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Films Screened In 1989

The self-effacing hero of the beautiful animated rale, shepherd Elzeard Bouffier, is a man of few words but great determination single-handedly he plants and nurtures a forest of thousands of oak trees, changing his and surroundings into a thriving oasis The narrator's fascination with the man and ... Read more
'Haverston Beast Strikes Again' is the headline which catches 14-year-old Bill Coward's eye as his father and grandfather scour the paper for news of further redundancies Bill becomes obsessed by the accounts of sheep mauled and savaged on the moors There is savagery, too, in the town, as the mill ... Read more
One of several mini-features intended as support in theatrical exhibition. Some believe minis may become a new genre. Others claim they will be a means of justifying yet more advertisements of equal length before the main feature. ... Based on a story by Martin Amis, this 'mini' is about a ... Read more
... ... A low-key drama about a disturbed young man whose reality shifts between the present and the past — specifically the worlds of the great Russian writers Gogol and Dostoyevsky and the deserted streets of Berlin by night, the 'prisoner' of St Petersburg is jack (Noah Taylor) who arrives ... Read more
A touching look at a one-parent family and a trip on Sydney's monorail thrown in. ... Read more
... ... Nyi Ronggeng is probably the most remarkable fiction film ever made about popular culture and folk traditions in Indonesia. It sets its story among the members of a Ronggeng dance troupe, and within a richly melodramatic plot, it reconstructs performances of the Ronggeng dance as they are ... Read more
An astonishing film, richly and densely textured, from a remarkably talented British film student. The unfolding narrative of the troubled relations between three women — one young, two older — is almost a pretext for the parallel exploration of the enigmas, depths and mysteries of ... Read more
A witty, touching comment on celebrity. A film about the magic of music and the magic of the moment. ... Read more
Life ... is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying I nothing' - William Faulkner ... Bruno is fourteen, small in stature and innocent. Having just moved into the neighbourhood, he makes friends with Jean-Roger, a violent 15-year-old who terrorises his (and Bruno's) ... Read more
Give twelve minutes of your time to Ted Wilson the extravagantly coiffured, fashionably pallid bohemian beat poet and public television crusader. Take a roller-coaster ride through the junkyard of his modem conciousness ... Ted's life as prime-time poetry. This is it. Here and now Fitzroy! ... Read more
... ... The Thin Blue Line is both the recreation of the brutal murder of a Dallas policeman in 1976, and a passionate argument for the case of a man wrongly accused of the murder. While making an uncompleted film on notorious psychiatrist Dr James Grigson, director Errol Morris stumbled onto the ... Read more
A bomb inside a baby, a fanatical anti-abortionist, his pregnant wife and a psychopathic hitchhiker, all in a car, on a drive that takes longer than expected. A juxtaposition of fears, ideotogies and neuroses in a suspenseful road-movie. — (TC) ... Read more
The Trap is an experiment in Chiaroscuro — the interplay between light and shade. Constructed from what appears to be charcoal (or pastel) on paper, it gains momentum through subtle editing and superimposition. Using simple means the filmmaker has succeeded in achieving a very delicate mode ... Read more
An enormous amount of news and current affairs media is never analysed on film, and the public is left to wonder how events actually happened to get reported. ... In this brilliant film on reporting from Nicaragua, we have an opportunity to see how American television news in particular is ... Read more
... ... The Yen Family reinforces and extends a trend in contemporary Japanese cinema whereby wealth and its effect upon traditional and human values, especially as exemplified by the family, have come under crirical examination. In this significant sense, Yojiro Takita's new film matches the ... Read more
Short domestic drama from Lever and Kitchen brings new relevance to the term soap-opera. ... Read more
... ... Tjoet Nya' Dhien was the wife of the Acehnese rebel leader, Teuku Umar; she was also his chief strategist and political mentor. Teuku Umar was killed in battle in February 1899. For eight years after her husband's death, Tjoet Nya' Dhien led a band of Acehnese guerillas in the mountains of ... Read more
... ... Train of Dreams is technically unassuming (it was made for a pittance) but accomplished — the gritty style invariably serves the equally gritty content, which amounts to an even-handed examination of teenage delinquency that refuses to sentimentalise it, glorify it or revel in it ... Read more
... ... This is another richly evocative work from the Black Audio Film Collective in the UK The collective's earlier work has been screened at previous festivals in the context of the British film and television workshops and Channel Four commissionings ... ... ... In Twilight City, a Sunless-like ... Read more
A 'film poster' publicising a wartime government bond campaign, using the technique of drawing with pen and ink directly on 35mm film. ... Read more
Ludovico Manin, the last Doge of Venice, is sent to live with a superficial couple on Venice Beach, California (instead of Venice, Italy). Slight bureaucratic bungle. This process sets off a combination of witty post-modern ruminations on the old and new worlds, as Ludo tries to impart some of his ... Read more
A woman's nervous system has been replaced by computer microchips in an operation performed in her childhood. The experiment begins to malfunction. She will die unless her programming is adjusted. A broken narrative reinforced by stark black and white photography. Bender's grim tale is set against ... Read more
From New Zealand duo The Front Lawn, an original and entertaining short that is not so much a narrative film as a film about narrative and narration. Composed simply of a chain of encounters in the street, with accompanying voice-over, it is frenetic in pace and wryly amusing in tone. - (FF) ... Read more
A devastating puppet-animated parable from Estonia. ... Read more
Give ten minutes of your time to tar. From the Berlin Film School. ... Read more
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