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Juliet Naked

Comedy

Wednesday 14 November 2018
Screening times: 10.00am, 2.30pm, 5.00pm and 7.15pm 
Directed by Jesse Peretz  
USA 
Comedy/Drama/Music 
105 mins 
M

Annie (Rose Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O’Dowd) – an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself. Based on the novel by Australian author Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked is a comic account of life’s second chances.

Reviews:

“Smartly paced and superbly acted, Juliet, Naked can lay claim to being this year’s brightest comedy to date.”– David Stratton, The Australian

“It’s charming, funny, and very smart. And this might sound crazy, but I’ve never liked Ethan Hawke more than in this film, where he pokes fun at his own status as an aging ’90s icon.” – Elinor Jones, The Stranger Seattle

“Even if it’s one of the lesser Hornby adaptations, it’s still engaging and intelligent about the human condition.” –Peter Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald.

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Faces Places

Documentary

Monday 28th May 2018 
Directed by JR, Agnes Varda 
France/Documentary 
89 mins Subtitled
PG 

Agnès Varda and JR have things in common: a passion for and the exploration of images in general, and more precisely, for places and for ways of showing, sharing, and exhibiting them. Agnès chose cinema. JR chose to create open air photography galleries. When Agnès and JR met in 2015, they immediately wanted to work together, to shoot a film in France, far from cities, during a trip in JR’s photographic (and magical) truck.

Through chance encounters and prepared projects, they reached out to others, listening to them, photographing them, and sometimes putting them on posters. This film also tells the story of Agnès and JR’s friendship, which grew stronger throughout the film shoot, between surprises and teasing, and while laughing about their differences.

Reviews:

“The most genuinely uplifting film of 2017…Despite their 55 year age difference, Varda and JR are 2017’s best cinema couple, their shared humanity and offbeat senses of humour making every moment spent with them a delight..”. –Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews.

“Faces Places” is a film of sheer joy, its exuberance surpassed only by its tenderness and purity of purpose..” – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“Agnès Varda, in the glory of her golden years, has become a humanist magician.”..- Owen Gleiberman, Variety

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In The Fade

Crime

Wednesday 27th June 2018 
10:00am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm
Directed by Fatih Akin 
Germany/France – Subtitled  
Crime/ Drama 
106 mins 
R

Out of nowhere, Katja’s (Diane Kruger) life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack. Her friends and family try to give her the support she needs, and Katja somehow manages to make it through the funeral. But the mind numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja’s painful mourning, opening wounds and doubts. Danilo, a lawyer and Nuri’s best friend, represents Katja in the eventual trial against the two suspects: a young couple from the neo-Nazi scene. The trial pushes Katja to the edge, but there’s simply no alternative for her: she wants justice.

In the Fade was winner of the best foreign language motion picture at the Golden Globes and Diane Kruger also won best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Reviews:

“Courtroom thrillers invariably make riveting cinema, and In the Fade is no exception. Kruger, appearing in her first film in her native tongue after previously acting in French and English-language movies, is superb.” – David Stratton, The Australian

“It’s a deeply unsettling film – delivering a message that can’t be ignored.”– Vanessa H. Larsen, Washington Post

“In The Fade is not subtle, a revenge procedural in its way, playing easy political cards – but it is urgent, gripping and, today, so very affecting.” – David Sexton, London Evening Standard

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Summer 1993

Drama

Wednesday 10 October 2018 
10.00am, 2.30pm, 5.00pm and 7.15pm 
Directed by Carla Simón’ 
Drama Spain 
97 mins Subtitled
PG

In Carla Simón’s touching autobiographical film, six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased mother’s apartment in Barcelona are placed in boxes. 
Although her aunt, uncle and younger cousin, Anna, welcome her with open arms, it’s only very slowly that Frida begins to get used to her new home in the countryside. 

Punctuated by moments of youthful exuberance and mature ruminations, this coming of age drama, set amongst summery hues, is an extraordinarily moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world, anchored by flawless performances by its two young stars. 

Winner of 32 International Film Awards.

