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A young and attractive schoolmaster arrives in a small, slumbering village on the endless Pannonian plains. The placid friendship of two Greek orthodox priests is disrupted when their respective wives try to foist their daughters on the new teacher. The film tells about the manoeuverings of the two ... Read more
Stumbling to the ground with a basket of clean washing, a woman lies contemplatively in the autumn dirt. A gently playful comedy of an every-day heroine, patiently awaiting her just reward.---D/S Jörgen Hjerdt P Charlotte Rafsten WS Jörgen Hierdt L Swedish w/English subtitles TD ... Read more
A stranded motorist in the outback starts walking He comes to a railway line and an unattended station He settles down to wait for the next train, and he waits, and he waits ... Read more
The legion of James Ellroy fans could require nothing more of this Austrian canonisation of their hero, the uninitiated no better primer. A 'mood' documentary, Jud's film seeks to be more than simple biography by scouring the former haunts of this reformed drunk, junkie and house-breaker, cruising ... Read more
"A gripping peek into the dark places of America's prime crime writer. This brilliant, harrowing documentary traces Ellroy's life, work and personal odyssey. Exceptional." - The Guardian ... Academy Award winner Vikram Jayanti's film weaves together a number of strands reflecting different aspects ... Read more
Become the Perfect Japanese, with this step by step mock educational video. Japanese Tradition is fun, quirky and very cool. When exploring Dogeza, the art of apology, and Sushi, the art of eating sushi, the irony is ever-present—and tradition and courtesy have never been so amusing or hip! ... Read more
Become the Perfect Japanese, with this step by step mock educational video. Japanese Tradition is fun, quirky and very cool. When exploring Dogeza, the art of apology, and Sushi, the art of eating sushi, the irony is ever-present—and tradition and courtesy have never been so amusing or hip! ... Read more
Long-distance truck driver and widower John prepares to relax at home with Christmas beers, a bag of frozen hash and a porno movie.To his horror he discovers his estranged daughter Mia is a porn star. Kind-hearted and clumsy, he immediately resolves to revive their relationship. ... Read more
Judex is a homage to the past in the form of a remake of Louis Feuillade's twelve episode serial of 1916. As an affectionate tribute to this forgotten genius whose films numbered about 550. Franju has reverently and meticulously recaptured the acting styles, costumes and flat, two dimensional sets ... Read more
A man and a woman quarrel in the street. Others take sides, and a brawl begins. The police finally intervene and justice is carried out in a manner befitting this stylised, slap-stick satire. ... Read more
Highly stylised, this film uses pixilated motion to tell an anecdote about an affray in a street. ... Read more
On the first of August 1944 the city of Warsaw rose against the Nazi occupiers. Through long incredible weeks the) continued the struggle until they were defeated and the city was destroyed by the Nazis in a fanatical and hideous reprisal. ... Uncompromisingly realistic in its presentation, Kanal ... Read more
A monument to one of the darkest secrets of the Soviet era. ... For filmmaker Andrzej Wajda, painful events from his own past have been resurrected in Katyn. The film dramatises one of the last major acknowledged crimes of World War II, where up to 20,000 Polish officers died at the hands of Joseph ... Read more
A Czech look into the lives of others. ... Loyalty, history and regret take centre stage for university professor Pavel Josek, lauded for standing up to the communist regime when it counted most. But as a TV documentary starts to focus in on the facts of his past, new truths are uncovered which may ... Read more
Misunderstood, misrepresented, often just missed the mark... nerds come back with their own voice, their own thick-rimmed glasses and their own geeky foibles in a documentary which pulls not a single punch. For too long they've been fictionalised in the movies, no longer the brunt of someone else's ... Read more
[Kissed by Winter] is the piercing debut feature of Sara Johnsen, its story turning on loss, repression and redemption. ... A doctor in Stockholm, Victoria's life is thrown into disarray by the death of her beloved son and the blame her husband feels towards her. She flees to a backwater Norwegian ... Read more
Filmed in various parts of the U.S. and Canada, Knowing to Learn shows the more tested and accepted of the new teaching instruments (such as closed circuit TV) and the less familiar innovations now being tried out. The film dips into the philosophy and methodology of education, but clarity and ... Read more
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A boy dates his girl near a bell which is waiting to be blessed before being hung in the belfry of a new church. A storm breaks out and the boy shelters under the bell. A mongrel forces him to cling to the clapper so hard that he pulls the bell over himself. The incident has far reaching ... Read more
The "3000 Scenarios Against a Virus" series is a belated, but effective French response to the HIV epidemic. Taking its title from the number of story ideas submitted by French teenagers, 30 short scripts were developed and farmed out to a range directors, mostly young. The completed films have ... Read more
1960s Australia, not the swinging city, but a dusty fibro amidst scorched grass in the shadow of an oil refinery Lola (Lola Marceli) is an exotic Spanish woman, defiantly serving chorizos in a land of roast lamb and veggies. But her husband, Ricardo, has had enough of her fiery ways. He heads for ... Read more
[Lakeside Murder Case], directed by Aoyama Shinji ([Eureka], MIFF 00), is a dark, multilayered psychodrama wrapped around a murder mystery. Probing the ills of the Japanese education system and the attendant pressures of parental obligation, it reveals what many would prefer remained out of view ... Read more
When the Angel of Death taps drunkard Barney Flanagan on the shoulder, he finds himself banging on the pearly gates with little chance of getting in. A comic and cautionary tale with a wicked blend of Gothic, Dantesque horror and glib, Celtic wit. ... Read more
Andrzej Wajda's The Wedding was shown at the Melbourne Festival two years ago, and this new film continues his earlier exploration of the Polish character during the difficult times of the country's partition. Land of Promise is adapted from a novel by Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont, written at the ... Read more
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