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RINGS E SPARTS ALIC EN U RALRE A T CEN2 FEB 2010 2 19– OPENING NIGHT FRI 19 FEB 7PM THE TOPP TWINS: UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS Dir Leanne Pooley | New Zealand | English | 84 mins | PG WINNER, AUDIENCE AWARD, MELBOURNE & TORONTO FF New Zealand’s Topp Twins are a national treasure; the world’s only comedic, country singing, dancing and yodelling lesbian twin sisters, these two have to be seen to be believed. The Topp’s humour and zest for life is infectious, their commitment to their rural roots inspiring and their journey fascinating. Celebrating 50 years of the Topps and interweaving their story with the cultural and political history of their homeland, this enlightening and uplifting ﬁlm reveals why the Topp’s fans range from political activist to sheep farmers to ladies who lunch. Filled with music, laughs and candid chats with a mix of their hilarious alter-egos. ‘A very, very enjoyable ﬁlm. I think people are going to love meeting these two.’ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies ‘Has you falling in love with two of the crazier people you’ve never met… a ﬁlm that’s pure fun, very musical and a can of mixed nuts.’ Variety Screens with short REMEMBER MY NAME Dir Kasimir Burgess, Bowen Duffy and Nick Moore l Australia l English l 12 mins l UC Ordinary people at odds with they way things are, see a different way forward Opening night ﬁlm followed by complimentary drinks. SUBSCRIBE HOW TO BOOK AND SAVE… Tickets on sale in advance , Save over 40% off ormed assioned, from cinema box ofﬁce. regular ticket prices with f was in ed, imp a subscription, all nine Araluen Arts Centre Larapinta Drive ‘I ﬁlms for only $7.80 per front nter tainedl ﬁlm ($6.70 concession), Alice Springs NT 0870 con d, e a including Opening Night. PH (08) 8951 1122 spire an emotion Or dip into the festival with a in 5-ﬁlm FlexiPass for just $10 FRIDAY 19 FEB what ster.’ per ﬁlm ($9 concession). 7–9pm The Topp Twins: 9-FILM FULL Untouchable Girls — a Opening night screening followed ollercoDBACK FROMULRAST SUBSCRIPTION by complimentary drinks. $70 Adult r E O $60 Concession SATURDAY 20 FEB E ISED T 12–1.40pm NCE F 5-FILM FLEXIPASS AUDIE HIGHLY- PRA The Fox and the Child $50 Adult S YEAR’ $45 Concession 2.30–4pm Amreeka Note: ﬁlms must be selected 5.30–7.40pm Séraphine at time of purchase 8–9.40pm Genova SINGLE TICKETS The Sydney Travelling Film Festival visits… $13.00 Adult SUNDAY 21 FEB NT Alice Springs, Darwin, Katherine QLD Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, $11.00 Concession 12–2.26pm Dil Bole Hapidda Townsville NSW Bowraville, Byron Bay, Dubbo, Huskisson, Newcastle, $7.00 Student/Kids/<26 Wagga Wagga, Wollongong 4–5.40pm Opening Night includes Presented by complimentary drinks The Strength of Water Sydney Film Festival, PO Box 96, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012 Subscriptions are transferable but admit 6.30–8.40pm Departures Tel 02 9318 0999 Fax 02 9319 0055 only one person per screening. firstname.lastname@example.org www.sff.org.au/tff Concessions: unemployed, pensioners, MONDAY 22 FEB seniors, members of Alice Springs Film Society and Sydney Film Festival, upon 7–8.45pm Red like the Sky presentation of ID. Sydney Travelling Film Festival acknowledges the ﬁnancial assistance of Screen Front Image: All ﬁlms start at the advertised time, we Departures Australia and the support of the Northern Territory Film Ofﬁce and ABC Alice Springs. do not screen ads or trailers. Poster images (top to bottom): All details correct at time of printing The Fox and the Child, Genova, Departures, but subject to change without notice. The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, Séraphine, Red Like the Sky, Amreeka THE FOX AND THE CHILD AMREEKA SÉRAPHINE GENOVA SAT 20 FEB 12PM SAT 20 FEB 2.30PM SAT 20 FEB 5.30PM SAT 20 FEB 8PM Dir Luc Jacquet | France | English | Dir Cherien Dabis | Canada, Kuwait, USA | Dir Martin Provost | France | French with Dir Michael Winterbottom | Italy | English | 94 mins | G English and Arabic with English subtitles | English subtitles | 126 mins | PG 94 mins | M OFFICIAL SELECTION, SYDNEY FF 96 mins | M WINNER, 7 CÉSAR AWARDS INCLUDING WINNER, SILVER SEASHELL, SAN SEBASTIÁN Kate Winslet narrates this simple OFFICIAL SELECTION, SYDNEY FF BEST FILM, BEST WRITING AND BEST