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In the backwaters of Brazil, the small town of Sertao has been neglected by the government, despite its drought-ravaged landscape. An old woman, Maria, a reincarnation of the Virgin Mary, or possibly even Jesus, leads a small num­ber of holy women through the suffering of the Sertanejos ... Read more
The miners of Tower Colliery bought their pit believing they were securing the future of their community. This is a compelling yet chilling portrait of this community ten years on.---D/P/S Sasha Maja Djurkovic WS National Film & Television School UK L English TD video/col/2005/17mins ... Read more
William lives with his family on a Canadian farm in the 1950's, and shares a bed with Grandpa Jack, sometimes they even share the same dreams. ... When his parents decide to move to the big city for his father's new job, he is devastated. His last winter in Manitoba begins. Halloween, a mysterious ... Read more
A short story about an actress who is ... asked to stand in for the lead at the last ... minute. ... Read more
A group of soldiers is locked up in a bunker, facing an unknown future. But it seems that the enemy comes from within. Jeunet and Caro actually play leading roles in this film, and fans will also recognise some of the retro-futuristic devices and effects they later revisited in The City of Lost ... Read more
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In 15th century France, a pilgrim loses his companions in a forest. When he eventually reaches a village, he is given work by a fisherman but the rest of ihe village rejects him because they believe that a lost pilgrim is abandoned by God. . . . ... Read more
Le Sang Des Betes describes a Paris abattoir, not only the methods of slaughtering animals, but also the melancholy district in which it is set, and the oddly genial characters of the people employed there. The treatment of this film has, surprisingly, a quiet and lyrical quality. ... Read more
Leila is a beautiful young woman from an affluent background. Just married to a doting husband, Reza, Leila is confronted with the painful reality of being unable to bear children. Reza, contrary to what his young wife had envisaged, is unconcerned about this development; his devotion to Leila is ... Read more
This debut feature from Aymeric Mesa-Juan is the first in a proposed trilogy inspired by Greek tragedy. The story of Medea its departure point, [Les Liens] weaves calamity and misfortune into the everyday lives of a contemporary provincial family to reveal the complexity of relationships and the ... Read more
A respectable public servant fantasizes himself as a hero, driven to save the soul of a woman from the claws of prostitution. At the suburban massage parlour however, it's business as usual. This is a quirky comedy on romantic love, AIDS, and working women.- (LS) ... Read more
Two organisers of the Turkish trade union Disk tell of the maltreatment and torture of hundreds of their members since the military coup of September, 1980. ... Read more
Li Shuang-Shuang is perhaps the most outstanding film yet made about life in the Chinese countryside. Through the clashes between an ordinary peasant and his wife, in a people's commune, it reflects the conflict between the old and the new. Although different in temperament, Shuang-Shuang and her ... Read more
... ... After his exceptional award-winning shorts Night Out (MIFF '90) and Eternity (MIFF '94), director Lawrence Johnston's much-anticipated debut feature, Life, is an excitingly cinematic adaptation, or dynamic re-visioning, of actor/playwright John Brumpton's acclaimed theatre piece ... Read more
When Csaba, a rowdy quick-tempered labourer, is released from gaol for having stabbed a man in a drunken brawl, he ... finds his wife, Eva, living with another man, Miklos. A quick divorce follows, but owing to the housing shortage in Budapest the three are forced to live under the same roof. ... Read more
Set in a time neither past nor present, Link explores the relation of reality and fiction in a brilliant one shot. A drunk comes across a crazy naked man lying in a deserted tunnel and loses more than his clothes. Through allegory, this film presents the link of violence between humans. ... Read more
Vilgot Sjöman's reputation still rests mostly on his two films which outrageously mixed sex and politics, / am Curious (Blue) and / am Curious (Yellow). He has, however, made 13 films in all and many of them have been finely directed and thematically strong dramas. His latest film, Linus, has been ... Read more
... ... One of the most brilliant syntheses of Jen­nings' and collaborator Stewart McAllister's talents. Eschewing commentary and dialogue (with the exception of a brief introduction added after its initial rejection by the Ministry of Infor­mation) the film was a 'recording experiment and ... Read more
Two children are transported into the colourful world of 19th century lithographs. Their adventures there and their final awakening in the modern age are symbolised by the style and colouring used by the painter, Juan Miro. ... Read more
With shades of David Lynch's Eraserhead, Jan Svankmajers Little Otik is an astonishing modern adaptation of a traditional Czech fairy-tale. Karel, the husband of a barren couple, attempts to console his wife, Bozena. by presenting her with a deformed tree stump as a substitute for a child. Bozena ... Read more
... ... Or. sex. power and videotape—this smart and funny, pseudo home-movie set in a world of groovy Amsterdam twenty-somethings plays fast and loose with the popular notion that the Camera is an instrument of control. Daant|e Flats alone in Amsterdam. Bold, beautiful and having a good time ... Read more
Without commentary, the film shows the development of the British railway system, from its early beginnings to the present day. ... Silver Medal, Moscow ... Read more
To those familiar with the extensive array of films by Jon Jost, he is a figurehead, a pioneer amongst independent and experimental filmmakers. Jost is a one-man crew. With camera in hand, he has constantly toyed with cinematic aesthetics and politics, carving a singular niche. ... London Brief is ... Read more
... ... Jennings' great wartime work really began with London Can Take It. Along with Watt he made this, the first of the home-front war films to make its mark. A one-reeler shot in haste, the film was of great propaganda value at the time and very successful in England and America. Couched in the ... Read more
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