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Films In 1995

Have you ever eaten mutton bird? Fished for eels with a spider's web? There's a lot more I bet you haven't done or imagined in this visually astounding work based on a short story by Ken Hulme. Hinekaro shows you the way to blast through to new experiences when she's called in to solve a bad case ... Read more
Melbourne filmmaker Fiona Hergstrom was so fascinated by the inhabitants of this St Hilda hotel that she decided to move in and observe their daily life first hand. ... Funded by Film Victoria's Independent Film­maker's Fund, Hollywood Hotel is a warm yet bleak study of a group of social ... Read more
Capturing the small moments that make up life for a family living on a housing estate and raising homing pigeons this deceptively simple reverie on the nature of heart and home reverberates with desire, hunger and disappointment. (AH) ... Read more
Horse/Kappa/House is an ambient record of the landscapes that surround several villages in Japan's Iwate Prefecture. It gives us a set of disconnected story elements, from regional folktales, that reflect the contemplative tone, geography and temporality of the film. The film finds a cinematic ... Read more
Nan Goldin's emotionally involving auto­biographical documentary is about Paradise Lost. From the Boston drag scene of the 70s, to New York's gay heaven, this fascinating American photographer has seen it all. And photographed it all. As she says in her candid commentary, there is no question ... Read more
... ... At last, a Chinese feature that gets to grips with everyday contemporary life. Gone is the stylised historical drama of older directors like Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou. Like Sons (also showing in this year's festival) and a number of other films currently held up by the Chinese censors, In ... Read more
... ... The creative vision of directors like Sasa Gedeon ensures a sound future for Czech film With Indian Summer he tackles the perils of puberty and the initiation of an innocent 15-year-old girl. Klara, by her worldly-wise cousin jealousy, power struggles, deception and revenge set their ... Read more
Andrew Kotting's Jaunt is a documentary on a fast topological trip along the River Thames. Along the way an engaging cast of characters offer us informative morsels about their famous waterway. From Southend-on-Sea to the Houses of Parliament in London, the linear narrative corresponds with the ... Read more
A young woman in Brussels refuses to relinquish a summer relationship with her American boyfriend in Boston. Due in large part to the outstanding performance of Dominique Baeyens as 'Juliette', this film sustains our interest throughout. Beautifully paced and designed, full of subtlety and truth. ... Read more
... ... The film is founded on perception of the very close connection between Korea's modern history and the development of Korean cinema. Jang Sun-Woo's view of history negotiates its way around all the trip-wires that criss-cross both the country and its cinema. He questions what Korea was, is ... Read more
More than sixty years after the passing of silent films there are theorists who continue to question the relevance of sound to an essentially visual experience. ... Trine Vester s application of ambient sounds to manipulated video images restates the ways m which sound can heighten perceptions of ... Read more
Elusive images, sometimes familiar, often obscure, swim upon the screen and resolve into a striking and unique record of last year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. (TH) ... Read more
Frenetic, pulsating black-and-white reeling to spectrum-coloured configurations and animated scratched emulsion images. ... Read more
... ... After his exceptional award-winning shorts Night Out (MIFF '90) and Eternity (MIFF '94), director Lawrence Johnston's much-anticipated debut feature, Life, is an excitingly cinematic adaptation, or dynamic re-visioning, of actor/playwright John Brumpton's acclaimed theatre piece ... Read more
“I always wanted to make a western - but when I got to do it, the western was over.” - Joe Dante ... Each episode of the Norman Jewison-produced Picture Windows series was to be inspired by a well known painting. With his episode, ‘Lightning', Dante choose instead to start with a short story ... Read more
... ... In Like Grains of Sand director Ryosuke Hashiguchi orchestrates the intensity of passionate, thwarted first love into a remarkably moving film. When Kasane is transferred to a new school, she does not take long to figure out that Shuji. the most interesting boy in her class, is gay and ... Read more
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... ... Or. sex. power and videotape—this smart and funny, pseudo home-movie set in a world of groovy Amsterdam twenty-somethings plays fast and loose with the popular notion that the Camera is an instrument of control. Daant|e Flats alone in Amsterdam. Bold, beautiful and having a good time ... Read more
A remarkable first short film by second year AFTRS student Ruth Carr, Lovely is a simple poignant and compassionate pass on the fragility and brevity of human life the underbelly of the beauty industry, the ravages of time and what people will do in the name of love. Lovely is also a fine example ... Read more
One hundred years after the Lumiere brothers turned their invention on the world, the gauntlet has been thrown down: to use only their restored yet rudimentary hand-cranked camera, hand-made film stock and to shoot under the same conditions—strictly natural light, no synch sound, 52 seconds ... Read more
... ... The fundamental and universal human experience of mourning and regeneration is rendered with quietly gathered power in this wonderful film about a young woman who believes that she brings death to those she loves Kore-eda's first him is in a contemplative, classically Japanese style that ... Read more
The Schwarzer Garten is loaded with dangerous connections. Macumba is overtly menacing, connecting ethnographical footage of tribal rituals with 70s black pornography. The montage construction is consistent with other films in the sextet. Brehm intercuts the labial mouth of an African objet dart ... Read more
Alice's existence is in a world where opposites collide, the mundane becomes sinister the sin­ister, mundane. Nothing is ever as easy as it first seems. Maidenhead is a series of acute observations of a tumultuous world. Is it reality or is it a dream? ... Read more
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