Category: Film Festivals

 

20 June.

Produced by the City of Port Phillip, the St Kilda Film Festival is Australia’s largest and longest running publicly owned short film festival. A highlight of Melbourne’s screen industry calendar, the annual Opening Night extravaganza will bring festival fans, patrons and talent online together for a preview of what’s to come.

Like each year, the Festival program will provide an insight into the nation’s short film industry, screening the Top Australian Shorts and a number of specially curated sessions. A jampacked filmmaker development program will return with live post session Q+As alongside live webinars covering the ins and outs of comedy, as well as short bites delivered by long time industry partners such as the Australian Cinematographers Society.

City of Port Phillip Mayor, Bernadene Voss said, “We are extremely excited to be able to present this year’s Festival online. Not only does this let us keep supporting local filmmakers during this time and showcasing the incredible talent we have on offer in Australia, but this year it is totally free for the whole of Australia to enjoy.”

Festival Director Richard Sowada says of the program, “If 2020 is paving the way for the future of Australian filmmaking then the future is breathtaking. The sheer diversity of work, the guts and glory ambition and those authentic voices are just great to bring to the screen – it makes me very proud to be part of the lives of these films and these filmmakers.”

This year the Festival features films starring Brett Climo, Gary Foley, Diana Glenn, Victoria Haralabidou, Damon Herriman, Claudia Karvan, Sean Keenan, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Aaron Pedersen and Gary Sweet plus Chinese-Australian dancer Chengwu Guo, Red Symons and Larry Emdur.

The Festival also looks back at the early career films of Jane Campion and Phillip Noyce including Campion’s Palme D’Or winner Peel and Noyce’s debut feature as a director Backroads starring Gary Foley and the late Bill Hunter, with Gary Foley himself hosting a special event.

Program highlights include:

–        A program of new Australian animations, the Australian Animation Explosion, presented by Indomie will embrace all forms and showcase old friends and fresh new talent.

–        Shifting the Gaze: Focus on Women Filmmakers presents new films from female filmmakers, including short documentaries, essays, experimental works, biographies and thrillers. Presented by WIFT Victoria.
–        Damned if You Do… offers a selection of powerful dramas which examine the choices we make and their consequences.
–        More relevant now than ever as the forces that shape our world become ever more dynamic and unpredictable – Age of Awareness, is a selection of coming of age films.
–        A collection of clever and crowd-pleasing shorts from naïve documentary to Indigenous horror will be found in Australian Comedy Showcase.–        Whether it’s deep space, ancient times, fairytales or the things of myth and legend it can be found in Tales of Mystery & Imagination, presented by Screen Producers Australia.     
–        The Dark Matter program includes horrors, thrillers, dystopian worlds and things that go bump in the night which goes hand in hand with a Q+A with APRA AMCOS exploring the program’s dark, memorable soundtrack.
–        World Perspectives, a richly textured documentary program brings an Australian eye to offshore stories, issues and cultures in always surprising and big-screen ways.
–        Headspace, a program which explores inner space and the worlds within emotion. Presented by Australian Writers’ Guild.
–        Outsiders From The Inside is a program of inspiring short fictions of chance encounters and personal triumphs. Full of surprises and unusual twists.
–        The films in Forbidden Fruit explore the world of gender, relationships, sexuality and society.
–        Action & Reaction explores those sliding door moments that we all face and what happens if we choose the wrong door.
–        A program of utterly unique films that signpost to tomorrow’s major screen artists can be found in One of These Things is Not Like the Other One – from urban essays, aliens visiting the outback, Indigenous justice, suburban impressions, personal stories.
–        The Power of One looks at the power of the individual.
–        Powerful stories about being and becoming an Indigenous Australian; Out of Range, Gods of Tiny Things and Home.

In addition to the above curated programs, there will be a number of live online Q&A sessions for filmmakers and film students including writing, storytelling, money and production.

 

A selection of films from Under the Radar, the annual youth short film competition will be showcased, as will shorts from Your Place, the new digital film competition aimed at encouraging filmmakers in regional Victoria to create short films about their experiences. Entries for Your Place are open until 29 May. Films can be documentary, fiction, animation or experimental and no longer than 3 minutes including credits.

Award-winning films from the St Kilda Film Festival are eligible for consideration in the OSCARS® Short Film and Documentary Short Awards.

The 2020 St Kilda Film Festival runs 12 June to 20 June. All films and programs will be available to watch FREE via the St Kilda Film Festival website. Content will only be accessible within Australia.

For full program information, visit www.stkildafilmfestival.com.au

The St Kilda Film Festival is proudly produced and presented by the City of Port Phillip and supported by Government Partners Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

 

The following announcement has just been made about the 2020 Melbourne International Film Festival.

 

It is with sadness that the Board and Management of the Melbourne International Film Festival have taken the difficult decision to cancel MIFF 2020 owing to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

For 68 years, MIFF has championed the power of film to educate, entertain and inspire humanity – and to document its experiences, especially during challenging times – so the unprecedented move to cancel the August 2020 festival, as well as 37ºSouth Market & Accelerator Lab, has not been taken lightly.

