By Xavier Dolan

WINNER JURY PRIZE Festival de Cannes 2014

NOMINATED Palme d’Or Festival de Cannes 2014

NOMINATED Queer Palm Festival de Cannes 2014

“A funny, heartbreaking and, above all, original work from Canadian enfant terrible Xavier Dolan.” Variety

★★★★ "It's an uproariously emotional movie, to all appearances painfully personal and featuring performances which are almost operatic in scale." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Dorval gives a force-of-nature performance” The Hollywood Reporter

“A powerful film about the ferocity of mother love.” Time

Synopsis French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan returns to the subject of motherhood after his breakthrough first feature I Killed My Mother, with his Cannes Jury Prize-winning MOMMY.

A feisty widowed single mom (Anne Dorval) finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her rambunctious 15-year-old ADHD son (Antoine Olivier Pilon). As they try to make ends meet and struggle with their unpredictable ménage, Kyla (Suzanne Clément), the peculiar, new girl across the street, offers her help. Together, they find a new sense of balance, and hope is regained.

Country of Origin: Canada Language: French w/ English subtitles Duration: 139 mins Rating: CTC Director: Xavier Dolan Starring: Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément Australian release: April 9, 2015

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In Search of Chopin - participating cinemas from August 21


Participating cinemas and session times across Australia from August 21, 2014

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VICTORIA Cinema Nova, Carlton 11.40am, 1.50pm, 4pm, 6.25pm, 8.35pm DAILY Palace Cinema Como

Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

Cameo Cinemas, Belgrave

NEW SOUTH WALES Cremorne Orpheum 1pm Sun, 1pm Mon Dendy Opera Quays 10am Thur Dendy Newtown

Palace Chauvel, Paddington Roxy Nowra Paradiso Ettalong Palace Byron Bay

Narooma Kinema w/c August 28 Avoca Beach Picture Theatre Mount Vic Flicks w/c September 11

ACT Dendy Canberra 1pm Thurs Palace Electric, Canberra

QUEENSLAND Dendy Portside, Brisbane 10am Thurs Palace Centro, Brisbane

Regal Twin Graceville 4:40pm Thurs, 12:15pm Fri, 12:15pm Sat, 12:15pm Sun, 4:40pm Mon, 4:40pm Tues, 4:40pm Wed

SOUTH AUSTRALIA Palace Nova Eastend, Adelaide

WESTERN AUSTRALIA Luna Paradiso, Northbridge

TASMANIA State Cinema, Hobart 1pm Thurs, 1pm Fri, 1:30pm Sat, 1:15pm Sun, 3;45pm Mon, 1pm Tue, 1pm Wed

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

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.”

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

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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



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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Episode in 3D

Celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary at special event screenings of the TV episode in full 3D at a cinema near you!

On November 23rd 2013, the world’s longest running sci-fi series celebrates its 50th anniversary with an explosive anniversary episode. Shot in 3D, “The Day of the Doctor” stars Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt. The action packed adventure reveals that the Doctor has a dangerous past. And he’s coming back!

Fans will be able to don their 3D glasses and take their enjoyment into another dimension as Doctor Who celebrates its 50th anniversary with special 3D screenings of the Day of the Doctor at 86 cinemas across Australia from 24 November.

Starring: Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt Directed by: Nick Hurran Written by: Steven Moffat Produced by: Marcus Wilson Executive Producers: Steven Moffat and Faith Penhale Duration: 75mins A BBC Cymru Wales Production


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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

QLD: Palace Barracks

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

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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.



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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

4 STARS “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



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You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (Vous n'avez encore rien vu)

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

Country of Origin: France Language: French w/ English subtitles Duration: 115 minutes Rating: PG Director: Alain Resnais Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Lambert Wilson, Anne Consigny, Michel Piccoli Australian release: June 13, 2013

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From beyond the grave, celebrated playwright Antoine d’Anthac gathers together all his friends who have appeared over the years in his play ‘Eurydice’.  These actors watch a recording of the work performed by a young acting company, La Compagnie de la Colombe. Do love, life, death and love after death still have any place on a theatre stage? It’s up to them to decide. And the surprises have only just begun...