Reviews

“In its subtlety, richness and warmth it is entirely beguiling – complex and simple at the same time. It is also very moving.”  Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“The story is quietly realistic and, though my main response was simply to wonder how Simon obtained such natural performances from the children, the overall effect is enchanting.” – Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)

“A testament to what cinema can achieve….” – Julian Wood, Filmink

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Hitchcock

Festival

Alfred Hitchcock – Master of Suspense 
Saturday 15 September 2018 6:30pm 
Venue: The J, Noosa Junction 

Alfred Hitchcock is popularly known as the “Master of Suspense” for his use of innovative film techniques in his thrillers. Hitchcock directed at least 49 films in his lifetime.

For lovers of Hitchcock and his films, there is a fascinating evening of entertainment coming up on Saturday 15 September at 6:30pm at the J.

UK based film producer/director Dr John Francis will talk about the way Hitchcock constructs suspense and manipulates fear and anxiety in his earlier movies Blackmail and Dial M for Murder. Then on to Vertigo and Psycho, examining Hitchcock’s influence on modern day film makers. With excerpts from these movies this is an event that is sure to delight fans and film buffs of all ages!

This event is put on by the Noosa branch of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society in conjunction with the Noosa Film Society and is a fundraiser for their Young Arts development program.

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Aurore

Comedy

Wednesday 12 September 2018
10.00am, 2.30pm, 5.00pm and 7.15pm 
Directed by Blandine Lenoir 
Comedy/Drama France 
89 mins Subtitled
M 

Aurore, separated from her husband, has just lost her job and been told that she is going to be a grandmother. She feels as if her own life has come to a standstill and as if she is slowly being pushed to the outskirts of society. When she accidentally runs into the great love of her youth, she puts her foot down and refuses to be relegated to the scrap yard. What if now was the time to start over?

Reviews

“Bouncy, swift and genial. Witty dialogue, warm performances [but] the film, like its heroine, is more concerned with being loved than asking questions..” – C.J. Johnson, ABC Radio

“Blandine Lenoir’s movie has a winning performance from Agnès Jaoui and a script willing to offset its broad strokes with moments of fresh realism..” –Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)

“An intelligent and salutary comedy, Agnes Jaoui shines.” – Karelle Fibroussi , Paris Match.

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No Date, No Signature

Drama

Wednesday 22 August 2018 
10.00am, 2.30pm, 5.00pm and 7.15pm 
Directed by Vahid Jalilvand
Iran
104 mins, Subtitled 
MA15+

The forensic pathologist Dr Nariman has a car accident with a motorcyclist and injures his 8-year-old son. He offers to take the child to a clinic nearby, but the father refuses his help and his money. A few days after, in the hospital where he works, Dr Nariman finds out that the little boy has been brought for an autopsy after a suspicious death. Dr Nariman is facing a dilemma: is he responsible for the child’s death due to the car accident or did the child die of food poisoning, according to other doctors’ diagnosis. 

The film starkly depicts the worlds of the haves and have-nots in contemporary Iran. It is another fine example of the kind of painfully honest cinema being produced in that part of the world.

Reviews 

“Writer/director Vahid Jalilvand straddles both worlds as he weaves this complex psychological drama, showing sympathy for all his characters.” – Jennie Kermode – Eye for Film

“In a landscape often coldly desaturated by the camera, the plot is secondary to the gripping performances. The scene where an angry, grieving Moosa goes to a factory to confront someone he blames is a scarifying tour-de-force.” – Craig Mathieson, The Sunday Age. 

“A handsomely made, exceptionally well-played drama that largely works despite a few significant plot holes. – Jay Weissberg, Variety 

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B.P.M.

Drama

Monday 27 August 2018 
Directed by Robin Campillo
France 
Drama/History 
146 mins, Subtitled 
MA15+ 

In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organisation is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.

B.P.M. has received over 40 awards including the 2017 Cannes Grand Prix and was France’s submission to the Foreign Language Film Award at the 90th Annual Academy Awards.

