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Films In 1998

Described by Sight & Sound as one of the most harrowing and powerful films at last year's Cannes Film Festival (and winner of the Critic's Week Award), / Stand Alone includes a warning near its incredible climax that squeamish audience members have 60 seconds (including a countdown) to leave the ... Read more
Girl gets boy, in just seven minutes... a how-to primer for the modern woman! A neat and fast-moving study in obsessive desire, featuring a winning performance from Lisbeth Kennelly, who also wrote the film. ... Read more
Today, La Muette, a housing estate on the outskirts of Paris, houses migrants and people of low income. Previously, it interned 67,000 Jews on their way to concentration camps. If the Walls Could Speak traces the history of this building and deals wilh France's involvement in the Holocaust in a ... Read more
A group of Japanese hire a tour bus with one intention: communal suicide. Everyone on this fatal trip, including the driver and perky female guide, has financial or per­sonal woes that have led them to take desperate mea­sures. ... The debut feature by Takeshi Kitano protege Hiroshi Shimizu ... Read more
James Bogle's Mad Bomber in Love was voted Best of the Fest at MIFF in 1993. The following year the film was invited to screen at the Santa Monica Film Festival, and Bogle was quickly heralded as the new director of promise in Australia. In the Winter Dark is a captivating rural thriller, based on ... Read more
An ensemble tale about a working-class community struggling against apparently impossible odds, French film mainstay Bertrand Tavernier scripted the film with his daughter and son-in-law, based closely on the latter's real-lite experiences as head of a nursery school in a forlorn former mining town ... Read more
Highly respected in his homeland - alongside peers like Theo Angelopoulos - Pantelis Voulgaris' It's a Long Road is an understated but immensely rewarding film. Divided into three distinct chapters, the film is linked by the fact that the three principal characters are all reaching a turning point ... Read more
A brilliant yet nervous man, Max Cohen (Sean Gullette) is on the verge of the most important discovery of his life - a 216-digit number which would solve the mysteries of life. As Max verges on a solution, chaos swallows the world around him and he is plagued by crippling headaches and ... Read more
"As soon as the office cleaners break into song, there's not a shadow of a doubt where Jeanne and the Perfect Guy is coming from. Shades of Jacques Demy's colourful tuners hang lightly on the shoulders of this modern fairytale musical about love and AIDS." - Variety ... Darkly charming, Jeanne and ... Read more
A personal memoir recounting the outstanding yet virtually unknown and unseen documentaries that Hollywood veteran John Huston shot during World War II. This film is the result of the dedication of filmmaker Midge Mackenzie who brings to light this shadowy chapter of Huston's career. John ... Read more
A terse, idiosyncratic study of love, mistrust and suburbia. Odlin is doing odd jobs for Ricky and Francine, but when Francine gives Odlin the keys to the house, Ricky takes a stand. An elegantly constructed tale about three very different people. ... Read more
Jungle Taitei is based on Tezuka Osamu's original manga (which commenced in 1950), which describes the lives and adventures of the African jungle emperor, Panja, and his mate Eliza. The series' main character, Leo, was born in captivity but escaped, returning to the jungle. In this new feature film ... Read more
Korridor is composed mostly of found footage and Brehm's mirror projections into the preexisting compositions. The filmmaker stalks a neo-gothic gallery of pornographic actors engaged in gloomy revelry. Present among his images, he appears in a series of impending repetitions. The metaphor of ... Read more
At the age of 22, Richard has inherited his father's undertaking business in Bradford. During a burial, his life is turned upside-down when he meets Barbara, a beautiful young aspiring actress from Los Angeles. Leaving behind the mundane and ghoulish funeral trade and a shrewish girlfriend, Richard ... Read more
A magician, a birdman and La Comtessa de Castiglione perform this entrancing, surreal theatre piece. Inspired by early photographic portraits of the real Comtesse de Castiglione (taken in 1855) and shot on an old camera, it represents a truly timeless (and bizarre) vision. Furthermore, it is a work ... Read more
Land Girls is a beautiful, lush period drama which places Britain's women centre-stage. As part of a British war effort during WWII, three adventuresome young women take to the fields to farm while their male counterparts are off fighting for their country. Prue (Anna Friel) is lively and ... Read more
In Last Night, amidst the pre-miliennial tension and hys­teria, director Don McKellar calmly asks: What would you do on your last night on Earth? The answers take his char­acters and the audience through a rich emotional spec­trum, from the quirky to the inspirational. Buildings burn ... Read more
Under the stage name 'Le Petomane', Joseph Pujol's musical anus left 19th century Parisian audiences rolling in the aisles. Despite drawing enormous crowds and pocketing box office fortunes, the 'special' nature of Pujol's unique talent has seen him forgotten by history. Pujol first took the stage ... Read more
Leaf on a Pillow depicts the rough and tumble daily life of three young homeless kids on the streets of Yogyakarta. During the day they scrounge a living in the crowded, nar­row streets of the market area of the city. At night they share a deserted corner of the market place with Asih, a middle ... Read more
Against the backdrop of the exotic landscape of North Africa, the enigma of iconoclastic writer Paul Bowles begins to unravel. Most well known tor his masterful The Sheltering Sky, which Bernardo Bertolucci adapted tor the screen, and a succession of hallucinatory novels and short story ... Read more
Abderrahmane Sissako, a Mauritanian filmmaker living in France, returns to the tiny village of Sokolo in Mali to see his father. In a letter prior to his arrival Sissako informs his dad that, "... an important change has occurred that will bring me back to the village: the desire to film life in ... Read more
When a young boy's brother drowns in the dam on his family's farm he loses his mother to grief. A tense, compelling drama which explores the impact of loss on a family and the onset of madness when the mother develops 'aquaphobia', a psychological condition induced by the fear of drowning. Made ... Read more
From the studios of the famous Claymation company 'The Bolex Brothers', comes another short from Mike Booth. The central character who resembles a rather well dressed penis, is a poet who fights an inner battle. Against a live action backdrop, we see this little purple member write romantic verse ... Read more
During the lead up to the Hong Kong handover, a band of disgruntled former soldiers struggle for existence, dumped by the Hong Kong wing of the British army once they'd outlived their usefulness. When they see that 'Chopsticks', the young street-punk brother of one of the soldiers (played by Made ... Read more
Alexandre Rockwell excels at well constructed, intelligent comedy, typically made with unusual but highly successful casting choices. Louis & Frank is a comedy about two very different cousins who performed together in a Doo Wop group in their youth. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since ... Read more
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