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Joy of Madness (Lezate Divanegi) Iran Joy of Madness is the remarkable debut feature of 15-year-old Hana Makhmalbaf, a 'making-of' documentary of At Five in the Afternoon, directed by Hana's older sister, Samira, and screening at this year's Festival. Both women form part of the Iranian Makhmalbaf ... Read more
Judex is a homage to the past in the form of a remake of Louis Feuillade's twelve episode serial of 1916. As an affectionate tribute to this forgotten genius whose films numbered about 550. Franju has reverently and meticulously recaptured the acting styles, costumes and flat, two dimensional sets ... Read more
A ballet film in which live dancers move among cartoon figures. The eternal couple experience dangers, joys, then disappear as they came. ... Read more
Jungle Jazz combines an excellent new Jazz soundtrack with footage from several classic Soundies (the short films that were produced in the 1940s to accompany the popular songs of the day). Also invoking the spirit of 1950s propaganda scare films it is a clever and historically interesting work. ... Read more
A vivid and compelling portrait of transsexuality in Iran. Morvarid strives to conciliate her Islamic culture, her family and her sex work. But, more than this, she strives to become a woman. Won the Teddy Jury prize at Berlin. ... Read more
The original idea behind Alien Fong's lust Like Weather was to make a film about marriage. He became intrigued with a young couple (Christine Lee and Chang Hung-nin) who had been separated three times in only five years of marriage. After shooting long interviews with them, the film's storyline ... Read more
It's a family day. Alex, 10 years old, is always on his own. So is Julie. They meet for the first time and play dolls together. She's a teaser. He's curious. Screened at Cannes and Oberhausen. ... Read more
A pictorial survey of Austria's industrial potential, told without commentary in purely visual terms. ... Read more
A day in the village life of a primitive Indian tribe in Brazil which is a microcosm of a dying culture. A vivid anthropological record, with music by the Indians themselves. ... Read more
“What is the reality of our environment and why are we unable to see past the illusion of this place we call home?” - filmmaker Chris Chong Chan Fui ... Against a backdrop of bright, fast-paced karaoke pop this unhurried coming-of-age tale moves with the leisurely languor of a humid Malaysian ... Read more
You never really know a friendship is over until it's too late.---D/S Leon Ford P Melissa Johnston & Nicole O'Donohue WS Essential Viewing TD video/col/2007/30mins ... Read more
In a succession of still photographs and live footage images, two characters walk, run and gaze across an industrial-looking suburban street-end, over which trains pass constantly. ... Read more
Here is a strange world where, in the deepening Arctic twilight, the snow the sky, the very air seem to throng with shadows. This beautifully photo­graphed film is an essay on an Eskimo graphic artist showing the sources of her inspiration. ... Read more
Nabbed all the top honours at Sweden's prestigious Guldbagge Awards this year. Peppered with spontaneous musical moments, Kidz in da Hood is an uplifting drama that centres around nine year-old, African refugee Amina. Having lived on the sly in Sweden without a resident permit for three years ... Read more
What do you do when you are a cop In a small town whose crime rate drops so low the authorities are threatening to shut the station down? Of course you'd bribe the local drunk to steal from the grocery store, write anti-police graffiti on walls and threaten passers-by with guns. Wouldn't you? An ... Read more
A record of an Indian ritual that takes place at Xingu after the death of the chief. ... Read more
The 'Abrivade' is an old French local tradition of the famous Camargue region. Through the village streets are led a number of wild bulls which have been selected for the arena. The villagers try to stop their progress and set them free. ... Read more
A naked girl chews a pear and paints her toenails while two men argue in the background. As she daydreams, a wig emerges from a drawer to caress her, flowers bloom in her hair, and a box opens to decorate her with jewellery. While the camera slowly pans up and down her body, the background dispute ... Read more
Paul Doprf's animated film offers a brief reflection on the cinema. There is a mystery ... could the characters of the film be the spectators? ... Read more
The film, based on a novel by Chekhov, tells about a young musician who, in Tzarist days, had a swim in a river before setting out to play at a ball but had all his clothes stolen. He hid in a wash-house hoping to be able to borrow some clothes when darkness fell, and met there a young girl who was ... Read more
“A bittersweet yet often joyful paean to the pleasures and perils of family life.” - Eye Weekly ... Even when you're part of a circus troupe, there's not a lot to do in the midst of a dreary Roman winter. Days and nights are filled by perfecting performances and waiting for warmer weather to ... Read more
In the Holland Festival for music and drama, a play for total theatre, 'Labyrint', was performed. In this play, film took an important part. Later on the film parts were edited to a separate short film, titled Labyrint. The filmmakers see this short as the result of communal effort. ... Read more
“We've got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.” - Lady Chatterley's Lover Lady Chatterley, adapted from D.H. Lawrence's celebrated novel, tells of the awakening of a married woman who ‘finds' herself through an affair with another man. The first of Lawrence's books to be brought to ... Read more
The film describes how the economical, ... social and agricultural problems ... influence a Danish farmer's existence. ... In his struggle to cope with the high ... interest rates, Knud stakes everything he ... owns on a hyper-effective production of ... pigmeat. Midway in his project, he has ... Read more
We follow a lonely and somewhat scary man from a mysterious airport to the place of the ensuing drama, the family apartment. Evocative sound, high contrast black-and-white, and dramatic, spare landscapes present us with a sexual and existential crisis at close range. ... Read more
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