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Films Screened In 1998

Alejandro Amenábar's follow up to the phenomenal Tesis, his 1995 debut which scooped seven Goyas (the Spanish Oscar). From a darkened cell in the psychiatric wing of a high security prison, César reluctantly relates the events that have led to his incarceration. In a series of flashbacks we come ... Read more
"What a strange dream.. a stork, a river, an old park, a voice, through the mist, the outline of a house becomes visible. The houses seem to push each other aside, they huddle together, they rock on small waves, and suddenly it looks as if the town is a small island, floating round in the space of ... Read more
A mixture of live action and computer generated animation, this sci-fi piece is set in a time of global crisis when one company is about to control the world's entire communication system. ... Read more
This fluent and visually seductive animation belongs to a genre in which puppets, manikins and dolls stand as heavily loaded metaphors for women. Peaches is a creature, Charmaine Choo says, "entangled by the desires of others." Shot using wax and wood actors and using many of the conventions of ... Read more
Perdita Durango is the most explosive cocktail of humour, sex, religion and action this side of Natural Born Killers. The two central characters are the unscrupulous Perdita Durango (Rosie Pérez), and handsome drug dealer/shaman, Romeo Dolorosa (Javier Bardem). After kidnapping an all-American ... Read more
Perfect Blue represents the next wave of Japanimation. The producers of the MIFF 1996 animation sensation Memories have pushed the limits of visual expression. Perfect Blue balances Japanese suspense and action with probing characters. Based on a novel by Yoshikazu Takeuchi, the central character ... Read more
A cross between Cops and a seedy pulp novella, this 'action-based reality short' is a stylish, entertaining and insightful portrait of a modern private investigator, whose stomping ground is the mean streets of NYC. Directed by Monica Sharf, this noir-esque documentary accompanies Dempster and his ... Read more
Peter Weir's film adaptation of Joan Lindsay's classic, largely faithful to the original novel, describes the collapse of a rural Victorian boarding college following the mysterious disappearance of three girls and a teacher atop Hanging Rock. ... The unease that Weir provokes in the film is ... Read more
This beautifully rotoscoped animation has a deceptive simplicity to the world within the world that it creates. ... Read more
The middle of the night at a madhouse in Germany. A young woman travelling alone is nearly run over by a semitrailer. So begins a deadly serious game of seduction, but who is 'playing' who? This dark, disturbing tale of sex, power and violence combines tantalising manipulation of film language and ... Read more
A woman's desire to give her brother a dignified funeral is fatally thwarted when he declares on his deathbed his wish to be cremated. A Spanish black comedy of high passions, urns and vacuum cleaners. ... Read more
An audience favourite at Montreal, Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals, Postman Blues is a terrifically entertaining farce directed by Sabu, one of the rising stars of Japanese cinema's next wave. The film reflects the deep alienation and fanatical media fixation of contemporary youth culture in ... Read more
"Gay men and lesbians - a forced marriage if ever there was one," quips lesbian activist Torie Osborn. Such is the base from which this insightful documentary works. The relationship between men and women in the lesbian and gay community, race and politics make for an inflammatory cocktail. The ... Read more
Comic farce or major assault on Korean sexual mores? Push! Push! is both. The X Files meets ER, with a portion of Fawlty Towers thrown in. Korean filmmaker Park Chul Soo storms the wards of a women's clinic and pushes humour and satire to its limits without once belittling his subject matter ... Read more
"Money isn't dirty, just people." ... A low-rent Double Indemnity; cool blonde moll Kim Novak (in her first major screen role at Columbia) stirs up a sexual heat similar to that of Barbara Stanwyck in Wilder's noir thriller. She convinces a besotted police detective (MacMurray) - who seems willing ... Read more
Radiance tells the story of three young women who reunite, after many years apart, for their mother's funeral, | grieve, reconcile and celebrate. Over the course of 24 hours the skeletons in the family closet emerge, rattling violently. ... Cressy, the eldest, is a diva—an opera singer who is ... Read more
Blasting from the screen like the cinematic progeny of some unholy union between Lars Von Trier and Abel Ferrara, here is uncompromising Australian 'underground' filmmaking at its very best - an in-your-face, innovative and compelling drama about police corruption in Victoria. ... Constructed as a ... Read more
Simon thought he knew his parents, but family ties aren't always as they appear. This is a haunting and evocative film which unravels the family secrets of one man's childhood. Beneath a splendid array of visual effects, Simon's story unfolds with the tenuous clarity of a childhood dream. Images ... Read more
The highly versatile Jennifer Tilly plays Tara Ricotto, den mother and confidant to a group of gay, lesbian and straight friends in this outrageous Sundance favourite. Very much a quintessential 90s romantic comedy, Relax... It's Just Sex is alive with vibrant, hilarious dialogue exchanges, timely ... Read more
Using actual recorded statements from the victims and gritty images, this is a strong and rhythmic glimpse of the lives ofabused women. ... Read more
Victor and Betty - masterfully played by French screen mainstays Michel Serrault and Isabelle Huppert - are an odd couple peddling one of the oldest scams in the con artist's manual. Checking into luxury hotels, the alluring Betty cosies up to a wealthy looking mark, accompanies him to his room and ... Read more
Robert: A Fortunate Life is Sokurov's key pictorial account of the work of Hubert Robert (1733-1808), a French painter who was representative of what Sokurov calls 'classic virtuosity'. ... "Sokurov is perhaps the most ambitious and original serious filmmaker, working anywhere in the world today ... Read more
Ever met someone at a bar only to discover their eyes roaming the room? This slightly surreal trip across the artificial surface of lounge culture will make you think twice about clowning around. ... Read more
A riddle: A wolf, a sheep and a cabbage need to cross a river. How can you bring them across, one by one, without the sheep eating the cabbage or the wolf eating the sheep? ... Read more
Simon is secretly in love with Camille, but Camille has fallen for Marc. Marc is Simon's boss, and he's trying to sell an apartment to Odile, Camille's sister. Odile is determined to buy the apartment, despite silent disapproval from her husband, Claude. Claude looks unfavourably on Nicolas, who is ... Read more
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