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Films Screened In 1999

Life can get pretty boring when you're a shadow, hanging around at home with your housemate. Just when they thought they'd exhausted all possible distractions from the humdrum of everyday life, these shadows discover playing at shadow puppets is more fun than you might think. ... Read more
Anne McGuire exposes the media mannerisms of the Kennedy era through a desperate and nostalgic cabaret act in l am Crazy and You're Not Wrong. Her off-key per­formance is brilliantly nuanced, her posturing as sophisticated as Cindy Sherman and Sandra Bernhard. The singer's frantic loneliness ... Read more
Hilary Weisman's comedy road docudrama has probably created its own genre. Ostensibly the true account of four gals on a cross-country trip to sell stolen video equipment on the Mexican black market, / Love My Movie includes a number of startling revelations that indicate that some of what we see ... Read more
It's Akira with humour, Roadrunner with humans, an animated Pulp Fiction! Bill Plympton's toon masterpiece —for adults who don't care about political correctness - is an insanely funny romp into a bizarre world governed by the cartoonist's surreal mind. Newlyweds Grant and Kerry find their ... Read more
In his book, Joe Brainard recounts his life through a series of dairy-like entries, each beginning with the words "I remember". This engrossing short film is a visual summary of some of the entries from Brainard's book, a meandering journey through one man's memories. Gaining power and poetry ... Read more
Described by Sight & Sound as one of the most harrowing and powerful films at last year's Cannes Film Festival (and winner of the Critic's Week Award), / Stand Alone includes a warning near its incredible climax that squeamish audience members have 60 seconds (including a countdown) to leave the ... Read more
Today, La Muette, a housing estate on the outskirts of Paris, houses migrants and people of low income. Previously, it interned 67,000 Jews on their way to concentration camps. If the Walls Could Speak traces the history of this building and deals wilh France's involvement in the Holocaust in a ... Read more
A group of Japanese hire a tour bus with one intention: communal suicide. Everyone on this fatal trip, including the driver and perky female guide, has financial or per­sonal woes that have led them to take desperate mea­sures. ... The debut feature by Takeshi Kitano protege Hiroshi Shimizu ... Read more
Reuben, an Jewish-Australian child, learns about the Holocaust—but he takes it on board in a way his parents didn't quile expect. A well-crafted short, which provides some interesting juxtapositions, inversions and images along the way, all with help from solid performances. ... Read more
An ensemble tale about a working-class community struggling against apparently impossible odds, French film mainstay Bertrand Tavernier scripted the film with his daughter and son-in-law, based closely on the latter's real-lite experiences as head of a nursery school in a forlorn former mining town ... Read more
In her earlier work, Benning develops a filmic language that tests and gives provisionary representation to the very intimate world of her bedroom, and what it means to be Sadie growing up (and out) queer. Objects and texts resonate with accidental emotion and intelligence. It Wasn't Love is more ... Read more
Four handicapped children of ten, each working at their task; to write, to swim to dance, to speak. We do not see their disability, not 'how hard it must be for them', but rather see them simply at work, acting and existing in the world that their bodies shape for them. it works uses the simplest ... Read more
Jin-Roh is set in an alternate universe where, in Tokyo of the 1950s, advanced technology already abounds. A totalitarian government is ruthlessly crushing dissident activists. Our protagonist is Kazuki Fuse, a member of the Kerberos, a heavily armed Special Unit trained to crush resistance. While ... Read more
A personal memoir recounting the outstanding yet virtually unknown and unseen documentaries that Hollywood veteran John Huston shot during World War II. This film is the result of the dedication of filmmaker Midge Mackenzie who brings to light this shadowy chapter of Huston's career. John ... Read more
Cukor's last film before World War II was the politically relevant Keeper ot the Flame, concerning itself with a public figure, mysteriously killed, who is revealed by an investigative reporter to have been the leader of an American fascist movement. Heavy stuff for the times, the film resonates ... Read more
killer.berlin.doc combines a documentary realism focussing on Berlin with a fictional narrative about ten people playing a game of 'killer'. In the game, no-one knows the others' identify and each is both perpetrator and victim. This cyclical element and the seemingly random exploration of ... Read more
At the age of 22, Richard has inherited his father's undertaking business in Bradford. During a burial, his life is turned upside-down when he meets Barbara, a beautiful young aspiring actress from Los Angeles. Leaving behind the mundane and ghoulish funeral trade and a shrewish girlfriend, Richard ... Read more
In Last Night, amidst the pre-miliennial tension and hys­teria, director Don McKellar calmly asks: What would you do on your last night on Earth? The answers take his char­acters and the audience through a rich emotional spec­trum, from the quirky to the inspirational. Buildings burn ... Read more
Leaf on a Pillow depicts the rough and tumble daily life of three young homeless kids on the streets of Yogyakarta. During the day they scrounge a living in the crowded, nar­row streets of the market area of the city. At night they share a deserted corner of the market place with Asih, a middle ... Read more
An hilarious and bizarre family chronicle, Les Convoyeurs Attendent (The Carriers are Waiting) covers one year in the life of the Walloon family. Stuck in a dismal factory district on the outskirts of town, the film is seen mostly through the eyes of the 8 year-old Luise who is trying to come to ... Read more
Against the backdrop of the exotic landscape of North Africa, the enigma of iconoclastic writer Paul Bowles begins to unravel. Most well known tor his masterful The Sheltering Sky, which Bernardo Bertolucci adapted tor the screen, and a succession of hallucinatory novels and short story ... Read more
This sexy road film is about being fabulous, even if its only in your own universe. Angie knows she can be a star but as her partner Dave chauffeurs her to the entertainment Milky Way of Hollywood, his scepticism increases and Angie is left alone on the highway with nothing but her supernova ... Read more
Abderrahmane Sissako, a Mauritanian filmmaker living in France, returns to the tiny village of Sokolo in Mali to see his father. In a letter prior to his arrival Sissako informs his dad that, "... an important change has occurred that will bring me back to the village: the desire to film life in ... Read more
When a young boy's brother drowns in the dam on his family's farm he loses his mother to grief. A tense, compelling drama which explores the impact of loss on a family and the onset of madness when the mother develops 'aquaphobia', a psychological condition induced by the fear of drowning. Made ... Read more
An official selection at Cannes 1999, John Sayles' Limbo is another exceptional installment in an exemplary career. Sayles takes us to a glorious corner of Alaska where, unfortunately, the morale of the townsfolk doesn't match the spectacular scenery. Industry closure, the encroachment of tourism ... Read more
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