From tales of ghosts, war and honour to critically acclaimed features about love, family and terrorism, Dubbo film buffs will be able to watch the latest and greatest in world cinema when the Travelling Film Festival hits Reading Cinemas from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd 2014.
Tickets to Australia’s longestrunning travelling film festival are on sale now, with this year’s program promising to take local audiences on a journey across cultures, continents and communities. The Festival will showcase an eclectic selection of six features and three short films from Australia, Italy, France, Chile, Spain, Germany, United States and the United Kingdom. Many of the titles will arrive in Dubbo on the back of acclaimed runs on the international film festival circuit and sell out screenings across the Northern Territory.
The Festival will kick off on March 21 with The Darkside, a documentary that brings true Australian ghost stories to life with the help of some of the nation’s most iconic acting talent including Deborah Mailman, Claudia Karvan and Aaron Pedersen. The film, directed by Australian filmmaker Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah), made its international premiere this week at The Berlin International Film Festival and presents a collection of moving and bizarre first-hand accounts from regular people who have had weird experiences and unexplainable experiences with the unknown.
Also screening will be the Golden Globe and BAFTA winning drama The Great Beauty, directed acclaimed Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo). The film has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards and tells the story of Jep, a charismatic 65-year-old journalist-bachelor who reflects on life and love as he explores Rome’s people, ruins and city streets.
The Festival will round out on March 23 with French drama The Past , directed by award-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhardi. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes International Film Festival and centres on an Iranian man who faces the prospect of divorce after leaving his French wife and two children to return to his homeland.
Other Festival highlights include the latest drama-epic from Kurdish Cinema legend Hiner Saleem, My Sweet Pepper Land; crime-thriller and Eric Bana starrer Closed Circuit; and award-winning Chilean-Spanish comedy-drama Gloria, which tracks a lonely 58-year-old’s search for love in ballrooms for older singles.
Full program details and ticketing information can be found at: http://www.sff.org.au/public/travelling-film-festival/tff-locations/dubbo/