Film Festivals 1996

This year's line-up was dotted with award winners including Todd Solondz's Sundance winner "Welcome to the Dollhouse", Best Foriegn Film at the Academy Awards, "Antonia's Line" and winner of Cannes Best Director Award, "La Haine". Other stand-outs were Lars Von Trier's minor masterpiece "Breaking the Waves" and the Coen Brothers' "Fargo". Ken Loach didn't disappoint with "Land and Freedom" while Mike Leigh made his most accessible film yet with "Secrets and Lies". Kathryn Bigelow, director of 'Point Break', broke out with her stylish and visually stunning "Strange Days" (pictured).

Angels and Insects (1995)

Director: Philip Haas
Starring: Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patsy Kensit

A haunting, erotically charged drama set in Victorian England, where a poor anthropologist decides to take residence with a wealthy family after a dis... Read more

Antonia's Line (1995)

Director: Marleen Gorris
Starring: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Els Dottermans, Jan Decleir

Marleen Gorris' winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film centres on an elderly woman who recalls her life in a small Dutch village on the day... Read more

Ashes of Time Redux (1994)

Director: Wong Kar-wai
Starring: Jacky Cheung, Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung (Chiu Wai), Brigitte Lin,...

An all-star cast including Brigitte Lin, Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung and Jackie Cheung star in this action-packed epic of impossible love... Read more

Beautiful Thing (1996)

Director: Hettie Macdonald
Starring: Glen Berry, Linda Henry, Scott Neal, Tameka Empson

An insightful take on first love between two working class adolescent boys, neighbours with very different home lives, who become sexually and romanti... Read more

Breaking the Waves (1996)

Director: Lars von Trier
Starring: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgard, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier

The extraordinary story of a young, simple-minded, God-fearing Scottish woman who willingly takes on lovers in the belief that it will cure her paraly... Read more

Butterfly Kiss (1994)

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Saskia Reeves, Amanda Plummer, Paul Brown

An often breathtakingly original meld of road movie, lesbian love story, psychodrama and black comedy. Toplining Amanda Plummer and Saskia Reeves as t... Read more

Cabaret (1972)

Director: Bob Fosse
Starring: Michael York, Marisa Berenson, Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Helmut Griem

Winner of 8 Oscars, including Best Director (Bob Fosse), Best Actress (Lisa Minnelli) and Best Supporting Actor (Joel Grey) and widely regarded as one... Read more

Children of Paradise ( Les Enfants du Paradis ) (1945)

Director: Marcel Carne
Starring: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur

Poetic realism reaches sublime heights with "Children of Paradise" ("Les Enfants du Paradis"), the ineffably witty tale of a woman loved by four diffe... Read more

Cosi (1995)

Director: Mark Joffe
Starring: Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Ben Mendelsohn, Barry Otto, Aden Young, Colin F...

A budding theatre director is haggled into staging a bizarre version of Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte at a psychiatric hospital. Adapted from the winning st... Read more

Deadly Advice (1993)

Director: Mandie Fletcher
Starring: Jane Horrocks, John Mills, Edward Woodward, Brenda Fricker, Imelda Staunton, Bil...

From the director of 'Black Adder' and 'Only Fools and Horses' comes this black comedy of murder and mayhem. Mother (Brenda Fricker) rules the house w... Read more