The Travelling Film Festival at Warrina

Woman at War

2017 | In Icelandic with English subtitles | Benedikt Erlingsson | 100 min

Opening night


Friday, November 23, 2018, 7:30pm
 

WINNER: CANNES CRITICS’ WEEK AWARD, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2018

50 year-old Halla lives in the beautiful Icelandic Highlands. The warm-hearted choir leader also leads a secret life as a passionate hardcore environmental activist. Armed with her bow and arrow, deftly wielded, Halla sabotages the industry that she feels threatens her beloved landscape. As she embarks on her boldest sabotage plan yet, the stakes are raised when she finds out that she is on the verge of realising a long-cherished dream to adopt a child. Erlingsson takes a wildly daring approach, bringing musical, comedic and social justice elements together in a visually lush film. It is sure to be one the year’s most memorable.

Offbeat, poignant and visually exquisite. – Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter


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Rockabul

2018 | In English, Dari and Pashto with English subtitles | Travis Beard | 90 min



Saturday, November 24, 2018, 12:30pm
 

SELECTED: SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2018

When Beard met District Unknown back in 2009, Kabul’s fiercely conservative and traditional community frowned upon music. The young Afghan men in the band could barely find instruments, much less a rehearsal space. Practice sessions were interrupted by power cuts and exploding bombs. The musicians persevered, but as their notoriety grew, Qasem, Pedram, Qais, Lemar and Yousef had to choose whether to stay or go, knuckle under or keep rockin’.

Even if the music isn’t to your taste […] the struggle of this band speaks across genres to anyone who knows what it feels like to fight for self expression. – Music Feeds


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Aga

2018 | In Yakut with English subtitles | Milko Lazarov | 96 min

Screens with B.OLD short film


Saturday, November 24, 2018, 2:45pm
 

SELECTED: OFFICIAL COMPETITION, SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL AND BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL 2018

In the snowy Northern wilderness, one of the coldest places on Earth, a couple, Nanook and Sedna, live isolated from the rest of humanity. Each day for them is a difficult one, as their traditional way of life erodes, and the environment becomes more and more unpredictable with the ice melting earlier each year. Around them animals die from inexplicable deaths, and reindeer, once plentiful, are barely seen. Despite these tough circumstances, Nanook and Sedna take pleasure in telling each other stories of legend, in sharing their dream encounters, and in recalling the exploits of their ancestors. Their only connection to the outside world is Chena, who visits them regularly, and updates them on their estranged daughter, Ága, who left to work in a diamond mine. Sedna longs to see her daughter again, despite Nanook’s stubborn refusal. Eventually, a long journey ensues in the hope of a reunion. Lazarov and his superb cinematographer Kaloyan Bozhilov take full advantage of the dramatic snowy landscape in this captivating tale of a disappearing way of life, generational conflict and an enduring love.

An exquisitely shot and very moving film about an ageing couple who appear to exist alone on the edge of the world, stoically surviving on the icy tundra in a way of life that may be about to end. – Screen International

Ága emerges as a winning combination of the cozily intimate and the sublimely epic. – The Hollywood Report


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The Heiresses

2018 | In Spanish with English subtitles | Marcelo Martinessi | 95 min



Saturday, November 24, 2018, 6:30pm
 

WINNER: SYDNEY FILM PRIZE, SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2018; SILVER BEAR ALFRED BAUER PRIZE AND SILVER BEAR BEST ACTRESS, BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL 2018

Chela and Chiquita have been together for over 30 years, living a life of privilege. Times have changed though, and things come to head when Chiquita is imprisoned on fraud charges and sheltered Chela must for the first time fend after herself. This leads to Chela finding a new sense of freedom and independence, as she is forced to contemplate her life and the choices she's made. Director Marcelo Martinessi tells a story of a long relationship finally called into question, and the beginnings of new desire.

The Heiresses is the kind of story Hollywood doesn’t tell anymore; a 50-something woman daring to rekindle her lost spirit of discovery. – Seattle Times


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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

2017 | In English | Gus Van Sant | 113 min



Saturday, November 24, 2018, 8:30pm
 

SELECTED: SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2018, SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2018

After Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. Eventually, he reluctantly enters treatment, with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill). It’s there that Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, politically incorrect newspaper cartoons that develop an international following, and grant him a new lease on life. Though controversial, and a magnet for complaints from angry readers, wheelchair user Callahan uncompromisingly explored taboo subjects in his work. Phoenix and the talented ensemble cast are superb, and Van Sant creates a compelling portrait of man who found the will to live through his art.

