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Juli, whose husband has committed suicide, falls in love with Fodor, a newcomer to the village. When she learns that he is her half-brother (from her mother's first marriage), she tries to keep away from him, but the bond is already too strong. Besides, she seems to be the only person who really ... Read more
A strong new addition to the growing Melbourne school of animated social realism. The film views one man's rage against age with powerful poetry. ... Read more
Ernie has such severe problems with short term memory that his reality is totally confused. This short fiction from Swinburne touches on themes like those in the "documentary" The Man Wlio Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Sound and visual montage recreate a distorted world where wives, lovers, old dogs ... Read more
A draft dodger living in Montreal during the Vietnam War secretly returns to Brooklyn New York, to visit his dying mother in hospital Briefly visiting his home, he spends an uncomfortable evening with his brother a crippled Vietnam veteran, and his father, a patriotic WW2 veteran. Powerful ... Read more
Bogey, a Warsaw delinquent, is graduating from petty crime into the big-time, with plans for an elaborate raid on a jewellery store in order to test his accomplices before the raid, Bogey stages a fake hold-up, and discovers that one of his boys has squealed on him. ... While he is tracking down ... Read more
The ebbs and flows the excitement the interest the emotion the films the guests the effort its a film festival and all in four minutes. (TH) ... Read more
A storm forces a flying fox to take shelter in a cave, something he regrets when cave spirits attempt to capture him ... Read more
An animated film about a flying fox that is taken captive by a demon. ... Read more
A storm forces a flying fox to take shelter in a cave, something it regrets when cave spirits attempt to capture it. ... Read more
"... It is an Art Festival - one is told. The aboriginals sing, paint, dance...perform, this I suppose is the 'Art' aspect of it. Behind the label, however, we know that these activities are connected with the very essence of their ... culture, with Dreaming... What meaning does 'Art' have for ... Read more
Walter's 'Frankfurt Junction' is a greasy-spoon takeaway food stand with microwave cuisine and an alcohol license. For Walter and his 'guests', December 31st, 1999 is a day like any other: too caught up in their own nowhere lives, they no longer believe in easy solutions and scoff at the very idea ... Read more
15-year-old Maria recalls her childhood in farming village Kirchdorf. She believes she is cursed and performs daily rituals in a bid to become a saint and avert ill fate for her family and friend Nataljia. But Manas daily prayers fail and she must face the unknown and the loss of her friend. ... Read more
A film of 50 seconds showing a pianist playing Chopin's Valse Minute in the middle of a sports stadium. ... Read more
A dramatic visual interpretation of poetry by Elizabeth Campbell, produced by the Australian Poetry Centre. ... Not in competition ... --- D David Rozetsky P Teresa Bell S Elizabeth Campbell WS Australian Poetry Centre TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
The resilience and resourcefulness of childhood defy enormous odds in this remarkable first film by 55-year-old Vitali Kanevski. With funding to shoot a ten minute film, Kanevski returned to the Soviet far east where he grew up, recruited locals to act as extras, found old film stock and shot an ... Read more
From the moment light suffuses the screen, director Boaz Yakin transforms what could have been just another gritty, urban scenario into something mystical and enduring. Reimagining the 'ghetto' genre from the ground up, this mature debut feature leaves aside the romanticised glamour of poverty and ... Read more
Two London boys are evacuated to a farm during the 1940 blitz. Unaccustomed to the countryside, one is rescued from ... the river by a stranded German pilot. ... The boys in turn help the pilot and his wounded companion. The drama poses moral questions of weight and relevance. It ... avoids ... Read more
In February 1985 Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen sacked 1002 electrical linesmen and rushed through Parliament some of the harshest anti-union legislation seen in Australia for over 50 years. Friends And Enemies is an impressionistic account of the nine-month struggle, observing some of the ... Read more
A short animated work which examines the gift of fire ... Read more
Directed by former Paramount animator, Ralph Bakshi, Futz the Cat has been borne into the cinema, in full animation, from Robert Crumb's satirical comic strip. ... Fritz sees himself as a liberated cat, and he indulges all the pleasures offered him by fate, as well as demonstrating his political ... Read more
Shot over a period of seven months, this film is a. record of animal life in a Hungarian natural sanctuary. Fine photography, and great patience produced many striking and savage impressions. ... Read more
Alberto resorts to disturbing and extravagant practices to break through the shell of his loneliness and fulfill his desires. This cheeky short film won the Grand Prix for Short film, Critics Week, Cannes 2002. ... Read more
Narrated by Gregory Peck, this documentary is full of passionate testimony and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Hollywood screen legends—including Anthony Quinn, Leslie Caron, Robert Stack—about two of the most beloved and influential acting coaches, Michael Chekhov and George Shdanoff ... Read more
... ... From Russia with Rock is the first overview of the Soviet rock scene, and in particular its unofficial representatives. In December 1987, a seven-day rock festival was staged in Moscow, the first ever such event in the Soviet Union. Mykkannen and her crew were there to cover the festival, a ... Read more
This stylised documentary from the (always art) House of Akerman is the product of the director's travels from East Germany to Moscow shot over some six months. Without the conventional documentary techniques of voiceover, commentary or even inter-titles, From The East makes the most of striking ... Read more
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