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Films In 1991

... ... In the words of Wim Wenders, Until the End of the World is "the ultimate road movie". On a somewhat epic scale, it builds upon many of the themes that have preoccupied Wenders throughout his remarkable career. ... ... ... Filmed in fifteen cities in eight countries and four continents, it ... Read more
... ... Maurice Pialat's long-awaited Van Gogh comes as a surprise because it takes a new slant on the great Dutch painter's life. The sumptuous production omits many of the sta­ple elements of the Van Gogh story, including the famous ear-slashing incident, but still casts a magical spell. Van ... Read more
man living alone is visited by a stranger who wants to sell him a photograph that he has just taken of his house Normal enough — except that the stranger has no hands. Adapted from a Raymond Carver short story, the film pene­trates, step by exposed step, the lonely man's hidden reality ... Read more
A quietly chilling and sinister portrayal of a family living with a terrible secret: an abused child. (JB) ... Read more
Babette Mangolte is known as a highly respect­ed cinematographer for directors such as Chantal Akerman, Yvonne Rainer and Sally Potter, and is an accomplished filmmaker in her own right. Visible Cities, her latest film, tells of two women looking for a home in a building estate on the outskirts ... Read more
... ... Made on video for an environmental semi­nar (the International seminar on Water) held in Jakarta by the Goethe Institute in December 1991, this film has subsequently won prizes at festivals in Europe. Using the voice-overs of its participants, the film depicts the lives of water ... Read more
Using watercolours, this animation takes us through a series of landscapes and seasons, exploring horizons and what lies beyond them. ... Read more
July 20th, 1969. The entire planet is fixed on the Apollo XI. This is an accepted story, but there are lesser known details of July 20th, 1969, which no-one has ever talked about: the story of Marie-Andree Chevalier. First contraceptive pill, first night out with a boy. Ifs bye-bye childhood and ... Read more
When the Exxon Valdez struck the coast of Prince William Sound, the world waited to see what the immediate consequences of the oil spill would be. But what were the more long term costs of the spill for the fishing and sub­sistence communities in the area? ... Read more
Neutrophil is the key factor in how white blood cells protect us from Infection. Japanese researchers have recently succeeded in extracting and purifying a hormone called G-CSF, known for its efficiency in propagating the neutrophil. This film studies the role of G-CSF with state-of-the-art ... Read more
... ... Where Isaac Julien's Young Soul Rebels (MFF, 1991) gave voice to the black youth dance-set of the mid-late 1970s, John Akomfrah's new film depicts, in a very differ­ent form, the little-seen face of 'black' swinging London through the 60s — a community caught up as much in ... Read more
Wireless Nights centres around a variety of char­acters who listen to talk back radio from 12am to 5am. Following the announcer's voice through the early morning, this drxumentary introduces the viewer to the private arena of people who both ring and listen to talk back radio. Each night they ... Read more
Sarah's father has disappeared; her mother, too, is lost to the adult world, fighting a private battle against the agony of rejection. But jeal­ousy, cruelty and pain are also the stuff of fairy tales, and Sarah has her own interpretation of the age-old story unfolding before her. (SB) ... Read more
The adventures of a family of city-dwellers who are spending a day's holiday on the windswept beaches of North-east England. Memories and fantasy mix with an atmosphere of freedom and bewilderment in the face of nature. But a sunny dream can suddenly turn into a nightmare. The sea lashes out ... Read more
An old man tells the story of his escape from France during WWII and in doing so reveals his unique and delightful personality. ... Read more
A detective story about the search for a missing person, told (torn the point of view of the missing person," is how writer and director Blaine Allan describes this extraordi­nary road movie cum film noir. Elusive, enig­matic, haunting and meditative, the film is a maze of inconclusive ... Read more
It's London at the height of punk rock and the year of the Royal Jubilee,1977. Chris and Caz are two music fans with a pirate-radio show and a gig as house d.j.'s at a club that attracts white-punks and black soulboys and girls alike, with 'the crispest new tunes'. ... When a gay friend is killed ... Read more
... ... Zentropa, the most dazzling film seen at Cannes for years, is a trip along the twin scenic routes of myth and history. It's about a journey of illusion that provides lightning glimpses, from a darkling parallel track, of the reality-track humanity so often leaves behind — especially ... Read more
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