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Here is a classroom full of quiet, attentive and brilliant children every teacher's dream. But Madame finds herself m the midst of a night­mare when she tries to outwit them m a series of Eco-esque verbal puzzles The blackboard jungle returns with a very curly twist of French theory (SB) ... Read more
A classroom full of attentive children, every teacher's dream. But Madame finds herself in the midst of a nightmare when she tries to out­wit them is a series of Eco-esque verbal puz­zles. The blackboard jungle returns with a very curly twist of French theory. ... Read more
For Polish artist, Magdalena Abakanowicz, the act of creation does not stop with the completion of an individual work—it continues on into the exhibition stage. In the film, we see the artist arranging an exhibition in Sydney, and also, working with students in a workshop. ... Read more
Celebrated Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami receives a desperate fax from a Ugandan orphan relief organisation. Assistance is urgently needed and a documentary on the subject by so esteemed a filmmaker would help enormously, Kiarostami flies to Uganda on a pre-production scout but soon finds he's ... Read more
2001 saw a number of firsts for Kiarostami— his first film shot outside his native Iran, and his first film shot entirely on digital video.Travelling to Uganda, at the request of the United Nations, to document the work being carried at in children's hospitals and orphanages, Kiarostami ... Read more
The appalling Beverley (played by Alison Steadman, a Leigh regular) has arranged a small party amongst a few neighbours, which provides the perfect opportunity to display her vast array of cultural pretensions and affectations, much to the distress of her husband Laurence, a go-getting real estate ... Read more
“A seamless piece of ensemble filmmaking.” - Tribeca Film Festival jury ... From within the straightjacket of a highly controlled film industry, Iranian visionary Asghar Farhadi (The Beautiful City, Fireworks Wednesday) miraculously emerges with an uncompromising chronicle of middle-class ... Read more
Tokyo, Taipei and Shanghai. Three of Asia's hottest young directors make three films about love. Japanese director Ten Shimoyama, Taiwan's Yee Chih-yen (Blue Gate Crossing, MIFF 03) and China's Zhang Yibai explore the tenuous, sweet, fragile and sometimes bitter nature of young love in the ... Read more
The man is asking: “What happened to the promise of love's great adventure and fulfilment?” (the myth of love). The woman is asking: “Why did I sacrifice the purity of self for the compromise of exchange?” (the myth of self). The film is asking: “Why do we persist in believing in either ... Read more
Unconventional theatre director and playwright Robert Wilson is comprehensively profiled in this candid documentary from the practiced hand of director Katharina Otto. ... Best known for the avant garde 1976 production of Einstein on the Beach (for which he collaborated with Philip Glass), Wilson ... Read more
The abstract patterns and rhythms of the neon signs of Times Square, New York, reflected on the wet pavements and roadway. ... Read more
A portrait of a person encountering himself in a modern, urban environment. ... Read more
A commuter train rattles through the night, and as a man threatens a woman in the carriage, the audience is forced to confront the question "what would you do?" Schweiger's tautly constructed film is as disquieting for the introspective journey it asks the viewer to take as for the unpleasant ... Read more
True story of an alpinist who fell six hundred metres from a cliff face and subsequently rescued himself. ... Read more
In the early 70's Reginald Maudling said of Northern Ireland that the best we could hope to achieve would be a return to ... 'acceptable levels' of violence; almost ten years later, these levels continue to operate. ... This film show's not only what ... those 'acceptable levels' mean in practice ... Read more
Acla is a harrowing yet lyrical film whichtranscends the genre of social realism and the workers' epic, attaining the heights of almost operatic beauty. Illuminated with incandescent imagery and stunning music, this tale of 11-year-old Ada —a young boy sold by his father to digger Caramazza ... Read more
If you go down to the woods today... ... The close friendship of three teenagers crumbles at the hands of a deranged sociopath in Acolytes, a nail-biting thriller from Redball director Jon Hewitt.James and Mark have been tormented their whole lives by local bully Gary Parker, and in their final ... Read more
A lucid exposition of the history of the various temples on the rock of the Acropolis of Athens, with close examination of architectural details. ... Read more
An animated version of the complete fifth act of Shakespeare's Hamlet ... Read more
An animated enactment of Samuel Beckett's play about regimented modern man. ... Read more
Junk culture Laurel and Hardy team the Halflifers hit the screen running in this suburban Sci-Fi. Surviving in a perpetual state of fast forward, unleashing a never-end­ing babble of fast speak, this duo represent the everyday as aiien territory. Halflifers is an ongoing collaborative project ... Read more
After nuclear destruction all appears lost... but a new species of man emerges. Adam is technically accomplished, having been made up of over 15,000 individual drawings on plain paper. ... Zooms and dissolves were achieved through drawings in the tradition of primitive animation. ... Read more
Adam's Rib is a jewel of a film whose charm sneaks up on you. Soon you find yourself wanting to spend hours and hours in the com­pany of the people that the director exposes with such delicate and refined touches. Soviet cinema is not known for its intimate human insights, yet Krichtofovitch ... Read more
The moving and visual journey of Sylvania. a young Italian woman, who is torn between her parent's strong and unbreakable traditional values and her own desire for sexual freedom. (MI) ... Read more
Reminiscent of the films of Japan's angry masters (Seijun Suzuki and Shohei Imamura in particular), Kim Ki-Duk has earned a reputation for his unflinching exploration of the sexually and emotionally perverse. The film is a wild ride through the scarred minds and bodies of Korean villagers living ... Read more
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