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Films In 1997

BUUD YAM (Gaston Jean-Marie Kaboré, 1997)
Set in the early 1900s on a bend in the Niger River, Buud Yam charts the unpredictable journey of Wend-Kuuni, a young man in search of a healer to cure his ailing sister, the victim of an unknown dis… Read more

Capillary Action (Paul Winkler, 1997)
Water attraction and repulsion is reconstructed cinematographically by one of Australia's longest standing and most uncompromising experimental filmmakers. The artificiality of nature is made explici… Read more

Chainsmoker (Maria Von Heland, 1997)
Take a bizarre romp one cold winter's night in Berlin when a woman who locks herself out of her apartment and gets a coin stuck in a cigarette-vending machine, unwittingly sets in motion an extraordi… Read more

CHARLES MINGUS: TRIUMPH OF THE UNDERDOG (Don McGlynn, 1997)
Don McGlynn's (Dexter Gordon: More Than You Know, MIFF 1997) brutally honest, obsessively researched and thoroughly moving account of Jazz giant, Charles Mingus. Audiences will leave McGlynn's bio-pi… Read more

Checking Out (Carl Biorsmark, 1997)
The story of Marija, a poor post-Soviet pensioner struggling to adapt to the accelerated culture of the 90s. A deft blend of documentary and fiction - Marija is played by a real pensioner, Lidija Kov… Read more

Christmas Presence (Glendon Whelan, 1997)
The story of Alan (John Flaus), a man dying of cancer who makes a belated attempt to establish a relationship with his son Denis (Luke Elliot), abandoned twenty years earlier. Smart dialogue, powerfu… Read more

Come Dancing (Richard Knew, 1997)
An invitation to fight and not dance as four men descend on a nightclub. It is only a matter of time before they attack. The action is an authentic rumble recorded through a surveillance camera. The … Read more

COSMOS (Jennifer Alleyn, Manon Briand, Marie-Julie Dallaire, Arto Paragamian, André Turpin, Denis Villeneuve, 1997)
A modern mosaic from the urban jungle, this is an omnibus film, six stories linked by the central character of Greek philosopher/taxi driver, Cosmos. Nightmares traumatise Morille, a young filmmaker … Read more

CRACKS IN THE MASK (Frances Calvert, 1997)
Ephraim Bani journeys from the Torres Strait Islands to the great museums of Europe, where his plundered heritage is on display. He carries the hope of all Islanders to see the turtleshell masks made… Read more

DANCE OF THE WIND (Rajan Khosa, 1997)
Voted audience favourite at both the London and Nantes Film Festivals, Rajan Khosa's magnificent debut, Dance of the Wind, probes the dynamics of the Indian oral tradition. Pallavi, a successful sing… Read more

DEATH SENTENCE (Prakash Jha, 1997)
Sunset. A wide-screen expanse bathed in a blood red glow. Two women, their colourful saris almost luminous, crest a hill bathed in the last fiery rays of dusk. The scene is stunning, gorgeous for a f… Read more

Derwent Envy (Sarah Watt, 1997)
In 1998 twin sisters Annie and Pammie suffer a shock when their mother leaves their father after 39 years of marriage. Better known for her work in animation until now, Sarah Watt uses both live acti… Read more

DESTINY (Youssef Chahine, 1997)
Veteran Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine ventures into twelfth century Andalusia to tell the tale of Avérroès, an influential Islamic philosopher. Religious fundamentalists protested against Avé… Read more

Devil's Hooves at Dusk (Alex Calvo-Sotelo, 1997)
Consisting of just two shots, Devil's Hooves at Dusk is a highly stylised surrealistic film concerning a bizarre party organised for Lucia by her mother, the principal question being whether Lucia wi… Read more

DIDN'T DO IT FOR LOVE (Monika Treut, 1997)
Don Juan '67, an obscure Mexican sex and espionage film. A bird's-eye crane shot of Eva Norvind, dressed in matching pop art checked mini and shades roars through the streets in a Cadillac convertibl… Read more

DOING TIME FOR PATSY CLINE (Chris Kennedy, 1997)
Chris Kennedy juggles comedy, drama and sentiment with aplomb in his third feature; Ralph, a sweet natured, and exceptionally naive young man from the bush is determined to make his mark on the Nashv… Read more

EAST SIDE STORY (Dana Ranga, 1997)
Films showing workers singing in fields, teenagers dancing on the beach, or glam­orous working women are not widely associated with socialist European countries. This may change with Dana Ranga's… Read more

El Caminante (Debra Smith, 1997)
The inhabitants of a Spanish village gather for the visit of a death defying tightrope walker. He comes with his own attractive aura of danger and drama, and the crowd are not disappointed. Animated … Read more

Enchanted Life (Peter Bunzl, 1997)
A magician turned civil servant reminisces about the hardships of a life of wizardry. Enchanted Life plays a number of visual tricks that span both drawn and model animation and which, like the film'… Read more

EROTICA: A JOURNEY INTO FEMALE SEXUALITY (Maya Gallus, 1997)
An excellent contemporary companion piece to Monica Treut's Didn't do it for Love, Erotica explores female sexuality by consulting the opinions and experiences of an international group of ten artist… Read more

Everybody's Pregnant (Debra Soloman, 1997)
A whacky, animated account of the trials and tribulations of medically assisted conception. Debra Solomon does just about everything here from the design to the lyrics of the song that is as amusing … Read more

EXILE IN SARAJEVO (Tahir Cambis, Alma Sahbaz, 1997)
Multiculturalism under siege. Exile In Sarajevo is a passionate and persona! account of the siege of Sarajevo, from the viewpoint of Bosnian-Australian Tahir Cambis and Sarajevan, Alma Sahbaz. ... Th… Read more

FACE (Antonia Bird, 1997)
Cutting-edge British director Antonia Bird takes on post-Thatcherite tensions with Face. At the heart of the film is Ray (Robert Carlyle, The Full Monty, Trainspotting), an educated and bitterly disi… Read more

FAME WHORE (Jon Moritsugu, 1997)
An ultra low budget trash masterpiece by a director whose previous works have included Hippy Porn and Mod Fuck Explosion - which may give you some idea of where we're headed. Three vaguely connected … Read more

FAST, CHEAP AND OUT OF CONTROL (Errol Morris, 1997)
Errol Morris' amazing, eccentric documentary is yet another satisfying chapter in the filmography of a self-confessed obsessive/compulsive who is never happier than when he is recording the lives of … Read more

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