Athina Rachel Tsangari – Fit (1994)

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Fit, Athina’s first short film was a finalist for the Student Academy AwardsTM.

In this short film she explores a new kind of visual and corporeal language, deploying off-beat mise-en-scene, startling gestures and outlandish humor to vividly render the protagonist character’s struggle against her appointed familial, societal and professional role. Continue reading

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Kar Wai Wong – Chun gwong cha sit AKA Happy Together (1997)

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Winner of the Best Director prize at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Wong Kar-Wai’s Happy Together is a stunning display of filmmaking style and a touching story of love on the brink of dissolution. Hong Kong cinema superstars Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung play a pair of lovers living out the waning days of their relationship as expatriates in Buenos Aires. Lusty tango bars, the salsa music of the La Boca sidewalks and a hypnotic visit to the nearby Iguazu Falls give further dimension to the tensions growing between the two lovers. Continue reading

Bill Condon – Gods and Monsters (1998)

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Set in 1957, James Whale, the director of Show Boat (1936), The Invisible Man (1933), Frankenstein (1931), and Bride of Frankenstein (1935), had long since stepped back from the glamor and glitz of Hollywood. A stroke triggers once buried flashes of memory of his life in Dudley, his film career, and, most influentially, the trenches during the Great War. Haunted and lonely, he recounts many of his experiences to his musclebound gardener, Clay Boone. Despite the divide that exists between them, their friendship develops. Continue reading

Martin Scorsese – The Age of Innocence (1993)

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This 1993 film, directed by Martin Scorsese, brings the Edith Wharton novel to life.
Here it is — all the social comment and smoldering unrequited passions originally
intended by the author. And now it’s in living color with academy award winning costume
design reflecting New York society in the 1870s.

Daniel-Day Lewis is cast as Newland Archer, the upper class young man in conflict
between social convention and desire. Michelle Pfeiffer plays the Countess Ellen Olenska,
who has already defied convention by marrying a European and is further defying
convention by leaving her husband and returning to New York. However, in spite of his
attraction to the countess, Newland Archer marries the beautiful but seemingly simple
May Welland, played by Wynona Ryder, whose outstanding performance won her an academy
award nomination. Continue reading

Jean-Julien Chervier & Agnès Obadia – Du poil sous les roses AKA Hair Under the Roses (2000)

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A sexually-troubled young man runs away from home, while a girl wakes up one morning with a single cyclops breast…

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A quatorze ans, l’amour et le sexe intriguent. Entre les phantasmes, les phobies, les incertitudes et les croyances, comment reagir? Roudoudou, qui est tres amoureuse, reve d’avoir une poitrine imposante comme celle de sa mere, mais cela ne marche qu’a moitie. Romain et Francis, quant a eux, sont persuades que leurs meres sont homosexuelles et qu’il leur faudrait coucher avec elles pour les sauver… Continue reading

Jean-Luc Godard – For Ever Mozart [+commentary] (1996) (HD)

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Jean-Luc Godard’s densely packed rumination on the need to create order and beauty in a world ruled by chaos is divided into four distinct but tangentially related stories, including the attempts by a young group of idealists to stage a play in war-torn Sarajevo and an elderly director’s efforts to complete his film. Continue reading

Claire Denis – Nenette et Boni (1996)

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Teenage siblings Nenette and Boni were raised apart as a result of their parents’ divorce. Their mother, who doted on her son Boni, has died. He works for an interesting couple as a pizza baker, and is surprised and enraged when his younger sister, having run away from boarding school, suddenly turns up. There’s a problem that they must confront. Continue reading

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