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Films Screened In 1993

Cassie and Damon move next door to Debbie and Hung in the flat plains of Melbourne's outer Western Suburbs. A film about Viet­namese food, cuckoo clocks and bulldogs. ... Read more
Berlin today; a cross-section of the community. A train carriage. In a series of beautifully observed scenes Danquart sets you up for a comedy, then delivers a double-whammy drama about racism and German indifference. A perfect film. ... Read more
Black River is a sumptuous and compelling adaptation of one of Australia's boldest contemporary operatic works, featuring Abo­riginal mezzo-soprano, Maroochy Barambah (Bran Nue Dae, Women of the Sun) as Miriam. The production was originally mounted, to unanimous acclaim, by the Sydney ... Read more
Persistently black & white, and in negative for ever. This caressing film transcends. (Based on a sci-fi story by Samuel R. Delany which tells the story between a 'spacer' and a 'frelk'...in a future world where bodies radiate.) The pulsat­ing texture of buildings, plants, and rooms with their ... Read more
The second instalment of a 6 part series on vio­lence and sexuality — Blicklust juxtaposes 50's S&M, a surgical operation and found footage. ... Voyeurism reigns in this display of subtle vio­lence accompanied solely by the relentless sound of traffic outside in the 'real' world ... Read more
Don McKellar (writer of Roadkill and Highway 61, in which he also appears) turns director, with astounding success (see also Bloody Nose) and stellar casting. David Cronenberg stars as Tom Cramer, a porn-aficionado cum business­man. We meet Tom on a typical day at the car­pet factory ... Read more
Blue and her grandfather have a close relation­ship. When he dies, Blue remembers that he's asked to be buried with certain items that rep­resent the life his wife, Blue's grandmother, wishes to ignore. How will Blue overcome her grandmother's resistance to her desire to fulfil her ... Read more
A short, 'intimate' documentary that attempts to investigate the inner sensualities that make all our bodies beautiful. It investigates our physicality as human beings, how we use our bodies and how conscious we are of the poten­tials of the flesh. ... Read more
A story of a man who wishes to see through and visualise people's thoughts and feelings... Boonthing is a young salesman caught between conflicting desires and expectations, in a lonely city full of people with problems of their own. ... Read more
An Italian-Australian family wants to assimi­late into the local culture. But grandmother is not of a like mind and continues to try and pre­serve her cultural heritage in a suburban back­yard. ... Read more
A Gothic drama where Mother and Daughter live in symbiotic dependency in a run down house. Their relationship is tense and claustro­phobic. The atmosphere of repressed anger leads to violence and the unfolding of secrets from the past. ... Read more
Glimpses of Britain's thriving 50s rock and roll scene, centred on a young couple's passion for the U.S. music, dancing, clothes and style of the period. "I couldn't be a 90s working woman — I'd rather be a 50s housewife work­ing part-time with Rock'n'Roll." ... Read more
A merchant ship slowly steams towards the Queensland coast. On board a dying sailor, Max, asks a young colleague, Angel, to take care of some unfinished business; to return a package to someone he calls 'The Deadman', back in his idyllic hometown of Honeyfield. "This is what he's been waiting for ... Read more
The small town of Bulle provides a backdrop to this poignant postcard from contemporary Switzerland. The silent gaze of Turkish immi­grants in limbo, fires lit in protest at the Swiss nuclear industry and controversy over issues of neutrality in isolation from the European Community, all betray ... Read more
Angel and Coral are in Germany to attend a neo-Nazi rally but Angel has a secret mission — to collect arms for the British National Party from the New German Right. Secrets about his family origins force Angel to confront the myths and realities of the extreme right. ... Read more
Atom Egoyan, (The Adjuster, Family Viewing, Next of Kin, Speaking Path, seen at previous MFFs) has departed from his usual urban-based, psychological concerns and journeyed to his ancestral homeland of Armenia to shoot Calendar, a low budget meditation on the nature of separation and national ... Read more
Magda is married to a particularly dull man and she is unfortunate enough to have an equally dull son. ... Frank runs the local car wash and offers Magda bright, sparkling new love. Unable to live without each other he becomes her knight on a shining Lambretta. Throwing away her hair curlers, she ... Read more
A man has to put up with his environment. He has to stand it. His life is no different from a dog's. ... The film aims to present the man's mental confusion by means of fast-moving, rotating images. All is illusion and suppressed emotions. ... Read more
There are few signs of modern society on the vast, rolling steppes of China's inner Mongolia. The uninterrupted greens and yellows of the gently slopmg hills meet the endlessly blue horizon. Here director Nikita Mikhalkov (best known in the West for Dark Eyes) reaches deep into the heart of a world ... Read more
Come By Chance is a rarity, especially in Australian film production, a first feature self-funded for around $12,000. As director Lara Dunstan has said, "as a student with only a few short films and a feature-length video under my belt, I'd have difficulty in getting funding and I didn't want to ... Read more
The suburb was Huntingdon Valley, Philadelphia; the confessions are those of Susan Seidelman, director of Smithereens, Cookie, Desperately Seeking Susan and She Devil; and the subject is teenage reminiscence 1960's style. ... Seidelman takes a detour from Hollywood — back to the old ... Read more
Daughter of a prostitute demonstrates strate­gies for reducing the irritations and pleasures of her domestic routine. In a welcome twist on conventional morality, this little student film represents the prostitute as good mother — and does it without resorting to sermonising or ... Read more
Louise-Marie Beauchamp uses evocative images and haunting music to create a visual and aural poem. In six minutes, and without words, she tells the story of the formation and destruction of a relationship. But the focus is very much on the casualty of this destruction; the child is torn between two ... Read more
From the peaks of the Andes, to the basement of the local mall, the mysteries of the human heart are difficult to understand. Three friends working at the Puppy Love pet store find that the onset of the Hearts and Flowers festival is no guarantee that understanding will be any easier. A wryly ... Read more
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