“The thought of a winter without MIFF in our city is a disorienting one; deeply disappointing to both our organisation and, I’m sure, our community,” said MIFF Artistic Director Al Cossar. “It is a decision that was very hard but plainly necessary, responsible and required given what we all face together at this moment. Our thoughts rush to those who make MIFF what it is year after year, and what it will return to be. To our partners, funders, venues, staff, suppliers, filmmakers and artists, volunteers, prized collaborators of all kinds, and our own uniquely MIFF audiences, we wish you safety and support; we will continue, together.”

MIFF is committed to the longevity and sustainability of the festival and will continue to provide compelling and community-building experiences for our audience and stakeholders into the future. And, in the absence of the festival this year, MIFF is considering other means of maintaining its engagement with audiences. We will share details as they become available.

If you have already purchased a membership or a pass to MIFF 2020, it will now be valid for MIFF 2021, and any passes or memberships purchased from today will also be valid for MIFF 2021. If you would like to support MIFF and are in a position to do so, we encourage you to join us by becoming a member or making a tax-deductible donation.

We look forward to bringing you the 69th Melbourne International Film Festival in August 2021.

 

The 23rd Moro Spanish Film Festival presented by Palace returns in April with a flick of the flamenco heel and toothpicks for our pinchos to celebrate cinema from Spain and Latin America.

 

The following six titles are our first sneak peak into the curated programme which will screen nationally from 21 April exclusively at Palace Cinemas.

 

From Spain, the selection includes:

 

Oscar-winner Alejandro Amenábar’s exposé of the 1936 Spanish coup WHILE AT WAR (Mientras dure la Guerra). Filmed across Spain and Argentina, it reveals the personal side of politics through the eyes of writer Miguel de Unamuno.

 

Trapped inside a small apartment where hidden secrets slowly rise to the surface, THE PLAN (El plan) sees three friends forced to confront revealing truths in this biting comedy featuring Spanish stars Antonio de la Torre and Raúl Arévalo.

 

THE EUROPEANS (Los europeos) stars Award-winning actors Raúl Arévalo and Juan Diego Botto in an unforgettable romantic holiday adventure set in the wild world of 1950’s Ibiza, where dreams sometimes carry a sting in the tail.

 

And the dream of home ownership takes an unexpected turn in ONE CAREFUL OWNER (El inconveniente)

when a young woman must wait for a property’s current elderly owner to die in this offbeat tale of women’s friendship. 

 

From Latin America comes:

 

HEROIC LOSERS (La Odisea de los Giles) the number one Argentinian film of 2019Heroic Losers is a homespun Ocean’s 11 featuring superstar Ricardo Darín and his son Chino in a comedy heist rich in local colour and unforgettable characters.

 

And highlighting the Australian-Spanish connection is LATIGO in which Australian comic and filmmaker Simon Palomares visits Cuba to reveal the universal joy of laughter in a film heralded as “The Buena Vista Social Club of comedy!”

 

The festival will take place nationally from 21 April to 17 May in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart and Byron Bay.

 

LISTING DETAILS:

Sydney 21 Apr – 10 May: Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona & Palace Central.

Canberra 22 Apr – 10 May:  Palace Electric Cinema.

Melbourne 23 Apr – 10 May: The Astor Theatre, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Westgarth, The Kino and Palace Balwyn.

Adelaide 28 Apr – 17 May: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas.

Perth 29 Apr – 17 May: Palace Cinema Paradiso.

Brisbane 29 Apr – 17 May: Palace James Street and Palace Barracks.

Hobart 30 Apr – 6 May: State Cinema.

Byron Bay 30 Apr – 13 May: Palace Byron Bay.

 

For updates and more information, visit www.spanishfilmfestival.com and join the mailing list or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: #SPANISHFILMFEST

 

Cloudy River, a modern romantic drama about a couple, one of them pansexual, whose open relationship is put to the test when they move in together, will premiere at the Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival on February 19 before launching on SBS On Demand on February 20.

This visually sumptuous, bold film is of the moment, but differs from other films and series about open relationships because it focuses on young adults on the cusp of deciding who they are. Co-written and co-directed by acclaimed author Sophie Hardcastle (Breathing Under Water, Running Like China) and her former romantic partner and enduring creative collaborator, ARIA Award nominated filmmaker Charlie Ford, it is inspired by their own real-life experience of an open relationship, giving the show searing authenticity.

The film stars an upcoming cast including Rebecca Robertson and Rowan Davie (That’s Not Me) and was produced by Belinda Dean.  Belinda produced the multi-award winning Create NSW & SBS funded short film Joy Boy, which had its international premiere at Palm Springs Shortfest and was shortlisted for the prestigious Iris Prize. She conceived and produced the documentary The Funny Ones for ABC ME celebrating aspiring young female comedians.

Charlie Ford has enjoyed success across his short films, commercial work and narrative-based music videos for acclaimed artists Courtney Barnett, Vance Joy and Dan Sultan among others. His videos have been viewed over 25 million times on YouTube. Charlie’s short films have been played on SBS, screened at various film festivals including The Melbourne International Film Festival and various music video festivals.

