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Films In 1986

Depictions are the evidence of acts of depiction. From cartoons of J.R. to B.B.C. weather maps of Ireland, to pages from Zora comics to 'Wildstyle' Letraset - what is centred on in this tape is the actual method of depiction. These are the images that know no words. ... Read more
Set in Las Vegas in 1950 where an A-Bomb test is planned. Jack, a World War Two veteran, runs a gas station with his wife Lily and his three stepdaughters. The family is visited by Lily's sister, Starr, who is waiting out the 42 days necessary to obtain a Nevada divorce. Jack, more devoted to his ... Read more
Documentary on an eight-year-old boy who earns his living by collecting waste paper and working as a coolie, and lives in a slum hut on the border of the city. The film is the result of a workshop run by the German filmmaker with young Bangladesh filmmakers and film students. ... Read more
In 1982 Marta Meszaros made Diary For My Children, an autobiographic account of her childhood in the USSR and her return to Hungary after the war following the death of her mother and the imprisonment of her sculptor father during one of Stalin's purges. The film was held up for two years by ... Read more
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A compact, exemplary study of one of Hollywood's premier directors, Aviva Slesin's affectionate portrait is built around an interview with William Wyler filmed three days before his death. It is an intimate portrait of Wyler's life and career intercut with appropriately selected excerpts from his ... Read more
Back in 1986, Dogs in Space condensed an era, immortalised a rock star and stepped straight into our collective unconscious.To celebrate its digital restoration, MIFF is proud to reawaken this dissonantly up-beat adventure in share housing and the disintegrating punk scene. Late INXS singer Michael ... Read more
Jean-François Stevenin is best known in France as an actor. Double Messieurs, his second film as a director, is a personal, idiosyncratic work, hailed for its evocative presentation of situations and moods, Pascal Marti's flexible camerawork and the effective use of the snowbound setting ... Read more
A tape which uses a two frame animation technique developed on the Fairlight CVI. This technique emphasises body movement as a 'decoder' of culture. ... Read more
A hellish vision or dream, which wanders through a collection of historical events, attitudes and outcomes. It compares the '1824' Wiradjuri Aboriginal massacre (in NSW) with a motorcycle carnival held each year on one of their sacred sites. The site is Mt Panorama in Bathurst NSW. The film makes ... Read more
Three earthlings embark on the journey of life, soul firmly in hand. Dangers moral and physical strew their way. An animation film about love, rejection, greed, endurance, honour and ignominy. ... Read more
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A depiction of the almost surreal scenes in a theatre toilet during intermission. ... Read more
The surprise of this year's Cannes festival, TENUE DE SOIREE (EVENING DRESS) marks a much-awaited return of veteran ... writer/director Bertrand Blier. ... It is a black comedy in which Gerard Depardieu plays a burglar who drags a down-and-out couple, played by Miou-Miou and actor/director Michel ... Read more
First issue of the video magazine devoted to Bip Bip video art. A monography of the most important Italian video artist and a unique document on the poetics of video and water. ... Read more
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Ken Loach's uncompromising brand of cinematic 'realism' - documentary camera style, use of non-professional casts, improvisation, realistic unfolding of time within fictional narratives - has cast him as one of the most important, yet 'difficult', directors to emerge from the resurgence of British ... Read more
Flashing back and forth between the Fifties and the Eighties. the film explores with wit and panache the political and social connections between the two eras, converting a potential nostalgia trip into a sharply focused but entertaining analysis of the pressures placed on men and women then and ... Read more
A parable without dialogue summed up by the final title. "Cineasts are people who rob themselves of the present and others of a future." ... Read more
"The material used in this tape was shot on film during the rehearsal period of the Wooster Group's new theatre piece which is based on Gustav Flaubert's The Temptation of St Anthony, as well as the letters and |ourna!s relating to his periods of travel in the Middle East. In general, the piece ... Read more
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Some forgotten stories re-invented around the single fragment that remained in the memory. Shot over 12 months in London, Liverpool, Karlsruhe and the Cambrian mountains. ... Read more
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