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The childish pastimes and hobbies of Genka, chief character of this film, give way as he approaches the formative years of adolescence. This is the time when the qualities of manhood develop and his place in life is determined. Genka graduates and starts his apprenticeship-work which he enjoys ... Read more
Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Bu San) TaiwanAs rain buckets down outside a cavernous cinema, inside a screening of the 1966 classic Dragon Inn heralds the closure of this run-down movie palace. The audience consists of a handful of patrons; a Japanese tourist finds solace from the rain, walks the corridors ... Read more
A cinema verite documentary exploring Los Angeles club boxing, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged minorities. ... Jury Award and Gold Medal, Miami. ... Read more
Although his work is not widely known. James Benning occupies an important position in the American avant-garde Grand Opera is a very personal film for him. charting as it does a bridge from his own earlier structural films to a re-emergence of a narrative form. It is also a film which is rich in ... Read more
Grateful Dawg traces the decades long friendship between the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and bluegrass picker and musicologist, David Grisman, who met by chance at a Bill Monroe concert in 1964. ... Over a thirty year period the two kept in contact to write tunes, record, perform and talk for days ... Read more
Isambard Kingdom Brunei, the pint-sized architect-designer, strode flamboyantly through the middle of the 19th century, bristling with ideas which were far outside the imagination of his contemporaries, and which he realised in the face of scorn and derision. ... Read more
A reportage of the end-of-the-year celebrations at a kindergarten. ... Read more
The film is a portrait of an aristocratic American couple living on their own island (Greenaway Island), and explores wealth and its manifestations from the perspective of an 'insider' Old values predominate, and there is a poignant ending with the couple's realization that they are a vanishing ... Read more
Set in Wollongong, where the steel industry dominates not only the landscape but also the life of the community, the film traces a day in the lives of four adolescents faced with the problems of unemployment and limited prospects. ... Read more
An animated film about a green man who goes to a city without colour-the grey city. He brings a flower, which the inhabitants have never seen before, and suggests they, loo, can grow flowers. They refuse, believing only a green man has such power. But a child arrives with a seed ... ... Read more
Schizophrenic opera divas, circus performing lesbians and Tourette Syndrome sufferers, these are the characters that Mark (story editor for a sleazy daytime TV court soap) conjures up to fuel the histrionic plot machinations of The Love Judge. But behind the scenes in the production company, real ... Read more
No Mike Leigh film better illustrates the unique blend of comedy and drama that have come to be a trademark of his work than Grown Ups, which moves from heart-rendering pathos to hilarious, chaotic sit-com. ... Its central couple, Dick and Mandy, are the young newlyweds settling into their first ... Read more
“Far too outlandish to be believable - except it's all true.” - Wired ... What happens when the sceptical outsider becomes romantically involved with the ultimate insider? For Paul H-O, the fly in the ointment of the New York art scene of the 80s and 90s, his entanglement with the much lauded ... Read more
One weekend in November 1971, blues freak Link Wyler and his buddies from the Gunsmoke television crew gave in to temptation... They bolted to Hollywood during a production hiatus to film blues legends Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thornton, Big Joe Turner and George “Harmonica” Smith who were then ... Read more
A perfect and timely companion to Guy Maddin's latest feature, Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, Noam Gonick's penetrating documentary is a thorough study of emerging genius displaying the matchless Canadian sense of irony. Narrated by passionate Maddin devotee, Tom Waits (joining a fanclub that also ... Read more
A UCLA student's film about an old railroad engineer who looks back on his life and although preferring the days of steam, has some grudging admiration for the diesel. ... Read more
Haack: The King of Techno USA'sure it's nice to be famous, but I'm more interested in obtaining a telepathic following.' Bruce Haack was eccentric to say the very least. This kitchen professor and electronic-music pioneer released dozens of albums of trippy and futuristic children's music that have ... Read more
A graphic depiction of inner city living. No matter how desirable one's apartment may be you cannot chose your neighbours.---D/P/S Lars Arrhenius, Johannes Muntzing WS Swedish Film Institute L no dialogue TD video/col/2005/8mins ... Read more
“For Hong's fans as well as art film-inclined audiences coming to his films new, this is as tangy and refreshing as sangria.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Receiving the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section of this year's Cannes Film Festival, South Korea's premier auteur and MIFF mainstay ... Read more
The volcano Vesuvius destroyed the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. But within reach of most of our cities today lie a thousand volcanoes of a different order... ... Read more
“Rarely has gritty naturalism and visual poetry been married so stirringly as in Half Moon.” - Toronto Film Festival The fourth feature from venerated Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi (A Time for Drunken Horses, Turtles Can Fly) - inspired by Mozart's Requiem - centres on a musician in the ... Read more
Half Of The Sky, directed by Manuel Gutierrez Aragon (Demons In The Garden), is one of the most highly praised Spanish films of recent years. It blends a tale of working class ambitions with old world mystery and superstition. ... The film focuses on Rosa (Angela Molina), the daughter of a ... Read more
"Is being Jewish and a feminist mutually exclusive?" asks Francine Zuckerman, co-director of this thought-provoking and engrossing enquiry into the role of women in the patriarchal traditions of Judaism. ... The film takes its title from The Scroll Of Esther, one of the rare books in the Hebrew ... Read more
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