Sharmill Films

Winter Sleep

Winter Sleep

WINNER Palme d’Or

WINNER FIPRESCI International Critics Prize

Festival de Cannes 2014

WINNER Foxtel Movies Audience Award

Sydney Film Festival 2014


“A stunning picture.”


“One of the more rewarding film achievements of the year.

Ceylan’s cast performs with such precision and feeling that even Bergman would have applauded.”

Screen International

“Richly engrossing and ravishingly beautiful magnum opus

that surely qualifies as the least boring 196-minute movie ever made.”


“The esoteric world of masterful Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan

proves as vibrant as ever in WINTER SLEEP, a Chekhovian meditation.”

Hollywood Reporter



Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce.

In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities…

Country of Origin: Turkey
Language: Turkish w/ English subtitles
Duration: 196 mins
Rating: TBC
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Starring: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag
Australian release: November 13, 2014

Force Majeure



Festival de Cannes 2014

“Visually stunning”



“[Force Majeure] brushes off our surface layer, shows us the icy truth underneath.”



“Brilliantly testing, laugh-as-you-wince experience”


“Biting satire… a smart and original film.”


”Confrontational and sharply observed… another solid and provocative feature from Östlund”

Hollywood Reporter

“Sardonic, serious, funny, precision-controlled psycho-comedy-drama inspired by the selfishness of our survival instincts.”

Screen International


A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing and spend some precious time with each other. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls her husband Tomas as she tries to protect her children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life…

Reality returns to embarrassed laughter, the anticipated disaster having failed to occur, and yet the family’s world has been shaken to its core. Tomas’ unexpected action leads them to evaluate their roles and assumptions, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. With the end of the holiday approaching, Tomas and Ebba’s marriage hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch. FORCE MAJEURE is an observational comedy about the role of the male in modern family life.

Alternate title Turist
Country of Origin: Sweden
Language: Swedish w/ English subtitles
Duration: 118 mins
Rating: M (Coarse language)
Director: Ruben Östlund
Starring: Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Vincent Wettergren, Brady Corbet, Kristofer Hivju
Australian release: October 16, 2014



National Theatre Live: Frankenstein encore screenings


National Theatre Live’s thrilling captured live in HD screenings of Frankenstein return to cinemas for a limited time, due to unprecedented audience demand!

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park, CBS’s Elementary) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the event cinema screenings have since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people around the world.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

Sharmill Films acquires LONDON ROAD film for Australasian distribution

Sharmill Films acquires film adaptation of hit National Theatre musical


for Australasian theatrical distribution

Sharmill Films is proud to announce its acquisition of LONDON ROAD, the feature adaptation of Rufus Norris’ ground-breaking and highly-acclaimed National Theatre stage production of the same name, for Australasian theatrical distribution in 2015.

The original stage production of London Road at the National Theatre received 5 star reviews from all major UK press.

Written by Alecky Blythe and with music composed by Adam Cork, London Road documents the events of 2006, when the town of Ipswich in England was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women.

The ensemble cast includes Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur, The Iron Lady) and Tom Hardy (Inception, Lawless, Locke). The film version is directed by Rufus Norris (Broken) who will take over as Director of the National Theatre in 2015. The film is now in post production.

David Sabel, the National Theatre’s Director of Broadcast and Digital, said:

“We are thrilled that Sharmill Films will be handling the release of London Road. Having built a great and loyal audience in Australia for our National Theatre Live captured live screenings, it seems fitting that they should now work on this exciting feature film adaptation of one of the National’s most innovative and celebrated works of recent years.”

As the local theatrical distributor of National Theatre Live, Natalie Miller AO, Executive Director of Sharmill Films, says that acquiring London Road for Australasian release is an exciting new step.

“We have seen National Theatre Live in Australian cinemas go from strength to strength over the past 5 years, especially in 2013 which saw the record-breaking $1 million cinema box office success of The Audience starring Helen Mirren.”

A Cuba Pictures/National Theatre production, London Road is produced by Dixie Linder, and executive produced by Nick Marston, Tally Garner and David Sabel. BBC Films, the BFI Film Fund, Arts Council England, and LipSync financed the project. World sales are handled by Protagonist Pictures.

The theatrical deal was brokered at the Cannes Film Festival by Protagonist Pictures’ Dave Bishop and Sharmill Films’ Natalie Miller.

From Executive Director Natalie Miller AO, National Distribution Manager Katharine Thornton and

Marketing Manager Kate McCurdy.

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Sharmill Films acquires Palme d’Or Winner WINTER SLEEP in Cannes

Jury President Jane Campion congratulates Nuri Bilge Ceylan on winning the highest prize in Cannes, the Palme d'Or, for WINTER SLEEP.

Sharmill Films is delighted to announce its acquisition of WINTER SLEEP, the winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Also acquired for Australian distribution is Swedish film FORCE MAJEURE (TURIST), winner of the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard category in Cannes.

