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A monument to one of the darkest secrets of the Soviet era. ... For filmmaker Andrzej Wajda, painful events from his own past have been resurrected in Katyn. The film dramatises one of the last major acknowledged crimes of World War II, where up to 20,000 Polish officers died at the hands of Joseph ... Read more
Four short experiments in animation, using constantly shifting perspectives. The makers of the films are pupils of Frans Zwartjes, Holland's leading experimental filmmaker. ... Read more
"Kenny is a simple man whose life revolves around football, hot dogs and imaginary girlfriends. But most of all he prides himself on his independence. This is threatened by his sister, Margie Picasso, who visits Kenny in his new bedsitter and attempts to persuade him to move back home." ... A film ... Read more
“Beads together complex ideas and gorgeously wrought segments like pearls on a string.” - Variety Bagi is a nomadic shepherd living in Mongolia. As another harsh winter approaches, a plague descends forcing the nomads and animals into desolate mining towns. As Bagi learns of his destiny to ... Read more
During the tenth and eleventh centuries Khajuraho was one of the capitals of the great Hindu Kings - the Chandellas. Eighty-five temples were built and we see the architecture and imagery of five of these temples. ... Read more
An animated cartoon drawn directly on frames of 35 mm film The main characters are a pair of tiny legs, a baseball, and a gang of spiders. ... Read more
A post-modern faux-thriller about obsession, guilt and wanting to ‘off' your dad. ... Irascible and lazy, Rupert ‘Ratz' Kramer is a 35-year-old slacker who plays out his patricidal fantasies through the development of a violent computer game. A chance call from an old flame sends him to New ... Read more
This remarkable fable about a gang of kids who emulate an adult pig hunt will chill you to the bone. The results are devastating and lead to radical changes for this once carnivorous village. ... Read more
Inside the world of a youth refuge a passion is kindled when Hayley, a troubled teenager, meets the new boy, Terrence, a secretive mysterious type and discovers that where there's smoke, there's fire. This beautifully shot drama adroitly captures the moment of adolescent burgeoning awareness. ... Read more
A painterly representation of mediated water seen through a full prismatic gauze of colour and bifocular distortion. The strobing and oscillation of ripples in a dark unnatural world are as ephemeral and solid as a vast body of water. The introduction of a feather changes the grid s course of ... Read more
Two men cross the middle of Germany, from Luneburg to Hof along the East German frontier. Bruno travels in a moving van that he uses to camp in; he is a projectionist and repairs movie equipment. Along the Elbe he meets Robert, a child psychologist who, in a moment of sleepiness, has driven his car ... Read more
A battered truck crosses dangerous mountain roads on its way to show films to the inhabitants of a Pamirian village. The driver is a one-man band - he not only delivers the films, but also pastes up a poster, sells tickets, puts up the screen. It is all in a day's work for him, he has done it for ... Read more
Molly Parker gives an enigmatic perfor­mance as Sandra Larson, the central char­acter in this compelling tale of perverse eroticism set in an anonymous Canadian town. The fiim charts the progression of Sandra's childhood preoccupation with dead animals into a full-blown and thoroughly adult ... Read more
Ford Maddox Ford's kitchen tableau evokes a disquieting atmosphere of the forbidden world of adulthood. Pamela Woods' animation uses three-dimensional objects and cut-outs to emphasize the unsettling mood of the narration. ... Read more
A mixed media animation dedicated to the dance of life. ... Read more
Kochuu: Japanese Architecture, Influence and Origin (Kochuu: Japanska Former) SwedenA beautifully shot documentary that unfolds with Zen-like calm, offering a sublime and informative study of modern Japanese architecture, its roots in Japanese tradition and its impact on European architecture ... Read more
A fully-animated film on the history of music, hosted by a little female character called "Koko", who represents the muse of music. "Koko" dances and clowns her way through a breathlessly short history of music. ... Read more
"Let's take this opportunity to spar a little." ... In his spectacular [Kung Fu Hustle], Stephen Chow delivers a brilliant and rambunctious homage to the masters of the genre, the Shaw brothers, and their artful, hard-kicking movies of the 1960s and 70s. Anyone unfamiliar with this nostalgic ... Read more
"L.A.X. can be classified as an essay on Los Angeles, an experimental documentary. If a fictional structure exists in the film, it is that of a journey through the city. ... Through a series of thirty-five shots, the camera travels to various locations, sometimes remaining fixed, sometimes tracking ... Read more
An excellent, engrossing crime drama which interweaves action and character interest with contemporary Paris as its ... background. ... By incorporating quasi documentary elements in a fictitious story, Bob Swaim has created a most authenic looking film ... which reflects psychological and social ... Read more
“Yes, this is one of the finest dance films ever made, but there's more to it than that.” - New York Times ... Setting his gaze on Paris's Palais Garnier, prolific documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman (Primate, showing in this year's Wild Things program) opens up the inner workings of an ... Read more
Through the use of time lapse, animation and other single frame techniques the landscape image and the lilm image are explored Pineapples dance lamb chops sunbake and the spirit of Queensland inlects the Australian landscape. ... Read more
Andrzej Wajda's The Wedding was shown at the Melbourne Festival two years ago, and this new film continues his earlier exploration of the Polish character during the difficult times of the country's partition. Land of Promise is adapted from a novel by Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont, written at the ... Read more
Abstract forms dancing in space. ... Read more
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