Category: Film Festivals

Australia’s premier genre film festival, MONSTER FEST, is excited to welcome the world’s premium genre film streaming service, SHUDDER, onboard as an official sponsor of 2020: MONSTER FEST.

MONSTER FEST is also pleased to reveal that this year’s festival will host the Australian Premieres of two exciting new features from the SHUDDER Original library, ahead of their 2021 release on the platform.

Fresh from its World Premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival where it was met with universal critical acclaim is THE DARK AND THE WICKED. This gravely unsettling and genuinely terrifying feature is the latest work of writer/director Bryan Bertino (THE STRANGERS) and follows two siblings who are at odds with an entity that is determined to end their bloodline.

Heralding from Belgium and having also premiered at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival is HUNTED, an unrelentingly brutal and throughly refreshing take on a classic fairytale. Written and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Vincent Paronnaud (PERSEPOLIS), this wild reimagining subverts a childhood fable into a game of cat and mouse where the mouse proves to be far more agile and intelligent than the cats may have anticipated.

Once again in partnership with EVENT CINEMAS, MONSTER FEST returns to Sydney, Brisbane, Perth & Adelaide from Thursday 29th of October to Sunday 1st of November for 2020: MONSTER FEST – WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE.

Having launched in Australian in mid-August, SHUDDER is brought to you by AMC Networks and is an experience unlike any other. SHUDDER has the largest human-curated selection of high-quality, spine-tingling, and provocative films, TV series, and originals– there’s always something new and unexpected for Shudder members to explore.

 

THE DARK AND THE WICKED
Bryan Bertino | United States 2020 | Australian Premiere

On a secluded farm, a man is slowly dying. Bedridden and fighting through his final breaths, his wife is slowly succumbing to overwhelming grief. To help their mother and say goodbye to their father, siblings Louise (Marin Ireland) and Michael (Michael Abbott Jr.) return to their family farm. It doesn’t take long for them to see that something’s wrong with mom, though—something more than her heavy sorrow. Gradually, as their own grief mounts, Louise and Michael begin suffering from a darkness similar to their mother’s, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that something evil is taking over their family.

 

 

HUNTED
Vincent Paronnaud | Belgium/France 2020 | Australian Premiere

Eve (Lucie Debay) meets what she thinks is a charming guy in a bar. Yet things go terribly wrong once she realizes she’s come across a psychopath and his puppet accomplice. They engage in a death chase until she decides to fight back. The forest will be her ally.

WHEN:
Thursday 29th of October – Sunday 1st of November, 2020

WHERE:

ADELAIDE: Event Cinemas Marion
BRISBANE:
 Event Cinemas Myer Centre
PERTH: Event Cinemas Innaloo
SYDNEY: Event Cinemas George Street

TICKETS:

VIP Passes (14 films) $224

Event Cinemas Ticketing

VIP Passes are strictly limited, with the initial allocation being 20 per location, with no guarantee of further VIP Passes being available at a later date. The VIP Pass gains all-access to all Monster Fest screenings and events from Thursday 29th of October to Sunday 1st of November.

5 Film Passes & Individual Session Tickets will go on sale upon final program launch.

Website: http://www.monsterfest.com.au

 

The World Premiere of Adelaide-filmed sci-fi thriller, 2067, will be the Opening Night of the 2020 Adelaide Film Festival.

The Opening Night Gala will be on Wednesday 14 October screening at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, the Festival’s city venue for 2020. Following the World Premiere screening, audiences will move to Vardon Avenue to hear from the filmmakers and other special guests and party like it’s 2020 (socially distanced and seated) alongside an A-list of industry in unique Adelaide style.

Written and directed by Seth Larney, the 2067’s star-studded cast is headed by Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road, X-Men: Apocalypse), Ryan Kwanten (Mystery Road, True Blood) and Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires).  The film was produced by Lisa Shaunessy (Killing Ground) and Adelaide-based Kate Croser and supported by the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund and the South Australian Film Corporation.

The film is set in 2067 when earth has been ravaged by climate change and people are forced to live on artificial oxygen. Humanity’s only solution is to build a quantum time machine to contact the future for answers from our descendants. A response sends Ethan (Smit-McPhee), a reclusive utility worker, barrelling into the future as the only hope for his species. He is thrust into a terrifying new world that threatens his mission to save his dying wife.

