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When Robert Altman was granted an honorary Oscar for lifetime
achievement at the 2006 Academy Awards eight months before
his passing, Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin introduced him as "a
man who didn't play by the rules or stick to the script."
Presented at SFF 2014 by Altman's eldest son, Michael Altman, this
selection of classics - both the hits and lesser-known titles
- celebrates his idiosyncratic career and cinematic
Winner of the Golden Bear at this year's Berlinale, this stylish
and exhilarating film noir is set in industrial northern China. The
story follows a murder investigation that ends in tatters when
police officers are killed and wounded while arresting suspects.
Forced to retire, injured officer Zhang takes up the trace years
later when similar murders come to light and a beautiful and
mysterious woman enters the picture.
Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Sam Shepard and Don Johnson
(Miami Vice) are an unlikely Texan trio in this nasty and
funny pulp thriller from director Jim Mickle (Stake Land,
SFF 2011; We Are What We Are, SFF 2013). After killing a
home intruder, Richard (Hall) becomes a reluctant hero. When the
dead man's father (Shepard) stalks his family, things take an
unexpected turn. Enter wisecracking PI Jim Bob (Johnson), and the
three go on to uncover a grisly secret.
In the midst of humanitarian crises, Human Rights Watch sends in
specially trained investigators armed only with laptops and mobiles
- the E-Team. They painstakingly interview witnesses to atrocities,
often under perilous circumstances, determined to capture their
stories before they are suppressed. This documentary skilfully
captures their commitment and profound humanity.
Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal star
in a hip, hilarious and sometimes dark comedy from Irish director
Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard
Did, SFF 2013; Garage). Fassbender always
wears a bizarre giant fake head as the enigmatic lead singer of an
ambitious indie-pop group. He and his bandmates go from an
excruciatingly long recording session to facing the pitfalls of
fame at SXSW.
In this uplifting tale from the producers of SFF 2012 Audience
Award winner Monsieur
Lazhar, a musically gifted young woman with
intellectual disability falls in love, only to discover her family
has concerns. Can she handle an adult sexual relationship? Gabrielle won the Canadian Screen
Award for Best Film, and radiant newcomer Gabrielle Marion-Rivard
(in a semi-autobiographical role) won Best Actress.
Directed by and featuring music from Belle and Sebastian's
Stuart Murdoch, this is a warm coming-of-age story turned indie-pop
musical. Troubled yet fantastical dreamer Eve (played by Emily
Browning), sensitive musician James (Olly Alexander) and posh Cass
(Hannah Murray) sing and dance their way through the streets of
Glasgow during what is bound to be the most idyllic summer of their
In this filmed conversation, French cinematic visionary Michel
Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the
Spotless Mind) meets 'the most important thinker alive'
- philosopher, linguist and activist Noam Chomsky. Featuring
brightly coloured, hand-drawn animation to illustrate Chomsky's
personal life and ideas, and crafted with verve, it's both a visual
and cerebral pleasure.
Nicolas Cage delivers a remarkable performance as a
hard-drinking tough guy with a violent past in this Southern Gothic
drama from David Gordon Green (Prince Avalanche, SFF 2013;
When he meets 15-year-old Gary (Tye Sheridan), who suffers under an
abusive alcoholic father, Joe takes the enterprising young man
under his wing, and together they navigate a difficult world in
search for redemption.
From cult-hero co-directors the Mo Brothers (Macabre): A Tokyo serial
killer uploads footage of his grisly deeds to a secret website.
When a Jakarta journalist stumbles across the videos, he decides to
follow suit and administer his own form of filmed justice. When the
seasoned psycho and the copycat meet, the stage is set for intense
John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are magnificent in this topical
and tender romance. After 39 years together, Ben and George are wed
in New York under new marriage laws. Soon after, George is fired
from his teaching job at a Catholic school; and the pair are forced
to give up their comfortable lives. The great supporting cast
includes Marisa Tomei.
Irrfan Khan (Life of
Millionaire) stars in this Indian indie hit - a
delicious celebration of romance and food. In Mumbai's remarkable
dabba (lunchbox) delivery
system, only one in four million home-cooked meals is ever lost.
That one wayward lunch connects a housewife with an office worker
in the dusk of his life, leading them into a rich fantasy.
Nelson Mandela remains an international icon of peace. In his
personal letter to Mandela - augmented by interviews with the Dalai
Lama, Ariel Dorfman, Tariq Ali, Henry Kissinger and others -
director Khalo Matabane confronts his childhood hero with the
difficult question of whether Mandela went too far in his policy of
forgiveness and reconciliation.
