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Films Screened In 1979

Following the break-up of his marriage, a man finds solace in the cathedral security of a main line station. The noise of the station somehow expels the throbbing he feels in his head. His wife and friends discover him and try to lure him back to the normal world. Only his small son recognizes the ... Read more
This film, like Nicholas Ray's The Savage Innocents, deals with a traditional communal culture confronted by new technological expansion. Mutual integration and the co-existence of the two forms of society is presented, through satire, as an impossibility. ... The story follows Tahar, one of the ... Read more
Cleanliness comes first. ... Read more
An animated cartoon about Tarzan leaping. ... Read more
Alone in his studio a young craftsman makes a guitar. ... Read more
In 1975 articles appeared in the American and German press about psychiatrists who disguised themselves as patients to enter mental institutions in California and Illinois, to uncover evidence that some committed schizophrenic patients were, in fact, sane and healthy, but medically mistreated by ... Read more
The film highlights the baby's need for close communication with someone during the first few months of life. ... Read more
This is the true record of an epic and dangerous voyage across the North Atlantic in a leather curragh a replica of a 10th century boat used by the legendary St Brendan on his voyage of discovery. ... Bronze Hugo, Silver Plaque, Chicago; Grand Prix, Cartagena, Sept d'Or, Press Prize, La Plagne. ... Read more
A bridge turns to let passenger trains cross a river safely. A malfunction occurs and the bridge will not lock in place, so, the operator has to hold it manually. At the worst possible moment, his young son crosses the bridge to give a message to 'Daddy'. The father must decide which to save the ... Read more
A cautionary tale about the 'Bronswik' TV Set, marketed all over the world by a multi-national, which manipulates viewers to buy consumer goods in quantities that grossly exceed their needs. ... Silver Plaque, Chicago. Prix du Coliop, Lille. ... Read more
Ben Lewin (whose Welcome to Britain was shown in the 1976 Festival) made a lighthearted television comedy from an actual court case in Scotland, which attracted attention from newspapers ranging from The Times of Malta to the Buenos Aires Herald. ... The film revolves around Sheila, a 16-year-old ... Read more
A circus with its young and old, tired performers, arrives in a small town and erects its tent. They run into some licence trouble which is smoothed out when they persuade a wealthy resident to help them. ... The townspeople respond warmly to the spirit and atmosphere of the show. However, the rich ... Read more
Deserted by his wife, Thongpoon comes to Bangkok to save for his small son's future education by working as a taxi driver. His concern for others and his trusting nature allow him to be cheated by many of his fares, but win him the friendship of two: a legless cripple and a city prostitute. But the ... Read more
Martin is a homosexual, sentenced to two years in jail for seduction of a minor. It is apparent to him that the case would never have come to trial had the relationship involved not been a homosexual one. The inhuman daily routine of the jail is relieved when a liberal prison warden agrees to an ... Read more
A political allegory about a frog that turned into a croaking man, and about the career he carved himself with his speeches that nobody understood. ... Read more
This animated film adaptation of the Tolkien classic 'The Hobbit' tells about the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and his dwarf friends, and their epic battles against the evil forces of dragons and goblins. ... Read more
Adapted from a Guy de Maupassant story, the film shows how two people, with quite different problems, can help each other. ... Read more
The filmed biography of Joycelin Shrager, a mythical, appallingly incompetent woman director, whose obsession with film pervades her whole existence. ... Gold Medallion, Miami. ... Read more
A black joke about a day that starts as any other. . . ... Read more
Werner Schroeter, the celebrated German avant-garde filmmaker, who studied in Naples, made his first narrative film in The Kingdom of Naples. ... This is a chronicle about a poor family and their neighbours spanning thirty years. The milieu is the slums of Naples, a commune formed in the Via ... Read more
The film is based on an actual incident that took place in Bologna, during a visit by Mussolini to the area, in 1926. ... Through the eyes of a teenage boy we watch as one by one, members of his family succumb to fascism. The father, once opposed to the new government, has gradually been won over ... Read more
Designed for teaching purposes, the film gives an insight into the less public aspects of the production of a low budget film in Australia. It observes the director, cast and crew, on the 2000-mile journey from Melbourne to Surfers' Paradise, during the making of In Search of Anna. ... Read more
Does man have the right, in the name of a so-called higher goal, to disrupt the elementary biological relationship of the existing living world? ... Read more
In 1975, Chantal Akerman made Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, and since then, she has been in the forefront of a developing feminist cinema. Les rendez-vous d'Anna continues her investigation of both narrative and avant-garde cinematic forms. ... Anna, a filmmaker, travels ... Read more
An animated film about bull-fighting, in which the animated hand — representing the torero — is seen 'controlling' the paper, cut-out bull. ... Read more
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