Last week, Adelaide Film Festival competition film Beginning swept the awards at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain winning the Golden Shell Best Film Award for Ilan Amouyal, Rati Oneli and David Zera, Best Director for Dea Kulumbegashvili, Best Screenplay for Dea Kulumbegashvili and Rati Oneli, and Best Actress for Ia Sukhitashvili.
Raved about at the New York Film Festival, IONCINEMA called it “Reminiscent of the sleeping rage teased out in the Romanian New Wave offerings, Kulumbegashvili arrives like the feminist descendent of a Cristi Puiu or a Cristian Mungiu with a gruelling masterwork.”
Don’t miss your chance to experience this film’s international momentum on 23 October.
Along with a knockout cast the perennially appealing Mads Mikkelsen won best performance in Another Round, directed by Thomas Vinterberg. The film also picked up the Feroz Zinemaldia Award by the Spanish Press for Best Film.
The last run of this Australian Premiere is showing on 24 October at the Mitcham, so there’s plenty of time to get some Saturday shopping in before the 6.30 pm screening.
Identifying Features won the Horizontes Award which celebrates works from Latin America. It was a big hit earlier this year at Sundance where it landed the Audience Award and the Special Jury Award for Best Screenplay.
Like Beginning, Identifying Features is a first feature by a female director, Fernanda Valadez, and has garnered huge critical success and called “a visionary work of devastating power” by Sight and Sound. A perfect Thursday evening warm up in the heart of the city at Palace Nova Eastend.
Yalda, A Night For Forgiveness
This drama landed the Grand Prix for World Cinema at Sundance. Yalda is based on a real reality TV show where condemned prisoners get to appeal for their lives to a voting home audience. Showing at 5.15 pm at Palace Nova Eastend on Friday.
It hasn’t won an award… yet, but it’s a breathtaking work. This unique documentary on farm animals (executive produced by Joaquin Phoenix) has been universally praised for treating animals as animals, refusing to take the easy option of sentimentalising or anthropomorphising them. Called “A landmark film from a bracingly original filmmaker,” by The Hollywood Reporter, it’s showing at Palace Nova Eastend on Saturday evening at 5.15 pm.
The story behind the rise of the Rock Against Racism movement won Best Documentary at the London Film Festival and a Special Mention at the Berlin Film Festival. Showing Wednesday evening at 5.15 at Palace Nova Eastend and Saturday at 7.30 pm at Odeon Star Semaphore.
The Earth Is As Blue As An Orange
This is a poignant story of a single mother family from Donbass who turns to filmmaking to makes sense of living through war. It won the Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary at 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Sneak out for lunch at 1.30 pm on Thursday to catch the flick at Palace Nova Eastend.
Welcome To Chechnya
Moscow based LBQTI+ activists build an international ‘underground railway’ to rescue persecuted gay people from Chechnya. Touted as a potential Oscar winner, it has picked up numerous awards including the FIPRESCI Award at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival.
Another one to kick off a Thursday night in the city, screening at 5.00 pm at Palace Nova Eastend.
View this year’s full program here.