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Films In 1996

Combines puppet animation, drawn animation, computer animation, and subtly altered live action all digitally imaged to tell a deeply disturbing story of remembered abandonment and abuse. At the slam of a door, a glimpse in a mirror, the present shrinks and transmutes into the past. Painful memories ... Read more
... ... Mauve Desert forges new directions in interactive narrative cinema in a com­pelling CD-ROM translation of Nicole Brassard's novel as it reconstructs the life of Melanie. a fifteen year old philosopher, from the memories of her lesbian mother. Merging the influences of feminist film ... Read more
Mecanomagie takes a stylish, performative path through the landscape of the Ardennes in northern Luxembourg. 'Live action' pixilated animation evokes a grounded paisant consc­iousness of 'natural forces' and folkloric myths of the humanoid Jitzerten that pass unnoticed across the country. Along ... Read more
In the words of Consuela Cosmetic (born Floyd William Bradford in 1958), "I'm a fair-skinned black male, self-made star, show personality, couture specialist, scam artist, credit card fraud. blackmailer, liar, cheat, con artist, prostitute and...role model," and, as Mirror Mirror shows, a ... Read more
Mirrored Measure uses concrete domestic situations and obiects - a table being set, a starched, white linen table cloth, polished glasses, a jug of water, mouths drinking - to represent an outer world of harmony and order. This is disrupted by inner tensions, represented formally by repetitive and ... Read more
Victor Ventura is a wanna-be actor struggling for survival in a rapacious Madrid, a hapless Hugh Grant type whose earnest approach to life has thus far found him delivering more pizzas than lines. Victor's luck changes when he gets two breaks: an audition for a Hollywood film and a lucrative job at ... Read more
A white man is mugged and beaten in Harlem and wakes up with amnesia in a Kafkaesque nightmare of a room. His only hope is a black man, Rumor, who promises to help him get out but decides to keep him a virtual prisoner, while at the same time exploring his life, visiting his apartment, meeting his ... Read more
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A rollicking Celtic music soundtrack sets the mood for this zany comedy about a young woman's obsession with money. Since child­hood the only thing that has interested apathetic Sakiko is counting money, so the job she takes as a bank teller after graduating from high school initially seems ... Read more
Reuniting the teenage leads of US Go Home (MIFF 95|, acclaimed director Claire Denis has created a moving film which explores the relationship between two estranged siblings. Boniface, nicknamed Boni, is a 19 year old who works in a pizzeria and spends much of his time fantasising about the local ... Read more
While virtually all of Denis' films have tacitly addressed the issue of family. this - her fifth narrative feature - confronts the subject explicitly. Boniface (Gregoire Colin) is a 19-year-old pizza chef living in Marseilles, where he spends his days tending to his pet rabbit and idly lusting ... Read more
At the conclusion of Aureiio Grimaldi's Neroiio a title appears stating that: "The events and characters described in this film are the fruit of the director's imagination." For Grimaldi, whether the poet/film director he depicts resem­bles Pier Paolo Pasolini or not is a moot ques­tion. At ... Read more
Nadav Levitan's No Names on the Doors is set a modern kibbutz, where social transformation can no longer be kept at bay. Spectres of Arab invasion lurk in the background; financial pressures and the promise of easy wealth are breaking down older, established communal value. A longstanding ... Read more
Driving on the backroads of Victoria through the night Shane Francis is haunted by his memories. Based on Richard Frankiand s experiences as a Field Officer and Investigator during the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody— "This film deliberately has no end because the story has ... Read more
Gloria becomes an alcoholic prostitute in Mexico after the maiming of her Toreador husband. Having been embroiled in a shootout between Mexican gangsters and police, she uses a stolen address book to try to obtain a share of the money which is being laundered by the Mexi­cans in Madrid ... Read more
A bear-ward is a kind of busker. In Bulgaria some itinerant folk still make a living from owning and exhibiting performing bears. They frequent the tourist spots with an accordion, vio­lin or rebeck, and a towering bear on a chain. The bear dances to a tune or does impersonations on cue ('Show ... Read more
Mordecai and Margaret have sought refuge in London from the political unrest in Nigeria. When they are told that Mordecai's visa has not been extended, and that he is to be deported, Margaret fears the worst while Mordecai continues to make a new life for his family. ... Manu Kurewa's social ... Read more
Kunihiro was once known as the 'Ball of Fire', the most feared hitman in the Japanese underworld until the law finally caught up with him. Released after a long stint in jail, all he desires is the quiet life. Kunihiro finds his former gangland associates changed for the worse. Motivated by greed ... Read more
"What a strange dream.. a stork, a river, an old park, a voice, through the mist, the outline of a house becomes visible. The houses seem to push each other aside, they huddle together, they rock on small waves, and suddenly it looks as if the town is a small island, floating round in the space of ... Read more
... ... Lindsey Merrison's mother. Sally, is Anglo-Burmese. In this documentary Lindsey takes Sally and her brother Bill back to the sights and settings of their childhood in what is now Myanmar .However, Our Burmese Days does far more than indulge nostalgia or offer insights into the colonial ... Read more
... ... In this eagerly awaited 12 volume series media archaeologist Rick Prelinger delves into his vast archive of industrial educational and propaganda films to explore the hilarious disturbing campy and revealing images and sounds from America in the mid-twentieth century. ... ... ... Volume l ... Read more
True love never dies-not without a struggle anyway. A suicide pact goes horribly wrong. Hes got ten minutes to live and she's got ten minutes to think of a way to die.Poison, knives, hammers ,hat-pins, Drano and drowning death may well come to us all but it sure as hell comes easier to some than ... Read more
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. the team behind the astonishing documentary Brother's Keeper (MIFF1992). have turned their lens on the American obsession with multiple murder Paradise Lost uncovers the kind of small-town nightmare that is the documentary film maker's dream. Their dark journey ... Read more
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