Reviews

“An impassioned and incendiary cry from the heart … BPM musters the emotional power to floor you.” – Peter TraversRolling Stone

“BPM (meaning beats per minute) is a beautiful film, full of drama and humour, love and politics, argument and action…” – Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald

“It doesn’t try to be a comforting film, and it certainly isn’t. It’s strident, unwieldy and confronting.”- David Stratton, The Australian

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The Other Side of Hope

Comedy

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Finland 
Comedy/ Drama 
100 mins Subtitled M

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, the hilarious and poignant new comedy from director Aki Kaurismäki is a richly enjoyable and compassionate crowd pleaser about the friendship between a newcomer to Helsinki and a budding – if completely inexperienced – restaurateur.

After arriving in Finland from Syria as a stowaway on a freighter, Khaled (superb newcomer Sherwan Haji) applies for asylum. Things don’t look encouraging, and not all locals present a welcoming face. But after crossing paths with stoic travelling shirt salesman-turned-entrepreneur Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), he finds an unlikely source of kindness and connection. When Khaled eventually receives news of his missing sister, Wikström hatches a scheme to help reunite the pair, but it seems getting out of Finland is much, much trickier than getting in…

Kaurismäki’s thoughtful and unmistakably droll films often depict difficult situations and people working in solidarity to overcome them, but with The Other Side of Hope he reaches new levels of resonance. Indeed, this intelligent, funny and affecting film has been hailed one of his best, and a masterful swansong from one of cinema’s finest auteurs.

Reviews 

Admirers of the director’s work will embrace his famously deadpan style, minimalist sense of humour, static camera and grimy production design…a (relatively) minor Kaurismaki film is still head and shoulders over much of today’s cinema.” – David Stratton, The Australian.

“Most of the characters face a daily question: to be kind or unkind. Kaurismaki builds a heroic narrative around that idea.” – Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald

“Effortlessly funny. A typically deadpan and brilliantly observed comic study” – Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent

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Happy End

Drama

Wednesday 14 March 2018 
Directed by Michael Haneke 
France/Austria/Germany Drama 
107 mins Subtitled 
M

Gradually succumbing to dementia, George Laurent, the octogenarian patriarch of the Laurents, an affluent upper-bourgeois family, is uncomfortably sharing his palatial manor in Calais, the heart of the infamous migrant jungle, with his twice-married son, Thomas, and Anne, his workaholic daughter who has taken over the family construction business. Divorced and frigid, Anne has to handle the impact of a disastrous workplace accident caused by her disappointing son Pierre’s negligence, while at the same time, the urgent hospitalisation of Thomas’ ex-wife from a mysterious poisoning, leads his sulky 13-year-old daughter, Ève, to live with her father and his new wife, Anais.

Undoubtedly, in this family, everyone has a skeleton in the closet, and as the fates of the Laurents enmesh with insistent and ignoble desires, a peculiar and disturbing alliance will form. But in the end, some secrets are bigger than others.

Austria’s submission to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards.

Reviews:

“Haneke’s modus operandi is to withhold information from the audience for as long as possible, forcing us to do our own investigative work. His admirers will no doubt rise to the challenge and should be amply rewarded”. – David Stratton, The Australian.

“The more you know his work, the more you’ll enjoy this one, because the more you’ll get the inside jokes. The opening shot is brilliantly witty, but it’s downright piquant if you’ve seen Caché. “  C.J.Johnson ABC Radio

“If you think the title is anything but a grim joke, you don’t know Haneke”.- Peter Howell, Toronto Star

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The Party

Comedy

Wednesday 13th June 2018
Directed by Sally Potter
UK Comedy/ Drama
71 mins MA15+

Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a key ministerial position in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. As the guests arrive at their home in London, the party takes an unexpected turn when Bill suddenly makes some explosive revelations that take everyone present by surprise. What follows is a hilarious comedy in which love, friendships and political convictions are soon called into question. The Party is a smart, fast-paced film full of razor sharp one liners that perfectly suits these turbulent times.

