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Films Screened In 1990

A literate, rewarding work of surprising emotional power, writer-director Trin T. Minh-ha's latest film analyses Vietnamese culture by concentrating on the history of its women in both Vietnam and the United States. This stylistically expansive and highly personal documentary uses staged interviews ... Read more
A short film that recreates a home video view of lingering domestic tragedy. The realism that home video presents is captured in strong performances and evocative cinematography. Carefully observed constructions of seemingly unedited and unsteady home video make you wonder whether the domestic ... Read more
This bioptic experimental animation incorporates stroboscopic effects and live animation. The after-images/effects are those of a Rorschach ink blot test mixed with the art of modern cinema. The film's soundtrack is a Straussian word-association waltz. ... Read more
Tea and Pictures evokes the working relationship and friendship of two Australian artists, Thea Proctor and Margaret Preston. ... Set in Sydney spanning the period 1923-33, the two collaborate on Home magazine, make prints and exhibit together. Their alliance was brought to an abrupt end in 1925 ... Read more
A haunting false documentary about teenage suicide in the 1960s. Using reconstructed black and white footage of police file photos of the period, accompanied by melancholy 60s love songs, the film pays tribute to Kenneth Anger's book Hollywood Babylon. - (GWC) ... Read more
WHAT BETTER WAY to close the festival than with a sneak preview of a new Melbourne-produced comedy? Nadia Tass and David Parker follow Malcolm and Rikhj and Pete with The Big Steal, a wickedly funny joy-ride through Melbourne suburbia which puts the Australian teen movie on the map, and then some ... Read more
The Big Wish is a modern fairytale which deals with the enchanted world of fairies and goblins. ... Fairy law decrees that they must give away seven wishes to human beings every hundred years or they will lose their magical powers. Prince Wilton is sent to Earth to dispose of the wishes, but the ... Read more
A modern French allegory about childhood and illness. Beautiful cinematography and childlike understandings mix the reality of a boy dying with the hopes and dreams of his young brother who must save his sibling from "the Black Ship".- (TC) ... Read more
A year on from the Broadcast Ban, we look at what it has meant for television, from regional news to arts programmes. Of particular relevance to Behind The Mask. ... Read more
A black French farce in which naughty children try to conceal a corpse in various cumbersome ways. Inevitably the prospect of discovery leads to more complications until only one alternative presents itself.- (TC) ... Read more
Typical of Giuseppe Bertolucci's best previous efforts (An Italian Woman, Secrets, Secrets) this quirky modern fable exudes an idiosyncratic, offbeat charm. The scenario, which features a pleasing amount of witty, sparkling dialogue, seems to comprise two separate parts. ... Our pintsize hero is ... Read more
The Coloured Pencils is an insight into a child's world. Annie, the main character, is an eight year old. ... Annie is poor, unlike the prissy, spiteful Wendy who displays her pristine set of 72 Derwent pencils with gay superiority. When Annie is pushed on to Wendy in the long grass, Wendy drops ... Read more
One of the most ambitious, monumental and remarkable achievements of filmmaking of the past decade is The Decalogue, Kryzstof Kieslowski's adaption of the Ten Commandments. The project arrives with numerous prestigious international awards, including the inaugural European Film Prize and the jury ... Read more
A couple of years ago, distinguished filmmaker Johan van der Keuken and his wife and collaborator Noshka van der Lely visited Kerala, a coastal province in southwestern India. There he conceived and realised The Eye Above the Well, a serene work which affirms the adage "Good listeners make the best ... Read more
London, some years after the introduction of Thatcher's "poll tax" is the setting. The country's answer to poverty, homelessness and unemployment is a privatized social welfare scheme. The scheme operates by giving the rich a "tax deduction" if they take on one of the poor as a "follower". "A ... Read more
Set in the late 1950's, II Frutto Del Nostra Lavoro centers on the life of Lina - the daughter of Italian migrants who live in rural Victoria. ... Pressured into marrying a young Italian farmer, Lina leaves her family and escapes to the city. In Melbourne, Lina finds work in a clothing factory and ... Read more
Filmgoers whose knowledge of the classic Soviet cinema is limited to the confirmed greats such as Eisenstein, Podovkin and Dovzhenko owe it to themselves to get acquainted with the comedies of Boris Barnet (1902-1964), whose best films are marvellous blends of American slapstick, the French touch a ... Read more
Josh, an adopted child, finds family life somewhat lacking and attempts to find solace in books and his hideaway treehouse. His brother bullies him and finally, when he can't stand it any longer, he commits the ultimate revenge! ... The Josh Shelter is a film about sibling rivalry, an experience ... Read more
THE KILLER is a prime example of the type of filmmaking at which the Hong Kong film industry is most adept. With clear nods at the gamut of film genres from the thriller to the melodrama, writer and director John Woo has distilled a veritable pot-pourri of themes, styles and forms culled from a ... Read more
A compelling re-enactment of the still disputed real-life case of a Sydney Greek boy in the outer suburbs who was fatally shot by a local probationary police officer. ... Read more
When Australian newsreel No. 2032 hits the screen on Opening Night the festival audience will witness the end on an era. But this 'curtain call' for the Australian Newsreel tradition, which officially ceased in 1975, actually represents the first stage of the $4 million, five-year operation of the ... Read more
In Burkina Faso, the concept of honour is essential in the structure of traditional societies. It rules over any notion of family, of blood. . . "Ya tilai", that is the law. . . ... From the director of Yabba, and direct from the Cannes Film Festival where it shared the Grand Prix for best film, we ... Read more
A couple attempts to deal with an invasion of mysterious little things in their garden. ... "Incorporating a kind of surreal treatment of both the visual and thematic material in my film, I blend humour with pathos to create stories which unfold in an unconvntional manner." - Melanie El-Mir ... Read more
An elderly shiatsu master gives a young woman a massage. A massage so effective it seems to take over the city. ... A new short film from the director of The Crazy Family (MFF '85). ... Read more
Humiliation and torment constitute the basic conditions of Iris's life. She is exploited at the factory, where she endures the drudgery of the production line, at home, where her parents hog her salary and the meat chunks from her soup, and then in a dancehall, where she meets a man who takes her ... Read more
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