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Film Festivals 1990

This punter believes this was the best film festival ever to grace Christchurch's screens (in this case the old Regent Theatre). The entire line-up had absolutely no deadwood. A few of the great many highlights included Jane Campion's "An Angel At My Table" and "Sweetie", Akira Kurosawa's "Dreams", Hal Hartley's "The Unbelievable Truth" the acclaimed "Cinema Paradiso", the marvellous "Jesus of Montreal", from the Netherlands came the sleek psycho-chiller "The Vanishing" and from Mexico came Alex Jodorowsky's unforgettable "Santa Sangre" (right).

A Dry White Season (1989)

7/10
Director: Euzhan Palcy
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Zakes Mokae, Jurgen Prochnow, Susan Sarandon, M...

Donald Sutherland is South African school teacher Ben du Toit, someone who has remained isolated from the racial violence in his country until his bla... Read more

A Short Film About Love (1988)

8.3/10
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Starring: Grazyna Szapolowska, Olaf Lubaszenko

A young man falls in love with an older woman who lives in the flats across the courtyard. He watches her and her succession of lovers until she becom... Read more

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Akira Terao, Mieko Harada, Mitsuko Baisho

Eight mesmerising tableaus explore the subconscious at various stages of an elderly mans life in this visually stunning work from the master Japanese... Read more

An Angel At My Table (1990)

7.6/10
Director: Jane Campion
Starring: Kerry Fox, Karen Fergusson, Alexia Keogh, Iris Churn

Jane Campion's remarkable award-winning film based on the autobiographical writing of Janet Frame is a portrait of a sweet-natured, imaginative, painf... Read more

Black Narcissus (1947)

8/10
Director: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell
Starring: Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Sabu, Jean Simmons

Plagued by uncertainties and worldly desires, five Protestant missionary nuns, led by Deborah Kerr's Sister Clodagh, struggle to establish a school in... Read more

Black Narcissus ( Blu-ray ) (1947)

8/10
Director: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell
Starring: David Farrar, Deborah Kerr, Jean Simmons, Sabu

Plagued by uncertainties and worldly desires, five Protestant missionary nuns, led by Deborah Kerr's Sister Clodagh, struggle to establish a school in... Read more

Cinema Paradiso ( Blu-ray ) (1988)

8.5/10
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Starring: Jacques Perrin, Leopoldo Trieste, Philippe Noiret, Salvatore Cascio

A charming, bittersweet tribute to the power of movies which won 1989's Best Foreign Film Academy Award. A filmmaker returns to his Sicilian hometown... Read more

Cinema Paradiso (Special Edition) (1988)

8.5/10
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Starring: Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret, Leopoldo Trieste

Winner of 1989's Best Foreign Film Academy Award this bittersweet drama sees a filmmaker returns to his hometown in Sicily for the first time in 30 ye... Read more

Cinema Paradiso: Director's Cut (1988)

8.5/10
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Starring: Salvatore Cascio, Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin

A charming, bittersweet tribute to the power of movies which won 1989's Best Foreign Film Academy Award. A filmmaker returns to his Sicilian hometown... Read more

Comic Book Confidential (1988)

7.1/10
Director: Ron Mann
Starring: Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Robert Crumb, Stan Lee

A spirited introduction to the wider spectrum of American Comics intercut with hysterical archive footage. Congression hearings, lurid anti-comic prop... Read more