Adelaide Film Festival Opening Night
From 6pm Wednesday 14th October
Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
Screening
2067
And after party at Vardon Avenue, Adelaide
Book tickets via www.adelaidefilmfestival.org

As a director, writer and visual effects supervisor, Seth Larney has worked on US productions including The Matrix ReloadedStar Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Fool’s Gold before transitioning to drama. Seth set up Chaotic Pictures with 2067 producer Lisa Shaunessy, together working on projects from TVCs and music videos to feature films and television, including music videos for Kate Miller-Heidke’s The Last Day on Earth and John Butler Trio’s One Way Road.

His feature film directorial debut was Tombiruo, the second highest-grossing Malaysian film of the year, and which was nominated for a 2018 AACTA Award for Best Asian Film. He received numerous Best Director and Best Film awards for his short films The Clearing and Roman’s Ark and also directed Foxtel’s Hipsters and co-directed Wild Ideas, a documentary about the impact of mining on Steve Irwin’s environmental reserve.

2067 received major production funding from Screen Australia, in association with South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund (AFF) and Screen NSW and was financed with support from Elevate Production Finance, Grumpy Sailor, Spectrum Films and Cumulus VFX.  Umbrella Entertainment will release the film in Australia and New Zealand.

Adelaide Film Festival CEO and Creative Director Mat Kesting said:  “It’s particularly thrilling to open the Festival with a film shot here in Adelaide and supported by the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund. Seth Larney is a prodigious directing talent and his vision of a future world is a spectacular visual treat that will keep audiences enthralled.”

Writer and Director Seth Larney said: “Premiering our film on Opening Night at AFF is a real honour. Made only more meaningful by the opportunity to screen the movie in the city in which it was made and share the talented work of all of our Adelaide cast and crew for the first time, in their hometown. Topped off by the fact that so few festivals have been able to go ahead during the spread of COVID, it’s a really special moment for us as filmmakers. That the ideas explored in the film speak to the moment we find ourselves in as a species, is what I look forward to sharing with audiences on a whole new level than we had anticipated during the making of the movie. Thank you to Mat Kesting, the team and board of AFF for your generous invitation and support.”

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said: “The Marshall Government is proud to be a major partner of the Adelaide Film Festival. Through the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund we support the development of local creative IP and it’s great to see this year’s festival will kick off with 2067 which was filmed right here in Adelaide.”

AFF is committed to ensuring our events are COVID-safe. As such, the night will begin at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas where there will be three staggered session times to enable socially distanced entry to the cinema from 6pm.  Details on the available on the AFF website.

The East End of Adelaide will be the central location for the festival, with screenings at Palace Nova East End. Additional venues include Palace Nova Prospect, Wallis Mitcham and the Odeon Semaphore.

The Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) – to be held from October 14 – 25 – has today announced the first five films in the Festival program.

The films announced today include the Australian Premiere of Another Round, from the team behind The Hunt: – director Thomas Vinterberg and Scandinavia’s biggest star Mads Mikkelsen. Another Round, a sobering comedy about dealing with the world through the bottom of a glass, will screen in Adelaide direct from its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Also announced today, the World Premiere of the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund (AFFIF) feature documentary, Phil Liggett: The Voice of Cycling. From the filmmakers behind AFF Audience prize winning Remembering the Man and MAMIL (Middle Aged Men in Lycra), Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe, comes this fascinating portrait of cycling royalty. Amateur racer turned broadcaster, Phil Liggett has covered forty-seven Tours de France and fifteen Olympic Games, calling every triumph, tragedy and scandal with his inimitable wit and poetry.

Bangarra means making fire, and for 30 years the Bangarra Dance Theatre has blazed fiercely. AFF will host the South Australian Premiere of Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra, about Australia’s most renowned arts company; it’s the story of three brothers—Stephen, Russell, and David Page—and it’s the story of the way that art can become a weapon that helps people to survive and a nation to heal.  The film is co-directed by Wayne Blair (Top End Wedding, The Sapphires) and Nel Minchin (Matilda & Me, Making Muriel). The project received principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW and is financed with support from the ABC.

