1981-1990

Karpo Acimovic-Godina – Umetni raj AKA Artificial Paradise (1990)

Los Angeles in 1935. Fritz Lang receives in his hotel apartment the young film amateur Willy, who wants to prepare an interview with him. At a certain moment Lang starts relating how, as an army officer in the First World War, he spent some time in the house of the lawyer Karol Gatnik in a small town in the northeast of Slovenia. Read More »

Kumar Shahani – Tarang AKA Wages and Profits (1984)

Sethji is a widowed, a businessman and lives a comfortable life with his only daughter, Hansa, his son-in-law, Rahul, and a grandson, Munna. He has Rahul as his right-hand man, and a nephew named Dinesh who also assists in running the business. Petty rivalries and jealousies have grown in the family, and Sethji and Rahul feel that Dinesh is now trying to undermine the business. They would like to get rid of him, without attracting any attention to themselves. They do terminate Dinesh, but this affects Sethji’s health, and he dies. Shortly thereafter, Hansa also dies, leaving Rahul to look after the business on his own. But there are many questions unanswered, like why was no one in attendance with the ailing Sethji; Hansa’s death was a suicide, why was it covered up?; what of the affair that Rahul is having with Janki, their maidservant, who is full of venom against the family; and the involvement of Anita, Rahul’s secretary, in his personal life. With the police getting involved, it is time for them to either come clean or go their separate ways. Read More »

Éric Rohmer – Le beau mariage AKA A Good Marriage (1982)

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Sabine vows to give up married lovers, and is determined to find a good husband. Her best friend Clarisse introduces her to her cousin Edmond, a busy lawyer from Paris. Sabine pursues Edmond, with the encouragement of Clarisse, but Edmond does not seem very interested. Read More »

Michael Raeburn – Jit (1990)

A young African man must try every trick in the book in this attempts to win the heart of the most beautiful girl in his village.

Review from the Seattle Times:
This brightly colored English-language comedy from Zimbabwe gets by largely on cheeky charm, a nonstop jit-jive score, don’t-stop-to-ask-questions pacing, and the irrepressible personalities of its actors. Read More »

Benoît Lamy & Mweze Ngangura – La vie est belle AKA Life is Rosy (1987)

La Vie Est Belle takes us inside the vibrant music scene of Kinshasha, Zaire’s exhilerating and exasperating capital of four million. Its back alleys and nightclubs pulsate to the beat of some of the most influential musicians in the world, and directors Ngangura Mweze and Benoit Lamy have brought it directly to the screen with their defiantly feel-good epic of charm and persistence. Read More »

Rita Azevedo Gomes – O Som da Terra a Tremer AKA The Sound of the Shaking Earth (1990)

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An author writes a story entitled “O som da terra a tremer”, and the story constantly entwines itself with his private life. Alberto is a writer out of the world because of decisions that are always postponed and sometimes imagined. Between the writer, his personal universe and the story that he’s or imagines to write is lost the notion of boundary. The story revolves around a sailor who one day finds a foreign port and loses a girl. But between the real world and the universe of fiction of Alberto is always difficult to perceive the place of each thing. Read More »

Josef Aichholzer & Ruth Beckermann – Wien retour AKA Return to Vienna (1983)

Franz West (1909-85) remembers his youth in Vienna: the variety of the Jewish population of the so called Matzah-Island, his commitment to the worker’s movement of the Red Vienna and the rise of Austro-fascism and National Socialism. West’s masterly narration combined with impressing archive footage illustrate and elucidate the complex Austrian history between WW1 and WW2. Read More »