This year's festival features five films from around the world.
Duration: 104 mins
Nauvhal with English subtitles
In one of the last remaining traditional tribes in the South Pacific, a young girl, Wawa (Marie Wawa), falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain (Mungau Dain). But when an inter-tribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed to another man as part of a peace deal.
Determined to remain true to their hearts, Wawa and Dain run away but are pursued by enemy warriors desperate to enforce tribal law. With their lives on the line, the star-crossed lovers must choose between their hearts and the peaceful future of the tribe.
Filmed on location in Vanuatu, based on a true story and performed by the people of Yakel, Tanna is an exotic ‘Romeo and Juliet’ tale of forbidden love and crackling adventure.
Co-Directed by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, Tanna has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at the 2017 Academy Awards. It is the first Australian film to receive an Oscar nomination in this category.
Film Two – MUSTANG (Turkey/France)
Duration: 94 mins
Turkish with English subtitles
In a village in the north of Turkey, Lale and her four sisters innocently celebrate the end of the school year at the beach with some boys. The supposed debauchery of their actions causes their home to progressively transform into a prison; classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages are arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed upon them.
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Academy Awards, and anchored by sensational performances and a moving soundtrack by Warren Ellis, MUSTANG is a gripping portrait of female empowerment.
“Gripping and ebullient”- THE GUARDIAN
Tuesday 23 May 8pm
Film Three – EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina)
Duration: 124 mins
Various languages with English subtitles
Ciro Guerra’s multi award-winning film is a breathtaking cinematic odyssey through the Amazon, following the quests of two Western explorers (one in 1909 and the other in the 1940s) in search of a rare flower alleged to have healing properties.
Inspired by the real-life journals kept by Theodor Koch-Grunberg (portrayed by Jan Bijvoet) and Richard Evans Schultes (Brionne Davis), the film charts each man’s treacherous and life-changing journey. Though decades apart, both are guided through the labyrinthine rivers and jungles by the same native shaman, Karamakate (Nilbio Torres, and later Antonio Bolivar Salvado Yangiama), the last surviving member of his tribe, who takes them deeper and deeper into a heart of darkness.
Embrace of the Serpent is a meditation on both the beauty of nature and the devastating impact of colonial interference on native culture. The spectacular widescreen black and white cinematography and evocative sound design combine to depict the landscapes and characters with an hypnotic, mythical sense of wonder.
“Majestic. Spellbinding… Beautiful isn’t strong enough a word.”- THE NEW YORK TIMES
Tuesday 13 June 8pm
Film Four – Monsieur Mayonnaise (Australia)
Duration: 88 mins
Language: English and French with English subtitles
The Moras are well known in Melbourne for their work in contemporary art and bohemian eateries. Less known however, is their story before moving to Australia in 1951…
As artist and filmmaker Philippe Mora works to produce a graphic novel about his late father, Georges Mora, an intriguing story unfolds. Georges was not in fact French, but rather had escaped to France in 1933 and worked with the French Resistance to save thousands of Jewish lives. Their secret ingredient? A simple trick using mayonnaise and baguettes.
This cracking documentary provides a lively, tasty and colourful look into a dramatic tale of survival during the Holocaust. With interviews, art and clips from some of Philippe’s previous works, the film moves at a lively and involving pace.
After a world premiere at last year’s Melbourne International Film Festival, Monsieur Mayonnaise will make its international debut at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.
Tuesday 1st August 8pm
Film Five – Rosalie Blum (France)
Duration: 96 mins
French with English subtitles
The biggest hit in the 27-year history of the Alliance Française French Film Festival, Rosalie Blum is an enchanting, witty and ingeniously crafted comedy about a random encounter that has unexpected and life-changing consequences.
Thirty-something Vincent Machot (Kyan Khojandi) is a hairdresser, like his father before him. Life rotates around work, his overbearing mother who lives in the apartment upstairs, and a womanising cousin constantly trying to set him up. But one morning Vincent experiences a powerful déjà-vu when he meets the gaze of a grocery store clerk, Rosalie Blum (Noémie Lvovsky). Intrigued by this mysterious woman, he begins a search to uncover the truth behind their connection…setting in place a series of coincidences, both hilarious and moving.
With its themes of the importance of altruism, forgiveness and the value of compassion, this film is a reminder of the best that French cinema has to offer.
“A joy! Fresh and engaging. A feel-good film which combines humour and eccentric touches with surges of genuine emotion.”- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Tuesday 29 August 8pm
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