Sophie Hardcastle is an author, artist, screenwriter and scholar. In 2018, she was one of the first two Australians to be awarded a Provost’s Scholarship in English literature by Worcester College at the University of Oxford. Sophie’s forthcoming novel, Below Deck will be published in March in Australia and NZ, with the UK, Germany, France, Belgium and The Netherlands to follow.

“Cloudy River celebrates love in all forms and we made it because we wanted to show that love can be more diverse than what we were told growing up. This show defies traditional conceptions of what it means to love and be loved.  Our protagonists are simply abandoning old ideals in search of a love that is multifaceted, dynamic and unapologetically honest,” Charlie and Sophie said.

Cloudy River’s soundtrack features independent artists from the UK, France, Mexico and Australia, and also features original music by co-creator Charlie Ford’s band PLANTS and indie songstress Indigo Sparke.

The film received principal production funding from Screen Australia in association with Queer Screen and will be distributed internationally by Escapade Media.

 

Poised to thrill audiences around the nation, the Alliance Française French Film Festival has today unveiled the full line-up for its eagerly anticipated 31st season at www.affrenchfilmfestival.org

Spreading its cinematic stardust across 8 cities and 4 satellite locations, the Festival, which is proudly presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, Unifrance Films and screening partner, Palace Cinemas, will commence its national tour from 10 March until 19 April and is set to thrill audiences with a stupendous selection of 49 contemporary and classic French films, many enjoying their Australian premiere.

 We’re also delighted to announce that dynamic filmmaker, Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders, Macbeth, True History of the Kelly Gang), who has long taken inspiration from French cinema, will be the 2020 Festival Patron.

 Additionally, acclaimed director/actor, Zabou Breitman, whose lyrical, animated drama, The Swallows of Kabul (Les hirondelles de Kaboul), has won plaudits from critics and audiences alike on the international film festival circuit, will be visiting Melbourne to introduce a screening of this, her latest feature, which she directed with Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec. This special Festival event is slated for the evening of Tuesday 17 March at Palace Cinema Como, and will be followed by a filmmaker Q&A.

 On a more sombre note, this year has already experienced horrific bushfires ravaging our land and robbing so many of their lives and homes.  The Alliance Française, and venue partners thereby invite you to join us in helping those impacted by this tragedy by supporting special previews of How to Be a Good Wife and In the Name of the Land (both screening courtesy of Palace Films) to be held in all capital cities on 9th and 10th of March.  100% of tickets sales for these sessions will be donated to the Australian Red Cross Bushfire Appeal and Rural and Remote Mental Health.

And in celebration of mankind’s great capacity for kindness and compassion – which often comes to the fore in times of crisis – the Festival will launch the 2020 season with The Extraordinary (Hors normes)one of the most gloriously uplifting films to emerge from France in recent years, which will screen courtesy of Madman Entertainment.

 The latest feature from renowned filmmakers Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano (who delighted with The Intouchables and C’est la vie!), The Extraordinary is inspired by a true story and was honoured as the Closing Night Feature at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. For twenty years, Bruno (Vincent Cassel) and Malik (Reda Kateb) have run two separate non-profit organizations where they train young people from underprivileged areas to be caregivers for autistic youth abandoned by the state system. But the authorities, concerned that they’ve never sought certification and that many of their carers aren’t ‘officially’ qualified, decide to mount an investigation.

 The result of two years’ immersion in the lives of the two associations, The Extraordinary is a crowd-pleasing charmer, which will have viewers experiencing a gamut of emotions as they fall in love with a host of extraordinary characters in exceptional circumstances.  It’s a testimony to the great things that can be achieved when people support one another in the face of adversity.

 And concluding the 2020 season, on a deliciously whimsical note, will be The Bare Necessity (Perdrix)the directorial debut of Erwan Le Duc, starring Swann Arlaud, Maud Wyler, Fanny Ardant and Nicolas Maury.  Set within a tiny town nestled in the woody mountains of Vosges, this sweetheart of a movie, which delighted hardened cynics when it premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes 2019, looks at the romantic mayhem that ensues when an enigmatic young woman forces a stagnant family to re-define their boundaries and begin to truly live.

 With so many highlights bursting from this year’s programme, it’s impossible to list every film, but read on for some of the delights to be savoured:

 

A FRIENDLY TALE (Le Bonheur des uns)

Director:  Daniel Cohen                                                        

Cast:  François Damiens, Vincent Cassel, Bérénice Bejo

In this delicious tale of tested loyalties, the close friendship of two long-time couples is put at risk when one of the two wives unexpectedly becomes a best-selling author, upsetting the intricate balance of this formerly close-knit quartet.

 

AZNAVOUR BY CHARLES (Le regard de Charles)

A Film by Charles Aznavour, Directed by Marc di Domenico                                                                 

Narrator: Romain Duris

Crooner, Charles Aznavour, beguiled his legions of fans with a dream of romance.  But his life beyond music was even more extraordinary.  An actor, political activist, diplomat and filmmaker, this enthralling documentary, with rare footage, reveals a complicated, multi-talented man who entertained for the greater part of a century.