Winter Sleep, directed by the masterful Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia), also won the FIPRESCI prize awarded by the international critics. A “richly engrossing, ravishingly beautiful” and epic film, Winter Sleep is a Chekhovian meditation on marriage starring Haluk Bilginer and Melisa Sözen.

Executive Director of Sharmill Films, Natalie Miller AO, said she was thrilled that Winter Sleep was awarded the top prize in Cannes. “The film is a masterpiece,” she said.

Winter Sleep was one of our two new acquisitions,” commented Miller. “We are thrilled to have the Scandinavian film Force Majeure, a disaster movie set in a ski lodge in the Swiss Alps, directed by Ruben Östlund. The winner of the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard category, it has received rave reviews from critics in Cannes.”

Winter Sleep

In Search of Chopin

A new film from the director of the award winning and critically acclaimed
‘In Search of…’ Mozart, Beethoven & Haydn


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“A directorial coup; inventively filmed, insightful, engaging and poignant.” William Dart, NZ Herald

Acclaimed filmmaker Phil Grabsky (In Search of Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn, Exhibition on Screen series) will bring to cinema screens the life and music of Fryderyk Chopin – one of the greatest composers of all time.

IN SEARCH OF CHOPIN, the latest in the popular In Search of film series, narrated by renowned stage and screen star Juliet Stevenson, opens on August 21 in select cinemas nationally.

Chopin’s grave in Paris remains a place of pilgrimage and his music continues to sell out concert halls worldwide – but who exactly was this man who was terrified of public performance, who fled his Polish homeland for Paris never to return, took up with the most notorious transvestite in France, rarely gave public performances and, despite a life of ill-health, wrote some of the deepest and most powerful music ever written?  How exactly did a young Polish boy rise to such heady heights?

For four years, Phil Grabsky has travelled the globe in his quest to lay bare the life and music of Chopin.  By talking to acclaimed musical historians such as Jeremy Siepmann and bringing to the screen performances by such esteemed musicians as Leif Ove Andsnes, Lars Vogt, Daniel Barenboim, Ronald Brautigam and Kevin Kenner he hopes to answer those questions.

In Search of Chopin is narrated by renowned stage and screen star Juliet Stevenson (Truly Madly Deeply), and David Dawson (Luther) brings life to the letters of Chopin himself.

Praise for the ‘In Search of…’ series
‘Gripping’ – The Times
‘Outstanding’ – Chicago Sun Times
‘High-class’ – New York Times
‘Terrific’ – Mail on Sunday
‘Ideal’ – BBC Music Magazine
‘Riveting’ – The Observer
‘Beautiful’ – Chicago Tribune




Vic: Cinema Nova, Classic Cinemas Elsternwick, Palace Cinema Como, Cameo Cinemas Belgrave

NSW: Cremorne Orpheum, Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown, Palace Chauvel, Palace Byron Bay, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, Roxy Cinema Nowra, Paradiso Ettalong

ACT: Dendy Canberra, Palace Electic

Qld: Dendy Portside, Palace Centro

SA: Palace Nova Eastend

WA: Cinema Paradiso Northbridge

Tas: State Cinema



WINNER – Audience Award, Locarno International Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Toronto International Film Festival, Sydney International Film Festival 2014

From the Academy Award-nominated producers of Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar

“A deeply affecting tale of difference, dignity and the healing power of song”. The Montreal Gazette


Gabrielle is a young woman with Williams syndrome who has a contagious joie de vivre and an exceptional musical gift. Since she met her boyfriend Martin, at the recreation centre where they are choir members, they have been inseparable. However, because they are “different,” their loved ones are fearful of their relationship. As the choir prepare for an important music festival, Gabrielle does everything she can to gain her independence. As determined as she is, Gabrielle must still confront other people’s prejudices as well as her own limitations in the hope of experiencing an extraordinary love with Martin.

Country of Origin: Canada

Language: French w/ English subtitles

Duration: 102 minutes

Rating: M

Director: Louise Archambault

Starring: Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, Alexandre Landry, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Robert Charlebois

Australian release: June 19, 2014

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“Delightful newcomer Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, who actually has Williams syndrome and plays a semi-autobiographical role, is a natural and superb theater actor. Alexandre Landry, who plays her lover, is equally beguiling.” Hollywood Reporter

FOUR STARS “It is impossible not to fall in love with “Gabrielle”.” Le Journal du Dimanche

“The glowing Marion-Rivard, in her first role, appears to seamlessly navigate her thesping requirements, ably supported by professional actors Landry and Desormeaux-Poulin.” Variety

“The work of special needs actors and professionals is faultlessly integrated, and the film represents a fresh approach to a musical.” The Globe and Mail



Bolshoi Ballet – Sleeping Beauty


Screening on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 December 2013

Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Original choreography Marius Petipa
New version Yuri Grigorovich
With Svetlana Zakharova (Princess Aurora), David Hallberg (Prince Desiré)

(Originally screened in 2012)

Cursed at birth by evil fairy Carabosse, Princess Aurora descends into a deep slumber on the day of her 16th birthday. Only the kiss of a prince will awaken her …

Based on Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty has been hugely successful since its premiere in 1890. Marius Petipa’s masterpiece – involving a beautiful princess, enchantment of sleep and a handsome prince – is one of the most popular and accomplished choreographic works in the classical repertoire. The new version by Yuri Grigorovich will captivate the whole family and fairy tale-lovers during the Christmas season.


