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Arabesque-like images flash upon the screen, then suddenly disappear. An impression remains in the viewer's eye, like the burning of a bright light after it has been extinguished. A work of pure imagination. ... Read more
A languid and sensual meditation on love, Blissfully Yours is a sumptuous new offering from Thailand. ... Min is an illegal Burmese immigrant, living in Thailand and in desperate need of a forged ID. His Thai girlfriend, Roong, has enlisted the help of Om, an older woman, and her husband, to ... Read more
In Blitze, Dietmar Brehm generates a sordid Kuleshov effect, where the face of the voyeur is transformed by what he watches and what he watches is transformed by being watched. The impact of the gaze is marked by lightning bolts as the voyeur opens his eyes to a series of images, illicitly watching ... Read more
An experimental animated film on the idea of blood symbolising human passion. ... Read more
A gritty, violent portrait of an Argentinean family at breaking point. ... On the streets of Buenos Aires a broken family finds itself clashing head-on over drugs and money. As one son dreams of returning home, the other plans his escape, and their father, caught in the middle, will be forced to ... Read more
Sombre and romantic, this moodily shot musical narrative is set in the 19th century. Tackling issues of love, loss and the varying ways people cope with guilt and grief, Blood Ballad is a decidedly ambitious project that succeeds in being both mysterious and compelling.---D/S Matthew Rich P Rebecca ... Read more
In this shocking close-up of America's white-supremacist movement, the members of the American Nazi Party, the Klu Klux Klan, and the Aryan Nations are chillingly relaxed, even genial, as they speak about the need to return the U.S. to a state of racial purity. ... Most of the film was shot during ... Read more
A surprisingly lyrical description of a Paris abattoir, its melancholy district, and the oddly genial people employed there. ... Read more
7-year-old Sidsel is fixated by her best friend, and neighbour, Dea. However, when Caroline moves into the building Sidsel is abandoned, leaving the young girl angry and determined to win back her pal. With extraordinary performances and bold direction Blood Sisters confirms the new Danish cinema ... Read more
Carlos Saura is best known for his intense dramas. His decision to film a ballet was very much based on the desire to ensure that there remains a record of this astonishing and very Spanish work — a dance version of a Garcia Lorca play, choreographed by Antonio Gades. ... "The combination of ... Read more
Claude Chabrol's Le Boucher was shown at last year's Melbourne Festival, and he is represented again this year by Les Noces Rouges, (Blood Wedding). According to Chabrol, this is the last film of his Comedie humaine about mid-twentieth century French society. The film was withheld by the French ... Read more
An unpredictable thriller about a tight-knit rural community, a terrible crime and an untenable outcome. Bloody Angels is a vigilante justice film set in a frigid, bleak Norwegian burg. Two 'bad seeds', brothers and trouble makers, are prime suspects in the horrific rape and murder of a young ... Read more
Stephen Frears made his remarkable feature film debut with the film Gumshoe starring Albert Finney as a would-be comedian with a Raymond Chandler addiction. Its artistic success was never paralleled at the box-office and Frears has worked exclusively in television ever since. His most notable work ... Read more
On Sunday 30 January 1972 a British paratrooper unit shot dead 13 unarmed civilians taking part in a march for peace in Derry, Northern Ireland. Thirty years later, the killers still haven't got their story straight. Writer-director Paul Greengrass has made a damning, nail-biting, heart-wrenching ... Read more
MIFF has brought together the amazing and imaginative works by Image Forum, Japan. Exclusive to MIFF, these short films are at the epicentre of experimental filmmaking in a range of styles. [The Trains] (Hirata Takahiro, 8 mins) is a rhythmic rendition of [Kaerunoouta] (Frog song), created by the ... Read more
Rebecca, 15, is struggling with something big. Every morning, she sneezes violently. Exactly nine sneezes every time, her mother insists. Rebecca feels allergic to life, and needs to admit a big secret before she can blow these sneezes away. ... Read more
A humorous cinematic resuscitation' where the process of blowing 'life into a female dummy is analogous to the process of blowing up substandard film material to 35mm. Blow-up breathes with the pleasure of experimenting with raw material. ... Read more
Don McKellar (writer of Roadkill and Highway 61, in which he also appears) turns director, with astounding success (see also Bloody Nose) and stellar casting. David Cronenberg stars as Tom Cramer, a porn-aficionado cum business­man. We meet Tom on a typical day at the car­pet factory ... Read more
Blue and her grandfather have a close relation­ship. When he dies, Blue remembers that he's asked to be buried with certain items that rep­resent the life his wife, Blue's grandmother, wishes to ignore. How will Blue overcome her grandmother's resistance to her desire to fulfil her ... Read more
Challenging British director Derek Jarman's final major work has been compared in visual execution to Warhol's Sleep and Empire State. Where it outstrips them both is in the meticulously crafted and impressionistic soundtrack. An amazing aural cut up of voices, Jarman's amongst them, supplemented ... Read more
Paul Schrader began as a film critic and went on to write the scripts for Taxi Driver, The Yakuza, and Obsession. This is his directorial debut. ... Zeke, Jerry and Smokey are close friends who work in an automobile factory in Detroit. The assembly line work they are engaged in is grinding and ... Read more
A vortex of syncopated images and sounds depict a typical opening night at the Guggenheim Museum, as experienced by the Museum's director. ... Read more
Letting the stylishly edited visuals speak for themselves this film develops the story of the newly-inaugurated 90 m.p.h. Diesel Train Service between Manchester and St. Pancras. Awarded Gold Plaque. III. Festival of Films for Television, Rome. ... Read more
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