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Films Screened In 1995

... ... Gently humorous, with the pleasing simplicity of a fable, The Jar seems an unlikely candidate for the harsh censorship that saw it banned in its own country for three years. Yet director Ebrahim Forouzesh's hallmark style-where every detail is emotionally resonant and from the smallest ... Read more
The Kingdom is more of an epic than a small screen serial-a truly macabre work of diabolical diversity with an unpredictable narra­tive, harbouring a tender ghost story at the core of its haunted heart. ... We are introduced to the colossal labyrinthine hospital, the Kingdom of the title But ... Read more
In the nineteenth century Scottish Highland clearances peasant farmers were evicted from their land and then accused of being feckless and irresponsible for being unable to feed their families. The same process is happening in India today. This controversial and very personal doc­umentary ... Read more
A comedy/drama set in the b(l)ackstreets of Adelaide, Aleksi Vellis' follow up to Nirvana Street Murder (MIFF 91) charts the tumultuous life of Harry Dare, a 30 year old urban-Aborigine struggling to get to know his young son, keep out of gaol, reconcile with his estranged careerist wife and ... Read more
... ... The latest work in documentary magician Les Blank's ongoing celebration of humanity at its most sociable and creative is this loving por­trait of an entertainer and artist provocateur who defies categorisation (a rather Blankian trait!). ... ... ... For close to twenty years Gerry ... Read more
In 1854 the United States government made an offer to buy the Indian lands around the area of what is now Seattle. The leader of the Duwamish nation didn't understand the offer because his people had no concept of owning the land or the air above it or the water around it. After sum­moning his ... Read more
The horse-trainer, the jockey, the bookie and the punter. Four characters tell their stories about horse-racing and gambling. This witty, inventive film looks at the place horseracing holds within Australian culture and uses the subiect to talk about notions of nostalgia, mem­ories and lost ... Read more
Writing last year for The Village Voice Ellen Cohn described Pooh Kaye adding " paint to her hyperactive interactive cast—animating swirls and strokes of gorgeous gut-grabbing colour with wit and style to turn any mere me-and-my-easel painter green* ... A mixture of live dance gestures and ... Read more
A modern day Aseop fable via Edward Lear col­lides with Tarantino! ... From the novella by Boris Vian, this heart warming tale of innocent schoolboy antics is shattered by a bolt of not so magical realism from out of the blue . ... Read more
When Princess Bedelia was born, the fairies gave her three gifts: beauty, grace and common sense. Her father thinks beautiful princesses don't need common sense, but Bedelia makes good use of her brains. ... Read more
A group of Aborigines combined their talents to create the pictures and sounds of this traditional tale of conflict between the Imnins and the Timaras in Dreamtime. The story of the Quinkins is an Aboriginal legend about kindly spirits who come to the aid of children in danger in the bush, who have ... Read more
Warning: This film may enchant you. It is about an evil little general who can neither read nor write; it s also about an old man who discovers a new form of table-top publishing and about the conversion of a telescope to peaceful purposes. ... Read more
From the "3000 Scenarios Against a Virus" series—further proof that a little rubber goes a long way. ... Read more
An atmospheric tale about a travelling salesman traversing the American countryside portrayed in five independent episodes, five stops during a day on the road. ... Read more
The mind dominated by relentless repetition and the almost ritualist imperative to continually bring order to the world by counting out your insecurities in a series of mathematical equations. ... Arthur is an Obsessive Compulsive and for him the number three is both talisman and terror. A ... Read more
The Sentimental Bloke was the high point of Australian cinema for more than half a century, and is still one of the most appealing films made anywhere in the world before 1920. Although it is the usual things to credit this achievement to Raymond Longford, the film's director and (part) ... Read more
Director Robert Wise's ninth feature in five years, after a lengthy apprenticeship in the editing department, The Set Up was also his last at RKO. ... The film started life as a poem by Joseph Mancure March and was subsequently turned into a screenplay by sportswriter Art Cohn depicting in 'real ... Read more
... ... Powerful and promising this first feature film from Guatemala's fledgling film industry is also Luis Argueta's directorial debut. ... ... ... It's J954, young Neto is on the verge of adult­hood as his country is on the verge of chaos-the distant rumble of the CIA-backed coup against the ... Read more
... ... The grimmest in tone of all Jennings' work and essentially a fiction film, The Silent Village is both a memorial and message. ... ... ... The Nazis destruction of the Czechoslovakian mining village of Lidice in reprisal for the assas­sination of Heydnch, the 'Protector' of that ... Read more
In its studied, graceful and strangely sinister slow motion manipulation of actuality footage, this homage to boyhood cruelty and violence evokes both lean Genet and Eadweard Muybridge. It works as an antidote to most films of childhood reminiscence evoking through found footage, rephotography and ... Read more
A young boy dreams that his snowman comes to life . Together they share the perils and joys of winter. This animated film uses muted pastels with an exquisite orchestral score to make a non-verbal Christmas tale an experience for all seasons. Based on the book by Raymond Briggs. ... Read more
The beautiful imagery of artist Jeannie Baker ani­mates The Story of Rosy Dock, the tale of an elderly woman who sets up home in the central Aus­tralian desert. In her attempt to recreate the beauty she has left, she fails to recognise the beauty which was already there. This intricately ... Read more
A fearsome beast is befriended by a saintly knight whose village fears it, then exploits it, before learning a startling truth. ... Read more
Portrait of the artist Nicole Guiraud. By means of objects and installations she tries to establish a kind of visual or sculptured diary of her memories: her childhood, the sea, the city of Alger, the war in Algeria, the assassination, the expulsion, the exile and the return. ... Read more
Korea's master director Im Kwon-Taek has over 100 features to his name including the highlight of last years AFI Korean season, Sopyonje. The wisdom of experience shows in his steady handling of the huge cast and complex events in this epic Korean Civil War melodrama that tells history from the ... Read more
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