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Films In 1998

On his way home from running errands, Ali, a school­boy from a poor family, loses his sister Zahra's newly repaired shoes. Concerned that his parents will berate him, he calls on Zahra to help keep the incident a secret. An elaborate shoe sharing system—involving after school sprints ... Read more
Did anyone ever believe Hollywood wasn't a bag of tricks? Claire has integrity, ambition and talent, a playwright boyfriend with a hot screenplay and the leading role written just for her. What more could a girl want? So, when Claire is beaten by a "babe", she takes on her biggest role yet, to ... Read more
A professional thief and his lover revisit their past and find disturbing omens for the future. With a title like Cold Feet you'd expect a 'cool' film and that's exactly what you get. Not the ostentatious '"attitude" of a flashy style-driven, MTV film or the distanced, existential snobbery of some ... Read more
In rural Australia, to the rhythm of a country song, Colleen Spencer tells her story. In one afternoon Colleen and her mother, Ida, face love, attachment and loss. ... Read more
Animated worlds tend to be apocalyptic and Cri follows in that tradition. Its world is full of strange looking men with stilts instead of legs who communicate in what can only be described as an aggressive bark. We observe these characters' grotesque existence in a claustrophobic city filled with ... Read more
Rolf de Heer's latest film, in the Official Selection at Cannes this year, submerges its audience into the intricate world of a woman with severe physical disabilities. Heather Rose, herself disabled, plays Julia, a woman with cerebral palsy. Her carer, Madelaine, abuses Julia both mentally and ... Read more
Dance of Dust is an evocative study of the almost unbe­lievably harsh life of Ilia, a boy living in a desolate rural backwater. Eking out a living working in a brick kiln, Ilia is haunted by mysterious whisperings calling him to other realms. His attraction to Limua, the daughter of a ... Read more
In a smoke filled, seedy bar a jaded dame looks on while two men engage in a dramatic game of one-upmanship. What begins innocently enough with a beer mat flip rapidly escalates to the ultimate trick. ... Read more
The Dead Letter Office: a limbo for lost mail and lost souls. Having been abandoned by her father as a child, Alice (Miranda Otto) continued to write him letters, not realising that he never received them. Seemingly unemployable, she eventually takes a job with the Dead Letter Office, convinced ... Read more
Ever since Nirvana's Nevermind stunned pundits and became a runaway multi-million seller, ushering in a new era of upstart rock & rollers, the stage has been set tor a documentary like Deadset. Rob Payne (almost a one man band himself as writer, director, producer, cinematographer and sound ... Read more
Stunning visuals interplay with a haunting stop-start soundtrack in this magical Korean film. Dreamy reflections and images of female existence, of mother and daughter reconciliation float by, creating a distorted sense of time in its wake. ... Read more
A man's strange obsession with dirt becomes an unusual allegory for individuality and self-sufficiency. ... Read more
Few filmmakers have generated as great a body of lurid gossip, myth and speculation as Donald Cammell. He was the creator and driving force behind Performance, one of fhe most startling and innovative British cult classics. The film starred Mick Jagger and James Fox and is a psychedelic document of ... Read more
Painter/photographer/filmmaker David Perry immersed himself in Sydney's vibrant jazz scene and came out drenched in musical flavour and improvisation. Interviews with prominent Sydney jazz players including Bernie McGann, Mike Nock and Tony Gorman, as well as jazz authority John Clare, draw ... Read more
This meandering film traces a man's return to his home town to live in a high rise with his acerbic aunt. The story is simple and the bleak but beautiful imagery stands out. ... Read more
An impossibly poetic, moving and memorable film capturing the story of an isolated Aleutian Island port in deeply grained black and white. Simple in structure yet wonderfully evocative, warm in spite of the snowbound isolation it depicts, Dutch Harbour is certain to be one of MIFF 1999's quiet ... Read more
The second part of a trilogy (preceded by MIFF 1997 smash, Fire) whose theme is the elements, Deepa Mehta's Earth examines the subject of India's partition as a means to deal with land literally and figuratively. Based on an autobiography, the film mixes romance and social drama, often emotionally ... Read more
Erotic fantasies are the only escape for Edith, who shares a beachside house with her domineering mother. However, it seems that Edith's fantasies may have become reality when she discovers a beautiful naked man washed up on the shore. ... Read more
Meet Jonathon, an eight year old soccer fanatic. Living in a strange new town, he struggles to explain away the absence of his father as he finally comes to terms with his situation. A beautifully sensitive portrayal of innocence and loss, poetically framed against a back drop of a little boy's ... Read more
Eisenstein: The Master's House is a highly accessible and exhaustively thorough overview of the life and work of Sergei Eisenstein, one of the most significant fiimmakers in motion picture history. Eisenstein was born in Riga, in Tsarist Russia, in 1898 to high expectations from his wealthy Jewish ... Read more
This expressionist portrait of people living in the harsh highland region of Europe, at the bottom of the Caucasus mountain summits, is both alien and seductive. Accompanying haunting images of the village are the songs and chanted words of the people themselves. Ancient writings on birth, death ... Read more
There are sinister forces operating beneath the stiff formality of a mathematics conference. Within the daily routine small incidents seem to take on a heightened significance. The film and the characters become complicit in a haunting puzzle with no simple solution. ... Read more
Steve Phare, a lifelong logger from British Columbia, is a man of contradictions. Although he cuts down trees he also has a reverence for the woods. He looks down on the local native population and their claims to the ground he is about to log and yet is part Indian himself, a fact he is deeply ... Read more
Middle-aged bachelor Joseph Ambrose Hilditch (Bob Hoskins) lives in a dark, cluttered house in Birmingham. He is the kind of man that neighbours would describe as a kindly soul who kept himself to himself. Methodical in his job as a catering supervisor, Hilditch disguises his dark soul. When ... Read more
Some people are destined not to be together. A man arrives at a woman's apartment to take her out on their first date but events conspire to make him wonder, should he ever have left home? Fetch is the directorial debut of Lynn-Maree Danzey and was also invited to screen at this year's Cannes Film ... Read more
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