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Dariush Mehrjui's first film, The Cow, was made independently in Iran, and its success at the 1971 Venice Film Festival has given Iranian film-making a stature long sought by small countries with struggling film industries. Inter­national recognition, so treasured, came with the critical ... Read more
An animated fairytale about a cowherd. ... Read more
An animated satirical treatment of the eternal triangle of Artist, Critic and Audience. ... Read more
This is the first film released in Iran from director Dariush Mehrjui since his earlier films, The Cowand The Postman, The Cycle looks critically at corruption in the medical services provided by the city for the poor. ... An energetic seventeen-year-old has come with his sick and complaining ... Read more
A poetical impression of the ancient city of Perast, formerly a rich port on the Adriatic but now solitary and dead, its wonderful architecture overgrown with grass and ivy. ... Read more
Man as the blind victim of his own innate violence forms the link in this three-part allegory on the futility of violence and war. ... The opening sequence of the triptych (The Deserter), set during World War I, begins with the hunting down by the military of Kalman, a gypsy soldier, who deserts ... Read more
A puppet tale about a soldier returned from war who, finding his captain, his marshal and his king in hell, locks them up there to ensure the safety of the world from militarism. ... Read more
The story of a painter who sets out to paint an immense picture of New York right across Paris. ... Read more
Thai cinema may be one of the great unknowns in Western film study but a healthy national industry exists, making polished and popular films. Its international profile has been hampered by governmental indifference and producer reluctance to make films available or to subtitle them, however over ... Read more
A chronological arrangement of bits of sequences in a story calls for audience participation to pull the story together into a coherent whole. But oddly enough, each viewer finds a different story. . . . ... Read more
Your life is controlled by an anthill in the New Mexico desert. Your emotions, social interactions, personality and relationships change depending on a few thousand bugs scuttling around the sand... and the perverse sense of humour of celebrated and notorious director Lars Von Trier. ... As an art ... Read more
A parable on man coming to grips with the cosmic universe, The Fly is Zagreb's most successful cartoon. The soundtrack is important in building an atmosphere of confusion and terror. ... Read more
Dae-Ho, a timid bank clerk, is hopeless at his job. Mind you, it doesn't help that his boss is a ferocious disciplinarian who punishes staff with brutal headlocks Dae-Ho's escape comes with a decision to learn wrestling. Before long, the no-hoper becomes famed for his prowess as a skilled cheat ... Read more
Like all of writer-director Derek Jarman's previous films, The Garden is an innovative and controversial piece of work; provocative, sensual, and highly original in its play of image and sound. ... Set in the symbolically suggestive garden and surrounding headland of Jarman's Dungeness home, it ... Read more
The not so funny topic of sexual harassment is attacked in a humorous fashion by this short cut-out animation from Germany. A woman is unsuccessful in defending herself from molestation by men until she discovers a wonderful solution An atypical treatment of this issue carried out and resolved with ... Read more
The Great Land of Small is the fifth feature in Rock Doner's series of faintly films which include The Dog Who Stopped the War and The Peanut Butter Solution, both shown at earlier Melbourne Film Festivals. ... It's a magical tale about two city children who, while on a visit to their grandparents ... Read more
This animated film reveals what lies hidden hehind the facade of prosperity and happiness reflected by the skyscrapers of the metropolis. ... Read more
Developed over four years from the art workshops in a London Community Care Trust house, the memories, aspirations and observations of the clients are eloquently and sympathetically brought into the animated realm. ... Read more
Adapted from a Guy de Maupassant story, the film shows how two people, with quite different problems, can help each other. ... Read more
Montenegro is intersected with roads; they meander in harmony with the countryside, making queer and fantastic arabesques. This film is an attempt to give a visual impression of these patterns. ... Read more
The Key Maker is an elderly, retired locksmith who is not willing to give up the activity of living as his neighbouring contemporaries have. ... Read more
Shot during the summer and autumn of "last year", this mesmerising trip into contemporary Britain's apocalyptic non future presents what is possibly filmmaker Jarman's most personal film to date. It's as if the post-punk social critique of Jubilee and The Dream Machine has dynamically intermingled ... Read more
In the nineteenth century Scottish Highland clearances peasant farmers were evicted from their land and then accused of being feckless and irresponsible for being unable to feed their families. The same process is happening in India today. This controversial and very personal doc­umentary ... Read more
Based on an old Japanese legend, this silhouette-film tells how the young god Susano &ndash: o &ndash: Nomikoto saved the life of the young prince by killing. the eight-headed giant snake. ... Read more
A winner of the Grand Prix at the International Festival of Animated Films at Annecy, this fable symbolizes the supremacy of true art over cruelty and violence. ... Read more
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