Film Festivals 1985

This year's festival line-up was spiced with a number of absolute gems including the powerful "El Norte", Shohei Imamara's masterpiece "The Ballad of Narayama", the Coen Brothers' acclaimed "Blood Simple", Jim Jarmusch's engaging look at the American dream, "Stranger Than Paradise" and the hilarious "This is Spinal Tap".

A Sunday in the Country (1984)

Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Starring: Louis Ducreux, Sabine Azema, Michel Aumont

Bertrand Tavernier's exquisite drama that pays lush and poignant homage to French family life.The venerable Louis Ducreaux plays Monsieur Ladmiral, an... Read more

And The Ship Sails On (1984)

Director: Federico Fellini
Starring: Freddie Jones, Barbara Jefford, Victor Poletti

A uniquely Felliniesque ocean voyage, circa 1914, with a journalist (Freddie Jones) acting as our host and introducing us to a variety of celebrated g... Read more

Blood Simple (1983)

Director: Joel Coen
Starring: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M Emmet Walsh

A critically acclaimed thriller set in rural Texas combines chilling suspense with offbeat black humour. Double and triple crosses build to a blood-cu... Read more

Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Mia Farrow, Nick Apollo Forte, Woody Allen

Sitting at the Carnegie Deli are some of the Catskills' greatest comics swapping stories about the infamous, lovable agent, Broadway Danny Rose (playe... Read more

Carmen (Opera) (1984)

Director: Francesco Rosi
Starring: Julia Migenes-Johnson, Placido Domingo

The definitive version of this classic opera, shot entirely on location in Spain, featuring Placido Domingo and Julia Migenes-Johnson. Soundtrack by t... Read more

Comfort And Joy (1984)

Director: Bill Forsyth
Starring: Bill Paterson, Eleanor David, Alex Norton

The acclaimed director Bill Forsyth ("Gregors Girl" "Local Hero") is back with another hilarious, off-beat look at human nature. Bill Paterson plays A... Read more

Eating Raoul (1982)

Director: Paul Bartel
Starring: Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, Robert Beltran

Characterized as a 'dextrous, beautifully timed, macabre comedy of manners which tackles kinky sex, economics, gourmet cooking, modern marriage, and e... Read more

El Norte (1983)

Director: Gregory Nava
Starring: David Villalpando, Zaide Silvia Gutierrez

'The North'. An independent American film that became a hit, the powerful story of a brother and sister who must leave their oppressed country of Guat... Read more

First Name: Carmen (1983)

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Maruschka Detmers, Jacques Bonnaffe

A.k.a. 'Prenom: Carmen'. Jean-Luc Godard's irreverent satire of 'Carmen' stars Maruschka Detmers as a femme fatale who plans to rob a bank while prete... Read more

Lili Marleen (1981)

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Starring: Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer

An extravagant story of love, war and propaganda in the shadows of Nazi Germany, Fassbinder's "Lili Marleen" is, ironically, one of his few English la... Read more