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End Credits Unseen Cinema Program 2014


4:30pm Sunday February 1
UK/IRE (M) 106mins

In 1921 Jimmy Gralton's sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream... but above all to dance and have fun. Jimmy's Hall celebrates the spirit of these free thinkers.

The film is set in 1932 and follows events when Jimmy returned from a decade in New York and re-opened the hall. The film is freely inspired by Jimmy’s life and the turbulent times in Ireland.

'Jimmy’s Hall works beautifully both as political polemic and as straightforward entertainment; after a bit of a slow start we quickly become invested in these well-rounded characters, all of whom benefit from naturalistic, intelligent performances from the cast and a sure-footed technical confidence that finds the cinematic beauty in the Irish countryside.'
- read David James' full review.


4:30pm Sunday December 14
US (M) 99mins

A romance filled with intrigue, surprise, and reflections on the mystery of love, THE FACE OF LOVE stars two four-time ACADEMY AWARD ® Nominees, Annette Bening and Ed Harris, and ACADEMY AWARD ® Winner Robin Williams.

Five years after losing the love of her life, one moment suddenly changes Nikki (Bening) forever…at first sight and with one glimpse, she falls in love again. The object of her affection, Tom (Harris), is the man of her dreams – a handsome art teacher with a big heart, kind smile and zest for life. And he just happens to look exactly like Nikki’s deceased husband, Garrett.

Seduced by the chance to re-live her first true love, Nikki spirals into a fantasy world of life with Tom as Garrett. But as they fall even more deeply for each other, Nikki knows that soon she must reveal the truth to Tom and admit where her heart truly lies – in her fantasy of the past, or in the reality of Tom.

4:30pm Sunday December 7
BRAZIL (PG) 99mins

The Mystery of Happiness is from Award-winning director Daniel Burman (Lost Embrace).

Santiago and Eugenio are more than friends, they are life long business partners. They understand each other without words, they care for each other and they need each other.

One day Eugenio disappears without leaving any clues behind. Santiago immediately notices his absence, but only realises what’s happened when Eugenio's wife, Laura, lost and hopeless assures him that Eugenio has left.

Santiago and Laura set out on a journey to find him and end up discovering a whole lot more... A funny and poignant film about midlife crisis, relationships and dreams.

"This is the punch of Burman, you immediately engage with the characters. Everything is functional and organic." - Alta Peli


4:30pm Sunday November 30
USA (PG) 84mins

Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

Maier’s massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof.

Currently, Vivian Maier’s body of work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. John Maloof is at the core of this project after reconstructing most of the archive, having been previously dispersed to the various buyers attending that auction. Now, with roughly 90% of her archive reconstructed, Vivian’s work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art of Street Photography.

4:30pm Sunday November 16
INDIA (M) 96mins

SIDDHARTH is the spellbinding and gorgeously wrought tale of one father's journey across India in search of his son.

Mehendra is a chain-wallah, eking out a living fixing zippers on the bustling streets of New Delhi. To ease his financial woes, he sends twelve-year-old Siddharth to work in a distant factory.

When the boy doesn't come home for the Diwali holiday, Mehendra and his wife Suman slowly begin to suspect that he was kidnapped by child traffickers.

With little resources and no connections, he travels across India in pursuit, with the hope that whatever force arbitrarily took his child away will return him unharmed.

4:30pm Sunday October 12
MEXICO (M) 108mins

"Nosotros los Nobles"
Dir. Gary Alazraki, Mexico,

The Noble Family is Mexico’s biggest ever box-office success!

When a successful construction mogul, Germán Noble, realises that his adult children are spoiled beyond belief, he stages a fake company bankruptcy and seizes of all their assets tricking them into believing that they have become fugitives of the law.

Left behind is the palatial mansion, expensive cars and bottomless credit cards as Germán moves them all into their grandfather’s dilapidated home in a poor neighbourhood. There they have no choice but to do something that none of them has ever had to do before – work.

