Bombshells, brothers, spies and superheroes make their way to the ANU Film Group this week. Plus, read on to find out about a special preview screening for our members!
• THU 11 OCT @ 7:30 PM: BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY (M, 89 min)
One of the most glamorous stars of Hollywood's Golden Age was also an inventive genius who revolutionised telecommunications during WWII, but her looks stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved – until now.
** FREE screening presented in partnership with the SAGE Athena SWAN Network at the ANU in celebration of gender equity in science **
• FRI 12 OCT @ 7:30 PM: BROTHERS’ NEST (MA, 97 min) + Q&A EVENT
When their dying mother decides to change her will to benefit her new husband before she dies, two brothers (Shane and Clayton Jacobson) go to extreme – and deadly – lengths to protect their inheritance from being signed away.
** Director/star Clayton Jacobson regretfully can no longer make a personal appearance at tonight’s screening, but will instead participate in the post-screening Q&A via Skype from Melbourne **
• SAT 13 OCT @ **5 PM**: TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES (PG, 88 min)
Five teenage superheroes who dream of Hollywood stardom set out to find themselves an arch enemy to prove they are worthy of getting their own shot at a big-screen movie, in this feature film based on the popular animated TV series.
• SAT 13 OCT @ **7 PM**: THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME (MA, 117 min)
Two best friends (Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon) unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers that the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy.
BONUS PREVIEW SCREENING: ‘WOMAN AT WAR’ ON SAT 27 OCT @ 1:45 PM
This year’s Annual General Meeting of the Australian Film Societies Federation (AFSF) will be taking place in Canberra on Saturday 27 October, and as a special treat, all members of the ANU Film Group have been invited to a preview screening of an upcoming film!
WOMAN AT WAR follows Halla, a 50-year-old choir conductor living in the Icelandic highlands, who leads a secret double life as an environmental activist waging war on corporations that threaten her beloved home. But the stakes are raised when she discovers that her dream to adopt a child is about to be realised, and she must choose between being a saviour or becoming a mother.
Directed by Icelandic auteur Benedikt Erlingsson (OF HORSES AND MEN), this warm-hearted and off-beat comedy screened at the Sydney and Melbourne International Film Festivals, and won a screenwriting award at Cannes earlier this year. It is also Iceland’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Oscars.
WOMAN AT WAR isn’t set for a general theatrical release yet – but thanks to Hi-Gloss Entertainment, you can be the first in Canberra to see the film at this free preview screening for ANUFG members. Don’t miss it!
DATE: Saturday 27 October, 2018
TIME: 1:45 PM (doors open from 1:15 PM)
VENUE: Coombs Theatre, ANU
We kick off the month of October with one of the biggest hits of the year – CRAZY RICH ASIANS – along with a drama about the power of books, an offbeat Kiwi comedy, a behind-the-scenes look at one of Australia’s most iconic rock bands, a sci-fi crime thriller and a slasher horror film (for good measure).
• WED 3 OCT @ 7:30 PM: THE BOOKSHOP (PG, 113 min)
In 1959, a woman (Emily Mortimer) decides to purchase an abandoned house to open a bookshop in a small English coastal town, but is met with ruthless local opposition and soon finds herself in a political minefield. Also starring Patricia Clarkson and Bill Nighy.
** Presented in partnership with Tenants’ Unions ACT in celebration of International Tenants Day 2018 **
• THU 4 OCT @ 7:30 PM: CRAZY RICH ASIANS (PG, 120 min)
In this smash hit romantic comedy, an American-born Chinese woman accompanies her boyfriend to Singapore for his best friend's wedding, only find herself thrust into the lives of Asia’s rich and famous and a world she didn't know existed.
• FRI 5 OCT @ 7:30 PM: KIN (M, 102 min) + THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT (MA, 85 min)
In KIN, armed with a mysterious weapon of unknown origin, a teenager and his ex-con older brother are forced to go on the run from a vengeful criminal and otherworldly soldiers in this crime thriller with a sci-fi twist. Starring James Franco, Dennis Quaid and Zoë Kravitz.
Then, in THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT (at approx. 9:15 PM), a family's road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a deserted mobile home park and find their lives threatened by three masked psychopaths.
• SAT 6 OCT @ **7 PM**: THE BREAKER UPPERERS (M, 81 min) + MIDNIGHT OIL: 1984 (M, 89 min)
In hilarious Kiwi comedy THE BREKAER UPPERERS, two cynical women set up an agency to break up couples for cash as a way to avoid moving on with their lives, but their friendship unravels when one of them begins to have doubts about their work.
