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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Episode in 3D in cinemas 24 November



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PARTICIPATING CINEMAS INCLUDE:

VIC: Cinema Nova, Sun Theatre Yarraville, Classic Cinemas Elsternwick, Palace Cinemas Dendy Brighton, Rosebud Cinemas, Sorrento Athenaeum, Cameo Cinemas Belgrave, Warragul Cinemas, Paramount Cinema Echuca, Deakin Cinema Mildura, Wangaratta Cinema Centre, Sun Theatre Bairnsdale

NSW: Cremorne Orpheum, Palace Cinemas Norton Street, Palace Cinemas Byron Bay, Belgrave Cinemas Armidale, Majestic Cinemas Port Macquarie, Forum Cinemas Tamworth, Forum Cinemas Wagga, Odeon Cinemas Orange, Griffith City Cinema, Arcadia Twin Ulladulla, Fays Twin Cinema Taree, Narooma Cinema

SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, Mitcham Wallis Cinemas, Mt Baker Wallis Cinemas, Noarlunga Wallis Cinemas, Piccadilly Wallis Cinemas

WA: Luna Cinemas Leederville, Luna on SX Fremantle

TAS: State Cinema Hobart, CMAX Devonport

Sleepwalk With Me in cinemas April 4

Sleepwalk With Me – in cinemas from 4 April

Sleepwalk With Me

PARTICIPATING CINEMAS FROM THURSDAY 4 APRIL

VIC: Cinema Nova

NSW: Dendy Cinemas Newtown, Chauvel Cinema, Cremorne Orpheum, Palace Byron Bay (from 2 May), Narooma Cinemas

ACT: Palace Electric Cinema

QLD: Palace Centro Cinema

SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

WA: Luna Palace Cinema Paradiso

TAS: State Cinema

NT: Araluen Arts Centre

Sleepwalk With Me

A comedy by Mike Birbiglia
Produced by Ira Glass of This American Life

A comedy for anyone who’s ever had a dream.
And then jumped out a window.

Country of Origin: USA
Language: English
Duration: 81 minutes
Rating: M
Director: Mike Birbiglia, co-directed by Seth Barrish
Producers: Ira Glass, Jacob Jaffke
Starring: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, Carol Kane, James Rebhorn, Cristin Milioti, Loudon Wainwright III and special appearances by Kristin Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Alex Karpovsky
Australian release: 4 April 2013

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SYNOPSIS

‘I’m going to tell you a story, and it’s true… I always have to tell people that.’ So asserts comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia directly to the viewer at the outset of his autobiographically inspired, fictional feature debut. Birbiglia wears his incisive wit on his sleeve while portraying a cinematic surrogate. We are thrust into the tale of a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.

Based on the successful one-man show, Sleepwalk With Me engages in a kind of passionate and personal storytelling that transfigures intimate anguish into comic art. Produced and co-written by Ira Glass (PRI’s ‘This American Life’), Sleepwalk With Me features a stellar supporting cast that includes Lauren Ambrose, (‘Six Feet Under’), Carol Kane (‘Taxi’), James Rebhorn (‘Meet the Parents’), Cristin Milioti (‘30 Rock’), and a sampling from the who’s who of today’s stand up scene including Kristin Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Marc Maron, Jessi Klein, Henry Phillips, David Wain and Alex Karpovsky.

Bursting with sincerity, Mike Birbiglia’s foray into the medium marks the invigorating emergence of a strong and poignant American voice, at once hilarious and heartbreaking.

