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Films In 1995

50% Absolut is the story of a couple walking home from a night at a pub. She is scared of heights and wants to be accompanied over the high bridge. He is in love with her and wants everything, and he wants it now. This smart black comedy manages to be a farce about fear and desire as well as a ... Read more
In contrast to Peh's film Meianie El Mirs adap­tion of Barbara Baynton's thunderously symbol­ist and psychologically dramatic story 1907 story adopts a narrative form but it is in her very par­ticular eccentric and surreal style. This A Dreamer may not seem precious about Baynton's ... Read more
In this film from the Bush Studies project Peh conjours an ambient reading of Barbara Bayn­ton s 1907 neo Gothic short story. Perceived through a misty gauze in grainy black and white and a tinny scratched recording of a parlour song, the film evokes a deathly nostalgia with atmospheric ... Read more
Can a fly generate nuclear war? This psycho­analytic, political parable suggests it can. Around the domestic dinner table, during the soup course, sinister subterranean tensions - signalled by close ups of smacking lips, flashing eyes and tapping spoons - erupt into murderous host­ilities ... Read more
When approached to direct the American contribution to the BFi's Century of Cinema project, Martin Scorsese (a natural choice given his remarkable film knowledge and passion) decided the only possible approach he could take was a distinctly personal, idiosyncratic memoir of what American movies ... Read more
An award winning short that captures with poetic precision a sense of place and character in a barber shop over a fifteen year period on a quiet Paris street. Reminiscent of Paul Auster, and possibly in an oblique sense a homage to Jaques Tati for the street of the coiffure homme has a life all its ... Read more
An eerie and unusual film A Temporary Arrangement recreates the atmosphere found in a late 50's and 60's B&W horror film. A screen split into nine parts presents different elements of a face shot over time and re-arranged to create a new face In one sequence this strange malformed face fragments to ... Read more
An animated documentary that purports to be a study of people kidnapped by space aliens. Their stories are tested in a process of hypno­therapy and regressive memory analysis.(RP) ... Read more
The moving and visual journey of Sylvania. a young Italian woman, who is torn between her parent's strong and unbreakable traditional values and her own desire for sexual freedom. (MI) ... Read more
A summer camp for the Jewish elderly, a chance to make new friends, share one's past and tell a few jokes. With hilarious effect, classic one-liners from old movies are intercut with the actual dialogue of the soundtrack,adding extra dimension to the relationships developing before the viewer. A ... Read more
... ... A young boy, full of fear and fascination, covertly watches as his mother performs for an unseen admirer A shot is fired and lives are scarred. Awesome in its intensely erotic, seductive grace, the opening sequence of Garin Nugroho's (Letters For an Angel MIFF 94) third feature is a dance ... Read more
... ... Lonely lives consumed by an almost unnatural passion for pets! Child substitute, surrogate lover, plaything, pawn in relationship power struggles, the whole notion of innocent puppy love gets left far behind in this truly disturbing look at the desperate human need for companionship. ... ... Read more
Animal Tracks is about the relationships humans have with animals: how we look after them, how we treat them, the way we adopt or dispose of them, and our ongoing fascination with animals. ... It takes us on a ride, 'tracking' slowly past cages, enclosures, paddocks and displays. We are the ... Read more
... ... Anne Frank has been described as one of the "major icons of the twentieth century" with her diary the second most-read book of Western non-fiction after the bible. ... ... ... Jon Blair's film is effective in placing Anne's story firmly in its twentieth century context. This is not just her ... Read more
"Have you ever thought you knew someone, really knew someone. Then one day you realise. He's mad!' ... Anton and Minty is a remarkable comedy about a couple of mad South Londoners that stamps Alnoor Dewshi as a unique and singular voice in the next generation of British filmmakers. Anton ("I am a ... Read more
Someone has sixty seconds to get to the point on a wet and rapidly changing stage. Mixed media and model animation provides a dynamic and gooey explosion of color. Don't blink. (RS) ... Read more
... ... American New Wave originals, Robert Almereyda (Girl from Another Planet. Nadja] and Amy Hobby take their obsession with the toy. Fischer Price pixelvision camera to the Sundance Film Festival. Turning it on the directors. producers, writers and actors they corner there. they transform a ... Read more
This exceedingly beautiful anthropological film observes and exhalts the life of the Baka Pygmies who live in the forests of South-East Cameroon. The languid flow of the picture allows the viewer to become engrossed, to get a sense of the gentle pace of these people's lives. Exceptional sound ... Read more
... ... Veteran documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman turns his rigorous gaze on the cultural institution of classical dance in Ballet, an epic account of days and nights with the premier US national company, American Ballet Theater. ... ... ... From early on in this fascinating piece of ... Read more
The ebb and flow of erotic desire makes for a summertime splash in this vibrant realisation by Ann Turner (Celm Dallas Doll). Inspired by a Jeffrey Smart painting, Turner's work starts out baking in the sun before it takes a cool dip beyond the sexual shoreline. ... Read more
Coming from a painting tradition, Lisa Roberts has been described as one of the most promising of New Age artists. In this work she explores her interest by way of electronic and computer generated images in traditional cubism and choreographed movement as the natural accompaniment of sound. ... Read more
... ... Award-winning director of Tongues Untied (MIFF 92) and Colour Adjustment (MIFF 93) Marlon Riggs' final work is an eloquent and passionate exploration of the complex shifting nature of African-American consciousness 'What is Black?', 'Not Black Enough?' 'Too Black?', what happens to issues ... Read more
fascinating film about Marlon E Fuentes' Filipino grandfather, one of 1100 tribal relatives brought to the USA as anthropological specimens' for the 1904 St Louis World Fair. The memorable opening image of the filmmaker sitting cross-legged in front of an old phonograph listening to the early ... Read more
A film about the world of the Sao Paulo homeless a visual poem of great beauty and intensity Combining documentary footage and "dramatic" sequences the filmmaker comments on the often primitive nature of our struggle for space for survival in modern society. (KH) ... Read more
... ... Of all the Hollywood glamour girls to be res­urrected, the reappraisal of Carmen Miran­da has been a long time coming. Helena Solberg, known for her streetwise documen­taries about Latin American women, grabs hold of the Miranda story as a personal project about the wholesale ... Read more
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