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Films In 1996

A woman's voice-over obtained through an interview tells of the range of emotions experienced by her in a psychologically damaging and physically abusing relationship. "I felt trapped by the whole thing, and I suppose that my home was prison because it was just a box." The woman's conflicting ... Read more
We first see Stella - school-aged but alrear an old hand at prostitution - walking through a London park in short dress and pig­tails, ice-cream cone in hand. She calmly ser­vices a gent on a bench, keeping cone intact and moves on to her next client. Stella Does Tricks is a distinctively ... Read more
There is an exhilarating horrible immediacy about the Bureau of inverse Technology's Suicide Box. Formed in Melbourne in 1992, incorporated in Delaware, USA in 1997, but now based in cities across the Northern Hemisphere, the Bureau are a covert action data collection agency for the information ... Read more
A curious performance is enacted by two marionettes and animated ob|ects within an artificial empty world, which is running out of time. The performance collapses while the puppeteer continues to rewind the watch to no avail. Yet, sunlight seeping in transforms the cold mechanical interior of the ... Read more
A purely abstract animation. As implied by the title, the animator was inspired by sunsets the film was created as a day-to-day animated diary of 365 sunsets - including those obscured by clouds - by painting directly onto a continuous strip of 35mm film leader using materials ranging from nail ... Read more
TapTap Ruin is concerned with the inter-changeability of signs with abstract images and linguistic forms with spatial forms. Writing becomes drawing and the reverse is also true. ... The film sets out to make a spectacle from a small but new image world (Ars Poetica). Toying with 'the typical shit' ... Read more
Filmed with the piercing intensity of a parable, Iranian helmer Abbas Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry follows a desperate man on the verge of suicide who seeks someone willing to bury him discreetly. One of the director's darkest and most personal movies, the story has a bleak premise which is turned ... Read more
Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1997, Taste of Cherry follows the plight of a desolate man, searching for someone to bury him, as he contemplates suicide. Although dark in tone, the film is undoubtedly the product of Kiarostami's profound humanist sensibilities. Eschewing sentimentality ... Read more
Marriage-it seemed like a good idea at the time, but how practical is it when you re both working at opposite ends of the clock? A poetic understated story about a relationship through notes on the hallstand and late night reruns (TM) ... Read more
Scherazade, the heroine of A Thousand and One Nights has much in common with the heroine of this delightful short film. Each take on the treacherous responsibility of delivering stories nocturnally. Contraband literature passed onto other resistance fighters in occupied France is the protagonist's ... Read more
When Max Skladanowsky's eldest daughter Lucie, confides that she misses her unde, a Juggler, when he is away touring, her father goes to work on a means by which she can always see lifelike, moving images of her favourite relative. A sweet childish request for the impossible (in the 1890s] became ... Read more
A woman bakes a cake with a gun inside, and then searches frantically for some place to take it. Two teenagers roam across a barren moonscape, which turns out to be a suburban highway in the making. Surreal home movies are early pointers to director Anna Kannava's feel­ings of alienation within ... Read more
... ... Perth in the late 40s - a suburban community hall turns into a unique Aboriginal meeting place, the Coolbaroo Club In a city with an unofficial apartheid policy, the club was an anomaly—a classy dance hall visited by black celebrities from all over Australia and even overseas, such as ... Read more
Song Sang-Soo's Korean comedy centres around a tangled love quartet comprised of a failed novelist, a water-filter salesman, his wife and a cinema ticket-seller. Eye level direction imparts an unsettling edge to familiar urban details, thus enabling the audience to place them­selves within the ... Read more
An appealing souffle of modern marriage and family tribulations, Greg Mottola's first feature rises high above the sitcom standard of so many contemporary romantic comedies. Eliza finds a poetic love letter addressed to her husband, Louis, and rushes to her parents for advice. Her mother's stern ... Read more
... ... Headlights sweeping dark roads on the outskirts of town. A clean-cut white boy at the wheel. Balmy nights in Memphis, down on the Missisippi delta. What are all those parked cars doing here? Who are those guys wandering up and down? And why are there no women? As if you didn't know. ... ... Read more
Bronx hard man Abel Ferrara has obsessively chronicled New York's criminal underbelly. Strip club low-lifes, corrupt cops and murderous mobsters - these are the central figures in Ferrara's neon-lit testaments to the power of the gun and the knife. The Funeral is the eccentric director's first ... Read more
New York. A condom holds the city hostage. The body count is rising as this living, squirming, and worst of all biting - right off! - rubber, grips the city in prophylactic panic. When Inspector Luigi Mackeroni loses a testicle to the latex menace, the case becomes personal. He managers to blow the ... Read more
... ... In this captivating, perplexing portrait of mother, Dora Bialestock, filmmaker Rivi Hartman explores the wildly contradictory nature of this well known Melbourne figure Several inches less than five feet tall, she was tiny dynamo, an awesome intellectual and original thinker. A world ... Read more
... ... Coming to us direct from Cannes where it was one of the few true discoveries of the year. The Promise transcends it's small scale, domestic concerns to evolve into a tough involving, but ultimately compassionate film. ... ... ... Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne a Belgian directorial duo, were ... Read more
Many moving images are produced for science, industry commerce and medicine that are only seen by a specialised audience and disappear soon after they have been made. The purpose of this film is to find within this ephemera images our society as it will inevitably be seen by future generations. The ... Read more
The Earth Mother sends her son in search of his father The quest m the form of post-modern dream sequences takes the son through many adventures and places. He witnesses his own conception in a bizarre sequence involving artificial insemination. This is an intriguing film of ideas and computer ... Read more
"In a land where sexuality is repressed and women are commodities, one man seeks to express the woman inside, and one woman seeks to suppress her own femininity. Together they must survive the perils and the prejudice, and discover love in The Square Circle." That's how one of those inappropriate ... Read more
Bill Kinsley was on the fast track with the US postal service until the day Thomas Mcllvane walked into his office with a gun. Kinsley had seen the warning signs and reprimanded Mcllvane on numerous occasions for everything from sleeping on the job to punching people on his delivery route! In a ... Read more
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