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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

CTC | directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi | 2021 | Japan | 121 Mins

WINNER of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize –  71st Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival)

An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding. WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY explores three female-centred short stories thematically linked by coincidence, regret, and imagination.

“In the place where dialogue and words usually end, the dialogue of this film only begin. That’s when they go deeper, […]

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

CTC | directed by Radu Jude | 2021 | Romania | 106 Mins

WINNER of the Golden Bear for Best Film –  71st Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival)

Schoolteacher, Emi, finds her reputation under threat after a personal sex tape is uploaded onto the internet. Forced to meet the parents demanding her dismissal, Emi refuses to surrender.  Radu Jude (director) delivers an incendiary mix of unconventional form, irreverent humour and scathing commentary on hypocrisy and prejudice in our societies.

“The Golden Bear goes to a film which has that rare and essential quality of a lasting art work. […]

Three Summers

PG | directed by Sandra Kogut | 2019 | Brazil | 94 mins

A charming, funny and biting comedy from Brazil. Over the timespan of three Christmases, Three Summers charts the progress of an irrepressible housekeeper as the fortunes of her rich and corrupt employers fail. A film for everyone who loves to see the rise of the underdog.

In Cinemas June 24.

VICTORIA
Cinema Nova, Carlton
Classic Cinema, Elsternwick
Theatre Royale, Castlemaine from July 7

NEW SOUTH WALES
Palace Chauvel, […]

Wild Things: A Year on the Frontline of Environmental Activism

WILD THINGS follows a new generation of environmental activists hell-bent on saving their futures from the ravages of climate change.

(M) | directed by Sally Ingleton | 2020 | 89 mins

Armed only with mobile phones, this growing army of eco-warriors are mobilising against forces more powerful than themselves and saying, enough.  From chaining themselves to coal trains, sitting high in the canopy of threatened rainforest or locking onto bulldozers, their non-violent tactics are designed to generate mass action with one finger tap.

Against a backdrop of drought, […]

The Trouble With Being Born

(M) Dir. by Sandra Wollner, Austria/Germany 2020. 94 min | Drama/ Sci-Fi

Elli is an android and lives with a man she calls her father. She can recall memories of beach holidays and anything else he programs her to remember. […]

During the day they drift through the summer and at night he takes her to bed. Designed to resemble one of his memories, she seems very much alive -sometimes, she even seems to dream and yet, she remains a machine, a container for those memories that mean everything to him and nothing to her.

Let The Child Be The Guide

The seeds of a new society of peace and freedom, the Montessori way.

Curious to see how the Method works first hand, filmmaker Alexandre Mourot sets his camera up in the oldest Montessori school in France (with kids from 3 to 6) and observes. The teacher remains discreet.  Alexandre was warmly welcomed in a surprisingly calm and peaceful environment, filled with flowers, fruits and Montessori materials. He met happy children, who were free to move about, working alone or in small groups. Some children were reading, […]

It Must Be Heaven (M -AU) (PG -NZ)

Rated M in Au and PG in NZ | directed by Elia Suleiman | 97 mins | Comedy | Palestine 2019

Elia Suleiman escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to find
that Palestine is trailing behind him. The promise of a new life turns into a
comedy of errors: however far he travels, from Paris to New York, something
always reminds him of home.

REVIEWS

★★★★ 1/2
Absolutely beguiling.. Superbly done!

-GRAEME BLUNDELL- SCREEN

★★★★

-DAVID STRATTON RECOMMENDS

★★★★

-FOXTEL ARTS- […]

“A profound burlesque comedy”

Screwdriver

After fifteen years of imprisonment, Ziad struggles to adjust to modern Palestinian life as the hero everyone hails him to be. Unable to distinguish reality from hallucination he unravels and forces himself to go back to where it all began.

Working Woman

SYNOPSIS

Dir. by Michal Aviad, (female director) Israel 2018. 93 min | Drama

Life at work becomes unbearable for Orna. Her boss appreciates and promotes her, while making inappropriate advances. Her husband struggles to keep his new restaurant afloat, and Orna becomes the main breadwinner for their three children. When her world is finally shattered, she must pull herself together to fight, in her own way, for her job and a sense of self-worth.

REVIEWS

“Working Woman is more than a feature that makes compelling drama out of workplace sexual harassment; […]

The Third Wife

Rated MA15+ | Dir. by Ash Mayfair, Vietnam. 2018. 97 min | Drama

In 19th-century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon, she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. May’s hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. Faced with forbidden love and its devastating consequences, May finally comes to an understanding of the brutal truth: the options available to her are few and far between. […]