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Films In 1987

'Stik' lives by his wits on the streets of Melbourne. Stewart Carter and his crew spent weeks with 'Stik' in order to film this slice of life. A second year Swinburne project ... Read more
The story of Maurice Stiller, the silent director, his dog Charly and Stiller's grandson Ruben. When Stiller went to Hollywood, Charly remained in Sweden. It is 1961 and Stiller's grandson, Ruben hears the doorbell ring. When he answers it he finds a dog, Najda. Najda is looking for Charlie ... Read more
As the above listing suggests, there's so much going on in Superstar's 43 minutes that it's difficult to know where to start a description. Suffice to say this is one of the most original films you're likely to see this year, and one of the few in recent memory to give semiotics a good name! ... Read more
Director Im Kwon Taek has again created a moving portrait of a Korean woman, this time in historical circumstances. ... Set in the Yi Dynasty (14th Century) Im is obviously suggesting and attempting to illuminate attitudes that still exist in Korean society. Considering recent events, the subject ... Read more
Looking at different spatial relationships in the presentation of the news and where/how we locate ourselves in relation to the presenter, interviewee, reporter etc... ... Read more
A nightly stylised account of a young woman's grief and eventual acceptance of her grandfathers death ... Read more
Nothing can prepare you for the visual and aural extravaganza that is Testimony, the fascinating story of Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich ... The young Shostakovich had success after success until Stalin took a dislike to his opera Lady Macbeth, and in a marvellous scene at the Extraordinary ... Read more
A delightfully delicious "smorgasbord" of sound effects which explodes on the palate The artist arrives in the country to give a performance. At the airport he meets a customs officer, who goes to see the show ... Winner of the BAFTA Award 1988, Best Short Fiction ... Read more
Janet Foreman's contribution to the resurgence of interest in the Beat Generation premiered in the market place at this year's Berlin Film Festival. It contains rare archival film and present day interviews with Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac, Le Roi Jones, William Burroughs, Lawrence ... Read more
Life can get really boring if all you do is stand and wait for someone to come along and give you something to do. That's how it is for the things in a summer house in the country, who have been waiting for years for their master Rob to come by in the holidays, so they can do what they do best. The ... Read more
In the 1920's, roughly 100 fish canneries operated along the coastline of British Columbia The labour force was radically segregated into groups of natives, Chinese, Japanese and Occidental workers During the first 50 years, cannery workers and union organizers had to contend with interracial ... Read more
A segment from the portmanteau film Fantastic Collection. Raymond Chandler writ small more wittily than anything since Gumshoe. Yamakawa won the MFF Grand Prix in 1987 for his short Attack On a Bakery. ... Read more
Despite the shift to regionalism in Indian cinema, productions from Assam (in India's North, bordering onto China and Burma) are scarce. Catastrophe, the director's third feature sets the wider theme of the plight of small landholders in the remote, exotic context of Assam. It is a journey from ... Read more
An enchanting tale from Africa about five children made of wax They are industrious, loving, and they feel no pain But because they are wax, they can only go outside in the cool of darkness One child, however, determines to see the world by day. African thumb pianos provide musical accompaniment to ... Read more
... ... The very day the Argentine Armed Forces invaded the Falklands, Miguel Pereira graduated from the London Film School. 'I left England amid cries of war and a chauvinistic atmosphere and arrived back in Argentina to find the same. I heard political, economic and military analyses from both ... Read more
This tape includes an excerpt from my video play There's a Television In My Bath for three six foot Russian dolls and a person. Their faces were the TV images you see; their dialogue pre-recorded on three separate videos, and there was a person inside each, moving them around the stage. ... Read more
"Even before The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On won last years Japanese New Director's Prize, the hottest Japanese film of 1987 was so hot that no major distributor would handle it. Instead, it opened at an eighty-scat Tokyo theater, where it subsequently ran for months The subject of this ... Read more
The world of things and movements traces itself backwards and forwards in an ecstatic vertigo of metaphysical allusion, whilst we sublimely subordinate the will to desire. "Look out," Marguerite Duras says, "you see the end of the world." ... Read more
La famiglia represents a long standing project for Ettore Scoia - it is his only feature in almost three years since the completion of Maccheroni. By all accounts. La famiglia promises to be a monumental effort, covering the eighty year history of a bourgeois family, from 1906 to the present. ... Read more
"Le Corps Image is an experimental yet poetic film dealing with society's perceptions of the body. The film takes on one of the most elementary technical features of the film (the projection process) and uses this analogy to comment on the process by which society projects notions of the body and ... Read more
Anita Kelly wants to be a writer of horror stories, but the genuine brutality of her environment means that a little more than her imagination is needed to escape ... Read more
A small community of people live on a tiny island in the middle of a river. None of the residents have ever left because no one has built a boat that didn't sink. ... One day a motorboat arrives near the shore "May I live here. By the green slow waters of die great river. I often come here. I don't ... Read more
Written by featured director at last year's festival, Abbas Kiarostami, Ebrahim Forouzesh's first feature The Key is a deliciously entertaining comic drama that will appeal to all with its inventive humour and mesmerising pace. ... Like most of the post-revolution Iranian cinema, The Key was made ... Read more
Shot during the summer and autumn of "last year", this mesmerising trip into contemporary Britain's apocalyptic non future presents what is possibly filmmaker Jarman's most personal film to date. It's as if the post-punk social critique of Jubilee and The Dream Machine has dynamically intermingled ... Read more
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