The Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival is on again later this month with a vast array of features, documentaries and short films on the program, which runs from November 23 to December 4.
The screening schedule includes more than 80 films from Australia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond, including retrospectives and special programs. One such program strand is Transcending the Inevitable: Japanese Screen Legends and Their Works with Masters, a celebration of Japanese actresses who inspired and collaborated with a reputable master director.
A Critical Eye is a collection films that address some of the most important issues of today, such as gender, sexuality, social justice, refugees and cultural identity. Included in this program strand are the latest films from Iranian directors Asghar Farhadi (The Salesman) and Riza Mirkarimi (Daughter), as well as new work from Turkish film maker Zeki Demirkubuz (Ember) and films from India, Israel, Afghanistan and Korea.
Australian films on show include Hounds of Love, starring Susie Porter, Stephen Curry and Ashleigh Cummings, and a collection of documentary features such as Snow Monkey, Ella and Imaginary Border.
Extending beyond the Asia-Pacific region, the No Boundaries: International Perspectives program strand features some of the top films from other parts of the world, with a selection of highly acclaimed new works from Europe and America, including Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, the Kristin Stewart-starring Personal Shopper from Olivier Assayas, Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson and the latest social realist drama from the Dardenne brothers, The Unknown Girl.