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The filmmaker stoically animates his naked body in single frame exposures. An impressive exercise in technical precision, which gathers momentum as the rules of the film's construction play against the rhythms of the natural world. ... ---D/P Albert Sackl WS Sixpackfilm L No dialogue TD ... Read more
Chantal Akerman's haunting new documentary focuses on the plight of Mexican workers and their attempts to cross the US border and forge a better life 'on the other side'. ... Akerman sets the story in the twin towns of Agua Prieta, Mexico and Douglas, Arizona, USA. In Agua Prieta, she interviews ... Read more
Kate (Shirley Henderson) is unable to grieve for her missing sister, who two years earlier disappeared without trace. In her search for answers, Kate - a fish-factory worker in the astonishingly beautiful Morecambe Bay - steals a security tape from the police. It holds the last sighting of Annie ... Read more
WHERE WOULD a Hunan restaurant run by a Cantonese serve Peking Duck7 Only in New York, so that is where young Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan went to shoot Full Moon In New York, a tale of friendship between three Chinese women from different regions who could only have met each other in Chinatown ... Read more
Katsuhti Ishii teams up with two like-minded directors and creates a film, well, from another planet! Funky Forest invites you to get out of your mind and experience a world where the secrets of the universe can be unlocked by dancing, where freaky dreams, strange aliens, kinetic forehead laser ... Read more
“Of course this film is a provocation. It is meant as a provocation.” - filmmaker Michael Haneke ... In this shot-for-shot remake of his own 1997 feature, Michael Haneke (Hidden, MIFF 05) doesn't water down the sadism for this English-language revamp of Funny Games, starring Naomi Watts, Tim ... Read more
The first Austrian film to be invited to Cannes in 35 years, Michael Haneke's Funny Games caused an incredible reaction at initial screenings. Outraged journalists spread descriptions that evoked a moving sculpture of remorselessness, an icy pinnacle of violence inspired by the media. They reasoned ... Read more
Shot in 16mm, FUNNY HA HA examines life after college in an understated and moving way. Written, directed, and co-starring indie darling Andrew Bujalski (Mutual Appreciation, MIFF 06), the film features impressively natural performances led by newcomer Kate Dollenmayer, whose commanding yet ... Read more
The old fur hunter hunts again ... Read more
... ... A ... ... ... According to many observers (your humble servant and Werner Herzog amongst them), cinema is alive and well in two countries: China and Iran. Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Gabbeh is incontrovertible proof of this claim and positions him beside countryman Abbas Kiarostani, at the ... Read more
In 1979, the words of Gaby Brimmer reached a wide readership in Mexico, with the release of her autobiography, a memoir chronicling a writer's struggle for self-expression - the stuff of many first hooks Yet this was no ordinary life, for Gaby Brimmer was born with physical disabilities so severe ... Read more
The life and power of a distant, red galaxy, which is invaded by an external force, bringing in its wake shadows and destruction. ... Read more
Galia Holzmann was a student at Israel's Haifa University and commuted at weekends to stay with her boyfriend in Jerusalem. An ordinary, gentle student life until she developed an unexplainable rash. What happened then is the story of the film, told in her own words. It is a har­rowing, moving ... Read more
Nati, a sensitive 24 year old, decides to attend the wedding of his girlfriend Galia. His journey to her kibbutz is plagued with the psychological trauma of lost love and separation. ... Read more
This strange mixture of Latin, German and English is the name of a hen, or rather, a hen painted in an unconventional way and the film tells the story of a little boy who, with his head in the clouds, refuses to conform... ... Read more
An animated film involving destructive stones. ... Read more
What do model Lauren Hutton, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, truck driver Rena Morena, Chaucer's 'Wife of Bath', cartoonist Doris Seda, Cleopatra, and belly dancer Sharlyn Sawyer have in common? The answer: they all have a space between their two front teeth. Blank and his co-filmmakers ... Read more
" 'Gary's Story' is about transition: from lust to compassion, compassion to escape, and escape to Sydney. Truth plays a very small part." (Richard Michalak) ... Read more
Japanese films like Rashomon and Jigokumon have been the surprises at recent International Festivals, and the high standard of these and the few other Japanese films presented abroad in late years lead us to suspect that more good films are being made today in that country than elsewhere in the ... Read more
The gavotte is by Rameau, the harpsicord is in the Court of Louis XIV, the elegant occasion is given by the Duchess of R. But this time her frequent guest pays no heed to the music, the dancers, the actors, the elegance. Nicolas du Tillet, a court dwarf, witnesses only the silent, secret drama ... Read more
Distinguished by the extraordinary visuals for which he is justifiably celebrated, the latest project by director Shinya Tsukamoto is an atmospheric, eerie exploration of identity, destiny and psychological torture. Dr. Yukio Daitokuji seems to have it all. It is 1910, Tokyo, he runs a successful ... Read more
This student film documents the delivery of a baby by the Le Boyer method, that provides immediate contact after birth between the child and the parents. ... Read more
George Segal, one of the most eloquent living American artists, supported himself with chicken farming before his career took off during his Pop Art days in the 1960s, still lives and works in the same modest buildings. ... This film was made during a period of two years, when Segal was at work on ... Read more
An animated film explaining the structure of United States government, how it is empowered by the Constitution and how it relates to the individual. ... Read more
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