REVIEWS

FOUR STARS – Time Out New York

‘A funny and insightful movie. I could have watched it for ten hours’ – Judd Apatow (This is 40, Girls, Funny People)

‘One of the best films ever made on the subject of stand-up comedy’ – Jacob S. Hall, Movies.com

‘The funniest, most tender, thoughtful and downright brilliant comedy we’ve seen in years.’ – James Mullinger, GQ

‘I like this movie. More important, I like Mike Birbiglia.’ – Roger Ebert, Chicago SunTimes

‘Extremely funny’ – Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, Huffington Post

‘Grade: A. A charming odd-ball comedy.’ – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

‘Consistently amusing.’ – Dennis Harvey, San Francisco Bay Guardian

A ‘charming gem set in the world of stand-up comedy, co-produced and co-scripted by This American Life’s Ira Glass’ – Zach Udko, Huffington Post

‘Laugh-out-loud funny and somewhat melancholic’. – New York Observer

PARTICIPATING CINEMAS FROM THURSDAY 4 APRIL

VIC: Cinema Nova

NSW: Dendy Cinemas Newtown, Chauvel Cinema, Hayden Orpheum Cremorne, Palace Byron Bay (from 2 May)

ACT: Palace Electric Cinema

QLD: Palace Centro Cinema

SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

WA: Luna Palace Cinema Paradiso

TAS: State Cinema

NT: Araluen Arts Centre

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Waltz with Bashir

One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs; every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there is a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can’t remember a thing anymore about that period of his life.  Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images..

Told in stunning animation, Waltz with Bashir is enchanting, gripping, horrific, innovative and unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Country of Origin: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles
Duration: 90 minutes
Rating: MA
Director: Ari Folman
Starring: Ari Folman and interviewees
Australian release: 2008

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Winner – Best Foreign Film, Golden Globes 2009
Nominated – Best Foreign Language Film, 81st Academy Awards 2009
Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival 2009
Winner – 6 Ophir Israeli Academy Awards: Best Movie, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Artistic Design, Best Editing, Best Sound Design
Winner - Best Animated Film, Los Angeles Film Critics Assocation 2008
Winner – Best Animation, Asia Pacific Film Awards 2008
Winner - Best Foreign Film, British Independent Film Awards 2008
Winner – Best Picture, National Society of Film Critics (US) 2008
Official selection – Melbourne International Film Festival

REVIEWS

4 1/2 STARS ‘A quite remarkable film’ ‘Exceptional’ ‘It’s an amazing film’ David Stratton, At The Movies

4 1/2 STARSA most extraordinary piece of animation’ ‘Such a powerful film experience Margaret Pomeranz, At The Movies

4 1/2 STARSOne of the most significant and powerful of all anti-war movies’ ‘An unforgettable film’ ‘The film screened in Cannes this year to an audience stunned by its audacity and power’ David Stratton, The Australian

‘This is one of the outstanding films of the year’ ‘A true story, rendered with extraordinary power’ ‘A brilliant, powerful film’ Julie Rigg, ABC Radio National

‘It really is a remarkable film’ Jason Di Rosso, ABC Radio National

4 STARS Michael Adams, Empire

4 1/2 STARS ‘An artistic triumph’  ‘A film that will get under your skin and move you in the deepest way possible’ The Big Issue

4 1/2 STARS Marc Fennell, Triple J

4 STARS ‘A stunning achievement’  ‘A strikingly original production … it approaches the realm of documentary in new and stimulating ways’  ‘Extraordinarily beautifulColin Fraser, SX & MCV

4 STARS Andiee Paviour, Who

‘A true original’ ‘Hypnotic’  ‘WALZ WITH BASHIR is a rarity – it’s a true original’  ‘Spellbinding and worthy of big screen viewing’ Annette Basile, FILMINK

‘Mesmerising cinema’ ‘Remarkable’  ‘Striking’ ‘Stunning’  ‘A unique experience’ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile

9/10 ‘A must-see’ ‘WALTZ WITH BASHIR is that rare film which achieves cinematic poetry’  ‘The most interesting new filmic genre in years’  ‘Not only an outstanding war movie in its own right, but also the most interesting new filmic genre in years’  ‘A must-see for anyone who wants to keep up with the latest in movie-making’ ‘Extraordinary’ Rob Lowing, Sun-Herald

4 STARS Ben McEachen, Sunday Telegraph

4 STARS ‘A brilliant piece of work’  ‘Original, demanding and rewarding’ Paul Byrnes, The Sydney Morning Herald

4 STARS ‘Those who do see it can not fail to be moved by it’  ‘This film has a true heart Rod Chester, The Daily Telegraph

