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Films Screened In 1995

A beautifully designed little film that shows the clock isn't running on the smart little one joke film. ... Read more
One extended family group made refugees by the war in Mozambique, make a gruelling three week journey to their traditional lands. Set to a soundtrack of authentic African rhythms, this is a beautiful story sometimes tragic sometimes comic but always in the words of the protago­nists. TVE, a ... Read more
Marcel Ophuls has an unbeatable opening to The Troubles We've Seen: A History of Joumalism in Wartime: the true story of how World War II was declared on the very day his father, Max Ophuls, was directing a scene in the costume drama From Maijerling to Sarajevo in which the disgruntled Prinzip ("I ... Read more
The second film by masterful storyteller and versatile artist, Tom Noonan, the American independent who won the Grand Jury Prize at last year's Sundance Film Festival with his debut feature What Happened Was. ... A self-contained, hilarious and jittery yarn, The Wife is confined to an isolated New ... Read more
This often underrated work is the prototypical Jennings' war film yet its powerful overlay of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony on shots of Coventry Cathedral's wreckage and its climactic defiant battle cry of Handel's Halleluja. A Chorus against images of war factories and bombers taking off, heralded ... Read more
Tom Collette plays Cindy, baton-twirler extraor­dinaire but whose twisting twirling feats go beyond the stage. A homespun lad, a grooving gal, a daddy cop and a bunch of leotards full of frilled-out twirlettes all make up Cindy's spectacle. Her dazzle is adolescent verve meeting the grown up ... Read more
Tomoyuki Furumaya's first feature is quite unlike other recent Japanese movies about teenagers. For one thing, its about romantic longings rather than sex. For another, its tone is sensual rather than sappy. For yet another, its setting is rural rather than urban (it was shot in Yamanashi ... Read more
A previous MFF Winner of Best Animation (Pos­session, 1992) the prolific Phil Mulloy (of Cowboys and Ten Commandments fame) has created yet another bieak, disturbing parable to unsettle our hearts. A calm ironic voice informs us that with the collapse of international capitalism NASAs space ... Read more
Written and Directed by Nya' Abbas Acup, who was to become Indonesia's most famous director of comedies, this Indonesian spoof of the American western—complete with main street dominated by a villain quick on the draw (with his machete)—was selected by the New York Asian Society to open ... Read more
... ... Abbas Kirostami returns to the harshly beau­tiful landscape of his last two features, con­structing not so much a third part of a trilogy but rather an alternative view of Life and Nothing More. ... ... ... Begining with the actor who played the direc­tor in the previous film ... Read more
Tino is a thirty-year old punk fire-eater and cow­hand, with an anarchist's opposition to the way things are. Almost toothless, scarred, tattooed and mohawked, he looks tike and appears to be, every mothers nightmare and the film in part bolsters that image. But it also looks under Tino's mask ... Read more
The dialogues of the characters of this animated film are both audible and visible. ... Read more
... ... To You, From Me is either on the cutting edge, or on the nose. It all depends on how you see it but see it you must. The sharp social satire of Chang Sun-Woo's profane succes de scandale and Seoul box office smash somehow captures the postmodern 90s—failure of tradi­tion, final ... Read more
... ... Almost documentary in its naturalistic direc­torial style, the ironically titled Too Much Hap­piness lays bare the tenuous, frustrated desires of four teenage friends beneath an endless sky on an aimless summers day. ... ... ... Mathilde and Valerie are bored and almost bothered ... Read more
... ... Travolta and Me captures that rare sense of being a teenager, frustrated by the adult world and slave to new emotions. Patricia Muzays striking second feature, full of incisive observation and flabbergasting twists is set in the Champagne district of France in the 1970s when Saturday Night ... Read more
Australia in the 1950s and twelve year old Jason is desperate to win the approval of his emotion­ally discordant father. A dark moody film that sounds the harsh key notes of family and child­hood scored by fear and confusion. ... Read more
A true cinema of surrealism is often alluded to but is now rarely practised-Twilights genuinely returns to the film strategies of early Hans Richter and Luis Bunuel and reiterates Andre Breton's surrealist manifesto. The universal-the secret psychological desires concealed within culture's ... Read more
Francois Truffaut, Stephen Frears reminds us, once observed that the words 'British' and cinema' seemed incompatible. Frears' celebra­tion of one hundred years of British Cinema is an elegant and witty riposte to Truffaut, showing that Britain produced at least its share of out­standing ... Read more
Director Claire Denis' (Chocolat 1988) contri­bution to the series Tons les Garcons et les Filles de Leur age brings both toughness and ten­derness to the potentially touchy scenario of three teenagers, Martme, Marlene and Alain out to test their sexual mettle in an adolescent lost weekend ... Read more
Set in Senegal, Umbo and Samuel is a modern fable about a small white African boy who has been taken hostage and finds himself in a cell with Umbo, a Wolof tribesman. To escape they must first communicate. ... Sillig shows an assuredness as a director with his claustrophobic camera work, and ... Read more
This moving and empowering independent doc­umentary follows the experiences of five multi-ethnic students from LA who travel to South Africa and live with South African students in black townships after the supposed dismantling of apartheid and arrive home to the 1992 LA riots. The students ... Read more
When Moemi has her braces removed the new­found dental liberation has unexpected side effects. Is it because husband Yukio seems less than delighted? is he too obsessed with his work to notice her? Moemi's, er, unusual response is to tie up everything in sight - books, apple,s even the pet ... Read more
The bittersweet story of two old room-mates both down on their luck. When you get to a cer­tain age and you're alone in the world losing your job can be frightening. Banding together mightn't make you a fortune but it can lighten life's load a little. ... Read more
Following the death of her mother, Tessa travels home to Australia to deal with the estate and a reunion with her older sister. Returning to her family home, a tired, sun bleached weatherboard house adjacent to Botany Bay, she is confronted by the collected debris of memory; the fears, the tears ... Read more
In the near future, Canada is at war with Quebec, battles are determined by TV ratings, and weapons are sponsored by McDonalds and IBM, A skull-masked newscaster reports on the antics of Prime Minister Wayne Gretzky who entertains parliament with animal impressions. Berlin has just finished ... Read more
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