16 December @ Cinema Paradiso ·
Presented by Palace Cinemas ·
To close the festival on Sunday 16th December, Alfonso Cuarón’s funny,
hot-blooded, and moving road comedy Y Tu Mamá También will screen in a
2K restoration. Enjoy the night with a drink on arrival.
Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón (Roma, Gravity, Children of Men)
had his breakout hit with the perfectly balanced road comedy, Y tu mamá
también starring Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. The film tells the
story of Julio and Tenoch, seventeen-year-olds who have had a long
friendship despite their different backgrounds. With their respective
girlfriends away in Europe, Julio (Bernal) and his upper-class friend
Tenoch (Luna) are looking forward to a summer full of fun and foolishness.
During a wedding, they meet Luisa (Maribel Verdú) — the 28-year-old wife
of Tenoch’s scholarly cousin — and try to convince her to go on a road
trip to a made-up beach paradise the two claim is on the Oaxacan coast.
To their surprise, Luisa — who is looking to escape her troubled life
for a spell — agrees to go along. Two days into the trip, tension starts
to build between the two friends, who are not-so-quietly vying for her
affection. Soon simmering jealousies boil over into savage arguments,
threatening to completely destroy their friendship.
Shot beautifully by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and interspersed with
small visual reminders of political unrest juxtaposed with the natural
beauty of the country; this is a film not to be missed.
12 December @ Cinema Paradiso ·
Presented by Palace Cinema ·
Join us on Wednesday 12th December for an Argentinian Special Event
for the 2018 Cine Latino Film Festival Perth with a screening of
Ten Days Without Mum, plus Argentinian food, drinks & entertainment.
What happens when mum decides to take a vacation from her family?
In Ten Days Without Mom, a suburban mother of four sets out on
vacation after her husband complains that her life is too easy.
This screening will be preceded by Argentinian drinks, canapés
thanks to El Asador Argentinian Grill & live entertainment by
Argentinian musician; Jere Sosa.
26 Nov – Sun 7 Apr @ UWA Somerville & ECU Joondalup Pines ·
Presented by Perth Festival ·
What better way to spend a beautiful evening than enjoying a picnic with
friends before sitting back as the silver screen lights up the Festival’s
two beautiful outdoor cinemas at UWA Somerville and ECU Joondalup Pines.
One crowd-pleaser will be Sink or Swim, the quirky Cannes Film Festival hit
comedy about a group of middle-aged Frenchmen who form a synchronized swimming
team to ease their stress-filled lives. Other highlights include include South
Korean thriller Burning, which is an adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story
‘Barn Burning’; Woman at War, a comedic Icelandic film about a middle-aged
eco-warrior; Cold War, Polish Oscar-winner Pawel Palikowski’s stylish mid-century
romantic saga; and Japanese drama Shoplifters, the winner of this year’s
Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival.
6 December @ Cinema Paradiso ·
Presented by Palace Cinemas ·
Join us on Thursday 6th December for the opening night of the
2018 Cine Latino Film Festival Perth with a screening of ROMA,
plus Mexican street food, drinks & entertainment.
From Alfonso Cuarón, the Academy-Award nominated director of Gravity
and Children of Men, come along to the Opening Night of the 2018 Cine
Latino Film festival and be a part of this rare opportunity to see his
new film Roma, on the big screen. His most personal project to date,
this richly textured masterpiece chronicles a turbulent year in the lives
of a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City. After the film, the
festivities will continue in the Cinema Paradiso foyer with
drinks, Mexican Street food, thanks to El Mexicano and live
entertainment from Jere Sosa & band De Cuba Son. The WA SAMBA will
be in attendance before the film for a pre-show street performance.
6:45pm arrivals at Cinema Paradis , Street performance by WA SAMBA,
Screening of ROMA
9:00pm Afterparty in the Cinema Paradiso foyer
While it’s still a few months until the bulk of the Perth Festival kicks off, the Lotterywest Film season is about to commence. Wondering what to see? For your convenience, Mark Naglazas has put together a tasting plate of some of the morsels on offer in the first half of the Festival’s film program.
The Perth Festival outdoor film season has always been a balancing act. On the one hand there is the commitment to bringing local audiences a sampling of the best of international cinema (often hot off the European or North American festival circuit); on the other there’s the demand to fill the coffers, the necessity of supporting the summertime arts bonanza’s less lucrative offerings by padding the program with crowd-pleasers.
The first half of the 2018/19 line-up is no exception. There are new works from celebrated auteurs – such as Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, the follow-up to his critically acclaimed post-Holocaust drama Ida, and Iranian master Asghar Farhadi’s first Spanish foray with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem – leavened with enough feel-good flicks to make you forget you’re sitting in chairs that every summer keep chiropractors across the Western suburbs busy.
