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Films Screened In 1996

Nan Goldin's emotionally involving auto­biographical documentary is about Paradise Lost. From the Boston drag scene of the 70s, to New York's gay heaven, this fascinating American photographer has seen it all. And photographed it all. As she says in her candid commentary, there is no question ... Read more
Controversial even before it was shot. Ill is a much-talked about new short from England. When the lead actor quit the project at the eleventh hour the tabloid press seized on the film as immoral. III is certainly a confronting 13 minutes viewing as layers are peeled back to reveal the true horror ... Read more
... ... At last, a Chinese feature that gets to grips with everyday contemporary life. Gone is the stylised historical drama of older directors like Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou. Like Sons (also showing in this year's festival) and a number of other films currently held up by the Chinese censors, In ... Read more
... ... The creative vision of directors like Sasa Gedeon ensures a sound future for Czech film With Indian Summer he tackles the perils of puberty and the initiation of an innocent 15-year-old girl. Klara, by her worldly-wise cousin jealousy, power struggles, deception and revenge set their ... Read more
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... ... The story of Jimmy, a middle-aged Irish bachelor, who decides the time has come to find a wife. He contacts the local matchmaker to find him a suitable woman. What kind of woman is he looking for? "She'd have to be able to milk cows," says Jimmy without hesitation ... ... ... At last Jimmy ... Read more
... ... Jesus in Russia: An American Holy War takes viewers inside the crusades of two extremely colourful American evangelists as they preal pray and heal their way across a troubled land! In the wake of the collapse of Communism,is estimated that 30,000 Christian missionarj have descended on ... Read more
Extracts from Zouzou and PrincessTam Tarn "...Josephine entered the stage, a revelation of new world. Eroticism found a style. The expression of desire, its call, its wild ardor" ... • Paul Achard ... Read more
... ... Essentially a cannily observed mood piece this film concerns the situation of J.R Bonner (the hugely underrated Steve McQueen) a middle-aging champion bull rider down on his luck and returning home. Home is smalltown Prescott Arizona where Bonner a somewhat laconic loner is planning to ... Read more
... ... Tatsuo is a cocky chimpira (apprentice gangster) whose yakuza bosses are grooming as a pimp to the rich and famous. But when screws up big time on one of his first important jobs, Tatsuo is forced to flee Tokyo, followed by his girlfriend. He finds a taxi driver who will take him to a small ... Read more
... ... In his new film Robert Altman introduces his old home town and trademark touches including the complex inter-relationship between different lives (and plot lines) and his masterly ear for music, this time hot, vintage jazz. All roads lead to Kansas City, the Las Vegas of the 30s, a wild ... Read more
A painterly representation of mediated water seen through a full prismatic gauze of colour and bifocular distortion. The strobing and oscillation of ripples in a dark unnatural world are as ephemeral and solid as a vast body of water. The introduction of a feather changes the grid s course of ... Read more
With Marie Atger, Lee Black. Regine Chopinot, Poonie Dodson. Jean Hughes Laleu. Joseph Lennon ... Read more
"The light fixes her body, searches through her nakedness. In a second, an opening is made for her to slip into dreams..." Joelle Bouvier and Regis Obadia transform a grungy disused public space with glare and shadow, ambiguity and uncertainty. ... Read more
Anna Pavlova performs La Mort du Cygne. ... Read more
A pristine, monochrome subterranean dance fantasy. Two members of the Montreal troupe Lalala Human Steps perform a tough, jumpy, tender pas de deux in a dream-like setting. ... (Winner, Best Experimental Film MIFF 1989) ... Read more
More than sixty years after the passing of silent films there are theorists who continue to question the relevance of sound to an essentially visual experience. ... Trine Vester s application of ambient sounds to manipulated video images restates the ways m which sound can heighten perceptions of ... Read more
Elusive images, sometimes familiar, often obscure, swim upon the screen and resolve into a striking and unique record of last year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. (TH) ... Read more
With Yvette Chauvire, Dominique Khalfouni. In Le Cygne no one speaks, transmission occurs in silence; it's less about transmitting a role or shape, than an intensity, the naked intensity of the swan before incarnation In Dominique Delouche's film there are three bodies: Yvette Chauvire who has ... Read more
"There was a side to Nureyev that was bestial' frenetic, like a centaur or Rasputin, even though he controlled every step. He was extraordinarily handsome, with a remarkably photogenic face the evidence being Le Jeune Homme el la Mort." ... • Roland Petit ... Read more
A serpentine dance interpreted by one of Loie Fuller's disciples This short film was part of the series La Fee'rie des Ballets Fantastiaues. The decision to film outside the studio, in natural light, means Le Lys, which from the outset was one of Loie Fuller's most renowned choreographies, has a ... Read more
'I dream of Melies, of things phantas-magorical. All those elements that cruelly lack from present shows. A theatre is a space in volume, not just a stage with ants moving across it...The dream is the only thing that counts. ... • Philippe Decoufle ... Read more
With Tania Bari. Christine Brabant. Marie-Claire Carle, Louba Dobrievitch Jaleh Kerendi. Germinal Casada, Florie Alexander, Paolo Bortoluzzi, Antonio Cano, Pierre Dobrievitch. ... Read more
... ... After his exceptional award-winning shorts Night Out (MIFF '90) and Eternity (MIFF '94), director Lawrence Johnston's much-anticipated debut feature, Life, is an excitingly cinematic adaptation, or dynamic re-visioning, of actor/playwright John Brumpton's acclaimed theatre piece ... Read more
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