Tag Archives: 1980s

Mohamed Khan – Awdat mowatin AKA Return of a Citizen (1986)

Return of a Citizen (Arabic: عودة مواطن‎, translit. Awdat mowatin) is a 1986 Egyptian drama film directed by Mohamed Khan. It was screened out of competition at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.(wikipedia)

Chaker returns to Cairo from the Gulf a comfortably wealthy man, but there is no-one to meet him at the airport. at home he finds that all his family still live under one roof. His family start to fall apart around him, and he must decide whether to stay or leave.(BFI) Read More »

Binka Zhelyazkova – Golyamoto noshtno kapane AKA The Big Night Bathe (1980)

Friends of different generations, practicing different professions, spend together their summer holidays at the seaside every year. It is sunny; they look carefree and happy. They know each other very well, they are used to each other. To such an extent, that bore becomes inevitable. It is boredom that incites them to play a dangerous game. The end is dramatic: a young boy gets killed. It is the moment to draw the bottom line. The question is: Isn’t the death of the spirit worse than of the body? Read More »

Alain Resnais – Mélo (1986)

In Paris in the 1920s, a concert violinist meets and falls in love with a stylish young flapper who’s the wife of an old friend. Romaine instigates the affair with Marcel, and carries it forward even as her husband, Pierre, falls ill. She may even be purposely giving Pierre a treatment that adds to his misery. After Marcel returns from a concert tour and Romaine stoops to a new low in abandoning Pierre for an assignation, she reconsiders the affair and takes a drastic step. Three years later, Pierre pays Marcel a visit to demand the truth. Will the jealous and aggrieved Marcel manage a convincing performance? Read More »

Heinz Emigholz – Die Wiese der Sachen AKA The Meadow of Things (1988)

Clonetown 1974 to 1979: a terrorist defector named Charon sits on the edge of oblivion and commentates on the imminent putrification of an abducted car dealer. Read More »

Lourdes Portillo & Susana Blaustein Muñoz – Las madres de la Plaza de Mayo AKA The Mothers of Plaza De Mayo (1985)

This Academy award-nominated documentary about the Argentinian mothers’ movement to demand to know the fate of 30,000 “disappeared” sons and daughters remains as extraordinarily powerful as when it was first released. As well as giving an understanding of Argentinian history in the ‘70s and ‘80s, LAS MADRES shows the empowerment of women in a society where women are expected to be silent. LAS MADRES provides a banner of hope in the international struggle for human rights. Read More »

Joel DeMott – Demon Lover Diary (1980)

In the Fall of 1975, cameraman Jeff Kreines was hired to shoot a silly little horror romp called DEMON LOVER in the middle of Michigan, and his female pal Joel DeMott joined him on the trip, documenting this adventure into no-budget filmmaking with her own handy camera. Her ragged footage was later lashed together into this legendary documentary, which has finally been snuck onto video. The father of modern hits such as AMERICAN MOVIE, it’s an insightful, funny and scary peek into the making of an indie fright flick and its delusional, self-taught filmmakers. Read More »

Masashi Yamamoto – Robinson no niwa AKA Robinson’s Garden (1987)

Exploring the outer edges of modern-day Tokyo, a girl becomes enraptured by an expanse of ruins teeming with plant life. She ventures deep into the beautiful wilderness and becomes isolated from the real world, but overwhelmed with the beauty surrounding her. Imaginative Japanese variation on “The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe”. Read More »