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Films Screened In 1999

ARLINGTON ROAD (Mark Pellington, 1998)
A nail-biting exercise in political paranoia featuring first rate performances from leads Tim Robbins and Jeff Bridges. Michael Faraday (Bridges) is rebuilding his life after the death of his FBI age… Read more

Ashes in the Thicket (Lee Sung-Gang, 1998)
A man who accidentally sees a UFO subsequently suffers from powerful and painful hallucinations. In desperation, he and his girlfriend commit suicide to escape the hallucinations but find themselves … Read more

AUGUST 32ND ON EARTH (Denis Villeneuve, 1998)
Denis Villeneuve made his mark directing 20 short videos and winning first prize in the Canadian equivalent of the ABC's Race Around the World. August 32nd on Earth indicates his exceptional flair. .… Read more

AUTUMN TALE (Eric Rohmer, 1998)
Eric Rohmer once commented that his films deal less with what people do than what is going on in their minds while they're doing it—a cinema of thought rather than aclions. Winner of Best Scree… Read more

Avril (Raja Amari, 1998)
Beautifully shot and finely acted, Avril opens an intriguing window on women in contemporary Tunisia. Amida, a 10 year old girl, arrives from her native village with an old man who sells her to Farid… Read more

BABYMOTHER (Julian Henriques, 1998)
Anita is a 'Babymother', a young woman raising two chil­dren in a housing estate in north-west London with the assistance of her own mother, Edith. Byron, the father of her youngest child, is a l… Read more

BACH IN AUSCHWITZ (Michel Daëron, 1999)
Bach in Auschwitz is a sobering account of the experience of 40 women who survived the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp of World War II by belonging to a group known to both prisoners and Nazis … Read more

Bangers (Andrew Upton, 1999)
Julie-Anne comes home from a hard day at the office to discover her mother has locked the cat in the house all day (again) and that she is expected to cook 'bangers" for dinner. Preparing Ihe meal be… Read more

BARRIO (Fernando Leon De Aranoa, 1998)
Javi, Manu and Rai live in a none too salubrious part of Madrid. Their barrio (neighbourhood) is principally comprised of rundown, low-income housing and conse­quently the boys, in their mid-teen… Read more

Beak Out (Glen Dunstan, 1998)
In this hilarious computer animation, directed by Glen Dunstan and produced through the Animation and Interactive Media course at RMIT, a skeletal bird in a natural history museum dreams of flying. D… Read more

BEDROOMS AND HALLWAYS (Rose Troche, 1998)
Rose Troche (Go Fish, MIFF 1994) has crafted an excel­lent comedy of manners and sex in the nervous 90s. Bedrooms and Hallways—which received the Audience Award at the London Film Festival&… Read more

BEEFCAKE (Thom Fitzgerald, 1998)
Having stirred the emotions of MIFF audiences fast year with his debut feature The Hanging Garden, Thorn Fitzgerald blends documentary and fiction in an entertaining and provocative homage to 1950s m… Read more

BESIEGED (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1998)
Bertolucci's latest film is designed with the pure geome­try of music in mind. In Kenya. Shadurai's (Thandie Newton) husband is arrested for opposing the military government. She moves to Rome an… Read more

BEST LAID PLANS (Mike Parker, 1998)
With echoes of the Coen Brothers' debut, Blood Simple (1984), Best Laid Plans is a noir-ish entanglement of lust, betrayal, theft and murder. At all times it remains a film about the perception of ev… Read more

BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE (Anne Wheeler, 1998)
Walking home from a pleasant evening at 'Cat's Ass', a local lesbian club, Maggie finds herself bailed up by a gang of skinheads. Fearing the worst, Maggie is enormously relieved when a minibus scree… Read more

Billy's Balloon (Don Hertzfeldt, 1998)
Billy, the stick figure boy, holds in one hand a balloon and shakes a rattle with the other - a happy scene. Or so it seems until his balloon begins to have a sadistic mind of its own. The latest ani… Read more

BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT (Emir Kusturica, 1998)
The gypsies who populate Emir Kusturica's latest project, like those of his Cannes 1989 hit Time ot the Gypsies, live on the banks of the Danube River. These cheerful outcasts inhabit roughly constru… Read more

BOB MARLEY: LIVE IN CONCERT (Stefan Paul, 1998)
Along with Peter Tosh, Bob Marley is virtually the only reggae superstar to find fame on the international stage. Born in Jamaica in 1945, Marley was singing and play­ing homemade instruments by … Read more

BRAKHAGE (Jim Shedden, 1998)
Stan Brakhage is considered a living legend and one of the most important avant-garde filmmakers. Since 1952 Brakhage has created over 300 films, constantly and consistently redefining Ihe shape of f… Read more

BROWN'S REQUIEM (Jason Freeland, 1998)
James Ellroy spent the early 80s in an alcoholic haze, stealing womens' underwear from clotheslines when he wasn't on a bender or absorbing a century of crime fiction. From casual work as a drunken g… Read more

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB (Wim Wenders, 1998)
Ry Cooder and Win Wenders have known each other for 20 years. Cooder wrote the haunting music for Wenders projects Paris, Texas (1984) and The End of Violence (1997). In 1996 he brought a band to Hav… Read more

BULLET BALLET (Shinya Tsukamoto, 1998)
With his fascination for transmogrified bodies, junkyard sci-fi hallucinations, explosive violence and dynamic editing. Shinya Tsukamoto has found a cult audience at festivals worldwide since his bre… Read more

Bunny (Chris Wedge, 1998)
Through the gateway of an oven, an errant moth leads an elderly rabbit to a brighter existence in this beautifully executed animation. The script, lighting and music score for Bunny are carefully orc… Read more

CABARET BALKAN (Goran Paskaljević, 1998)
Veteran Serbian director Goran Paskaljević's Cabaret Balkan is set in Belgrade in 1995, offering a rivetting, fictitious account of events occurring on the night of the Dayton Peace Agreement. It… Read more

CAMILLE (George Cukor, 1937)
"Like parents crowing over baby's first steps, MGM announced 'Garbo talks!' (for Anna Christie) and 'Garbo laughs!' (for Ninotchka), but they missed out on this one, when they should have crowed 'Gar… Read more

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