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Films In 1994

Aimed at a broad international audience without ever losing its specifically Australian verve and visual vernacular, The Sum Of Us (an engaging screen adaptation of David Stevens' popular play, staged worldwide) is a real surprise. A unique mix of rowdy Ocker humour and honest portrait detailing ... Read more
Layers of images of hills, trees, sun and moon converging in movement, the vagaries of exposure flaring the sensitive film emulsion. Using just one roll of 16mm film, run through the camera three times, Dellers has created an impressionistic light charged landscape study. ... Read more
Korea's master director Im Kwon-Taek has over 100 features to his name including the highlight of last years AFI Korean season, Sopyonje. The wisdom of experience shows in his steady handling of the huge cast and complex events in this epic Korean Civil War melodrama that tells history from the ... Read more
One extended family group made refugees by the war in Mozambique, make a gruelling three week journey to their traditional lands. Set to a soundtrack of authentic African rhythms, this is a beautiful story sometimes tragic sometimes comic but always in the words of the protago­nists. TVE, a ... Read more
Marcel Ophuls has an unbeatable opening to The Troubles We've Seen: A History of Joumalism in Wartime: the true story of how World War II was declared on the very day his father, Max Ophuls, was directing a scene in the costume drama From Maijerling to Sarajevo in which the disgruntled Prinzip ("I ... Read more
Take an incredible trip to the subterranean world of New York's family of street people living in a disused railway tunnel below Central Park. Writers, poets, drop-outs, black, white, young, smart, stupid, but all with a vision. This strange nucleus describes why, how and when, while imparting ... Read more
The second film by masterful storyteller and versatile artist, Tom Noonan, the American independent who won the Grand Jury Prize at last year's Sundance Film Festival with his debut feature What Happened Was. ... A self-contained, hilarious and jittery yarn, The Wife is confined to an isolated New ... Read more
Tom Collette plays Cindy, baton-twirler extraor­dinaire but whose twisting twirling feats go beyond the stage. A homespun lad, a grooving gal, a daddy cop and a bunch of leotards full of frilled-out twirlettes all make up Cindy's spectacle. Her dazzle is adolescent verve meeting the grown up ... Read more
Tomoyuki Furumaya's first feature is quite unlike other recent Japanese movies about teenagers. For one thing, its about romantic longings rather than sex. For another, its tone is sensual rather than sappy. For yet another, its setting is rural rather than urban (it was shot in Yamanashi ... Read more
A previous MFF Winner of Best Animation (Pos­session, 1992) the prolific Phil Mulloy (of Cowboys and Ten Commandments fame) has created yet another bieak, disturbing parable to unsettle our hearts. A calm ironic voice informs us that with the collapse of international capitalism NASAs space ... Read more
... ... Abbas Kirostami returns to the harshly beau­tiful landscape of his last two features, con­structing not so much a third part of a trilogy but rather an alternative view of Life and Nothing More. ... ... ... Begining with the actor who played the direc­tor in the previous film ... Read more
In 1954, Sam Fuller went to Brazil, into the Amazonian rain forest with a 16mm camera scouting locations for his adventure film, Tigrero, to star John Wayne, Ava Gardner and Tyrone Power. Fuller's inspiration - "A white bird on the river is seized by a crocodile. Blood brings a school of piranha ... Read more
Tin Jan Istra, the name of a village in the former Yugoslavia, becomes the starting idea for a scratched and frenetically dancing handpainted mosaic. Forms rise, sink and reform in calligraphic gestures interrupted by found footage scratched into submission. ... Read more
Tino is a thirty-year old punk fire-eater and cow­hand, with an anarchist's opposition to the way things are. Almost toothless, scarred, tattooed and mohawked, he looks tike and appears to be, every mothers nightmare and the film in part bolsters that image. But it also looks under Tino's mask ... Read more
"After dying, we all become stars." ... An old man, Moon Duk-Bae, has died, and his family are taking his body back to the place of his birth, Kwisong Island, in accordance with his last wish. It is 1993. As their ferry approaches the island it is intercepted by a delegation of islanders who are ... Read more
... ... To You, From Me is either on the cutting edge, or on the nose. It all depends on how you see it but see it you must. The sharp social satire of Chang Sun-Woo's profane succes de scandale and Seoul box office smash somehow captures the postmodern 90s—failure of tradi­tion, final ... Read more
... ... Almost documentary in its naturalistic direc­torial style, the ironically titled Too Much Hap­piness lays bare the tenuous, frustrated desires of four teenage friends beneath an endless sky on an aimless summers day. ... ... ... Mathilde and Valerie are bored and almost bothered ... Read more
A new generation of animators is born. Due to lack of money, they can only afford to make trailers of their films. This shrewd spoof of Hollywood's short-sharp-'schlock' visual b(u)ylines even manages to take the Mickey out of EuroDisney! ... Read more
Ray Moss has been nicknamed Tran by the Asian shopkeepers in his job as a security guard at a shopping centre in suburban Cabramatta. For Ray/Tran, the heat is on. His brother and uncle have had their heroin business undercut by Asian-controlled competition and they want Ray as their go-between ... Read more
Australia in the 1950s and twelve year old Jason is desperate to win the approval of his emotion­ally discordant father. A dark moody film that sounds the harsh key notes of family and child­hood scored by fear and confusion. ... Read more
A true cinema of surrealism is often alluded to but is now rarely practised-Twilights genuinely returns to the film strategies of early Hans Richter and Luis Bunuel and reiterates Andre Breton's surrealist manifesto. The universal-the secret psychological desires concealed within culture's ... Read more
3 5mm/Co 1/1994/1 lOmins ... ... ... Like 'Water For ChocolaTe meets El Mariachi in Dos Crimenes, Roberto Sneider's elegant tale of deception In small town Mexico. Like its central character Marcos, a dashing but mild-mannered big smoke architect, this is a film that's a lot smarter (and funnier) ... Read more
Director Claire Denis' (Chocolat 1988) contri­bution to the series Tons les Garcons et les Filles de Leur age brings both toughness and ten­derness to the potentially touchy scenario of three teenagers, Martme, Marlene and Alain out to test their sexual mettle in an adolescent lost weekend ... Read more
Asked to contribute to the French TV mini-series Tous les Garcons et les Filles de Leur Age (All the Boys and Girls in Their Time)—which assigned ten European directors the task of creating films about their adolescence, stipulating only that each include a party scene filled with the music ... Read more
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