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Films In 1992

What is the secret behind John Smith and what exactly is all this landscape painting about? Francis Barber stars in this very stylish and quite disturbing thriller set in the London art world bring your snorkel! (LJ) ... Read more
It is the final picture show. This witty and endearing film presents its characters as they prepare for the final performance at their cine­ma. One of three beautiful, classical documen­tary shorts by Momir Matovic showing at the festival this year. ... Read more
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Painting on glass subtly animates to transform one etching-like image to another as an illustration of a little girl's train of thought. Curiosity impels her to discover and explore the source of her imagination or creative faculty, which materialises as an actual place in the animated landscapes ... Read more
Man, Motorcycle, Forest. A black and white/ coloured journey. Animated transcendence through space and time, ... Read more
A pornographic-sadistic fantasy of murder in flickering black and white and torn images, The Murder Mystery is thick with the colour of violence. On the minimal soundtrack ocean sounds create an audio unrest while the screen itself pumps with a brutal sexual energy. The film oscillates between two ... Read more
Since the beginning of time people have gazed into the polar skies, spellbound by dancing beams of colour...the northern lights. Scientists have advanced theories to explain the aurora borealis in the north and the aurora australis in the south, but the beauty and mystery of the lights has not been ... Read more
Populated by tragi-comic figures plagued with suppressed feelings of lust and a singular Calvinist-Catholic morality, The Northerners is a witty and original comedy reminiscent of a style and vision which blends Jacques Tati and Aki Kaurismaki. The film starts out as a social satire about post-war ... Read more
Based on E. L. Grant Watson's 1930s novel, Paul Cox's latest film re-locates a number of his familiar themes to a starkly 'new' locale, the Australian bush. Set against the backdrop of a small Victorian town in what looks to be the 1940s or 50s, Cox's characteristically moody narrative focuses on ... Read more
A savagely funny nightmare comedy set in the waning years of the Romanian police state, this anarchic film has its roots firmly planted in the dark and ironic soil of the blackest of political satire. ... When her beloved communist father dies Nela leave Bucharest (with his ashes in a Nescafe jar!) ... Read more
William Deiches, an amateur Egyptologist, is convinced beyond doubt that the ancients had an elaborate system of aircraft and hand-glid­ers. The technology was originally developed in ancient Egypt and from there made its way to Turkey, India, China, Japan, Mexico, Peru and Columbia, thus ... Read more
... ... Robert Altman's inventive black comedy represents a triumphant return from the wilderness and his most accomplished work since Nashville (1975). Based upon Michael Tolkin's satirical novel of celluloid delusions and hypocrisy, it involves a ruthlessly ambi­tious and self-absorbed studio ... Read more
A brilliant motion painting with two men on horseback riding up and down a spiral to an extract of an opera score. ... Read more
Gueorgui Pinkhassov gains rare entry into one of Russia's normally impenetrable prisons in The Russian Prison - A Separate Life. He provides the prisoners with an outlet to sardonically tell their stories and uncovers the extremity of life under prison conditions. ... Check out the Talking Picture ... Read more
Alluring and labyrinthine, The Sentinel, is a wholly original and intriguing espionage drama — a suspenseful exploration of the legacy of Cold War politics. ... At the centre of this intensely psychological thriller is a strange parcel which forensic student Mathias, finds in his luggage ... Read more
In a small old house in the wilderness of New Zealand - a hunter waits for the final prey which will make his collection complete. But the animal world conspires against him. "...one of the funniest and niftiest shorts to come out of New Zealand." ... Read more
"Ever stood on top of a lookout and really leaned over to see how steep the cliff is? To look into the abyss is to see beyond it." Not only are human beings obsessed with staring down the barrel of the Apocalypse, but we are also guilty of striving to hold its power in our hands. Via great Japanese ... Read more
Made in collaboration with native inmates at La Macaza Penitentiary near L'Annonciazion, Quebec, this film tells the story of a bear who is addicted to drugs, and his friends the owl and the seal who cure him after he has a close brush with death. A beautifully crafted film from the director who ... Read more
... ... The Sorceress of Dirah is a performance event by the Javanese performance artist and choreographer Sardono W. Kusuma, of Bali­nese dances and legends, developed and restaged over many years, working with a group in the village of Teges in Bali. Presented widely in Europe and the USA in ... Read more
Spend a day with Max Konig, a high school astronomy teacher. Max wishes that his life and personal relationships could follow the same precise laws of nature as the planets and the stars he knows so well. He discovers that it is not possible to exert total control over his life, and that maybe ... Read more
Portrait of the artist Nicole Guiraud. By means of objects and installations she tries to establish a kind of visual or sculptured diary of her memories: her childhood, the sea, the city of Alger, the war in Algeria, the assassination, the expulsion, the exile and the return. ... Read more
Thoroughly Iranian in its carefully observed detail of character and daily life, Travellers is none the less a dazzling departure for director Bahram Beizai, whose best known film in Australia is Bashu, The Little Stranger. Mesmerising and unsettling in its conflicting tones and fantastical moods ... Read more
The banyan tree is the symbol of eternity in Thailand. A middle-aged man, feeling the pressures of the city, returns to the village of his birth where the banyan planted during his childhood is full grown. Personal crisis' and poignant memories are relived as the man questions whether his dreams ... Read more
Political allegory runs riot in this breathless Hong Kong action pic derived from the Japanese manga animated feature of the same name. A prime example of how 1997 paranoia runs deep through every aspect of HK culture, the film sets up a man-against-monster-in-a-doomed-city scenario - no prizes for ... Read more
Based on the true story of Major Horace Ridler — an English aristocrat who returned from the First World War to 1920s London where he began his transformation into "one of the world's great oddities". One for the tattoo enthusiasts. ... Read more
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