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Films Screened In 1998

17 Years to Earth takes us on a journey through a young girl's diary. She writes about a perfect life full of love and happiness. Unfortunately, none of it is true. Director Perry Lin handles this story of a girl's bittersweet voyage of self-discovery with sensitivity and an eye for detail ... Read more
A kind of alternative Eden where nature can be cultivated and an encounter can take your breath away, the romanticised paradise at the centre of 28 contrasts with the urban interior loft apartment setting of its imagining. The caustic irony of Sax's previous film 27 (MIFF 1996) has given way to a ... Read more
A dance film with a different angle. Snappy editing, witty and pointed sound design, athletic performances and dramatic lighting enhance this inventive and joyous celebration of power and delicacy, grace and verve. ... Read more
A man is diverted from his weekend routine by a romantic encounter with a woman. Dismissing the encounter as brief distraction, he hurriedly absconds to make his appointment with his best friend - mentioning nothing to the friend about why he is so late. After recovering from the effrontery of the ... Read more
One of the most promising talents in French documentary filmmaking, Claire Simon weighs in forcefully with her debut fiction feature. A Foreign Body is an original, sometimes blackly comical, disturbing and questioning account of the dramatic consequences of a young girl's faked pregnancy. ... Read more
"A Russian man regularly travels through the towns and villages of Japan. He observes and listens to the conversations of ordinary Japanese people, looks at the cities, reads about the history of the country. Every time he goes back to Russia his thoughts are dominated by what he has seen. He has ... Read more
Fans of Takeshi's two films prior to this (Violent Cop and Boiling Point) must have had their expectations confounded! After his relentless explorations of renegade cops and pitiless Yakuza, to come up with a Japanese surfing romance?! A Scene at the Sea is such a delight that it seems ... Read more
"A negro and a white man linked to each other by four feet of hate and a steel chain!' - an immortal Defiant Ones tag line from a fascinating compendium of coming attractions, hyping mass-market black-oriented features from 1946 to 1976. Rare promos reveal the kitschy packaging of people of colour ... Read more
It's part fact, part hysteria - totally enthralling. Alien Big Cats takes to the Australian bush with spot-light in one hand, conspiracy theory in the other - all in search of a wild (and decidely non-native) species of big cat. Local filmmakers Christopher Gogos and Alkinos Tsilimidos track down ... Read more
Through a progression of flashbacks, Amor tells the story of eight year old Caitlin living with her diplomat parents in Buenos Aires. Influenced by the surrounding popular culture of romance, Caitlin learns about love, sex and disillusion through the relationship Marta, the family maid, and her ... Read more
With Amy, Nadia Tass demonstrates the breadth of her talent as both director and producer. The quirky comic elements of her previous successes, including Malcolm and The Big Steal, are retained in Amy, but there is much more in store. Amy was struck deaf-mute after witnessing the death, on stage ... Read more
In the dungeon many things stir. A creature waits for something to be hatched while trying to rid itself of the scuttling spiders which also inhabit the dungeon. A claymation piece exploring the tension between captivity and release. ... Read more
The 70s were tumultuous times but one bit of nostalgia overlooked by The Ice Storm was the cultural impact of the Sex Pistols. '77 is as much a coming of age story set in a small Sussex village as it is about the currents of change that were challenging the traditions and deep-seated moralism of a ... Read more
A suggestion of menace hangs over this film. Verité footage of visitors to an amusement park and Montreal pedestrians going about their daily business is imbued with grinding tension by a brooding soundtrack and hesitant, almost voyeuristic, zoom lens distant closeness. Through skilful ... Read more
Dan Vardy-Cobb lives at home with his parents, but he has a dream. Dan wants to abandon the restrictions of his suburban world and let his abundant musical creativity run free in the high risk, high energy world of his hero, Tina Arena. When Dan packs up to relocate to the big smoke, he has no idea ... Read more
Larry Cohen's two Blaxploitation flicks - Black Caesar and Hell Up in Harlem - are often accused of ripping off the genre whitey-style. But Cohen is a sharp genre-crossing exploitation master. He delivers the funk and the action in Black Caesar and rams it hard and fast. Fred Williamson ... Read more
Black Jack is the long-awaited feature-length animation of Tezuka Osamu's (Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion) classic comic book of the same name. When a group of mysterious 'superhumans' suddenly come down with a debilitating illness that robs them of their power, Black Jack (a reclusive medical ... Read more
An intimate account about a San Francisco dyke's one-night stand with a straight girl is voiced to a sequence of impersonal and static urban landscape takes. The combination of subjective voice working with shots of the empty landscape conjures a melancholic narrative of love and loss. Awarded ... Read more
Blue Note Records has influenced more than jazz in its time. Its cultural significance has reached out to filmmakers, designers, artists and actors across the globe. Blue Note: A Story of Modern Jazz stands as a vibrant document of one of the most important periods in the development of modern ... Read more
Bounce allows us to sneak into the real-life under-belly of Shibuya, Tokyo's teen capital. The film is fast, twisted, thoroughly involving, and easily stands alongside Kids and La Haine as no holds barred accounts of disaffected youth. In Shibuya - where the world's best accessorised youth come out ... Read more
Set within the mind and dreams of a young woman in her mid 20s, this short film sets the viewer on a journey through paranoia and bemusement. With a hazy dream sequence that lulls the viewer into an illusory frame of mind, Bubble Numb is a charming exploration of the world as only Beatrice herself ... Read more
This bizarre homage to the spaghetti western is not here for its story or its acting, but for the way it's been animated by manipulating nearly three thousand whole and cut up 35mm colour stills. Buck rides back into town, he wants a parking space in the suburban street outside Jess's house and ... Read more
A knockout debut by a true Renaissance man. After number of highly succcsslui film roles, Vincent Gallo, a fixture on the New York music and modelling scene as well, moves behind the camera for a feature that totally evades classification. Buffalo 66 is the story of Billy Brown, a loser ... Read more
Could you forgive your wife if she had sex with a stranger in a cab? Could you forgive the pilot who dropped the Atom Bomb on Hiroshima? Could you forgive yourself if you accidentally killed a young couple? Life is so complicated that you may be asked to do all three within a single night! A jet ... Read more
Set in the early 1900s on a bend in the Niger River, Buud Yam charts the unpredictable journey of Wend-Kuuni, a young man in search of a healer to cure his ailing sister, the victim of an unknown disease. In the manner of a folk tale, Gaston Jean-Marie Kaboré's extraordinarily beautiful film deals ... Read more
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