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The film traces the work of the artist Bridget Riley as she organizes a painting in her studio, structuring simple elements which will release complex effects in response to the physical act of looking. ... Read more
Another curiously withheld Soviet film dating from 1967, this hitherto unknown work is one of the most sought-after Soviet entries on the festival circuit this year Made when she was 35, Muratova directs, co-writes and stars in this charming, light-hearted study of a female bureaucrat and her maid ... Read more
Shelley uses her parents handycam to record her final year break-up party and ends up filming what breaks inside her. Shot completely in one take, this film is disarmmgly real in both style and performance Please Note this film contains scenes that may offend some viewers. ... Read more
A string of gags based on 20s-style animation and the self-reflexiveness of Windsor McCay's surreal comic strips from the same period. While the gags are familiar, the extent to which Tezuka pushes the medium's break-down is quite extreme. Tezuka himself considered that if this film Is booed off by ... Read more
In 1883, a man named Rosch discovered a vast mineral deposit on an outcrop of rock on his employer's range. This hill, known as The Broken Hill, yielded a fortune and formed the basis of Broken Hill Enterprises and much of the prosperity of Australia today. New deposits were found, new mines ... Read more
The war years of the 1940s have come to the remote districts of Sweden where paths to the other world are narrow and restricted, and where people must rely on themselves alone. Sweden still has peace, but ... ... Here lives 13-year-old Erika with her parents, Marta and Axel, her grandmothers and ... Read more
Villagers in ancient Korea stumble across a mirror, having never seen one before. Danta's adaptation of a Korean folk-tale looks with subtle humour at how easily we can pass judgement on strangers. If we saw ourselves for the first time, who would we see? ... D/S Susan Danta P Donna Sennett WS ... Read more
Brother is the final film in the acclaimed trilogy that also includes Uncle and Cousin. It is a claymation about the antics of an asthmatic boy and his brother. Although this film is darker than the previous instalments, it still carries Elliot's humorous observations of everyday life, and his ... Read more
A magnificent return to form for Japan's reigning master of the gangster film. Takeshi Kitano (Hana-Bi MIFF 1998). The director, who also stars, plays a Yakuza banished from Tokyo as a result of a gang war. Looking up his younger brother in Los Angeles, he finds his sibling engaged in some highly ... Read more
More than just a gay neo-Nazi film. ... Violent and affectionate, brutal and touching, Nicolo Donato's feature debut is a tale that delves into the dichotomy of homosexuality within the ranks of skinheads. ... The clandestine lovers are Lars, a young man who leaves the army for the fist-happy ... Read more
Bsss is the tale of a fly's discovery of a children's book, in which an elephant stands on its trunk. The fly is intrigued... ... Read more
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With his fascination for transmogrified bodies, junkyard sci-fi hallucinations, explosive violence and dynamic editing. Shinya Tsukamoto has found a cult audience at festivals worldwide since his breakthrough feature debut, Tetsuo—The Iron Man. ... Fans of his hi-impact, confrontational style ... Read more
Each year, the cattle ranchers and landowners in Colombia's richest grazing region, sponsor a bullfight for the entertainment of the poor workers in Sincelejo This film is a record of the primitive bullfight, and it also comments on the social contrast in the society in which it takes place. ... Read more
Vic, Deaves, a fourth generation bush-man and one of the few remaining "bullockies”, has spent his life entirely in the bush, in an area ... with a diameter of no more than ten miles. The film studies the man in his natural environment. ... Golden Reel Award, 1969 Australian ... Film Awards ... Read more
Nik and Luda are recent emigres to the USA following their hurried departure from an unnamed war-torn country. Arriving penniless in L.A. they lodge with a truculent friend of the family. Despite their education, they cannot secure employment. An old friend, Pecha finds them dubious employment with ... Read more
“Who did they shoot?… A guy with a camera.” ... While those in the West might bemoan the falling standards of news media, the Burmese live in a world where journalism of any kind is illegal. Just being found with a camera can have you killed in the streets. ... In extraordinary acts of ... Read more
A true story, based on the life of a young nurse and her experiences in a Finnish mental hospital. The nurse, Tuulikki, is young, naive and idealistic when she takes up her duties. But she is immediately put to work on the 'locked women's ward'; and assigned Katarina, a particularly difficult ... Read more
“Everything was dead. There were no clubs, there was nothing. But there was CBGB's.” - Tommy Ramone ... Filmmaker Mandy Stein virtually grew up in New York's CBGB, the notorious venue that became the epicentre of a whole generation of 70s NYC punk bands, including Television, The Ramones ... Read more
They wait. They hunt. They feed. ... In the Dakotas of the old west a family goes missing, and the only clues left behind are mysterious holes in the ground. A posse is rounded up and the men set out to find the Indians they assume are responsible - but it gradually becomes apparent that something ... Read more
This British working-class drama is not only an impressive debut feature from first time director (and festival guest) Barrett but also a trenchant account of sexual discrimination with the marketplace, on the plain-speaking arena of the job floor. ... Glenda Jackson (twenty years after her first ... Read more
This film is a tribute to the most indestructible of slapstick comedians, presenting an informal view of Buster, and made while he was on location for The Railrodder. Living with his entourage of film-makers, he relaxes, yarns, and plots the next day's action with considerable flair, despite his ... Read more
The filmmaker confronts her own family's story in an open and intimate account of the personal meaning and impact of domestic violence. ... ---D/S Kylie Plunkett P Kylie Plunkett, Steve Thomas WS VCA School of Film and Television TD video/col/2006/11mins ... Read more
Euthana Mukdasnit's film (winner of the Grand Prix at last December's Hawaii Film Festival) was a dream project that he waited years to make, and the result is very far from the melodramatic mainstream of Thai cinema. The main characters are Moslems (in a country of Buddhists) and the setting is ... Read more
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