Possible Worlds Film Festival 2014

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Jul 042014


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.
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2013 Possible Worlds Film Festival Line-up Announced

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Jul 082013


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

The Best Films Set In…Toronto

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Sep 032012


This is the sixth post in the “The Best Films Set In…” series. The setting can be a place (like Tokyo), a location (like the beach), or a time (like Winter). In these posts I’m going to pick my 5 favourite films that are set in that particular place/location/time and explain why I like them.

In honour of the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival and the recent Possible Worlds Canadian Film Festival,  the location for this group of films is Toronto, Canada.

After the jump, check out my picks for The Best Films Set In…Toronto!

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40 Days At Base Camp

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Aug 042012


Showing at the Possible Worlds Canadian Film Festival in Sydney in August, 40 Days at Base Camp is a fascinating look at the lengths climbers go to so that they can “summit” the mightiest mountain of them all. Review after the jump.

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Hobo With A Shotgun

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Jul 302012


Canadian film month continues on An Online Universe with this guest review of the outrageous Hobo with a Shotgun, kindly written by Ben Buckingham.

A lifelong addict of the bizarre and intense, Ben is the perfect person to review this film! As a founding father of CineCult303 he has inflicted mental torture upon many and consistently made the world a better place. He is currently writing a thesis on the cultural system of cannibalism in post-modern horror and working on his cooking skills.

Check out Ben’s thoughts on Hobo with a Shotgun after the jump.

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Eastern Promises

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Jul 292012

Eastern Promises

Canadian film month continues on An Online Universe with a look at a film by one of Canada’s greatest film-makers, director David Cronenberg.

This review has kindly been written by Sydney critic/screen-writer/director, Chris Elena. Check out more of Chris’s writing at Can You Dig It?. Thanks very much for this review Chris! Check out Chris’s thoughts on Eastern Promises after the jump.

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Indie Game: The Movie

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Jul 222012


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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Bon Cop Bad Cop

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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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