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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 … Read more

Pigs Can Fly (Connie Steinhart, 1988)
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 re… Read more

PLAFF! (Juan Carlos Tabio, 1988)
... ... 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… Read more

PLAY ME SOMETHING (Timothy Neat, 1989)
... ... 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 t… Read more

PROMISES TO KEEP (Ginny Durrin, 1988)
... ... 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 s… Read more

Prophet and Loss (Jonathan Bairstow, 1988)
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. Esc… Read more

Rarg (Tony Collingwood, 1988)
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 mo… Read more

Ratropolis (Jenni Zipporah, Bix Nussey, 1988)
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 anima… Read more

Red Shoes (Andrea Sadler, 1987)
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 phot… Read more

Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (Brothers Quay, 1988)
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' compass… Read more

Rocky VI (Aki Kaurismäki, 1986)
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. A… Read more

ROUGE OF THE NORTH (Fred Tan, 1988)
... ... 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 p… Read more

Ruthven: A Poem of Life & Dettol (Bruce Myles, 1989)
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… 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 … Read more

SALAAM BOMBAY! (Mira Nair, 1988)
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, … Read more

Scenes From the Life of a Washbasin (Harold Hamrell, 1987)
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

Sculpture Physique (Yann Piquer, Jean-Marie Madeddu, 1988)
An unorthodox sculptor at work, and a man who suffers for his art. A lesson on survival in the art-world? ... Read more

Sculpture/Sculptures (J. Felicioli, 1988)
A hommage to sculptural art lovers, in the Marcelin 'Peynet' trend. ... Read more

Search for Talent at the Gaiety Theatre, Napier (, 1933)
An astonishing array of New Zealand talent on display in this bizarre curio. ... Read more

Sex Rules (Pip Karmel, 1989)
School.. . Staying cool.. . Friends .. Fights...Periods... Pain Boys Crushes Sex...and AIDS.. What's a girl to do? ... Read more

Shadow Panic (Margot Nash, 1989)
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 wit… Read more

SO WHAT (Naoto Yamakawa, 1988)
... ... 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 awes… Read more

SOUTH (Fernando E. Solanas, 1988)
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 exil… Read more

SPEAKING PARTS (Atom Egoyan, 1989)
... ... 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 wil… Read more

Still Flying (Robert Stephenson, 1988)
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. -… Read more

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