AFF will also feature the South Australian premiere of High Ground, the most powerful and engrossing Australian film of the year.  The critical darling at this year’s Berlin film Festival, High Ground, directed by Stephen Johnson (Yolngu Boy) takes an unflinching look at the brutal facts of white settlement. This is a film with all the breathtaking beauty and savagery of this country, rich in dramatic tension driven by taut, understated performances by newcomer Jacob Junior Nayinggul, and also starring Simon Baker (Breathe) and screen legend Jack Thompson. The film received major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Screen Territory and Film Victoria.

The Painter and the Thief is described by The Guardian as “the year’s most moving documentary”.  This acclaimed Norwegian documentary, which won the world cinema documentary special jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is unflinching and delicate in its depiction of the growing emotional bond between an artist and the junkie thief who stole her paintings.  Director is Benjamin Ree (Magnus).
“We are so very lucky it is safe to enjoy seeing films in cinemas here in South Australia and it is thrilling to announce that we are going ahead with a physical Festival in 2020. I am excited to share the first films that will be screening. These five films are representative of the program we will be presenting in October – inventive, absorbing, brilliant, provocative” said Mat Kesting, Adelaide Film Festival CEO and Creative Director.

Mr Kesting also announced that the 2020 Festival’s principal venue partner will be Palace Nova East End Cinemas.

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said: “The 2020 Adelaide Film Festival will showcase the very best of Australian and international cinema while celebrating our city’s love of the creative industries. The local screen industry supports hundreds of local jobs, from screen writers and set designers and tradies to producers and directors. The AFF represents a wonderful opportunity for cinema audiences to enjoy an enriching cultural experience while supporting local businesses.”

Festival passes are now available. Passes can be purchased with the choice of a 3, 7 or 10 MultiPass. The true AFF fanatic can indulge in a full festival experience with a Gold or Platinum pass to squeeze in as many films as possible into their schedule.  For AFF Members there is an amazing early bird deal of 20% off all passes and ticketing, doubling the regular AFF Member discount. This offer is strictly limited until 16 August. See the AFF website to see all the benefits of an AFF Membership including priority access at the Festival and a sneak peek at the full AFF 2020 Program with an invitation to the launch in September.

See all details of these first five films at www.adelaidefilmfestival.org

 

Australia’s premier genre film festival, MONSTER FEST, returns to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth & Adelaide from Thursday 29th of October to Sunday 1st of November for 2020: MONSTER FEST – WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE.

Once again in partnership with EVENT CINEMAS and CINEMA NOVA2020: MONSTER FEST will see all five cities play host to four days of diverse and highly imaginative film programming; a celebration of the latest and greatest genre cinema from around the world.

Following its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival where it was met with universal praise, we are pleased to announce that the sci-fi/horror POSSESSOR will be our Opening Night Film of the festival, in its Australian Premiere. Abstract, immersive and unflinchingly brutal, POSSESSOR is the sophomore feature of Brandon Cronenberg (ANTIVIRAL) and is a truly remarkable work of cinema that reaffirms Brandon’s status as a visionary filmmaker. Christopher Abbott (IT COMES AT NIGHT) and Andrea Riseborough (MANDY) give exceptional performances in this sophisticated story of a corporate assassin who may have inhabited the wrong body in which to enact her next mission.

For the first-time in MONSTER FEST history, we are excited to announce that we will host the World Premiere of OCCUPATION: RAINFALL simultaneously across all five festivals. Filmmaker Luke Sparke‘s highly anticipated follow-up to the 2018 Aussie sci-fi blockbuster sees Ken Jeong (THE HANGOVER Trilogy) and Daniel Gillies (THE ORIGINALS) join a returning cast that includes Temuera Morrison (AQUAMAN), Dan Ewing (BEAST NO MORE) and Trystan Go (THE FAMILY LAW). Picking up two years after the events of OCCUPATION, the war for earth rages on, however the alien invaders are no longer our only threat as factions form between survivors and the race to save mankind is on.

Steven Kostanski, formerly of Canadian film collective Astron-6, follows up his acclaimed 2016 Lovecraftian love letter THE VOID with the light-hearted and ultra-violent slice of cosmic comedy/adventure, PSYCHO GOREMAN, making its Australian Premiere. This small-town tale of intergalactic proportions follows two kids who are in possession of a highly coveted magical amulet that allows them the ability to control an ancient alien overlord.

