Films Screened In 1993

An unknown foreigner's vision of the unreal Bangkok. ... We call Western foreigners farang. Thai is not their native tongue... ... Why do they come to Thailand? What do they want here? Do they come because they appreciate us or do they pity us? They are all from civilised countries. They come to visit us, the underdeveloped. ... Read more
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A suburban encounter and a mutual need for companionship lead to a re-telling of the tales of 1001 Arabian Nights. Eerily distant images force words back into the prominence they once held in the days before cinema, radio and T.V. ... Read more
Ann Shenfield uses the medium of animation to explore notions of her European heritage through Babcha's (her grandmother's) stones. The stories describe life in Lodz and Paris, before WWII and the Holocaust. ... "Your friends" the old woman whispers to Ann, "they say they like you... but how do you know?" The natural love Ann has for her grandmother is confused in the old woman's fears, the ghosts... Read more
A black man and a white woman lie naked in bed and taunt each other about 'small' versus 'big' and 'fleshy' versus 'tight'. A Small Dick Fleshy Ass Thang subverts, inverts and ridicules racial stereotypes in the realm of the sexual. A hilarious poke at physical embarrassment. ... Read more
A classroom full of attentive children, every teacher's dream. But Madame finds herself in the midst of a nightmare when she tries to out­wit them is a series of Eco-esque verbal puz­zles. The blackboard jungle returns with a very curly twist of French theory. ... Read more
Acla is a harrowing yet lyrical film whichtranscends the genre of social realism and the workers' epic, attaining the heights of almost operatic beauty. Illuminated with incandescent imagery and stunning music, this tale of 11-year-old Ada —a young boy sold by his father to digger Caramazza, to work in the Floristella sulphur mine for five years — is set in Sicily in the 1930s and explores a reali... Read more
Between 1990 and 1991, Aileen Carol Wuornos, a 35-year-old prostitute, killed seven men. The FBI termed her "America's first female serial killer". ... British documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield unites his interest in social outsiders and oversized personalities — as seen in his other works, Soldier Girls, Monster in a Box and Driving Me Crazy, all seen at previous MIFF's — in this quizzical lo... Read more
In a lonely, perpetually wind-swept and desolate abode at the tip of South America, lives a man with his two teenage children. Eva, 17, is a worrier by nature, whose dream it is to go to Paris. Juan, 13, is delicate and uncommunicative, absorbed in memorising Old Testament lineages in the hope of one day participating in his favourite T.V. quiz game. Their father is a solitary individual, strict w... Read more
A modern, cautionary fable which explores life, death and rebirth, the futility of permanence and the inevitability ofchange. The film is made from the point of view of one of nature's most beautiful creatures, a tiny bug. ... Read more
Based on the popular series of novels by N.Z. author, Tessa Duder, Alex focuses on the life of 15 year old, Alex Archer. The year Is 1959. Alex is preparing for the N.Z. national swimming trials, hoping to qualify for the Olympics in Rome. So confident is she of selection, she is studying Italian, in between her commitments to swimming, school, dancing classes, rehearsals for the lead role in The ... Read more
To satisfy a public hungry for diversion and longing for new heroes, the government has created a Ministry of Entertainment. Auditions are underway. This sardonic allegory imagines the protagonist's of Lino Brocka's Manila: In theClaws of Neon as participants in a 'Win a Job' gameshow of the future! ... Read more
As President Bush's 'War Against Drugs' rant dominates the soundtrack we see another reali­ty — two characters who everyday have to contend with an America more interested in sermonising than compassion, in policing rather than contending with the issues. ... Read more
This, the second feature by Dana Rotberg one of Mexico's most exciting new filmmakers, is a rare and intense cinematic allegory with its magic-realist treatment of themes such as incest, religious fanaticism and sexual repression. Built around passions and obsessions of Bunuelian or Felliniesque proportions, Angel of Fire tells the story of 13-year-old Alma, a young trapeze artist and fire-eater w... Read more
A quirky urban parable about a faithful pigeon feeder led into temptation on his way to offer the daily bread. Well served by its cast of two off-Broadway actors and a flock of pigeons trained by the 'The Birdmen of Harlem', this low-budget B&W student film has a gritty, high contrast look, achieved by shooting and pro­cessing the film entirely on reversal stock. ... Read more
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Winner of the Gold Leopard (Grand Prix) at the last Locarno Film Festival, Autumn Moon is a striking departure from the archetypal Hong Kong feature — European critics have compared it to the early classics of Antonioni, such as La Notte. In an industry dominated by work of explosive violence that utilises standard genre themes, Clara Law has created a deceptively straightforward film. ... Tokio, ... Read more
A hero from the early days of American car­toons draws his own modern day figure. Yet he soon loses control of his new creation. A homage to the classical animation of Max Fleis­cher, with guest appearances by Koko the Clown and Betty Boop. ... Read more
A surreal, impressively sadistic slice of fetishism with oblique reference to Francis Bacon, the painter, and Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou. In a camp, claustrophobic abattoir a porcine man performs a gruesome ritual. A vegetarian's nightmare. ... Read more
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