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Films Screened In 1995

"The only reason I don't kill myself is, in fact, because I am unique"- Nico ... An enthralling investigation of an amazing identity and an intensely rigorous dissection of the nature of worship, Susanne Ofteringer traces the rollercoaster ride that was Nico's life. ... Her birth certificate read ... Read more
... ... South Central L.A. is a world unto itself. Sometimes lawless, sometimes cruel, always hard. Set largely in the A.B.C. Pawnshop—a Social Security cheque-cashing 'fringe bank'-we are drawn deeply into this neighbourhood where survival is the primary concern. ... ... ... The cycle of ... Read more
More money is now spent on video games in a month that on zoos in a year. For the zoo industry it is a sharp reminder that revolution is around the corner. As we head towards the 21 st century zoos face a stark choice: adapt to a new generation or die. State of the Ark goes fast forward to the ... Read more
... ... A fascinating 'serious' exploration of all-female rock bands now referred to universally as the riot girl phenomenon. Self-styled Californian feminist psychologist Dr Lisa interviews the suit­ably loud, enraged and articulate leaders of this very nineties movement of do-it-yourself ... Read more
The definitive film about watermelons: they are cut, sawed, run over, used as bombs or for masturbation, appear at the UN and in toilet bowls. ... Read more
An enigmatic encounter between a professional photographer (Atom Egoyan regular Gabnelle Rose) and a temperamental Russian concert pianist erupts with potential overtures in Karethe Linnae's beautifully orchestrated chamber piece. ... Read more
The title says it all! Six vignettes laced with humour and affectionate vitriol plumbing the depths of maledom in its twilight years. ... Read more
Annie Griffin begins with a photograph of her family taken in the squeaky clean 50s it is a clas­sic all American line-up, a beaming mother and father and five cute children Griffin takes each of these faces and one by one interrogates them with those awkward questions wed all love to ask of ... Read more
Pat and Eddy's three teenage children, Bradley, Michelle and Darren are growing up not necessarily according to Pat and Eddy's wishes. Their time is taken up with cars, boyfriends, musical ambitions, sports injuries and whether to stay at school or go to work. The kids are losing interest in the ... Read more
A film fantasy concerning the adventures of a modern girl whose passion for peaches is eventu­ally replaced by a very different type of passion. ... Read more
A bloke with a beak gets a broken heart. Dada was never this dreamy . ... Read more
A dark and distilled visual dance through time and memory where religion and mortality stalk. This impressionistic shadow play of family and place is a new film from the director of Just Words MIFF' 92. ... Read more
Tezuka's second major animation short. Pictures at an Exhibition is Tezuka's inspired response to Disney's Fantasia. Much of Disney's works did not reach Japan until the late 40s, and the advances that Disney displayed in Snow White and Fantasia hit Japanese animators with great force. Tezuka has ... Read more
Belgium's arbiter of minimalist chic, Chantal Akerman, takes a leisurely stroll through the capital, casting a casual but revealing glance at adolescent anxiety and unspoken love along the way. Thumbing her nose at period authenticity, Akerman instead incites a climate of political consciousness ... Read more
Gosha Prokoshenkov is a thirteen year old boy living in a boys home in Moscow. This beautifully constructed cinema verite work provides a portrait from the streets rooftops and parks of one child's Moscow of today. Abandoned by his par­ents, institutionalised in an uncaring system, Gosha speaks ... Read more
... ... Who knows what happens behind closed doors? The postman, if he opens your mail. And this guy doesn't knock twice before meddling in the lives he uncovers. Adultery, prostitution and drugs are just the appetisers in a banquet of temptations laid out before Xiao Dou. A slow-witted young man ... Read more
There is no known cure for the bite of a teenangster. Brightly coloured images will pass before your eyes and the end will follow quickly. ... Read more
... ... As topical as it is controversial, Antonia Bird's first feature tackles the contradictions and conflicts at the heart of the taboo subjects of sex­uality in the priesthood, and touched off a seem­ing 'holy war' upon its release in the US. ... ... ... Repressing a potential minefield ... Read more
Acknowledged as the first anime for girls (and indirectly leading to some of the most mind-boggling gender-specific girls titles {shojo manga & anime} which have proliferated in Japan over the proceeding 30 years), Princess Knight is a truly confounding tale. Set in a lurid fantasy-Europe, which ... Read more
Another of the whimsical gag shorts, this one about the futuristic society of machines at the eternal service of the isolated human being. The repeated ' thank you - come again' phrase orients the film as a wry comment on the polite rituals of mass consumption in contemporary Japan. ... Read more
Picture a group of schoolchildren eating their lunch around a table. Within seconds a cloud of thick white smoke (DDT) engulfs them. Some of the images in this film will rock the sensibilities of the average 1990s person, but in 1950, Rachael Carson was one of the first people to question the ... Read more
A clash of the Titans! Roy Cohn, the homo­phobic rightwing bible thumper who came to prominence as McCarthy's right-hand man during the fifties witch-hunts, and Jack Smith, notorious underground filmmaker/performer (director of the 1963 camp classic Flaming Crea­tures) confront one another ... Read more
... ... From TV talk show ritual to rock stardom dreams, pop culture is the site for magic and spirituality amidst today's soulless materialism. For teenage Ahda, son of a hilariously bad quack herbalist, everyday life is a pressure cooker of college entrance exams, army conscription papers, and ... Read more
Resilient redback meets compulsive obsessive household pest controller with a view to mutual extermination. Ouch! ... Read more
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