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Films Screened In 1998

Leila is a beautiful young woman from an affluent background. Just married to a doting husband, Reza, Leila is confronted with the painful reality of being unable to bear children. Reza, contrary to what his young wife had envisaged, is unconcerned about this development; his devotion to Leila is ... Read more
A young film director has, for the first time in his life, a meeting with a star... ... Read more
A quirky and oddly charming short that plays with the overly melodramatic struggles of dating and heartbreak. A blind date between two hopelessly naive, neurotic romantics goes from very bad to much worse. Extremely minimal, the childlike drawings are in themselves amusing to look at. The strength ... Read more
"About Live Flesh I can only say that it is the most disquieting film I have ever made and the one that has caused me the most unease." - Pedro Almodovar ... "Almodovar is back on top form with Live Flesh, a heady concoction of carnage, carnality and Catholicism that owes more to the works of Luis ... Read more
Male bonding through competition ensues when four unlikely characters converge on a New York public washroom. A light hearted and outrageously funny look at the veneers of class, money and social status - and how meaningless they all are when you've got your pants down. ... Read more
To those familiar with the extensive array of films by Jon Jost, he is a figurehead, a pioneer amongst independent and experimental filmmakers. Jost is a one-man crew. With camera in hand, he has constantly toyed with cinematic aesthetics and politics, carving a singular niche. ... London Brief is ... Read more
Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart is more than a visual biography. It is the only documentary covering the musician, poet and composer, the man who brought rock and roll into the avant garde. From the beginning, Reed's music has influenced generation after generation of musicians, including David ... Read more
Alexandre Rockwell excels at well constructed, intelligent comedy, typically made with unusual but highly successful casting choices. Louis & Frank is a comedy about two very different cousins who performed together in a Doo Wop group in their youth. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since ... Read more
Love is the Devil recounts the turbulent relationship between controversial British artist Francis Bacon and his lover, George Dyer. Their first volatile meeting - when Dyer attempted to burgle Bacon's house! - sets the tone as the two become both artistically and intimately entwined. As Bacon's ... Read more
After surviving a near-fatal shooting, jazz saxophonist Izzy Maurer (Harvey Keitel) stumbles across the body of a stranger in tower Manhattan and winds up with the dead man's briefcase. Inside he finds a mysterious stone and a phone number which leads him to Celia Bums (Mira Sorvino), a young ... Read more
The winner at over a dozen festival awards worldwide, including numerous Best Film and Best Director citations, Made in Hong Kong is the first post-handover independent film from the former colony. Incorporating a striking, black yet humanistic view of youth, director Fruit Chan's astounding debut ... Read more
Memory and Desire is a beautifully framed, intimately observed love story. At its core is a mystery surrounding the tragic death of a young husband, Keiji, on his New Zealand honeymoon. He and his wife, Sayo, had travelled to New Zealand to get away from Keiji's intimidating and disapproving ... Read more
Nearly abstract, fast moving and intensely physical, Gary Carpenter's short work was a prize winner at both the London and Chicago Film Festivals. ... Read more
A minotaur lives in his labyrinth, his time spent praying and drinking. Unable to cope with his isolation any longer he leaves his seclusion to seek forbidden pleasures, but, obtaining what he desires comes at a price. ... Read more
An absolutely astounding documentary about the life and (alleged) crimes of Oscar Goodman - Mob lawyer. Fans of Scorsese's Casino will recognise Goodman who played himself as Robert DeNiro's court counsel, a role Oscar also played in real life when he represented the Vegas Mafioso that DeNiro's ... Read more
Following her first feature, Synthetic Pleasures (1996), lara Lee's Modulations cements her standing as the cinematic voice for a subculture centred around electronic music. Modulations lays bare a clear map of the territory of electronica in all its forms - house, acid, techno, ambient, trip-hop ... Read more
Mondo Plympton is a fantastic journey through the strange brain of off-the-wall animator Bill Plympton, featuring his classic shorts, rare excerpts, plus brand new work and stories from his animated life. This roller-coaster ride traces both plympton's life and art. When Plympton first moved to New ... Read more
Four very different intimate encounters occur in Room 407 of Motel Cactus, a Seoul 'love hotel'. In Summer, the first episode, a woman seeks to spend her birthday with the man she loves, but he has very different plans. Autumn concerns a pair of young college students who surprise themselves when ... Read more
It is the aura of delicate ambiguity that defines Mother and Son as a contemporary cinematic masterpiece. A fragile mother is dying, although if is uncertain whether she is physically ill or just resigned to death after a lifetime of hardship. A son has returned to her side, yet there are few clues ... Read more
The Mutoid Waste Company are a group of European performance artists whose spectacular live shows and nomadic lifestyle have made them counterculture celebrities. Originating in the Free Festivals of England during the 70s and 80s The Mutoid Waste Company scour the junkyards of Europe for the ... Read more
Charlie is a neurotic, self-loathing individual. After years of denial, a one night stand leads to him contracting a new and rare disease called 'Sexually Repressed Shedding Disorder'. The results include a strange duplication of his body. He discovers he only has 24 hours to 'reintegrate' his new ... Read more
In No Title an image is being constructed. Multiple perspectives of the subject are combined. A multilingual appeal is made to the viewer to not objectify the image or subject. We are dealing with the overlapping of cultural boundaries and the potential for misrepresentation as we view our own ... Read more
Slip into a sharkskin suit, strap on a machete and join Taeju, Jophil and 'The Infamous Ashtray' (so named for his weapon of choice) as they shoot, slash, kick and punch their way to the top of the Korean gangland food-chain. Being 'No. 1' is all that matters and when you're 'No. 3', the only way ... Read more
One Day is a surreal tale about the struggle for belonging and the sense of loss that ensues when connections are severed. ... Read more
Kunihiro was once known as the 'Ball of Fire', the most feared hitman in the Japanese underworld until the law finally caught up with him. Released after a long stint in jail, all he desires is the quiet life. Kunihiro finds his former gangland associates changed for the worse. Motivated by greed ... Read more
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