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Brisbane International Film Festival 2017

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
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How square are you?
August is a good month - not least because it hosts the Brisbane International Film Festival from the 17th of August to the 3rd of September 2017. September. In fact, this month is a busy one with EKKA taking centre stage as well, so your choices are plentiful and varied.

BIFF 17th Aug- 3rd Sept
BIFF 17th Aug- 3rd Sept

Brisbane International Film Festival is the city's largest celebration of cinema, bringing the best of international films to our screens together with informative talks, panels and seminars. The Festival has been going for 23 years and it goes from strength to strength. This year features some very impressive entries from Europe and the Curator, Maxine Williamson and the Co Director Richard Sowada spent many hours choosing and debating the entries to this year's Festival. Be sure not to miss it.

Among the many films that will be screened at Palace Barracks and Palace Centro are " The Square" which will feature on the opening night of the Festival on Thursday the 17th of August. The film, directed by Ruben Ostlund was the winner of the Palme D' Or this year at the Cannes Film Festival. It relates the compelling story of a successful and caring man who is mugged and his reaction following the mugging. This is at times a funny and tongue in cheek comedy, which uncovers some uncomfortable human reactions and expectations in social behaviour and norms.

The Square
The Square

Of particular interest to Queensland audiences is the " Go Between" documentary directed by Kriv Stenders which has been described by the Guardian as " an emotional, rolling thunder of a film, one this extraordinary band deserves". For those of you who may have caught "16 Lovers Lane", a concert on the work of the Go Between band, which was recently staged at QPAC, this is a must see.

There will be a retrospective of the acclaimed Russian Director Andrey Zvyagintsev outlining his works and awards as well as the screening of his film " Loveless" which won the Jury prize at this years Cannes Film Festival.

Among the many feature length films which you can enjoy there will also be other shorter documentaries which are often by new and young directors. "Refugee Women" a series of short films about the plight of these silent heroes. Panel discussions and talks will accompany some of the projections.

Also in the programme is Australia first Muslim Rom - Com, directed by Jeffrey Walker who raises the perennial problem in Muslim families about who chooses the bride, the young man or his family.

There is something for every film and art lover and the film "Loving Vincent" directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welshman about the famous Dutch artist is one which will keep you engaged asking questions about how the artist died, told through the animation of his works which is both original and informative.

Another documentary entitled "Blue" examines the devastation of our marine life and the huge environmental impact of plastic in our oceans. A documentary that so touches our lives. A film entitled "The Namatjira Project" relates to the life of Albert Namatjira, a founder of the indigenous art movement and the way he was treated. A part of Australian history and not to be missed.

There are so many other films which are worthy of mention but also of seeing. How many you will get to will be entirely up to you but this is your starting block here.

For more information and ticketing go to the website - BIFF
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Why? Fabulous selection of International Films
When: 17th August to the 3rd Sept
Phone: 3367 1954
Where: Palace Barracks and Palace Centro cinemas
Cost: Variable as per cinema tickets
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