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Travelling Film Festival Comes to Town

A Season at the Movies

Get out your popcorn, Tamworth has announced it will be the latest addition to the Travelling Film Festival (TFF) program. TFF brings the best of world cinema to regional hubs and has visited Dubbo, Wagga Wagga and Bowraville in the past.

Originally founded by David Stratton, the TFF is the regional touring arm of the Sydney Film Festival and has been expanding the theatrical screening opportunities of small towns in Australia since 1974.

Peter Duncan, the director of the film Unfinished Sky, comments on the Sydney Film Festival website, that “one of the great privileges of directing movies is to finally have the opportunity to talk with audiences directly and the people in regional Australia seem pleased that the effort to share and communicate has been made. They feel included in the cultural agenda. That’s a very good thing.”

Opening Night in Tamworth will feature the delicious French comedy Haute Cuisine and Berlinale winning Australian short film Julian, followed by festivities at Forum 6 Cinemas.

 

Film Program (see the full program here) :

 

Mea Maxima Culpa; Silence in the House of God

This topical and damning documentary by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side), documents the abuse of power in Catholic Church and the subsequent mounting sexual assault claims worldwide.

Valley of Saints

Set on Dal Lake in strife-torn Kashmir, this film tells an unlikely story of love between a working-class boatman and a beautiful scientist, while raising important environmental issues.  Screens with short film Snow in Paradise – Blackfella Films Presents, SFF 2012 selection.

Performance

An esteemed string quartet in New York is set to embark on a new season however challenges arise that shift the delicate balance of the 25 year strong ensemble. Featuring an all-star cast including Mark Ivanir, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken.

Rust and Bone

Directed by Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) this multi-award winning film is an eloquent and raw love story that sees Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) and Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) as two damaged souls in Antibes who form an unlikely bond.  Screens with short film Scar – Blackfella Films Presents, SFF 2012 selection.

In the Fog

A tense psychological drama set during the grim years of the Nazi occupation in Belarus. A man escapes a public hanging and a grueling journey ensues with his unexpected captor. In the Fog won the esteemed FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes Film Festival 2012.

First Position

In this multi award-winning documentary, six talented young performers pursue their dancing dreams at one of the most prestigious children’s ballet competitions in the world.

Tabu

Tabu is an utterly beguiling love story that moves between contemporary Portugal and colonial Africa, transporting us into the past, immersing us in a tale of love and crime straight from the world of adventure films.

Kon-Tiki – CLOSING NIGHT FILM

This 2013 Oscar nominated film dramatises the epic journey of legendary Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdal in 1947. With a crew of five men, Thor sets out to cross 4,300 miles of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft to test his widely criticised theory. Screens with short film The Maker – winner of the Yoram Gross Animation Award at SFF 2012.

 

 

KEY DATES & INFORMATION

WHERE: Forum 6 Cinemas, Tamworth

WHEN: Friday, May 24 – 26, 2013

TICKETS: sff.org.au/tff – click Tamworth or buy at Forum 6 Cinemas

TEL: (02) 4228 4888

WEB: www.sff.org.au

 

Travelling Film Festival Tamworth acknowledges the financial assistance of Screen Australia and is assisted by NSW Government through Screen NSW and is supported by ABC New England North West.

Image: Rust and Bone (2012) curtesy of Sydney Film Festival.