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Films In 1990

Mike Leigh's latest delivers all that we have come to expect from this unique filmmaker, and then some. It's at once raucously funny while often blindingly insightful, a natural development upon his last, High Hopes (MFF 89). ... As usual, Mike Leigh and his cast have built a world so convincing ... Read more
Howard thought it was just like any old arcade game. He was wrong. Dead wrong. He receives a token and instructions to go to a certain house and that is where a life and death game begins. ... Read more
Listen Up (subtitled The Lives of Quincy Jones), is an informative and invigorating portrait of an unusual American success story, the rise and rise of black musical genius Quincy Jones. Filmmakers Courtney Sale Ross and Ellen Weissbrod use a kaleidoscopic editing approach that reinforces Jones' ... Read more
Claudia Acklin's complex and intelligent documentary examines the passionate life and turbulent times of Swiss television personality Andre Ratti, who caused a sensation on July 2nd 1985 with his statement to the media - "I'm 50 years old, I'm a homosexual and I've got AIDS." ... Raid's remarks ... Read more
An experimental narrative concerning two Asian sisters. In the future, as an old woman, Ann is reflecting on her life. The memories flash back in time to major crisis; the 30th birthday party given to her by her sister. A lyrical drama utilising dance and poetry. ... Read more
This short film develops a personal response to the deconstruction of the Berlin wall. Employing television newsreel imagery and stylized dramatic sequences, a kind of mirror image of the wall's demise is reflected through the filmmaker's poetic voiceover and artistic vision. - (JH) ... Read more
Not surprisingly, a flood of new documentaries about the New Germany and the horrors of the old, have surfaced over the last twelve months at the Leipzig and Berlin Festivals. Undoubtedly the finest of them was Locked Up Time, a riveting account of one ex-East German filmmaker's imprisonment and ... Read more
A comedic gem which reflects the universal immigrant experience as it explores the conflicts between old world values and the prerogatives of a younger generation, Lonely In America marks the directorial debut of Barry Alexander Brown, the accomplished editor of Do the Right Thing and Salaam Bombay! Read more
From a rooftop m the village of the occupied Gaza strip, a lone Israeli soldier observes the house across the street The prattle of the radio switching cheerily from the joys of bazouki music to news of Mandela's release, forms an increasingly incongruous background to the fragments of fraught ... Read more
This new film from Tom Zubrycki (Kemira - Diary of a Strike, Friends and Enemies) was made for ABC and Channel Four television. Set in Broome the film is a study in the late '80s ambivalence over questions of development. The Lord of the Bush is Lord McAlpine, Treasurer of the British Conservative ... Read more
A quietly paced narrative film about Steven finding his way out of the cold. ... Read more
A young-boy-meets-girl story set in the woods. Somehow she remains elusive. Is this a dream or transfigured reality? A charming piece of vivid whimsey. ... Read more
This film started as a series of still photographs that were used as the basis for the drawings. About 2,500 drawings are included in the 5 minutes of film. Although this film is animated it is experimental in style. The sound tracks push this non-traditional form further. ... Read more
Lyrical Nitrate is a compilation of film fragments dating from the period 1905-1915. They originate from the collection of films of Jean Desmet, the first film distributor, which is currently being preserved by the Netherlands Filmmuseum. ... Surprisingly, these films were originally exhibited in ... Read more
The early sixteenth-century Japanese garden in the Zen temple of Ryoan-ji, in Kyoto, is considered a masterpiece of the Karesansui or "dry landscape" style. Slow-moving images of the garden are intercut with readings from a text by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, accompanied by a music track ... Read more
An Irish tale of the shift in social allegiance from mother-clan to father-king. The pregnant goddess Macha, to save her boastful husband, concedes to run a race against the King's horses. Created in a cameraless style of animation by drawing and painting frame by frame directly on clear 35mm film ... Read more
Morning is that terrible part of the day when all thoughts run erratic, when all memories become confused and when the pillow, like a mother's loving arms, cradles your head and shelters you from another inevitable day. ... Read more
The film captures the exotic spectacle, and at the same time the intense and subtle dynamics of village life through the eyes of John Waiko, a member of the Binandere clan in Papua New Guinea, and Ph.D graduate from Australian National University in a conflict between traditional customs and ... Read more
Ten years ago Hitoshi Yazaki made Afternoon Breezes, one of the finest Japanese movies of the 1980's, a quietly rapturous study of a lesbian infatuation. It has been worth the decade long wait for another feature from this remarkable talent. March Comes In Like A Lion tackles a taboo subject with ... Read more
The story is told from the perspective of an adult looking back to 1962 when he was twelve years old. The main character, Steve, and his best friend, Pete, are in the summer of their lives. The most important things to them, to any guy at twelve, are hanging out with their other buddies, having ... Read more
The City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band are here performing outside the Melbourne Arts Centre. ... Read more
An afternoon's attempt to capture the spirit of two people; their dreams, their enthusiasm. ... Read more
Homeless people are used to serve the desires of the affluent... ... Read more
Havoc is wrought as the family gather for the yuletide repast! An hilarious jolt to collective memory. (JB) ... Read more
My Sky, My Home is a gentle, thoughtful, humorous film made deliberately to be suitable for adults and for children, and succeeds in doing this. Why then should this film - suitable even for children - have been contraversial in Indonesia? ... Andri, aged about 12, lives a sheltered life with his ... Read more
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