Film Festivals 1995

What an eclectic line-up this year. Seemed most major film making nations had an entry - from Cuba came the Oscar Winning "Strawberries and Chocolate", from Spain, the twisted treat that was "Accion Mutante", Russia produced the Academy Award winner "Burnt By The Sun", France gave us a taste of gypsy life in "Latcho Drom" while Belgium fronted with the sumptuous "Farinelli", Taiwan entered the charming "Eat Drink Man Woman" and from Hong Kong came the erotically charged "Sex and Zen". Denmark's Lars Von Trier introduced his darkly humourous soap "The Kingdom" (pictured).

Dear Diary ( Caro Diario ) (1994)

Director: Nanni Moretti
Starring: Nanni Moretti, Renato Carpentieri, Jennifer Beals

Nanni Moretti's hilarious and intimate film diary, which follows his personal experiences over 18 months, was received rapturously at Cannes where it... Read more

Dingo (1991)

Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: Miles Davis, Colin Friels, Bernadette Lafont, Helen Buday, Joe Petruzzi

Late jazz great Miles Davis made his only acting appearance in this film about a jazz trumpeter who dares to realise his musical dreams in the Austral... Read more

Don Giovanni (1979)

Director: Joseph Losey
Starring: Ruggero Raimondi, John Macurdy, Kiri Te Kanawa

The tale of womaniser Don Giovanni and his servant Leporello. Giovanni's attempts to woo Donna Anna end in tragedy when he kills her father in a duel.... Read more

Double Indemnity (1944)

Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G Robinson

A masterpiece of film noir cinema from director Billy Wilder, who also co-scripted with Raymond Chandler. Barbara Stanwyck is the definitive femme fat... Read more

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Sihung Lung, Kuei-Mei Yang, Yu-Wen Wang

Acclaimed comedy-drama from Ang Lee ("The Wedding Banquet") about Chu, a widowed master chef facing such problems as losing his sense of taste, his th... Read more

Farinelli (1995)

Director: Gerard Corbiau
Starring: Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Jeroen Krabbe

'Farinelli il Castrato'. A sumptuously filmed saga of two brothers in 18th century Europe, one a composer and the other a castrato opera singer. (Fari... Read more

Funny Bones (1995)

Director: Peter Chelsom
Starring: Leslie Caron, Lee Evans, Jerry Lewis, Oliver Platt, Richard Griffiths, Oliver Re...

Jerry Lewis is the famous father of struggling comedian (Oliver Platt) desperate to make his own name in the business. He is not making it in Las Veg... Read more

Germinal (1993)

Director: Claude Berri
Starring: Anny Duperey, Bernard Fresson, Gerard Depardieu, Judith Henry, Laurent Terzieff,...

A sprawling adaptation of the classic 1884 Emile Zola novel, this manages to tell both the epic tale of a bleak rural community and the personal story... Read more

Killing Zoe (1993)

Director: Roger Avary
Starring: Eric Stoltz, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Julie Delpy

Writer-director Roger Avary, co-scripter of 'Pulp Fiction' spreads mayhem and body tissue in his own directorial debut revealing a style of his own an... Read more

Latcho Drom (1995)

Director: Tony Gatlif

Ecstatically celebrates the gypsy experience through eight countries on three separate continents. Beginning in Northern India and proceeding through... Read more