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Films In 1999

Molokai: The Story of 'Father Damien' is the inspirational saga of idealistic Belgian priest Father Damien who gave his compassion, seemingly limitless energy and, ultimately, his life to an isolated Hawaiian community of lepers. Paul Cox combines his acute eye for breathtaking scenery (evident in ... Read more
This film is exquisite! How does a film explore the tenuous nature of an ending relationship? More or Less is a film without a story; it's about the gaps in between. Both immediate and timeless, it almost slips through your fingers. Sound confusing? It's not. ... Read more
Seamlessly combining 3D animation and traditional filmmaking, this short film tells of a nocturnal war between two mosquitoes and a man deprived of sleep. Mozzie humourously gives an insect's perspective on an experience all too familiar for Australians on a hot summer night. ... Read more
"I sleep very well at night, knowing that those persons that are executed with my equipment have a better chance of a painless, more humane and dignified execution."—Fred A. Leuchter Jr ... Errol Morris has an unerring eye for tracking down oddballs, people whose peculiar interests illuminate ... Read more
Mrs Buchan has had a revelation that will gain her and her followers salvation as Doomsday approaches. Her faith is shaken when a rebellious Buchanite has a revelation of his own. A black comedy about religious sectarianism, fanaticism. bouffants and very uncomfy shoes. ... Read more
An attractive young woman wearing a short skirt enters an inner city cafe late at night. The cafe is empty but for a few older men and a young man who quickly exits. As the young woman goes about her business, buying a packet of cigarettes, the men ogle and wolf-whistle. The young man re-enters the ... Read more
My Best Fiend is an alarming documentary about the love-hate relationship between Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski. The film deals with the deep trust between the director and actor and their independently and simultaneously hatched plans to murder each other! ... Collaborating on such classics as ... Read more
Spencer Turnick photographs people nude, in very public places and then gets the hell out of there before the cops arrive! An artist on the cusp of celebrity, Turnick needs a suitable event to spark interest in his work. He could also do with a little cash to help out with a pending court case ... Read more
Nana tocuses on the loving but sometimes quite difficult relationships between four women filmmakers and the compassionate, authoritarian, unpredictable, loquacious grandmothers. From 1994 to 1998, Nana evolved out of communal effort to gain insight into each others' lives and explore one another's ... Read more
Nang Nak is based on a Thai true story of a beloved wife whose loyalty to her husband is legendary. It is believed that her devotion could not be extinguished by her death. In Nonzee Nimibutr's exceptional film, Nang Nak's husband, Mak, departs for war, leaving his pregnant wife to care for ... Read more
In 1971, film critic Manny Farber published a book called Negative Space, in which he wrote: "One of the finest moments in 1940s film is no longer than a blink: Bogart, as he crosses the street from one bookstore to another, looks up at a sign." The director of this fascinating experimental ... Read more
Funny and exhuberant, Allan Moyle's New Waterford Girl is a generous rites-of-passage film with effortless empathy and lashings of local colour. The setting is a Nova Scotia backwater in the 1970s. Mooney Pottie is a worldly, sharp-witted 15-year-old who doesn't suffer the Catholic yokels gladly ... Read more
No Mess is a documentary about two ordinary women and their extraordinary cleaning business. Clean Scene provides 'Forensic Restoration Services'—they clean up after death, whether it be the physical evidence of murder, suicide or the unsorted possessions of old people who've passed away ... Read more
With a dazzling cast, eye-popping special effects and delicious plot twists, this new thriller sends Spanish cinema into the 21st century with a rush. It is the height of Seville's Holy Week, an event that paralyses the city and inspires religious fervour. Simon makes his living devising crossword ... Read more
In sharp contrast to the rich, poetic monologue of Amber City, the stark, minimalist narrative of Karen Kirza's and Brad Butler's film, non-places, provides a montage of intimate stories and memories. In the anonymity of this particular city, lives are fraught with difficult and sometimes brutal ... Read more
Marion Venroux's highly critically acclaimed new film is a love story with a difference. Nothing to Do recounts the story of Marie and Pierre, two people who work for the same company but are far from each other in the corporate hierarchy. Unexpectedly laid off at the same time, they have a chance ... Read more
A wild, hyperkinetic demonstration of style, Nowhere to Hide is a propulsive action comedy that cites almost every genre and then comes back for more. If John Woo mounted an assault on MTV he might arrive at a film something like this gang-busting crime romp. An arresting pre-credit sequence ... Read more
Claude Miller's Of Women and Magic is a succinct, dryly played, often laugh-out-loud funny movie. Director of last year's frightening but fantastic Class Trip, Miller's latest film scooped the International Critics Prize at this year's Berlin Film Festival. This is a cautionary tale of one woman's ... Read more
Compacted with as many layers of pathos as its subjects' make-up. Opera Fanatic dives right into the heart of the opera divas of yesteryear. Stefan Zucker. himself a singer and art philosopher (noted as the world's highest tenor in the Guinness Book of Records), sets out to interview ten of the ... Read more
The escapades of notorious Irish criminal and folk hero, Martin Cahill, have spawned three films in as many years. John Boorman's excellent The General, followed by Vicious Circle and now Thaddeus O'Sullivan's Ordinary Decent Criminal. Kevin Spacey stars alongside Linda Fiorentino and a cast of ... Read more
A glorious rendition of the mythical low affair between Orpheus and Euridice, set amidst the pageantry and splendour of Camivale. The Orfeu of this tale is a legendary singer and guitarist whose playing enchants all. In a Rio neighbourhood wracked by drugs, crime and violence, his powerful music is ... Read more
The last of the Schwarzer Garten series elegantly loops into moments of the earlier works (with the notable exception of Macumba). The ocean sounds from The Murder Mystery bleed into the stalking scene as a woman is followed by the voyeur, who appears here in full frontal close-up, without the ... Read more
Meet Robert (Bob) Fischer... and then wish you never had. This rivetting expose of the art world and celebrity follows an American (con) artist on his forest fire tour of Melbourne. Bob, a colourfully misanthropic nobody manages to fool everyone within earshot—artists, gallery owners, art ... Read more
The calm suburban exterior of a 1980's B-picture is shattered into an exhilarating cinematic maelstrom in this undisputed classic in Tscherkassky's oeuvre. A film that must been seen to be believed and then seen again and again! ... Peter Tscherkassky, 10 mins, 1999, 35mm CinemaScope, B&W, Sound ... Read more
Life in paradise is not what you might expect. A man spiils out of a washing machine. A woman tightens the stiches which run between her thighs like a seam. A girl dances wildly. This not your average nuclear family. Director llana Shulman offers up a surreal vision which is at once violent and ... Read more
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