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Films In 1997

From pre-eminent playwright, screenwriter and director David Mamet comes an intriguing film which mixes greed, paranoia and power into a heady concoction leaving the viewer literally spell-bound. Joe Ross is a young businessman who has developed a revolutionary business strategy called 'The ... Read more
Seven year old Kristien is a well-meaning young girl from an affluent family, who has a talent for doing the wrong thing despite her best intentions. Her mother is a loving but unpredictable woman with a violent temper. When her mother takes her off to a boarding school, Kristien's fear leads her ... Read more
"This film is based on my own experience and exists perilously on the knife edge between reality and fiction. The story describes the attraction of opposites: between Anglo-Saxon and Latin American cultures; between male and female; between the watcher and the watched; between the lover and the ... Read more
"An inspiring documentary, The Voice of Bergman offers a rare and fascinating opportunity to hear 79 year old Swedish master Ingmar Bergman speak for almost an hour and a half about what the cinema means to him. Soberly lensed without music, commentary or film clips, this first documentary by ... Read more
Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame and Andy's family's home town is no exception. Warhol was born in the States and never visited his parents' native soil but the remote Russian village has taken him to it's heart. Warhol grows to new dimensions in the old country, not by way of his art, but ... Read more
After completing his previous film, Pretty Village, Pretty Flame, director Srdjan Dragojevic vowed never to under­take another project dealing with the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Thankfully, for MIFF audiences, Dragojevic was compelled by the true story of Pinki and Kraut, two ... Read more
There's every likihood that this shot-on-a-shoestring first feature will be seen as a trans-Tasman version of Love and Other Catastropes. Precursors can probably be found at least one generation earlier, in John Sayles' Return of the Secaucus Seven and Alan Tanner's Jonah... Who Will Be 25 in the ... Read more
Australian actress Rachel Griffiths proves that she can create magic from either side of the camera. Tulip is the story of William, a man who has just lost his wife of 45 years, and his relationship to his wife's cow, Tulip. William tries to adjust to life alone but first he must solve the dilemma ... Read more
Canadian director Guy Maddin burst onto the scene in 1985 with an alternately hilarious and grotesque short about grief, The Dead Father. It would be lazy to join the chorus of critics referring to Maddin as the new David Lynch as all the pair really share is a uniquely strange view of the world ... Read more
Kelli Simpson's latest work follows the trials of Catherine and Liz as they decide to conceive. From choosing the sperm to finding a place to store it, having a baby proves to be more difficult than Liz imagines. ... Read more
Two/Out explores the intimate and emotional friendship between two prison cellmates. Their fragile bond begins to unravel when Jack falls in love with a black plastic bag. ... Read more
John Greyson, acclaimed Canadian director of Lilies (MIFF 97) and AIDS musical Zero Patience (1993), embraces a more experimental - though eminently accessible - style with Uncut. The scene is Ottawa, 1979, and three eccentric gay men - all named Peter - find their lives intertwined and problematic ... Read more
A group of happy vacationers is lounging around on a beach, but under cloudy skies things soon take a disturbing turn. ... Read more
Lorna is only 8 years old when her mother abruptly disappears without trace. The mystery of the disappearance leaves her with a fascination with the unexplained: spoon bending, spontaneous combustion, levitation and disappearing people. ... Read more
One critic has referred to Unmade Beds helmer Nicholas Barker as, 'A fly on the wall turned into a vulture,'' another as, "The most sadistic director in the UK." Strangely, the remarks were meant as praise but draw your attention to the fact that Barker is at his best when he is picking at the ... Read more
Mike is having a lousy day, however his apple-pie good nature seems to see him through each successive turn for the worse. He goes up to the rooftop of his apartment building to clear his head and forget about his woes, he suffers the final indignity of being locked out in the freezing cold, on ... Read more
The disregarded atmosphere track is brought to the fore in this thought provoking abstract video from Danish film maker Trine Vester. Voices is composed of eight short experiments in sound visualisation using video, film and digital effects. Off microphone voices are recorded from everyday sounds ... Read more
Not since Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (MIFF 1996), has a documentary delved so deeply, thoroughly and compellingly into an incident thought closed by most. Director William Gazecki and his team have unearthed testimony and evidence, combed court documentation and ... Read more
War Zone tackles head-on the everyday issue of the public harassment of women. Shot throughout the USA, filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West turns the camera on men in the same way that they turn their sexual aggression on her. She places herself in very real danger by asking men on the streets why they ... Read more
When I'm 21 is an inspired example of progressive and innovative documentary film making, a complex and poetic exploration of what it's like to be young and homeless on the streets of Glasgow. A palpable, internal tension seeps out of the narrative - interviews with forgotten fatally optimistic ... Read more
Juliette is a lively, streetwise and pretty Cuban teenager residing in Havana. She was orphaned after her mother's suicide and father's flight to the US. Juliette, despite the fact that the reverse is patently obvious to all concerned, claims she does not wish to be reunited with her father. Raised ... Read more
Welcome to suburbia ground zero. In 1947, in response to the United Stales' worst housing shortage, architect William Levitt designed the world's first planned community—cheap, mass produced homes that would take his name and become Levittown. This Long Island development, with its row upon ... Read more
"Neil asked me to make a video for the song Big Time from the Neil Young and Crazy Horse record Broken Arrow... Neil and the band liked the results and Neil particularly liked the rough look of the Super-8 photography. He called me up a little while later and said "Listen, we should do a longer ... Read more
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