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A look at Western Canada at the turn of the century through the critical eyes of Ernest Brown, a photographer, genius, caustic social critic, historian, and lover of life. The film spans his life and times on the frontier—the wild beauty of the country he came to. the great sense of both ... Read more
A truly marvellous counterpoint to "Time", This sensitive portrayal of Basque peasant life effortlessly achieves a deeply moving poetic vision that responds to the "figures" and ... movements of a popular ballad. At a crucial point in the film colour is allowed to penetrate the soft white and grey ... Read more
The metaphysics of immortality mean that man must find woman again and again. An abstract shape undergoes a series of transformations and becomes a dancing woman. Another abstract shape comes to life and begins to dance with her. More transformations. ... Read more
Finding his best friend's dead body was bad enough. ... Then discovering three more of his friends also killed themselves, Josh is left - as a sole survivor of a suicide pact that he wasn't let in on - to mull over his friends' short lives and to make sense of it all. With more questions than ... Read more
Author Douglas Coupland (Generation X) makes a foray into film as the screenwriter of Everything's Gone Green, a quirky tale about a slacker caught in a late-20s wasteland. When Ryan (Paulo Costanzo) is dumped by his girlfriend and fired from his office job on the same day, he starts to ... Read more
Mysterious-voiced folk-singer Nadezhda Ivanova is big in Bulgaria but, at least until this vibrant, hilarious film, unknown in Australia. ... She writes to Maria, inner-urban sophisti­cate and total stranger, in an attempt to set up a Sydney gig for her ancient tradition of song. An ... Read more
Exiles (Exils) France ... Winner of the Best Director prize at Cannes, Exiles is MIFF regular Tony Gatlif's (Swing, MIFF 2002) latest intoxicating, music fuelled, and most personal cinematic delight. ... 'Exiles is a terrific journey of self-discovery, a return to roots and a venture into the soul ... Read more
A series of scenes, multiplied over one another, depicts dancers progressing from a disciplined exercise class to freer movement. ... Read more
Found peeping torn footage, projected through a moving sieve of film edge perforations is used here not as subject matter but as a way of suggestively inflecting the resulting layered light patterns and soundtrack. ... Read more
Study of a face: a man rediscovers his youth through music. When he stops playing his flute, his face becomes that of an old man. ... Jury Prize, Cannes. Jury Prize, Oberhausen. ... Read more
What is twenty years to a human face or spirit? Faces encapsulates hundreds of years of human experience by recording a couple of moments, each separated by two decades from several peoples lives. Film emulsion and technology together with the exquisite portraiture of leading Melbourne photographer ... Read more
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John Turturro is Harry Cam, a security guard in mid-west Amenca, whose wfe has been killed at the mall in which he works. Harry becomes obsessed wrth revenge, poring over endless surveillance camera footage and searching for any shred of evidence. When the police unearth a suspect in a poor quality ... Read more
... ... The intrepid Nick Broomfield takes camera inside Pandora's Box, an up market New York fetish parlour run by one Mistress Raven. The establishment caters solely 'submissives' or 'bottoms', the partner in S&M or bondage relationship who prefers to on the receiving end of the paddle, so For a ... Read more
In India, as everywhere, there is a generation gap. The older people of the family studied in this film are religious, orthodox and conventional, but a daughter has been exposed to modern thought... ... Read more
“Just like time, death, violence, space, faith and sex, fear is one of the great themes of philosophical, scientific and artistic investigation.” - Kiko Goifman ... A man enters a cage filled with pigeons wearing a jacket made of baguettes. A person is strapped into a bed above a nest of ... Read more
Marcel Marceau as a waterfront tramp, dreams that he is sailing on a luxury liner. In this surrealistic misadventure, he plays 16 different roles. ... Read more
Last year's Grand Prix winner Su Friedrich (Sink or Swim), returns with something of a departure from her usual style First Comes Love uses footage shot at weddings, married with a soundtrack of pop-soul romantic clas­sics, to build a pungent comment on wedlock, with one killer punch. ... Read more
A schoolboy discovers unknown and strange parts of Paris when he boards the "Metro" in pursuit of a young girl. A short documentary film directed by one of the new young talents of the French cinema. ... Read more
“Fight Sight” is a journey through the personal daydream of one Augusta September using vehicles of words, animation music and innovative cinematography . At the heart of the daydream is a river, parallel in nature to thought process. Augusta and the river converse until their intimacy is ... Read more
The first major Polish colour film to he shown in Australia. Five Boys from Barska Street won prizes at both the 1954 Cannes and Edinburgh Film Festivals. ... The film shares with Shoeshine an extraordinary insight into, and sympathy for, the adolescent mind; but differs from this other film in the ... Read more
Barbara Hepworth. Kenneth Armitage, Lynn Chadwick, Reg Butler and Henry Moore talk about and show their sculpture. ... Lion of San marco, Venice Art Film Festival. ... Read more
Danish photographer Jacob Riis holds a rare accolade in the hearts of America, a country rarely known for recognising the power of foreigners to have a deep-seated effect on the way they live. In the late 1800s Riis left Denmark for what he expected to be a promised land. In New York's slums he ... Read more
“A haunting, poetic portrait of childhood solitude.” - Variety ... Relegated to the care of a flaky aunt when her parents go on holiday, a nine-year-old girl finds herself left to her own devices over a long summer. A loner and a dreamer, she forms an awkward friendship with a boy from a ... Read more
Flitters concerns the special quality of two brother's friendship as one of them is placed in an institution. ... Read more
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