Films Screened In 1989

Two women. A courtyard. A tango. Dancing pixillation. ... Read more
The odyssey of an incidental tourist on the way to becoming another accidental tourist. Concisely and freshly combines elements of the road movie, the home movie, the newsreel and the travelogue. ... Read more
McLaren used pixillation techniques in this comedic duel between a young boy and a kitchen chair. ... Read more
Scientists attempt to solve the question of the existence of Martians. One of them appears to have found the right formula ... Read more
... ... An imaginative, well-crafted and often hilarious first feature, apparently inspired by the misadventures surrounding the Latin American projects of Wemer Herzog. A young director plans a film about an obscure French procurator, Orelie Antoinc, who in 1860 declared himself King of Araucania and Patagonis. What he wants is a kind of Latin American western, indebted as much to John Ford as to... Read more
... ... Ricci Vicenti was nineteen when he was shot dead by authorities in Canning Vale Remand Centre. He was in remand on a charge involving the theft of groceries, valued at seventy-five dollars. The tower guard was found by the Coroner to have committed 'justifiable homicide' and to have acted in the course of duty, as Ricci was trying to escape when he was shot. ... ... ... His death in Perth,... Read more
What film noir might be like if a woman were to spin the story. It tells of the last night in a relationship between Lindsay, an aspiring actress, and Marcus, her street-wise boyfriend. The man is in the mirror — our gaze is the reverse of film noir. 'Contradictions abound as the players act out the end of their story'. -(TO) ... Read more
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... ... Jazz great Dizzy Gillespie has always had a musical love affair with Cuba, but it's been passion from afar. For three decades, political conditions prevented Gillespie from visiting Cuba, until he was invited to headline the Fifth International Jazz Festival of Havana. A Night in Havana is a celebration of that trip, and of Dizzy's music. ... ... ... In the 1940's, bebop was born. Dizzy st... Read more
Claude Chabrol, one of the original members of the French New wave, here turns his attention to a story situated in the middle of the Second World war. Set in Vichy France, that part of the country which was governed by the collaborationist Petain regime, Chabrol tells the story of a woman who has been a mother for diirty years. Times are difficult and harsh, and the occupation has brought little ... Read more
After a string of award-winning shorts and documentaries, Francois Dupeyron has pulled off quite a coup by convincing the two biggest stars of the French cinema, Deneuve and Depardieu, to team up once again, in the most challenging project they've taken on for years. So great was their enthusiasm for the script, that both actors helped produce Dupeyron's first feature via their respective companie... Read more
... ... From opening shots of a plane soaring through blue skies, to the last shots of a plane appearing to roll down railroad tracks while Chinese commuters wait for it to pass, A History Of Wind is a remarkable testament to the imaginations of 90-year-old veteran Joris Ivens and his co-director Marceline Loridan Honoured with the career achievement award at last year's Venice Film Festival, this... Read more
A young woman returns to her family in the country, on the death of her mother. Tension remains between herself, her elder sister and their father ... A brilliantly observed short drama. ... - Winner, Grand Prix, Grenoble Short Film Festival, 1988. ... Read more
The appalling Beverley (played by Alison Steadman, a Leigh regular) has arranged a small party amongst a few neighbours, which provides the perfect opportunity to display her vast array of cultural pretensions and affectations, much to the distress of her husband Laurence, a go-getting real estate agent with a few of his own, thank you. ... As in many of Leigh's films, the hot-bed of repressed sex... Read more
A love story is reduced to its essential ingredients — words and voice. A delightful music clip which is minimalist but not avant-garde. - (FF ... Read more
In the process of (representing an ordinary woman's life, this film explores questions of identity, representation and truth. In paying homage to the small moment, the snapshot, the ordinary; the film develops images of memory and mortality. - Alison Tilson ... Read more
In Arcadia, you trust no one. The world is under siege, and for Gavin's mum, even breakfast would be a trap. When Gavin says he's going out, his parents suspect the worst. ... Read more
The ritual of eating is dissected and examined from the point of view of childhood memory. A plate of spaghetti is transformed into an anthropomorphic entity and the family gathered for dinner becomes a psychological battleground. - (SC) ... Read more
... ... Mark Dion refers to this film as his 'revenge' for the stress and low pay he had to put up with during the four years he spent in the art restoration industry. ... ... ... Artful History is far more than a mere expose of the legalised vandalism practised by the 'restorers' at the whim of what Dion calls the 'used-car salesman school of art dealers', or at the direction of self-opinionated ... Read more
... ... Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky, brother of Nikica Mikhalkov, has of late been working outside of the Soviet Union on a number of American financed projects such as Mario's Lovers, Shy People and the brilliant Runaway Train. His earlier films (Siberiode, A Nest of Genlry, Uncle Vanya) will be well known to festival audiences, as are those of his colleague Andrei Tarko vsky with whom he gradu... Read more
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