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JIRGA

Drama

Wednesday 28th November 2018
Directed by Benjamin Gilmour
Australia
Drama/War
78 mins
M

A modern morality tale about a former Australian soldier, Mike, who returns to Afghanistan to find the family of a civilian he accidentally killed
during the war. Seeking forgiveness, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system – the Jirga.
Jirga is the official submission of Australia for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.

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The Man from Snowy River

Romance

Monday 13 August 2018 6.30pm 
Directed by George T. Miller 
Australian Drama/Romance 
102 mins 
PG

Inspired by an epic poem by A.B. “Banjo” Paterson, The Man from Snowy River’ was a major step forward for the regenerated Australian film industry of the early 1980s. This ‘down-under western’ spotlights Tom Burlinson as Jim Craig, a headstrong young man who goes to work for a powerful cattle baron. Jim falls in love with Jessica (Sigrid Thornton), his boss’ daughter and becomes enmeshed in a bitter land feud. Kirk Douglas has a high old time in the dual role of hard-hearted landowner Harrison and grizzled, one-legged prospector Spur. Previously filmed in 1920, The Man from Snowy River’ was directed by the other George Miller…not the director of the same name who helmed Mad Max (1979).

Nominated for a Golden Globe Award, the movie was AFI winner for Best Original Music Score and winner of the Most Popular Film Award at the Montreal World Film Festival.

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Breathe

Biography

Wednesday 18th April 2018
Directed by Andy Serkis 
UK 
Biography/Drama/Romance 
118 mins 
M

For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live.

With the help of Diana’s twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together – raising their young son, travelling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients. Written by two-time Academy Award nominated writer William Nicholson, and shot by three-time Academy Award winner Robert Richardson, Breathe is a heartwarming celebration of love and human possibility.

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Loveless

Drama

Monday 16 July 2018 
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
Russia/France/Germany (Subtitled) 
Drama 
127 mins 
MA15+

Still living under the same roof, the Moscow couple of Boris and Zhenya is in the terrible final stages of a bitter divorce. Under those circumstances, as both have already found new partners, the insults pour down like rain in this toxic familial battle zone, always pivoting around the irresolvable and urgent matter of Alyosha’s custody, their 12-year-old only son. Unheard, unloved, and above all, unwanted, the introverted and unhappy boy feels that he is an intolerable burden, however, what his parents don’t know is that he can hear every single word. As a result, when Boris and Zhenya finally realise that Alyosha has been missing for nearly two days, it is already too late. But is this a simple case of a runaway teenager?

Set in St. Petersburg in winter, Loveless was the Official submission of Russia for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category of the 90th Academy Awards in 2018.

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Just to be sure

Comedy

Wednesday 14th February 2018 
Directed by Carine Tardieu 
France (2017) (sub-titled) 
100 mins Comedy 
MA15+

When 45 year old widower Erwan, an unshakeable mine-clearing agent, discovers by accident that the man who raised him isn’t his real dad, he begins a search for his biological father. He soon locates the mischievous, 70 something Joseph, whom his mother knew briefly.

Erwan falls not only for his charm, but that of the impetuous Anna, who has ties to them both. The conflicting familial loyalties soon become compounded by the pregnancy of his own daughter Juliette, who defiantly refuses to name the father.

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Call me by your name

Drama

Monday 19 February 2018 
Directed by Luca Guadagnino 
Italy (2017) 
132 mins Drama 
MA15+

With a screenplay by James Ivory (Howard’s End, A Room With A View, The Remains Of The Day), CALL ME BY YOUR NAME has been named one of the 10 best films of 2017 by the American Film Institute, and was nominated for 3 Golden Globes and four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. 

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman. It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman, a precocious 17-year-old young man, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia. Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father, an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella, a translator.

While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart.

When Oliver, a 24-year-old American college graduate student and his father’s research assistant, arrives for the summer, Elio begins a relationship with him, bonding over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.

Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

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A Fantastic Woman

Drama

Wednesday 28th March 2018 
Directed by Sebastian Lelio 
Chile/Germany/Spain/USA (subtitled) 
Drama 
106 mins 
M

Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. After celebrating Marina’s birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando’s family don’t trust her. A woman detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando’s ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral. And to make matters worse, Orlando’s son threatens to throw Marina out of the flat she shared with Orlando. Marina is a trans woman and for most of Orlando’s family, her sexual identity is an aberration, a perversion. So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now – a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.

