The upcoming Senior's Cinema film program, hosted exclusively at ACMI Melbourne is an eclectic film program designed for mature audiences. However while the film program curated by Roberta Ciabarra, is titled 'Senior's Cinema,' all are welcome; the normal ticket price is $11, for seniors it is priced at $6 (carers are admitted for free), while for 'ACMI Members' the ticket price is $5. The film program is largely composed of international 'art-house' films.
First off the mark is the Cold War espionage thriller L'affaire Farewell (2009), set in Moscow 1981 and loosely based on the life of Vladimir Vetrov – a KGB defector, who was responsible for collecting the contents of the 'farewell dossier.' This multilingual French production directed by Christian Carion, who received an Oscar nomination for 'Best Foreign Language Film' with his previous feature film Joyeux Noel (2006), features a stellar international cast, including Guillaume Canet, Emir Kusturica, Alexandra Maria Lara and Willem Dafoe. L'affaire Farewell never received a theatrical release in Australia, so this is a great way to see it on the big screen.This feature film screens on the 4th and 5th of December at 11am and on the 6th of December at 1.30pm. The following weekend it screens on the 11th and 12th of December at 11am and on the 13th of December at 1.30pm. Rated M.
Lovely, Still (2008) is the perfect film in the lead-up to Christmas. This drama/romance, which again did not receive a full theatrical release in Australia, depicts the unexpected love story between lonely Robert, portrayed by Martin Landau and his new neighbour Mary, portrayed by Ellen Burstyn. This is the debut feature of Nicholas Facklor, and Lovely, Still has received many positive reviews, particularly for Landau and Burstyn. This feature film screens on the 19th of December at 11am and on the 20th of December at 1.30pm. The following week it screens on the 26th of December at 11am and on the 27th of December at 1.30pm. Unrated.
A Zac Efron feature at a Senior's Cinema film program? Well, yes, as Efron had taken a break from the teen roles in 2008, to star in Me and Orson Welles (2008), an acclaimed period-drama directed by Richard Linklater. Set in 1937, it details the relationship between a young Orson Welles (portrayed by Christian McKay – who received a BAFTA nomination for his performance) and seventeen year-old Richard Samuels (Efron), who is offered the lead role in Welles' stage production of 'Julius Caesar'. The film also stars Claire Danes and Ben Chaplin. This feature film screens on the 1st and 2nd of January at 11am and on the 3rd of January at 1.30pm. The following weekend it screens on the 8th and 9th of January at 11am. Rated PG.
The first vintage feature of the film program is Pandora and the Flying Dutchman – the 1951 drama directed by Albert Lewinn, starring Ava Gardner as Pandora, James Marson and Nigel Patrick. Based on the legend of the 'Flying Dutchman', this visually stunning epic is receiving a special limited release; screening on the 16th of January at 11am and on the 17th of January at 1.30pm. The following week it screens on the 23rd of January at 11am and 24th of January at 1.30pm. Rated PG.
The recently released Australian drama South Solitary (2010), stars Mirando Otto, Marton Csokas, Essie Davis and Rohan Nicol. Directed by Shirley Barret (recipient of a 'Golden Camera Award' in 1996 for her previous feature film, Love Serenade, at the Cannes Film Festival) this feature film, set in 1927, follows 30-something Meredith (Miranda Otto), who accompanies George, (portrayed by Barry Otto), her uncle, to live on a remote island, where he has recently been appointed a lighthouse operator. Set in the aftermath of WW1, this feature film has received mostly positive reviews. This feature film screens on the 29th and 30th of January at 11am and on the 31st of January at 1.30pm. The following weekend it screens on the 5th and 6th of February at 11am and on the 7th of February at 1.30pm. Rated M.
Creation (2009), on release received mixed reviews. The drama is loosely based on the relationship between Charles Darwin (Paul Bettany) and his eldest daughter Annie, set during the time the British naturalist was writing 'On the Origin of Species' – published in 1859. The film portrays the entire Darwin family, including Emma Darwin (Jennifer Connelly), Charles' wife, who is deeply religious and disagrees with her husband's theory of evolution. Directed by John Amiel, this biopic depicts Darwin as a father and husband and the origins and eventual tragedy, which became the catalyst for 'On the Origin of Species'. This feature film screens on the 12th and 13th of February at 11am and on the 14th of February at 1.30pm. The following weekend it screens on the 19th and 20th of February at 11am and on the 21st of February at 1.30pm. Rated PG.
The second French production of the film program is Le Concert (2009), a French comedy-drama film directed by Radu Mihaileanu, starring Aleksei Guskov, Mélanie Laurent and Miou-Miou. This popular film recounts the tale of Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, who thirty years ago was the renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra; he was fired after hiring Jewish musicians. Today, he is of a humble existence - a cleaning man at the Bolshoi. However after he finds out that the Châtelet Theater in Paris has invited the Bolshoi orchestra for a special performance, he has a madcap idea to gather his former musicians and once again perform – in Paris. This feature film screens on the 26th and 27th of February at 11am and on the 28th of February at 1.30pm. The following weekend it screens on the 5th and 6th of March at 11am and on the 7th of March at 1.30pm. Rated M.
A Single Man was the sleeper hit of 2010, by an unlikely director - Tom Ford, an American fashion designer. The stunning debut feature film depicts one day in the life of George Falconer (Colin Firth), an English college professor, residing in the US, whose long-term partner, Jim (Matthew Goode), died in a car accident eight months ago. Devastated and still grieving, George makes a devastating decision; that this day will be his last. What follows are George's final encounters with those he cares for, such as his friend Charley (Julianne Moore), but there are unexpected encounters, which could alter his decision. This feature film screens on the 12th and 13th of March at 11am and on the 14th of March at 1.30pm. The following weekend it screens on the 19th and 20th of March at 11am and on the 21st of March at 1.30pm. Rated M.
The sole Italian inclusion of the film program, is the 2006 feature film Rosso come il cielo (Red Like the Sky), a drama based on the life of Mirco Mencacci, a renowned Italian sound editor. The film details the life of Mencacci as a bright child, who loved cinema, but one fateful day he loses his sight in a terrible accident. However, despite his early obstacles, Mencacci eventually discovers his talent for music and sound. Mencacci's childhood is brought to life in this acclaimed drama from Cristiana Bortone, which is a winner of several awards, including the 'Audience Award' at the 2008 Sydney Festival. This feature film screens on the 26th and 27th of March at 11am and on the 28th of March at 1.30pm. The following weekend it screens on the 2nd and 3rd of April at 11am and on the 4th of April at 1.30pm. Rated M.