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Films Screened In 1993

It was scripted in two weeks and shot in two weeks! With no funds to speak of director James Bogle and his multi-talented conspirators have created a knock 'em down, drag 'em out romp of classically farcical proportions. Mad Bomber in Love is another example of the 'no budget' filmmaking that has ... Read more
Love, ambition, violence, food. Enter the mis­directed life of Mikey — Montreal pizzamaker extraordinaire. Explosive, unsettling, fimmaking from a French-Canadian-Greek Scorsese. ... Read more
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A simple, albeit dramatic story. A life in fragmented memories, retold and relived in luminous, evocative images. ... Visually and aurally overwhelming, this astounding dramatised documentary is a rich retelling of one woman's story — the inspiring tale of Czech-born Johanna Kimla Ocenaskova ... Read more
Why are we watching a film about this quite ordinary, oldish man in his very bourgeois, chintzy little suburban house? Will his friend, who is coming around for a cup of tea, provide some drama? ... Well, no he won't, but we do find out that clothes do not maketh the man, and that beauty is more or ... Read more
This remarkable film, an early work by Gotot Prakosa, and now becoming recog­nised as an Asian classic in avant garde perfor­mance cinema, is based on a famous performance developed by Sardono W. Kusuma and his group in Jakarta in the late 1970s. The film, however, is completely ... Read more
This extraordinary film follows an old man, deaf mute since birth, who every day regard­less of weather, hikes four miles to the nearest cinema where he watches films in his own unique way. ... Read more
A mystery tale or a fantastic fib? A tragicomedy or a terrible toothache of cosmic magnitude? ... Read more
With the outbreak of war and the bombing of Pearl Harbour, life changed for Minoru Fukushima. Only nine years old and Canadian born, he could not understand the events which were to make his life change so much. Forced by racism to flee the land of his birth, he was branded an enemy of Canada. This ... Read more
Encouraged by letters promising good earnings in Djakarta a young woman sets out by train for the capital. She finds the inhuman reality of city life a bittersweet experience. Djakarta has ruined many a dream but you can keep your self respect as long as you have left it back in your home village. ... Read more
Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase leads us through a vibrant and amazing art history les­son: we move through the many important schools of modern art to view some 55 paint­ings by major artists. Each image is animated to transform into another, where the idiosyn­cratic brush strokes of ... Read more
A modern cautionary tale, told in black and white in Brixton. No words are needed as we follow a day in the lives of a small time pusher and his younger brother. ... Read more
1956. The hinterland where they still use kerosene lamps for light. Ernie Dingo plays Bill, an electrician who has no place, either in the white world in which he grew up, or in the Aboriginal world from which he was taken. When he shows up one dark night, the family that brought him up aren't glad ... Read more
My Home, My Prison is based on the autobiography of Palestinian journalist Raymonda Tawil, one of the first Palestinians to engage Israelis in dialogue (after the 1967 Six Day War) twenty-four years ago. She was arrested several times by the Israeli military and accused of being a collaborator by ... Read more
An edgy mix of the wryly cynical and the innocently fresh, Stacy Cochran's feature debut is another true gem from the vital American independent scene. Selected to play in Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, My New Gun is a hip and quirky satire set in dangerously suburban New Jersey ... Read more
Few musicians have been more revered, and at the same time, more despised, more controversial, more discussed, and ultimately more influential than Arnold Schoenberg. ... This adventurous, and beautifully recreated, docu-drama centres around the explosive years of 1904 to 1923 when Schoenberg ... Read more
Considering all the norms from which Nargess departs, it may seem surprising that the film was made at all. It honestly and sympathetically represents people who live out­side strict Islamic law, giving profound com­plexity and humanity to its portrait of two very different women. Nargess ... Read more
The filmmaker moves into a studio flat in Jerusalem, and finds herself embroiled in an ongoing battle between the neighbours on either side of her. One is a hostile, bitter per­vert, glorifying in his (dubious) past army career. The other is an extreme right-wing radi­cal, who claims to be ... Read more
New World Murder chronicles, through the use of highly manipulated video footage, Gulf-War -related text and original footage, the U.S. media's "demonisation" of Saddam Hussein, its fetishisation and blatant marketing of U.S military hardware (with all its high tech promises of "bloodless" victory) ... Read more
A delightful French comedy of manners (dedi­cated to Herge, the creator of Tin Tin comics), where a dinner party, designed to seduce, steadily escalates into an evening of farcical food-for-thought. ... Read more
For many years filmmaker Barbara Hammer has been creating provocative, often experimental, imagery. In this, her first feature documentary, she has assembled an intense and exceptionally vital collage which relates a history which has heretofore been repressed or distorted. In 1990 she discovered ... Read more
Five seropositive black gay men talk about their personal struggle with AIDS. Music and poetry lend a special accent to the quiet, some­times startlingly personal remarks. Each story is characterised by panic, resignation and silence, but also the liberating healing power of the men's ... Read more
Greta S incorporates a sprinkling of traditional bay-area style — cutting and pasting images from an obscure range of memorabilia footage and pop culture — as she guides us through the tribulations and ecstasies of life in the 90s. No-Zone generates the feelng of reading a book, as a ... Read more
Tom Kalin's (Swoon) journeyistic collage of speeding images caught fieetingly from the window of a passing car, in the landscape glimpsed from the compartment of a tram, on the elusive sun-reflecting ripples of the sea employs a warped video-clip aesthetic in its revelation of the fleeting and ... Read more
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