96 Abbott St Cairns

End Credits Unseen Cinema Program 2016


4:30pm Sunday July 3
ICELAND (PG) 89 mins

WINNER Cannes International Film Festival 2015, Un Certain Regard

WINNER Zurich International Film Festival 2015, Best International Feature Film

Who would have thought that a tale about sheep in rural Iceland could bring tears to your eyes? Grímur Hakonarson’s RAMS does just that.

Majestically shot in a spectacular, weather-swept valley, this wryly observed fable about two brothers who are more obstinate than the sheep they breed begins as a droll comedy about rural life and grows into a graceful and mythic tale about family, community and legacy.

Their world is upended when the valley comes under threat from infection. While neighbours abandon their land, each brother tries to stave off disaster: Kiddi by taking action, and Gummi by using his wits.

As the authorities close in, there’s every reason for them to set aside a lifetime of hostility to save their special breed, and their unique way of life, from extinction. But can they?

The hugely-popular winner of the Un Certain Regard Best Film Prize at the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival (awarded by a Jury led by Isabella Rossellini), and greeted with a thunderous 10 minute standing ovation at its premiere, Hákonarson effortlessly balances humour and pathos to tell a tale that feels both intimate and epic, a loving portrait of both culture and family in a place where change doesn’t come easily.



4:30pm Sunday June 5
AU (MA) 86 mins

In the old pawnbroker's in the heart of Melbourne's Footscray, world weary Les Underwood (John Brumpton) watches as the lives of people who come through his door collide, change and unravel. From blossoming romance to desperate last gambles, these twelve people's stories represent the best and the worst of one day in the life of this mixed up suburb.

“The quintessential modern Australian tale.” - The Age

“PAWNO is a gem. Funny, smart and surprising. It’s a ripper!” - Mick Molloy

“Nothing less than perfect” - Cinema Australia

“Pawno a slice of inner-west life” …makes a virtue out of a single distinctive locale…this ruminative slice of inner-west life moves from one distinctive character to the next - Sydney Morning Herald – Craig Mathieson

“A mesmerizing Australian story. Full of superbly drawn unforgettable characters and humour. Superbly directed.” - Steve Vizard

“A bolt from the blue. Who said Aussie cinema was dead. It lives in Footscray.. I loved this film, loved it, loved it!” - Margaret Pomeraz


4:30pm Sunday May 29
NZ/SAMOA (PG) 89 mins

A grassroots comedy about what it takes for a New Zealand born Samoan to transform into a 'real island guy.'

Adam ( Neil Amituanai ) is a 22 year old New Zealand born Samoan guy who falls for Mary ( Gloria Ofa Blake.) On a 'chance' encounter he learns that Mary only wants to go out with a 'real island guy' - not a plastic one.

Adam realizes that to get rid of his 'plastic' ways and impress Mary, he'll have to travel to Samoa and have his cousins teach him how to be a real island guy.

For some it's a nostalgic trip back to the islands, and for others a first time glimpse into true Samoan culture on the big screen.

The self-funded film by first time writer-director-producer Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa has been the surprise hit of the new Zealand summer as audiences overdosed on island humour..

Fresh TV's Mr Lavalava series stars Vito Vito, and Fesuiai Viliamu play the "wise cousins" from Samoa, Tavita and Mose.


4:30pm Sunday April 24
IR (M) 82 mins

A taxi driver is driving through the vibrant streets of Tehran.
Diverse passengers enter the taxi, each candidly expressing their views while being interviewed by the driver who is no one else but the director Jafar Panahi himself.
His camera placed on the dashboard of his car, transforms the car into a mobile film studio, and captures the spirit and contradictions of Iranian society through this comedic and dramatic drive.
Banned from travelling and making films in 2010, Jafar Panahi has astonished audiences with his award-winning films including The White Balloon and The Circle, and now Tehran Taxi.

Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.


4:30pm Sunday April 10
US (MA) 124 mins

Fred (Michael Caine) and Mick (Harvey Keitel), two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps.
Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children’s confused lives, Micks enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again. YOUTH is a beautifully crafted study of age, memory, love and yearning directed by Paolo Sorrentino (THE GREAT BEAUTY).

"We watch films in the hope that we get to have experiences like this"
Jarrod Walker - FILMINK - Full review .


4:30pm Sunday March 20
FRANCE (M) 106 mins

A captivating new star is born in THE BÉLIER FAMILY, Eric Lartigau’s fabulous, heart-felt comedy hit about a young girl whose close bond to her hearing-impaired family is challenged by the discovery of an extraordinary talent for music.
In the Bélier family, everyone is deaf, except dutiful sixteen-year-old Paula (beautiful newcomer Louane Emera). She acts as an indispensable interpreter for her parents and younger brother, especially in the running of the family dairy farm.
Though her salt-of-the-earth father (François Damiens) has decided to run for mayor – spurred on by her vivacious but over-involved mother (indelibly portrayed by Karin Viard) – Paula’s attentions are very much elsewhere. She’s witnessed the handsome new boy at school sign up for the choir, and impulsively joined too. It’s not long before her music teacher (Éric Elmosnino) discovers her considerable talent, however his encouragement only exacerbates the matter of Paula’s independence…
Building to a heart-soaring and emotional finale, THE BÉLIER FAMILY is a feel-great triumph. Emera, making her screen debut after being discovered on the French edition of The Voice, is a genuine revelation – she lends both sincerity and joy to this deeply moving film that has been a word-of-mouth phenomenon across Europe, achieving over 10 million admissions to date and becoming France’s most popular film of 2015

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WINNER – 2015 LUMIERE AWARDS – Best Actress (Viard), Best Female Newcomer (Emera)
WINNER – 2015 CÉSAR AWARDS – Best Female Newcomer (Emera)
NOMINEE – 2015 CÉSAR AWARDS – Best Film, Best Actress (Viard), Best Actor (Damiens), Best Supporting Actor (Elmosnino), Best Female Newcomer (Emera), Best Original Screenplay
NOMINEE – 2015 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS – Best European Comedy
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7:30pm Friday March 11 and 12
AU(M) 92mins


Celebrating its landmark 25th year, Flickerfest, Australia’s leading Academy® Award accredited and BAFTA-recognised Short Film Festival, and the country’s largest Australian & International short film competition, screening the best of shorts from Australia and around the world for our 2016 Festival.

Flickerfest screens for 10 days under the summer stars at Bondi Beach in January 2016, with selected highlights touring Australia on a 50+ venue national tour from Jan - May 2016. Flickerfest remains a platform for celebrating the most entertaining and innovative short filmmaking from around the world.

Flickerfest Tour 2016 arrives at CoCA, Friday 11 March opening with Best Of Australian Shorts (7:30pm), and continues on Saturday 12 March with the Best Of International (4:30pm) and Short Laughs Comedy programs (7:30pm).

Don't miss 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.
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4:30pm Sunday February 21
CH/HK/TAI (M) 104mins

An Official 2016 Chinese New Year event in association with CADCAI, (Cairns and District Chinese Association Inc.)

Shu Qi plays the eponymous killer in this ravishingly beautiful foray into historical martial-arts territory from Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien.

The Assassin is a mesmerizing slow burn of a martial-arts movie that boldly merges stasis and kinesis, turns momentum into abstraction, and achieves breathtaking new heights of compositional elegance: Shot for shot, it’s perhaps the most ravishingly beautiful film Hou has ever made, and certainly one of his most deeply transporting. Centered around a quietly riveting performance from Shu Qi, the film is destined for an audience to which gore-seekers with short attention spans need not apply.

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