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The controversial winner of last year's top prize at Cannes, the Palme d'Or for Best Film, Maurice Pialat courts critical and popular acrimony with each film intent on forging his own creative path in spite of current trends an biases. But the controversy must be considered carefully, perhaps even ... Read more
A group of happy vacationers is lounging around on a beach, but under cloudy skies things soon take a disturbing turn. ... Read more
Ken Wardrop's award-winning film is an intimate portrait of an elderly, overweight woman, which reveals her perspective on issues of love, ageing and body image. It screened at the Critics' Week in Cannes this year. --- D Ken Wardrop P Kristin Brook Larsen, Andrew Freedman WS Venom TD 35mm/col/2004 ... Read more
When British academic, Greg Dart, found himself the target of stalking, he felt compelled to record his conflict of emotions in a candid memoir. His writing piqued the interest of filmmaker, Chris Petit, who recognised the honesty of Dart's admissions (“It was the world of my twilight motives of ... Read more
Judith Ashe is in jail She has not been accused of any crime She has not been tried She has refused to testify before a federal grand jury, and she is in jail until she talks The film reveals the legal process that put her there, and the increasing test of her convictions, not only in the grand ... Read more
In Official Selection at the Venice and Rotterdam Film Festivals, this visually splendid film from Magnum Agency photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon, is highlighted by stunning black-and-white imagery. Based upon a novel by Diego Brosset, the film recounts the story of Alifa, one of the ... Read more
Artists who create billboards, have to paint enormous pictures at times. What is the impact of these super-human images on society? And what is the difference between art and commercial art? ... Read more
What happens when two cultures clash? In a sleepy, country hollow, a hippy has his peace and solitude rocked by the invasion of a heavy metaller who would rather die than turn down the volume. The result? A very funny film about cross-cultural disharmony. ... Read more
Vampisol is a potion invented by Professor Dracula that allows vampires to survive in daylight and therefore lead a normal life. As might be imagined, such a product could revolutionise the nocturnal activities of these maligned creatures, not to mention their penchant for raw throats. ... In the ... Read more
... ... Maurice Pialat's long-awaited Van Gogh comes as a surprise because it takes a new slant on the great Dutch painter's life. The sumptuous production omits many of the sta­ple elements of the Van Gogh story, including the famous ear-slashing incident, but still casts a magical spell. Van ... Read more
In 1925 two German films in particular had immediate and widespread influence on motion picture technique: Variety, which showed that the camera couId be put to outstanding uses, and The Last Laugh which emphasized fluidity and eliminated captions. Both starred Emil Jannings and both brought a ... Read more
By turns amusing, intriguing, startling — the film is a view of the world as it might register on the mind of someone young and uncommitted. ... Read more
The film explains the modern tunnelling techniques employed in the con­struction of a new line of the London Underground. ... Read more
In Video Diaries: Dying for Publicity, Chris Steele-Perkins bears witness to the infinite sorrows of Africa. At times unbearably poignant and painfully honest, he documents famine and disease in Somalia and the Sudan while questioning the complex business of trying to make a difference through ... Read more
Winner of a Special Mention at last year's Venice Film Festival, Virgin of Lust is a deliciously sordid work from the father figure of Mexican cinema, Arturo Ripstein (Ruination of Men, MIFF 2001). ... Mexico in the 40s. 'El Makado' is a reserved and lonely waiter, working at the Ofelia Cafe, a bar ... Read more
An attempt to escape from prison does not usually finish happily. ... Read more
Having been hatched, and realizing what kind of world it is into which he has arrived, the man closes himself in a can immediately. ... Read more
The delicate and spectacular plumes of the bird of paradise are items of wealth and decoration to the tribes of the Nuigini Highlands. Whilst adapting to 'modern development', the Highlanders ... retain their ancient rituals. ... Read more
After more than three decades' exile in the Soviet Union, a declaration of political amnesty means that Spyros, an elderly Commu­nist rebel, can at last return to his homeland. Yet in doing so. he finds himself as much an out­sider as ever, deeply at odds with the post-junta culture ... Read more
The biggest (judged by both fame and, um, endowment) porn star ever was a valued LAPD informant, coke fiend and accessory to one of the City of Angels most brutal multiple murders! Cass Paley's eye-popping documentary covers every aspect of the strange case of John C. Holmes, a hick whose bizarre ... Read more
“A film of transformative power… Waiting for Sancho redefines film-making.” - Variety ... Mark Peranson, founding editor of Cinema Scope, takes up the video camera to shoot the making of Albert Serra's Birdsong (MIFF 08), an improvised black and white digital video reinterpretation of ... Read more
From New Zealand duo The Front Lawn, an original and entertaining short that is not so much a narrative film as a film about narrative and narration. Composed simply of a chain of encounters in the street, with accompanying voice-over, it is frenetic in pace and wryly amusing in tone. - (FF) ... Read more
Jozef Klyk is obsessed with the American West; so much so that he directs, writes, shoots and stars in films, which he shoots with his hand-cranked camera. Jozef Klyk lives in a small village in the south of Poland and has never even visited the US. Wanted is a docu­mentary about a remarkable ... Read more
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