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Films In 1996

... ... Jesus in Russia: An American Holy War takes viewers inside the crusades of two extremely colourful American evangelists as they preal pray and heal their way across a troubled land! In the wake of the collapse of Communism,is estimated that 30,000 Christian missionarj have descended on ... Read more
... ... In his new film Robert Altman introduces his old home town and trademark touches including the complex inter-relationship between different lives (and plot lines) and his masterly ear for music, this time hot, vintage jazz. All roads lead to Kansas City, the Las Vegas of the 30s, a wild ... Read more
Alternating between humour and irony, Takeshi Kitano's hard edged look at disaffect­ed youth follows the life of two high school fail­ures, Shinji and Masaru, and their fate in the unyielding system that is modern Japanese soci­ety. Shinji progresses from school bully to a mem­ber ... Read more
A painterly representation of mediated water seen through a full prismatic gauze of colour and bifocular distortion. The strobing and oscillation of ripples in a dark unnatural world are as ephemeral and solid as a vast body of water. The introduction of a feather changes the grid s course of ... Read more
Molly Parker gives an enigmatic perfor­mance as Sandra Larson, the central char­acter in this compelling tale of perverse eroticism set in an anonymous Canadian town. The fiim charts the progression of Sandra's childhood preoccupation with dead animals into a full-blown and thoroughly adult ... Read more
A classic tale of temptation revealed in the unique form of a comic opera. Stunning 3-D animation and riotous humour. ... Read more
Sogo Ishii's Labyrinth Of Dreams is radically removed from Angel Dust, his last film seen in Australia (MIFF 1995). However their polar differ­ences indicate the breadth and scope of Ishii's creativity. Both films have at their core the unspoken and unforgiving temperament of the serial killer ... Read more
In the backwaters of Brazil, the small town of Sertao has been neglected by the government, despite its drought-ravaged landscape. An old woman, Maria, a reincarnation of the Virgin Mary, or possibly even Jesus, leads a small num­ber of holy women through the suffering of the Sertanejos ... Read more
A mesmerizing and wondrous film gleaned from an entertainment movie about a spritely chimpanzee and revellers escaping the heat at Coney Island. ... Eve Heller, 14 mins, 1996, 16mm, B&W, Sound ... Read more
One of the more accomplished of the recent crop of low budget, independent US films. This deadpan comedy features two feckless losers, Jerry and Christy, as its main characters. Their lives suddenly become much more exciting when Jerry, through a time honoured plot device, unwittingly winds up with ... Read more
Winner of a clutch of international awards, Lea is a film that subverts its own grim premise. Lea witnesses her father murder her mother. Struck dumb by the shock, she is transferred to an adoptive home. When she is 21, a German, Strehlo, bids for her hand in marriage; she reminds him of his late ... Read more
In his new film, Chris Marker continues to explore the ways in which new technologies can inform our comprehension of traumatic his­torical events. Like his earlier film Sans Solei,. Level Five meditates on aspects of the Japanese psyche, focusing particularly on the nation's collec­tive ... Read more
Vicente Aranda's big-budget omnibus, center­ing on female soldiers during the Spanish Civil War, has all the winning ingredients: peren­nially controversial history, spellbinding visuals and polished production. Maria, a wide-eyed young nun who is forced to flee her Barcelona convent by the ... Read more
1952, and Bilodeau (Marcel Sabourni), a Catholic Bishop arrives at a Quebec jail to hear a prisoner's confession. But when he meets the prisoner, Simon (Aubert Pallascio), a man he knew 40 years ago, it seems that it's not Simon's confession he's to hear. From the discomfort of the confessional ... Read more
Lines from the Heart treats its audience to an hour in the company of the great Swedish actresses Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson and Gunnel Lindblom. Gathering at the late director Mai Zetterling's French retreat, the trio reminisce on the terrace about Zetterling, Ingmar Bergman, their craft ... Read more
Little Angel tells the story of a woman who is consumed by the need to provide maternal love. Ramona lives on her own in a run-down dis­trict of East Berlin near the Ostkreuz subway sta­tion. From her rear window she observes the lives of the other residents in her apartment block ... Read more
Manny lives with his mum in Brooklyn - on his 13th birthday he receives the new hi-tech Nike basketball shoes that he really wanted. He heads off to the local basketball court before school where his shoes are stolen and he witnesses the murder of the thief. He is left barefoot in the snow and ... Read more
... ... A master class in Shakespeare, Al Pacino's Looking For Richard is simultaneously a telling of the classic drama. Richard III. and an exploration of the artistic and practical battles to understand the play Al Pacino is the exuberant centre of a film that ingeniously interweaves commentary ... Read more
Made on a wing, a prayer and a ton of energy. Love and Other Catastrophes marks the filmic debut of a fresh and exciting new team. A hip original comedy set firmly within 90s Melbourne, Love...is a radical departure from the visual Australian feature film in both form and content, inspired by the ... Read more
... ... The day that Ken Sherry, former king of Brisbane drive-time radio, comes to town is a biggie in the annals of the sleepy Riverina burg of Sunray-at least for sisters Vicki-Ann and Dimity Hurley. While a 40-something, twice divorced, satin-bomber-jacketed loser in a battered eighties coupe ... Read more
A moving and frequently hilarious adaptation of Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning Broadway play, Love! Valour! Compassion! traces the interwoven lives of eight gay men over a summer in upstate New York. ... Every year Gregory, a successful choreogra­pher, and his blind lover Bobby ... Read more
Werner Schroeter is a living, avant garde leg­end - "Germany's greatest marginal direc­tor", according to Thomas Elsaesser - whose heady brew of passionate melodrama, queer sexuality and experimental form, and his abun­dant love for actors and performance styles, has greatly influenced ... Read more
Lovely Day is a masterpiece of painterly animation art. Painstakingly rendered in the style of Hieronymus Bosch, the central character and accompanying putto-like figures evoke memories of a time when the pianola was the prince of the parlour and "partying" involved an old fashioned knees up and ... Read more
“Yang's angriest and most provocative film, and also probably the one that's elicited the most anger from viewers, especially in the West.” - Chicago ReaderConsisting of seemingly disparate story strands that miraculously converge into one, Mahjong focuses on some middle-class thugs dabbling in ... Read more
A dark comedy with Bill Mousoulis as a whining effete filmmaker who is trying to reconcile his feelings of envy for his more successful peers. Suffering funding knock backs and personal reaction he grasps the nettle with insights like "oh well". ... Bitter that his great artistic vision "I am ... Read more
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