Soetomo, Leonard Retel Helmrich P Orlow Seunke WS Ecco Films Indonesia L Indonesian w/English subtitles TD betacamsp/2008 ... Read more
Glamourous and gritty, Hell for Leather is anything but conventional opera on film. Dominik Scherrer revisits Ihe classic tale of Satan's fall from Heaven. Filmed on location in London's East End, Scherrer shot the film in three weeks and chose to record the actors singing live. With sharp edits ... Read more
A fictional drama set in a modern electronic church which ... portrays an extraordinary day in the life of Howard Woode, a television evangelist. ... Read more
A cartoon film, hand-drawn in colour by Norman McLaren, in which a hen &ndash: and even as an egg with feet &ndash: dances to the old &ndash: time waltzes and reels of French-Canadian barn dance music. ... Read more
Geometric shapes build to the form of a hen. To the tune of old-time waltzes a hen, now a leghorn, then a Plymouth Rock, later a simple egg with feet, dances and reels. This McLaren-designed animation was conceived to reflect the primitiveness and naivety of the music that inspired it. ... Read more
[Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque] is an absorbing and rewarding tribute to a colossus of French film. One of the co-founders of Cinematheque Francaise, Langlois almost single-handedly preserved some of the finest films ever produced in France, including [The Cabinet of Dr Caligari] ... Read more
... ... It will be a pity if Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer comes to be known for the controversy it has sparked rather than its qualities as a piece of filmmaking. As Caryn James in The New York Tunes remarked, "It is profoundly disturbing, even more for the questions it rais­es about the ... Read more
In 1988 Alfred Merhan arrived in Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport without papers. He was to remain stranded, living in the departure lounge for 12 years, as his case made its tortuous way through a bureaucracy. Or so we are led to believe. Not a mockumentary so much as a kind of cinematic hoax of ... Read more
Two anecdotes about awkward but funny encounters between users and non-users of disabled parking over car spaces. Inspired by an impromptu conversation which is used on the sound track, rough edges and all, the film is fluently and cheerfully illustrated in sand animation. From the aptly named ... Read more
The Heroic Ones (Shisan Taibao) Hong Kong'It's difficult to describe the battle sequences in order to do them justice. I can safely compare a memorable scene in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, where the heroes rode out into a thronging mass of orcs brandishing pikes, with a scene in The Heroic ... Read more
A couple dance rings around our expectations of masculine' and 'feminine', proving there are more twists to gender than you can polka a suck at. ... From the director of Bodyspeak and Drum/Sing, a classical narrative based around the pictorial values of film noir, reinterprets through the medium of ... Read more
This beautifully crafted short feature, examin­ing adolescent lesbian identity in the 1960s, is an absolute gem. Director Su Friedrich approaches her subject from a number of differ­ent perspectives, combining fiction, talking heads and archival documentary sources. The central dramatic ... Read more
A dramatic tribute to the people of New-foundland and their efforts to modernise and extend their industries. ... At the age of ten he is sent away to a school for delinquent boys in need of psychiatric treatment. There he is exposed to genuine friendships and affection for the first time in his ... Read more
This Cannes 1998 selection is more than just another account of urban lesbian love. High Art embraces the complexities of human connection and difference. At its core is an exploration of how chance encounters can lead to momentous decisions and radical life changes. Lisa Cholodenko's script took ... Read more
With his third feature, Irish director Joe Comerford constructs a powerful allegory on a conflict which has, over the decades, produced more deception than truth. ... Murder, retribution and betrayal collide in this relentless portrayal of the aimless nature of violence that long ago made details ... Read more
A girl in search of a dream the dancing man in tails and top hat. ... Read more
A record of Sir Edmund Hillary's expedition to the remote Khumbu area of the Nepalese Himalayas, where he instituted a program of aid to the Sherpa people. ... Cine Golden Eagle; Alpine Award, Trento Festival. ... Read more
An elderly woman living in a nursing home recalls images of the wild and isolated land she is no longer able to visit. The film recalls the winter journeys of her childhood in the Central Highlands of Tasmania. ... Read more
Alex Cox has already made himself quite a reputation for eccentrtc humour (Repo Man) and an unflinching vision at the gritty truth of modern life (Sid and Nancy). Continuing in both courses, he has made his finest film yet in Highway Patrolman. Made in Mexico, (in Spanish) on a low budget, Cox ... Read more
To one of the foothills dominating the approach to Jerusalem are to come four Israeli volunteers. Their leader has ordered them to defend this Hill 24 against the Arabs until morning when the cease-fire imposed by the United Nations commences. So they prepare to set out, the reasons for each of ... Read more
His Father's Shoes (New Zealand, D Samantha Scott) A vagabond son returns home to collect his inheritance. The comedic interaction that results between parents and son only serves to highlight their estrangement. ... Read more
Using as its source a radio interview from the ABC's current affairs program The World Today in which a Queensland mother recounts how she came to learn of her son s shooting in 1995, Dennis Tupicoff explores terrain somewhere between documentary and animation. As an animator Tupicoff gives added ... Read more
This delightful Charles Chaplin film made for Keystone is a genuine "belly-laugh". ... As with most comedies, it is based on a misunderstanding. Charlie has lunch in a bar and inadvertently mixes up his coat with someone else's. ... This film set a context for Sidewalk Stories, a modern silent film ... Read more
Storck's film - a minor classic - uses a montage of newsreel material to give an evocative portrait of the post World War I era, and gives a frightening prophetic picture of the inevitability of the catastrophe to come. ... Read more
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