Join us at the Belgrave for a weekend jam-packed with an incredible array of International films and food. Proudly brought to you by the International Film Festival Armidale, Belgrave Cinema, Armidale Ex-Services Club, Readers Companion, ABC North West and UNE Life.
Festival Passes will go on sale shortly and include opening night drinks and canapes.
Tickets for individual films will go on sale at the end of September, or when season passes sell out.
Season Pass: $150
Concession Season Pass: $140
Opening Night (included in Season Pass): $45
Individual tickets will go on sale at standard tickets prices.
Lebanon, 2017, 113 mins. (M) NOMINATED: Oscar, Best Foreign Language Film, 2018.
A thrilling legal drama based on a minor disagreement between two men, a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee working in Beirut, which escalates into a nationwide controversy. Thought-provoking, unexpected, humane and a deeply affecting plea for empathy and conciliation. Fantastic cinema!
HONEYLAND (Медена земја/Medena Zemja)
Macedonia, 2019, 89 mins. (M) NOMINATED: 2 Oscars (Best Documentary, Best International Feature Film).
Set in a remote village in the mountains outside Skopje, Hatidze cares for her elderly mother in a ruined house with no electricity or plumbing and survives by keeping bees, which she cares for meticulously, and selling the honey. Their simple lifestyle is disrupted when a Turkish family move into an abandoned house in the village and threaten to destroy this fragile environment. An extraordinary documentary filmed over three years as if by an invisible camera. Don’t miss it!
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)
France, 2019, 122 mins. (M)
WON: Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival, 2019 & nominated for Palme d’Or.
Set on an island off the majestic coast of Brittany in the 18th century, this ravishing and bewitching film recounts the tale of Marianne, an artist, and Héloïse, whose portrait has been commissioned by her mother, a countess. An exquisitely executed love story, as passions slowly ignite, yet emotionally devastating as society’s dictates will irrevocably force them apart. Highly recommended.
Syria, 2019, 95 mins. (MA15+)
WON: Bafta Film Award: Best documentary; WON: Golden Eye, Best Documentary, Cannes Film Festival; NOMINATED: Oscar, Best documentary.
Filmed with courage and love, this intimate and harrowing picture of motherhood in war town Syria is immensely powerful. It is structured as a letter to the director’s baby daughter, Sama, who was born in Aleppo in the midst of the civil war. This discomforting film does have moments of peace within the horror but it mainly documents the ongoing war crimes in Syria. Unforgettable.
India, 2019, 153 mins. (M) WON: Film Awards (Best Actor), Lions Gold; WON: Best of the Fest Audience Vote, Palm Springs FF 2020.
A multi award-winning film set in Mumbai where a young man seeks to realise his dream of becoming a rapper against his parents’ wishes. Entertaining and poetic, it highlights the plight of disenfranchised youth in the minority Indian population and is loosely based on a couple of ghetto dwellers who made the journey from rags to rap-stars. A highly enjoyable musical drama.
Germany, 2018, 101 mins. (MA15+) NOMINATED: Golden Berlin Bear, Berlin FF, 2018.
A challenging drama about a refugee who, while on the run, impersonates a dead writer, but falls in love with the writer’s widow, who is unaware of her husband’s demise. Then things get even more complicated. Based on a novel set in France in 1942, the film has been adapted to the 21st century to great critical acclaim in Germany and overseas. Fascinating cinema!
South Korea, 2019, 132 mins. (MA15+) WON: 4 Oscars (Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best International Feature Film, Best Original Screenplay).
An ambitious and ingenious tragi-comedy about a destitute family who bluff their way into a wealthy household in Seoul with disastrous results. A thought-provoking social satire, impeccably acted and filmed, thrilling, appalling, visually flawless. A unique cinematic experience by Bong Joon Ho not to be missed!
Morocco, 2019, 98 mins. (PG) NOMINATED: Un Certain Regard Award, Cannes FF, 2019.
A beautiful story of two women who transform one another’s lives. Set in a bakery in a poor quarter of Casablanca, we see how Moroccan society censures a woman who gives birth outside marriage. It is heart-rendingly and delicately portrayed and its emotional appeal will connect with you all. Unforgettable!
A WHITE, WHITE DAY (Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur)
Iceland/Denmark/Sweden, 2019, 109 mins. (M) WON: Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award, Cannes Film Festival 2019.
A gritty, Icelandic drama capturing the growing obsession of a widowed ex-cop, after finding evidence of his wife’s infidelity. Visually arresting and emotionally rewarding, it is a story of grief, revenge and unconditional love. Highly recommended.
Set in 19th century rural Vietnam, a fourteen-year-old girl, May, becomes the third wife of Hung in a polygamous marriage, struggling to produce male heirs. A sensitive and passionate exploration of the reality of young women in situations beyond their control, both past and present. Multi award-winning.
PAIN AND GLORY (Dolor y Gloria)
Spain, 2019, 113 mins. (MA15+) NOMINATED: 2 Oscars (Best Actor, Best International Feature Film).
From the elegant, swirling colours of its opening, this film is a visually exciting and sensuous gem as we follow an ageing film director suffering from ill health, depression and a creative block, as he remembers past loves, his young mother, gorgeously played by Penélope Cruz, and the passion of film-making. Chance encounters, a story within a story, it is a tender. semi-autobiographical portrayal developed with Pedro Almodóvar’s usual lightness of touch, imbued with warm, rich colours. A triumph for both the director and actor, Antonio Banderas.
Bulgaria, 2018, 96 mins. (PG) WON: Best Director Award, Eurasian IFF, 2018.
A beautiful, slow-moving unfolding of a devoted couple’s life in a yurt on snow-covered fields, which is threatened by global warming. When his wife’s health deteriorates, Nanook embarks on a long journey to find their daughter, Aga, who had left years before because of a family feud. An emotionally-true visual feast. Not to be missed!
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