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Films Screened In 1990

This inventively conceived and executed movie outlines the various figures and symbols which pertain to, and emanate from, a particularly cinematic sort of "leader". The amusing battle against all odds (and evens and fractions, for that matter) is waged by a character, right out of Chaplin and ... Read more
A story of legal folly and misguided white paternalism as it affects Amy, a young Aboriginal woman from a mission in central Queensland who appears on a minor charge at a remote bush court. ... The direction is somewhat conventional but the performances are outstanding, and while the cast reads ... Read more
A filmmaker struggles to live. She makes films. She makes love. Co-written and acted by Anna Kotanidis. ... Read more
To many film lovers, it is both a source of mystery and disgust that Preston Sturges is not currently recognised by the general public as 'the' great Hollywood comedy director. ... During a four-year period at Paramount in the 1940s, Preston Sturges wrote and directed a handful of landmark films ... Read more
This film deals with the most disastrous environmental problem ever caused by man - the destruction of the tropical rain forest. Queimada transposes this topic in an abstract and symbolic way. There are two levels of action, a luxuriously equipped office room, which symbolises the systematic ... Read more
In this delightful clay animation, Raymond is selected by the Intergalactic Peace Council to journey to Earth and seek out the leaders of the people. He arrives in New York City, the date is 1958. Believing Earth to be a place of freedom, peace and justice he mistakenly interprets aggressive ... Read more
As a bonus adjunct to our Festival highlight, Preston Sturges: Tlie Rise And Fall Of An American Dreamer, we are delighted to be screening a brand new 35mm print of the last film to be scripted by Sturges before he branched off into fully fledged writer-director status. It's also an apt occasion to ... Read more
NOEL, IN HIS LATE-THIRTIES, is a ... successful insurance broker in Melbourne ... who returns to the Adelaide suburbs of his ... childhood one summer; to stay with his brother, Steve, his wife Judy and their children. Steve runs a garage in a shopping centre that is going backwards financially in ... Read more
REUNION could be seen by many as a ... familiar subject, but it contains new ... insights into the genesis of a tragedy for ... Germany and the world. ... Harold Pinter has fashioned an intelligent ... and well-constructed screenplay based on Fred Uhlman's autobiographical novel. The core of the ... Read more
Rife On Earth is about animals, the environment, aggression and the struggle for power and money. A powerful animation set to the memorable soundtrack "We Care A Lot". ... Read more
“THE CLASSIC NOTION of a road ... movie," says debut director Bruce ... McDonald, "usually has someone going ... on the mad for the slimmest of reasons, meeting a variety of characters and then having some sort of personal catharsis at the end. I wanted to make one with a bit more of a back beat." Read more
A strange, impressionistic speculation upon survivng the Holocaust and just existing in New York today. Told mostly via a woman's voice over, the past and present merge in a tapestry of haunting sounds and images, punctuated by flashes of humour ("It's all Yiddish to me", a man interjects) ... Read more
SECRET WEDDING, which won the Golden Calf Prize at last year's Dutch Film Awards, confirms Agresti as one of the emerging talents of Argentinian cinema. Based in Holland, but returning to Argentina to film, Agresti addresses through a compelling narrative, the subject of the "desaparacidos" &mdash ... Read more
Senso Daughters begins as an account of Japan's "forgotten", or Great Asian War and slowly evolves towards its real theme - the hidden history of women in war. Faced with official secrecy and denial, filmmaker Noriko Sekiguchi probes and gradually uncovers the story of "comfort women" - prostitutes ... Read more
ONE OF THE REAL SURPRISES of last ... year's Cannes Film Festival was Charles ... Lane's Sidewalk Stories, a silent, low- ... budget black and white film which evokes the ... great silent comedy tradition and combines it ... with the immediacy of the nightly news. Lane, ... an actor-writer-director ... Read more
BRITISH FILMS based on literary texts and prison-bound dramas are familiar items ... on the filmgoer's agenda. Yet Silent ... Scream, a British film based around the true life and writings of Larry Winters and largely set in the prison where he died, doesn't quite conform to expectations of either ... Read more
A high contrast black and white short comedy from New Zealand about a strange family in which the term Sinistre takes on its ancient meaning: "to be middle aged and left-handed". Mrs Stubbs has no right hand and no husband and is therefore, bringing up her three children "single-handed". She is ... Read more
Enrique Colina specialises in short satirical documentaries with a wicked sense of humour. Here, he examines the poor quality of Cuban products and services - even the film labs it seems!- (TB) ... Read more
Thoughts and feelings of a girl as she prepares for her sixteenth birthday party. ... Read more
Chaos, insomnia, labels, medication, institutionalisation and everyone washing their own cups are only some of the themes which figure in this very different view of group living. ... Sparks takes an operatically pitched, often humorous and always sympathetic journey through a halfway house for ... Read more
As the title suggests, an animated scratch film. A moving, jiving and jumping series of scratched images set to pop music. ... Read more
The mysterious Brothers Quay turn their hand to advertising. Not suprismgty, the result is far from your average (M)TV spot.- (TB) ... Read more
"Germans have many problems. One of them is that they don't like German films and my film is considered German", writes Icelandic director Margret Run. ... Hermann has a problem, he is extremely shy and has an Oedipus complex. He punishes himself for sinful thoughts by inflicting himself with ... Read more
Frieda seems to have a spark in her eye as she heads off to the local swimming pool. She meets with friend Cecil, but their pleasure is interrupted by some snoops from the croquet club (to which Cec belongs). Cecil is retired, and is enjoying the twilight of his life. His only worry is his planned ... Read more
When director Shu Kei was invited to contribute an episode to a weekly television documentary series for Japan's NHK Television, he proposed a documentary on Hou Dejian, the singer/song-writer who defected from Taiwan to mainland China in 1983. ... That project was abandoned, however, after the ... Read more
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