4 STARS The film is touching, but more than that it’s wise, witty and thought-provoking. – Geoff Andrew, Time Out London

Whether Resnais will complete another movie remains to be seen, but if this were by any chance to be his swansong, with its distant and resonant echoes of ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ (made 63 years earlier), it would certainly be a lovely one. – Geoff Andrew, Time Out London

Resnais undoubtably demonstrates his continuing power as a great cinematic auteur. – Ginette Vincendeau, Sight & Sound

Digital technology meets lyrical drama and classical myth in this puckishly daring, intricately original work of docu-theatre from the ninety-year-old director Alain Resnais. – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

A tour de force of directorial navigation in which Resnais suggests that the proper relation between the cinema and the theater is to throw it all together, take the best of both worlds and present it as pure showmanship. – Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine

Resnais fitfully achieves a fully emotive, self-aware form of art that realizes his lifelong search for a cinema that refracts and translates the range of human experience and "experience" alike. – Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine

Movingly sincere and personal – Little White Lies

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet is a veritable masterpiece on par with his major accomplishments. - Boris Nelepo , Notebook

Unashamedly experimental, the film is sumptuously, even rapturously mounted, with glowingly atmospheric photography by Eric Gautier, and imposingly protean design by Jacques Saulnier. (...) it’s still a film of bristling intelligence that will delight lovers of cerebral upmarket cinema. Jonathan Romney, Screen

The confluence of theater, memory and real life for a group of actors in an explicitly artificial world sparks rarefied aesthetic pleasures… this reflection on the past, love and death through the prism of layers of theatrical endeavour is both serious and frisky, engaging on a refined level… in all respects, the film is technically immaculate. Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter



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In the Fog (V Tumane)

Co-winner of the FIPRESCI International Federation of Film Critics Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival

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).

Country of Origin: Russia Language: Russian w/ English subtitles Duration: 123 minutes Rating: M Director: Sergei Loznitsa Starring: Vladimir Svirski, Vlad Abashin, Sergai Kolesov, Vlad Ivanov Australian release: 14 March 2013

AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS VIC: Cinema Nova NSW: Hoyts Cinema Paris, Narooma Theatre ACT: To be confirmed QLD: Schonell Cinema (from April 11) SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas WA: Luna Cinemas Leederville TAS: State Cinema


Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation, and local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign. A train is derailed not far from the village, where Sushenya, a rail worker, lives with his family. Innocent Sushenya is arrested with a group of saboteurs, but the German officer makes a decision not to hang him with the others and sets him free. Rumours of Sushenya’s treason spread quickly, and partisans Burov and Voitik arrive from the forest to get revenge. As the partisans lead their victim through the forest, they are ambushed, and Sushenya finds himself one-to-one with his wounded enemy. Deep in an ancient forest, where there are neither friends nor enemies, and where the line between treason and heroism disappears, Sushenya is forced to make a moral choice under immoral circumstances.


FOUR STARS ‘Impressive…the film explores the thin line between courage and treachery…’ ‘…magnificent camerawork…’  David Stratton, At the Movies

FOUR STARS ‘The forest is the film’s world within a world.’  Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald

FOUR STARS ‘I recommend it most warmly.’  Evan Williams, The Weekend Australian

FOUR STARS ‘Sergei Loznitsa captures one of life’s true paradoxes: those certain situations where to resist fate is to all but seal it.’   Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun/Daily Telegraph

FOUR STARS ‘It’s a haunting story that … grips the conscience.’  Nick Dent, Sunday Telegraph/Sunday Herald Sun

‘a must see’  Jason di Rosso, ABC Radio National

FOUR STARS Peter Galvin, SBS Film

‘Strong, naturalistic performances power the film and the mix of formal and informal framing gives the film visual texture – decorated with superb use of light.’  Andrew Urban, Urban Cinefile

FOUR STARSIn the Fog is an intense, slow-burning and haunting drama.’   Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

