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Films Screened In 1993

O No Coronado is an ultra fast-paced, aggres­sive 'head job' of a history lesson. Baldwin (Tribulation 99) propels us into a journey of epic proportions as we follow the phantas­magoric exploits of the Spanish conquistador Coronado in his search for the elusive seven cities of gold. Leaving ... Read more
Olivier, Olivier opens with more than a passing nod to Tarkovsky — romantic scenes of majestic, wind-swept cornfields entice the unsuspecting with rose-coloured recollections. Whilst ostensibly about the resonances of childhood, not unlike Holland's previous feature Europa, Europa, this is a ... Read more
The framework of our subject's life is his job. Unfortunately, the keystone is the National Rail Company. When they assume the right to change the timetable, his life is thrown into confusion. ... Read more
The power to control human evolution is now within our grasp, thanks to developments in reproductive and genetic technology. But who will wield that power? Will scientists and doc­tors decide who should and who should not be born? Will women have the right to say no to technology? In this ... Read more
Once Upon a Time, Cinema almost defies description, as the complexity and imagi­nation director Makhmalbaf brings to it pro­duces a dazzling visual roilercoaster, which sweeps the viewer along. From the opening shot, we are hypnotised by this film-within-a-film in which characters jump in ... Read more
On a night out with the lads getting 'pixillated' at the local pub, one individual decides that there is more to socialising than mere face value. ... Read more
Combining photographs, drawn animation and pre-Raphaelite painting the film explores the boundaries of sanity using hair as its metaphor. Hair is seen to represent comfort and protection from the outside world as is exemplified by the patronising words of the psychiatrist, "An important sign of ... Read more
The welcome return of provocative film director Sally Potter teams her with festival favourite Tilda Swinton in a grand tour de force. Acquiring centuries, continents and sexes in a sweeping flourish, Orlando, as in Virginia Woolf's novel of 1928, is a lissome four-hundred-year-old with remarkable ... Read more
This collage of found film footage, assembles porn movie, children's instructional film, sports coverage and 50s Hollywood musicals to con­struct an investigation of gay men's differing attitudes towards the female body. A clever and contentious film. ... Read more
In a dog pound in Alice Springs, Ouzo the bull terrier reminisces about better times and the pleasures of having a home. ... Read more
A humorous look into one of the more harm­less forms of California suburban culture: Topi­ary as a vernacular American art form. The retiree, who shapes voluminous sombrero hats out of his shrubs, the woman who prefers pom­poms, and an assortment of nosey neighbours, populate this ... Read more
To a lonely man on a rainy night the corner cafe glows with the promise of coffee and romance. ... Read more
An intensely physical and intimate film, which combines hypnotic flickering visuals (shot entirely with a photo camera) with a combative and at times haunting staccato soundtrack. Within a spatially and temporally smashed textual landscape, images seem to exist in a nether world, which never allows ... Read more
A parent and a problem child play a deadly serious game of hide-and-seek in a dark and monstrous nursery. A twisted fantasy for all children who ever wished that parents came with a six-month warranty. ... Read more
"No plot, no story, no main characters. It's a comedy" Luc Moullet ... From his beginnings as a Cahier du Cinema critic and fellow traveller of the Nouvelle Vague, Luc Moullet has followed his own distinctive path over the last 31 years, making just six feature films but dozens of shorts. ... His ... Read more
One of the surprises of this year's programme looks like being Paul Cohen's Part Time God, a challenging and extremely original work about the origins of the earth, free will and human endeavour. ... Read more
A film where repetition and stop-frame tech­niques take on new meaning. Inspired by rap "scratching" turntable music, Arnold takes an extract from the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird to create a filmic rhythm. ... Read more
Proving himself to be as versatile as he is prolific, Kenneth Branagh's third feature film marks a distinct change of pace. Being neither a literary epic like Henry V or a Hollywoodesque thriller like Dead Again, Peter's Friends appears to be another dramatic departure for this variously talented ... Read more
Persimmon and Duke get their kicks by answering the small ads in the Hollywood Recycler. Their seemingly innocent enquiries are slyly manipulated until the hapless victims are hopelessly floundering in the subtext of unset­tling and perverse power games. When one of these calls finds Eve and ... Read more
Portly Penguin has a new hat. But Stuart the Stinky Seagull wants it tor himself. Little Bert to the rescue! Narrated by Alexei Sayle. ... Read more
Portrait of an Artist details the process of creat­ing a large oil painting. In the words of the artist, "It's the process that's the exciting part. If you come up with a great painting at the end great. But if not, it's the process — trying to figure out why you're doing what you're ... Read more
A gardener turns from the lover and nurturer of his garden to a tyrant. But the flowers fight back! This animation looks at the effects of pos­itive (caring) and negative (abusive of power) behaviour. ... Read more
Luminous black and white cinematography caresses the eye as the experience of two women's lives is told in a gently passionate and moving monologue, by a daughter prepar­ing her aged mother's naked body for the grave. In her reminiscences are the tensions, tragedies and triumphs of their ... Read more
Having established an international reputation as a leading video artist, Robert Morin now offers us one of the most compelling feature film debuts of recent times. ... Known for his preoccupation with working class heroes, humourous twists and casual subversions of documentary notions of reality ... Read more
A genteel tale of three Welsh sisters. With the death certificate signed, and the mourning and funeral paid for, Bertha and Ellen are deter­mined to put the lid on their troublesome sister Meg once and for all. ... Read more
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