 

DEERSKIN (Le daim)

Director:  Quentin Dupieux                                                                 

Cast:  Jean Dujardin, Adèle Haenel, Albert Delpy

With his life in disarray, Georges might not be able to control his circumstances but he can control his wardrobe.  Believing that the deerskin jacket of his dreams is the answer to all of his problems, Georges’ delusions gradually increase each time he wears it, edging his obsession closer to a violent delirium.

 

EDMOND

Director: Alexis Michalik                   

Cast: Thomas Solivérès, Olivier Gourmet, Mathilde Seigner, Dominique Pinon

Paris, 1897. Although not yet thirty and clearly gifted as a writer, Edmond Rostand already has two children, many anxieties, but scant literary success.  When given three weeks to write a play for a mercurial star of the stage, all he has is the title, Cyrano de Bergerac.  Can he accomplish the impossible?

 

FAREWELL TO THE NIGHT (L’adieu à la nuit)

Director: André Téchiné                                                                            

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Kacey Mottet Klein

Muriel, a respected member of her idyllic local community, is horrified to discover that her visiting grandson, who claims to be heading to Canada for work, has in reality been radicalised by Islamist extremists.  His plans to fight for ISIS in Syria expose this ordinary woman to a moral dilemma of heart-breaking proportions.

 

HOUSE OF CARDIN

Directors: P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes

Synonymous with glamour, refinement and sophistication, this documentary provides a rare glimpse into the world of a 20th century icon. Allowing unprecedented access to his personal archives, we follow Cardin from his birth in the Italian countryside circa 1922, to his move to France where he made his name in fashion.

 

HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE (La bonne épouse)

Director: Martin Provost                             

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Yolande Moreau, Noémie Lvovsky, Edouard Baer

In 1968 amidst the lush regions of Alsace, the head of a housekeeping school that transforms teenage girls into ideal housewives, has her pristine life implode when she encounters her long-lost first love whilst simultaneously learning that her business is on the brink of financial ruin.

 

IN THE NAME OF THE LAND (Au nom de la terre)

Director:  Edouard Bergeon                                                     

Cast: Guillaume Canet, Veerle Baetens, Anthony Bajon

Returning to France in the late 70s, Pierre marries his sweetheart and takes over his father’s farm.  But twenty years onwards, Pierre is exhausted.  With mounting debt, what was once satisfying begins to take an insidious toll on his family who risk being torn apart by the property that binds them, in this powerful tale of resilience.

 

LA BELLE ÉPOQUE

Director: Nicolas Bedos                                                                    

Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Doria Tiller

Disillusioned, his long-term marriage on the rocks, a man is given a second chance when he encounters a company offering a unique theatrical service that enables customers to revisit memories through carefully orchestrated re-enactments, thus allowing him to return to 1974 and the peak of his happiness.

 

THE LOST PRINCE (Le prince oublié)

Director: Michel Hazanavicius                                                           

Cast: Omar Sy, Bérénice Bejo, François Damiens

Djibi, a devoted single father, transforms into a heroic Prince in the nightly fairy-tales he tells his beloved 7 year-old daughter, Sofia. But as the years pass, Sofia is ready for her own stories with different heroes.  But is the Prince ready to become just a memory of his daughter’s childhood?

 

LOVE AT SECOND SIGHT (Mon inconnue)

Director: Hugo Gélin                                                                         

Cast: François Civil, Joséphine Japy, Benjamin Lavernhe

After waking in a parallel universe, Raphaël finds his wife, Olivia, is nowhere to be seen and his professional achievements have vanished.  Without Olivia, his life is empty, but winning her back proves harder than he could have imagined – especially when he realises she doesn’t even know who he is!

 

MY DOG STUPID (Mon chien Stupide)

Director: Yvan Attal                                                                             

Cast: Yvan Attal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Eric Ruf

Henri, a writer in the depths of a mid-life crisis who hasn’t released a successful book in 25 years, strikes-up an unconventional friendship with a stray, bad-mannered dog who inspires him and his dysfunctional family to re-examine their lives and attitudes towards each other.

 

THE MYSTERY OF HENRI PICK (Le mystère Henri Pick)

Director: Rémi Bezançon                                                                                 

Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Camille Cottin, Alice Isaaz

The late Henry Pick, in life an unassuming Breton pizza marker, is celebrated as a brilliant author when a lost manuscript, attributed to him, becomes a literary success.  But one outspoken intellectual thinks the whole thing is a sham, and, after losing his wife, his job and his prominence due to his opinion, decides to uncover the truth.

 

ONLY THE ANIMALS (Seules les bêtes)

Director: Dominik Moll                                                             

Cast: Denis Ménochet, Laure Calamy, Damien Bonnard

Set in an isolated town in the lush, wintery mountains of southern France, the film opens with the departure of Evelyne, a local woman whose disappearance during a snowstorm soon reveals itself as murder. This act of violence gradually unveils the hidden agendas of several locals, setting the unexpected into motion.

