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End Credits Unseen Cinema Program 2017

TONI ERDMANN 4:30pm Sunday May 21
TONI ERDMANN

Dir. Maren Ade - GER (M) 160 mins
In German - English subtitles
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film - 2017 Oscars.

Winfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines and decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog.
Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What’s worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany.

Enter flashy ‘Toni Erdmann’, Winfried’s smooth-talking alter ego. Toni barges into Ines’ professional life, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn’t hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.

THE COMING WAR ON CHINA 4:30pm Sunday May 7
THE COMING WAR ON CHINA

Dir. John Pilger - AU (exempt) 113 mins
In English

In John Pilger’s 60th film for ITV, The Coming War on China sheds light on an issue missed by mainstream media.
Two nuclear armed nations, the US and the world’s second biggest economic power, China, are on the road to war.

Karl Quinn – The Sydney Morning Herald.
” It’s dramatic stuff. But is he perhaps over-emphasising the American risk and downplaying the significance of the Chinese build-up in order to make his point?

No, Pilger insists. “The point I make in the film is that one-sided news suppresses the degree of danger we face,” he says. “The fact that China itself is surrounded by US bases, with American ships, missiles and bombers on its doorstep, has been virtually ignored. Once you fill in the whole picture, the pattern is clear. With every American move in the region, China reacts.”

PERFECT STRANGERS poster 4:30pm Sunday April 30
PERFECT STRANGERS

Dir. Paolo Genovese- ITALY (M) 100 mins
Italian - English subtitles

The multi award-winning new comedy of manners from Paolo Genovese is a fiendishly clever take on decorum in the age of modern technology, and poses the question: how well do we really know those close to us?

Fairly bristling with of-the-moment talking points about the wonders and complications of modern technology, PERFECT STRANGERS became a box office sensation in Italy. Thanks to its superb, rapid-fire dialogue and terrific ensemble cast, including Marco Gallini (God Willing) and Alba Rorhwacher (I Am Love), the film effortlessly transitions between incisive comedy and emotion, delivering a fresh and wildly entertaining spin on the many ways performance has come to define our public lives.

WINNER 2016 Italian Academy Awards, Best Film & Screenplay
WINNER 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, Best Screenplay
OPENING NIGHT SELECTION 2016 Lavazza Italian Film Festival

 

 

PATERSON 4:30pm Sunday March 26
PATERSON

Dir. Jim Jarmusch - US (MA) 100 mins
In English

Paterson (Adam Driver - Star Wars: The Force Awakens & Midnight Special) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey — they share the name.

Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani - My Sweet Pepperland & About Elly).

By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry.


The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

Jarmusch has created a small miracle of a film, one that is both intellectually dazzling and emotionally provocative. - David Wiegand - San Francisco Chronicle.

FLICKERFEST Friday 17 & Saturday 18 March
FLICKERFEST TOUR

Fri 7:30pm Session 1 - Best of Australian

Sat 4:30pm Session 2 - Best of International

Sat 7:30pm Session 3 - Short Laughs - Comedy

FLiCKERFEST 2017 - International Short Film Festival
Celebrating 26 Years ‘The Home Of Great Short Film’


Celebrating its 26th year, Flickerfest, Australia’s leading Academy® Award accredited and BAFTA-recognised Short Film Festival, and the country’s largest Australian & International short film competition, presents the best of shorts from Australia and around the world, handpicked from over 2400 entries.

Flickerfest screens for 10 days under the summer stars at Bondi Beach in January 2017, with selected highlights touring Australia on a 50+ venue national tour Jan-May 2017. Flickerfest remains a platform for celebrating the most entertaining and innovative short filmmaking from around the world.

Flickerfest returns to End Credits at CoCA with Best Of Australian, International and Comedy Shorts, a one-off chance to see these amazing shorts before they continue their journey around the world; curated from the Flickerfest in competition screenings at Bondi, expect to experience the best in short filmmaking Australia (& the world) has on offer.

I DANIEL BLAKE 4:30pm Sunday March 5
I DANIEL BLAKE

Dir. Ken Loach- UK (MA) 100 mins
In English

Winner - Palme d'Or - 2016 Cannes Film Festival

Daniel Blake (59) has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State.

He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away.

Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy.

Writer: Paul Laverty (screenplay).

★★★★★ A battle cry for the dispossessed.
Mark Kermode – THE OBSERVER


★★★★½ Loach has made one of his finest films.
David Stratton – THE AUSTRALIAN

ROSALIE BLUM 4:30pm Sunday February 19
ROSALIE BLUM

Dir. Julien Rappeneau- France (M) 96mins
French with English subtitles

Julien Rappeneau’s enchanting directorial debut ROSALIE BLUM is a warm, witty and impeccably performed comedy about a random encounter that has unexpected and far-reaching consequences.

Thirty-something Vincent Machot (Kyan Khojandi) is a hairdresser, like his father before him. Life rotates around work, his overbearing mother who lives in the apartment upstairs, and a womanising cousin constantly trying to set him up. But one morning Vincent experiences a powerful déjà-vu when he meets the gaze of a grocery store clerk, Rosalie Blum (Noémie Lvovsky). Intrigued by this mysterious woman, he begins following her...

To reveal more would only spoil the surprises of Rappeneau’s ingeniously structured tale, other than to say that a series of coincidences – both hilarious and dramatic – memorably brings together a group of lost souls in a manner reminiscent of Claude Berri’s wonderful Hunting and Gathering.

Indeed, with its themes of fraternity, love and the need for human connection, ROSALIE BLUM delivers a timely reminder of the best that French cinema has to offer.

 

4:30pm Sunday February 05
I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY

Dir. Feng Xiaogang - China (M) 128 mins
Mandarin with English subtitles

I Am Not Madame Bovary tells the satirical story of Li Xuelian (Fan Bingbing), a village woman accused of being an adulterer. After a ruling is made against her in her divorce case, she begins an annual “journey of petition” to Beijing in order to prove that her divorce was a sham and to redeem her reputation.
The film is an adaptation of Liu Zhenyun’s 2012 novel “I Am Not Pan Jinlian.”
The translators decided to find an equivalent character in Western literature for the English name of the film, settling on Madame Bovary.
Besides a critical story, Feng, the director employed revolutionary circular and square framing during filming and production. Circular (Fang) and Square (yuan) combining together in Chinese means ‘Renqing’ and rules , which obscurely transcends the meaning of the film, to ‘judge the contemporary society of China.

7:30pm Friday February 03

7:45pm Sunday February 05
RAILROAD TIGERS

Dir. Ding Shen - China (M) 118 mins
Mandarin with English subtitles

Set in 1941, during World War 2, Jackie Chan’s latest action-packed comedy tells a story about a railroad worker, Ma Yuan (Chan), who leads a team of freedom fighters to derail the Japanese war effort by using his deep knowledge of the train network. His ragtag group find themselves on the wrong side of the tracks when they decide to ambush a heavily armed military train filled with desperately needed provisions.

Ambushing soldiers and stealing supplies and provisions to help poor and starving locals, this legendary team of partisans on the rail tracks become known by the Chinese people as the “Railroad Tigers” .

Harkening back to Jackie Chan’s classic Hong Kong films, the dazzling set pieces and action scenes rival anything seen on the big screen before.

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