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Films In 1992

An illustration of a woman's thoughts which tell a story of the struggle for freedom, for democracy... ... In undeveloped and developing countries, a coup d'etat or a violent seizure of power from an elected government is a common event. ... The-military always claim that "politicians corrupt and ... Read more
Premiered at the New Directors/New Films Festival in New York, Laws of Gravity is a gritty and audacious addition to the milieu of 'male bonding among young hoods', a la Scorsese's Mean Streets (and particularly his first feature, Who's That Knocking At My Door). Twenty-eight-year-old director Nick ... Read more
Lessons of Darkness marks a welcome return to form for German director Werner Herzog, once a regularly seen figure on the festival circuit, now noted mainly for his absence. After a decade of large-scale international features, Herzog returns to the intimate and distinctively personal style of his ... Read more
First screened to rapt audiences at MIFF 1993, Lessons Of Darkness is Herzog's meditation on the apocalyptic aftermath of the Guff War. Tragedy and beauty are blended in aerial photography that glides over the ruins of the battlefields of Kuwait. The oil fires that raged for months afterward, the ... Read more
Awarded the Rossellini Prize at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, this latest achieve­ment by one of Iran's foremost filmmakers takes us to the aftermath of the devastating 1990 earthquakes in Northern Iraq, which killed some 50,000 people. It is to this region (the set­ting of Kiarostami's ... Read more
Laura Esquivel wrote her first novel in 1989, and 'Como Agua Para Chocolate' has become one of the top selling Mexican novels ever. The film version, produced and directed by Alfonso Arau (known for his roles, in the films of Sam Peckinpah), has attained even greater success. ... The title refers ... Read more
What do you know about the lizards of Aus­tralia? This enjoyable short film takes an often amusing and always enlightening look at the descendants of the dinosaurs in outback Aus­tralia. ... Read more
The title is a play on words. Adolf Loos was an influential and famous Viennese architect (1870-1933). The film is dedicated to him. 'Los gelöst' ranges in meaning from solved, through to loos­ened, detached or severed. Something (possibly including Loos) is being solved or let go. This ... Read more
The complex and confhctmg emotions of an El Salvadorean refugee traumatized by political repression, finds that the tormentors of the past can be very real phantoms of the present, Finding sanity in a new land can be a struggle to overcome the past (GM) ... Read more
A modern-day Narcissus? A humorous exploration of male vanity? A cheap gag film! Take your pick ... Read more
A modern-day Narcissus? A humorous exploration of male vanity? A cheap gag film! All of the above, from the continually brilliant Aardman team. Their Academy Award win­ning animation, Creature Comforts screened at MFF '91. ... Read more
It was scripted in two weeks and shot in two weeks! With no funds to speak of director James Bogle and his multi-talented conspirators have created a knock 'em down, drag 'em out romp of classically farcical proportions. Mad Bomber in Love is another example of the 'no budget' filmmaking that has ... Read more
A girl and an old man are stuck together in a strange place. Daily they sift through sand; 'You never believed in this story about pearls...Huh?" chides the old man. "I hate you...I hate you," thinks the girl. A journey through impressions of abuse and madness. Elegantly filmed in black and white ... Read more
Why are we watching a film about this quite ordinary, oldish man in his very bourgeois, chintzy little suburban house? Will his friend, who is coming around for a cup of tea, provide some drama? ... Well, no he won't, but we do find out that clothes do not maketh the man, and that beauty is more or ... Read more
This extraordinary film follows an old man, deaf mute since birth, who every day regard­less of weather, hikes four miles to the nearest cinema where he watches films in his own unique way. ... Read more
With the outbreak of war and the bombing of Pearl Harbour, life changed for Minoru Fukushima. Only nine years old and Canadian born, he could not understand the events which were to make his life change so much. Forced by racism to flee the land of his birth, he was branded an enemy of Canada. This ... Read more
Encouraged by letters promising good earnings in Djakarta a young woman sets out by train for the capital. She finds the inhuman reality of city life a bittersweet experience. Djakarta has ruined many a dream but you can keep your self respect as long as you have left it back in your home village. ... Read more
... ... Documentarist Graham Chase returns to Port Pirie in South Australia to rekindle a few memories, but the town of his childhood is no more. Like so much of Chase's previous work (Democracy, Bylines, Cooee), Modern Times is couched in a light-hearted, laconic style, evoking the day-to-day lot ... Read more
Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase leads us through a vibrant and amazing art history les­son: we move through the many important schools of modern art to view some 55 paint­ings by major artists. Each image is animated to transform into another, where the idiosyn­cratic brush strokes of ... Read more
A modern cautionary tale, told in black and white in Brixton. No words are needed as we follow a day in the lives of a small time pusher and his younger brother. ... Read more
A happy story about divorce. ... Read more
Artistically splendid depiction of the natural coastal environment on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. ... Read more
My Home, My Prison is based on the autobiography of Palestinian journalist Raymonda Tawil, one of the first Palestinians to engage Israelis in dialogue (after the 1967 Six Day War) twenty-four years ago. She was arrested several times by the Israeli military and accused of being a collaborator by ... Read more
An edgy mix of the wryly cynical and the innocently fresh, Stacy Cochran's feature debut is another true gem from the vital American independent scene. Selected to play in Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, My New Gun is a hip and quirky satire set in dangerously suburban New Jersey ... Read more
Few musicians have been more revered, and at the same time, more despised, more controversial, more discussed, and ultimately more influential than Arnold Schoenberg. ... This adventurous, and beautifully recreated, docu-drama centres around the explosive years of 1904 to 1923 when Schoenberg ... Read more
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