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Films Screened In 1993

Based on the story by Franz Kafka. An old man waits in a room while somebody repeatedly attempts to enter. Eventually, the door is forced open and a young man enters. The old man is resigned. He takes a small suitcase and leaves the room while the young man makes himself at home. Such is the cycle ... Read more
Breathtaking silent-era footage of polar exploration is exploited to surprising — some have said outrageous — effect in this tall tale of mystery and imagination. However you view this elegant act of archival showmanship, one thing is certain: it's the footage, shot (by Frank Hurley ... Read more
Somewhat misunderstood and underappreciated on its original release in the early 1950s, Renoir's adaptation, or revision, of Prosper Merrimee's Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement, has, over the years, come to enjoy something of a cult-classic status. It has been hailed by Andrew Sarris as "a glorious ... Read more
Jamie's a very pissed off kid, drifting between domestic violence and the streets of an unfriendly city. But he's a fighter and a survivor and he's armed with a walkman. Tin teenage accessory becomes a powerful vveapon when he uses it to document the violence being inflicted on his mother by her ... Read more
Very lush and with plenty of bite, this great looking film documents the death (and bizarre post-death surgery) of Percy Byshe Shelley (you know, the poet!). Set to Shelley's sprawling 'Ode to the West Wind' the film reflects the rich­ness of his work, its powerful and insightful imagery and ... Read more
For the central character everyday is a journey. Deaf and blind from 13, every day he is on a constant quest for the ultimate sensory experience: travel. ... Read more
West Australian folk singer Kavisha Massella discovered by chance a choir of Italian Women in Fremantle. ... Read more
It is the final picture show. This witty and endearing film presents its characters as they prepare for the final performance at their cine­ma. One of three beautiful, classical documen­tary shorts by Momir Matovic showing at the festival this year. ... Read more
A tale of epic proportions depicting romance, revolution and sordid activity in political back rooms. An essay on the relationship between good books, popularity and power. ... Read more
After 350,000,000 years, the insects get their lucky break in this animation about a nightwatchman whose blundering puts evolution into overdrive. ... Read more
Since the beginning of time people have gazed into the polar skies, spellbound by dancing beams of colour...the northern lights. Scientists have advanced theories to explain the aurora borealis in the north and the aurora australis in the south, but the beauty and mystery of the lights has not been ... Read more
Populated by tragi-comic figures plagued with suppressed feelings of lust and a singular Calvinist-Catholic morality, The Northerners is a witty and original comedy reminiscent of a style and vision which blends Jacques Tati and Aki Kaurismaki. The film starts out as a social satire about post-war ... Read more
Based on E. L. Grant Watson's 1930s novel, Paul Cox's latest film re-locates a number of his familiar themes to a starkly 'new' locale, the Australian bush. Set against the backdrop of a small Victorian town in what looks to be the 1940s or 50s, Cox's characteristically moody narrative focuses on ... Read more
A savagely funny nightmare comedy set in the waning years of the Romanian police state, this anarchic film has its roots firmly planted in the dark and ironic soil of the blackest of political satire. ... When her beloved communist father dies Nela leave Bucharest (with his ashes in a Nescafe jar!) ... Read more
A brilliant motion painting with two men on horseback riding up and down a spiral to an extract of an opera score. ... Read more
Alluring and labyrinthine, The Sentinel, is a wholly original and intriguing espionage drama — a suspenseful exploration of the legacy of Cold War politics. ... At the centre of this intensely psychological thriller is a strange parcel which forensic student Mathias, finds in his luggage ... Read more
There are great global traditions about public bathing. The Shvitz, documents the traditional 'Russian' or 'Turkish' steam-baths of New York, and their importance in the city's social structure. Full of intensely New York Jewish humour and warmth, the film is a delightful exploration of a lifestyle ... Read more
In a small old house in the wilderness of New Zealand - a hunter waits for the final prey which will make his collection complete. But the animal world conspires against him. "...one of the funniest and niftiest shorts to come out of New Zealand." ... Read more
"Ever stood on top of a lookout and really leaned over to see how steep the cliff is? To look into the abyss is to see beyond it." Not only are human beings obsessed with staring down the barrel of the Apocalypse, but we are also guilty of striving to hold its power in our hands. Via great Japanese ... Read more
Made in collaboration with native inmates at La Macaza Penitentiary near L'Annonciazion, Quebec, this film tells the story of a bear who is addicted to drugs, and his friends the owl and the seal who cure him after he has a close brush with death. A beautifully crafted film from the director who ... Read more
... ... The Sorceress of Dirah is a performance event by the Javanese performance artist and choreographer Sardono W. Kusuma, of Bali­nese dances and legends, developed and restaged over many years, working with a group in the village of Teges in Bali. Presented widely in Europe and the USA in ... Read more
Spend a day with Max Konig, a high school astronomy teacher. Max wishes that his life and personal relationships could follow the same precise laws of nature as the planets and the stars he knows so well. He discovers that it is not possible to exert total control over his life, and that maybe ... Read more
The banyan tree is the symbol of eternity in Thailand. A middle-aged man, feeling the pressures of the city, returns to the village of his birth where the banyan planted during his childhood is full grown. Personal crisis' and poignant memories are relived as the man questions whether his dreams ... Read more
A small, village, isolated from the outside world, is a picture of peace and tranquillity. But the reality is slowly revealed. ... Read more
A compilation of 6 x 5 minute pieces (collec­tively known as The Web) showing the damage man has done to threatened wildlife species and what he can do to repair some of that damage. Animators/directors Luanda Clutterbuck and Sarah Watt use various animation mediums and soundtracks to ... Read more
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