Sharmill Films



Country of Origin: Canada

Language: French w/ English subtitles
Duration: 102 minutes
Rating: To be advised
Director: Louise Archambault
Australian release: June 19, 2014

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.


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


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.



National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage


To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the National Theatre of Great Britain presents National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage, bringing together the best British actors for a unique evening of unforgettable performances, broadcast live from London to cinemas around the world.

A cast of 100 will perform live on stage in this once-in-a-lifetime event, directed by the National Theatre’s current Director Nicholas Hytner, including award-winning actors Roger AllamSimon Russell BealeBenedict CumberbatchFrances de la TourJudi DenchChristopher EcclestonRalph FiennesMichael GambonDerek JacobiAlex JenningsRory KinnearAdrian LesterAnna Maxwell MartinHelen MirrenAndrew ScottMaggie Smith and Penelope Wilton, with more to be announced.

Covering iconic productions from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to The History Boys, from Antony and Cleopatra to Angels in America, from Guys and Dolls to London Road, this will be a thrilling evening of live performance and rare glimpses from the archive, bringing the history of the National Theatre to a cinema near you.



The Missing Picture


WINNER – Un Certain Regard Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2013

Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2013

4 1/2 STARS
“Panh’s film is a stunning combination of archival footage and animation, with tiny clay figurines standing in for the human players in the story… Modest in scale, simple in conception, it is a great film – certainly a great little film – and many viewers will be moved to tears.”
Evan Williams, The Weekend Australian

“A most original film.”
David Stratton, At the Movies

Country of Origin: Cambodia/France
Language: French w/ English subtitles
Duration: 90 minutes
Rating: M (Mature themes)
Director: Rithy Panh
Australian release: 20 March, 2014

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Rithy Panh’s documentary recounts his personal experiences in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s, recreating the missing images using an innovative combination of clay figures and archival footage.

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes, The Missing Picture artfully explores Panh’s filmic preoccupation with how to represent and remember all that’s been lost.

The first Cambodian film to be nominated for an Academy Award.


VIC: Cinema Nova
NSW: Dendy Newtown
ACT: Palace Electric
QLD: Palace Centro (from March 27)
SA: Palace Nova Eastend
WA: Luna Windsor
TAS: State Cinema