Then, in MIDNIGHT OIL: 1984 (at approx. 8:30 PM), take a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the iconic Australian rock band as they embark on a tour around the nation, igniting the imaginations of a generation of young Australians.
** ‘NO GUESTS’ FILMS THIS WEEK: CRAZY RICH ASIANS **
Whether you’re a fan of insect-sized superheroes, British actresses, thought-provoking docos or Spike Lee joints, there’s bound to be something for everyone at the ANU Film Group this week!
• MON 24 SEP @ 7:30 PM: PLASTIC CHINA (82 min)
An 11-year-old girl from rural China lives with her family next to a recycling plant, as they process the millions of tonnes of plastic waste dumped there each year by the citizens of more developed countries – at great cost to the health and lives of all involved.
** Presented in partnership with ANU Learning Communities – Sustainability **
• THU 27 SEP @ 7:30 PM: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (PG, 118 min)
As Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) balances being both a superhero and a father, he is tasked with an urgent new mission by former allies that finds him once again becoming Ant-Man to fight alongside the Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. Also starring Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas.
• FRI 28 SEP @ 7:30 PM: TEA WITH THE DAMES (M, 83 min) + FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (M, 105 min)
In TEA WITH THE DAMES, four legendary British actresses – Dames Maggie Smith, Elieen Atkins, Judi Dench and Joan Plowright – come together on screen together for the first time as they reminisce on their careers and lives over a long summer weekend.
Then, in FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (at approx. 9 PM), a vibrant affair between legendary actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) and her young lover (Jamie Bell) quickly grows into a deeper relationship, but their passion is tested by events beyond their control.
• SAT 29 SEP @ **7 PM**: BLACKKKLANSMAN (MA, 135 min) + DO THE RIGHT THING (R, 119 min)
In the 1970s, an African-American police officer from Colorado sets out on the undercover investigation of a lifetime: to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and take down the extremist hate group from the inside. Directed by Spike Lee, and based on an incredible true story.
Then, head back to 1989 for the night’s second Spike Lee joint, DO THE RIGHT THING (at approx. 9:45 PM), in which simmering racial tensions in a Brooklyn neighbourhood boil over during the course of a hot summer’s day.
** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, BLACKKKLANSMAN **
BONUS FREE SCREENING: ‘APOCALYPSE NOW’ ON MON 8 OCT @ 6:30 PM
On Monday October 8th at 6:30 PM, we'll be co-hosting a FREE screening of the classic 1979 war film APOCALYPSE NOW with our friends at ANU Learning Communities – History.
In the film, at the height of the Vietnam War, a burnt-out Special Forces officer (Martin Sheen) is sent into the jungle with top-secret orders to find and kill a renegade Colonel (Marlon Brando) who has set up his own army among a local tribe. As he descends further into the jungle on his mission, he finds himself slowly succumbing to the horrors and hypocrisy of war.
Entry is open to everyone, and no membership is required. All you have to do is secure your spot by registering at this EventBrite link.
Doors will open for entry at 6 PM, for an earlier 6:30 PM film start. Snacks will also be provided by Learning Communities prior to the screening, so don't miss out on this chance to see director Francis Ford Coppola’s American war epic as it should be seen... on the BIG screen!
We’re back with a whole lot of screenings this week, including the long-awaited return of The Incredibles, and the acclaimed Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary followed by a special panel discussion. Not to mention some terrific dramas featuring captivating performances from the likes of Glenn Close, Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Ed Harris. See you at the movies!
• WED 19 SEP @ 7:30 PM: RBG (PG, 98 min)
At 84 years of age, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg continues fighting for equal rights – a lifetime of work that has led her to become an icon of justice around the world. Followed by a discussion on women in the legal profession with guests Margaret Thornton, Heather Roberts and Prue Bindon.
** Presented in partnership with ANU Law Reform and Social Justice **
• THU 20 SEP @ 7:30 PM: DISOBEDIENCE (MA, 114 min)
After the death of her father, a woman returns to the Orthodox Jewish community that exiled her decades earlier for her childhood attraction to a female friend. Now reunited, the two women find themselves reigniting their burning passion. Starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams.
** Presented in partnership with the ANU ALLY Network **
• FRI 21 SEP @ 7:30 PM: THE WIFE (M, 100 min) + KODACHROME (M, 105 min)
In THE WIFE, the faithful wife (Glenn Close) of a famous novelist (Jonathan Pryce) finds herself questioning her life choices as they travel to Stockholm where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, unearthing dark and long-held secrets along the way.