A slick, stylish and very funny riches to rag story that carries real heart.


4:30pm Sunday October 5
FR (MA) 80mins

Controversial director Roman Polanski now serves up another delicious provocation with the risqué Venus in Fur. Polanski’s film is a head-spinning plunge into a world of sex and power, where the line between acting and reality is dangerously blurred.

Thomas Novachek (Mathieu Amalric) is struggling to cast the lead in his theatrical production of the notorious Sacher-Masoch novella of the title. As if on cue, the abrasive and brash Vanda (Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner) appears at the auditions.

Both Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner deliver cheeky and daring performances as Polanski expertly weaves their web of transgressive intrigue. A wicked psychological study, Venus in Fur is a riveting, entertaining and expertly made film.


4:30pm Sunday September 7
NZ (G) 100mins

A disarmingly profound chronicle of the impactful life of a spirited ninety-year-old nun, Gardening With Soul gently reaffirms one’s faith in fundamental human goodness. Over the course of a year, filmmaker, Jess Feast, chronicles the daily activities of Sister Loyola, the head gardener at The Home Of Compassion in Wellington. Small and frail she may be, but the sister’s sharp wit and endearing no-nonsense practicality renders her a larger-than-life subject........

One might assume that the film would brim with saccharine sentimentality, but this isn’t the case. Sister Loyola’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude and appreciation of common sense ensures that proceedings remain grounded. A superbly understated film that packs an enormous emotional punch, Gardening With Soul is a beautiful commentary on the power of humanity. - FilmInk.



4:30pm Sunday July 13
Japan (PG) 121mins

A measured, sensitive and thought-provoking exploration of the family ties that bind.

If one is to dig into the resume of Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, they’ll find his films are often bound by an exploration of complex family ties, and the question of what comprises a family. He delved into the lives of four children abandoned by their mother in Nobody Knows, explored the dynamic of a grieving family in Still Walking and relayed the story of two close brothers pulled apart by their parents’ divorce in I Wish. And he once again gently shakes up the family unit in Like Father Like Son, which chronicles the fallout after two families learn that their sons were switched at birth. It’s a set-up that’s the stuff of sensationalist headlines, but under Kore-eda’s measured watch, it becomes a tender, thoughtful and moving look at the complex bonds that underpin families. - FilmInk - more


4:30pm Sunday July 6
Poland (M) 80mins

A masterfully understated film from director Pawel Pawlikowski, which proves quietly compelling and deeply moving.

Homecomings abound in Ida, the off-screen return of My Summer Of Love filmmaker, Pawel Pawlikowski, to Poland, the country of his birth. The film is teeming with understated beauty, and the on-screen exploration of a young novitiate nun into her unknown past is telling in its revelations. The film’s director furthers the promise of a distinguished career by treading delicately but deftly through a contemplative situation, while his leading character confronts the demons of history in a quest for identity and a test of faith. The meticulous and moving Ida is all the better for their respective journeys - FilmInk - more


4:30pm Sunday June 22
US (M) 123mins

Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangiers, an underground musician, Adam (Tom Hiddleston), deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover, Eve (Tilda Swinton).

Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska).

Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?



4:30pm Sunday June 1
FR/IT (PG) 100mins

To shoot a film in a country where cinema itself is banned is an achievement for any director. When that filmmaker happens to be a woman, in a country where it is illegal for women to drive or vote, makes Haifaa Al Mansour’s debut feature Wadjda all the more impressive. It’s a masterful film filled with humour, emotion and humanism. Wadjda is a 10-year-old Saudi Arabian girl: entrepreneurial and rebellious. She’s determined to buy a bicycle, even though it’s frowned upon. Wadjda, like Iran’s A Separation, offers a fascinating glimpse into a world rarely seen. Boundary-pushing in all the best ways, Wadjda a thrilling cinematic achievement.


