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Films In 1999

INNOCENCE (Paul Cox, 1999)
Roger Ebert at Cannes: "So far my favourite is innocence, a touching work by the Australian master Paul Cox, about a couple who were each other's first true loves, and meet again after 50 years. Juli… Read more

Intransit (Mike Daley, 1999)
Intransit depicts a boy's journey into his own dark underworld where he is confronted by a vengeful father figure. Suggesting much, but clarifying little, this film is a powerful expression of teenag… Read more

Is Man Good? (Romain Berthomieu, 1999)
Based on a short story by Moebius, the famed French graphic novelist, this production is a confident, reverent rendering of Moebius' dark and peculiar fascinations. The humour is suitably bleak, as i… Read more

It Works (Fridolin Shönwiese, 1999)
Four handicapped children of ten, each working at their task; to write, to swim to dance, to speak. We do not see their disability, not 'how hard it must be for them', but rather see them simply at w… Read more

JANICE BEARD: 45 WPM (Claire Kilner, 1999)
Janice Beard is a woman with a vivacious personality and an overactive imagination, who has been causing shocks her whole life. Her father died of a heart attack while she was being born, and her mot… Read more

JESUS' SON (Alison Maclean, 1999)
Filled with stinging humour and standout performances, Jesus' Son is a mixture of road movie and redemptive table set in the drug subculture of the 1970s. Based on Denis Johnson's acclaimed short sto… Read more

JIN-ROH (Hiroyuki Okiura, 1999)
Jin-Roh is set in an alternative universe where, in Tokyo of the 1950s, advanced technology already abounds. A totalitarian government is ruthlessly crushing dissident activists. Our protagonist is K… Read more

JIN-ROH (Hiroyuki Okiura, 1999)
Jin-Roh is set in an alternate universe where, in Tokyo of the 1950s, advanced technology already abounds. A totalitarian government is ruthlessly crushing dissident activists. Our protagonist is Kaz… Read more

KAFI’S STORY/NUBA CONVERSATIONS (Arthur Howe, 1999)
Kafi's Story centres on Kafi, a young Nuba man from the remote mountain region of Sudan. His story begins on a bus bound for Khartoum where he hopes to get a job and save enough money to buy a dress … Read more

KILLER.BERLIN.DOC (Tina Ellerkamp, Jörg Heitmann, 1999)
killer.berlin.doc combines a documentary realism focussing on Berlin with a fictional narrative about ten people playing a game of 'killer'. In the game, no-one knows the others' identify and each is… Read more

LES CONVOYEURS ATTENDENT (Benoît Mariage, 1999)
An hilarious and bizarre family chronicle, Les Convoyeurs Attendent (The Carriers are Waiting) covers one year in the life of the Walloon family. Stuck in a dismal factory district on the outskirts o… Read more

Life History of a Star (Jennifer Gentile, 1999)
This sexy road film is about being fabulous, even if its only in your own universe. Angie knows she can be a star but as her partner Dave chauffeurs her to the entertainment Milky Way of Hollywood, h… Read more

LIMBO (John Sayles, 1999)
An official selection at Cannes 1999, John Sayles' Limbo is another exceptional installment in an exemplary career. Sayles takes us to a glorious corner of Alaska where, unfortunately, the morale of … Read more

Link (Kang Man-jin, 1999)
Set in a time neither past nor present, Link explores the relation of reality and fiction in a brilliant one shot. A drunk comes across a crazy naked man lying in a deserted tunnel and loses more tha… Read more

LITTLE CHEUNG (Fruit Chan, 1999)
Cheung is nine years of age and already a tough little businessman making deliveries for his father's restaurant. As he expertly urinates in the tea he is about to drop off to a thirsty customer, he … Read more

LITTLE FELLAS (Jacques Doillon, 1999)
With a dramatic centre as deceptively simple as the best Iranian films—a dog is stolen—Little Fellas is a moving portrait of young people with their own code of honour and responsibility.… Read more

Local Dive (Sarah Watt, 1999)
On a summer day in country Australia two girls escape the heat al a local swimming pool. As the boys show off at the diving boards, the girls overcome their self consciousness by immersing themselves… Read more

LOUIS PRIMA: THE WILDEST! (Don McGlynn, 1999)
"The movie is a beautiful thing. No documentary about any musician will make you so glad to be alive."—San Francisco Examiner ... Don McGlynn is a MIFF regular who just about qualifies for his … Read more

Love will tear us apart (Yu Lik Wai, 1999)
On the surface, [Love Will Tear Us Apart] is a chamber piece about four Chinese mainlanders now living in Hong Kong. But the film resists simple depictions of its characters and their circumstances. … Read more

LOVE, HONOUR AND OBEY (Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis, 1999)
The creative crew that brought you the sublime and wicked Final Cut (MIFF 1999) re-unite for a London crime comedy in the grand tradition of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Ray (unsurpassed Brit… Read more

Lure (first light) (Olivia Lory Kay, 1999)
Lure (first light) is a film about desire and place where lost love mingles with history. A train motif is used to capture the rattling destabilising rush of progress, symbolising the sense of flux t… Read more

MALLBOY (Vincent Giarrusso, 1999)
The only Australia film to be selected for Cannes this year, Mallboy is the first film from Vince Giarrusso, most well known as voice/guitarist for Melbourne group underground LOVERS. As writer/direc… Read more

MEMENTO MORI (Kim Tae-Yong, Min Kyu Dong, 1999)
Equal parts Carrie-style supernatural thriller and seething lesbian love story, Memento Mori is a radically stylish Korean feature debut. High-schooler Min-ah happens upon a scarlet diary, a record o… Read more

Midas (Niki Bern, 1999)
Niki Bern's film Midas uses live characters in a page-turning 3D 'pop-up' environment to create a surreal fairytale. Narrated by Zoe Carides, the film utilises con­temporary digital computer effe… Read more

MISTER BISCUIT (Brian McKenzie, 1999)
Brian McKenzie has fashioned a deeply personal docu­mentary about Noel Mason, a Melbourne man trying to earn a meagre living as a children's entertainer. Noel is clown/magician 'Mister Biscuit', … Read more

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