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Film Festivals 1997

Yet another all-sorts year with something for all tastes. From Atom Egoyan's controversial "The Sweet Hereafter" and Kirby Dick's provocative "Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Lanagan, Supermasochist" to the warm and witty "Kolya" from the Czech Republic and the harrowing and visually stunning "Zero Kelvin" from Norway. The Wachowski Brothers' stylish contemporary noir "Bound" was good company for David Cronenberg's not-for-all-tastes minor masterpiece "Crash". Peter Greenaway offered up his stylistic "The Pillow Book".

A Self Made Hero (1996)

7.4/10
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Mathieu Kassovitz, Anouk Grinberg, Albert Dupontel

Mathieu Kassovitz plays a young Frenchman who manages to avoid military service in WWII. His one great talent is his confidence and his ability as a s... Read more

A Summer's Tale (1996)

7.7/10
Director: Eric Rohmer
Starring: Amanda Langlet, Melvil Poupaud, Aurella Nolin

The third part in Eric Rohmer's "Tales of the Four Seasons" tells the sweet tale of a young man torn between three women. With naturalistic settings,... Read more

Basquiat (1996)

6.9/10
Director: Julian Schnabel
Starring: Jeffrey Wright, David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Claire Forlani, Willem...

Jeffrey Wright is mesmerising in this true story as Jean-Michel Basquiat, a poor Haitian-American graffiti artist who rapidly ascends New York's raref... Read more

Big Night (1996)

7.3/10
Director: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci
Starring: Stanley Tucci, Minnie Driver, Isabella Rossellini, Tony Shalhoub, Ian Holm

An impeccably crafted, endearing story of Italian immigrant brothers trying to survive as restauranteurs in 1950's America. Isabella Rossellini, Ian H... Read more

Bound (1996)

7.4/10
Director: The Wachowski Brothers
Starring: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano

Ex-con Gina Gershon falls in love with gangster's moll Jennifer Tilly and the two concoct a risky scheme to steal $2 million from the mob. First-time... Read more

Brassed Off (1997)

7.1/10
Director: Mark Herman
Starring: Pete Postlethwaite, Ewan McGregor, Tara Fitzgerald

When a small Yorkshire mining town's pit is about to be closed, putting the town out of work, the miners' vote to strike at the same time the town's b... Read more

Celestial Clockwork (1996)

7/10
Director: Fina Torres
Starring: Ariel, Ariadna Gil, Arielle Dombasle, Evelyne Didi

This quirky, magic-infused romantic comedy whimsical tale tells of a Venezuelan woman who abandons the altar as she's about to get married, fleeing to... Read more

Crash (1996)

6.4/10
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Rosanna Arquette, Deborah Kara Unger

James Spader, Holly Hunter and Rosanna Arquette are a motley assortment of car crash survivors seeking more and more perverse thrills to communicate,... Read more

Dream With The Fishes (1997)

7/10
Director: Finn Taylor
Starring: David Arquette, Brad Hunt, Kathryn Erbe

Tells the slightly surreal story of a voyeuristic loner called Terry (David Arquette) whose final attempt to end it all is frustrated by a small time... Read more

East Side Story (1996)

6.7/10
Director: Dana Ranga
Starring: Chris Doerk, Erich Gusko, Helmet Hanke

This fascinating and fun, though not campy, documentary focuses on Soviet musicals, which were made to distract audiences from the oppressive politica... Read more