4:30pm Sunday May 25
US (PG) 113mins

Written and directed by Margarethe von Trotta, New German Cinema’s most venerated female filmmaker, Hannah Arendt is as compelling and polarising as its eponymous protagonist. Arendt, masterfully played by Barbara Sukowa, is sent by The New Yorker to cover the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem. The article generates a storm of criticism by the intellectual and Jewish communities, labelling her cold, heartless and a self-hating Jew. Von Trotta’s vision of Arendt offers understanding into the formulation of her ideas - in particular what Arendt termed ‘the banality of evil’ - which later culminated in her seminal thesis of the same name.


4:30pm Sunday May 11
FR/IT (M) 130mins

THE PAST is the acclaimed new film from Asghar Farhadi, the director of the Academy Award®-winning masterpiece, A Separation. It stars Academy Award® nominee, Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), who was awarded the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

At the request of his estranged wife Marie, Ahmad returns to Paris after four years in Tehran to finalise their divorce. He soon discovers that Marie plans to wed her beau Samir, ignoring the protests of her teenage daughter, Lucie. Ahmad finds himself attempting to repair the rift between Marie and Lucie, piecing together the puzzle of lies and unspoken guilt connected to misdeeds of the past.


Official Selection Sydney Film Festival 2013
Official Selection New Zealand International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Melbourne International Film Festival 2013
Official Competition Adelaide Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Canberra Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Brisbane Film Festival 2013


4:30pm Sunday April 27
US (PG) 90mins

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonising with others.
These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take centre stage in the film.


4:30pm Sunday Mar 16
FR (M) 122mins

Olivier Assayas is the most interesting French director of his generation and with APRES MAI he has made a sweeping, partly autobiographical film about the way student politics and the counter-culture behaved in the 1970s before these young radicals settled down to careers - if they ever did. The character of Gilles is a surrogate for Assayas himself. The complicated politics of the time are intertwined with love stories that unfold against a backdrop of the art, culture, the clothes, the ideas and, especially, the music of the period - there's a really superb soundtrack. Though it follows the lives of several characters the film never lacks focus, and it's superbly made.

For those who never lived through the 70s, this film provides a vivid and honest look at what it was like. For those who did experience those times at first hand, it's a major case of nostalgia.


4:30pm Sunday Mar 2
AU/UK (M) 110mins

UTOPIA is an epic production by the Emmy and Bafta winning film-maker and journalist John Pilger.

Utopia is a vast region in northern Australia and home to the oldest human presence on earth. ‘This film is a journey into that secret country,’ says John Pilger, ‘It will describe not only the uniqueness of the first Australians, but their trail of tears and betrayal and resistance – from one utopia to another’. Pilger begins his journey in Sydney, where he grew up, and in Canberra, the nation’s capital, where the national parliament rises in an affluent suburb called Barton, recently awarded the title of Australia’s most advantaged community.

UTOPIA is both a personal journey and universal story of power and resistance and how modern societies can be divided between those who conform and a dystopian world of those who do not.

The salt of Life

4:30pm Sunday Feb 16
US (M) 93mins

Passionate and tough, Grace is a 20-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. A formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge, Grace shares her life and work with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason.

When Jayden, a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection, arrives at the facility, Grace’s own difficult past, and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself, throw her into unforeseen confusion.

Grace comes to find, in both her work and the new teenager in her care, surprising sources of redemption.

SO MANY AWARDS: We really can't list them all, but SHORT TERM 12 has won awards at SXSW Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival 2013, Locarno Film Festival 2013

BRIE LARSON IS A REVELATION: The breakout star of SHORT TERM 12 is Brie Larson (UNITED STATES OF TARA, THE SPECTACULAR NOW), who won a Gotham Award for her luminous portrayal of the tough, big-hearted Grace.

FESTIVALS LOVE IT TOO: Official Selection Adelaide Film Festival 2013; Official Selection Canberra Film Festival 2013; Official Selection Brisbane Film Festival 2013; Official Selection Melbourne Film Festival 2013.

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