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Ei Salvador: Another Vietnam ... investigates the history of the crisis and the forces that have embroiled the U.S. in this Central American conflict. The film paints a disturbing picture: 50 years of dictatorship culminating in the October 15, 1979, civilian-military junta, the failure of the ... Read more
In the tiny Mexican mountain village of Yohualichan, the majordomo who presided over the annual Colloquium has died. Conse­quently the resident Indians have not held the holy play, dedicated to Saint Michael but grounded in indigenous rites, for several years. The majordomo's son Olegario ... Read more
A slightly surrealist story of a man who longs to conform to society. Society, in this instance, is represented by everyone wearing red hats. ... Read more
Presented in a fully restored print, this visceral, quasi-Western is credited as starting the ‘midnight movies' phenomenon. El Topo tells of a black-clad gunslinger whose yearning for spiritual enlightenment leads him into the desert on an adventure that defies rational explanation. As the ... Read more
The scene: a long line of straight-faced, identical people, using their elbows to get to the top. They pass a nudge along the line until the first person, the "top", knocked off his feet by the impact of the final nudge. Somewhere among them stands a more colorful character, the non-conformist, who ... Read more
Playing by a high-voltage power pylon as a child, Dragon Eye Morrison receives a massive electric shock. Rather than terminate his young life, the charge ignites a long dormant, prehistoric predisposition for blind rage in his brain. Morrison's dragon has been awakened. Scientists try vainly to ... Read more
During the Second World War Canadians of Italian extraction were interned as "aliens" in their own land. Elefanti, through the use of archival material and interviews, examines the effects of this internment on one man's life and uses the elephant as a metaphor for the resilience of the human ... Read more
A poetic plea for a return of the lost dignity of the horse, ousted by civilization and exploited almost out of existence. ... Read more
This expressionist portrait of people living in the harsh highland region of Europe, at the bottom of the Caucasus mountain summits, is both alien and seductive. Accompanying haunting images of the village are the songs and chanted words of the people themselves. Ancient writings on birth, death ... Read more
Elektreia is based on a play by Laszlo Gyurko that has been playing continuously in Budapest for the past five years. It is adapted from the Greek original, and Jancsd has freely changed the adaptation. His film opens on strange riders, the guards of the country of Aegisthos. They guard the ... Read more
Monitor's 100th program and a highly romantic interpretation of Elgar's life. For the first time actors in a documentary were permitted to play living persons on screen but only in long shot and in non-speaking roles. Russell's experimental approach is evident in a series of exhilarating sequences ... Read more
Eli lives in a small Hatariat farming community and wants to be a pilot. His guardian uncle, a chicken farmer, has other plans. When his own and his uncle's dreams for his future collide, Eli runs away to find his true vocation in the city. It's here that he must confront the world as it is, away ... Read more
"My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me'" Christ's plea from the cross resonates through Aoyama Shinji's ([Eureka], MIFF 00) bleak vision of a post-apocalyptic world overwhelmed with despair. Featuring in this year's Un Certain Regard at Cannes, it showcases Aoyama's truly idiosyncratic vision ... Read more
Elia Suleiman Short FilmsPalestine/FranceIntroduction to the End of an Argument (1990, 45mins)This highly kinetic tableau of uprooted sights and sounds works earnestly to expose the racial biases concealed in familiar images. Relying on valuable snippets from feature films such as Exodus, Lawrence ... Read more
In this new film by Carlos Saura,Fernando Rey plays the part of an ageing father, a recluse living amonng his books in the Castilian countryside,and Geraldine Chaplin plays his daughter, Elisa. She comes to staywith her father after she discovered ... that her husband was having an affair ... with ... Read more
SATURDAY 5 AUGUST, 9PM - SOLD OUT ... World Premiere ... Melbourne iconoclast, Alkinos Tsilimidos, teams up again with renowned playwright Daniel Keene (Tom White MIFF 2004) to create this unflinchingly confronting, romantic tragedy. Together, young local actors Laura Gordon and Nick Barkla are ... Read more
“Trash horror cinema to the max.” - Variety ... Renowned for the personification of Brazil's most famous horror icon, the evil undertaker ‘Coffin Joe', filmmaker José Mojica Marins rounds off his controversial trilogy with a ready-made cult classic. ... First there was At Midnight I'll Take ... Read more
"In the explosive point of contact between what the star actually projects, and what the fan longingly invests, a soul is born" -Adrian Martin ... "Confessions of a Mask" Cinema Papers March '88 ... Read more
Produced by Dr. Arnold Gesell of the Yale Clinic of Child Development in conjunction with the Medical Film Institute of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Colour, 16 mm, Sd, excerpts. ... Read more
Most of Ousmane Sembene's public statements have been advocating the pressing need to challenge the current French control over African film distribution, and to explore the cultural heritage of his country. ... In Emitai, he has made a him which is set at the end of the Second World War, but whose ... Read more
This is a child's eye view of death. Emmy's Grandmother dies and we watch her deal with it. Emmy does not seem sad, she is as interested in her grandmother in death as she was when she was alive. ... It is an interesting film because of the matter of fact outlook on death, its acceptance of death ... Read more
Nagisa Oshima, in his companion piece to his celebrated Empire of the Senses, once again turns to the subject of passion and death, and once again, to a real happening — this time taking place in a remote village, in 1895. But, unlike the former story of a man and a woman destroying ... Read more
“Empties is charming, funny, bittersweet, funny, romantic and ultimately, you guessed it, very funny.” - Toronto International Film Festival ... Oscar-winning filmmaker Jan Sverák (Kolya) once again teams up with his father, Zdenek Sverák, who wrote and also leads the cast of this comedy ... Read more
When Che Guevara's body was found dead in the, mountains of Bolivia and later exposed to public view. the world took another unexpected lurch into a new era. This is a piece of reportage, mainly recording the trial of Regis Debray, with its interruptions from the spectators. Debray is interviewed ... Read more
A drama about the executions of 'Atom Spies' Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and the impact they have on a small Jewish boy, his family and community. It is the story of a child's attempt, on this historic and desperate day, to understand the workings of the world. ... Read more
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