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Films In 1998

Fidel tells the story of a 14 year old mutt and his buddy Alberto, a Cuban widower. A stunningly photographed NY tale about the painful acceptance of loss. ... Read more
Gustav Deutsch's magnificent Film Ist recycles every­thing from footage purchased in a flea-market (old Mexican soap-opera colour tests used by a cleaning lady to scrub floors) through to 35mm stock used to run an early German computer. An ongoing project, Film Ist is structured in a series of ... Read more
A poetic meditation on space and distance. Reflections, overhead cables and other peaceful mantra come to our attention via a simple alteration of focus, bringing into our perspective the potential of every image we capture. Shot at the disused filter beds in Hackney, East London. ... Read more
Jude (Jude Law) is dead. Eleven of his closest friends gather at the wake to reminisce, grieve and comfort his distraught widow, Sadie (Sadie Frost). Sadie has a secret to reveal: prior to his death, Jude had been working on a video. Forced to sit back and watch, bemusement quickly gives way to ... Read more
Taylor is a 12 year-old tomboy growing up in the 80s, the latch-key kid of a hard-working single mom and a self-obsessed and absent father. Emotionally and phys­ically caught between childhood and adolescence, time protracts and condenses as her world shifts between playground reality ... Read more
After a masterful series of films about the history of Taiwan, Hou Hsiao-hsien turns his gaze to a fascinating saga from Chinese history. Qing Dynasty 'Flower Houses', a polite euphemism for elegant brothels, were a meeting place for the male elite in the British conces­sion. The strict social ... Read more
Hock has a dead-end supermarket job but a single prospect on the horizon: if he can swallow his pride and summon the skill to enter the local disco dancing com­petition, he might just win the girl of his dreams along with $5000 to buy the motorbike of his dreams. Think Strictly Balloom with an ... Read more
Kyle Cooper's title sequences are often such a dramatic entree to a film, they prompted one critic to say: "Forget the Film, Watch the Titles." The sequences often form a metaphor for the theme of the film: they encapsulate the story, provide a taster or present significant symbols. ... When ... Read more
Walter's 'Frankfurt Junction' is a greasy-spoon takeaway food stand with microwave cuisine and an alcohol license. For Walter and his 'guests', December 31st, 1999 is a day like any other: too caught up in their own nowhere lives, they no longer believe in easy solutions and scoff at the very idea ... Read more
Get Real offers up a complicated protagonist in Steven Carter, a 16 year old living in suburban Basingstoke. He has no qualms about picking up older men but hasn't summoned the courage to inform his parents of his sexual orientation. Apart from some unpleasant encounters with bullying jocks, Steven ... Read more
Doug Liman is best known for his underrated, stylish and hilarious first feature, Swingers, about a group of narcissistic and self-obsessed Tinsel Town wannabes. It was during this film that he practised his chops and formulated the rapid-fire, dialogue-driven, neon-lit style that permeates Go. An ... Read more
Hammerman tells the tale of a wannabe theatre performer who has devised a new and unique act. After tirelessly peddling his act from venue to venue, he arrives at the office of Mr Swanley, manager of a modest seaside theatre. The gentle and patient Mr Swanley is coaxed into assisting Hammerman in ... Read more
Taking its title from the chorus of the biting three minute pop song Panic by 80s Brit band The Smiths, Hang the DJ is an examination of Ihe world of the turntabulist. Only in the 90s could a performer appropriate the work of someone else and slice it into a composition they call uniquely their ... Read more
Two tribes of beans embark on a war over a tabletop. in the end there can only be one winner. A slick product from one the first round of graduates of the masters in digital animation at AFTRS, Has Beans is a lot of fun. ... Read more
Nineteen year-old Ari (Alex Dimitriades) is obsessed with sex, drugs, his little sister's Lebanese boyfriend and his best friend's transvestite tendencies. Spread over an intense and eventful day, Head On packs a king hit of ethnic, sexual and drug-related tensions. ... Those familiar with Christos ... Read more
Glamourous and gritty, Hell for Leather is anything but conventional opera on film. Dominik Scherrer revisits Ihe classic tale of Satan's fall from Heaven. Filmed on location in London's East End, Scherrer shot the film in three weeks and chose to record the actors singing live. With sharp edits ... Read more
Henry Fool is a self-styled Intellectual whose proclamations ring with both truth and falsity. His arrival info the lives of a dysfunctional family signifies the beginning of delicate yet profound change. Simon Grim is a quiet, unassuming garbage-man supporting his clinically depressed mother and ... Read more
Curtis Levy's documentary traces the public and private life of Hephzibah Menuhin, celebrated equally as a concert pianist and human rights worker. When her brother, internationally acclaimed violinist Yehudi Menuhin, married Australian heiress Nola Nicholas, Hephzibah soon after wed Nola's ... Read more
This Cannes 1998 selection is more than just another account of urban lesbian love. High Art embraces the complexities of human connection and difference. At its core is an exploration of how chance encounters can lead to momentous decisions and radical life changes. Lisa Cholodenko's script took ... Read more
On December 10, 1938 David O. Selznick burned down Atlanta. On the back lot of his Culver City studio, Selznick had just begun shooting what was to be one ot the greatest, most lavish films of the golden age of Hollywood, Gone With the Wind. As the flames roared, phones at the local precincts rang ... Read more
A complex story based around a small ensemble of characters who cross paths in the wake of a plane crash. Grieving for his dead wife, a young husband, Fung Wai, meets a gay real estate agent, Tong, after he considers selling his apartment, which holds too many painful reminders of the loss. Much of ... Read more
Raking the ashes of the great dictators of the 20th century, San Francisco filmmaker and former psychotherapist Rosenblatt uncovers the brutal banality of their private fads and foibles, in simulated first-person narration over manipulated actuality footage. Like his The Smell of Burning Ants ... Read more
Life can get pretty boring when you're a shadow, hanging around at home with your housemate. Just when they thought they'd exhausted all possible distractions from the humdrum of everyday life, these shadows discover playing at shadow puppets is more fun than you might think. ... Read more
Hilary Weisman's comedy road docudrama has probably created its own genre. Ostensibly the true account of four gals on a cross-country trip to sell stolen video equipment on the Mexican black market, / Love My Movie includes a number of startling revelations that indicate that some of what we see ... Read more
In his book, Joe Brainard recounts his life through a series of dairy-like entries, each beginning with the words "I remember". This engrossing short film is a visual summary of some of the entries from Brainard's book, a meandering journey through one man's memories. Gaining power and poetry ... Read more
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