Skip to main content

Films Screened In 1993

The theme of this collection of animations illus­trates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. ... Read more
Over 400 hundred active volcanos are dotted around the Pacific rim, the so-called ring of fire. A clever use of computer animation and footage of events such as the Mount St Helen eruption in 1988 and the San Francisco earth­quake in 1989 illustrate the awesome geologi­cal forces that shape ... Read more
MFF's '91's Grand Prix winner Su Friedrich's (Sink or Swmi) latest film is a slyly subversive take on dominant male car culture and the dif­ficulty of carving out a feminine or lesbian space within its over-arching discourse. Friedrich combines footage of a 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser ... Read more
Fifteen-year-old Patrick has a dream; to take part in the famous Daytona motor-cycle race. But first he has to escape, not just from Munich but from the reformatory of which he is an inmate. A chance meeting with Frank and a scam to steal and sell mountain bikes seems ... Read more
Ron Athey is a rising Los Angeles performance artist who presents his disturbing and power­ful S&M-related work in the underground club circuit. The tattoos on Ron's body, inspired by tribal markings and other religious imagery, are reference to stages in his life, from his childhood in a ... Read more
Never an easy or comfortable 'talent' to accept, legendary director Sam Peckinpah's working life was continually damaged by front office interference, in tandem with his tendency towards self-destruction. This powerful combination, together with a reputation for excessive use of violence in his ... Read more
One of the best known directors from West Africa (his lyrical films Yabba, and Tilia have screened to delighted festival audiences in previous years), Idrissa Ouedraogo's new feature is a visually lush, finely honed morality tale that moves between the city and village worlds of Burkina Faso. ... Read more
Routine, rhythm and disruption on the banks of a river. A traditional setting is soon altered as this remarkable and surprising film exposes it's location. ... Read more
In the middle of a tropical rainforest, a man revs up his chainsaw and cuts down a huge tree. As the thunder of the toppled tree sub­sides, a cameraman pops into the picture and says, "We came to Ecuador to save the rainfor­est but there we were asking these guys to cut down the trees for ... Read more
It's the summer holidays — the seemingly endless summer of eleven-year-old Seymour. A lonely boy grounded with a fussy guardian in an inner city suburb, Seymour is bored and unhappy with his confined world. ... By chance he meets Angie; the beautiful, effervescent 20-ish Angie with the flying ... Read more
Searching is a moving account of adoptees and birth parents, their need to satisfy curiosity, find their identity and make contact with one another. ... Read more
There is a sense of voyeurism as the viewer travels into an unknown metropolis looking through windows and discovering strange sce­narios representing the disquiet of the city's occupants. The peculiar action coupled with detailed paint, pastel and pencil rendering pro­vide an hypnotic ... Read more
A highly sexed rat with an attitude tries to bite off more than he can chew. A cel-ammated tale of unrequited love. ... Read more
Ever wondered if it's worth it? Doesn't one weekend seem just like the next? Seen through the 'eyes' of the bathroom mirror, the weekend may seem like one bleary-eyed morning after another. ... Read more
It is Paris, circa 1890, and a young boy boards New York Central's legendary train, the Twentieth Century Limited. The journey takes him across two continents and two centuries, rush­ing him through a ravishingly cinematic kaleidoscope of epoch-making imagery to his ultimate destination, the St ... Read more
Amidst a collage of kitsch 50s media imagery a young woman recalls her sexual abuse at the age of four. 'Daddy's Little Princess' is still dis­turbed years later. The film raises questions about memory and denial, our nostalgia for childhood and modern ideas about sexuality in a confronting but ... Read more
An Irish comedian is finding it tough to get a laugh out of his London audience One night after drowning his sorrows he's picked up by the police. At last he finds an audience who appreciate him. Or do they? This is a one-joke film. It takes place right at the end. And it's well worth the wait. ... Read more
When Mark Massi and Tom Joslin discovered they both were infected with the HIV/AIDS virus, Tom decided to document the progress of the disease on videotape. Joined by longtime friend Peter Friedman, who ultimately finished the film, they have produced a devastatingly real chronicle. If, up to this ... Read more
Same set, same crew, different worlds! A nun and a prostitute, obviously divided by their way of life, both separately, quietly and hon­estly explain what makes each other do what they do. Their outlook on the world both spiri­tually and morally shows they have more in common than what they ... Read more
A teenage girl and her father are driving to a town where her mother is now living, to ask her to come home with them. They spend the night in a small motel en route where the girl has a strange run-in with the night clerk. Cre­ating a disturbing sense of the girl's repressed emotional pain ... Read more
This should be seen as a fragment of a larger, uncompleted project meant to contribute to the AIDS debate. Begun in'86 and called off in '87, the National Board of Health and Welfare of Sweden, having commissioned the film, can-ceiled production because it felt that certain scenes were too strong ... Read more
In Sonatine writer/director/editor/star 'Beat' Takeshi consolidates his position as the most original, idiosyncratic and poetic exponent of the gangster film working anywhere in the world today. After the wistful Scene at the Sea, the ironically titled Sonatine returns — with a vengeance ... Read more
Mmmm. That looks good! I think I'll just pop it in my mouth... Oh no! Film-maker Jessica Yu invites her friends to taste a sour death ball and captures the looks on their faces as they eat it. ... Read more
Two brief animation Movements in ink and crayon. Spinning is Miroesque, Bild 14 is more brusque, a cosmopolitan jostle of coneish shapes in the tougher manner of De Kooning or Guston. ... Read more
Beside a heaving sea of crumbling pack-ice, two men swaddled to the point of immobility in layer upon layer of skins and furs, do battle with lances ten-feet long. A boy crawls with uncanny speed along a stony, windswept beach towards an unsuspecting colony of seals. Thus Spotted Dog... introduces ... Read more
Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director