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Films In 1998

I STAND ALONE (Gaspar Noé, 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 incre… Read more

I Want You (Gregory Quail, 1998)
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 t… Read more

IF THE WALLS COULD SPEAK (Daniela Zanzotto, 1998)
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 Spe… Read more

IKINAI (Hiroshi Shimizu, 1998)
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 t… Read more

IN THE WINTER DARK (James Bogle, 1998)
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… Read more

IT ALL STARTS TODAY (Bertrand Tavernier, 1998)
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 close… Read more

IT'S A LONG ROAD (Pantelis Voulgaris, 1998)
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, … Read more

Ï€ (PI) (Darren Aronofsky, 1998)
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 sol… Read more

JEANNE AND THE PERFECT GUY (Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau, 1998)
"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 shoulde… Read more

JOHN HUSTON - WAR STORIES (Midge MacKenzie, 1998)
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 f… Read more

Jumbo (Jim Marbrook, 1998)
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 con… Read more

JUNGLE EMPEROR LEO (Yoshio Takeuti, 1998)
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 … Read more

Korridor (Dietmar Brehm, 1998)
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 revel… Read more

L.A. WITHOUT A MAP (Mika Kaurismäki, 1998)
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 L… Read more

La Comtessa de Castiglione (David Lodge, 1998)
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 s… Read more

LAND GIRLS (David Leland, 1998)
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 t… Read more

LAST NIGHT (Don McKellar, 1998)
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 audi… 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 'spe… Read more

LEAF ON A PILLOW (Garin Nugroho, 1998)
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 ma… 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 Ber… Read more

LIFE ON EARTH (Abderrahmane Sissako, 1998)
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… Read more

Like Drowning (Cath Murphy, 1998)
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 t… Read more

Little Dark Poet (Mike Booth, 1998)
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 i… Read more

LONGEST SUMMER, THE (Fruit Chan, 1998)
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. Whe… Read more

LOUIS AND FRANK (Alexandre Rockwell, 1998)
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 pe… Read more

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