Astutely, Perth Festival film programmer Tom Vincent is kicking off this year’s event with a comedy-romance from Argentina, An Unexpected Love, that boasts qualities drawn from both sides of the ledger.
It is about a pair of empty nesters (played by Mercedes Moran and Ricardo Darin) who, out of fear of impending boredom (as opposed to present-tense misery), mutually agree to dissolve their union.
Ana, the more restless of the two, immediately hooks up with an old flame before moving on to a creepy perfume salesman (getting comfortable, for this oddball Salvador Dali lookalike, means slipping out of his clothes while Ana is in the bathroom) and ultimately a work colleague; while her somewhat shy ex, Marcos, has an ill-fated first date with a sexually voracious alpha female dentist… that ends in an ambulance ride to the hospital.
The middle portion of An Unexpected Love is as breezy as you might expect from such a set-up – and, of course, it’s in keeping with the long Lotterywest Films tradition of beginning the season with something easy to digest, along with the wine and cheese.
However, it is bookended by several extended dialogue scenes that dig deep into the lows and highs of long-term relationships that push it out of familiar rom-com territory into a more challenging space, with Moran and Darin (well-known to local audiences for the classy 2009 romantic thriller The Secret in Their Eyes) giving lovely performances, infusing their characters with world-weariness and romantic and sexual yearning.
Also on the lighter side of the ledger is Gilles Lellouche’s star-laden French hit Sink or Swim, a Full Monty-ish comedy about a group of men in various states of disarray and despair, who set about refloating their soggy lives through the unlikeliest of means – synchronised swimming. The cast is headed by the wonderful Matthew Almaric and the pool is filled with some of France’s finest actors, so a few ripples of laughter, if not waves, are guaranteed.
Curiously, Sink or Swim is screening just months after an English-language version of the same story played during the recently ended British Film Festival (both, it seems, were inspired by the 2010 Swedish documentary Men Who Swim). Where next for the burgeoning sub-genre in which men in crisis pick themselves up through off-beat activities. Form a sewing circle? Catwalk modelling? The wackier the better.
Indeed, men in crisis is one of the major themes of the first half of this year’s program (Vincent will announce the rest of the line-up in coming months). In Arctic, by Brazilian video auteur Joe Penna, Mads Mikkelsen plays a researcher-explorer who fights for survival in a frozen wilderness; in One Last Deal (from Finland) an elderly art dealer on the verge or retirement makes one last attempt at making real money, and reconnecting with his estranged family, by selling what he believes to be a masterpiece; and in At Eternity’s Gate the American artist-turned-filmmaker Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) brings us his portrait of tortured Dutch genius Vincent van Gogh (Venice Film Festival winner Willem Dafoe heads a splendid cast that also includes Mikkelsen, as well as Oscar Isaac).
While these Euro-American dramas are centred on the struggles of men, Shoplifters, from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-Eda, is about an impoverished family who supplement their modest income by stealing stuff, diddling social security and, in the case of father Osamu’s sister-in-law, dressing up as a schoolgirl for sex shop voyeurs.
After a decade or more of celebrated films (several of which have played at Perth Festival) Kore-Eda won the Palm d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Make no mistake: Shoplifters will be slow and understated, as was his last film, After the Storm (2016), which rarely rose above the level of a whisper. But few filmmakers in any culture manage to so deftly tease out the delicate tissue that holds families together.
Family is also the subject of the films of Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi. In films such as A Separation (2011) and The Salesman (2016), both of which played at previous Perth Festivals, Farhadi digs beneath the secrets and lies of the Iranian middle-classes, revealing that when it comes to marriage, family obligations and career, those living under an Islamic regime are not as far removed from us as you might imagine.
Set in a village on the outskirts of Madrid, Everybody Knows is about a woman named Laura (Penelope Cruz) who returns to native Spain with her two children and reconnects with her old flame, a winemaker played by Cruz’s real-life partner Javier Bardem. When Laura’s teenaged daughter goes missing it cracks open up a fissure in the extended family, exposing the long-suppressed history between the former lovers.
While Cruz gives the flashiest performance as the distraught mother, reviews suggest that it’s Bardem and, once again, Ricardo Darin (star of the opening film) who bare their souls in astonishing ways, sealing the male-centric first half of this year’s Lotterywest Films. Guys are in the spotlight this year but, in a world where male power is being challenged everywhere, nobody is making it easy for them.
Pictured top is a still from Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s ‘Shoplifters’.
Mark Naglazas is the former film editor, chief film critic and an arts writer for The West Australian. He interviewed many of the world’s major stars and most significant filmmakers, covered international film festivals and hosted numerous movie and and arts events. He was also a long-time contributor to ABC radio. Mark now reviews films for 6PR, writes features for STM and is attempting his own screenplays. Mark loves nothing more than an old-school screwball comedy so his playground favourite activity is hanging upside down on the monkey bars.
