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Frederic Chopin's piano piece from 'Opus 66' is heard playing as a man and a woman drive through the night on a secluded road framed by a thick forest. The man places his hand gently on his pregnant wife's belly and asks 'What's going on there?' This expertly executed miniature thriller is an ... Read more
The film demonstrates the relationship of the viewer to the screen, and the way in which the attention is absorbed into the world of the film-maker, affecting the viewer's own orientation; the physical support of the camera and its orientation in space. It is an example of the work being done for ... Read more
The welcome return of provocative film director Sally Potter teams her with festival favourite Tilda Swinton in a grand tour de force. Acquiring centuries, continents and sexes in a sweeping flourish, Orlando, as in Virginia Woolf's novel of 1928, is a lissome four-hundred-year-old with remarkable ... Read more
Even the cows are leaving. ... The only thing that really sets the tiny hamlet of Osadné in Slovakia apart is a fading statue of Andy Warhol (his parents were born there). The 216 inhabitants are mostly elderly Rusyns, a Slavic minority, and they are dwindling at a rapid rate. In the last five ... Read more
... ... For a film on the then taboo of rape, Lupino's| Outrage opens breezily enough. It's book­keeper heroine Ann (Mala Powers) has a fiance, whose raise assures her happy integration into the life-style of her community, Ann's future seemingly predestined in scenes of family dinners ... Read more
In a dog pound in Alice Springs, Ouzo the bull terrier reminisces about better times and the pleasures of having a home. ... Read more
Beethoven's Egmont Overture, played by the Vienna Philharmonic at a concert in the Assembly Hall of the U.N. The performance is illustrated with scenes of human experience &ndash: calm and anxiety, war, recovery and rehabilitation. ... Read more
True love never dies-not without a struggle anyway. A suicide pact goes horribly wrong. Hes got ten minutes to live and she's got ten minutes to think of a way to die.Poison, knives, hammers ,hat-pins, Drano and drowning death may well come to us all but it sure as hell comes easier to some than ... Read more
An animated cartoon giving a not too serious history of the evolution of telecommunications. ... Read more
“While Panh's subjects don't shy away from discussing the sexual details of their work, the emphasis isn't on the sensational but on women whose lives have been ground into dust by their experiences.” - All Movie GuideIn a dilapidated apartment block in the city of Phnom Penh, filmmaker Rithy ... Read more
Colour, lush and ripe, swells the screen. The hum and trill of summer shimmer in the air. This is paradise, brimming with birdsong and blossom. Innovative mixed-media techniques consorted with the human imagination have produced this visual enchantment. ... Read more
Ducks, people, dogs and unspoiled dreams. Freshness and humour — struggling, striving — eggs full of surprises — ideals, innocence and cunning — snails feelers. ... Read more
This film documents one of the most neglected aspects of the human condition Psychologists refer to this phenomenon as ... "the passionless moment" ... A series of slyly humorous observations on contemporary Australian life. ... Read more
Pearls and Pigs (Helmiä ja Sikoja) FinlandHand in your good taste at the door. This gross-out Finnish comedy revolves around single dad Erkki and his four stoner, twenty-something sons who run an illegal after-hours booze racket out of the back of a van. Most of the money they make is poured ... Read more
A charming family outing ... Read more
A short account of the work of Norman McLaren and some of his unusual techniques. ... Read more
An impressionistic account of the production of a newspaper. ... Golden Reel Award, Public Relations Category, Australian Film Awards. ... Read more
A detailed and penetrating ethnographic study of the daily life of a nomadic aboriginal family. ... Silver Award, Documentary Category, Australian Film Awards. ... Read more
No synopsis available ... Read more
A visually dynamic experimental film produced frame by frame and consisting of lour parts Action shots penguins moons and figures march, jump and dance in time to the rhythmic pulsing of the music. ... Read more
When Melanie (Rachael Blake, Lantana, MIFF 2001) goes home from the pub with the best looking bloke (Sam Neill) there, she is more than pleased with herself. After a night of revelry, she passes out on his boat and is sailed away to his 'castle'—a rundown shack on a deserted island. Melanie's ... Read more
“Any stragglers still unconvinced that animation can be an exciting medium for both adults and kids alike will run out of arguments in the face of Persepolis.” - VarietyAn engaging animated tale of an eight-year-old girl whose life is upturned during Iran's Islamic revolution. Adapted by ... Read more
This animated film uses the phenomenon of perspective to create new effects and illusions. ... Read more
Persimmon and Duke get their kicks by answering the small ads in the Hollywood Recycler. Their seemingly innocent enquiries are slyly manipulated until the hapless victims are hopelessly floundering in the subtext of unset­tling and perverse power games. When one of these calls finds Eve and ... Read more
Made as a silent film, but issued with a music and effects soundtrack and a prologue spoken by John Longden. this crime melo about a club owner's fiancee accused of killing his Chinese mistress shows that. at its best, the British "silent" picture could be as stylish and as visually stunning as ... Read more
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