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Films Screened In 1999

Humdrum (Peter Peake, 1998)
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… Read more

I am Crazy and You're Not Wrong (Anne McGuire, 1997)
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… Read more

I LOVE MY MOVIE (Hilary Weisman, 1998)
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,… Read more

I MARRIED A STRANGE PERSON (Bill Plympton, 1997)
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 int… Read more

I Remember (David Chartier, Avi Zev Weider, 1998)
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 f… Read more

I STAND ALONE (Gaspar Noé, 1998)
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 incre… Read more

IF THE WALLS COULD SPEAK (Daniela Zanzotto, 1998)
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 Spe… Read more

IKINAI (Hiroshi Shimizu, 1998)
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 t… Read more

Inheritance (Philip Joseph, 1999)
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 juxtaposi… Read more

IT ALL STARTS TODAY (Bertrand Tavernier, 1998)
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 close… Read more

It wasn't Love (Sadie Benning, 1992)
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) … Read more

It Works (Fridolin Shönwiese, 1999)
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 w… Read more

JIN-ROH (Hiroyuki Okiura, 1999)
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 Kaz… Read more

JOHN HUSTON - WAR STORIES (Midge MacKenzie, 1998)
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 f… Read more

KEEPER OF THE FLAME (George Cukor, 1942)
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 ha… Read more

KILLER.BERLIN.DOC (Tina Ellerkamp, Jörg Heitmann, 1999)
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… Read more

L.A. WITHOUT A MAP (Mika Kaurismäki, 1998)
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 L… Read more

LAST NIGHT (Don McKellar, 1998)
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 audi… Read more

LEAF ON A PILLOW (Garin Nugroho, 1998)
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 ma… Read more

LES CONVOYEURS ATTENDENT (Benoît Mariage, 1999)
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 o… Read more

LET IT COME DOWN: THE LIFE OF PAUL BOWLES (Jennifer Baichwal, 1998)
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 Ber… Read more

Life History of a Star (Jennifer Gentile, 1999)
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, h… Read more

LIFE ON EARTH (Abderrahmane Sissako, 1998)
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… Read more

Like Drowning (Cath Murphy, 1998)
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 t… Read more

LIMBO (John Sayles, 1999)
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 … Read more

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