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1998. 46th Edition
Films
Films
BUSBY BERKELEY: GOING THROUGH THE ROOF
David Thompson
USA 
This documentary is a tribute to the Hollywood dance director whose name is synonymous with spectacular, intricately designed musical numbers, and whose contribution to the genre was unmistakable. At a time when movie musicals were little more than stage productions on film, Berkeley ignored the conventional limitations of studio space. The camera wasn't only an observer, but a...
This documentary is a tribute to the Hollywood dance director whose name is synonymous with spectacular, intricately designed musical numbers, and whose contribution to the genre was unmistakable. At a time when movie musicals were little more than stage productions on film, Berkeley ignored the conventional limitations of studio space. The camera wasn't only an observer, but a participant in the opulant settings of Berkeley production numbers that thrilled depression-era audiences. His trademark style was fashioned around stars such as Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Carmen Miranda and Esther Williams. This year's San Sebastian Festival poster takes its inspiration from the water ballets created by Busby Berkeley for Footlight Parade (1933).
Crimen
Arturo Ripstein
Mexico 
The story line of Crime basically amounts to a sexual encounter (potrayed with a complete lack of expressiveness) inside a house, and to an individual with a whotgun lying in wait outside for the lovers to appear who ends up shooting the man. Only a quick general view of a desolate lanscape and the somewhat decrepit house at the begninning of the film disrupts the cam...

The story line of Crime basically amounts to a sexual encounter (potrayed with a complete lack of expressiveness) inside a house, and to an individual with a whotgun lying in wait outside for the lovers to appear who ends up shooting the man. Only a quick general view of a desolate lanscape and the somewhat decrepit house at the begninning of the film disrupts the camera's stability. (...) The only background noise is the sound of traffic on what seems to be a nearby road.

Jesús Angulo (Nosferatu)

EL EVANGELIO DE LAS MARAVILLAS / DIVINE
Arturo Ripstein
Mexico - Spain - Argentina 
At the end of the millenium, Mama Dorita and Papa Basilio give shelter to a group of disciples awaiting the end of the world. In their remote Mexican village, the rites of this bizarre religious community are reminiscent of Hollywood biblical films of the 50s. All are welcome at the village, and the congregation opens its arms to Nélida, a prostitute, and Tomasa, a street-wise...
At the end of the millenium, Mama Dorita and Papa Basilio give shelter to a group of disciples awaiting the end of the world. In their remote Mexican village, the rites of this bizarre religious community are reminiscent of Hollywood biblical films of the 50s. All are welcome at the village, and the congregation opens its arms to Nélida, a prostitute, and Tomasa, a street-wise teenager; both refugees from the misery of everyday life. As Mama Dorita lies dying, it is Tomasa that she chooses as the new prophet to inherit her mantle. In her ascent to religious power, Tomasa rebels and imposes the most unusual rules. Like a queen-bee, she is the only one who can and must have sex with each and every one of the men before the sect can be saved.
EL LANZADOR DE MARTILLO / THE HAMMER THROWER
Pedro Mari Santos
Spain 
The ups and downs of a lonely character who has succeeded in overcoming his failures and finding himself an ingenuous and comical happiness that gives some kind of meaning to his life.
The ups and downs of a lonely character who has succeeded in overcoming his failures and finding himself an ingenuous and comical happiness that gives some kind of meaning to his life.
EN EL ESPEJO DEL CIELO / IN THE MIRROR OF THE SKY
Carlos Salces
Mexico 
Peasant boy Luis dreams of capturing the aeroplane reflected in the water which has accumulated in the area around the maize field. After several attempts, and much to his mother's disgust, he succeeds in catching it in a wooden box. The plane is so noisy that Luis is afraid it'll waken his mother, so he hides it beneath the corn they have already harvested. The next morning th...
Peasant boy Luis dreams of capturing the aeroplane reflected in the water which has accumulated in the area around the maize field. After several attempts, and much to his mother's disgust, he succeeds in catching it in a wooden box. The plane is so noisy that Luis is afraid it'll waken his mother, so he hides it beneath the corn they have already harvested. The next morning the plane is dying.
LOU REED: ROCK AND ROLL HEART
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
USA 
A mixture of filmed interviews, photographic portraits and archive footage portrays the musician, lyricist and composer Lou Reed, the man who founded The Velvet Underground in 1965 with John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker, a group which had an enormous influence on many musicians of the day. In 1972, Lou Reed embarked upon a highly-productive solo career which combi...
A mixture of filmed interviews, photographic portraits and archive footage portrays the musician, lyricist and composer Lou Reed, the man who founded The Velvet Underground in 1965 with John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker, a group which had an enormous influence on many musicians of the day. In 1972, Lou Reed embarked upon a highly-productive solo career which combined non-commercial work with other more famous numbers like Walk on the Wide Side. During recent years, Reed has experimented in areas other than rock music, appearing for example in films such as Wayne Wang's Blue in the Face (1994). He also collaborated with Robert Wilson on the opera Time Rocker.
MEGACITIES
Michael Glawogger
Austria - Switzerland 
Bombay, Mexico City, Moscow, New York: seductive yet repellent monsters. The contradiction insinuates itself into the daily lives of those who populate these megacities. The film's twelve chapters tell the tales of as many other residents in the different metropolis: Oleg, the boy on the streets of Moscow; Lola, the street vendor; Babu Khan, the Indian paint recycler; Toni, an ...
Bombay, Mexico City, Moscow, New York: seductive yet repellent monsters. The contradiction insinuates itself into the daily lives of those who populate these megacities. The film's twelve chapters tell the tales of as many other residents in the different metropolis: Oleg, the boy on the streets of Moscow; Lola, the street vendor; Babu Khan, the Indian paint recycler; Toni, an ever-so-slightly unusual New York pimp.... Day in, day out they all set about their struggle for survival with a mixture of intelligence, ingenuity and dignity. And they share the same fantasy: the dream of a better life.
PASE NEGRO
Patxi Barco
Spain 
A black African emigrant knick-knack pedlar goes into a bar for a coffee and very nearly finds himself straight back out on the street at the hands of the obnoxious barman. Saved from his fate by a group of card players, he soon realises their interest in his wares is only a cover for fun at his expense. But it doesn't take long for the players to fall into the inoffensive but ...
A black African emigrant knick-knack pedlar goes into a bar for a coffee and very nearly finds himself straight back out on the street at the hands of the obnoxious barman. Saved from his fate by a group of card players, he soon realises their interest in his wares is only a cover for fun at his expense. But it doesn't take long for the players to fall into the inoffensive but ego-crushing trap set for them by the "poor" African boy.
POR UN INFANTE DIFUNTO / ON A DECEASED INFANT
Tinieblas Gonzalez
Spain 
Sad and timorous, little Julito leads a rotten life in miserable surroundings with his drunk and embittered parents. The hand-to-mouth conditions on which the family tries to get by obliges the parents to chop off bits of their body and swap them for food at the butcher's. One afternoon, the tragic experience of being sent to get the meat opens Julito's eyes to the true and hor...
Sad and timorous, little Julito leads a rotten life in miserable surroundings with his drunk and embittered parents. The hand-to-mouth conditions on which the family tries to get by obliges the parents to chop off bits of their body and swap them for food at the butcher's. One afternoon, the tragic experience of being sent to get the meat opens Julito's eyes to the true and horrible vision of the real world and deprives him of his innocence in the cruelest possible way, thereby awakening a feeling of deep hatred for everyone around him.
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