96 Abbott St Cairns
End Credits Unseen Cinema Program 2018
4:30pm Sunday March 4
Dir. John Carroll Lynch - France (M) 100 mins
The breakout French hit of the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival, where it premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight to multiple, raucous standing ovations, writer/director Carine Tardieu’s charming romantic comedy JUST TO BE SURE is a winning tale of parenthood, love and family, both lost and found.
When lonely 45-year-old widower Erwan (the remarkable François Damiens, The Bélier Family) discovers by accident that that man who raised him isn’t his real father, he begins a search for his biological one. Thanks to a local private detective he soon locates the mischievous, 70-something Joseph (Le Havre’s Andre Wilms), whom it seems his mother may have known briefly. Erwan soon falls not only for his charm, but that of the impetuous Anna (a radiant Cécile de France), who has ties to them both. But the conflicting loyalties become compounded by the pregnancy of his own daughter, who defiantly refuses to name the father... very soon Erwan’s families begin to collide, to unexpected, hilarious and moving effect.
Offering a terrific showcase for her brilliant cast, director Carine Tardieu skillfully weaves a wholly- entertaining exploration of love, coincidence and human connection. Few films manage to pluck both the heartstrings and the funny bone as well as JUST TO BE SURE. It’s a delight.
4:30pm Sunday February 18
Dir. John Carroll Lynch - US (MA) 88 mins
Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut is at once a love letter to the life and career of HARRY DEAN STANTON as well as a meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.
Also features Tom Skerritt, Beth Grant, Barry Shabaka Henley, Ed Begley Jr, Ron Livingston and David Lynch as Howard.
“Everything Harry Dean Stanton has done in his career, and his life, has brought him to his moment of triumph in LUCKY.” – Variety
“The late, great Stanton gets the PERFECT send-off.” Rolling Stone