Nominated for a Palme d’Or at 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and it is Chile’s submission to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards

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The Death of Stalin

Comedy

Wednesday 9th May 2018 
Directed by Armando Iannucci 
UK/Canada/France/Belgium 
Comedy 
106 mins 
MA15+

In early-1953 Moscow, under the Great Terror’s heavy cloak of state paranoia, the ever-watchful Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin, collapses unexpectedly of a brain haemorrhage. Inevitably, when his body is discovered the following morning, there is a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government?

Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast. The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop).

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The Babadook

Horror

Monday 15 October 2018
Directed by Jennifer Kent 
Australia 
Drama/Horror 
93 mins  M

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

Winning 53 International Film awards, The Babadook tied with The Water Diviner for best Australian film at the ACCTA 2014 and won the Best Direction and Screenplay awards.

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The Square

Comedy

Monday 30th April 2018 
Directed by Ruben Östlund 
Sweden  – Subtitled 
Comedy/Drama 
151 mins 
MA15+

 Christian (Claes Bang) is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

Winner of the Palme D’Or at Cannes Film Festival, it is the most talked about film of the season. The Square is a laugh out loud comedy for the modern age.

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Chappaquiddick

History

Wednesday 24 October 2018
Directed by John Curran 
USA/Sweden 
Drama/History 
106 mins 
M

The scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Australian actor Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. Not only did this event take the life of an aspiring political strategist and Kennedy insider, but it ultimately changed the course of presidential history forever. Through true accounts, documented in the inquest from the investigation in 1969, director John Curran and writers Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen intimately expose the broad reach of political power, the influence of America’s most celebrated family; and the vulnerability of Ted Kennedy, the youngest son, in the shadow of his family legacy.

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In this Corner of the World

Animation

Monday 19th March 2018 
Directed by Sunao Katabuchi 
Japan (Subtitled) 
Animation/Drama/History 
130 mins 
M

In This Corner of the World is a heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by Japanese people in spite of a violent, war-torn climate. Set in Hiroshima from 1933 to 1945, it focuses on the charming and cheerful character of Suzu and highlights the noble spirit of the Japanese which truly makes this film an uplifting coming-of-age story and a timeless classic with universal appeal for a modern audience. 

Director Sunao Katabuchi works gradually, without conventional story-telling and concentrates onrealism. Even going as far as the weather, depicting what conditions were like on particular days, so that the movie could have the greatest accuracy.

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The Insult

Thriller

Monday 29 October 2018 
Directed by Ziad Doueiri 
France/Lebanon/ Cyprus (Subtitled)  
Drama/Thriller 
112 mins 
M

In today’s Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds Tony (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court. As the media circus surrounding the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon, Tony and Yasser reconsider their values and beliefs as revelations of trauma complicate their understanding of one another. This thrilling and superbly performed moral fable serves as both a smart and thought provoking piece of entertainment and a deeply affecting plea for empathy and conciliation. 

Widely heralded at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, The Insult was nominated as Lebanon’s entry in the Best Foreign Language film award at the Oscars.

 

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Gurrumul

Biography

Monday 18thJune 2018 
Directed by Paul Damian Williams 
Australia 
Documentary/Biography 
96 mins 
PG

Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album ‘Gurrumul’ brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music. GURRUMUL is a portrait of an artist on the brink of global reverence, and the struggles he and those closest to him faced in balancing that which mattered most to him and keeping the show on the road.

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The Teacher

Drama

Wednesday 28 February 2018 
Directed by Jan Hrebejk 
Czech Republic (2016) (sub-titled) 
102 mins Comedy/Drama 
MA15+

In a middle school classroom in Bratislava in 1983, a new teacher, Maria Drazdechova (Maurery), asks each student to stand up, introduce themselves and tell her what their parents do for a living. It slowly becomes clear that perhaps the pupils’ grades are related to how willing their guardians are open to helping Ms. Drazdechova out with her errands, her housecleaning, and other random services. 

