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Films In 1997

Feline (May Trubuhovich, 1997)
Two mutable clay creatures inhabit a spare tense soundscape and a bruise-coloured land and seascape created with paint-on glass sets. The location the filmmaker says is the anxious landscape of sexua… Read more

FINISHED (William E. Jones, 1997)
Experimental filmmaker William E. Jones opens Finished with a shot of a small image of a male porn star in an advertisement for a gay phone line. The porn star is French-Canadian Alan Lambert, who to… Read more

FIRST LOVE, LAST RITES (Jesse Peretz, 1997)
In a small fishing village in the steamy bayou country Joey and Sissel explore their first real relationship in the confines of a single room and the seemingly never ending Louisiana summer. They mak… Read more

Flight (Sim Sadler, 1997)
Holed up in a hotel room together, a morally reckless airline pilot and a drug addicted young prostitute find they have more in common than an affinity for the seamier side of life. A model of lyrica… Read more

FOLLOWING THE FENCE LINE (Pat Fiske, 1997)
In mid 1996 a group of 14 women - mainly mid­dle aged - rode motorbikes all the way around Australia to promote breast cancer awareness. Sydney based documentary maker Pat Fiske has produced a ro… Read more

FRANK CAPRA'S AMERICAN DREAM (Kenneth Bowser, 1997)
Director of the acclaimed Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer (MIFF 1990), Kenneth Bowser's Frank Capra documentary beats a path directly to the core of the life of one of Ameri… Read more

FUNNY GAMES (Michael Haneke, 1997)
The first Austrian film to be invited to Cannes in 35 years, Michael Haneke's Funny Games caused an incredible reaction at initial screenings. Outraged journalists spread descriptions that evoked a m… Read more

Geri's Game (Jan Pinkava, 1997)
Pixar animation studios, makers of Toy Story, are renowned worldwide for their state of the art computer animation, which has an exceptional human feel to it. Their latest work is an affectionate por… Read more

GUMMO (Harmony Korine, 1997)
Harmony Korine, the 23 year old writer of divisive and inflammatory teen smash Kids, has taken the reins himself. Equally as confrontational and disturbing, Gummo has elicited enormous critical and a… Read more

GUMMO (Harmony Korine, 1997)
"No conceivable competition will match the sourness, cynicism and pretension of Mr. Korine's debut feature." - New York Times ... From the controversy and brutal honesty of Kids to the freak-show del… Read more

GUY MADDIN: WAITING FOR TWILIGHT (Noam Gonick, 1997)
A perfect and timely companion to Guy Maddin's latest feature, Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, Noam Gonick's penetrating documentary is a thorough study of emerging genius displaying the matchless Canadi… Read more

Habit (Miranda Pennell, 1997)
"Habit a dress of particular rank, degree, profession, function, order, a pattern of behaviour, practice, custom, action." ... A habit to get into and out of, this film embroiders the habit, stitches… Read more

HAPPY TOGETHER (Wong Kar-wai, 1997)
Hong Kong maverick Wong Kar-wai mixes up a heady brew of race, culture and sexuality in Happy Together, his latest film dealing with a gay Chinese couple residing in Buenos Aires. The director's star… Read more

HAPPY TOGETHER (M) (Wong Kar-wai, 1997)
Garnering high praise and multiple festival awards upon its release in 1997, Happy Together (MIFF 1997) instantly became a cult classic for filmmaker Wong Kar-wai. ... After his melancholic epic Ashe… Read more

His Mother's Voice (Dennis Tupicoff, 1997)
Using as its source a radio interview from the ABC's current affairs program The World Today in which a Queensland mother recounts how she came to learn of her son s shooting in 1995, Dennis Tupicoff… Read more

HOLLYWOODISM: JEWS, MOVIES AND THE AMERICAN DREAM (Simcha Jacobovici, 1997)
The central premise of Hollywoodism is that most of the founders of the most influential film companies in Hollywood were either East European Jewish immigrants or first generation American Jews, inc… Read more

HOWARD HAWKS: AMERICAN ARTIST (Kevin MacDonald, 1997)
Westerns, screw-ball comedies, film noir, detective thrillers, gangster flicks, even musicals - Howard Hawks, hailed as the quintes­sential auteur, tackled every possible film genre with equal fa… Read more

I am Crazy and You're Not Wrong (Anne McGuire, 1997)
Anne McGuire exposes the media mannerisms of the Kennedy era through a desperate and nostalgic cabaret act in l am Crazy and You're Not Wrong. Her off-key per­formance is brilliantly nuanced, her… Read more

I Just Want to Kiss You (Jamie Thraves, 1997)
An afternoon of... friendship... theft... love... jealousy... hate... anger... and friendship. ... Read more

I MARRIED A STRANGE PERSON (Bill Plympton, 1997)
It's Akira with humour, Roadrunner wilh humans, an animated Pulp Fiction! Bill Plympton's animated masterpiece - built for adults who don't care about political correctness - is an insanely funny rom… Read more

I MARRIED A STRANGE PERSON (Bill Plympton, 1997)
It's Akira with humour, Roadrunner with humans, an animated Pulp Fiction! Bill Plympton's toon masterpiece —for adults who don't care about political correctness - is an insanely funny romp int… Read more

I'd Rather Be Flying (Alexander Abela, 1997)
A documentary tribute to the aeroplanes, rituals, eccentricities and daring involved in modern-day aerobatics. Directed by second-time film maker Alexander Abela, the almost surreal nature of this st… Read more

Idling Brando (Angoelo Guglielmo, 1997)
Meet Dennis Woodruff, Hollywood street personality and self confessed Brando Idle. Via Hollywood landmarks, including 'The Woodruff Mobile', we follow this definitive wannabe as he tries to convince … Read more

Imprint (Louise Bourque, 1997)
Personal home-movie footage of a family house is subjected to a rich variety of hand manipulations and chemical processes - toning, tinting, ripping, perforating, bleaching, scratching, collaging, de… Read more

IN THAT LAND (Lidia Bobrova, 1997)
In That Land is a rare journey into a world which in many respects has not changed in a hundred years. Its territory is a small village in the north of Russia, a region which for better or worse has … Read more

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