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Films In 1999

Felix is a happy-go-lucky, smiling guy who lives in a dull town on France's northern coast. One day, in need of some excitement, he decides to visit Marseille and the father he never knew. Instead of taking the train directly, he puts on his backpack and simply sets off, telling his lover, Daniel ... Read more
Furniture Poetry is a slickly flickering animation of inanimate domestic objects. It is born out of a desire to challenge Wittgenstein (in On Certainty) who considered the question of whether objects change when we are not looking at them, and the need to ask such a question. Precise editing ... Read more
Distinguished by the extraordinary visuals for which he is justifiably celebrated, the latest project by director Shinya Tsukamoto is an atmospheric, eerie exploration of identity, destiny and psychological torture. Dr. Yukio Daitokuji seems to have it all. It is 1910, Tokyo, he runs a successful ... Read more
An idyllic day at the seaside literally slides off the screen in this quick-witted cinema trailer for the 1999 International Film Festival Viennale. ... Peter Tscherkassky, 1 min, 1999, 35mm CinemaScope, B&W, Sound ... Read more
A butterfly in a glass box provides a metaphor for migrant experience in this intriguing documentary. Disorienting abstract imagery, evoking both the beauty and alienation of the 'foreign' experience, is blended with fragmented spoken impressions, giving glimpses of how the individual's identity ... Read more
A successful middle-aged businesswoman receives a letter from a childhood friend who grew up to be a murderer. Tension mounts on her journey to visit him at a mental institution, bringing back memories of a seemingly idyllic holiday spent as a teenager in 1950s England. ... Read more
Ron Mann's long overdue project is an hilarious and illuminating film about one of the most controversial drugs of the twentieth century—marijuana. Weed activist Woody Harrelson narrates this laugh-out-loud look at the misguided policies of a succession of paranoid US governments, who ... Read more
Green is a beautiful folkloric animation. It uses a paint on glass technique to portray a battle of universal proporlions. The battle, represented through the interplay of primary colours, eventually reaches a very natural resolution. Although the subject is huge, and reinforced by a dramatic ... Read more
Hand of Fate is a visually ravishing film portrait of six diverse individuals from across the globe, who have been given the gift and burden of being able into see the future. Told in their own words, their stories are at once exotic, intimate and shocking. From the banks of the Ganges River in ... Read more
Handy Man examines the window as a site of voyeurism and surveillance. With his Hi-8 camera. Henricks documents workers in his interior courtyard. The camerawork has a secretive and furtive feel, treating the male body as an erotic object. This footage forms the basis of a video that attempts to ... Read more
Joining the army to fight for Queen and country during WWII might have seemed like a way for many young man to prove themselves. For Aboriginal recruits like Harry and Thomas, the stakes are even higher—a chance to be taken seriously and the hope of a brighter future. A moving tale of ... Read more
"Actors come and go," Alfred Hitchcock once told reporters, "But the name of the director should stay clearly in the mind of the audience. We make a film succeed." Coming from one of cinema's pre-eminent auteurs, there is nothing remarkable about this statement, except perhaps its date. 1925, when ... Read more
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'Hair Wars' —the 'black hair extravaganza of America'—has established itself as a Mecca for creative styling expression and fantastical hair creations. A working model of the solar system inside your crowning glory, anyone?! Hot Irons is outrageous testimony to the health of a massive ... Read more
Situated on a remote windswept English island. Hotel Sptendide is accessible only by a monthly ferry Kalh (Toni Collette) arrives, after a five year absence, with a mysterious note urging her to return. The hotel is a family-run affair that makes Fawlty Towers seem accommodating. The matriarch, Mrs ... Read more
A writer desperately seeks financial relief while trying to maintain his artistic integrity. However his choice of fair over sleazy publisher, combined with an ever-growing list of debtors, forces our anti-hero into the ultimate giveaway. How Much for a Half Kilo? is a dark, surreal comedy that ... Read more
Human Resources is an award-winning debut feature from Laurent Cantet which mixes politics and pathos to create a cogent human drama. Franck is a recent business school graduate who returns to his hometown to take up a position in a factory where his father has worked for the past 30 years ... Read more
Gregory is a fat, lonely tele-sales expert who never leaves the sanctuary of his flat. His days are an endless cycle of sales-speak, junk TV and binge-eating. His only physical contact with the outside world is his sister Rosemary—that is, until he finds love on the telephone. ... Read more
A great example of Australian documentary making, as progressive as it is poetic."—Megan Spencer, JJJ ... Hurt is an Australian docudrama like no other. 250 young Australians, from rural areas and small towns, have been given the opportunity to tell their own stories, with their images, in ... Read more
After being fired from TV's Spin City for not making the best of a part that required her to lead a live tiger onto the set dressed in a bustier, skimpy hot pants and spike heels, Adrienne Shelly sat down and wrote the screenplay that became I'll Take You There. Her film is a completely original ... Read more
The recipient of 15 International film awards, Idle Running is a comic drama about Dizzy, a veteran student stranded halfway to adulthood. Watching TV, snoozing and boozing form Dizzy's routine—even laziness is beginning to bore him. His cycle of slothfulness is abruptly shattered when a new ... Read more
A film from the North Cape on Midsummer's Night, when human beings are not the only ones in search of love. Even the frogs are liable to profess their feelings for each other, a la Shakespeare.. ... Read more
Take a 16-minute thrill ride as the 'dead' Robert arrives to be assessed in purgatory.From the director of Thank You For Smoking, special MIFF guest Jason Reitman, see this short screen with his debut feature.---D/S Jason Reitman P Daniel Dubiecki, Tim Crane, Dominic Cianciolo WS Atom Films L ... Read more
Take a 16 minute thrill ride as the 'dead' Robert arrives to be assessed in purgatory. Prognosis: Hell! Our hero takes fate into his own hands, taking the elevator back to earth to rectify his past imperfect; the 'God Squad' is in hot 'virtual' pursuit. But sometimes even divine intervention isn't ... Read more
Reuben, an Jewish-Australian child, learns about the Holocaust—but he takes it on board in a way his parents didn't quile expect. A well-crafted short, which provides some interesting juxtapositions, inversions and images along the way, all with help from solid performances. ... Read more
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