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... ... Made on video for an environmental semi­nar (the International seminar on Water) held in Jakarta by the Goethe Institute in December 1991, this film has subsequently won prizes at festivals in Europe. Using the voice-overs of its participants, the film depicts the lives of water ... Read more
Wellington's headquarters still stand m the peaceful village of Waterloo; Napoleon's army tent, swords, flags are on display in the museum where visitors are shepherded past wax figures, paintings, firearms, and even skeletons collected from the fields. The camera takes in the silent, brooding ... Read more
A sculptural film which explores the space at and just below the surface of a swimming pool. The film plays with orientation, weightlessness and particularly the surface itself, that peculiar boundary between worlds that is both window and mirror, both visible and invisible. ... Read more
Wave Twisters is a rump-shaking, groove-making highlight of the Festival. This visual and musical event is an eye-popping, hip-hop meets Hanna Barbera, animated adventure synched skratch-for-skratch with DJ Q-Berfs turntable masterpiece of the same name. The story: The Inner Space Dental Commander ... Read more
Wayang Kulit means shadow play in Malayan. The film shows a troupe of shadow-players travelling and performing in the villages and kampongs of Kelantan, on Malaya's East Coast. ... Read more
"We are the Guinea Pigs" is a feature-length anti-nuclear documentary on the effects of the Three Mile Island nuclear catastrophe. In interviews with farmers, working-class and middle-class parents of the Harrisburg, ... Pennsylvania area, we meet the infants, children and adults who lived through ... Read more
""Given the current state of agriculture in the world, it could feed12 billion people... or to put it another way: any child who dies of starvation today is in fact murdered."" - Jean Ziegler, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food ... Over 300,000 hectares in Latin America are dedicated to ... Read more
Do you love metal enough to shave Ozzie Osborne's name into your chest hair? If so, see Penelope Spheens' (Wayne's World, The Decline of Western Civilisation), We Sold Our Souls for Rock and Roll...twice! This sweat and beer soaked, mud-caked and blood stained concert rockumentary recounts the ... Read more
Buckey Ranks is a talented musician dubbed the "original ragamuffin" — Ragamuffin is a musical style which originated in London and has its roots in the reggae of Jamaica and the rap of Black America. The film, set on location in London's Peckham estates — notorious for their poverty ... Read more
A photographer catches a glimpse of a wedding party arriving - through her eyes we follow this group, as several stories spin off in the course of the wedding. ... Niko Bmcher's gracious, speechless story moves like pure cinematic poetry. Shot in Poland with students from the Lodz Film School, its ... Read more
Alan Rudolph has had a long association with Robert Altman, as assistant director on The Long Goodbye, California Split, and Nashville, and as co-writer of Buffalo Bill and the Indians. His film, Welcome to LA, is set in the music industry of Los Angeles. ... After spending three years in London ... Read more
A girl and her dog hit the road, in Kelly Reichardt's follow up to her indie favourite Old Joy.Wendy (Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain) is on her way to Alaska in her beat up car with her best friend, yellow-haired retriever Lucy, when misfortune waylays her in Oregon, separating her from her ... Read more
Bruxelles' staid old brick buildings are decorated with vivid, gay designs. ... Read more
Van returns from the war against Vietnam's French colonial rulers to find his village devastated. Married women have lost their husbands, younger women may never find one. All gather at the wharf of widows, by the river that supports them, to grieve, gossip, even laugh in the face of their terrible ... Read more
Reminiscent of Robert Altman's elaborate ensemble cast pieces, What a Wonderful Place deftly weaves multiple story threads into an intricate tapestry, depicting the lives of marginalised immigrants living in the cracks of Israeli society. On the Israeli border, ex-cop Franco rounds up a group of ... Read more
Two teenage characters from rival television programs help each other escape the rigid confines of their stereotypes. What About Dad?, is a sometimes confronting yet very funny exploration of the limits and conventions of the Family Sitcom. - Atlantic Film Festival 1993 Award of Excellence, Writing ... Read more
A day in the life of a group of blind children living together in a 'Sunshine Home' at Norlhwood, Middlesex. The film is impression­istic with no interviews and no narration. It shows the relationship between the children and their relation to the staff. ... Read more
"Anchored by fine performances, delicate narrative development and an overall tenderness, this picture unfolds beautifully...This life on the farm drama is a potent addition to cinema's recent Mid-Western collection—Boys Don't Cry and David Lynch's The Straight Story—and there are ... Read more
"That most American of holidays, Thanksgiving, serves as the focal point for this raptly celebratory look at the modern American family. What's Cooking? interweaves the workings of four diverse Los Angeles households—African-American, Jewish, Latino and Vietnamese—as they make their ... Read more
Displaying the off-centre whimsy that characterised his international arthouse hit My Life As A Dog, Swedish-born filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom casts his gaze upon the quiet contours of rural America in What's Eating Gilbert Grape? The result is a small-town comedy with a big heart and just a touch of ... Read more
Authors: Heide Breitcl, Eval Haminel Lollo Stankowski, a 39-year-old teacher and mother, works m an environmental group to fight against the destruction of the trees because of acid rain. ... Read more
An offbeat madcap comic romp, the film follows the struggles of two Inner-city blue-eyed modern girls, Clovebox and Cardoor, who need an impossibly large sum of money to get a project off the ground. Their project becomes an unending quest for money, a quest which takes over their lives In the ... Read more
An affectionate portrait of an ageing washroom attendant who thrives on the social stimulation afforded by her job on the periphery of the night scene. Her ironic observations on the behaviour of the "beautiful people'' whom she serves - and her eloquent retelling of her own, extremely rich ... Read more
Dramatising the folk ballad of the same name, this film offers a simple plea for peace. ... Golden Eagle Award, Cine. ... Read more
This new film from San Francisco filmmmaker Lynne Sachs is a sensual, rather than factual travelogue around Vietnam. With her sister Dana, who is living and working as a Journalist in Vietnam, Sachs travels North from Saigon to Hanoi. Together they create a diary-like compo­sition of filmed ... Read more
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