In a terrific performance that encompasses countless attitudinal, emotional and physical shifts, Joaquin Phoenix eases into the lead role with equal parts raw pain, ironic humor and eventual mellow acceptance. – The Hollywood Reporter


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Kusama - Infinity

2018 | In English and Japanese with English subtitles | Heather Lenz | 83 min

Screens with B.OLD short film


Sunday, November 25, 2018, 12:30pm
 

SELECTED: SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2018

Yayoi Kusama moved from Japan to New York in 1958, where she gained notoriety with her avant-garde sculptures, installations and performances – but she was stymied by sexism and racism, and other artists who adopted her ideas but failed to acknowledge her contribution. Disheartened, she returned to Tokyo in 1970, and voluntarily retired to a mental institution. Nonetheless, she continued to create, and today her polka dot creations draw huge crowds at exhibitions around the world. Heather Lenz’s documentary, which took over 10 years to make, is a comprehensive portrait of this immensely popular 89 year-old artist.

Kusama – Infinity is a beautifully crafted and moving portrait of one of the most intriguing artists of our time. – Magnolia Pictures


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Transit

2018 | In German and French with English subtitles | Christian Petzold | 101 min



Sunday, November 25, 2018, 2:30pm
 

SELECTED: OFFICIAL COMPETITION, BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL AND SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2018

Christian Petzold’s (Barbara, TFF 2013; Phoenix, TFF 2015) conceptually daring wartime drama tells a love story between World War II refugees, but its setting is contemporary Marseille. German refugee Georg flees Paris carrying with him the documents of another man, whose identity he assumes in Marseille, intending to keep up the ruse until he can escape to Mexico. While awaiting the necessary paperwork, Georg comes upon and soon falls in love with the mysterious Marie. Petzold’s crossing of period elements brings up questions about whether his film is about the past, present, or even the future.

Like all of his work, the writer/director’s fourth film in Berlinale competition is elegantly made, ingenious and intellectually challenging. – Screen International

Christian Petzold’s beguiling refugee romance is like a Kafkaesque Casablanca. – Indiewire


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Cold War

2018 | In Polish and French with English subtitles | Paweł Pawlikowski | 84 min

Screens with B.OLD short film


Sunday, November 25, 2018, 6:30pm
 

WINNER: BEST DIRECTOR PRIZE, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2018

Told over 15 years in stunning black and white, Cold War is the love story of musicians who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland, based on the relationship of the director’s own parents. With different backgrounds and temperaments, Wiktor and Zula are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully drawn to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the couple are separated by politics, character flaws and twists of fate – an impossible love story in impossible times. With a terrific soundtrack comprising folk, jazz, classical and more, Cold War uses music to signify the passage of time and the changing relationship between the lovers. Brilliantly acted and visually stunning, Cold War is one of the films of the year.

A thrilling exploration of romantic disappointment with a killer soundtrack. - The Hollywood Reporter


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The Insult

2017 | In Arabic with English subtitles | Ziad Doueiri | 112 min



Sunday, November 25, 2018, 8:30pm
 

NOMINATED: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM, ACADEMY AWARDS 2018

WINNER: AUDIENCE AWARD, BEST FEATURE, SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2018

When Palestinian Muslim foreman Yasser installs a new drainpipe on Lebanese Christian Tony’s balcony without his permission, Tony’s dislike of Palestinians triggers what appears to be a minor disagreement. But insults are hurled, and the situation soon escalates out of control. What begins with a petty argument leads to a highly publicised trial that captivates a nation, and also gives a range of people an opportunity to settle old scores. Doueiri masterfully takes this private clash of wills as a starting point to explore historic rifts amongst Lebanese communities, and the aftermath of the civil war. Intelligently using humour and pathos, The Insult is ultimately a plea for empathy, forgiveness and peace.

Undeniably exhilarating! A fascinating and honest assessment of the never-ending conflict between decency and cruelty that rages in every nation, neighbourhood and heart. – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

A gripping drama that offers plenty of food for thought. – Filmink


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Wajib - The Wedding Invitation

2017 | In Arabic with English subtitles | Annemarie Jacir | 96 min

Screens with B.OLD short film


Monday, November 26, 2018, 6:30pm
 

SELECTED: OFFICIAL COMPETITION, SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2018

Writer-director Annemarie Jacir’s multi-award winning comic drama explores the lives of Palestinians living in Israel, and stars real-life father and son Mohammad and Saleh Bakri. The title of Wajib translates as ‘duty’, and it’s duty that brings architect Shadi (Saleh Bakri) from Rome back to Nazareth, where his sister Amal (Maria Zriek) is to be married. Local tradition dictates that Shadi and his divorced dad, Abu Shadi (Mohammad Bakri), must drive around town delivering wedding invitations. Friction is in the air even before the duo clamber into Abu Shadi’s beloved and beaten-up old Volvo. Shadi thinks the exercise is outdated and meaningless. For his father, it’s about maintaining important community rituals. Bakri and son Saleh are terrific and earthily funny as the bickering duo who meet colourful characters on their cross-city travels. A Palestinian born in Bethlehem, raised in Saudi Arabia and educated in New York, Annemarie Jacir (Salt of this Sea, 2008; When I Saw You, 2012) brings a worldly, wise and witty eye to this hugely entertaining and illuminating slice of Palestinian life.

An intimate, well-played disquisition on what it means to be a Palestinian abroad versus a Palestinian at home. – Jay Weissberg, Variety


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