 

PROXIMA

Director: Alice Winocour                                                              

Cast: Eva Green, Zélie Boulant- Lemesle, Matt Dillon

As the only woman in the European Space Agency astronaut-training program, single mother Sarah struggles with guilt over the limited time spent with her young daughter, which escalates when she’s invited upon a year-long space mission – Proxima – forcing her to choose between her work and her child.

 

ROOM 212 (Chambre 212)

Director: Christophe Honoré                                           

Cast: Chiara Mastroianni, Benjamin Biolay, Vincent Lacoste

After Maria reveals a long history of affairs to her husband, she opts to spend the night at a hotel opposite their home. But this is a “magical night”, and it’s not long before time collapses upon itself opening a window into the past where young passions are revisited and the very concept of love, questioned.

 

SIBYL

Director: Justine Triet                                                           

Cast: Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Gaspard Ulliel

Dissatisfied with her life, Sibyl, a psychiatrist, decides to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.  Casting professional ethics aside, she secretly uses the private sessions of her actress patient, Margot, as inspiration for her novel, a decision that irreversibly impacts upon both their lives.

 

SPREAD YOUR WNGS (Donne-moi des ailes)

Director: Nicolas Vanier                                                          

Cast: Jean-Paul Rouve, Mélanie Doutey, Louis Vazquez

Christian, a visionary scientist, studies wild birds. For his son, a teenager obsessed with video games, the idea of spending a vacation with his father in the middle of nature is a nightmare. However, father and son soon bond over a daring project to save an endangered species, which takes them on an incredible journey.

 

THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL (Les hirondelles de Kaboul)

Directors: Zabou Breitman, Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec                        

Voice: Simon Abkarian, Zita Hanrot, Swann Arlaud

Based on the cherished novel of the same name, this critically acclaimed, animated drama follows two couples living in the Afghan capital during the 90s and the impact Taliban rule has on each relationship. Through their individual love stories, unforgettable characters emerge amid the devastating impact of armed combat.

 

THE TRANSLATORS (Les traducteurs)

Director: Régis Roinsard                                                 

Cast: Lambert Wilson, Olga Kurylenko, Riccardo Scamarcio

Nine language experts, hired to translate the final book of a bestselling trilogy, are in lockdown within a luxurious bunker. But when the top-secret manuscript’s first ten pages appear online, their dream job implodes.  The culprit has to amongst them and the publisher is ready to do whatever it takes to unmask who it is.

 

TWO OF US (Deux)

Director: Filippo Meneghetti                                                    

Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallier, Léa Drucker

In this emotionally compelling tale, pensioners Nina and Madeleine have hidden their deep and passionate love for many decades, but their bond is tested when circumstances trigger a series of events, preventing them from moving freely between each other’s apartments.

 

VERNON SUBUTEX

Director: Cathy Verney                                

Cast: Romain Duris, Céline Sallette, Florence Thomassin, Julie Fournier

When Vernon Subutex, an unemployed former owner of a once legendary record shop, is evicted from his flat, he’s helped by old friend rock star Alex Bleach. But Bleach’s sudden death makes Vernon a deadly target when it’s discovered that he’s in possession of 3 mysterious videotapes owned by Bleach.

 

WE’LL END UP TOGETHER (Nous finirons ensemble)

Director: Guillaume Canet                         

 Cast: François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Gilles Lellouche, Laurent Lafitte

About to turn 60, nearly broke and estranged from his former friends, restaurateur Max embraces solitude at his soon-to-be-sold beach house.  So when his ex-buddies arrive for a surprise celebration, he turns them away. But this cannot be – something has to be done! The sequel to 2010’s star-studded comedy, LITTLE WHITE LIES.

 

ZOMBI CHILD

Director: Bertrand Bonello                            

Cast: Louise Labèque, Wislanda Louimat, Adilé David, Ninon François

Haiti, 1962…A man is resurrected from the dead and trapped in a nightmare of slavery. Modern-day Paris…Haitian teen Mélissa, the new girl at an elite school, is invited to join a secret ‘literary sorority’.  But the incendiary family secret she harbours becomes a source of fascination to others, who exploit her heritage with shocking results.

 

National dates and venues for the 2020 Alliance Française French Film Festival are:

     

SYDNEY:

 

10 March – 8 April

 

Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Central & Hayden Orpheum Cremorne      

MELBOURNE:

 

11 March – 8 April

 

Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema             Como, Palace Westgarth, Kino Cinemas & The Astor Theatre

PERTH:

 

11 March – 8 April

 

Palace Raine Square, Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX,

Windsor Cinema & Camelot Outdoor Cinema

CANBERRA:

12 March – 8 April

Palace Electric Cinema

ADELAIDE:

17 March -14 April

Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, Palace Nova Prospect Cinema

BRISBANE:

18 March -14 April

Palace Barracks & Palace James Street

HOBART:

19 – 28 March

State Cinema

AVOCA BEACH:

19 March – 1 April

Avoca Beach Picture Theatre

PARRAMATTA:

26 – 29 March

Riverside Theatres Parramatta

BYRON BAY:

31 March – 12 April

Palace Byron Bay

BENDIGO:

17 – 19 April

Star Cinema

BALLARAT:

17 -19 April

Regent Cinemas

 

Australia’s premier genre film festival, MONSTER FEST, returns to Cinema Nova from Thursday October 10th to Sunday October 13th for MONSTER FEST PART VIII: MONSTER TAKES MELBOURNE.

