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An uncritical documentary view of an All-American high school through the eyes of a Finnish exchange student. The film is not so much a cultural portrait as insight into the social rituals of the high school kids which will deliver them into adulthood and the world of materialism and competition ... Read more
“Wise and deliciously witty.” - The London Film Festival ... Filmmaker Ryosuke Hashiguchi emerges from a seven-year hiatus to present an intimate rendering of married life with All Around Us. ... Shoko and Kanao (played in an exceptional acting debut from author Lily Franky) do their best to ... Read more
Whitey wants to be Charlie Parker, but lives in Hammersmith, can't play the saxophone and is white. ... Read more
The film shows how children overcome immediate environmental difficulties through their own imaginative and creative effort. ... Read more
"Forgiveness is being aware of the suffering of others" - filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve ... The feature debut from Mia Hansen-Løve (former critic for Cahiers du Cinéma and actress in the films of Olivier Assayas, Les Destinées Sentimentales and Late August, Early October) gives us a ... Read more
Ageing, gravely ill, physicist Dronov is engaged in the development of a space engine, when his doctor orders htm to stop working. He hands over the direction of his experiments to his favourite pupil, Vyazmin, who, however, hasn't the stature to cope with the irresponsible egotism of the director ... Read more
A short film which begins with a village ... family reunion... ... Read more
Prolific, political and peripatetic Jon Jost is a genuine cinema maverick. He works not so much against the system as out of it, with an independence that is both exhilarating and harsh. This is his most lavish film yet and possibly the most accessible. It seems to signal a new direction for Jost ... Read more
Excellent script and photography and incisive editing create a picture of the daily life of one of Britain's leading quartets. The film shows the endless work and rehearsal which lie behind each performance. More subtly it succeeds in capturing the nuances of communication and telepathic ... Read more
The reverse side of civilised living, with ourselves ihe inhuman marionettes jerked by strings of our own making. ... Diploma of merit, Edinburgh Festival; Prix du Groupes des Trente, Tours Festival; prix du Film Technique, Milan Festival. ... Read more
This feature-length animated satire on Disney's Fantasia follows a series of cartoon shorts from Bruno Bozzetto, including Opera and Self-Service. Allegro Non Troppo takes six famous musical pieces and animates them with remarkable comic invention. Debussy's 'Afternoon of a Faun' becomes a tale ... Read more
A surrealistic joke about two people quarrelling, in which stilis of actors appear against an animated background. ... Read more
Six short stories which, however they ... might begin, always end with love. ... Read more
An animated history of communication, seen through the eyes and antics of an engaging little man. ... This film is screened out of competition. ... Read more
Winner of the Berlin Film Festival audience award last year, Alone is a gritty story about a mother and daughter, their relationship and its compelling consequences. This remarkable new film is the notable debut of Andalusian filmmaker, Benito Zambrano. Maria has lived away from her parents for a ... Read more
A girl is travelling to a prison to see her mother. A film about a small girl, a vast solitude and cinema's sublime ability to create a more real reality. ... Read more
AIDS is now the leading cause of death among young Americans. One in five cases is diagnosed among young people. Alone Together humanises these stark statistics and allows the young voices to speak honestly and with dignity. The young people come from vastly diverse backgrounds, yet each is able to ... Read more
Martin Arnold's third installment in what constitutes something of a trilogy continues where piece touchee (1989) and passage a I'act (1993) never quite left off. Throwing down the gauntlet to Hollywood's space/time system, Arnold's methodology rigorously tears asunder the film language of classic ... Read more
A shaiply economic summing up of man's life in eight unnerving minutes. ... Read more
An energetic romp through the letters of the alphabet provides a guessing game for the audience. ... Read more
Godard's iconic sci-fi noir is one of cinema's truly unconventional and striking films. ... In totalitarian future city emotions are outlawed, residents are bar coded and are constantly monitored by the supercomputer known as Alpha 60 that rules the metropolis. Secret agent Lemmy Caution (Eddie ... Read more
Behind the smile of a model lies a mind. But a cerebellum never got a centre-spread in Playboy. ... Read more
Will man's ambition to colonise other planets lead to peace and happiness? ... Read more
It's amateur night with the girls each doing their thing on stage. Take it off, take it off, cry the boys from the rear. And the girls oblige. ... Read more
Cohen's beautifully composed documentary, Amber City, is dedicated to writer Primo Levi. It was shot in countless locations across an unknown city in Italy with a soundtrack by musicians including Blonde Redhead, All Scars, Sascha Pellegrini, Stephen Vitiello and others including Cohen himself ... Read more
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