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A kind of alternative Eden where nature can be cultivated and an encounter can take your breath away, the romanticised paradise at the centre of 28 contrasts with the urban interior loft apartment setting of its imagining. The caustic irony of Sax's previous film 27 (MIFF 1996) has given way to a ... Read more
This multi-layered and exquisitely French take on the fragmented lives of urban living focuses on one rotten day when everything goes awry for a group of tenuously linked Parisians. Director and co-writer Marion Vernoux captures the myriad moods of her characters as they play out their private ... Read more
London — the slow build-up to rush hour followed by the mid-morning lull, the hurly-burly of Saturday's sport and other pastimes, then the evening gaiety of the West End. Meanwhile, below the surface, men are tunnelling a new tube line. ... Read more
The reverse side of civilised living, with ourselves ihe inhuman marionettes jerked by strings of our own making. ... Diploma of merit, Edinburgh Festival; Prix du Groupes des Trente, Tours Festival; prix du Film Technique, Milan Festival. ... Read more
Almost There Greece/IsraelAlmost There is an intimate and inviting documentary that traces the lives of two Israeli lesbians whose search for happiness leads them to the Greek island paradise of Mykonos.Belgian-born Joelle has been living in Tel Aviv for 11 years and has had enough of the violence ... Read more
“You can't touch me now. I'm one of the stately homos of England.” - Quentin Crisp ... John Hurt returns to the incorrigible and always colourful life of writer, raconteur and gay icon Quentin Crisp more than 30 years after first playing the role in 1975's The Naked Civil Servant. ... An ... Read more
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Europe's largest butterfly, the Attacus or Samia Cynthia, is to be found only in Paris. Its country of origin is Japan, whence the Abbe Guerin brought a few cocoons secretly in 1858. The caterpillars feed on the leaves of the ailanlus or tree of heaven. ... Read more
It can be argued that experimental cinema has always been 'queer'. But now. Queer Cinema is stirring things up in a new way-in revolt; a calcuiated, cunning, vulgar modernism. The vulgar classism fixed in our popular culture-like the TV family sitcom—is now being peeled back to reveal all ... Read more
Featuring "Take 5" Dave Brubeck and sax Paul Desmond, a playful look at the Soviet economy - the inefficiency, repetitiveness and futility. ... Read more
Don Giovanni, Mozart's famous opera, had its world premiere in October, 1787, exactly 200 years ago. The latest work from Belgium's internationally known director, Andre Delvaux, concerns an ambitious open-air production of the work. ... Set in the loveliest, most mysterious countryside of the land ... Read more
A meeting of arms dealers is brought to a bloody conclusion, observed by a diffident waiter. This was Aardman's disturbing contribution to a series of Channel 4 funded films on the apocalypse. ... Read more
Coming straight from the Cannes Film Festival's Directors Fortnight, Back To Back, Face To Face is a razor-sharp comedy from the Chinese cinema's resident satirist, Huang Jianxin. ... The film is a hilarious contemporary comedy about bureaucracy liberated from the duty to serve the people. "Every ... Read more
A youthful, anarchic film from 26-year-old French director Leos Carax, a crime thriller that turns into a tale of unrequited love. ... "Paris, a few years before the beginning of the 21st century. Nothing's really changed (the water, the bridges, a few trees, the stars...) except for the carriages ... Read more
Gaby Bustros, a member of one of the original seven great families of Lebanon, left her home in Beirut at the age of 19 to work, study and travel. For years she watched the events in her country unfold from afar. But on 9 April 1981, in a front page article in the Washington Post, Gaby learned that ... Read more
Andre Delvaux's Rendezvous at Bray was shown at last year's Melbourne Festival, and his new film, Belle, creates the same mood of eerie fantasy. A writer, Mathieu Gregoire, lives at the border of the Ardennes and discovers a young girl hidden away in a farm-house. She is nameless and he calls her ... Read more
The film, based on a short story by Maupassant, tells of the systematic annihilation of a mental patient, who, with the blind complicity of her parents, is being used as a guinea-pig by a physician. ... Read more
Leos Carax's feature debut is a moody, offbeat tale arousing considerable controversy wherever it has screened - a paradoxical film where innovation and tradition confront each other mercilessly from beginning to end. ... Alex is a 22 year old "enfant terrible", determined to leave his mark on art ... Read more
“It will probably be a film that people will argue about.” - filmmaker Eytan Fox Lulu shares a house with her gay friends, Noam and Yali, in Shenkin Street, Tel Aviv's funkiest urban strip and the metaphorical bubble of the film's title. They waste their days working, smoking and ignoring the ... Read more
Cala is a scruffy little dog who means the world to Lao, a blue-collar worker who lives in Beijing with his wife and son. When the pooch is nabbed by the authorities for being out on the streets without a permit, the family has 18 hours to procure enough money to pay the considerable fine ... Read more
An ordinary man meets an ordinary woman. The same thing happens on the television. Whilst Ironing, the woman dreams or live imaginary world where desires are insatiable. ... Read more
A child escapes from the rectangular stone world of a city, only to be placed into the microcosm of our world: the school. Without the use of a single word, this imaginative animated film sharply recalls memories of a childhood in Quebec. ... Prix du Jury, Oberhausen 1973. ... Read more
In making his documentary on Dirk Bouts, André Delvaux contrasts the work of a 15th Century painter with that of a film maker. ... Read more
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