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Films In 1998

Fidel (Marta Ibarondo, 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

FILM IST (Gustav Deutsch, 1998)
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 st… Read more

Filter Beds (Guy Sherwin, 1998)
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 o… Read more

FINAL CUT (Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis, 1998)
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,… Read more

FLAT IS BEAUTIFUL (Sadie Benning, 1998)
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 an… Read more

FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1998)
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 … Read more

FOREVER FEVER (Glen Goei, 1998)
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 gir… Read more

Forget the Film, Watch the Titles (Kyle Cooper, 1998)
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 th… Read more

FRANKFURT-MILLENNIUM (Romuald Karmakar, 1998)
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… Read more

GET REAL (Simon Shore, 1998)
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 … Read more

GO (Doug Liman, 1998)
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 pract… Read more

Hammerman (Andy Shelley, 1998)
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… Read more

HANG THE DJ (Marco La Villa, 1998)
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 perform… Read more

Has Beans (Andrew Tamandl, 1998)
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 B… Read more

HEAD ON (Ana Kokkinos, 1998)
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, He… Read more

Hell for Leather (Dominik Scherrer, 1998)
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, Sc… Read more

HENRY FOOL (Hal Hartley, 1998)
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 ch… Read more

HEPHZIBAH (Curtis Levy, 1998)
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 violini… Read more

HIGH ART (Lisa Cholodenko, 1998)
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 … Read more

HITCHCOCK, SELZNICK AND THE END OF HOLLYWOOD (Michael Epstein, 1998)
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 go… Read more

HOLD YOU TIGHT (Stanley Kwan, 1998)
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, a… Read more

Human Remains (Jay Rosenblatt, 1998)
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… Read more

Humdrum (Peter Peake, 1998)
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… Read more

I LOVE MY MOVIE (Hilary Weisman, 1998)
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,… Read more

I Remember (David Chartier, Avi Zev Weider, 1998)
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 f… Read more

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