Then, in KODACHROME (at approx. 9:15 PM) a man (Jason Sudeikis) is convinced by his estranged photographer father (Ed Harris) to drive across the country to deliver four undeveloped rolls of Kodachrome film to the last lab in the world that can process them, before it closes for good.
• SAT 22 SEP @ **5 PM**: INCREDIBLES 2 (PG, 125 min)
When Elastigirl is called into action to save the day, Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge yet: staying home and taking care of their three children and the problems of the household, in this acclaimed and long-awaited sequel to Pixar’s 2004 superhero family film.
** Note: this film contains several sequences of flashing lights which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or other photosensitivities **
• SAT 22 SEP @ **7:15 PM**: THE DARKEST MINDS (M, 104 min)
After a disease kills 98% of children and grants the surviving 2% powerful abilities, the government declares them a threat and locks them in detainment camps. Seeking to reclaim control of their future, a group of teenagers form a resistance group to fight back.
** Please note the slightly later 7:15 PM start time for this film, due to the 125-minute running time of INCREDIBLES 2 **
** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: INCREDIBLES 2 **
WIN TICKETS TO ‘MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART’ – IN CINEMAS SEPTEMBER 27
Thanks to Icon Film Distribution, we have in-season double passes to give away to MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART, a new documentary that chronicles the life story of Sir Ian McKellen.
Ian McKellen has played many roles, both on screen and off, and this feature-length documentary sees the legend himself playing the role of storyteller as he takes us on an intimate and intriguing journey throughout his life. He shares personal stories – from his childhood to the present day – as well as a wealth of never-before-seen material, including photo albums, diaries, and behind-the-scenes footage from theatre productions and film sets.
MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART is in cinemas from September 27. To go into the running to win one of five double passes to the film, simply email us at email@example.com with your name, your membership number (located under the barcode on your card) and tell us what your favourite film starring Ian McKellen is.
Entries will close on Wednesday 26 September, with winners to be notified via email and prizes to be collected at ANUFG screenings.
There are limited screenings this week due to the ANU’s non-teaching break, and a number of conferences taking place in the Coombs Theatre, but you can still catch an acclaimed German thriller and our exclusive Canberra premiere of the long-awaited on-screen reunion of THE ROOM’s Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero.
We’ll be back to full programming next week, with some big films including INCREDIBLES 2, THE WIFE and a fascinating look at the life of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in RBG, followed by an expert panel discussion on women in law. Not to be missed!
• WED 12 SEP @ 7:30 PM: IN THE FADE (MA, 106 min)
A woman (Diane Kruger) finds her life collapsing after her husband and young son are killed in a terrorist bombing. Although the police quickly arrest two suspects, her quest for justice soon pushes her ever closer to the edge in this year’s Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film.
** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Germany **
• SAT 15 SEP @ **7 PM**: BEST F(R)IENDS: VOLUMES ONE AND TWO (M, 103 MINS + 95 MINS)
A drifter wandering the streets of Los Angeles encounters a quirky mortician, and two friends soon find themselves caught up in an elaborate money-making scheme that threatens to tear them apart in an on-screen journey too epic to be contained in just one film!
This is our exclusive Canberra premiere screening of Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero’s first on-screen collaboration since their infamous 2003 film THE ROOM, which is widely considered the worst film ever made, the making of which was chronicled in last year's THE DISASTER ARTIST.
Presented in two parts separated by a 10-minute intermission, featuring a video introduction from Greg himself filmed just for us!
We’re thrilled to report that we had 246 people in attendance at our Annual Trivia Night last Friday, making it our best-attended trivia night since we started running them in 2006. It certainly wouldn’t have been anywhere near as fun without the keen participation and generosity of all involved, so a big THANK YOU to all who came along and supported the ANU Film Group!
Just in case you weren’t able to make it along or wish to support our little not-for-profit group in a different way, we’d like to remind you that we have once again been selected by the Canberra Southern Cross Club (CSCC) for their Community Rewards program in 2018/19.
This means that if CSCC members choose to nominate the ANUFG as their community group of choice, the CSCC donates 10% of what that member spends on food and drink at any of their venues – including their recently renovated Woden Central destination – to us. So you get to enjoy delicious food, and we get a contribution each time you spend on food you were probably going to get anyway!
If you’re already a CSCC member, nominating us is easy – all you have to do is fill out a short online form by CLICKING HERE.