4 STARS ‘Astonishing’  ‘The overall effect of the film is difficult to put into words Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun

4 STARS ‘A potent piece of storytelling… that leaves a remarkable, lingering impression Philippa  Hawker, The Age

4 STARS Jim Schembri, The Age

4 STARS Tom Ryan, The Sunday Age

4 STARS ‘Those who do see it can not fail to be moved by it’  ‘This film has a true heart Rod Chester, The Courier Mail

‘A powerhouse’ ‘Stunning Manohla Dargis, New York Times

‘Could easily turn out to be one of the most powerful statements of this Cannes and will leave its mark forever on the ethics of war films in general. Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

‘Extraordinary’ ‘Waltz With Bashir is an extraordinary, harrowing, provocative picture. We staggered out of the screening in a daze.’ Xan Brooks, The Guardian

’something special, strange and peculiarly potent’ Leslie Felperin, Variety

‘The message of the futility of war has rarely been painted with such bold strokes.’ Mary Corliss, Time

‘Folman unleashes a pastiche of incredible cinematic scenes that are as innovative as they are devastating.‘ Sheigh Crabtree, LA Times

‘It’s a shattering war film, full of guilt and shock, and finding a new medium for expressing and exploring familiar themes.’ Jason Solomons, the Observer

‘Folman has made a beautiful, disturbing and deeply compelling film Kim Voynar, Cinematical

Eden is West

As in “The Odyssey,” the Aegean Sea is the setting when our hero, Elias, sets out on his adventures. On the same waters, under the same sun and the same sky as the dawn of civilization. After countless incidents and accidents, a stopover in paradise and a sojourn in hell, the magical conclusion of his journey takes place in Paris.
Paris, the shining city in the deepest dreams, in the most uncertain sleep of wanderers.
EDEN IS WEST attempts to echo the path, the journey of those (once our fathers and mothers) who cross through lands, braving oceans and seas of uniforms, looking for a home.
Elias’ story is not that of Ulysses, nor is it Jean-Claude’s or mine.  But I see myself in Elias, a foreigner who is not foreign to me.
- Costa-Gavras

Country of Origin: France/Italy/Greece
Language: French/English/Greek w/ English subtitles
Duration: 107 minutes
Rating: M
Director: Costa-Gavras
Starring: Riccardo Scamarcio, Juliane Köhler, Eric Caravaca
Australian release: 2009 with Jump Street Films

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Winner – Jury Prize, Los Angeles Film Critics Assocation 2009
Closing Night Film – Berlinale 2009
Official Selection – Melbourne International Film Festival

REVIEWS

‘…the brightest, most-entertaining film of his illustrious career.’ Jim Schembri – The Age

‘an odyssey both touching, dangerous, thrilling and funny…Costa Gavras remains one of the miracles of international movies with a conscience – and has, still, all the energy, wit and that great eye for the telling scene that few filmmakers in the world can display. Like his movies, he’s all passion and humanity and long may he continue. We need him!’ Jonathon Dawson- ABC Radio

‘…delightfully entertaining…This film is by turns Felliniesque, as quirky as Kaurismaki, wildly implausible, very funny (frequently)…See it for the element of sheer fun and you wont be disappointed.  Mark Demetrius – Filmink

‘…challenging and beautiful, definitely.’ Hilary Harper – ABC

‘A beguiling film to savour’ John Bale, The Blurb

‘Continually arresting. There’s a taste of heaven and hell in this likeable road movie that addresses the plight of illegal immigrants within a cocktail of drama, poetry and humour’ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile

‘I fell in love with this’ Jason Di Rosso, ABC Radio National

‘Tender and beguiling… many stunning images’ Peter Galvin, SBS

‘Charming, sophisticated filmmaking… a fascinating cross-section of European faces and mores. Sometimes whimsical, often heartbreaking’ Tim Milfull, The Independent

‘A playful modern fairy tale.’ Variety

‘A cross between the noble, wandering Ulysses and a Charlie Chaplin perpetually on the run from the cops’ The Hollywood Reporter

‘Gripping’ The New York Times

‘Bittersweet comedy… a deft mix of allegory and realism’ Screen International

4.5 STARS ‘European cinema at its best… touching, comedic, and poignant… Scamarcio’s performance is an absolute tour de force’ Eye For Film UK

Amreeka

Director Cherien Dabis’s auspicious debut feature, Amreeka, is a warm and lighthearted film about one Palestinian family’s tumultuous journey into Diaspora amidst the cultural fallout of America’s war in Iraq.

