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Films Screened In 1996

... ... Todd Haynes, director of Poison and the Karen Carpenter Barbie-dull film Superstar, extends his reputation as America's Foremost radical filmmaker wirh the menacingly soothing Safe Julianne Moore plays a well-off San Fernando home-maker increasingly engulfed by an allergy diagnosed as ... Read more
... ... Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Salaam Cinema is the Iran director/activist's typically offbeat tribute to a century of cinema. Such is the popularity of the cinema in Iran that a modest press ad for a film audition can result in a street riot! Looking ... Read more
... ... Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Mohsen Makhmalbaf s Salaam Cinema is the Iran director/activist's typically offbeat tribute to a century of cinema. Such is the popularity of the cinema in Iran that a modest press ad for a film audition can result in a street riot! Looking ... Read more
Virtuoso technique offers a glimpse inside the mind of a compulsive gambler teeming with odds calculations, combinations figures and forecasts A film in the first person. Agitated, abstract, masterfully conceived and controlled. (MM) ... Read more
One of many similar rooms in a big city is a home to a woman and a cat. They live in isolation, prisoners of the environment and the prevailing urban culture. Their release is found in their imagination and a cinematic magic carpet. (RP) ... Read more
... ... On one of those rare occasions when the Cannes jury gets it right, the inimitable Mike Leigh garnered this year's Palme d'Or (Best Film), the International Critics Prize and the Best Actress Award (Brenda Blethyn) topping the success of Naked( 1993). ... ... ... After the death of her ... Read more
It is Australia, the late 1950's. A talented young teenage boy studies piano under the stern tutelage of his domineering father. Although offered a scholarship to study further in the US, his father forbids him to take it up. ... It is swinging London, the late 60s The boy now in his early 20s. has ... Read more
Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams are back Ivexplonng another gender-bending facet of the flipside to Japanese society—following on from their successful documentary on the Takarazuka Review dancers. Dream Girls (MIFF 1994) ... Sfiinjuku Boys takes us into the heart of the queer underbelly of ... Read more
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Remember to turn down more than just your beepers and mobile phones when entering the cinema. A word of warning from the director of last year s popular Utile Women In Transit. To avoid embarrassment, practising or former mime artists are advised to avoid screenings of this film (TB) ... Read more
... ... In this scabrous debut feature. Sao Paulo producer/director Vinicius Mainardi takes on the Brazilian class struggle with a vengeance-sparing no one. Businessman Vittorio foils a robbery by stabbing, but not killing, Jackson, a petty thief who breaks into his sumptuous villa. Worried about ... Read more
Billy is a skinhead only he doesn't quite fit in. But that's what a skinhead does right in between acts of mindless violence. Billy tries to prove himself but only ends up looking silly. Then he meets his neighbour Marcia She's everything he's not. She's smart, She's a woman, She's black. Marcia ... Read more
Disturbing elegiac meditation on one girl's childhood and adolescence set in and around a Glasgow housing estate. Downbeat beautifully observed and concerned with the epiphanies which arise from the minutiae of day to day life. ... (MM) ... Read more
... ... Glasgow, 1968: time for the McLean Brothers to decide where their loyalties ambitions lie. The eldest, Bobby, misses his dead dad, suffers nightmares and hangs out a local gang. Alan prefers to devote his time painting and Joanna, an uncommonly self assured lass known to have attracted the ... Read more
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The Li household is a typical Beijing family, and a real Beijing family too. In this sensational docudrama, they re-enact their domestic history. The confronting results make Sylvania Waters look like Antic Of Green Gables and show ordinary life in today's China as never before. Father Li has been ... Read more
"Observe the man from every single point. Then judge the man any way you want it, Man to man is the greatest secret ever" Nyegosh (1813 1851) Montenegrin ruler poet and philosopher. ... A family lives in an idyllic setting in a remote country village in Montenegro (Yugoslavia). When their sons and ... Read more
In this sharp and unsettling thriller a businessman speeding along a country highway swerves out of control. As he is changing the flat tyre he is hit over the head from behind He awakens from a haze to find his car gone. (MI) ... Read more
... ... Joan Mandell's documentary was filmed during a visit by an Egyptian poet/story-teller to Arab-American community centre in Michigan. Sheikh Ghanim Mansour is one of the last people alive able to recite from memory the 1000-year old, 100-hour epic tale of the Bam Hilal tribe. The purpose of ... Read more
TapTap Ruin is concerned with the inter-changeability of signs with abstract images and linguistic forms with spatial forms. Writing becomes drawing and the reverse is also true. ... The film sets out to make a spectacle from a small but new image world (Ars Poetica). Toying with 'the typical shit' ... Read more
Produced for SBS TV Taxi' is a documentary of interviews with taxi drivers at work. Shot without interviewer or narration the cabbies talk frankly about their experiences on the job. Each of the five stories deals with a different aspect—passengers, violence, brotherhood, sex and philosophy ... Read more
Tepu a hermit like Indian wise man returns to Mexico City where the gringos and the half breeds have made it sick. Can it be healed and is he the one to do it? (TH) ... Read more
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