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End Credits Unseen Cinema Program 2014

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

4:30pm Sunday July 13
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON
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

IDA

4:30pm Sunday July 6
IDA
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

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

4:30pm Sunday June 22
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
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?

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WADJDA

4:30pm Sunday June 1
WADJDA
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.

HANNAH ARENDT

4:30pm Sunday May 25
HANNAH ARENDT
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.

THE PAST

4:30pm Sunday May 11
THE PAST
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.

WINNER ECUMENICAL JURY PROZE - CANNES 2013
WINNER BEST ACTRESS Berenice Bejo - CANNES 2013
NOMINEE GOLDEN GLOBE 2013 BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM.

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

20 FEET FROM STARDOM

4:30pm Sunday April 27
20 FEET FROM STARDOM
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.

AI WEI WEI NEVER SORRY

4:30pm Sunday Mar 16
AFTER MAY
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.

ELLES

4:30pm Sunday Mar 2
UTOPIA
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
SHORT TERM 12
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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