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Films Screened In 1988

"A modest enterprise of surprising impact, Jan Schutte's first feature film may remind veterans of the refugee stories by Erich Mana Remarque. The difference being that Remaique was writing about exiles escaping Nazi Germany before WW2, while Schutte deals with Pakistanis entering West Germany with ... Read more
"Today dinner plates of the Japanese family are occupied by the plasuc food sold m supermarkets In cinemas it's ail the same This is the stams quo of Japan, a wretched economic giant I myself, being poor and sour, wanted to retaliate and made this short film." ... "Dream Running experiments with ... Read more
The legend of Leo and Leva (or should that be Elvis!) told by the contemporary custodian of their story's sites. ... "All my stones have messages - philosophy, teachings. The stories are connected to our land, to our sacred sites, to our beginnings " - Lorraine Mafi-Williams ... 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
After decades of service to the community, Eugene's Valet in New York is about to close because of rising rents and falling business We watch its elderly Jewish proprietor as he winds down his business, farewells his customers, yells at the landlord and cajoles his black employees An affectionate ... Read more
Facades: "The frustration of mankind at traffic lights" - standing in the thick of traffic in any main city trying to cross a street is a daunting task. Traffic and tension can be enormous. The filmmaker becomes part of it. By using a 35mm still camera, many hundreds of photos are taken and then ... Read more
One of the most talked about films of the year at international festivals, Family Viewing> is as extraordinary and surprising as it is original. Egyptian born, Canadian bred writer/director Atom Egoyan was only 27 when he made this, his second feature, on a miniscule budget of less than $A200,000 ... Read more
A drama-documentary which sets out to explore the role played by Sir Arthur (Bomber) Harris in the history of bombing. Intercutting drama, documentary and archive footage, the film examines the relationship between the use of carpet bombing during the Second World War and the political aims of the ... Read more
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In 1979, the words of Gaby Brimmer reached a wide readership in Mexico, with the release of her autobiography, a memoir chronicling a writer's struggle for self-expression - the stuff of many first hooks Yet this was no ordinary life, for Gaby Brimmer was born with physical disabilities so severe ... Read more
The first feature from former Swinburne students English and Hillcoat blows the cobwebs out of the Australian feature in one gut wrenching cinematic punch It's tough, uncompromising and totally unlike any feature made here recently, possibly ever. ... Ghosts... is the product of extensive research ... Read more
In his highly accomplished, self-financed, first feature, Chisho Itoh focuses on the friendship that develops between Kagau a lonely, neglected Tokyo schoolgirl and Ryo a window cleaner, recently arrived in the big, high-rise-studded metropolis. She keeps birds and he dreams of his hometown, a ... Read more
The seemingly spontaneous boycott of the sham elections held in February in Haiti makes a lot more sense after one has seen Jonathan Demme's documentary on Haitian street life in the post-Duvalier era. ... Shot entirely on videotape in the streets of Port-au-Prince and Jacmel a year ago (a period ... Read more
A film essay on the contours of 'race' and 'civil disorder' in contemporary Britain. Filmed in Handsworth and London during the riots of 1955, and using extensive archival material ranging from scenes of colonial labour to images of Caribbean/Asian settlement, the film not only documents the ... Read more
Country rock lives in Finland An English sub titled pop clip ... Read more
"A key film from the Japanese new wave of the early-mid 80 s, Nagasaki's brilliant Heart, Beating in the Dark, reinvents the languages of cinema, sexuality and identity to come to terms with the problems' that his own generation experiences - and represents. ... A young couple, apparently on the ... Read more
"Mel is a photo-journalist whose book on Biafra haunts his career. Seventeen years later he is trying to find new subjects, new forms and new reasons for work. In the last 12 hours of a romance, Mel wallpapers his apartment with erotic images of his lost love This is a film about loss and grief, an ... Read more
She is 17 years old and Polish. He's 40, African and married. He is also a wealthy, powerful pimp. They speak over the car-phone. She proposes that she come and work for him He accepts ... Read more
A couple dance rings around our expectations of masculine' and 'feminine', proving there are more twists to gender than you can polka a suck at. ... From the director of Bodyspeak and Drum/Sing, a classical narrative based around the pictorial values of film noir, reinterprets through the medium of ... Read more
The story of a passion between Jean and Farid, thwarted by incomprehension opposite ... cultures and impossible departures And finally in their inevitable persecution. ... Read more
Dirk De Bruyn has made a number of distinctive (usually short) experimental films since the 70's. Homecomings an avant garde examination/diary of the filmmaker's roots is by far his most ambitious film to date ... In 1983, De Bruyn and his wife and two sons returned to The Netherlands, 25 years ... Read more
This evening Theo and his friend from work have gone to the pub. It is filled with the same old faces behaving in the same restrained fashion, talking over the same old things. Suddenly Theo stands up. This unusual action catches the patrons off guard but they soon return to their familiar ... Read more
A pair of knees go to a disco ... Read more
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