Past film releases
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. Narrated by Juliet Stephenson.
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. From the Academy Award-nominated producers of Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar.
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. Written and directed by Hiner Saleem.
Life’s rich tapestry unravels in this French-Italian ensemble comedy as a family faces the decision to sell their castle. 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.
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. First Cambodian film to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Joss Whedon’s (The Avengers, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, Cabin in the Woods, Toy Story) modern re-telling of Much Ado About Nothing stars Whedon film and television regulars Amy Acker (‘Angel’, ‘Dollhouse’), Alexis Denisof (‘Buffy’, ‘Angel’, ‘Dollhouse’), Clark Gregg (The Avengers), Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods, ‘Dollhouse’) and Nathan Fillion (‘Buffy’, ‘Firefly’, Serenity).
Based on Mike Birbiglia’s 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 ( ‘This American Life’), Sleepwalk With Me features a stellar supporting cast that includes Lauren Ambrose, (‘Six Feet Under’), Carol Kane (‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’) and a sampling from the who’s who of today’s stand up scene including Kristin Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Marc Maron and Alex Karpovsky.
Florian Habicht’s romance written on the streets of New York, Love Story is a romantic comedy unlike any other. Described by Variety as ‘marvellously original’ and ‘uproariously funny’, Florian has been likened to fellow Kiwi’s Flight of the Conchords.
Directed by Gilles Legrand, You Will Be My Son stars Niels Arestrup as Paul de Marseul, a prestigious wine-maker and owner of a renowned chateau and vineyard in Saint-Émilion, whom is disheartened by the notion of his son Martin (Lorànt Deutsch) taking over the family business. Like a fine wine, this drama is full-bodied and complex and provides a fascinating look at the matter of the transmission of knowledge, heritage and tradition in the world of wine.
The new feature by internationally-acclaimed veteran of French filmmaking, Alain Resnais (Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad), which screened in the Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.
Based on the Russian novel by Vasili Bykov, In the Fog is a tale of morals in war-time, set in the German-occupied Western frontiers of the USSR in 1942. Directed by Sergei Loznitsa (My Joy).
French comedy by legendary filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki, winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at Cannes.
Jafar Panahi, banned from filmmaking for 20 years and sentenced to 6 years in prison, made this effort with co-director Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, inside his Tehran apartment and smuggled it to the Cannes Film Festival on a USB stick inside a cake. An extraordinary act of defiance that is a must for audiences everywhere.
Jean Reno and Mélanie Laurent star in Rose Bosch’s strong depiction of the biggest round up in history in Paris, 1942. A study guide for The Round Up is available from the Australian Teachers of Media.
A story of family, friendship and love, Kiss Me Again is the highly anticipated sequel to The Last Kiss (L’ultimo bacio) from Gabriele Muccino, director of The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds.
One of France’s most acclaimed dramatic actresses unearths her considerable comic talents in the delightful Copacabana .
Richard Gray’s debut feature set in the sun-baked Mildura orange groves is a romantic drama starring Rachael Taylor and Alex Dimitriades.
After the international success of Not Here To Be Loved, Stéphane Brizé returns with his usual elegance and subtle scriptwriting, in a story that echoes in each and everyone of us.
A new comedy from acclaimed Turkish/German filmmaker Fatih Akin (The Edge of Heaven) about two Greek brothers who struggle to keep their grungy Hamburg restaurant open against the odds.
This eloquent and dynamic documentary is based on the autobiographical book A Tale of Love and Darkness by prolific and celebrated writer Amos Oz.
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.
Legendary Greek director Costa-Gravas (Z, Missing) returns with perhaps his most personal film, a playful fairytale about the hardships suffered by illegal immigrants, and the magical nature of a world in which every experience is full of promise and threat.