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Films Screened In 1999

Myriam enjoys a quiet sojourn in Venice with her young son, Serge. In her previous career as a dancer she was filmed in this very city in a passionate duet with her estranged husband. She is approached by Pierre, an art forger some years her senior. Myriam is wary of his advances but unlike his ... Read more
On his way home from running errands, Ali, a school­boy from a poor family, loses his sister Zahra's newly repaired shoes. Concerned that his parents will berate him, he calls on Zahra to help keep the incident a secret. An elaborate shoe sharing system—involving after school sprints ... Read more
Did anyone ever believe Hollywood wasn't a bag of tricks? Claire has integrity, ambition and talent, a playwright boyfriend with a hot screenplay and the leading role written just for her. What more could a girl want? So, when Claire is beaten by a "babe", she takes on her biggest role yet, to ... Read more
A professional thief and his lover revisit their past and find disturbing omens for the future. With a title like Cold Feet you'd expect a 'cool' film and that's exactly what you get. Not the ostentatious '"attitude" of a flashy style-driven, MTV film or the distanced, existential snobbery of some ... Read more
In rural Australia, to the rhythm of a country song, Colleen Spencer tells her story. In one afternoon Colleen and her mother, Ida, face love, attachment and loss. ... Read more
A woman is desperately trying to give away cookies "baked with love" on a New York street. Two men look on - one a trendy shop assistant, the other a rough construction worker. What will they do with the fallen cookie left after the woman has been taken away by the police? A comedy of mannerisms ... Read more
Anything but trash, this short documentary is a detective story and a comic snapshot of American culture in the US-Mexico border town of El Paso. In his quest to understand the reclusive novelist Cormac McCarthy, film maker Rafe Greenlee explores the meaning of privacy in a very public way. ... Read more
In 1990 stage director Peter Sellars shocked the opera world by staging three Mozart operas in typically contemporary American settings. The three operas toured worldwide and were filmed in 1991, the Bicentenary year of Mozart's death. Of them, Cosi fan Tutte stands out as a particularly astounding ... Read more
Robert (known as Creampuff) and Jack share an apartment. Creampuff is obese and Jack is consumed with hatred, much of it directed as vitriol towards his passive roommate. Jack appears unable to leave his armchair. The tension mounts as Creampuff makes preparations for a birthday party. This ... Read more
Animated worlds tend to be apocalyptic and Cri follows in that tradition. Its world is full of strange looking men with stilts instead of legs who communicate in what can only be described as an aggressive bark. We observe these characters' grotesque existence in a claustrophobic city filled with ... Read more
Dance of Dust is an evocative study of the almost unbe­lievably harsh life of Ilia, a boy living in a desolate rural backwater. Eking out a living working in a brick kiln, Ilia is haunted by mysterious whisperings calling him to other realms. His attraction to Limua, the daughter of a ... Read more
In a smoke filled, seedy bar a jaded dame looks on while two men engage in a dramatic game of one-upmanship. What begins innocently enough with a beer mat flip rapidly escalates to the ultimate trick. ... Read more
Stunning visuals interplay with a haunting stop-start soundtrack in this magical Korean film. Dreamy reflections and images of female existence, of mother and daughter reconciliation float by, creating a distorted sense of time in its wake. ... Read more
Painted indigenous dancers pause in their ritual to pose for the camera. A woman hides her face and her children under a veil, like the women of Guinea-Bissau in Chris Marker's Sans Soleil (1982) who shy away from the camera's interrogating gaze. Through the assemblage of amaleur footage (blown up ... Read more
A man's strange obsession with dirt becomes an unusual allegory for individuality and self-sufficiency. ... Read more
Unlike other Mozart operas, the action of Don Giovanni is played out in a brief 24 hour period. It has its fair share of doors slamming and women running through corridors dragging long skirts—but within its tight, dynamic plot is woven a web of intrigue, greed and revenge. From the opening ... Read more
Few filmmakers have generated as great a body of lurid gossip, myth and speculation as Donald Cammell. He was the creator and driving force behind Performance, one of fhe most startling and innovative British cult classics. The film starred Mick Jagger and James Fox and is a psychedelic document of ... Read more
This meandering film traces a man's return to his home town to live in a high rise with his acerbic aunt. The story is simple and the bleak but beautiful imagery stands out. ... Read more
An impossibly poetic, moving and memorable film capturing the story of an isolated Aleutian Island port in deeply grained black and white. Simple in structure yet wonderfully evocative, warm in spite of the snowbound isolation it depicts, Dutch Harbour is certain to be one of MIFF 1999's quiet ... Read more
The second part of a trilogy (preceded by MIFF 1997 smash, Fire) whose theme is the elements, Deepa Mehta's Earth examines the subject of India's partition as a means to deal with land literally and figuratively. Based on an autobiography, the film mixes romance and social drama, often emotionally ... Read more
A volcano beneath a full moon, a row boat on a dark lake... this strange conjunction of events unleashes creative forces to deal with the darkness at hand. ... Read more
Erotic fantasies are the only escape for Edith, who shares a beachside house with her domineering mother. However, it seems that Edith's fantasies may have become reality when she discovers a beautiful naked man washed up on the shore. ... Read more
Meet Jonathon, an eight year old soccer fanatic. Living in a strange new town, he struggles to explain away the absence of his father as he finally comes to terms with his situation. A beautifully sensitive portrayal of innocence and loss, poetically framed against a back drop of a little boy's ... Read more
This expressionist portrait of people living in the harsh highland region of Europe, at the bottom of the Caucasus mountain summits, is both alien and seductive. Accompanying haunting images of the village are the songs and chanted words of the people themselves. Ancient writings on birth, death ... Read more
In the near future, a group of players gather to try out eXistenz, the latest in full-immersion VR game technology. eXistenz is the brainchild of the games world's most notorious genius, Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh), it incorporates experiences indistinguishable from reality and is utterly ... Read more
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