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Based on a 1936 Polish best-seller, Hotel Pacific is set in a large European hotel in the 1930s. Roman Boryczko. a teenage boy, has a job as a dish-washer. He works his way up to errand boy, waiter's mate, and eventually, waiter. But his attempted romantic liaisons present difficulties. His first ... Read more
A film about kindergarten education in painting, from the first attempts at graphic expression the child is taught to observe the world. The results of the children's education to art are shown at an exhibition and there is everything from the first scrawls to Mum or Dad's portrait. ... Read more
1969. France. A competition to go to the moon. Moussa, a ten-year-old boy, goes in place of his uncle. ... Read more
Whilst filming what was to have been a single feature called / Am Curious, director Sjoman found that he could not adequately say all that he wished within a single film of ordinary length. / Am Curious - Blue became the sequel to / Am Curious - Yellow. (Yellow and blue are the colours of the ... Read more
Vilgot Sjoman is the maker of The Mistress and My Sister My Love, and whilst both these films were noted for their explicit treatment of 'dangerous' subjects, the development of a sexual relationship in the case of the former, and childbirth in the latter, neither have raised the controversy which ... Read more
An extraordinary portrait of the daily lives of homeless peoples, / Could've Been Human allows each individual to tell their story, their dreams and hopes. A sense of survival and great loss is revealed— these are people who once had homes and families, were part of 'society', yet for one ... Read more
As their period of living together draws to its inevitable end, Sten and Helena discover that a baby is on the way. Anxieties and aggressions begin to darken the lighthearted play which has been a characteristic of their affair. In search of relief, Sten embarks on a new affair. When the time of ... Read more
A robo-romance in a world where robots are part of the everyday and love isn't hardwired. A short film by Spike Jonze. ... --- ... D/S Spike Jonze P Vincent Landay WS CAA TD HD CAM/2010 ... --- ... D/S Spike Jonze P Vincent Landay WS CAA TD HD CAM/2010 ... Read more
A satirical comment on human foibles, built around the theme of a man searching for his ideal. ... Read more
Taking their cues from the umbrella theme of ‘prejudice', highly talented Korean animators have put their minds together to create If You Were Me: Anima Vision, a collection of six animated shorts. Spearheaded by Korea's National Human Rights Commission, which launched the first omnibus feature ... Read more
This film was made in memory of the noted Hungarian sculptor, Gyorgy Goldmann. Award: Best Art-film, San Francisco Festival. ... Read more
The most recent animation by Dave Jones ([Whatcha Got], MIFF 04) was made in collaboration with the students of Natimuk Primary School. Audio recordings of stories told by students from the 1930s provide the soundtrack for the gorgeous animated drawings by current students. --- D/S/P Dave Jones WS ... Read more
Mao Tse Tung said: "To study is to learn, but to work is also to learn, and the more important way of learning." Two members of a political group are challenged to test this theory in practice. ... Read more
Live action and animation combine to depict little girls encounter with fear down in the cellar, producing suspenseful and fantastic results . . . Jan Svankmajer has been making animation films since 1964, and is active in the Magic Lantern theatre of Prague. ... Read more
Set designer, art director and maker of the highly successful Sebastiane. Jubilee and The Tempest. Derek Jarman has recently returned to Super 8 to produce his new films. Using a combination of old and new footage. the films have been expertly blown up to 1 6mm Working closely with Throbbing ... Read more
Violence in human life is so ugly as to be fascinating. ... Read more
Two handicapped children, Emanuel and Simon, are unable to walk or talk. But they develop a friendship with each other, communicating only by facial expressions, smiles and inarticulate sounds. The relationship transforms the children: their emotional life is awakened, and becomes full and complex ... Read more
This is a study of Ingmar Bergman, as film director. The film was made during the preparation and shooting of The Touch, and gives a penetrating portrait of Bergman. It contains a long interview in which he defines and analyses the practical and ethical problems of film direction. ... Read more
Reuben, an Jewish-Australian child, learns about the Holocaust—but he takes it on board in a way his parents didn't quile expect. A well-crafted short, which provides some interesting juxtapositions, inversions and images along the way, all with help from solid performances. ... Read more
ln l942, a Serbian acrobat named Dragoljub Aleksic made a film about himself in occupied Belgrade. lt was the story of an orphan girl driven by her stepmother into the arms of a rich man when her true love belongs to the acrobat. The acrobat saves her after many heroic deeds. The print of the film ... Read more
From his fine trilogy on the subject of war and its aftermath, Andrzej Wajda turns to the gentler subject of young intellectuals in Warsaw. The innocent sorcerers of the film's title are a young doctor, Andrzej, a jazz drummer in his spare time, with a reputation for being a gay dog, and a young ... Read more
In animated form, the film traces the progress of the Olympic Games from their inception in Greece to their resumption in 1896. A description follows of the planning for the Innsbruck and Tokyo Games in 1964. ... Read more
WITH THE UPHEAVALS in the former Eastern bloc countries, there has emerged a large body of films that until recently were banned from exhibition Interrogation, like Jin Menzel's Larks On A String (screening at this year's Festival), is one such film It was banned before even being released, and was ... Read more
Once upon a time there was a place in Europe where poets and hustlers, scholars and shlemiels lived side by side. Now, that place exists only in memory. It might be called the Invisible City because, like countless other places and communities, it has been erased from the map of history. This is ... Read more
This animated film tells how the puppet, Mirko, saves his friends from destruction by a spoilt prince. Award: Special Mention, Edinburgh Festival. ... Read more
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