Alternatively, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and CSCC membership number, or speak to reception at any CSCC venue. And if you’re not a member, you can find out more about the great benefits that a CSCC membership offers and more about its Community Rewards program at www.cscc.com.au/rewards.
Thanks again for your ongoing support!
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
Accept your mission and check out the biggest and best-reviewed MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE film yet this week at the ANU Film Group! Plus, an acclaimed Oscar-nominated Hungarian film, and a double feature of unusual father-son relationships.
• THU 6 SEP @ 7:30 PM: ON BODY AND SOUL (R, 116 min)
A man and a woman meet for the first time at their workplace and discover that they have been having the same surreal dreams each night, so they set about making them come true in this Hungarian Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Hungary **
• FRI 7 SEP @ 7:30 PM: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT (M, 147 min)
Ethan Hunt and his IMF team find themselves in a race against time after a mission goes wrong and the US government begins to question his loyalty in the acclaimed latest entry in the Mission: Impossible series. Starring Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg.
• SAT 8 SEP @ **7 PM**: IDEAL HOME (M, 91 min) + MENASHE (PG, 82 min)
In IDEAL HOME, an extravagant gay couple (Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd) find their marital troubles made even worse when a previously-unknown grandson unexpectedly shows up at their doorstep and the couple reluctantly decide to take him in.
Then, in MENASHE (at approx. 8:30 PM), a father struggles to keep custody of his only son after his wife passes away, and the traditional values of New York’s secretive and ultra-Orthodox Jewish Hasidic community prohibit him from raising his son alone.
** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT **
It’s all been leading up to this – our Annual Trivia Night coming up in just TWO DAYS on Friday! We hope you’ve all got your tickets and are getting ready to compete for glory, fame and lots and lots of prizes. Cue training montage…
Of course, there are still a handful of screenings on this week for those of you who don’t like fun (just kidding), including a romantic survival thriller, a Korean political drama, the return of everyone’s favourite monsters in this semester’s first Family Film at Five, and a not-as-kid-friendly fantasy film.
• WED 29 AUG @ 7:30 PM: ADRIFT (M, 96 min)
On a journey across the ocean, a woman and her fiancé find themselves caught in a catastrophic hurricane. In the aftermath of the storm, they must find the strength and determination to save themselves. Starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin.
• THU 30 AUG @ 7:30 PM: 1987: WHEN THE DAY COMES (M, 129 min)
When it is revealed that a student is killed while being tortured by their oppressive government, Korean citizens from all walks of life come together to fight for truth and justice in an unprecedented move towards democracy. Based on true events.
** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea **
• FRI 31 AUG @7:30 PM: ANNUAL TRIVIA NIGHT
Fun, games, prizes – this is the greatest trivia night you’ll ever attend (until next year’s). Very limited tickets for individuals and small teams are still available so if you’re keen to come along and haven’t got your tickets yet, please email us at email@example.com ASAP!
• SAT 1 SEP @ **5 PM**: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: A MONSTER VACATION (PG, 97 min)
Dracula and friends embark on a vacation on board a luxury monster cruise ship, but their dream holiday soon turns into a nightmare when Drac falls for Ericka, the mysterious captain of the ship who has a hidden agenda that puts his whole family in danger.
• SAT 1 SEP @ **7 PM**: I KILL GIANTS (PG, 106 min)
A lonely and troubled teenage girl seeks to escape her difficult reality by imagining a fantasy world where horrible giants threaten to destroy her small town, and must learn to face her worst fears in this adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name.
** ‘NO GUESTS’ SCREENINGS THIS WEEK INCLUDE: HOTEL TRANSLYVANIA 3 **
FAMILY FILMS AT FIVE RETURN THIS SATURDAY
Our Family Films at Five series returns this week with HOTEL TRANSLYVANIA 3, and will continue every three weeks for the remainder of the year!
On each of these select Saturdays, we’ll screen a family-friendly film at the family-friendly start time of 5 PM, so save the dates and be sure to bring your little ones/future ANUFG members along:
• SAT 1 SEP @ 5 PM – HOTEL TRANSLYVANIA 3: A MONSTER VACATION
• SAT 22 SEP @ 5 PM – INCREDIBLES 2
• SAT 13 OCT @ 5 PM – TEEN TITANS! GO TO THE MOVIES
• SAT 3 NOV @ 5 PM – SMALLFOOT
• SAT 24 SEP @ 5 PM – CHRISTOPHER ROBIN
And don’t forget that kids under the age of 16 can be admitted for free with any full member to all screenings (subject to the film’s classification rating).
