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“A pitch-perfect portrait of working class life in a provincial town and of growing up as the much younger brother of an adored older sister.” - Variety ... Stefek and his much older sister Elka are both affected by the absence of their father, who left years earlier for another woman. When ... Read more
The title is that of a poem by Claude Aveline. The painter Robert Lapoujade illustrates it with animated paintings. His technique, the fluid use of powders and other materials, reinforces semi-real and semi-abstract images. ... Read more
The cinema of the People's Republic of China remains almost unknown in the west and it is only in the last year or two that efforts have begun to explore what may turn out to be the last great treasure trove of unknown cinema The recent season of Chinese films at the National Film Theatre in London ... Read more
A brief survey of two hundred years of the arts in the U.S.A. ... Read more
What would you wish for if you were a twelve year old locked in your room on Christmas Eve? What about a remote controlled toy space craft that could fly, hover and fire missiles right through your bedroom door. This wonderfully extreme short film from France should fulfill every nasty kid's dreams. Read more
A man wakes to discover the outside world is getting in. From Oscar winner Grant Major, production designer on Lord of the Rings. ... --- D/S Grant Major P Dan Salmon WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
“The best independent feature film of the year.”- Pusan International Film Festival The Unforgiven scooped a multitude of awards at Pusan and screened as part of Un Certain Regard at Cannes this year. Described by the Fipresci judges as “a spirited and forceful ‘kick in the groin' to Korean ... Read more
Jia Zhang-ke's Unknown Pleasures depicts a trough of aimlessness. This third feature by Jia - in Official Competition at Cannes 2002 - again proves his ability to hold a light to China's alienated rural youth. Xiao Ji and Bin Bin are teenage lads who do little more than tool around on their ... Read more
The chaotic life force of India sits starkly next to the measured pace of France in Benoit Jacquot's new film, characteristically drawing a line between the inner and outer world of his characters. In The Untouchable, that world belongs to the young actress Jeanne (Islid Le Besco, who won Best ... Read more
Europe of the new century is a world with strong undertows. In his [Up and Down], Jan Hrebejk takes a darkly comic look at globalisation, xenophobia and changing society through the colliding worlds of a colourful cast of characters. ... The bleeding-heart liberal Otto is a professor. He is married ... Read more
Horror film buffs will delight at Genevieve Jolliffe's debut. Chilling moments from classics including The Exorcist, Carrie, The Evil Dead, Poltergeist and as far back as Robert Wise's The Haunting (1963), register in this clever film. Rather than approach the project as a formulaic genre piece ... Read more
Classy, intelligent and visually complex animation by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, a veteran with at least two of the most internationally successful animes ever to his credit, Wicked City (1989) and Ninja Scroll (1995). ... The enigmatic, Eastwood-like D is one of the few surviving vampires in a dark far ... Read more
A witty, imaginative fable about a gutter journalists Tatar-like manhandling of the scoop to end 'em all. And it's very good news! ... Read more
Tapestry is one of the richest and oldest of the mural arts. The Victorian Tapestry Workshop was established in 1976 to encourage the art, and to establish a training ground for weavers and artists. ... This film documents the transformation of a Roger Kemp painting into a major tapestry, and by so ... Read more
“Enigmatic, fascinating, alternately bitter and defiant, [Isabelle Huppert] commands the screen at every moment.” - New York Times ... After finding her boyfriend in the arms of another woman, renowned pianist Ann Hidden decides to completely deconstruct her life. Closing down bank accounts ... Read more
This BBC tribute to Sergio Leone aired shortly after his death in 1989. Apart from some mouth watering clips from his widescreen epics, it also offers a comprehensive overview of Leone's career. Viva Leone! includes a revealing 1977 inter­view with a contemplative Clint Eastwood in which he ... Read more
Under the cover of night, a man overcomes numerous obstacles in order to escape from a prison. ... Read more
Toby wants to be like other eight-year-olds, but his mentally disabled father is a constant reminder that life will never be normal. ... --- D Corrie Jones P Sarah Shaw S Ian Meadows, Sarah Shaw, Corrie Jones WS The Everywhen TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
Go with the flow and take a voyage with the element of life. ... Read more
In this parable on tyranny, a cat magician performs increasingly cruel tricks on mice. ... Read more
An animated burlesque about man's increasing demands on Nature. ... Read more
Whatcha Got' Interactive Game @melbournefilmfestival.com.au Australia Take the Whatcha Got' challenge, a street showdown to determine break-dancing supremacy. Simply point your browser at melbournefilmfestival.com.au and get ready to face the music. You will duel with an opponent connected by a ... Read more
When Lake Denial dries up and bogan mates Jack, Kevin and Blandy are caught up in a supernatural incident, just getting by becomes a struggle. ... --- D Alethea Jones P Richard Davies, Veeran Naran S Richard Davies TD digibeta/2010 --- D Alethea Jones P Richard Davies, Veeran Naran S Richard Davies ... Read more
Where Mountains Float is the first big Danish colour film and tells of the enterprise of Green-landers and Danes from kayak to cutter &ndash: from a hunting culture to fishing. This story is told in terms of a twelve-year-old boy. his little sister, and the older generation is represented by their ... Read more
Djayakusuma's Whipfire, an earthy and stirring drama about peasants opposing an exploitative village head, utilises an East Javanese tradition of staging ceremonial whip fights as its central motif: instead of using guns, the film's antagonists use whips and engage in savage whip duels - resulting ... Read more
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