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Films In 1989

A strange, impressionistic speculation upon survivng the Holocaust and just existing in New York today. Told mostly via a woman's voice over, the past and present merge in a tapestry of haunting sounds and images, punctuated by flashes of humour ("It's all Yiddish to me", a man interjects) ... Read more
SECRET WEDDING, which won the Golden Calf Prize at last year's Dutch Film Awards, confirms Agresti as one of the emerging talents of Argentinian cinema. Based in Holland, but returning to Argentina to film, Agresti addresses through a compelling narrative, the subject of the "desaparacidos" &mdash ... Read more
School.. . Staying cool.. . Friends .. Fights...Periods... Pain Boys Crushes Sex...and AIDS.. What's a girl to do? ... Read more
Three women, all strangers, synchronistically move through their separate, yet interconnected worlds. They introduce each other via the gaze of the last character and a relay of images is created without haste or pretence. Shadow Panic is a confidently paced experimental short with no central plot ... Read more
ONE OF THE REAL SURPRISES of last ... year's Cannes Film Festival was Charles ... Lane's Sidewalk Stories, a silent, low- ... budget black and white film which evokes the ... great silent comedy tradition and combines it ... with the immediacy of the nightly news. Lane, ... an actor-writer-director ... Read more
BRITISH FILMS based on literary texts and prison-bound dramas are familiar items ... on the filmgoer's agenda. Yet Silent ... Scream, a British film based around the true life and writings of Larry Winters and largely set in the prison where he died, doesn't quite conform to expectations of either ... Read more
A high contrast black and white short comedy from New Zealand about a strange family in which the term Sinistre takes on its ancient meaning: "to be middle aged and left-handed". Mrs Stubbs has no right hand and no husband and is therefore, bringing up her three children "single-handed". She is ... Read more
Chaos, insomnia, labels, medication, institutionalisation and everyone washing their own cups are only some of the themes which figure in this very different view of group living. ... Sparks takes an operatically pitched, often humorous and always sympathetic journey through a halfway house for ... Read more
... ... Writer and director Atom Egoyan's third and most recent film comes to us direct from its world premiere in the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. It explores territory that will already be familiar to those who caught his striking Family Viewing at last year's festival and ... Read more
As the title suggests, an animated scratch film. A moving, jiving and jumping series of scratched images set to pop music. ... Read more
The mysterious Brothers Quay turn their hand to advertising. Not suprismgty, the result is far from your average (M)TV spot.- (TB) ... Read more
"Germans have many problems. One of them is that they don't like German films and my film is considered German", writes Icelandic director Margret Run. ... Hermann has a problem, he is extremely shy and has an Oedipus complex. He punishes himself for sinful thoughts by inflicting himself with ... Read more
... ... The horror of El Salvador is often expressed in numbers of dead, tortured or disappeared which cannot easily be translated into the fates of individuals. Stories From Cuscatlan gives us a glimpse of what life is like for a group of three humble families from different backgrounds living in ... Read more
Frieda seems to have a spark in her eye as she heads off to the local swimming pool. She meets with friend Cecil, but their pleasure is interrupted by some snoops from the croquet club (to which Cec belongs). Cecil is retired, and is enjoying the twilight of his life. His only worry is his planned ... Read more
... ... ParadIse in Australia 1988, in multicoloured and multicultural party mood. The strangers are 12 passengets from a Qantas flight into paradise. They've come from America and Britain to explore the 'Wonder Down Under — one of the most exciting, unspoilt, and undiscovered destinations ... Read more
... ... Jesus Christ, suburban Melbourne and bum marks beside the Yarra River are related. Furthermore, we have been visited by Martians and there are some amongst us who will one day rise up, leading those who remain into that eternal heaven of extra-terrestrial bliss, from whence they need never ... Read more
Two German boys and their mother are on summer holiday in Sweden and an older girl who is a family friend comes to stay. She seems suddenly all grown up, but although the younger brother is happy to be treated like a kid, his older brother, a budding photographer, feels some strange new emotions ... Read more
Three sisters, whose father was an American Indian, who lived their lives in down town New York and converted to Judaism are sure to present their life stories with an air of theatricality. And that is exactly what they do ... They tell their stories using a vaguely disorganised song and dance ... Read more
When director Shu Kei was invited to contribute an episode to a weekly television documentary series for Japan's NHK Television, he proposed a documentary on Hou Dejian, the singer/song-writer who defected from Taiwan to mainland China in 1983. ... That project was abandoned, however, after the ... Read more
A literate, rewarding work of surprising emotional power, writer-director Trin T. Minh-ha's latest film analyses Vietnamese culture by concentrating on the history of its women in both Vietnam and the United States. This stylistically expansive and highly personal documentary uses staged interviews ... Read more
This bioptic experimental animation incorporates stroboscopic effects and live animation. The after-images/effects are those of a Rorschach ink blot test mixed with the art of modern cinema. The film's soundtrack is a Straussian word-association waltz. ... Read more
A haunting false documentary about teenage suicide in the 1960s. Using reconstructed black and white footage of police file photos of the period, accompanied by melancholy 60s love songs, the film pays tribute to Kenneth Anger's book Hollywood Babylon. - (GWC) ... Read more
Don is a suburban hero who only wants to fix the big end on his Holden and take his girlfriend up North, but his dreams are upset by his pragmatism. He progressively loses everything, decides to sell out, even sells the Holden. A good, well-acted script, with concisely edited scenes, builds this ... Read more
A year on from the Broadcast Ban, we look at what it has meant for television, from regional news to arts programmes. Of particular relevance to Behind The Mask. ... Read more
Breaking all the rules and employing almost every animation technique available from plasticine models to paper cut-outs, director Woodward has devised both a Gothic and witty film. ... Jumbling live action with animation and without subtitles or spoken word the film explores a romantic idea of ... Read more
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