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Films In 1988

The atmosphere is seedy and nocturnal. Its content takes on a variety of references each related to instinct and daily survival. Waking up, eating, money, sex, drugs, death, the ephemeral nature of newsworthy events. The games that macho males like to play. In its isolation the act of eating a ... Read more
The legend of Leo and Leva (or should that be Elvis!) told by the contemporary custodian of their story's sites. ... "All my stones have messages - philosophy, teachings. The stories are connected to our land, to our sacred sites, to our beginnings " - Lorraine Mafi-Williams ... Read more
... ... Johan de Bakker is a first-rate baker, meticulous in his trade and exacting in his recreational pursuits which include balancing eggs, building towers of pebbles by the river and waiting stoically in the town square for his daily bus to arrive. Illiterate and hardly exacting in his social ... Read more
... ... Last years festival guest John Sayles continues his exploration of classic American social myths, with his long-cherished project on how the 1919 Chicago White Sox baseball team threw the World Series in cahoots with professional gamblers, in what became known as the Black Sox scandal ... Read more
"In the explosive point of contact between what the star actually projects, and what the fan longingly invests, a soul is born" -Adrian Martin ... "Confessions of a Mask" Cinema Papers March '88 ... Read more
Metaphors explode sometimes. Faint Echoes is concerned with the act of watching and being watched. Crowd scenes from baseball movies are combined with sequences from Triumph of The Will where Hitler greets the people in Nuremburg. These motifs are subject to the contrivances of the filmmaker ... Read more
'Boy, you've got to carry that weight a long time'. An animated comment on life's ironies. Prize-winner, Berlin Film Festival. ... Read more
African beats propel a vibrant animation of expressive dance.- (LS) ... Read more
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... ... From Russia with Rock is the first overview of the Soviet rock scene, and in particular its unofficial representatives. In December 1987, a seven-day rock festival was staged in Moscow, the first ever such event in the Soviet Union. Mykkannen and her crew were there to cover the festival, a ... Read more
... ... A haunting, grainy and poetic tribute to the ethos of the public toilet — gay sex, desire and frustrations. ... ... ... Originally shot on Super 8. ... Read more
The first feature from former Swinburne students English and Hillcoat blows the cobwebs out of the Australian feature in one gut wrenching cinematic punch It's tough, uncompromising and totally unlike any feature made here recently, possibly ever. ... Ghosts... is the product of extensive research ... Read more
A factory worker at the end of his day's work. ... The third part in a trilogy entitled Everyday Madness made while the director was a student at the Berlin Film School (Deutsche Fttm-und Femsehakademie Berlin) ... Read more
A couple dance rings around our expectations of masculine' and 'feminine', proving there are more twists to gender than you can polka a suck at. ... From the director of Bodyspeak and Drum/Sing, a classical narrative based around the pictorial values of film noir, reinterprets through the medium of ... Read more
... ... Mike Leigh's latest film is his first made directly for cinema release in 17 years and a fitting culmination to the retrospective of his films screening through the festival. ... The most sophisticated and yet the most conventional of all his films, High Hopes weaves the story of three very ... Read more
Dirk De Bruyn has made a number of distinctive (usually short) experimental films since the 70's. Homecomings an avant garde examination/diary of the filmmaker's roots is by far his most ambitious film to date ... In 1983, De Bruyn and his wife and two sons returned to The Netherlands, 25 years ... Read more
A pair of knees go to a disco ... Read more
With the sudden death of Sharon, Jim loses his wife and Maya loses her mother. This bleak tale of bereavement and drug dependency features a striking visual style with dramatic use of lighting and framing. ... Read more
Jack the Rabbit has escaped Jack has no scruples, no morals He hunts detective Mickey Juliette, as he was once hunted. ... Mickey leaves a trail of broken hearts, Jack a trail of death one day they will meet Who will survive' ... "This is just the beginning, Juliette " ... Read more
Peripatetic travelogue, quasi documentary, a discourse on transience. Jackass Johnny crosses the boundaries of the banal and sentimental in pursuit of the Canadian psyche Timelapse sequences tum to industrial work floors; bland factory facades are intertwined with old people dancing and posing for ... Read more
An impoverished post-graduate student discovers the means whereby she can become financially independent, please her lover and impress her supervisor. This moral tale of a young woman's education unfolds obliquely at a slow, deliberate pace, employs a spare camera style, somewhat reminiscent of ... Read more
One day Marcel and Leon, sixty-year-old twins, decided to go shooting in the woods It js to be a very special day. ... Read more
... ... Christmas Island, a speck in the Indian Ocean, is an Australian Territory which was not invaded by humans until 100 years ago. For most of that time, it was attacked by phosphate mining companies which destroyed a quarter of the island's rainforest covering, leaving it open to the ravages ... Read more
With Marie Atger, Lee Black. Regine Chopinot, Poonie Dodson. Jean Hughes Laleu. Joseph Lennon ... Read more
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