12th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
31 JULY – 2 AUGUST
Belgrave Twin Cinema, Armidale
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FRIDAY – 31st JULY – 18.30
FORCE MAJEURE (Turist)
Sweden, 2014, 120 mins. (M)
(NOMINATED: GOLDEN GLOBE, Best Foreign Language Film, 2015 )
A sophisticated, multi-awardwinning relationship drama centred upon the threat of an avalanche during lunch in the French Alps, which exposes fissures in the perfect family. Thrilling, surprising and thought-provoking. How would you react?
MY SWEET PEPPERLAND
Iraq/Germany/France, 2013, 100 mins. (M)
(NOMINATED: UN CERTAIN REGARD, Cannes, 2014)
Set in the lawless badlands of Iraqi Kurdistan, a modern western emerges, complete with good sheriff, loyal sidekick, beautiful woman and a bad guy. Not forgetting some Elvis Presley accompaniment! An off-beat comedy with sinister overtones. Most enjoyable!
Saturday – 1st AUGUST
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (Deux Jours, une nuit)
Belgium, 2014, 91 mins.(M)
(NOMINATED: OSCAR Best Actress in a Leading Role, 2015)
The latest film from the highly-acclaimed Dardenne Brothers does not disappoint, nor does its star, the fabulous Marion Cotillard. An affecting, compassionate, extraordinary film about ordinary people. Not to be missed!
ROCK THE CASBAH
France/Morocco, 2013, 100 mins. (M)
(WON: MUHR ARAB SPECIAL MENTION, Dubai Film Festival, 2013)
A dysfunctional family is reunited in Tangier for the funeral of their patriarch and very soon problems arise in this very enjoyable comedy, which also highlights the clash between Muslim traditions and western influences. A feel-good experience in a glorious setting. Don’t miss it!
RUN MILKHA RUN (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
India, 2013, 186 mins. (MA15+)
(50 WINS 36 NOMINATIONS)
A Bollywood-style biopic about the Olympic running champ Milkha Singh, a.k.a. “The Flying Sikh”, set against the brutal era of India’s partition, which is at the heart of the film. Deemed “a super hit” both domestically and worldwide, this homage to India’s greatest runner will keep you hooked throughout. An emotional and unforgettable experience for lovers of sport, history and the pursuit of excellence.
Russia, 2014, 140 mins. (M)
(WON: GOLDEN GLOBE Best Foreign Language Film, 2015)
The awards just keep on coming for this cinematic masterpiece from one of the great filmmakers of today, Andrey Zvyagintsev, director of ‘Elena’ and ‘The Return’. Stunning images, mordant humour, mystery, ferocious satire, classic epic drama. This film has it all, including music by Philip Glass. Amazing!
Poland, 2013, 82 mins. (M)
(WON: OSCAR Best Foreign Language Film, 2015)
An incredibly beautiful, meticulously framed black and white film set in Communist Poland in wintertime in the 1960s. Two very different sisters, one an innocent novitiate and the other a cynical judge, embark on a quest. Unforgettable!
VENUS IN FUR (La Vénus à la fourrure)
France/Poland, 2013, 96 mins. (MA15+)
(WON: CESARS: Best Director/Best Actress/Best Actor/Best Adapted Screenplay, 2014)
In Roman Polanski’s latest film, an actress aims to convince a director that he should cast her in his latest production. A smart, provocative, sexy, tongue-in-cheek take on power and relationships and brilliantly acted. Another must see!
Sunday, 2nd AUGUST
LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED (Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados)
Spain, 2013, 108 mins. (M)
(WON: GOYAS Best Actor/Actress, Director/Original Screenplay/Film, 2014)
A high school teacher from La Mancha, obsessed by The Beatles in 1966, travels to Almeria where his hero, John Lennon, is making a film. Ever the optimist, he will not be deterred from his mission. An enjoyable comedy based on a true story. An absolute delight!
TWO LIVES (Zwei Leben)
Germany, 2012, 95 mins. (M)
(WON: GERMAN FILM AWARDS: GOLD (Best Editing) & BRONZE (Outstanding Feature Film), 2014)
The fall of the Berlin Wall has unexpected repercussions on a Norwegian family. Liv Ullman portrays a mother whose illegitimate daughter’s current idyllic life in Norway is threatened by her innocent involvement in Nazi and Stasi history. An intriguing mystery filled with secrets and lies.
THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA (Kaguya-hime no Monogatan)
Japan, 2013, 137 mins. (PG)
(NOMINATED: OSCAR Best Animated Film, 2015)
An animated fantasy about the discovery by a bamboo cutter of a miniature girl inside a glowing bamboo shoot. As she grows in beauty, she attracts the attention of the Emperor, but all is not as it seems. Another exquisite production from Studio Ghibli.
WILD TALES (Relatos salvajes)
Argentina, 2014, 122 mins. (MA15+)
(NOMINATED: OSCAR Best Foreign Language Film, 2015)
This highly-acclaimed black comedy consists of six short and lively stories about revenge. The first sets such a high standard that it appears unlikely the film will sustain it, but it does. Which is your favourite? Prepare to have your socks comprehensively blown off!
WINTER SLEEP ((Kis uykusu)
Turkey, 2014, 196 mins. (M)
(WON: PALME D’OR Cannes, 2014)
Epic in length, thrilling to behold and utterly absorbing, this film demands and rewards patient attention. David Stratton calls it ‘absolutely riveting’ and Margaret Pomeranz deems it ‘extraordinary’ and ‘so beautiful’. They both gave it four and a half stars. Definitely one of the festival highlights both in Cannes and Armidale!