Monday, June 13, 2011

The Sydney Film Festival

It's cold in Sydney, cold cold, like hat, gloves,  scarf, jacket, woolen jumper and boots cold. And despite the fact that i hate the cold with a passion (thus the whole living in Thailand thing) i would love to be in Sydney right now because it's SFF time.

I love the Sydney Film Festival! I have been going for 10 years and it's one of the highlights of my year. A lot of the films are screened in the beautiful State Theatre on Market Street. The State is opulent, red carpets, ornate features and a double marble staircase. It adds some old world Holly wood charm to the festival.

Every year the SFF program comes out and I go into fits giggles as i hurry to read through it and choose what to see. This year is not different, excepting that this year I can not go *sniff sniff*

Moving on, here's my picks for the 2011 Sydney Film Festival (in no particular order)

Sammy's Adventure: The Secret Passage.
Ignore the rather unfortunate name if you can and imagine the joy of an animated film entirely about turtles! I love turtles in a big way and this is a 3D film i would love to see. i imagine it would be just like Scuba Diving....only less wet.

Cool It
A look at the world's alarmist reaction to global warming.

How To Start Your Own Country
This film asks 'What is a country' the answer may shock and amuse you.

Life in a Day
On the 24 July 2010 thousands of people recorded footage of their lives. Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void) directs this groundbreaking user-generated  film.

Animals Distract Me
A film by Isabella Rossellini about Isabella Rossellini. I love her and her mild madness. This film looks fantastic!

Le Quattro Volte
I can not find the words to describe this film so i have pasted the description from the festival guide.

'Since premiering last year at Cannes, where it won Best European Film in Directors Fortnight, Michelangelo Frammartino's magical film has won the hearts and minds of moviegoers and critics across the world. Set in a rustic Calabrian village seemingly unchanged since medieval times, Le Quattro Volte (the literal translation being 'four times') is inspired by philosopher Pythagoras' belief in four-fold transmigration - from human to animal to vegetable to mineral. The main characters are an old goat herder and his dog, some snails, a brick, a kid, a tree and a charcoal kiln. This explanation fails, however, to impart the beauty, humour and originality of Frammartino's film: neither fiction nor documentary and almost wordless. Reminiscent of György Pálfi's Hukkle (SFF 2003) and Robert Bresson's 1966 classic Au Hasard Balthasar in its style and cinematic power, Le quattro volte is a mesmerising and not-to-be-missed cinematic experience.'

That's 6 films and sadly i don't think i'd be able to afford to go to more, however if i had all the money in the world there are at least 6 others i would have enjoyed seeing.
What a fantastic program it is this year!

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