Jul 042014
 

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The programme has been announced for the 9th annual Possible Worlds Film Festival & tickets are now on sale.

This year, festival curators have carefully chosen 18 feature films – 9 from Canada and 9 from the USA – that will enrich, excite and enlighten. The program will screen at Event Cinemas on George Street from August 7th to the 17th, ahead of satellite events in Canberra (August 20th) and Perth (August 22nd to 24th) which will screen selected titles.

“With one world première and thirteen Australian premieres, we have put together a Festival that focuses on discoveries; on introducing new films to Australian audiences,” explains Festival Director Mathieu Ravier. “Possible Worlds is a rare opportunity to take back the multiplex and showcase the vibrant visions of independent filmmakers working outside of Hollywood.”

Opening Night on August 7th will première Ricardo Trogi’s hilarious coming-of-age comedy 1987, a day before the film opens in Canada. The film will be one of five French-language films from the region.

A highlight of the programme is French Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s Tom At The Farm (reviewed here), an intense thriller with a fantastic performance from Dolan himself. Dolan also features in Miraculum, a critically acclaimed drama about the intertwined destinies of eight Montrealers on the cusp of life-changing decisions.

We don’t want to miss The Grand Seduction, starring Brendon Glesson (The Guard, Calvary) and Taylor Kistch (Friday Night Lights), a comedy about a remote fishing village in desperate need of a resident doctor and the outlandish lengths they will go to in order to secure him.  Also not to be missed is Faults starring the always amazing Mary Elizabeth Winstead, a thriller in which attempts are made to deprogramme a young woman under the grip of a mysterious cult.

If documentaries are more your thing, how about one about the wonderful new sport of air sex. No, this is not a mokumenatary. Air Sex: The Movie will give you an insightful look into the pastime you never knew existed out of teenage bedrooms….

To buy tickets and for information about the full line-up, please visit the official festival website.
You can also follow the festival on Twitter & Facebook.

Aug 072013
 

Frances Ha

Ah, to be young. More specifically, to be 27. You’re expected [to some degree] to have your own home (at least a decent rental), a real career and to be in a relationship that should result in engagement and marriage. In other words, your life should be sorted. Frances Ha introduces us to a beautiful, fun and bright young woman who at the age of 27 has none of the above. And it doesn’t even matter. Review of Frances Ha after the jump.

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Jul 222013
 

Within the first three minutes of Rewind This! you hear that short sharp gasp: a collector spotting a desired object, the surprise and passion all rolled up in a breath. Rewind This! is in large part a documentary dedicated to the passion and nostalgia of collectors, who are themselves collected here to tell stories and remember the “good ol’ days of VHS”. However, they are but small cogs in a larger tale, one that encapsulates a historical shift in culture. VHS was so familiar to many of us that it is taken for granted how much it altered not only the entertainment industry but also how we ingest and create entertainment.

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Jul 082013
 

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The eighth annual Possible Worlds Film Festival has revealed its 2013 program showcasing the best new cinema from Canada and the United States, and focusing exclusively on independent films.

Presented by Cosmos Tours and non-profit The Festivalists, the festival brings 20 new feature films ­ ten Canadian and ten American – playing at  Dendy Opera Quays and Dendy Newtown from 8th to 18th August. Selected titles will also screen at ARC Cinema (Canberra) from 21st to 23rd August 2013.

In Sydney, the Festival will open with Sarah Polley¹s acclaimed documentary Stories We Tell and close ten days later with Sydney premiere of Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, starring Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston.

A strong thematic strand within the program this year is the female point of view, with ten titles featuring a woman in the lead and charting female perspectives on identity, desire, sexuality, success and family, such as black and white gems Frances Ha by Noah Baumbach and You Make Me Feel So Young (Australian première) by Zach Weintraub. Four of these films, Molly Maxwell (Australian première), Stories We Tell, A Teacher (International première) and It Felt Like Love (Sydney première) are directed by women.

Other highlights include a 40th anniversary screening of the cult sci-fi thriller Westworld, US indie comedy-drama Gimme The Loop, which played at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard section) and VHS documentary Rewind This!

A nice bonus for festival goers is the fact that many screenings will include a complimentary welcome drink on arrival.

For information about all of the fantastic films on offer and to find out how to book tickets, visit the official festival website: http://www.possibleworlds.net.au

Jul 222012
 

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Screening at the Possible Worlds Canadian Film Festival in Sydney in August, Indie Game: The Movie is an engaging and entertaining look at the world of independent video game developers. It is a documentary that will appeal not only to gamers, but also too those who have ever had the passion put their heart and soul into creating something. Review after the jump.

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Jul 212012
 

Good Cop Bon Cop

The focus on Canadian films in July continues, with this guest review of Bon Cop Bad Cop by freelance writer and film-lover, Jordi Kerr. Thank you very much Jordi for your excellent contribution! Check out Jordi’s review of Canadian action-comedy film Bon Cop Bad Cop (Good Cop Bad Cop) after the jump.

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