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Films Screened In 1989

... ... This 1972 documentary was suppressed for 16 years by the censors in Slovakia because it dares to suggest that Czechoslovak society is imperfect, especially for old folks living in poverty in mountain villages. ... ... ... Despite their hardships and poor diets, these toothless men, formetly ... Read more
A Greek widow abandons her farm in search of the Murrumbidgee where she believes she will catch a boat and eventually return to her homeland. Her determination leads us to believe she may actually realise her dream. -(CK) ... Read more
... ... From the minute the projector rolls, it is obvious Plaff! is an original venture. Using satire, cinema jokes and a running gag a la Murder on the Orient Express, it's the best Cuban film this decade. ... ... ... The story finds us deeply involved in the quotidian problems of Concha ... Read more
... ... Waiting for a delayed plane tn the airport on the Hebndean Island of Barra, where the landing strip is a cockleshell beach and the timetable is dictated by the tides, passengers are treated to a story of a holiday romance Set in Venice, the story is narrated by a stranger and represented by ... Read more
... ... Homelessness is one of the scourges of the world's 'richest' nation. This is the story of the determined fight by Mitch Snyder and the Community for Creative Non-Violence to cteate a decent shelter for the homeless of Washington DC, a fight carried on in the face of official indifference ... Read more
A fast-moving animation about thwarted love in a modem technocratic setting. The style is reminiscent of early simple black and white animation, but with a great deal more movement in each frame. Escher-like images are duplicated hip-hop style taking us on a conveyor belt ride through a corporate ... Read more
Rarg is a perfect place So perfect that the sun will not rise until everyone is awake In Rarg there is a story of a Senator, a professor, forty intelligent babies and a man called Edwin To say any more would only complicate the surrealist plot ... An impressive debut from Tony Collingwood National ... Read more
A witty, mixed-media animation that philosophises on the idea of the rats holding the key to the meaning of life. The world is just one 'Skinner Box' in this hypothesis that uses many different animation techniques to investigate the theme. — (TC) ... Read more
This Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale is retold within a contemporary ambience of urban gloom and emptiness — the snowlined city square allows for jagged contrasts in the black and white photography. Poetic and hard edged in its presentation Red Shoes captures the exuberant and tragic tone ... Read more
An anonymous, anatomical specimen desires to disturb the wallpaper by exciting the single hair on its brow. A beautifully photographed black and white puppet animation in which calligraphers' compasses dance, computer bar­codes vibrate and become wallpaper, and the camera moves in a ... Read more
Rocky VI is a serious-minded declaration on cultural policy, a collision of Finnish patriotism, multinational mass entertainment and apolitical straightforwardness respectful to Eastern neighbours. Also, Rocky VI is a story about boxing, about dreams and about the healing power of music. The basic ... Read more
... ... Taken from a novel by a renowned Chinese writer living in the United States, this is a highly controlled, beautifully visualised tale about a young woman's life portrayed over a twenty-year period. Shot entirely in a studio with three sets employed to mark the various stages of Ytng-ti's ... Read more
Ruthven Railway Station -11 miles and 12 tears from the hardly living heart of Melbourne, Princes Bridge, ... The monotony and the loneliness of the Station Assistant's day turns into a sort of dream, a surrealistic kind of suburban fantasy world. ... The gentle side of Barry Dickens' work, so ... Read more
... ... Babulal Bhurya was shot dead by the Central Industrial Security Force in February 1981 at Mailagora, where the people make a living from collecting coal dust. The film is an investigation of what this tragedy has come Go mean to his sister, fellow workers and to the union. It raises a ... Read more
With Salaam Bombay!, Mira Nair, here directing her first feature, has made a unique film that is at once both faithful to it's very specific roots and yet accessible to western audiences.Asa result, the film has become one of the two or three top foreign films of the 88/89 international calendar ... Read more
From the moment a young couple move in and raise a family, to die time of old age and the end of life, this film is about the experiences of ... a wash-basin. - (CK) ... Read more
An unorthodox sculptor at work, and a man who suffers for his art. A lesson on survival in the art-world? ... Read more
A hommage to sculptural art lovers, in the Marcelin 'Peynet' trend. ... Read more
An astonishing array of New Zealand talent on display in this bizarre curio. ... Read more
School.. . Staying cool.. . Friends .. Fights...Periods... Pain Boys Crushes Sex...and AIDS.. What's a girl to do? ... Read more
Three women, all strangers, synchronistically move through their separate, yet interconnected worlds. They introduce each other via the gaze of the last character and a relay of images is created without haste or pretence. Shadow Panic is a confidently paced experimental short with no central plot ... Read more
... ... Yamakawa (bom in 1967) is without doubt Japan's hottest director, a Bertolucci for the 1990s whose ears ring with garage-band rock rather than Verdi arias. He's best known so far for his awesomely original short Attack, on a Bakery and feature The New Morning of Billy the Kid, but this ... Read more
Winner of the prize for Best Director in Cannes last year, South confirms Fernando Solanas's reputation as one of Latin America's greatest filmmakers. A companion piece to his aching portrait of exile, Tangos: The Exile of Gardel (1985), the new film charts the agony of a return to Argentina after ... Read more
... ... Writer and director Atom Egoyan's third and most recent film comes to us direct from its world premiere in the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. It explores territory that will already be familiar to those who caught his striking Family Viewing at last year's festival and ... Read more
Swinburne student film which won the Kodak Award for Best Animation in 1988. A plasticine-animated old pilot recalls his days of glory between beers. Technically impressive, sociologically caustic. - (FF) ... Read more
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