Following on from our most successful festival to date in 2018 with a record attendance of over 2,800 patrons, we are pleased to reveal that our eighth chapter is guaranteed to be our best yet! Our diverse range of international programming consists exclusively of World & Australian Premieres, accompanied by filmmaker Q&As, panels, lectures, pop-up events and more!

Our first wave line-up announcement comprises of seven imaginative and bold new Australian features, five of which will be celebrating their World Premieres.

Special effects maverick Justin Dix steps back into the director’s chair for his sophomore feature, BLOOD VESSEL, a harrowing high seas horror that pits a motley crew of shipwreck survivors against an ancient evil aboard an abandoned Nazi warship.

CULT GIRLS, the nightmarish and hypnotic horror from writer/director Mark Bakaitis, concerns a young woman whose search for her two missing sisters leads to her spiralling descent into hell.

Award-winning shorts filmmaker Mike Green makes his feature debut with OUTBACK, an immersive and gruelling survival thriller that witnesses two Americans at odds with the harsh and unforgiving Australian outback.

Jesse O’Brien‘s hilariously macabre and delightfully irreverent TWO HEADS CREEK also plays upon the fish out of water scenario, only this time with a pair of British siblings stranded in a rural town where the ghoulish locals have a sinister means of dealing with immigration.

More crazed locals abound in James Di Martino‘s debut feature THE FACELESS MAN, an insane tale of a group of friends whose party weekend getaway in the country turns to bloodshed when they are met with both the town’s strict no drug policy and the menace of the titular character.

Filmmaker Sandra Sciberras‘s THE DUST WALKER offers up both thrilling sci-fi action and intense viral horror as a small outback town bands together to face off against a parasitical alien threat.

Monster Fest alumni Matthew Victor Pastor returns this year with A BIGGER JAIL, a psychosexual thriller that sees a young married couple’s encounter with a recently paroled criminal lead to devastating consequences.

We are also excited to reveal our MONSTER FEST PART VIII: MONSTER TAKES MELBOURNE artwork.

WHEN:
Thursday October 10th – Sunday October 13th, 2019

WHERE:

Cinema Nova
380 Lygon St
Carlton VIC

TICKETS:

Single Session Tickets
Adult – $20.50
Concession – $16

Get the most out of the Monster Fest experience and save with these festival passes:

VIP Passes (15 films) $199 [Early Bird Offer, first 50 VIP Passes at $169 each]

The VIP Pass gets you all-access to all Monster Fest screenings, events and panels from Thursday October 10th to Sunday the 13th.

Mini-Pass (5 Films) $70

The Mini-Pass may be used for any 5 Monster Fest film sessions from Friday October 11th to Sunday the 13th (EXCLUDES Opening Night).

As part of Monster Fest and Event Cinemas continuing partnership and in a further national expansion of the Monster Fest brand, both companies are excited to announce a new festival for 2019 at five of the highest profile Event Cinemas locations across Australia.

This festival will be under the banner Monster Fest Australia 2019 and will run simultaneously at each location from Thursday October 31st to Sunday November 3rdin AdelaideBrisbaneCanberraPerth and Sydney.

Each location will feature highlights from the Melbourne program, plus screenings and special events unique to each city and as befits something this monumental, opening night takes place on Halloween; so they are planning something “very special” to kick off the festival.

Monster Fest director, Grant Hardie says “whilst this festival will initially have a more refined program than their Melbourne counterpart, they are the first step in bringing the full Monster Fest experience to these cities in the near future and we are committed to making this festival the best experience possible for fans.

Monster Fest Australia 2019 is a “4-day weekend” event featuring the latest films, special guests and filmmaker Q&As, all built around a diverse collection of highly imaginative feature films and short film programs from around the world.

General Manager of Content at Event Cinemas Claire Gandy says: “the Event Cinemas team is extremely excited to be working with Monster Fest on this expansion and we are fully committed to position Monster Fest as the premier theatrical genre brand in the country.

First wave line up and ticketing announcements for all locations will be made this June.

 

WHEN:
Thursday October 31st – Sunday November 3rd, 2019

WHERE:

ACT
Event Cinemas Manuka

NSW
Event Cinemas George St

QLD
Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre

SA
GU Film House Adelaide

WA
Event Cinemas Innaloo

TICKETS:
On Sale June

Website: http://www.monsterfest.com.au/events/monsterfestau-2019/

MONSTER FEST returns to CINEMA NOVA in 2019 with new dates and plans for continued expansion nationally in partnership with Australia’s largest cinema chain EVENT CINEMAS.

MONSTER FEST is Australia’s premier genre film festival and has run annually in Melbourne every November since 2011. This year they have decided to bring the dates of the festival forward, MONSTER FEST 2019 will run from Thursday October 10th to Sunday October 13th for its 8th edition; a full five weeks ahead of previous years’ festivals to accommodate an exciting new development.