INTERNATIONAL FF WINNER, FIPRESCI PRIZE, CANNES FF ACTRESS (MOREAU) OFFICIAL SELECTION, TORONTO story of a redheaded girl and her Pudgy divorcee Muna (Nisreen Faour in a NOMINATED, EUROPEAN FILM OF THE YEAR, INTERNATIONAL FF friendship with a wild fox. On a EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS glorious autumn morning, the little girl charming debut) crosses the checkpoint From celebrated ﬁlmmaker Michael into Bethlehem to reach home, a This movingly dramatised, beautifully Winterbottom (The Road to (Bertille Noël-Bruneau) spies a fox barrage of complaints from her elderly mounted portrait of the French ‘naïve’ Guantanamo, A Mighty Heart) comes an leaping in the sunshine. She decides mother, and the offer of a US green painter Séraphine de Senlis (1864–1942) intimate drama starring Colin Firth (Pride to become his friend, and so follows card. Muni doesn’t want to leave, but was the deserved winner at France’s and Prejudice, Bridget Jones’s Diary), a year-long adventure. Filmed on the she wants a better future of her son, so, César Awards. The marvellous Belgian in an exquisitely tender performance, French-Swiss border, an alpine area with teenage Fadi, she boards the plane. actress Yolande Moreau vanishes into as a man dealing with a tragic loss. of forest, mountains and meadows, Her sister’s (TFF favourite Hiam Abbass the role of the awkward small town Following the sudden death of his wife, The Fox and the Child is astonishingly – Lemon Tree, The Visitor) home outside housemaid who believed God had told her Joe (Firth) takes his two daughters to beautiful. The pair are joined in this Chicago isn’t the refuge they expected, to paint. She’s like a pagan spirit, trapped live in Italy for a year, seeking refuge fairytale world by a bevy of forest jobs are hard to ﬁnd and, with the start in her heavy body and the cumbersome in the cobbled streets and shadowed dwellers, badgers, frogs and wolves of the US-Iraq war, anti-Arabic sentiment skirts of a century ago. But when she laneways of the ancient city of Genova. included. Writer-director Jacquet is on the rise. Dabis’s charming debut paints, that spirit ﬂies free in ecstatic As hopes of a new start begin to take (March of the Penguins) has crafted a skilfully mixes contemporary politics celebration of ﬂowers, fruit and fertility hold, leggy teenager Kelly falls in with a ﬁlm that’s both a celebration of nature’s with a very human story of a woman itself. The intensity of these paintings, cool local crowd while her younger sister, beauty and a cautionary tale for those struggling to build a new life. now considered masterpieces of modern Mary struggles with haunting visions of who wish to tame it. primitivism, can still be experienced in her mother. An engrossing meditation ‘Reafﬁrms social realism’s validity as humanistic galleries around the world. –NZFF KIDS’ TICKETS JUST $7 on grief and family, set against the art.’ The New York Times ‘Lovely seeing a ﬁlm so meticulously backdrop of a beautiful city and a ‘Adults can get something out of it; kids are ‘Heartfelt and engaging.’ crafted to represent the life of this artist and her gorgeous Italian summer. going to love it. It’s just lovely.’ Louise Keller, Urban Cineﬁle benefactor.’ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies ‘A beautifully photographed and ‘Completely convincing performances and a ‘A really beautiful ﬁlm.’ emotive tale... Achingly authentic (with) subtle ‘Invites us to contemplate alternative worlds great sense of real life.’ Sydney Morning Herald David Stratton, At the Movies dialogue and natural performances. Firth turns in of sensation and experience, to enter the a splendid performance.’ The Sunday Times consciousness of other species, to explore our contacts with them.’ The Australian ‘An extremely well-made ﬁlm.’ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies DIL BOLE HAPIDDA THE STRENGTH OF WATER DEPARTURES RED LIKE THE SKY SUN 21 FEB 12PM SUN 21 FEB 4PM SUN 21 FEB 6.30PM MON 22 FEB 7PM Dir Anurag Singh | India | Hindi with English Dir Armagan Ballantyne | New Zealand | Dir Yojiro Takita | Japan | Japanese with Dir Cristiano Bortone | Italy | Italian with subtitles | 146 mins | PG English | 86 mins | M English subtitles | 131 mins | M English subtitles | 100 mins | M OFFICIAL SELECTION, TORONTO OFFICIAL SELECTION, SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL WINNER, BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM, WINNER, AUDIENCE AWARD, INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NOMINATED, TIGER AWARD, ROTTERDAM ACADEMY AWARDS® SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL This rousing and magical Bollywood FILM FESTIVAL WINNER, 10 JAPANESE ACADEMY AWARDS WINNER, GRAND PRIX DE MONTRÉAL, MICFF romance is jam-packed with music, The dramatic north coast of New An extraordinarily beautiful ﬁlm, Set in 1970s Italy, Bortone’s dance, vibrant colour, huge stars... Zealand is the emotionally-charged Departures is an enchanting journey into enchanting ﬁlm is reminiscent of and cricket. Audience faves Rani backdrop for this story about the ties the heartland of Japan and a window into Cinema Paradiso with its unashamed Mukherjee (in a fabulous performance) that bind us. When a stranger arrives a revered tradition. Kobayashi (multi- love of the movies. Ten-year-old Mirco and Shahid Kapoor star as polar in a small coastal community, tragedy award winner Masahiro Motoki) is a cellist is blinded in an accident and sent to opposites drawn together for the love unexpectedly strikes a local family, in need of a job following the dissolution a rather stern boarding school for the of the game. Mukherjee plays Veera, a and has a ripple effect throughout the of his orchestra. Returning to his blind. The headmaster, blind himself, feisty Punjabi woman who is a brilliant town. But for ten-year-old Kimi, the hometown with his new wife, he responds doesn’t believe his pupils have much of hitter of the ball. As a woman, her loss is closest to home, and seems to a classiﬁed advert believing it to be a a future beyond switchboard operating on-ﬁeld options are limited so when almost unfathomable. Over a few job for a travel agent. He soon discovers and weaving. Young Mirco discovers the new coach (Kapoor) arrives in magic tinged days, while the adults that ‘departures’ refers to the role of a talent for sound engineering when town, she tries a new tactic; donning around him adopt more conventional ‘Nokanshi’, preparing the deceased for he records over the school’s bible a beard and turban, and transforming forms of grief, Kimi learns how to burial and entry into the next life. Despite readings to create a sonic tribute to herself into a man. This endearing and love and let go. Ballantyne’s beautiful his wife’s reservations, Kobayashi takes the seasons for a class assignment. energetic ﬁlm is an absolute treat; debut feature makes dramatic use of the role, discovering pride in his work He incurs the wrath of his wretched exploring the woman’s role in modern New Zealand’s ethereal landscapes. as he learns to master the art. Gentle, headmaster. Based on the experiences India while celebrating the nation’s profound and at times surprisingly of one of Italy’s leading sound ‘A remarkable achievement… with love of the greatest game on earth. a heart as big as Hokianga where the ﬁlm is set.’ comical, Departures is a moving editors, Red Like the Sky is both NZ Herald meditation on the transience of life. thought-provoking and captivating. ‘Full of the rump-shaking, percussive joy of Punjabi music ... bursts with vibrant, ﬁrecracker ‘A hands-down winner and ‘Beautifully acted and classically ‘This gently conceived ﬁlm juggles crowd- charm.’ Toronto International Film Festival triumphant return to grassroots storytelling.’ ﬁlmed... a gentle, wise, immensely appealing pleasing sentiments about the love of movies Christchurch Star ﬁlm.’ David Stratton, At the Movies with anti-authoritarian views that make the pic ‘A fantasy of the Indian heartland, a perfect classically Italian.’ Variety setting for splashy musical numbers.’ NY Times Screens with short BOOTH STORY ‘Seduces us into this world with such Screens with MY RABIT HOPPY Dir Kasimir Burgess, Edwin McGill | Australia | affection and beauty ... I love this ﬁlm.’ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies Dir Anthony Lucas | Australia | English | English | 11 mins | UC 3 mins | PG A car park attendant’s daily routine is changed forever when he ﬁnds an egg. ‘Heart-warming, funny, wise and profound. Henry’s school project about his pet rabbit is Not to be missed.’ Empire Magazine about to go horribly, horribly wrong.
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