The emergence of the Queensland Film Festival has given Brisbane movie lovers access to screen content to which they may not otherwise have access and this year sees the festival continuing to grow, offering up an array of contemporary and classic feature films, documentaries and shorts. The 2017 program, which runs from July 13 to 23 at New Farm Cinemas, includes more than 20 films from Australia and overseas, including some highly acclaimed, and much anticipated, titles.
The opening film of the 2017 QFF will be Claire’s Camera, a French-Korean co-production from director Hong Sang-Soo and starring Isabelle Huppert. Also on opening night will be Relationships Shorts, a program of local and international short films, all of which revolve around the theme of relationships. On Saturday, July 15 the Horror Shorts program will, as the name suggests, bring together a selection of short horror films from around the world, while several of the feature screenings will also be preceded by short films.
Amongst the features being showcased this year are Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, the Academy Award-nominated documentary I am Not Your Negro and The Untamed, the latest offering from Mexican filmmaker Amat Escalante. Starring three of the best actresses going around in Laura Dern, Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart, Certain Women won Best Film at the 2016 London Film Festival, while The Untamed arrives in Brisbane on the back of Escalante winning the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival. Also featuring at the festival is Good Time, a thriller from the Safdie brothers starring an almost unrecognisable Robert Pattinson.
Single screening tickets are just $16 ($12 concessions) and once again the festival includes panel sessions (The Ecstacy of Film and Editing, Film X Art), as well as an editing master class with Dr Karen Pearlman, all of which are absolutely free. For full details about the 2017 Queensland Film Festival, head to the festival website or follow them on Facebook.