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Bingo, Bridesmaids and Braces represents the evolution of Gillian Armstrong's work begun with Smokes and Lollies 75 and later, Fourteen's Good, Eighteen's Better '80 Each work follows the lives of three women from Adelaide's working class suburbs, as they mature and gain their independence. ... Read more
A beautiful bionic woman enters a man's miserable marriage via a washing machine, but after he accidentally kills his wife he cannot recover his bio-mistress, now returned to foam. Re-loading the machine with bio powder, however, brings unfortunate results, ... Read more
There is this bird that cannot fly and hates the whole world — especially that worm which eternally eludes him.. . ... Read more
In the Southern Highlands of Papua New ... Guinea the Wola people are preparing ... for a long awaited event which they call ... the “Sa”. Unlike the materialists of the ... West, the Wola accumulate wealth only ... to give it away as gifts. They have no ... formal laws or police , and this ... Read more
A magician changes one of his audience into a bird, then his powers fail . . . ... Read more
A girl lies with legs splayed on a couch. She dangles a paper bird on the end of a piece of string. ... The camera rocks and slides as if in a trance, and the white shape, fluttering to the raucous twitter of birds on a soundtrack, conveys the sexual frustration behind the girl's impassive face ... Read more
"Theatre of the absurd." - filmmaker Albert Serra ... With his debut feature Honor de Cavalleria (MIFF 07) - an experimental reworking of the Don Quixote story - Albert Serra proved himself a filmmaker treading an unconventional path. With Birdsong, shot in otherworldly black & white, he again ... Read more
Birdy is a unique portrait of an unusual friendship, adapted from William Wharton's freewheeling and surreal novel which was lauded both for its strong anti-war statement and its male bonding drama between Birdy and his friend Al. Birdy, whose most frequent desire in life is to defy gravity and ... Read more
The film is a trilogy of stories concerning ihe Second World War in Poland. Unlike many war films, this one deals in no heroics, but shows the war from the viewpoint of the children of Poland who found themselves involved in events beyond their understanding. ... "On the Road," the first story, is ... Read more
The social maelstrom of possibly the century's most thoroughly revolutionary decade is divertingly depicted in a boy-meets-girl, girl-gets-pregnant scenario. What our beehive-crowned heroine has gestating inside her is no less than the epoch itself, causing the whole riotous barrage of the period's ... Read more
A unique study of marsupial reproduction which refutes many of the old beliefs. ... Grand Prix, Scientific Festival, Brussels; Orbit Awards, ANZAAS; Silver Award, Teaching Category, Australian Film Awards. ... Read more
This documentary examines childbirth practices in Western Society. The commentary is by Dr. R. D. Laing, who asks: 'Why is this celebration of life so often turned into a biological and emotional disaster area?' ... Laing challenges and raises questions about the immediate and long-term effects of ... Read more
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The film shows how the work of the Family Planning Association is directed towards helping not only those who wish to plan their families, but also those who are childless. The film emphasises some of ths evils of over-population in many areas of the world, and illustrates the work of the ... Read more
BTTER COFFEE is a recent work by Indonesia's foremost contemporary director Teguh Karya. Teguh Karya has made some 12 films, and is co-founder and leader of the Jakarta based film production collective, Teater Populer. This collective is the group that produced the Indonesian film PONIRAH (directed ... Read more
For 40 years the cantankerous Esfandiar has prepared corpses for the journey to their final resting places. He works with a dignified widow named Delbar, who washes the bodies of deceased women, and a flighty lad, who incinerates the clothes of the dead. While Esfandiar's mean-spiritedness works ... Read more
Animated fable confined within picture frame tells story of little white duck's encounter with big black monster Witty inventive use of space. ... Read more
Described as "the ultimate male bonding film" and "an understated example of a good modern gothic narrative", Noir Et Blanc marks Claire Devers' remarkable directorial debut. The story deals with Antoine, an accountant and a good husband who finds a job in a sports club and discovers the pleasures ... Read more
For twenty years he left the game alone but finally he was tempted to look into the possibility of playing chess by computer. A mathematician, he creates a program that can beat any average player. ... The head of his advertising agency immediately recognizes the publicity stunt potential of ... Read more
To the Ultra-Orthodox Haredim, segregation is for your own safety. ... Over the last decade the number of prohibitions for the women followers of Ultra-Orthodox Judaism (known as Haredi) have increased dramatically. Some accept this as religious law and others see it as a violation of their human ... Read more
The gypsies who populate Emir Kusturica's latest project, like those of his Cannes 1989 hit Time ot the Gypsies, live on the banks of the Danube River. These cheerful outcasts inhabit roughly constructed, semi-permanent dwellings and make a living via all kinds of skulduggery. The plot revolves ... Read more
Black Chicks Talking is an engaging documentary that filters the politics and issues of Black Australia through the lives of five contemporary Aboriginal women of disparate backgrounds. The feature comes direct to MIFF after inclusion as the only non-US documentary in the inaugural Tribeca Film ... Read more
Strap yourself in for a jacked-up, smack-down thrill ride, in this pitch-perfect tongue-in-cheek ode to the Blaxploitation movies of the 70s. ... ‘The Man' has been busy increasing his stranglehold over the ghetto, flooding the streets with drugs and booze. But when he murders the brother of ... Read more
In fine colour photography, steam locomotives are shown at work with the recorded voices of the men who operate them. Their tributes capture some of the excitement generated by this disappearing form of transport. ... Read more
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