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Films Screened In 1998

Water attraction and repulsion is reconstructed cinematographically by one of Australia's longest standing and most uncompromising experimental filmmakers. The artificiality of nature is made explicit via multiple exposures images of water activity shot through iconographic mattes. A kinetic mosaic ... Read more
Take a bizarre romp one cold winter's night in Berlin when a woman who locks herself out of her apartment and gets a coin stuck in a cigarette-vending machine, unwittingly sets in motion an extraordinary chain of coincidences. This film moves at a crackerjack pace, reminiscent of the mind-bending ... Read more
Don McGlynn's (Dexter Gordon: More Than You Know, MIFF 1997) brutally honest, obsessively researched and thoroughly moving account of Jazz giant, Charles Mingus. Audiences will leave McGlynn's bio-pic with both a profound appreciation for Mingus' immense talent and taken aback by his prodigious ... Read more
Artifice or reality? Does it matter? Cheap Blonde serves as a reminder to the viewer just how constructed the film image is. As sound and image become systematically manipulated, what initially appears an authentic enough image is steadily revealed to be a complete contrivance. ... Read more
The story of Marija, a poor post-Soviet pensioner struggling to adapt to the accelerated culture of the 90s. A deft blend of documentary and fiction - Marija is played by a real pensioner, Lidija Kovtun, and her life formed the basis of the script - this film gradually draws the viewer in to the ... Read more
The story of Alan (John Flaus), a man dying of cancer who makes a belated attempt to establish a relationship with his son Denis (Luke Elliot), abandoned twenty years earlier. Smart dialogue, powerfully emotional (but never histrionic) performances from Flaus and Elliot, production values and a ... Read more
The most camp of all Blaxploitation flicks. 70s in style - 60s in tone. Hollywood's typical decade-lag makes this a stew of funky fun. Everyone tries to be real mean - especially Tamara Dobson, a 6 foot plus Vogue glamour model. Pre-Grace Jones. The streets are dressed as if it's a fashion shoot ... Read more
An invitation to fight and not dance as four men descend on a nightclub. It is only a matter of time before they attack. The action is an authentic rumble recorded through a surveillance camera. The voice-over acts as a postscript trying to understand the footage: 'real or theatre?' Our ... Read more
A modern mosaic from the urban jungle, this is an omnibus film, six stories linked by the central character of Greek philosopher/taxi driver, Cosmos. Nightmares traumatise Morille, a young filmmaker on a caffeine high who is interviewed on the hi-tech TV show from Hell (Le Technetium)!. Yannie is ... Read more
Rolf de Heer's latest film, in the Official Selection at Cannes this year, submerges its audience into the intricate world of a woman with severe physical disabilities. Heather Rose, herself disabled, plays Julia, a woman with cerebral palsy. Her carer, Madelaine, abuses Julia both mentally and ... Read more
Voted audience favourite at both the London and Nantes Film Festivals, Rajan Khosa's magnificent debut, Dance of the Wind, probes the dynamics of the Indian oral tradition. Pallavi, a successful singer of classical Hindi music, observes with immense concern and distress as her aging mother and ... Read more
The Dead Letter Office: a limbo for lost mail and lost souls. Having been abandoned by her father as a child, Alice (Miranda Otto) continued to write him letters, not realising that he never received them. Seemingly unemployable, she eventually takes a job with the Dead Letter Office, convinced ... Read more
Ever since Nirvana's Nevermind stunned pundits and became a runaway multi-million seller, ushering in a new era of upstart rock & rollers, the stage has been set tor a documentary like Deadset. Rob Payne (almost a one man band himself as writer, director, producer, cinematographer and sound ... Read more
Sunset. A wide-screen expanse bathed in a blood red glow. Two women, their colourful saris almost luminous, crest a hill bathed in the last fiery rays of dusk. The scene is stunning, gorgeous for a few seconds until - like (American) Indians in a classic Western - the silhouettes of a mob ... Read more
In 1998 twin sisters Annie and Pammie suffer a shock when their mother leaves their father after 39 years of marriage. Better known for her work in animation until now, Sarah Watt uses both live action and animation to recreate the childhood world of the twins as they reflect on their parent's ... Read more
Veteran Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine ventures into twelfth century Andalusia to tell the tale of Avérroès, an influential Islamic philosopher. Religious fundamentalists protested against Avérroès', and his writings were unceremoniously burnt. Fortunately, his followers copied the ... Read more
Consisting of just two shots, Devil's Hooves at Dusk is a highly stylised surrealistic film concerning a bizarre party organised for Lucia by her mother, the principal question being whether Lucia will turn up herself. An hilarious contemporary Spanish piece openly paying tribute to the master ... Read more
Don Juan '67, an obscure Mexican sex and espionage film. A bird's-eye crane shot of Eva Norvind, dressed in matching pop art checked mini and shades roars through the streets in a Cadillac convertible, also in complementary checks, makes for a bizarre and fascinating image. Bizarre and fascinating ... Read more
Painter/photographer/filmmaker David Perry immersed himself in Sydney's vibrant jazz scene and came out drenched in musical flavour and improvisation. Interviews with prominent Sydney jazz players including Bernie McGann, Mike Nock and Tony Gorman, as well as jazz authority John Clare, draw ... Read more
Eisenstein in Mexico: The Eternal Circle documents one of the least known, yet perhaps most influential, periods in the life of master filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein. During his brief visit to Mexico, he produced over 200,000 feet of film in an attempt to capture the spiritual, geographical and ... Read more
Eisenstein: The Master's House is a highly accessible and exhaustively thorough overview of the life and work of Sergei Eisenstein, one of the most significant fiimmakers in motion picture history. Eisenstein was born in Riga, in Tsarist Russia, in 1898 to high expectations from his wealthy Jewish ... Read more
The inhabitants of a Spanish village gather for the visit of a death defying tightrope walker. He comes with his own attractive aura of danger and drama, and the crowd are not disappointed. Animated in a sketchy style on paper, this film powerfully uses the graphic freedom of this technique to ... Read more
A magician turned civil servant reminisces about the hardships of a life of wizardry. Enchanted Life plays a number of visual tricks that span both drawn and model animation and which, like the film's theme, have an engaging and elegant simplicity of style that casts its spell on the viewer. ... Read more
An excellent contemporary companion piece to Monica Treut's Didn't do it for Love, Erotica explores female sexuality by consulting the opinions and experiences of an international group of ten artists, performers, authors and practitioners, all with a singular slant on activities in the bedroom ... Read more
This nightmarish animated vision should he required viewing for all children as a warning of the dangers of playing with anything in the medicine cabinet and of growing up too soon. ... Read more
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