3 Nov – 31 Mar @ Rooftop Movies ·
Presented by Artrage ·
Rooftop Movies – Perth’s most spectacular urban outdoor cinema at 68 Roe Street, Northbridge – is back with a crowd-pleasing line-up of blockbusters, new releases and throwback favourites and a brand-new look that will take a night at the movies to a whole new level.
The pop-up movie destination, perched six floors up above the hustle and bustle of Northbridge, boasts enviable city sunset views and, with its comfy beanbags and delicious food and beverage offerings, is the perfect date night location or place to catch up with your mates. Nightly from 3 November to 31 March, except Mondays.
6 – 16 December @ Cinema Paradiso ·
Presented by Palace Cinemas ·
The Cine Latino Film Festival, Australia’s largest festival of Latin American cinema arrives in Perth for the first time this December, exclusively at Palace Cinema Paradiso.
The festival brings together the most exciting new films from across Latin America and we are thrilled to announce that the 2018 festival will open with one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA. Beginning in Mexico, this year’s Cine Latino Film Festival features films from across the region, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Paraguay.
19 November @ Luna Cinemas Leederville ·
Presented by Luna Palace Cinemas ·
A cantankerous English teacher and disgraced author must show he’s a changed man if his current manuscript is to be published, that is the premise of Book Week Q&A – the latest film from writer/director Heath Davis (Broke).
Davis will participate in an exclusive Q&A screening on Monday 19 November at Luna Cinemas Leederville. Tickets are available online at www.lunapalace.com.au (see special events).
The Australian comedy was a sold-out hit at the recent Melbourne International Film Festival and will be released through Bonsai Films locally on November 29, screening exclusively at Luna Palace Cinemas here in Perth.
Starring Susan Prior, (The Rover, Puberty Blues, Animal Kingdom), Toby Schmitz (Black Sails, Right Here Right Now, Three Blind Mice, Griff the Invisible), Maya Stange (Killing Ground, Garage Days, In a Savage Land, Love Child) and Nicholas Hope (Bad Boy Bubby, Scooby-Doo, Picnic at Hanging Rock), the film focusses on budding author, Nicholas Cutler, played by Alan Dukes (Tomorrow When the War Began, The Little Death, Anzac Girls), who has been waiting 44 years for his life to start.
A self-professed ‘undiscovered literary genius,’ Cutler has been wanting so long for the dream to become a reality that his strength of mind is starting to crack. Not even the serial womanising and long boozy nights can suppress the discouraged high school English teacher’s artistic suffering anymore. When it looks like his novel is going to be published, he thinks his life has finally changed. But what promises to be the best week of his life professionally, spirals into seven days of hell personally. A pregnant girlfriend, student in trouble with the law, a gravely ill brother in law and the prospects of living a life of unfilled dreams force Mr Cutler to re-examine just what is most important in his life.
The Q&A will follow the screening which commences at 6pm
3 -4, 10-11 November @ The Backlot Perth ·
Presented by Revelation Perth International Film Festival ·
Australiyaniality aims to explore Australia’s wellbeing. The key word liyan is a Yawuru word that relates to Aboriginal peoples’ view of their wellbeing. It is about the way they feel about themselves and relationship with their community.
27 Artists have come together from different disciplines and cultural backrgounds to interrogate their own Australian identity and explore what a better Australian identity would look like. Can it be re-shaped? What is good? What needs to change? What is our collective liyan? How do we materialise all of this into real action?
For this special program Rev is screening some of the best and most challenging Australian works in produced in recent years – and we can hardly wait to bring them to big screen in the highest of fidelity at The Backlot Perth.
17 October @ Luna Cinemas Leederville ·
Presented by Madman Entertainment ·
Anarchy PR, Luna Palace Cinemas & Madman Entertainment presents the first film about the grande dame of punk and enfant terrible of British fashion, Vivienne Westwood – WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST
Luna Cinemas Leederville will host an advance preview on Wednesday 17 October, 6.15pm arrivals for 7pm film start.
Guests will be welcomed by a DJ in-cinema serving up the hits, complimentary boozy donuts from our friends at MOP Donuts Leederville to stuff into your faces plus a bar in-cinema serving up trashy vs highbrow drinks (think: Emu Export vs Westwood-inspired cocktails), at Happy Hour prices!
Dame Vivienne Westwood is Punk Rock’s Grande Dame. One-time agent provocateur, the doyenne of British fashion, an eco-conscious Boudicca and one of the most influential originators in recent history.
The film explores her uphill struggle to success, looking closely at her artistry, her activism and her cultural significance. Blending iconic archive and newly shot observational footage, this era defining, intimate origins story will be told in Vivienne’s own words, and through touching interviews with her inner circle of family, friends and collaborators.
WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST is the first film to encompass the remarkable story of one of the true icons of our time, as she fights to maintain her brand’s integrity, her principles – and her legacy.
WESTWOOD is in cinemas October 18.