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This collection of 18th Century wood &ndash: carvings depicting religious subjects is from the Bavarian National Museum, Munich. Tender attention is given to detail work. ... Read more
Set in a small Bulgarian town in 1943, Stars is the story of a strange, unhappy love affair. This is what happened in the foothills of the mountains . . . A sergeant of the German Wehrmacht, a clever, ironic German, is weary of war and ceased to believe in anything long ago. Only when he is brought ... Read more
Notorious for his stark, black and white photography capturing ice-cool Teutonic giantesses in fetish wardrobes, Helmut Newton is one of modern photography's most enduring figures. This alluring documentary incorporates three distinct strands: an illuminating biography of Newton, interviews with ... Read more
Both the machines and the staff at the bread factory run like clockwork. Except for the new girl, no.23. She's having a hard time with the machines. She seems to be fighting a losing battle. ... Read more
"Germans have many problems. One of them is that they don't like German films and my film is considered German", writes Icelandic director Margret Run. ... Hermann has a problem, he is extremely shy and has an Oedipus complex. He punishes himself for sinful thoughts by inflicting himself with ... Read more
The Story of the Weeping Camel (Die Geschichte vom Weinenden Kamel) GermanyVisually spectacular and emotionally enriching, The Story of the Weeping Camel is an utterly beguiling docudrama set in the harsh terrain of southern Mongolia. Made as a graduation project by two German film students, this ... Read more
It's Mr Karpf's birthday, but will anyone call? Winner of the Prix UIP Berlin at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival. ... --- D Lola Randl P Komet Film, Lola Randl S Lola Randl, Rainer Egger L German w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
A room. And the story of a man and his child. The child is autistic - and that means that time stands still. It also means isolation. An isolation which overcomes the man just as he is trying to get closer to the boy. Attempts to get closer: what does the boy have that he loves? He only has the ... Read more
Sexual tension and an air of unease seep into every frame of this finely calibrated work from filmmaker Stefan Krohmer and his scriptwriting cohort, Daniel Nocke. There are seemingly no taboos in the polished, urbane life Miriam shares with her partner, André, and their 15-year-old son, Nils. So ... Read more
Two German boys and their mother are on summer holiday in Sweden and an older girl who is a family friend comes to stay. She seems suddenly all grown up, but although the younger brother is happy to be treated like a kid, his older brother, a budding photographer, feels some strange new emotions ... Read more
Summer Lightning is directed by Volker Schlondorff who has won an international reputation with films like Young Torless and The Sudden Wealth of the Poor People of Kombach, and it stars his wife, Margarethe von Trotta, who also co-scripted the film with her husband. ... Elizabeth, seeking an ... Read more
The story of the creation of one of the paintings by Berlin artist, Alexander Camaro. ... Read more
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The hand-colouring of each individual frame and the absurdist nature of the story give the film an almost cartoonish quality reminiscent of the Warner Brothers' Loony Tunes series. A man sur­rounds his sleeping wife with an arsenal of weapons. Is it true love or criminal intent? ... Read more
"A compelling story of love and obsession whose progress mirrors the sinuous flow of the Shanghai waterway that supplies its title, Suzhou (River). Combining elements from classical Hollywood cinema—Hitchcock's Vertigo in particular— with a gritty, contemporary texture, this coolly ... Read more
Swanning it in front of the mirror... ... Read more
Cleanliness comes first. ... Read more
This film follows Dusan Makavejev's origina! and successful comedy, WR: Mysteries of the Organism. He has since been prevented from making further films in Yugoslavia, and Sweef Movie is his first picture made in the West, a French-Canadian production. ... The richest man in the world is looking ... Read more
Next time your house comes down around your head, don't put all the blame on termites. The real culprits are tiny flagellates that live in the gut of the termite and turn wood cellulose into food digestible to the termite. Stunning cine-microscopy takes us on a brief tour of this world of the ... Read more
A German breeder sends off his monster bunnies to North Korea with unexpected results. Screened at Berlin. --- D/P Julius Onah L German w/English subtitles WS Rei Productions TD vid/col/2007/5min ... Read more
"An impressively dense yet fleeting concatenation of doomed love, colonial guilt [and] a reflection on the changing aesthetics and characteristics of cinema." - Cinema Scope ... Pilar is troubled by her neighbour, Aurora, a lonely, temperamental woman in her 80s who escapes to the casino whenever ... Read more
"I had a homosexual dog and I beat it to death. So is my son, but I can't beat him to death." Jochen Hick scandalised and titillated MIFF audiences in 1998 with Sex/Life in LA. His latest project turns the lens on his homeland with alternatively mirthful and moving results and no small measure of ... Read more
The Torres Strait Islanders are Australia's "other" indigenous minority. Unlike the Aborigines, little was heard of them until 1988 when they made a brief claim for independence. Since first contact with whites in 1871, they have been controlled by benign but effective colonisers, which has left ... Read more
The many-shaped and many-textured world of shells from all the oceans is observed under changing lights and in varied patterns of movement. The accompanying music is composed of electronically produced sounds. ... Read more
"Farooki could be the next South-East Asian filmmaker to break out." - Hollywood Reporter ... In a small, peaceful Bangladeshi town, village elder Amin, a devout Muslim, has decreed that the Koran forbids all television. But when Kumar, a Hindu schoolteacher, decides to ignore Amin's rules and ... Read more
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