Since 2017, in partnership with EVENT CINEMAS, MONSTER FEST has rolled out their satellite festival, MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW across Australia. Following its success, MONSTER FEST are now collaborating on plans to take the Melbourne experience to the rest of Australia in select cities in November 2019. Stay tuned for further announcements in the coming weeks.

“Having seen the continued growth of Monster Fest Melbourne in the last few years, we at Event wanted to bring that experience to some of our major sites around the country and we are very excited to see how we can work together to make that a reality”
Claire Gandy – General Manager Content
Event Cinemas Australia

“Since we started the festival our plan has always been to take it nationally and make it the largest and best known genre festival in this part of the world, this continued partnership with Event Cinemas in 2019 makes this a reality”
Grant Hardie – Festival Director
Monster Fest

 

MONSTER FEST is a mix of Premieres, international festival favourites, new discoveries with renowned international guests and a special emphasis on supporting emerging Australian genre talent. For information on last year’s festival visit here.
MONSTER FEST 2019 SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN
Submissions are now open for features, short films and expanded cinema projects.

In 2018 submissions increased by over 100%, and we had the strongest shorts program since the festival began. The interest internationally for MONSTER FEST is beyond our wildest dreams and our advice to filmmakers is; if you’ve got a film or are planning to make one in the near future, don’t be afraid to put it in the MONSTER FEST mix!
Grant Hardie – Monster Fest Festival Director

What: MONSTER FEST (VIII) 2019
Website Event – http://www.monsterfest.com.au
Where: Cinema Nova
380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC (03) 9347 5331
When: Thursday October 10th to Sunday October 13th

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, The Young Pope) and starring Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty) as the controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi – the most anticipated Italian film of the year, LORO, will open the 19th Lavazza Italian Film Festival nationally. Split into two parts for its Italian release, the Festival is proud to present the project in single epic form, within days of its premiere screenings at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.  Tickets for the Opening Night Galas are now on sale, and are expected to sell out!

Presented by Palace, the program, consisting of 37 feature films and 2 short films, celebrates cinema d’italia in all its glory – from the funny and outrageous to lavish romance, poetic drama and revealing documentaries. With 33 Australian Premieres, the Lavazza Italian Film Festival is the place to experience la dolce vita and lose yourself in the best Italian cinema on the big screen.

This year’s SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS include the 2018 winner of Best Original Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival, Alice Rohrwacher’s (The Wonders LIFF14) enchanting third filmHAPPY AS LAZZARO (Lazzaro felice); and from Matteo Garrone, the director of Gomorrah comes DOGMAN – the Cannes Film Festival award-winning tale of a dog-lover in desolate Southern Italy who is driven to terrifying extremes by a violent local bully.

Closing the festival is the horror masterpiece SUSPIRIA (1977), Dario Argento’s sinister ballet academy-set tale. Still the most famous of all Italian horror movies, it can now be seen in its digitally restored glory. Four years in the making, this restoration was made from the uncut 98 minute 35mm Italian camera negative, revealing layers of unseen colour and with a remixed surround-soundtrack.

Comedy, Italian-Style is celebrated with a curated selection of the best laughs on offer from the last twelve months. Based on the hit off-Broadway play, MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING (Puoi baciare lo sposo) takes us on a heart-warming and chaotic trip to the altar as a young man travels to his conservative hometown to marry his fiancé; the biggest Italian film at the 2017 local box-office, with its feet firmly planted in the zeitgeist and winner of the 2018 Best Comedy Nastro d’Argento award LIKE A CAT ON A HIGHWAY (Come un gatto in tangenziale) sees two parents from different worlds united by a common cause, to stop their teenage children from dating!; in COUCH POTATOES (Gli sdraiati), multi-award winning director Francesca Archibugi (An Italian Name LIFF15) returns with an hilarious intergenerational comedy; Edoardo Leo (Perfect Strangers LIFF16) co-writes and Venice Film Festival award-winner Alessandro Aronadio directs JUST BELIEVE (Io c’è), about the power of believing in yourself; from the writer of Perfect Strangers comes AS NEEDED (Quanto basta), a Tuscan comedy about Arturo, a 40-year-old chef with a troubled past; from popular actor/filmmaker Carlo Verdone comes BLESSED MADNESS(Benedetta follia) as a shop-owner re-enters the dating world for the first time in 25 years; the box-office hit COUPLE THERAPY FOR CHEATERS (Terapia di coppia per amanti) sees a pair of cheaters end up on a therapist’s couch to resolve their relationship crisis; Fabio De Luigi stars as the Tax Police’s most incorruptible officer whose world is upended when he falls for an unlikely scammer in PUT NONNA IN THE FREEZER (Metti la nonna in freezer), from the writer of Welcome to the North (LIFF12); Angela and Franca run away from their boring retirement home in Rome to fabulous Venice in NONNAS ON THE RUN (Niente di serio), a life-affirming tale starring screen icon Claudia Cardinale; and in the final episode of the hit saga I CAN QUIT WHENEVER I WANT 3 (Smetto quando voglio: ad honorem), the brilliant academics reunite and must team up with their arch-nemesis to stop a professor’s diabolical plan.

