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Films In 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 sexuality and desire. On an eerie beach a naked woman vomits up a big blue cat which stalks her. It ... Read more
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 took his own life at 25, leaving behind an elaborate 10-page suicide note explaining his desire to die ... Read more
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 make love, exchange pillow talk, stories and romantic ideals and search for one another's identity. The ... Read more
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 lyrical compression, Flight explores the painfully dysfunctional embrace that characterises racial ... Read more
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 road movie with a difference - a record of the journey, punctuated by portraits of the women, and the ... Read more
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 America's most visionary filmmakers. During Capra's golden years in the 1930s, he embraced the sentiment ... Read more
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 moving sculpture of remorselessness, an icy pinnacle of violence inspired by the media. They reasoned ... Read more
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 portrait of an old man who cheats at playing chess against himself in the park. Geri's Game won this ... Read more
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 audience praise at London, Toronto and Rotterdam Film Festivals. Moving from the urban confines of ... Read more
"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 delinquency of Trash Humpers (MIFF 2010), writer and filmmaker Harmony Korine has never been one to toe ... Read more
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 Canadian sense of irony. Narrated by passionate Maddin devotee, Tom Waits (joining a fanclub that also ... Read more
"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 it, folds it, irons it, writes it, speaks it. Using paper dolls, found footage and the confinement ... Read more
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 has certainly risen both at home and abroad and this simply told but hip, colourful and superbly ... Read more
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 Ashes of Time and the upbeat and frenetic Chungking Express, Wong emerged into an altogether different ... Read more
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 explores terrain somewhere between documentary and animation. As an animator Tupicoff gives added ... Read more
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, including Adolph Zukor (Paramount), Carl Laemmle (Universal), the Warner Brothers and Louis B. Mayer ... Read more
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 facility. His was amongst the most enduring, accomplished and versatile directorial careers. Yet in ... Read more
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 posturing as sophisticated as Cindy Sherman and Sandra Bernhard. The singer's frantic loneliness ... Read more
An afternoon of... friendship... theft... love... jealousy... hate... anger... and friendship. ... Read more
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 romp into a bizarre world governed by the cartoonist's surreal mind. Newlyweds Grant and Kerry find ... Read more
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 into a bizarre world governed by the cartoonist's surreal mind. Newlyweds Grant and Kerry find their ... Read more
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 strange, airborne world is skilfully evoked through quiet interviews with the pilots, beautiful ... Read more
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 us that his big break is only a matter of time. Idling Brando is a sympathetic day in the life ... Read more
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, deterioration and emulsion-lifting as well as manipulations in the printing and developing process ... Read more
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 been largely overlooked by the probing eyes of the modern world. The film centres around three main ... Read more
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