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Films In 1990

This film deals with the most disastrous environmental problem ever caused by man - the destruction of the tropical rain forest. Queimada transposes this topic in an abstract and symbolic way. There are two levels of action, a luxuriously equipped office room, which symbolises the systematic ... Read more
Marginal victim, superstar, homosexual icon, dandy; which ever way you wish to describe him, Quentin Crisp remains one of the greatest and most fascinating British inventions of the last millenium. Director Jonathan Nossiter met his subject while working as Adrian Lyne's assistant on Fatal ... Read more
The most pathetic love story ever (re-)told. Rodney still loves Juliet, Juliet wants him dead... ... Read more
A film of delightful nuance and characterisation. A housewife makes a shocking discovery about her husband. In search of guidance she rings a professional in the field of love a call girl who arrives with a bag of goodies and a simple solution. (L.A) ... Read more
Director's Note;" Some days you just feel like this". A graphic animation on facial expressions. ... Read more
Gaylene Preston, a past Festival guest with her last film Mr Wrong, is still going strong and we're pleased to welcome her back with the beguiling Ruby and Rata. ... 83 year-old Ruby (played by the trans-Tasman's favourite mature-age actress Yvonne Lawley) refuses to be shunted into the Sunset ... Read more
Based on the true story of Sadako, who was born in Hiroshima after the Atomic bomb and developed leukaemia. In Japanese mythology, by folding 1000 origami paper cranes a wish will come true. Sadako folded paper cranes in hospital, while wishing for the return of her health. After her death ... Read more
Centred around a large, black mole, Sally's Beauty Spot ruminates on the notion of blackness. Obsessed with the blemish on her body, Sally (the filmmaker's sister) tries scrubbing, washing and hiding the black mark but it doesn't go away. Using scenes from the classic 1960s miscegenation melodrama ... Read more
This film is compiled by Barbara Hammer from X-ray footage shot in the 1950's. The striking skeletal view we are shown allows the camera to rest on movement and gesture with-out covering the skin, seeing inside the body to the architectural frame. The movement and editing push the film further ... Read more
"It is autumn, a man dies. No-one sees. The soul, confused, travels through reality, driven by the desire to make its death known. New year's day brings this rarefied fable to an end." The filmmaker seems unconcerned to disguise more than a passing resemblance between this and Wim Wenders' Wings of ... Read more
A tale about a moon town and its eccentric residents. ... Read more
Senso Daughters begins as an account of Japan's "forgotten", or Great Asian War and slowly evolves towards its real theme - the hidden history of women in war. Faced with official secrecy and denial, filmmaker Noriko Sekiguchi probes and gradually uncovers the story of "comfort women" - prostitutes ... Read more
Sequences from TV shows, operating theatres and old movie are combined and altered to create new narratives. Cinema of the absurd skillfully crafted from found footage. (S.C.) ... Read more
Friedrich's latest film, Sink or Swim, about her difficult relationship with her father, is both precise and wonderfully suggestive, at once readily accessible and dense with allusion, in less than an hour this film covers more ground than some filmmakers manage in a life's work. ... "When ... Read more
Obsessed with bodily matters, this is a sensual and eerie fake documentary about women with AIDS directed with visual verve by Colin Campbell. ... Read more
Mike's Dad, an astronomer, is transferred from England to Tidbinbilla satellite tracking station, Canberra, and Mike comes too. He meets Ali and her sister Fiona, whose mother is a scientist at the station. Ali is a computer hacker who is breaking into the station's main computer, using an old ... Read more
With a little help from The Brothers Quay and Peter Gabriel's record company, Stephen Johnson and the Aardman team put together this ground-breaking pop clip that still stands as a high point in the field. Repeated viewings still leave you marvelling. ... Read more
Thoughts and feelings of a girl as she prepares for her sixteenth birthday party. ... Read more
Sang, Prang and Tubtim (husband, wife and sister-in-law), jointly crew a barge that brings sand down the Chao Phaya river to Bangkok. Arriving in Bangkok, the dissatisfied wife, Prang, goes ashore to seek to improve her life. Sang sets out to find his wife who has been lost in the big city... ... Read more
Sang, Prang and Tubtim (husband, wife and sister-in-law) jointly crew a barge that brings sand down the Chao Phaya river to Bangkok. Arriving in Bangkok, the dissatisfied wife, Prang, goes ashore seeking to improve her life. Sang sets out to find his wife who has been lost in the big city, a cabbie ... Read more
Song of the Exile is a film that Ann Hui has wanted to make for years, a panoramic account of a troubled mother-daughter relationship that spans some twenty-five years. It is inspired by Hui's own life story, and deeply rooted in the events that have shaped East Asian history since the end of the ... Read more
Filmed in South Africa in late 1989, Songololo offers an exciting glimpse of the changes now taking place in that country. Avoiding the temptation to rehearse once again stories of the horrors of Apartheid by producing images of violence in the townships, Songololo deals instead with the emergence ... Read more
Beside a heaving sea of crumbling pack-ice, two men swaddled to the point of immobility in layer upon layer of skins and furs, do battle with lances ten-feet long. A boy crawls with uncanny speed along a stony, windswept beach towards an unsuspecting colony of seals. Thus Spotted Dog... introduces ... Read more
It's Stan's 40th winter, and he hasn't yet achieved anything he can be proud of. He still lives with his parents, working in the barber shop like his father before him. Business is not exactly booming these days, so Stan decides it's time to make a change and lands a job at the Weather Bureau ... Read more
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