Modern takes on the works of William Shakespeare were all the rage in the nineties with films such as Baz Luhrmann’s highly-stylised ROMEO & JULIET, the Heath Ledger breakout hit 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU and of course the dirty granddaddy of them all Lloyd Kaufman‘s TROMEO & JULIET. If you thought that TROMEO & JULIET was the greatest Shakespearean adaptation ever committed to celluloid (yes, even above Kenneth Branagh), prepare yourself for #SHAKESPEARESSHITSTORM, as Lloyd and the Troma team go back to the Bard for their latest outing. #SHAKESPEARESSHITSTORM is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST but with the drier aspects removed and/or improved upon by the inclusion of excess bodily fluids, hyper-violence, gore and in fact anything that could potentially be deemed offensive, in fact we’ll be surprised if this film isn’t #cancelled before its Australian Premiere at MONSTER FEST.

Following up an instant cult classic like ROBOCOP is no mean feat but filmmaker Paul Verhoeven is no ordinary filmmaker, not only did he rise to the challenge, he crushed it with his fearless, subversive and visionary take on legendary author Phillip K. Dick’s classic tale of caveat emptor. Join Arnie and the gang as we go a vicarious vacay to Mars to celebrate Quaid’s divorce and of course the 30th Anniversary of this sci-fi/action classic with the Australian Premiere of an all-new 4K Restoration of TOTAL RECALL.

 

POSSESSOR
Brandon Cronenberg | Canada / UK  2020 | Australian Premiere

From the mind of writer/director Brandon Cronenberg, POSSESSOR is an arresting sci-fi/horror about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough). Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment Vos becomes trapped inside a mind (Christopher Abbott) that threatens to obliterate her.

 

OCCUPATION: RAINFALL
Luke Sparke | Australia 2020 | World Premiere

OCCUPATION: RAINFALL occurs two years into an intergalactic invasion of earth, while survivors fight back in a desperate ground war. As casualties mount by the day, the resistance and their unexpected allies uncover a plot that could see the war come to a decisive end. With the alien invaders hell-bent on making Earth their new home, the race is on to save mankind.

 

PSYCHO GOREMAN
Steven Kostanski | Canada 2020 | Australian Premiere

Siblings Mimi (Nita-Josee Hanna) and Luke (Owen Myre) unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord (Matthew Ninaber). Using a magical amulet, they force the monster to obey their childish whims, and accidentally attract a rogues’ gallery of intergalactic assassins to small-town suburbia.

 

#SHAKESPEARESSHITSTORM
Lloyd Kaufman | United States 2020 | Australian Premiere

Prospero (played by director/co-writer Lloyd Kaufman), a brilliant and generous pharma-scientist, has had his life and career ruined by blind, greedy, perverted pharmaceutical execs, causing him and his very hot daughter Miranda to flee from NYC to Tromaville, New Jersey. When the evil execs and their elite guests take a celebratory luxury cruise to North Korea, Prospero uses his science, magic, and a load of whale laxative to create the titular Shitstorm, wrecking the cruise ship and causing its execs to wash up on the shores of Tromaville. Prospero’s planned a brutal revenge – with all the sex, mutations, musical numbers, and violence that Shakespeare always wanted but never had!

 

TOTAL RECALL – 4K RESTORATION
Paul Verhoeven | United States 1990 | Australian Premiere

Haunted by recurring dreams of another life on Mars, Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is drawn to Rekall Incorporate to implant virtual vacation memories of Mars, using a special program with the identity of a secret agent. Something goes wrong and the procedure is interrupted. The life of Douglas turns upside down, and he travels to the red planet trying to discover who he is.

WHEN:
Thursday 29th of October – Sunday 1st of November, 2020

WHERE:ADELAIDE: Event Cinemas Marion
BRISBANE:
 Event Cinemas Myer Centre
MELBOURNE: Cinema Nova 
PERTH: Event Cinemas Innaloo
SYDNEY: Event Cinemas George Street

TICKETS:

VIP Passes (14 films) $220 – $224

Cinema Nova Ticketing
Event Cinemas Ticketing

VIP Passes are strictly limited, with the initial allocation being 20 per location, with no guarantee of further VIP Passes being available at a later date. The VIP Pass gains all-access to all Monster Fest screenings and events from Thursday 29th of October to Sunday 1st of November.

5 Film Passes & Individual Session Tickets will go on sale upon final program launch.

 

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).