ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2009 – PREVIEW
WORLD PREMIERES OF NINE AUSSIE FILMS
Thirty-nine Australian films, including nine new features, eight documentaries
and 22 shorts will be showcased at the 2009 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival
(February 19 – March 1, 2009), offering a snapshot of the state of Australian
filmmaking, with romantic comedy, historical dramas, and inspiring documentaries
of human courage all emerging as strong themes.
Nine new Australian features will have their world premieres at the festival,
with six of these – A GOOD MAN, LAST RIDE, LUCKY COUNTRY, MY TEHRAN FOR SALE and
SAMSON AND DELILAH, and opening night film MY YEAR WITHOUT SEX – made possible
through the festival’s investment arm, the AFF Investment Fund, which invests in
new and innovative Australian works.
Other world premieres include Natalie Imbruglia in her first starring role in
CLOSED FOR WINTER; VAN DIEMEN’S LAND based on the amazing story of Alexander
Pearce, Australia’s most notorious convict; and BEAUTIFUL a drama about
Australian suburbia. Three Australian documentary features will have their
national premieres – YES MADAM, SIR, SOLO and ACROSS THE PLATEAU.
MY YEAR WITHOUT SEX – Opening Night film & in Natuzzi Competition for Best
Feature Film. Sarah Watt’s long awaited follow up to Look Both Ways, MY YEAR
WITHOUT SEX extends Watt’s concerns with the capricious ways that the gods can
reach out into suburbia and strike you down. Natalie and her family are the
stuff of suburban life: mortgage, messy house, job worries, and trying to figure
out how fast to let the kids grow up, until something unexpected occurs which
forces Natalie to address the big questions: is there a God, and if there is,
why does the dryer keep on breaking down? If life is governed by dumb luck,
should I play the pokies? Stars Sacha Horler, Matt Day.
But it’s not an Aussie exclusive program; in the Off the Bloc sidebar, the
Festival explores recent East European cinema with nine new features, including:
BLIND LOVES is a moving Slovakian documentary from Juraj Lehotský about love
among four sets of blind people; Bulgarian first time feature director Javor
Gardev’s ZIFT is a story that unfolds at night - energetic, macho absurdism
meets film noir; THE INVESTIGATOR, written and directed by Hungarian filmmaker
Attila Gigor, an engrossing whodunnit with an unusual twist – we already know
whodunnit; winner of the prestigious European Film Academy Prix ARTE award for
documentary film in 2008, Helena Třeštíková’s RENE follows the life of criminal
Rene Plasil over a span of three decades; SNOW is the debut feature from
Sarajevo-born director Aida Begić. A powerful and moving study of the cost of
war on those who survive.
In all, 143 films from over 49 countries will screen through the festival’s
duration. The Minister assisting the Premier for the Arts, Minister John Hill MP
announced producer Jan Chapman (Lantana, The Piano) as the recipient of the Don
Dunstan Award, which is presented by the festival’s Board in recognition of
outstanding contribution to the Australian film industry.
Published February 5, 2009
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