Legendary 20th Century war poet Siegfried Sassoon's life-long quest for personal salvation through his experiences with family, war, his writing, and destructive relationships goes unresolved, never realizing it can only come from within // BIOGRAPHY/DRAMA In English
MMedium level violence
One of the first films of the New Hollywood, this film opened the floodgates for violence on screen. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway share compelling screen chemistry all the way until they meet their end in "one of the bloodiest death scenes in cinematic history."
This Christmas-tinged LA neo-noir black comedy marked the return from the wilderness for Robert Downey Jr. and an assured directorial debut for Shane Black. Best of all, it is packed with nods and references the most of the films in this program. Happy Christmas.
MThe content is moderate in impact
This retelling of the 1972 bank heist turned fiasco led by John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturile made for a high point in a career of highlights for Sidney Lumet. Al Pacino’s sweaty, nervous, bravura performance remains electrifying to this day.
MSexual references and coarse language
The hilarious smash-hit French comedy written and directed by, and starring Jérôme Commandeur (Welcome to the Sticks, Ma famille t’adore déjà/My Family Already Adores You). Vincent, a long-time civil servant, refuses to move on from his cushy job for life. When the new local mayor demands cuts to the budget, disgruntled inspector Isabelle (Pascale Arbillot) orchestrates a series of undesirable transfers for Vincent, from the worst corners of France to the North Pole… but will it be enough to finally force him to quit the bureaucratic system that he’s become so accustomed to?
MA15+Medium level violence, Medium level coarse language
This black crime comedy marked the point at which Joel and Ethan Coen became untouchable as filmmakers. All their obsessions and stylistic approaches are on display as Frances McDormand’s pregnant police chief follows the evidence from a roadside homicide.
SHORTS: 15 AUGUST + TWO PIGEONS + MULLA AAPA // FEATURES: WHEN POMEGRANATES HOWL: A nine-year-old boy from Kabul decides to start a business as a cart pusher, hoping to raise enough money to follow his dreams. One day he stumbles across an Australian photographer, and his big-screen vision might just become a reality // 2022 marks the 7th year of the home grown Ghan International Film Festival Australia (GIFFA) started in Adelaide in 2015 by a migrant Afghan filmmaker. As always, proceeds from GIFFA support education and nutrition programs for street children in Kabul, a group of children collected from street of Kabul by GIFFA team members.
SHORTS: NAZPARI + TOFANG MORAHE + BICOLOR + DEAD END + MISS AFGHANISTAN + I WISH OUR HOUSE HAD WATER // 2022 marks the 7th year of the home grown Ghan International Film Festival Australia (GIFFA) started in Adelaide in 2015 by a migrant Afghan filmmaker. As always, proceeds from GIFFA support education and nutrition programs for street children in Kabul, a group of children collected from street of Kabul by GIFFA team members.
The inimitable Howard Hawks returns to the screwball comedy genre that he pretty much created. Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell star as a hard-boiled newspaper editor and his star reporter ex-wife, with a whip-smart script and machine-gun delivery, this film remains a classic.
PGMild themes and coarse language
Dad (Hassan Madjooni) sits moodily in the back with an ostensibly broken leg, while Mom (Pantea Panahiha) drives and tries to laugh when she’s not holding back tears. An energetic youngster (Rayan Sarlak, in a star-making performance) keeps exploding into song and scrambling around the car. All are fussing over their sick dog and getting on each others’ nerves; only the mysterious older brother (Amin Simiar) is quiet. It’s clear they’re on a road trip across a rugged, often extremely beautiful landscape – but where are they headed?
PGMild themes and infrequent coarse language
A Scottish woman, traveling in Columbia begins to notice strange sounds and soon begins to think about their appearance. This calmly realist film will convince you that the living and the dead, the past and the present, exist side by side. A vivid and award winning experience. // DRAMA/SCI-FI In English and Spanish with English subtitles.
Crafted with the lightest to touches and deeply indebted to Dashiell Hammett’s fiction, this film was, in the grand tradition of cinematheque classics, a box office disappointment upon release. Time, however, has granted the film it’s deserved place as one of the great works of neo-noir.
The film was widely considered Capra’s masterpiece (at least until he made IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE). This tale of a seemingly simple small town man, taken to New York by a conniving lawyer and falling for a canny reporter remains a sure-fire crowd-pleaser to this day.
Three officers are tasked with escorting an illegal immigrant to Charles de Gaulle airport, where he will be forced onto a plane and sent back to his homeland. But when they find out about the truth, they have to make a difficult choice // DRAMA/THRILLER In French with English subtitles.
Alain Delon became an overnight star in his first starring role in this loose adaptation of 'The Talented Mr. Ripley'. This film remains a favourite of many, including Martin Scorsese. But does greater liberty with the source material make for the better adaptation?
Roman Polanski's first English-language film is a dark psychological horror and utter tour-de-force that has remained atop critical lists of horror films, thrillers and explorations of the decent into madness. The film is packed with clever filmmaking technique and provided Catherine Deneuve the role that defined the "ice maiden” persona she would cultivate over much of her career.
Billy Wilder’s black comedy film noir is widely considered one of the greatest films of all time and certainly the greatest film about Hollywood. From the opening shot of William Holden’s dead narrator, floating in a pool, it is clear this film is unlike anything else from the era.
MMedium level coarse language
Everybody has a favourite Coen Brothers film and, for most, this is that film. Jeff Bridges makes a career defining turn as LA slacker Jeff 'The Dude' Lebowski, and his journey for restitution for a rug that 'really tied the room together'. All overseen by a cowboy narrator.
Filmmaking titan, John Huston’s debut film may have been a remake of an adaptation of a piece of pulp detective fiction but it remains the film that defines the film noir genre more than any other. Providing Humphrey Bogart with the tipping point role that transitioned him from supporting gangster player to leading man, this was the film he was most proud of.
MMedium level violence, Adult themes, Low level coarse language
Anthony Minghella stays very true to the source material in his star-studded 1999 adaptation. Matt Damon cements his stature as an A-list star with a performance that balances innocent enthusiasm and cold calculation. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, but does greater fidelity make a better adaptation?
Debate still rages over if 'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp' or 'The Third Man' is the greatest British film of all time. Suffice to say Sir Carol Reed’s 1949 film noir casts a long shadow over thriller filmmaking to this day with its iconic cinematography and riveting performances from Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles.
Juliette Binoche stars as a woman whose husband and child are killed in a car accident. Suddenly set free from her familial bonds, she attempts to cut herself off from everything and live in isolation from her former ties, but finds that she cannot free herself from human connections.
Irène Jacob stars as a model who discovers a retired judge is keen on invading people's privacy. Three Colours: Red remains one of only two films to hold a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic and is a stunning conclusion to this trilogy. Perhaps Kieślowski’s masterpiece.
Zbigniew Zamachowski stars as a shy man who, after being left by his wife in humiliating circumstances in Paris, loses his money, his residency, and his friends. As a deeply ashamed beggar in Paris, Karol begins his effort to restore equality to his life through revenge.
PGMild themes and incidental coarse language
A heartfelt cinematic reinvention of Archie Roach and the late Ruby Hunter's award-winning 2004 concert, KURA TUNGAR: SONGS FROM THE RIVER— celebrating their love, their history, stories of resilience and family. From the banks of the Murray, an awe-inspiring ode to country and culture.