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Films In 1997

MOTEL CACTUS (Park Ki-Yong, 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 v… Read more

MOTHER AND SON (Alexander Sokurov, 1997)
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 res… Read more

MY BLESSINGS (Bill Mousoulis, 1997)
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 thou… Read more

My Body (Joel Moffett, 1997)
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 in… Read more

Night Ride (Martin Murphy, 1997)
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 min… Read more

No Title (Karen Lawler, 1997)
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 th… Read more

NO. 3 (Song Neung-Han, 1997)
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 K… Read more

OFF SEASON (Miriam Quinte, Pepe Danquart, 1997)
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 i… Read more

On a Full Moon (Lee Whitmore, 1997)
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 a… Read more

OPEN YOUR EYES (Alejandro Amenábar, 1997)
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 r… Read more

PAPER AIRPLANES (Farhad Mehranfar, 1997)
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 hi… Read more

Partition (Jean-François Marteudi, 1997)
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 … Read more

Peaches (Charmaine Choo, 1997)
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, "entangle… Read more

Perception (Randall Myers, 1997)
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 sug… Read more

PERDITA DURANGO (Alex de la Iglesia, 1997)
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), a… Read more

PERFECT BLUE (Satoshi Kon, 1997)
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… Read more

PI Snaps (Monica Sharf, 1997)
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… Read more

Polvo Eres (Carles Sans Padros, 1997)
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 cleaner… Read more

Possum (Brad McGann, 1997)
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 … Read more

POSTMAN BLUES (Sabu, 1997)
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. … Read more

PRIDE DIVIDE (Paris Poirier, 1997)
"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 … Read more

Process of Becoming (Tina Gonsalves, 1997)
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 mand… Read more

PUSH! PUSH! (Park Chul Soo, 1997)
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… Read more

Relative Strangers (Rosemary Hesp, 1997)
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 arr… Read more

Revolt Into Style (Simon Burton, Mark Worth, 1997)
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 … Read more

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