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Films In 1998

Magdalena believes she has been called by God to have 13 daughters all bom on the same day. News of these miracle births spreads each year, but just as Magalena's work is almost done, God seems to change his mind, causing Magdalena to question the religious beliefs which have guided her entire life. Read more
2 Seconds scooped the prize pool at this year's Montreal World Film Festival. Manon Briand's debut collected Best Director, Best First Feature and Best Canadian Film as judged by both the critics and public. An understated film with an extraordinarily simple premise: a mountain-bike racer, Laurie ... Read more
A docudrama so real you'll wish it was fiction! Myles Berkowitz is recently separated and has rejection slips piling up beside his daft screenplays. Ever the go-getter, Myles decides to combine his movie career aspirations with his love life. He resolves to produce, direct and star in a documentary ... Read more
Bao Gun is a simple country boy whose dreams come true. He wins a contest in his small town, the prize being a deluxe apartment in a sumptuous, new Shanghai high-rise. Armed only with a single suitcase, the address of a distant relative and trousers that ride too high, Bao Gun heads for the big ... 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
"A remarkable example of finding home movies in the attic that open a window on an entire world, A Letter Without Words provides a glimpse of Germany between the wars that is privileged in more than one sense of the word. Consisting mostly of footage taken by the present filmmaker's wealthy ... Read more
"The more I see of men, the more I like my dog," said Frederick the Great. The trouble is, you can get to like your dog a little too much, and that's what A.J. Poulin's whimsical but fascinating dog-umentary is all about. Poulin set out to examine the bizarre habits, rituals and foibles of Los ... Read more
A commuter train rattles through the night, and as a man threatens a woman in the carriage, the audience is forced to confront the question "what would you do?" Schweiger's tautly constructed film is as disquieting for the introspective journey it asks the viewer to take as for the unpleasant ... Read more
Adrian and his mother are enjoying a seaside holiday when the dynamic between them is forever changed by his mother's liaison with a handsome stranger. ... Read more
Hirokazu Kore-eda has two previous MIFF hits under his belt and once again proves his irrepressible talent. After Life is set in a purgatory or limbo which looks an awful lot like an old brick school on a perfect autumn day. Guides assist the newly dead in selecting their most treasured memory, the ... 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
This film is anything but boring. The synopsis for this film could be "a couple argue about the man's mother coming to visit"—but alienation is about the shifting borders in relationships. Where are the limits? What happens if you go beyond them? It's a tense, but amusing, ride. The sense of ... Read more
Archie lives a peaceful existence in the apartment which has long served as his home, carrying the warmth of a life full of fond memories. This peace is broken when a slick, fast talking salesman comes calling. ... Read more
Martin Arnold's third installment in what constitutes something of a trilogy continues where piece touchee (1989) and passage a I'act (1993) never quite left off. Throwing down the gauntlet to Hollywood's space/time system, Arnold's methodology rigorously tears asunder the film language of classic ... 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
An elderly woman silently carries out a what appears to be a ritualised activity, the point of which only becomes clear as the film progresses. This moving film from Korea is a beautiful meditation on life, death and the passage of time. ... Read more
15 year old Anna misses the last train home, and finds herself stranded in Paris. A cautious stranger, Felix, passes by, and Anna manages to convince him to take her back to his flat. Felix reveals he is not as reticent as he originally seemed. In fact, he is nothing like he originally seemed. They ... Read more
Larry Clark's first feature, Kids (1995), was heralded as a realist masterpiece for its powerful veracity. Here, he pulls apart the archetype of the American family, then reconstructs it with the odd bindings of drugs, crime and most everything else deemed 'un-American'. Based on a true story, the ... Read more
Nanni Moretti has been touted as Italy's answer to Woody Allen principally for his combination of scathing social humour and consistent use of himself as the sub­ject for his own films. April tackles three years in the life of Moretti and his nation, from the election of Silvio Berlusconi as ... Read more
April Diary is a poetic chronicle of a descent to the horrors behind the Falklands war. A highly subjective and personal search for the fragments of an ongoing war in Argentina. ... Read more
Uzuki Nireno bids farewell to her family and relocates to Tokyo to attend University. As the film progresses at a gentle pace, it becomes evident that the long-haired boy at the local bookstore has more to do with Nireno's choice of university than any other factor. A hit at both Berlin and Toronto ... Read more
A nail-biting exercise in political paranoia featuring first rate performances from leads Tim Robbins and Jeff Bridges. Michael Faraday (Bridges) is rebuilding his life after the death of his FBI agent wife, killed while on stake-out of suspected militia members. His young son is feeling alienated ... Read more
A man who accidentally sees a UFO subsequently suffers from powerful and painful hallucinations. In desperation, he and his girlfriend commit suicide to escape the hallucinations but find themselves in an equally strange world inhabited by beings with only half a body. ... Read more
Denis Villeneuve made his mark directing 20 short videos and winning first prize in the Canadian equivalent of the ABC's Race Around the World. August 32nd on Earth indicates his exceptional flair. ... Villeneuve's film captures the existential crisis of post-crash trauma with precision and humour ... Read more
Eric Rohmer once commented that his films deal less with what people do than what is going on in their minds while they're doing it—a cinema of thought rather than aclions. Winner of Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival in 1998, Autumn Tale continues in this vein. Rohmer's elegant ... Read more
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