The latest Oscar-nominated drama from Palestinian director Hany
Abu--Assad (Paradise Now, SFF 2005)
is a high-impact thriller tinged with political consciousness and
imbued with romance and tragedy. A young Palestinian resistance
fighter is arrested and blackmailed by Israeli secret police, but
attempts to double-cross them in a desperate bid for love and
The biggest machine ever built, the Large Hadron Collider was
designed to recreate the moments after the Big Bang, thus
explaining the origin of matter (the 'God Particle'). In this
immensely enjoyable documentary, former physicist Mark Levinson
takes us inside the moment of truth: when the switch is thrown for
the first time. Particle physicists have rarely been so compelling
- or funny.
It's the day of Pulp's last UK concert in their hometown of
Sheffield, and all across the city fans are ready for a big night.
New Zealander Florian Habicht's loving portrait of this iconic
Britpop band is full of wit and warmth, and when gangly,
charismatic genius Jarvis Cocker takes to the stage, and the crowd
sings 'Common People', you'll want to join in!
WORLD PREMIERE: Darlene Johnson's forceful documentary tells the
story of the volatile birth of the first all-Indigenous theatre
company, the National Black Theatre. Featuring interviews with
indigenous media pioneer Lester Bostock, writer Gerry Bostock,
actor Lillian Crombie, activist-academic Gary Foley, academic
Marcia Langton, actors Rachael Maza, Bryan Brown and Bindi
The Redfern Story
is presented in partnership with Screen Australia's Indigenous
Department, the ABC and Vivid Sydney.
All of us have meaningful objects we carry through our lives -
objects that tell a story about who we are and who we aspire to be;
objects that mean little to anyone else but signify the world to
us. Inspired by the title character's beloved sled in Orson Welles'
classic film Citizen
Kane, Los Angeles-based Australian photographer Hugh
Hamilton brings to the Festival Hub at Town Hall a series of
striking portraits of such objects, along with their owners - a
gallery of the brightest talents of the film world.
In the stunning follow-up to Hail (SFF 2011), Australian
filmmakers Michael Cody and Amiel Courtin-Wilson deliver a visually
breathtaking, impressionistic tale of love and brutality. Phirun
and Sovanna are magnetically drawn together when forced to flee the
city and take to the jungle. Along with growing love, they face
burgeoning chaos and violence.
This heart-stirring documentary follows an Iranian teenager who
yearns to be an astronaut despite social mores and financial woes.
Sepideh hauls her telescope to the dark hills surrounding her rural
hometown, trailing gossip in her wake - good Iranian girls don't go
out after dark. Filmed over several years, this is compelling,
Forty years after it was released to high acclaim and hysterical
outrage, now superbly restored, Tobe Hooper's classic is a superior
slasher film - and much more. With very little explicit violence,
this tale of five young friends who encounter a family of cannibal
psychopaths remains one of the most notorious, influential and
terrifying motion pictures ever made.
Presented as a special late-night screening at Blacktown's
Skyline Drive-In on Friday 13 June
Xavier Dolan, the young Canadian who won the 2010
Sydney Film Prize at the age of 21 for Heartbeats, directed and stars
in this tense and complex Hitchcockian psychological thriller.
A young man attends the funeral of his gay lover in rural Quebec,
only to find himself trapped in a dangerous dance of lust and
sadistic impulses with the deceased's brother.
Australian filmmaker Kitty Green's fascinating documentary
follows the members of FEMEN, the infamously topless female
protestors of Ukraine - naked warriors against patriarchy. Such
defiance has a price: the women tell of their horrific treatment at
the hands of the authorities. The disturbing question, however, is
just who controls their campaign?
Oscar winner Errol Morris puts former US Secretary of Defense
Donald Rumsfeld in front of his penetrating lens, quizzing him on
the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, his relationship with George
H.W. Bush, and his years in office. Rumsfeld takes it all in his
stride, and Morris' patient, insistent probing makes for
Filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and environmental photographer
Edward Burtynsky (Manufactured
Landscapes) reunite to document humanity's
relationship with water. Stunning aerial footage - filmed over
three years - of the rapid shrinking of immense natural waterways
is interspersed with firsthand accounts that tell of our use and
misuse of this vital resource.
Lukas Moodysson (Together; Lilya 4-Ever; Show Me Love, SFF
2009) returns with a boisterous, feel-good film about three 13-year
old girls in early '80s Stockholm who are determined to start up a
punk band despite their considerable absence of musical ability.
Sweet, humane and wonderfully energetic, We Are the Best! will inspire
young and old alike.