Film Festival Frenzy

Foreign films buffs (and by foreign, I mean anything made somewhere other than Australia or the Unites States) will be very busy indeed from next week with two international festivals screening in Brisbane at the same time. Both the Russian Resurrection Film Festival and the British Film Festival will launch in Brisbane on Thursday (November 6) and run until November 16. How it came to be that the two festivals – both of which will feature new releases and retrospective screenings – are scheduled at the exact same time is anybody’s guess and it will certainly make life difficult for those wanting to take in films from both events. On the upside though, it is always great to get early access to new films or catch screenings of films – new or old – that otherwise may never be shown on local screens.

Russian Resurrection

The Russian Resurrection Film Festival will screen exclusively at Event Cinemas Myer Centre with 20 films on the schedule over 11 days. Amongst the news films being showcased are What’s My Name, a psychological drama about a teenage girl meeting her father for the first time, Goodbye Mum, a contemporary drama based loosely on Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, and the 3D animated sequel Space Dogs 2. Adult tickets start at $17.50 and multi-film passes are available. To see the full festival schedule, head to the festival website.

British Film Festival

Meanwhile, the British Film Festival kicks off with Testament of Youth, the true-life story of Vera Brittain starring Emily Watson and Games of Thrones’ Kit Harrington, with Alicia Vikander in the lead role. Of course, new films from Ken Loach (Jimmy’s Hall) and Mike Leigh (Cannes winner Mr. Turner) feature in the line-up. There are also plenty of familiar faces in various roles across the 20+ films on offer, including the likes of Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Jessica Chastain, Keira Knightley, Toni Collette and the pop culture icon that is Benedict Cumberbatch. The British Film Festival screens at Palace Centro and Palace Barracks, with adult tickets from as low as $15.00 for movie club members. The screening schedule and is online now at the festival website.

BAPFF

Also arriving soon is the inaugural Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival, taking over from the much-loved Brisbane International Film Festival. The new event, as the name suggests, is very much focussed on films from the Asia Pacific region, narrowing the scope somewhat from BIFF and a change that has drawn criticism from some quarters. Only time will tell, but certainly the first collection of movies announced seem impressive enough and include the Palme d’Or-winning Winter Sleep from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia). The Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF) runs from November 29 to December 14 and details of the eight films announced thus far are now available at the festival website.

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