VIC: Cinema Nova, Village Cinemas Rivoli, Palace Dendy Brighton, Sorrento Athenaeum

NSW: Cremorne Orpheum, Palace Chauvel Cinema, Event Cinemas Castle Hill, Riverside Theatres Parramatta, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, Palace Byron Bay, Cinemax Cinema Kingscliff, Greater Union Newcastle

QLD: Palace Centro, BCC Maroochydore Sunshine Plaza, BCC Pacific Fair, BCC Toowoomba Strand

SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, Event Cinemas Marion

WA: Luna Windsor Cinemas Nedlands

TAS: MONA – Museum of Old & New Art


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A Castle in Italy

Official Selection COMPETITION – Cannes Film Festival 2013

Written, directed and starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
(sister of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the former First Lady of France)

Country of Origin: France
Language: French w/ English subtitles
Duration: 104 minutes
Rating: MA
Starring: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Louis Garrel, Marisa Borini, Filippo Timi
Director: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Australian release: May 8, 2014


VIC: Cinema Nova, Village Rivoli, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Brighton Bay
NSW: Cremorne Orpheum, Palace Norton Street, Palace Chauvel
ACT: Palace Electric
QLD: Palace Centro (May 15)
SA: Palace Nova Eastend
WA: Luna Paradiso (May 29)


Life’s rich tapestry unravels in this French-Italian ensemble comedy as a family faces the decision to sell their castle.

Set in between the picturesque region of Piedmont in Italy and the bustling city of Paris, A Castle in Italy follows the trials and tribulations of Louise (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) as she struggles to keep her once wealthy family together. Louise is a devoted daughter and sister, who shares a close bond with her terminally-ill brother Ludovic (Filippo Timi), and mother (played by her mother in real life Marisa Bruni Tedeschi). Louise’s sense of duty to her family is stretched thin when the family falls into financial troubles and has to make the decision to either sell off the family mansion, or open it to the public.

A Castle in Italy deftly shifts between humour and poignancy to deliver a satisfying and visually-beautiful exploration of family, relationships and mortality; their mother is forced to confront the unpleasant notion of selling off the family home, Ludovic struggles in coming to terms with his condition, while Louise, at 43, is desperate to have a child. Has she found love with Nathan (played by the young Louis Garrel) or does she need something more?

The latest semi-autobiographic feature written, directed and starring Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi (Actrices and Easier for a Camel), A Castle in Italy was the only film by a female filmmaker in Competition in the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.

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My Sweet Pepper Land

WINNER Gold Hugo (Best Film), Chicago International Film Festival 2013
SPECIAL MENTION Achievement in Directing Hiner Saleem, Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2013
Nominated Un Certain Regard Award, Cannes Film Festival 2013
Nominated Best Performance by an Actress Golshifteh Farahani, Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2013

“A superb revisionist western.” Peter Galvin, SBS Film

“John Ford in the Middle East” Int. Cinephile Society

“Kurdish cinema has come into its own…a delightful, poker-faced takeoff on the cowboy movie set on the Iraq-Turkish border.” Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

“A luminous performance by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani balances the Wild West humor, adding a note of serious appreciation for the plucky Kurdish women who refuse to bow their heads.” Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

“Visuals favour Sergio Leone-style closeups along with stunning landscapes featuring pink-tinged sunsets and ravines like Utah canyons, showcasing Kurdistan’s natural beauties. Music features a smile-inducing mix of tunes ranging from Elvis to Western twangs to rockabilly, tied together by the multitalented Farahani’s own playing on the steel hang.” Jay Weissburg, Variety

Country of Origin: Iraqi Kurdistan/France/Germany
Language: Kurdish/Turkish with English subtitles
Duration: 95 minutes
Rating: M
Director: Hiner Saleem
Starring: Korkmaz Arslan, Golshifteh Farahani, Suat Usta
Australian release: May 22, 2014

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After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Baran (Korkmaz Aslan), a Kurdish independence war hero, resolves to accept a position in a godforsaken village at the borders of Iran and Turkey, an illegal trafficking Mecca. There he meets Govend (Golshifteh Farahani), a beautiful young woman who has come to work as the teacher in the newly opened school despite her twelve brothers’ hostility to the idea.

My Sweet Pepper Land features an eclectic soundtrack which ranges from Elvis Presley to Golshifteh Farahani’s skilled performance of the steel hang and a score reminiscent of Ennio Morricone.