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Pigs Can Fly (Connie Steinhart, 1988)
A Greek widow abandons her farm in search of the Murrumbidgee where she believes she will catch a boat and eventually return to her homeland. Her determination leads us to believe she may actually re… Read more

PLAFF! (Juan Carlos Tabio, 1988)
... ... From the minute the projector rolls, it is obvious Plaff! is an original venture. Using satire, cinema jokes and a running gag a la Murder on the Orient Express, it's the best Cuban film this… Read more

Poumse (Mikhail Aldashin, 1988)
A sailor arrives on a desert island and barters with the local natives, to sell them Western garments instead of their traditional skins, bones and shells . When they have all gone home, the animals … Read more

PROMISES TO KEEP (Ginny Durrin, 1988)
... ... Homelessness is one of the scourges of the world's 'richest' nation. This is the story of the determined fight by Mitch Snyder and the Community for Creative Non-Violence to cteate a decent s… Read more

Prophet and Loss (Jonathan Bairstow, 1988)
A fast-moving animation about thwarted love in a modem technocratic setting. The style is reminiscent of early simple black and white animation, but with a great deal more movement in each frame. Esc… Read more

Rabbit on the Moon (Monica Pellizzari, 1988)
Set sometime in the ambiguity of Black & White, Rabbit on the Moon retraces the not so black and white childhood of a northern Italian girl growing up in Australian suburbia. ... Read more

Rarg (Tony Collingwood, 1988)
Rarg is a perfect place So perfect that the sun will not rise until everyone is awake In Rarg there is a story of a Senator, a professor, forty intelligent babies and a man called Edwin To say any mo… Read more

Ratropolis (Jenni Zipporah, Bix Nussey, 1988)
A witty, mixed-media animation that philosophises on the idea of the rats holding the key to the meaning of life. The world is just one 'Skinner Box' in this hypothesis that uses many different anima… Read more

Rebound (Naciba Sator, 1988)
A woman and her children prepare to leave for New York, to make a fresh start. A tennis ball flung out of a window in Paris turns up in New York. There's no escape from destiny. ... Read more

Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (Brothers Quay, 1988)
An anonymous, anatomical specimen desires to disturb the wallpaper by exciting the single hair on its brow. A beautifully photographed black and white puppet animation in which calligraphers' compass… Read more

Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (Brothers Quay, 1988)
... ... The Quay brothers puppet animation takes the viewer on a dream-like trip into their surreal world of unusual architectural forms, living skulls. psychedelic patterns and robots using tools. .… Read more

Return Trip Tango (Angelo Restivo, 1988)
Violent, erotic, and darkly comic, Return Trip Tango continually shifts tenses from present to past to conditional From what really happened to what might have happened, forcing the viewer to become … Read more

RIDING THE GALE (Hugh Piper, 1988)
The story of Genni Batterham, a young healthy and active woman who contracts multiple sclerosis and becomes a paraplegic in just eighteen months. Riding the Gale looks at Genni and her husband Kim te… Read more

ROUGE (Stanley Kwan, 1988)
It's 1934, downtown Hong Kong and Fleur, (Anita Mui) an aspiring opera singer turned prostitute is entertaining her special friend" Chan (Leslie Cheung), the languid, pampered, opium-puffing son of a… Read more

ROUGE OF THE NORTH (Fred Tan, 1988)
... ... Taken from a novel by a renowned Chinese writer living in the United States, this is a highly controlled, beautifully visualised tale about a young woman's life portrayed over a twenty-year p… Read more

... ... Babulal Bhurya was shot dead by the Central Industrial Security Force in February 1981 at Mailagora, where the people make a living from collecting coal dust. The film is an investigation of … Read more

SALAAM BOMBAY! (Mira Nair, 1988)
With Salaam Bombay!, Mira Nair, here directing her first feature, has made a unique film that is at once both faithful to it's very specific roots and yet accessible to western audiences.Asa result, … Read more

SALT, SALIVA, SPERM & SWEAT (Philip Brophy, 1988)
What motivates society to embrace a cinema dominated by elements of sex, violence, horror and terror? Using a day in the life of an ordinary office worker as its central story, Salt, Saliva, Sperm an… Read more

Sculpture Physique (Yann Piquer, Jean-Marie Madeddu, 1988)
An unorthodox sculptor at work, and a man who suffers for his art. A lesson on survival in the art-world? ... Read more

Sculpture/Sculptures (J. Felicioli, 1988)
A hommage to sculptural art lovers, in the Marcelin 'Peynet' trend. ... Read more

Sloppy Worker (Enrique Colina, 1988)
Enrique Colina specialises in short satirical documentaries with a wicked sense of humour. Here, he examines the poor quality of Cuban products and services - even the film labs it seems!- (TB) ... Read more

SO WHAT (Naoto Yamakawa, 1988)
... ... Yamakawa (bom in 1967) is without doubt Japan's hottest director, a Bertolucci for the 1990s whose ears ring with garage-band rock rather than Verdi arias. He's best known so far for his awes… Read more

SOUTH (Fernando E. Solanas, 1988)
Winner of the prize for Best Director in Cannes last year, South confirms Fernando Solanas's reputation as one of Latin America's greatest filmmakers. A companion piece to his aching portrait of exil… Read more

Still Flying (Robert Stephenson, 1988)
Swinburne student film which won the Kodak Award for Best Animation in 1988. A plasticine-animated old pilot recalls his days of glory between beers. Technically impressive, sociologically caustic. -… Read more

... ... Like Burden Of Dreams, Les Blank's documentary about the production of Werner Herzog"s epic Fitzcarraldo, Strangers In A Strange Land is a film about a film in the making. Forty years ago, sc… Read more

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