Country of Origin: USA
Language: English w/ English subtitles for foreign language segments
Duration: 96 minutes
Rating: M
Director: Cherien Dabis
Starring: Nisreen Faour, Hiam Abass, Alia Shawkat
Australian release: 2009

SYNOPSIS

Muna Farah, a Palestinian single mum, struggles to maintain her optimistic spirit in the daily grind of intimidating West Bank checkpoints, the constant nagging of a controlling mother, and the haunting shadows of a failed marriage. Everything changes one day when she receives a letter informing her that her family has been granted a U.S. Green Card. Reluctant to leave her homeland, but realising it may be the only way to secure a future for Fadi, her teenage son, Muna decides to quit her job at the bank and visit her relatives in Illinois to see about a new life in a land that gives newcomers a run for their money… Do they have what it takes to successfully occupy the heartland?

Dabis weaves an abundance of humor and levity into this tale of struggle, displacement, and nostalgia and draws an absorbing and irresistibly charming performance from actress Nisreen Faour as Muna, who stands at the heart of this tale. Amreeka glows with the truth and magic of everyday life and signals the arrival of an exciting, new directorial talent.

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival (Directors’ Fortnight)
WINNER FIPRESCI Critics’ Prize – Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection – Melbourne International Film Festival
Official Selection – Sydney International Film Festival

REVIEWS

‘… genuinely lovable little slice- of- life drama.’ Leigh Paatsch- Herald Sun

4 STARS…humour…enhanced by believable performances…most notably by wonderful Nisreen Faour.’ Des Partridge – The Courier Mail

‘Faour’s performance …is simply beautiful.’ Paul Byrnes – Sydney Morning Herald

‘…it’s the humanity of the work that makes it resonate and the insight into a culture closed to most Australian that make it illuminating.’ Andrew Urban – Urban Cinefile

‘…a heartfelt and engaging film’ Louise Keller – Urban Cinefile

Amreeka…one of those gems that takes on serious themes and packages them into something that’s often amusing and genuinely entertaining.’  ‘…an enriching film filled with humour and hope.’ Annette Basile – Filmink

Amreeka is a heartwarming film…When this woman smiles, you want it to be on you’ Roger Ebert.com

Amreeka stands alongside The Visitor and Maria Full of Grace as one of the most accomplished recent films about a non-European immigrant coming to the United States…Amreeka believes in people, and its faith rubs off on you.’ Stephen Holden – New York Times

‘Director Cherien Dabis has made a truly transcendent drama with her latest work’ ‘Amreekaas inspiring as it is intriguing’ Devin Heller – NWI Times

‘…a small film of surpassing quality…has the kind of warm touch and playful disposition…’ Kenneth Turan – www.latimes.com

‘…vibrant energy, balanced politics and droll humour…Enormously appealing turn by earthy Nisreen Faour in the lead role of Muna…’  Rob Nelson – Variety

one of the most accomplished recent films about a non-European immigrantThe film’s upbeat tone reflects the resilience and sunny temperament of Muna, who as embodied by Ms. Faour is the kind of warm, lovable woman you want to hug.’ Stephen Holden  – The New York Times

‘This slice of American life, as seen through the eyes of Palestinian immigrants, is nuanced, engaging and authentically observed. Though some of the bias they endure is predictable, the unfolding of Muna and Fadi’s subtly uplifting saga is not’. Claudia Puig – _ USA Today

This small gem takes a basically optimistic view about the struggles that generations of immigrants have endured‘ Lou Limenick – New York Post