The best Italian drama, international award-winners and big-name festival favourites will hit the screen in Lights, drama, action! Two boys from the fringes of Rome’s underworld are pulled in deeper in BOYS CRY (La terra dell’abbastanza); a young girl is torn between her adoptive mother (Valeria Golino) and her birth mother, (Alba Rohrwacher) inDAUGHTER OF MINE (Figlia mia), the acclaimed Sardinian-set drama from Laura Bispuri (Sworn Virgin); winner of the Human Rights Award at Venice, THE ORDER OF THINGS(L’ordine delle cose) is an absorbing drama from the director of Shun Li and the Poet (LIFF12), which follows an immigration agent torn between the job and his humanity; actor and director Valeria Golino (Rain Man), returns with EUPHORIA (Euforia), a riveting drama about two brothers forced back into each other’s lives that premiered in Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes;  based on the bestselling novel, THE GIRL IN THE FOG (La ragazza nella nebbia) is a gripping thriller which follows the enigmatic Detective Vogel (Toni Servillo) as he investigates the sudden disappearance of a young girl; WATER AND SUGAR: CARLO DI PALMA, THE COLOURS OF LIFE (Acqua e zucchero: carlo di palma, I colori della vita) is a loving documentary which chronicles visionary Italian cinematographer Carlo Di Palma’s extraordinary work for such directors as Elio Petri, Michelangelo Antonioni and Woody Allen; regrets of the past are faced in WHERE I’VE NEVER LIVED (Dove non ho mai abitato) as Francesca (French star Emmanuelle Devos) a 50-year-old architect in a loveless marriage returns home; an unexpected storm strands a family gathered to celebrate their grandparents’ anniversary in THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME (A casa tutti bene) the star-studded highlight from the writer of Perfect Strangers and director Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness), co-starring Pierfrancesco Favino; MADE IN ITALY is Italian singer Luciano Ligabue’s multi-award winning smash-hit, based on his eponymous concept album and starring Kasia Smutniak (Perfect Strangers); set in the hills of Conegliano, Veneto, THE LAST PROSECCO (Finché c’è prosecco c’è speranza) is a comedic mystery which follows a seemingly bumbling inspector (Giuseppe Battiston) who tries to solve the death of a local Prosecco wine maker; in A WOMAN’S NAME (Nome di donna), a young woman who is harassed by her manager chooses to break the silence and rebel in this timely #MeToo drama from director Marco Tullio Giordana; a huge hit with audiences and critics alike during this year’s Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, LUCIA’S GRACE(Troppa grazia) sees Alba Rohrwacher star as a land surveyor who is visited by a woman claiming to be the Virgin Mary; dumped by his girlfriend and finding himself stranded on different couches at friends’ places, Guido tries to transform his drift into an opportunity for a new beginning in THE GUEST (L’ospite); and in Letizia Lamartire’s debut dramaWE’LL BE YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL (Saremo giovani e bellissimi) Isabella (Barbora Bobulova), a pop-star in the 90s, will have her relationship with her son tested.

This year the Lavazza Italian Film Festival will celebrate the work of renowned and much lauded Turkish-Italian director and scriptwriter FERZAN ÖZPETEK with a special spotlighton his work including: the lush, mystery NAPLES IN VEILS (Napoli velata) in which a medical examiner has a carnal affair with a man who later ends up on her examining table, starring Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Alessandro Borghi (I Was a Dreamer LIFF17); winner of Best Film at the 2003 Italian Academy Awards FACING WINDOWS (La finestra di fronte) stars Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Raoul Bova in a tale of a woman stuck in a failing marriage and the Holocaust survivor she cares for; the 2001 Italian Golden Globe winnerIGNORANT FAIRIES (Le fate ignoranti), which follows a woman who befriends her husband’s lover after she finds out about his affair (starring Margherita Buy and Stefano Accorsi); and one of Ferzan Özpetek’s most awarded films, LOOSE CANNONS (Mine vaganti) starring Riccardo Scamarcio, which is an amiable comedy about a son’s journey home to southern Italy, to finally come out to his family.

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival presented by Palace screens in the following locations:

Sydney: 11 Sept  – 7 Oct, Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinemas, Palace Central

Canberra: 12 Sept – 7 Oct, Palace Electric Cinemas

Melbourne: 13 Sept – 7 Oct, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Kino Cinemas, The Astor Theatre

Brisbane: 19 Sept – 14 Oct, Palace Barracks and Palace Centro

Adelaide: 19 Sept – 14 Oct, Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas and Palace Nova Prospect Cinemas

Perth: 27 Sept – 17 Oct, Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX

Hobart: 18 Oct – 24 Oct, The State Cinema

The 19th Lavazza Italian Film Festival screens around the country this September exclusively at Palace Cinemas. With over 30 of the latest and greatest from Italy’s best filmmakers, there is no shortage of Italian passion, drama, romance and style for film lovers to enjoy! For more information visit: www.italianfilmfestival.com.au