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Maria is a country girl who comes to Budapest to work in a factory. She marries a merchant seaman. Joseph, and for a short time, they are happy. When he goes away to sea, she is left in Budapest with her mother-in-law, Agnes. The older woman, whose own marriage has failed, finds an occasional ... Read more
Isn't it remarkable that the essence of Melbourne life fits neatly under the floor of a Holden Kingswood? ... Read more
One of the few Rumanian films shown in Australia, When the Mist is Lifting, like Stars, deals with the theme that each person must make a contribution to the prevention of wars. ... The story is set during the Second World War. The young man is dying on the front. Shells are exploding all around ... Read more
A surrealist allegorical fable (from Oueensland?!) dealing with the Increasing gap between rich and poor and the wall of illusions that rich men hide behind. The influence of Samuel Beckett is apparent but the film also has a genuinely native sense of humour In its language and performances. ... Read more
On the infamous Gordon Estate in Dubbo, the entire community has been given an eviction notice. Within three years, all their homes will be demolished. In this powerful documentary, the community speaks for the first time about the issues they face and about being black in a regional town like ... Read more
When Lake Denial dries up and bogan mates Jack, Kevin and Blandy are caught up in a supernatural incident, just getting by becomes a struggle. ... --- D Alethea Jones P Richard Davies, Veeran Naran S Richard Davies TD digibeta/2010 --- D Alethea Jones P Richard Davies, Veeran Naran S Richard Davies ... Read more
An affectionate portrait of an ageing washroom attendant who thrives on the social stimulation afforded by her job on the periphery of the night scene. Her ironic observations on the behaviour of the "beautiful people'' whom she serves - and her eloquent retelling of her own, extremely rich ... Read more
Dramatising the folk ballad of the same name, this film offers a simple plea for peace. ... Golden Eagle Award, Cine. ... Read more
“If I've learned anything from big budget action movies it's that complicated global problems are best solved by one lonely guy.” - filmmaker Morgan SpurlockHaving lost the weight from the fast food experiment that was Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock returns in an attempt to track down the ... Read more
Stauffer, a widower lives with his housekeeper of 15 years, a woman both caring and overbearing in her manner. A doctor is brought in to cure a mysterious illness that Srauffer seems to be suffering from. His symptoms are fatigue, anaemia and resttess sleep full of dreammg. Stauffer's main ... Read more
Where Mountains Float is the first big Danish colour film and tells of the enterprise of Green-landers and Danes from kayak to cutter &ndash: from a hunting culture to fishing. This story is told in terms of a twelve-year-old boy. his little sister, and the older generation is represented by their ... Read more
This new film from San Francisco filmmmaker Lynne Sachs is a sensual, rather than factual travelogue around Vietnam. With her sister Dana, who is living and working as a Journalist in Vietnam, Sachs travels North from Saigon to Hanoi. Together they create a diary-like compo­sition of filmed ... Read more
A fantastic snapshot of a collection of characters that find comfort in their neuroses, wishes and simple desires. The narrative allows us to share their personal thoughts and dreams. Testament to the idea that the gravity of our perceptions can change our outlook on life. ... Read more
Djayakusuma's Whipfire, an earthy and stirring drama about peasants opposing an exploitative village head, utilises an East Javanese tradition of staging ceremonial whip fights as its central motif: instead of using guns, the film's antagonists use whips and engage in savage whip duels - resulting ... Read more
Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo Sumaseba) JapanWhisper of the Heart is an entrancing and heartfelt masterpiece written by Studio Ghibli co-founder Miyazaki Hayao, the creative genius behind Spirited Away, and directed by Princess Mononoke animation director, Kondo Yoshifumi .Tsukishima Shizuku is a ... Read more
"The shape of a dark world - in both senses of the word - comes into view in slow pans which are only interrupted by cuts to a new location. We see the facades of dockland buildings, the catacomb-like arches of a sewerage system and coffin-like rooms of apartments on large housing estates. ... "The ... Read more
Christine Hakim - the most prestigious actor in Indonesia - stars in and co-produces this rites-of-passage feature. Set in the stark landscapes of East Java, the film's concern is the mother-daughter relationship of Daya and Berlian (Hakim), a midwife and herbal medicine vendor. A spate of murders ... Read more
Neutrophil is the key factor in how white blood cells protect us from Infection. Japanese researchers have recently succeeded in extracting and purifying a hormone called G-CSF, known for its efficiency in propagating the neutrophil. This film studies the role of G-CSF with state-of-the-art ... Read more
Clint Eastwood's newest film, which he directs, produces, and stars in, is a compelling, unusual movie. It's not an African adventure epic, nor strictly a movie about the film classic, The African Queen. Instead, Eastwood has crafted a probing semi-fictional investigation of the maverick director ... Read more
“Spooner's style calls to mind the youthful energy of early Spike Lee.” - Hollywood ReporterAt first skinny jeans, the right hairstyle and a liking for Blondie were enough to keep African-American Ajamu (Ayinde Howell) satisfied in New York's predominantly white indie-rock scene. Bookish and ... Read more
A teenager wonders at her father's selfishness as he leaves his family in favour of a younger woman. The girl's story reflects the surrealism of confused adolescence, yet presents some well-observed insights. --- D/S Ramunas Greiãius P Kestutis Drazdauskas WS Cinevera L Lithuanian w/English ... Read more
What goes on in a high school classroom at Manly Community College for two hours on Wednesday nights represents a fascinating microcosm of how white Australians are dealing (or not dealing) with the coun­try's indigenous past and present. Four times a year a group of between ten and fifteen ... Read more
In a playground two boys, both standing on one leg, compete - who can survive the longest? Award: Diploma of Merit, Mannheim Festival ... Read more
Heather wakes up hungry, but her mum has the shakes. While finding something to eat and money to feed her mum's habit, Heather pays an unexpected price. Taut and genuinely shocking, [Who Do You Love'] received the Special Jury Prize at the Tehran Film Festival. --- D/S Jim McRoberts P/WS Elaine ... Read more
“I like relationships and I like flesh.” - Kathy Acker ... Boldly exploring the extremities of an extreme woman, Who's Afraid of Kathy Acker? chronicles one of America's original ‘outlaw writers', Kathy Acker: punk icon, one-time sex worker, tattooed, pierced and banned in many countries ... Read more
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