Dabis..has thoroughly re-energised the genre with refreshing wit, honest emotions, incisive observations and a perfect cast.’ Kirk Honeycutt – The Hollywood Reporter

‘The film is anchored in Ms Faour’s wonderful portrayal of a warm-hearted, self-reliant woman…’ Stephen Holden – The New York Times

‘Dabis…makes us laugh at ourselves and in turn, each other.’ Scott Foundas – www.laweekly.com

‘…there’s an authenticity to Amreeka that can’t be faked, an artless purity especially in the winning performance of Nisreen Faour as the unsinkable Muna, and a bright warmth of storytelling that announces the filmmaker as a talent to watch.’  Lisa Schwarzbaum – Hollywood Insider

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Love Story trailer

Love Story

Variety is head over heels for Love Story!

‘Marvellously original’

‘Utterly enchanting’

‘Uproariously funny’

‘The line between reality and fiction has rarely been so delightfully blurred’

‘Habicht emerges as the funniest and most lovable Kiwi to hit New York since Flight of the Conchords



Florian Habicht’s romantic comedy, written on the streets of New York, has been a hit with audiences and critics alike around the world.

Love Story begins in New York when Florian meets a mysterious woman holding a piece of cake at a train station. Cutting to vox-pop interviews, Habicht asks complete strangers on the streets of New York what this could mean. With a resounding ‘cake means seduction’ coming from the people, Habicht relocates the woman (Masha Yakovenko, a Russian actress) and casts her opposite him in a unique take on the romantic comedy genre. The pair begins to act out a love story film, with the twist that each scene in the story is suggested by everyday people interviewed by Florian on the streets and cafes of New York.

Country of Origin: New Zealand
Language: English / Some German  w/ English subtitles
Duration: 94 minutes
Rating: M
Director: Florian Habicht
Starring: Florian Habicht, Masha Yakovenko, Frank Habicht, the People of New York City
Australian release: December 6, 2012

CINEMAS
VIC: Cinema Nova
NSW: Dendy Newtown, Hoyts Cinema Paris, Cinemax Kingscliff, Narooma Theatre
ACT: Dendy Canberra
SA: Palace Nova Eastend
WA: Luna Paradiso, Northbridge
TAS: MONA – Museum of Old & New Art

The world is falling in love with this film!

‘Marvellously original’    ‘Utterly enchanting’

‘Uproariously funny’   ‘The line between reality and fiction has rarely been so delightfully blurred’

‘Habicht emerges as the funniest and most lovable Kiwi to hit New York since Flight of the Conchords’ – Variety

FIVE STARS  ‘Instant classic’ – Peter Calder, New Zealand Herald

‘The sweetest romance since Before Sunrise’ – Lauren Wissot, Filmmaker Magazine

‘It’s hard not to fall in love with the energy and humour on display.’ – Twitch

‘an absurdist rom-com, a flawless comic subversion; I’m not sure what Love Story is. Possibly genius.’ – Critic’

‘So effectively has Habicht mashed fact with fiction, reality with fantasy, that he has virtually erased the lines of traditional cinema.’ – Lumiere Reader

‘Even Woody Allen couldn’t have done it better in his best times’ – Kino-Zeit.de

‘The Punk version of Amélie’ – RIDM Montreal International Documentary Festival

New Zealand director Florian Habicht’s romantic comedy about the construction of a fictional love story merges snippets of narrative with actual interviews with everyday New Yorkers to create an original film in which the boundaries of art and life overlap.

Shot on the streets of New York, Love Story begins when Habicht finds a subject for his filmic experiment: the beautiful Masha, spotted at a subway station, carrying a slice of cake. Seeking advice from New Yorkers – strangers – on how to create his on-screen love story with Masha, he takes the notion of interactive storytelling to its logical end, crowdsourcing his plot on the streets. Romance blossoms artificially, and organically, between the director, actor, New York and New Yorkers.

An opening night film at the New Zealand Film Festival, Love Story will surprise and delight in its idiosyncratic style.     -   Melbourne International Film Festival 2012

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