After one of the students attempts suicide, however, the director of the school has no choice but to call for an emergency parents’ meeting to remove the teacher. But because Ms. Drazdechova is also a high-ranking official of the Communist Party, parents are hesitant to sign a petition to transfer her out.

In a classroom behind the Iron Curtain, the future of all the families are at stake, as the film examines how each family must wrestle with standing up for what they believe in or silently keep the status quo.

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Foxtrot

Drama

Wednesday 8 August 2018 
Directed by Samuel Moaz 
Israel/Switzerland/Germany 
Drama 108 mins MA15+ 
Subtitled

In this drama about life in contemporary Israel, Michael and Dafna learn that their son Jonathon, was killed while performing his military duty when army officials show up at their home. Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life’s unfathomable twists – a twist that can only be rivalled by the surreal military experiences of his son. Elsewhere, a group of soldiers deal with crippling boredom as they man a checkpoint in the desert.

Israel’s entry into the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars, FOXTROT was the Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival as well as receiving many other film festival awards.

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Custody

Drama

Monday 19th November 2018 
Directed by Xavier Legrand 
France – Subtitled 
Drama 
93 mins 
M

Miriam and Antoine have recently separated. While she is willing to permit their 17 year old daughter, Josephine, to decide living arrangements for herself, Miriam is desperate to keep her youngest, 11 year old Julian, away from his father. However the Magistrate rules in favour of joint custody and suddenly the boy is thrown directly into the middle of an escalating parental conflict where it seems inevitable that sides must be chosen.

In his directional debut, Xavier Legrand’s precise dissection of this family dynamic builds into a pulse-pounding thriller. Superbly observed and flawlessly acted, Custody has won many international film awards including the Silver Lion for Best Director and Best First Feature at the Venice Film Festival.

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I Am Not A Witch

Drama

Wednesday 25 July 2018 
Directed by Rungano Nyoni
UK/France/Germany (Subtitled) 
Drama 
93 mins 
M

Following a banal incident in her local village, 8-year old girl Shula is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp in the middle of a desert. At the camp she takes part in an initiation ceremony where she is shown the rules surrounding her new life as a witch. Like the other residents, Shula is tied to a ribbon which is attached to a coil that perches in a large tree. She is told that should she ever cut the ribbon, she’ll be cursed and transformed into a goat.

Winner of the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, I am Not a Witch has received many international nominations and awards.

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Disobedience

Drama

Monday 24 September 2018 
6.30 pm only 
Directed by Sebastián Lelio 
Drama/Romance UK/Ireland/USA 
114 mins MA 15+

From a screenplay by Sebastián Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Disobedience is set in North London, and tells the story of a woman who, after living in New York for many years, returns to the strict Orthodox Jewish community for her father’s funeral. 

Decades earlier she had been estranged from her father and ostracized by the Jewish community for an attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. 

Disobedience is based on Naomi Alderman’s book and stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.

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Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Biography

Wednesday 12 December 2018
Directed by Gus Van Sant 
USA/France 
Biography/Comedy/Drama 
114 mins 
M

After Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment – with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill) – Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop a national following and grant him a new lease on life. Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful and often funny drama about the healing power of art is adapted from Callahan’s autobiography and directed by two-time Oscar nominee Gus Van Sant.

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Noosa 5 Screenings

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Don’t miss Rocketman, the biopic about Elton John’s rise to stardom, starting at the end of May. For details and screening times, please visit the Noosa Cinemas  website. Remember you can use your NFS membership card for discounts for Noosa Cinema screenings and for discounts on choc tops.

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NFS Screening Times

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Wednesday screening times are 10:00am; 2:30pm; 5:00pm and 7:15pm. Monday screening times are 10:00am and 6:30pm (allocated seating). Please give yourself plenty of time to park and buy your choc tops!

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Diarise These Dates

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July 17, 22, 31; August 14, 219, 28; September 11, 16; October 9, 23, 28; November 13, 18, 27; December 11.

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