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Films In 1999

After losing her job due to downsizing, Tum despairs until a noodle carton chock full of cash is wrongly delivered to her door (a simple but superb visual gag explained in the title). When a pair of goons come calling, a scuffle ensues and Tum inadvertently kills them both! A bizarre chain of ... Read more
A Hollywood veteran as subject for a documentary veteran makes for a superb film. This warm, intimate but unobtrusive, account of Gregory Peck's personal and professional life is a triumph of portraiture. Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple divides her film between a Peck biography that ... Read more
This controversial film depicts a torrid relationship between two lovers who meet through an advertisement in a porn magazine, intent on sharing a fantasy. Featuring interviews with 'her' and 'him', the film shifts from present-day to flashback as it uncovers a love affair that evolves out of a ... Read more
Shane Meadows (Small Time & Where's the Money Ronnie, both MIFF 1997) once again proves himself one of Britain's most intriguing visual poets with this thoroughly engaging movie about English childhood. At once insightful and inspirational, Meadows reminds us that it's possible to make ... Read more
A Week with Kiarostami is the perfect companion piece to Abbas Kiarostami's The Wind Will Carry Us (showing in MIFF this year), as it documents the making of that award-winning film. ... "A team led by the Japanese director Yuji Mohara travelled to Iran to film a portrait of Iranian filmmaker Abbas ... Read more
Urban living at its worst—allergies, diseases, missing Y-fronts—and of course, finding the dust level. ... Read more
A harrowing study of fractured male ethos set in the remote beauty of Ruapehu's Makatote Gorge, Accidents deconstructs the myths of masculine camaraderie with a palpable sense of dire inevitability. Reminiscent of William Golding's "Lord of the Flies", the film is tense and provocative throughout ... Read more
On this day, in loving memory of Pearly, Agnes and Maude play a game on Pearly's favourite poker machine. But when they hit the jackpot, money isn't the only thing that comes spilling out. The gaudy familiarity of the local RSL belies the complex past that is unravelled over a few quick drinks in ... Read more
Spring had sprung and every species is mating except the caged cheetahs of Akbar, Emperor of Hindustran. When frustration spills over, stay out of reach of the big cats. ... Read more
The music clip for Bjork's All is Full of Love features a pair of white robots embracing in a way that is compellingly human. Like many of Chris Cunningham's music clips, this one has created controversy, but as Cunningham stated jokingly in Times/Metro magazine: "I don't think there are any rules ... Read more
Winner of the Berlin Film Festival audience award last year, Alone is a gritty story about a mother and daughter, their relationship and its compelling consequences. This remarkable new film is the notable debut of Andalusian filmmaker, Benito Zambrano. Maria has lived away from her parents for a ... Read more
Cohen's beautifully composed documentary, Amber City, is dedicated to writer Primo Levi. It was shot in countless locations across an unknown city in Italy with a soundtrack by musicians including Blonde Redhead, All Scars, Sascha Pellegrini, Stephen Vitiello and others including Cohen himself ... Read more
In the early days of the Summer of 1941, the Finnish army is mobilised on the Russian border. An idealistic young lieutenant, Eero, leads his platoon into a newly conquered village. There he sees his beloved fiancee Kaarina, who is serving in the Women's Auxiliary Corps. Eero asks his superiors to ... Read more
Based on Bret Easton Ellis' controversial novel, American Psycho is a film that dares you to watch it. Taking place in New York City in 1987, this is the story of Patrick Bateman, a Wall Street player and status whore, who dedicates his time to a lifestyle of material gain. "I have all the ... Read more
Freddie Wadling, the subject of this striking documentary, would only undergo life-saving surgery when his doctor lied to him and told him that Captain Beefhearl's mother had phoned and told him to go ahead with the operation! Just one of the many eccentricities of this Swedish musician who endured ... Read more
Based on the Oscar Wilde play, Oliver Parker's An Ideal Husband is a rare triumph—celebrating the wit of Wilde's theatrical voice whilst exploiting the medium of film to full effect. Rupert Everett {My Best Friend's Wedding) takes on the role of Lord Arthur Goring—confirmed bachelor and ... Read more
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Icelandic director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson blurs the line between sanity and madness, casting doubt on how we come to decide which is which. Paul is living a well-adjusted life with his parents in Reykjavik. He is interested in art and music and is dating the girl ... Read more
"Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumes in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training. On the day of the audition, she's the last person they see ... Read more
Bach in Auschwitz is a sobering account of the experience of 40 women who survived the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp of World War II by belonging to a group known to both prisoners and Nazis alike as 'the ladies of the orchestra', The women were from all over Europe. One thing kept them ... Read more
"It is a film so unexpectedly shocking that it could turn into a dinner party talking point"—Screen International ... Closely resembling Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves thematically, Bad Company is the gripping tale of Delphine, a shy and naive 15-year-old from a 'proper' family, who ... Read more
Julie-Anne comes home from a hard day at the office to discover her mother has locked the cat in the house all day (again) and that she is expected to cook 'bangers" for dinner. Preparing Ihe meal becomes a manifestation of all the repressed tensions in Julie-Anne's work and home life. ... Read more
A paint on glass film that explores the elements of composition, design and colour. Inspired by the work of artist Pierre Bonnard. ... Read more
Arguably Denis' greatest film to date, Beau Travail is by any standard a magisterial piece of work: meditative, richly sensual—an ode to the beauty of male bodies and to the inscrutability of their passions. In adaptating Melville's classic Billy Budd, Denis and co-scenarist Fargeau transpose ... Read more
REM's Michael Stipe first alerted directors Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen to the undiscovered musical genius of Benjamin Smoke; a performer with a voice of lyrical agility akin to a cross between Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. Tucked away in a dirt-poor outlying suburb of Atlanta called Cabbage Town ... Read more
Best in Beef juxtaposes surreal visions of hell in a slaughterhouse against abattoir workers eating at lunchtime. Images of blood-splattered faces between mouthfuls sit uneasily alongside the upstairs executive in suits, methodically eating while doing business on the phone. With a detached ... Read more
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