FOUR STARS In the Fog is a war movie that foregrounds the emotions of individuals over the spectacle of battle’ Geoff Andrew, Time Out

‘Loznitsa knows that war exists and won’t go away; rather than indulging in patriotic or pacifistic platitudes, he tries to show what it might do to our souls. And, in this writer’s opinion, he succeeds.’   Geoff Andrew, Time Out

‘a universal meditation on the human condition, with war as an allegory for life, and fog as a metaphor for mankind’s stumbling progress into the unknown. is ultimately worth the journey.’    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

‘a beautifully rigorous piece which will delight cineastes’  Fionnuala Halligan, Screen

‘In The Fog is a carefully-calibrated three-hander from Sergei Loznitsa, its slow, precise rhythms playing out to compelling effect.’  Fionnuala Halligan, Screen

this very Russian tragedy is a jewel which will surely only burnish with time.’   Fionnuala Halligan, Screen

‘Classical in a good way, In the Fog explores the moralities of wartime with restraint and exacting execution’   Leslie Felperin, Variety

‘a delicately complex work of shifting perspectives, and... a contemplation on narrative and the act of storytelling.’   Jonathan Romney, Sight & Sound

‘The film is extraordinarily acted’   Jonathan Romney, Sight & Sound

‘among the handful of truly eloquent and moving films here [at Cannes]’   Jonathan Romney, Sight & Sound



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Polluting Paradise

Villagers in Turkey's Black Sea village of Çamburnu, the home town of Fatih Akin’s (Soul Kitchen, The Edge of Heaven) grandparents, struggle with the government's decision to turn their community into a garbage dump. Polluting Paradise is a remarkable portrait of a Turkish community far removed from the major urban centres and a moving plea for civil courage.

Official Selection Festival de Cannes 2012

Country of Origin: Germany Language: German w/ English subtitles Duration: 93 minutes Rating: PG Director: Fatih Akin Starring: Fatih Akin, the people of Camburnu, Turkey Australian release: 2013

‘a heartfelt documentary’The Hollywood Reporter


Çamburnu is a small mountain village in northeastern Turkey. Blessed with the Black Sea's mild and humid climate, its villagers have lived for generations off tea cultivation and fishing in harmony with the nature surrounding them. But this idyllic landscape is threatened by the government's decision ten years ago to build a garbage landfill directly above the village. Despite protests by the mayor and the villagers, a waste disposal facility has been built that does not comply with the most essential security and building standards and since then has continued to pollute the environment through persisting accidents and disasters. The air is polluting, the ground water is contaminated, the annual rains flush the waste down the slopes, and flocks of birds and stray dogs have besieged the village. The tea growers, whose plantations lie beneath the landfill, have love their livelihood. The consequences are devastating and clearly evident for everyone to see and yet tonnes of waste continues to be dumped in the landfill every day.

In 2006 award-winning filmmaker Fatih Akin (Head-On, Soul Kitchen) went to Çamburnu, his grandparents' home village, for the first time to shoot the finale of his film The Edge of Heaven. When he learns of the impending environmental disaster, he decides to take action in the best way he knows how. Over a period of more than 5 years, he documents the small village's struggle against the country's powerful institutions and records the inevitable disasters that consistently plague this former paradise. Polluting Paradise is a remarkable portrait of a Turkish community far removed from the major urban centres and a moving plea for courage.


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The Bird (L'Oiseau)

Sandrine Kiberlain (Mademoiselle Chambon), in her finest performance yet, stars in this elegant portrait of Anne; she is discreet, secretive, a mystery to herself. She does without love and it suits her fine. However, an unexpected encounter finds Anne making her way back upstream, and we watch her joy for life return.

Country of Origin: France Language: French w/ English subtitles Duration: 93 minutes Rating: To be confirmed Director: Yves Caumon Starring: Sandrine Kiberlain, Bruno Todeschini Australian release: 2013

4 STARS Impressively understated in last year’s Mademoiselle Chambon, the willowy Sandrine Kiberlain excels again in this delicate French drama.’ Total Film

‘A must-see for fans of quality art-house cinema.’ Metro (UK)