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Films Screened In 1999

The final installment of Peggy Ahwesh's loose trilogy on sexuality and violence (The Deadman [1990], The Colour of Love [1994]). Pilfering plot elements from Mario Bava's What! (1963), and appropriating text from Kathy Acker, Steven Shaviro and the Marquis de Sade, Ahwesh creates an hallucinatory ... Read more
Turn of the century St Petersburg: two respectable families come under the scrutiny of Johann, a malicious pornographer, and his sinister, grinning accomplice. Johann's discreetly perverse spanking photographs are much prized in both households and the schemer uses this leverage to plot the ... Read more
One day a man bought a house in the city of Kampen. But someone was already living there... ... Read more
Described by Daniel Reeves as "an iconoclastic and manic romp through the dream fields of spiritual materi­alism", One Wilh Everything attempts to lay to rest several perennially unanswered questions. Featuring an errant Zen monk and 49 lawn ornaments, brilliantly shot and edited, this is a ... Read more
Compacted with as many layers of pathos as its subjects' make-up. Opera Fanatic dives right into the heart of the opera divas of yesteryear. Stefan Zucker. himself a singer and art philosopher (noted as the world's highest tenor in the Guinness Book of Records), sets out to interview ten of the ... Read more
Frederic Chopin's piano piece from 'Opus 66' is heard playing as a man and a woman drive through the night on a secluded road framed by a thick forest. The man places his hand gently on his pregnant wife's belly and asks 'What's going on there?' This expertly executed miniature thriller is an ... Read more
Meet Robert (Bob) Fischer... and then wish you never had. This rivetting expose of the art world and celebrity follows an American (con) artist on his forest fire tour of Melbourne. Bob, a colourfully misanthropic nobody manages to fool everyone within earshot—artists, gallery owners, art ... Read more
Hakemzadeh is commissioned by the Ministry of Culture to travel with a mobile open-ait cinema through the mountainous green north of Iran. Trekking from one remote spot to the next, traveling with his young son, Hakemzadeh finds himself in an isolated village where people have never seen a film ... Read more
Life in paradise is not what you might expect. A man spiils out of a washing machine. A woman tightens the stiches which run between her thighs like a seam. A girl dances wildly. This not your average nuclear family. Director llana Shulman offers up a surreal vision which is at once violent and ... Read more
A chilling Hungarian adaptation of The Postman Always Rings Twice. Deeply grained monochrome images combine with a seething undercurrent of sex and murderous plotting to create a dark and sinister atmosphere. Lust and betray­al build to a horrifying climax, familiar from previous ver­sions ... Read more
It's a simple premise, the eponymous peep show is for women. And, yes, there's only one gag, but Damon Jones and Bob Kirsh play it for all it's worth, with their tongues stuck firmly in their cheeks. Jane Leyden performs one of the best on screen orgasms since Meg Ryan's in "When Harry Met Sally" ... Read more
An uncomfortably intimate portrait of a decaying relationship between Delia an aspiring jazz singer, and Dale, her petty thief boyfriend. Pentuphouse offers us a glimpse at the moment when Delia's choice is movement or stagnation. ... Read more
A couple making love in one room whilst Grandmother makes trouble with a power drill in the other. Not much in itself but the film is refreshingly irreverent in its style and the humour is original and unexpected (although possibly a little cheap in places). A funky, fun film. Handcuffs, condoms ... Read more
This humble and poetic claymated student him has a simple yet powerful beauty. In a dark and oppressive world we observe, Evan, who works at a plastic animal factory in which he is in charge of quality control, making sure no reject toy animals make it into cereal boxes. We discover his affinity ... Read more
A novelist, desperate over his lack of literary success and his subsequent marriage breakdown, turns to drastic means in an attempt to get some attention, only to be punished by the same means that has gained him success. This tense and frequently hysterical tale about life's dark absurdities ... Read more
Ruth Lingford is one of England's most respected and acknowledged independent animators. This, her latest film, is also her most powerful. Devised in collaboration with the English novelist, Sara Maitland, this short is an ancient tale retold, about a city under siege and the terrible action taken ... Read more
Walker (Lee Marvin) and his colleagues plan a cash robbery on the former prisoner island of Alcatraz but he is double-crossed by his colleague, Mai, who shoots him and leaves him for dead. Walker, the vengeful loner, decides to retrieve the money he believes he was cheated out of, leading to a ... Read more
Possibly the most extraordinary short film at MIFF this year, in Pop the viewer is the main character as we take a candid journey from tourist to drag queens and some startlmgly real stuff in between. While at one stage you could be forgiven for mistaking this film as a snuff movie, Pop steadily ... Read more
Porter Springs 4 is a bizarre and sometimes disturbing collage of strange family moments, shot over 20 years on summer vacations. Several generations of the Hills family contribute to this cinematographic delight, providing a history not only of themselves, but of home movie photography and its ... Read more
In 1986 116,000 people were evacuated from the contaminated area immediately surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear reactor after it became critical. This number was far too few. Eventually this catastrophe, the worst ever in the history of nuclear power, would affect nine million people. 800,000 people ... Read more
Produced on a low budget using Photoshop, Illustrator and Macromind Director, Process ot Becoming is an exploration of symbolic forms based on the body. Shapes resembling body parts, insects and mandalas evolve and blend in a loose theme of regeneration. ... Process of Becoming is part of a large ... Read more
On 13 November 1991, Helen Todd received the phone call that every parent dreads. Her 20 year old son, Kamal, had been injured, shot on an island of East Timor. The nightmare of the next few days intensified until finally Todd was informed that Kamal had died of his wounds. She then found herself ... Read more
"My young husband, Jeff, came home from the war in Vietnam in a flag-draped casket. For those soldiers who made it home alive, many were greeted by America's rage. I had to ask. 'What did Jeff die for?' This question haunted my days and night I knew I had to transform his death into as powerful a ... Read more
Arguably the most famous architect working today, Renzo Piano is renowned for his work on such prestigious projects as the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Kansai Airport on Osaka Bay in Japan as well as Noumea's futuristic cultural centre. This fascinating biographical documentary takes the ... Read more
Rex and his pals need to make some money and fast. Their best hope is to win a music talent contest but they face stiff opposition from a mean bunch of rabbits. The latest installment of Rex the Runt is sure to satisfy lovers of this cult animated character. ... Read more
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