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Mrs Lee is not coping well with ageing. Her vanity leads her to seek potions and powders to keep the wrinkles at bay, until desperation leads her to Mei and her rejuvenation dumplings. But when you make a meal-deal with the devil, don't ask what's in the filling. ... Christopher Doyle's gifted eye ... Read more
"[Durian Durian] follows the path of a young woman, Yan, as she struggles in a dirty precinct of Hong Kong, and her reimmersion into family life after she abandons the world of prostitution in the city. Chan shows us Yan's world through the eyes of an eight-year-old named Fan. ... "Yan is ... Read more
... ... Dust of Life begins where many accounts of Vietnam end-after the fall of Saigon. In 1975 when the Communist army defeated the South Vietnamese forces, American soldiers made a quick exit leaving behind thousands of Amerasian children. Regarding their Western blood as problematic, the ... Read more
Could you build a career out of your parents' painful and protracted divorce? Gees Krijner can. The young Dutch artist won the prestigious Prix de Rome art prize for a performance piece about the breakup of his family, starring his own mother. The height of conceptual art, or a bizarre form of ... Read more
"As the storm passes, the camera descends and moves over textured landscapes, the potential of which we can only guess. A complete understanding of the terrestrial forms is denied, yet the intimate exploration of the camera draws us closer. The camera caresses its subjects as they fade in and out ... Read more
The story of Earth is a simple one. It tells, after a slow, lyrical prologue, of the fierce opposition of the Russian Kulaks to collective farmers. Its personal drama is that of Vasili, a young farmer, leader of the village co-operative, who is shot by a jealous Kulak: the climactic sequence of the ... Read more
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The second part of a trilogy (preceded by MIFF 1997 smash, Fire) whose theme is the elements, Deepa Mehta's Earth examines the subject of India's partition as a means to deal with land literally and figuratively. Based on an autobiography, the film mixes romance and social drama, often emotionally ... Read more
Dastaguir and his spirited young grandson, Yassin, wait at a dusty roadside junction in a lonely desert landscape. They wait for a truck that will take them to the remote mine where the old man's son works. He is honour-bound to take the devastating news to his son that their village has been ... Read more
If nothing else, let the inspired casting of a movie star in the role of Narcissus draw you to the theatre. Reminiscent of Pasolini's Oedipus Rex, this superb short evokes the stark brutality of Greek myth through the story of Echo. --- D/S Stephen Hamel P Stephen Hamel, Keanu Reeves WS Company ... Read more
The powerful echo of two schoolboys' actions resonates as they reconstruct their crime and relive the pain of what they have done. ... --- ... D/S Magnus von Horn P Polish National Film School L Polish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009 ... --- ... D/S Magnus von Horn P Polish National Film School L ... Read more
Who would imagine that Swiss avant-garde yodelling could bring so much joy? Well, it does. Enter the wondrous sonic world of three exceptional Swiss vocal artists whose universe of sound extends far beyond what we would describe as singing. The Alpine vistas are a stage and inspiration for our ... Read more
A volcano beneath a full moon, a row boat on a dark lake... this strange conjunction of events unleashes creative forces to deal with the darkness at hand. ... Read more
Kuchar's Fireworks, an obsessive autobiographical vignette, which like Kenneth Anger's film, ends in violence (a few frames from a medical instruction film). Instead of sexual fantasy, though, Kuchar plays out self-loathing and sexual fears against ugly sixties styles and plastic Catholic software ... Read more
... ... A landmark in the history of the erotic film genre, Ecstasy has been known more for the scandal it provoked rather than as a fascinating and definitive work of Czech modernism. ... ... ... Originally titled Symphonic der Uebe (supposedly renamed by the producer when at the initial ... Read more
Stacey, a raver girl, encounters God and is given a special mission. She's not quite sure how to deal with this, but she tries her best. ... Read more
The mythical abode of bliss and pleasure, or the scene of massive destruction of the landscape for the purposes of the export woodchip industry? ... The film takes us into the primordial beauty of the Australian bush and introduces us to Aboriginal narrator Benjamin Cruse. We're told simply, and ... Read more
The first ever interview with Edward Burra. one-time surrealist. eccentric and recluse, and major British painter. ... Read more
The Goddess of Fertility endlessly sows the seeds of life, which brings her into direct conflict with the activities of her partner, Death. The two argue over the fate of the Planet Earth, until the inhabitants of Earth start taking matters into their own hands, and Fertility and Death are assigned ... Read more
Attractions at the Eildon Dam; boating, swimming and fishing, and experimental manufacture of double-sided wallboard by a special process. ... Read more
This film, compiled in 1953 by Marie Seton and John Minchinton, was sponsored by the Bodley Head. It surveys the films of Eisen- stein by presenting extracts from six of his films with introductory notes. The extracts are Potemkin (mourning of Vakulinchuk as he lies on the mole), October (Kerensky ... Read more
The inhabitants of a Spanish village gather for the visit of a death defying tightrope walker. He comes with his own attractive aura of danger and drama, and the crowd are not disappointed. Animated in a sketchy style on paper, this film powerfully uses the graphic freedom of this technique to ... Read more
During the Second World War Canadians of Italian extraction were interned as "aliens" in their own land. Elefanti, through the use of archival material and interviews, examines the effects of this internment on one man's life and uses the elephant as a metaphor for the resilience of the human ... Read more
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