‘Essential Independents: American Cinema, Now’ Film Festival

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Apr 212016


Fourteen films will have their Australian premiere as part of the brand new Essential Independents: American Cinema, Now festival coming to Palace Cinemas in May. The two-week festival, curated by artistic director Richard Sowada, will showcase the past, present and future of independent cinema from the United States and its impact on the international screen industry.

With a diverse program of 32 films, across five categories, Essential Independents celebrates new narrative feature and documentaries and includes a retrospective on first films from now major international filmmaking talents, including Kelly Reichhardt, Kathryn Bigelow and Sofia Coppola.

Oren Moverman’s Time Out Of Mind, starring Richard Gere, will open the festival, but take a look at some of  our highlights from the program after the jump. Note: blurbs credited to the official website. Continue reading »

Alliance Française French Film Festival Preview

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Mar 022015

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The Alliance Française French Film Festival is back for its 26th season, this time with 49 features, which will take place across 8 cities at Palace Cinema venues from early March until mid-April. The festival is packed with a variety of films, from easy-watching romances, to relationship dramas, and action-thrillers. We have taken a look at five of the films screening at the festival: Girlhood, Love At First Fight, The New Girlfriend, Saint Laurent and The Last Diamond. Check out our thoughts after the jump.

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The Great Beauty to open the 2013 Lavazza Italian Film Festival

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Jul 192013


Launching the 2013 Lavazza Italian Film Festival at Opening Night Galas nationally will be The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) from writer/director Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place, Il Divo), which gained much praise at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival and tells the story of a celebrated, yet jaded journalist whose glittering, but empty lifestyle is instilled with fresh hope through the memories of a past love and the promise of one to come.

This Must be The Place is one of my personal favourites from the last few years and thus I am very excited for The Great Beauty.

Other highlights already announced include, Honey (Miele) (directed by Valeria Golino), officially selected for Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2013; Salvo (Written/Directed by: Fabio Grassadonia & Antoni, Piazza), winner of Critics’ Week Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival; and I Travel Alone (Viaggio sola), a comedy/drama which was nominated in 5 David di Donatello (Italian Academy Awards) categories, with Margherita Buy winning for Best Actress.
The 2013 Lavazza Italian Film Festival will take place nationally at Palace Cinemas on the following dates:

VIC: 2 Oct to 27 Oct Palace Cinema Como, Kino Cinemas, Palace Westgarth, Palace Balwyn & Palace Brighton Bay
QLD: 3 Oct – 22 Oct Palace Barracks & Palace Centro
ACT: 8 Oct – 23 Oct Palace Electric
NSW: 9 Oct – 3 Nov Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema
WA: 10 Oct – 23 Oct Paradiso, Luna on SX
Byron: 11 Oct – 16 Oct Palace Byron Bay
SA: 22 Oct – 10 Nov Palace Nova Eastend

For updates, visit: http://www.italianfilmfestival.com.au/
The full programme will be launched at a later date.