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Films In 1995

Who or what ends up as the subject of a biograph? The "observing ear" of conceptual painter and film maker Tony Woods constructs a Chinese box of ink Rorscharch experiments made in the sixties, a drawing of Beckett from 1989, four images of the man found in the street and a quartet of mirror ... Read more
Virtuoso technique offers a glimpse inside the mind of a compulsive gambler teeming with odds calculations, combinations figures and forecasts A film in the first person. Agitated, abstract, masterfully conceived and controlled. (MM) ... Read more
Two teenage boys hang out shooting the breeze. A gunshot rings out. They don't bother to go see who got shot. Just another day tn the suburbs of Sao Paulo. Young Brazilian filmmaker, Andrea Seligmann casts a cool eye over her home town where rap, drugs, violence and crime are the currency of daily ... Read more
As if working in opposition to the varying evocative mysteries of Amber City and non-places, Ian Cross' video, Scrutiny, is an iconic example of the post modernist video tradition of an assemblage of home movie family footage, with flickering scratchy animations of sex, homes, foetuses, men, women ... Read more
Kurt Weill is one of the century's most indi­vidual and idiosyncratic composers. In Ger­many, his collaboration with Berthold Brecht produced both The Threepenny Opera and Mahagonny. In exile in America after the rise of Nazism, his broadway musicals tackled social concerns head-on, at the ... Read more
Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams are back Ivexplonng another gender-bending facet of the flipside to Japanese society—following on from their successful documentary on the Takarazuka Review dancers. Dream Girls (MIFF 1994) ... Sfiinjuku Boys takes us into the heart of the queer underbelly of ... Read more
... ... In this scabrous debut feature. Sao Paulo producer/director Vinicius Mainardi takes on the Brazilian class struggle with a vengeance-sparing no one. Businessman Vittorio foils a robbery by stabbing, but not killing, Jackson, a petty thief who breaks into his sumptuous villa. Worried about ... Read more
Disturbing elegiac meditation on one girl's childhood and adolescence set in and around a Glasgow housing estate. Downbeat beautifully observed and concerned with the epiphanies which arise from the minutiae of day to day life. ... (MM) ... Read more
... ... Glasgow, 1968: time for the McLean Brothers to decide where their loyalties ambitions lie. The eldest, Bobby, misses his dead dad, suffers nightmares and hangs out a local gang. Alan prefers to devote his time painting and Joanna, an uncommonly self assured lass known to have attracted the ... Read more
At once heartfelt and humorous, Sarah Watts sparkling painterly animation is a portrait of that 'hormone hell' of pregnancy and childbirth. Writ­ten with an engaging and refreshing candour the film resonates with its power and poignancy. ... Read more
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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
... ... Craig Baldwin, outlaw filmmaker (Tribulation 99, O No Coronado!), has found the perfect materi­al on which to wield his mighty editing knife and vast found-footage collection. Sonic Outlaws begins as a freewheeling portrait of Oakland-based noise band Negativland, which was sued by ... Read more
From the makers of He & She, this cleverly-designed and shot film explores the end of a youth sub-culture, the eighties resurgence of the Mod scene. The viewer is left uneasy about which era the film is actually set in, which echoes the dilemma of those caught in a Scene that is already culturally ... Read more
A choreographed examination of the kinetic naked human body made up of three thousand photographs which are elaborately animated as a succession of poses, movements and gender metamorphoses. Highly precise and formally beautiful, this is a fascinating reflection on film, video and photography as a ... Read more
"Observe the man from every single point. Then judge the man any way you want it, Man to man is the greatest secret ever" Nyegosh (1813 1851) Montenegrin ruler poet and philosopher. ... A family lives in an idyllic setting in a remote country village in Montenegro (Yugoslavia). When their sons and ... Read more
The hand-colouring of each individual frame and the absurdist nature of the story give the film an almost cartoonish quality reminiscent of the Warner Brothers' Loony Tunes series. A man sur­rounds his sleeping wife with an arsenal of weapons. Is it true love or criminal intent? ... Read more
In this sharp and unsettling thriller a businessman speeding along a country highway swerves out of control. As he is changing the flat tyre he is hit over the head from behind He awakens from a haze to find his car gone. (MI) ... Read more
... ... At the start of his brand-new documentary on master Afro-Cuban drummer and composer Francisco Aguabeila, Les Blank throws us right into the heat and passion of a 1985 Aguabeila gig at Cesar's Latin Palace in San Francisco. The drum comes alive under Aguabella's hands, spinning rhythms that ... Read more
... ... Joan Mandell's documentary was filmed during a visit by an Egyptian poet/story-teller to Arab-American community centre in Michigan. Sheikh Ghanim Mansour is one of the last people alive able to recite from memory the 1000-year old, 100-hour epic tale of the Bam Hilal tribe. The purpose of ... Read more
Produced for SBS TV Taxi' is a documentary of interviews with taxi drivers at work. Shot without interviewer or narration the cabbies talk frankly about their experiences on the job. Each of the five stories deals with a different aspect—passengers, violence, brotherhood, sex and philosophy ... Read more
Tepu a hermit like Indian wise man returns to Mexico City where the gringos and the half breeds have made it sick. Can it be healed and is he the one to do it? (TH) ... Read more
The back room is a mysterious place where shafts of light fall across a darkened room; fragments of nostalgic popular songs a soundtrack for gestures in passing, moments of human exchange. Evoking dream states or perhaps flickers of memory, in its own small space between an intense interior and ... Read more
Two outsized Americans fought the battle for Citizen Kane William Randolph Hearst, 77-year-old newspaper baron, perched in a Californian castle with his concubine, Marion Davies, and Orson Welles, a 24-year-old boy wonder of the theatre, in Hollywood with a contract to make his first movie. In ... Read more
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