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Films In 1997

Four very different intimate encounters occur in Room 407 of Motel Cactus, a Seoul 'love hotel'. In Summer, the first episode, a woman seeks to spend her birthday with the man she loves, but he has very different plans. Autumn concerns a pair of young college students who surprise themselves when ... Read more
It is the aura of delicate ambiguity that defines Mother and Son as a contemporary cinematic masterpiece. A fragile mother is dying, although if is uncertain whether she is physically ill or just resigned to death after a lifetime of hardship. A son has returned to her side, yet there are few clues ... Read more
This intriguing character study of a woman liv­ing in inner-city Melbourne, follows filmmak­er Jane Friedman (played by Marie-Louise Walker) over the course of six days, illuminating her thoughts and feelings by making use of a voice-over that corresponds with her diary entries. Over these ... Read more
Charlie is a neurotic, self-loathing individual. After years of denial, a one night stand leads to him contracting a new and rare disease called 'Sexually Repressed Shedding Disorder'. The results include a strange duplication of his body. He discovers he only has 24 hours to 'reintegrate' his new ... Read more
A young man takes the night bus home and finds himself in mortal conflict with a crazed, masked murder. (As you do,) Sounds a bit naff? Don't be fooled. There are moments in this superbly crafted mini-thriller which chill the blood. Murphy's inspired manipulation of film language, and excellent ... Read more
In No Title an image is being constructed. Multiple perspectives of the subject are combined. A multilingual appeal is made to the viewer to not objectify the image or subject. We are dealing with the overlapping of cultural boundaries and the potential for misrepresentation as we view our own ... Read more
Slip into a sharkskin suit, strap on a machete and join Taeju, Jophil and 'The Infamous Ashtray' (so named for his weapon of choice) as they shoot, slash, kick and punch their way to the top of the Korean gangland food-chain. Being 'No. 1' is all that matters and when you're 'No. 3', the only way ... Read more
Mostar, 1994. The Bosnian War is over; a Muslim woman picks over her beloved books and other heirlooms. Like most other inhabitants of the Muslim quarter of the city, she has lost almost everything in the bombing. Grandmothers tend to orphans while a young man staggers around in a daze. Meanwhile ... Read more
The film opens with colour, softly modulated movement and the image of a boat slowly drifting away. Laura, the narrator, speaks of the death of her mother and the birth of her first child very soon after. ... The mood and style jump to the present: kids, phone calls, and other everyday things ... Read more
Alejandro Amenábar's follow up to the phenomenal Tesis, his 1995 debut which scooped seven Goyas (the Spanish Oscar). From a darkened cell in the psychiatric wing of a high security prison, César reluctantly relates the events that have led to his incarceration. In a series of flashbacks we come ... Read more
Hakemzadeh is commissioned by the Ministry of Culture to travel with a mobile open-ait cinema through the mountainous green north of Iran. Trekking from one remote spot to the next, traveling with his young son, Hakemzadeh finds himself in an isolated village where people have never seen a film ... Read more
In a vertiginous flurry, a pair of creatures permeate all boundaries in this computer animated maze of segments and borders. We are drawn into the rhythmic and tumbling expansion of an abstract form whose rapid extension and metamorphoses leaves a lingering unease. An absorbing innovative computer ... Read more
This fluent and visually seductive animation belongs to a genre in which puppets, manikins and dolls stand as heavily loaded metaphors for women. Peaches is a creature, Charmaine Choo says, "entangled by the desires of others." Shot using wax and wood actors and using many of the conventions of ... Read more
A small, romantic storm in a tea cup. A man's memory of, or wish for a relationship. Highly polished, symbolically contrived, visually beautiful with a dynamic camera that rushes into the sky and suggests flight or astral travel as it hovers. The opening title muses "Am I alive'? asleep? It seems ... Read more
Perdita Durango is the most explosive cocktail of humour, sex, religion and action this side of Natural Born Killers. The two central characters are the unscrupulous Perdita Durango (Rosie Pérez), and handsome drug dealer/shaman, Romeo Dolorosa (Javier Bardem). After kidnapping an all-American ... Read more
Perfect Blue represents the next wave of Japanimation. The producers of the MIFF 1996 animation sensation Memories have pushed the limits of visual expression. Perfect Blue balances Japanese suspense and action with probing characters. Based on a novel by Yoshikazu Takeuchi, the central character ... Read more
A cross between Cops and a seedy pulp novella, this 'action-based reality short' is a stylish, entertaining and insightful portrait of a modern private investigator, whose stomping ground is the mean streets of NYC. Directed by Monica Sharf, this noir-esque documentary accompanies Dempster and his ... Read more
A woman's desire to give her brother a dignified funeral is fatally thwarted when he declares on his deathbed his wish to be cremated. A Spanish black comedy of high passions, urns and vacuum cleaners. ... Read more
Pressing tight against the strictures of the social world, the instructions of culture, the model of the family that teaches us to be human, lies the lure of the inhuman the cry of the beast outside our window, the oppressive weight of the forest leaning in towards us the texture of the sky that ... Read more
An audience favourite at Montreal, Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals, Postman Blues is a terrifically entertaining farce directed by Sabu, one of the rising stars of Japanese cinema's next wave. The film reflects the deep alienation and fanatical media fixation of contemporary youth culture in ... Read more
"Gay men and lesbians - a forced marriage if ever there was one," quips lesbian activist Torie Osborn. Such is the base from which this insightful documentary works. The relationship between men and women in the lesbian and gay community, race and politics make for an inflammatory cocktail. The ... Read more
Produced on a low budget using Photoshop, Illustrator and Macromind Director, Process ot Becoming is an exploration of symbolic forms based on the body. Shapes resembling body parts, insects and mandalas evolve and blend in a loose theme of regeneration. ... Process of Becoming is part of a large ... Read more
Comic farce or major assault on Korean sexual mores? Push! Push! is both. The X Files meets ER, with a portion of Fawlty Towers thrown in. Korean filmmaker Park Chul Soo storms the wards of a women's clinic and pushes humour and satire to its limits without once belittling his subject matter ... Read more
Simon thought he knew his parents, but family ties aren't always as they appear. This is a haunting and evocative film which unravels the family secrets of one man's childhood. Beneath a splendid array of visual effects, Simon's story unfolds with the tenuous clarity of a childhood dream. Images ... Read more
Revolt into Style examines the emergence of young Australian designers at a time when streetwise chic punk music and a growing international awareness confronted the mainstream. Avant Garde creation either disappears or is absorbed by the mainstream it opposes. What happened? This is a high energy ... Read more
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