Pop quiz: what are you doing this Friday night? If your answer is anything other than ‘attending the ANU Film Group’s Annual Trivia Night’, then this message is for you...
If you’re not one of the 200+ people that have already bought your tickets to Friday’s trivia extravaganza, it’s not too late. There are still 48 hours until ticket sales close on Wednesday morning so head to www.anufg.org.au/trivia to get your tickets NOW!
DATE: Friday 31 August, 2018
TIME: Doors open from 7 pm for a 7:30 pm start
VENUE: Hellenic Club of Canberra, Matilda St, Woden
Tickets are $20 a person, with all funds going directly back to the ongoing running and operation of Australia’s largest film society (that’s us, by the way).
We’ve spent months preparing unique film-related rounds, group activities, individual contests and an assortment of fun and games for you. And we’ve assembled thousands of dollars in terrific prizes from more than 50 generous sponsors (see below for more details).
We’ve done all the work – now all you have to do is get a ticket and come along for the best trivia night you’ll ever attend. You can come by yourself, with a friend or two, or a whole team of up to 10 people – no membership is necessary and absolutely everyone is welcome.
So if you’re looking for a great night out to finish off your week, you’ll be hard pressed to do any better than this. Plus, there’s no ANUFG screening this Friday night either, so what else have you got to do?
We’d say that you’ll either love it or get your money back, but it is a fundraiser after all, so you’ll just have to take our word for it and come along! :-)
THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING SPONSORS
A trivia night is no fun without awesome prizes to win, and our amazing sponsors have really delivered with some terrific loot up for grabs on Friday. Check out our full list of supporters below, or head over to www.anufg.org.au/trivia to find out more about each and every one of them!
• FOOD AND DRINK
Au Lac Royal Vegetarian Cuisine
Capital Brewing Co
Kingsland Vegan Restaurant
Monster Kitchen & Bar
San Churro Chocolateria
Silo Bakery + Cafe
The Cupping Room
Wok It Up
• ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT
Astral Float Studio
Canberra Martial Arts
Canberra Theatre Centre
Dee’s Book and Comic Shop
Escape Rooms Canberra
Flow Yoga Canberra
Mini Golf King
National Folk Festival
Thai Bliss Massage
The Games Capital
National Film and Sound Archive
Paramount Pictures Australia
Sony Pictures Australia
Embassy of Estonia
Embassy of Georgia
Embassy of Hungary
Embassy of Ireland
Embassy of Mexico
Embassy of Poland
Embassy of Switzerland
Ticket sales for our Annual Trivia Night will be closing early NEXT WEEK as we will soon need to finalise numbers with the venue. So if you haven’t purchased your tickets or organised your table yet for the best trivia night you’ll ever attend, make sure you do so before it’s too late!
Our Annual Trivia Night is the ANU Film Group’s primary fundraiser for the year so please do come along and support us. If feedback from our previous 11 Annual Trivia Nights is anything to go by, you’re in for an event unlike any trivia night you’ve ever attended (unless you attended one of the previous 11, in which case, you’ll have already got your tickets long ago).
Don’t believe us? Get your tickets to come along next Friday and check it out for yourself!
Tickets are $20 per person for tables of up to 10 and available now at www.anufg.org.au/trivia. And while you’re there check out some of the sponsors who have donated thousands of dollars in prizes that will be up for grabs. Not long to go now!
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
Mamma Mia – here with go again with another week of great films for our great members!
Come along to the Film Group this week for a star-studded musical sequel, the next chapter in an acclaimed crime saga, the latest film from director Richard Linklater, a political thriller about the Kennedy legacy, and Olivia Newton-John’s cult musical back on the big screen (no, not that one...).
• THU 23 AUG @ 7:30 PM: SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO (MA, 122 min)
An unorthodox FBI agent reunites with a mysterious operative to prevent Mexican drug cartels from smuggling terrorists across the U.S. border, but the escalating war quickly causes them to question what that they are fighting for. Starring Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin.
• FRI 24 AUG @ 7:30 PM: MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN (PG, 114 min) + XANADU (G, 96 min)
10 years after the events of the first film, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) sets out to discover more of her mother’s past in this sequel to the hit musical featuring the music of ABBA. Also starring Lily James, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård and Cher.
Then, in cult 80’s musical XANADU (at approx. 9:30 PM), Olivia Newton-John stars as young woman who becomes struggling artist’s muse as he embarks on an extraordinary journey when he decides to open a live music club with a former musician (Gene Kelly).
• SAT 25 AUG @ **7 PM**: LAST FLAG FLYING (M, 125 min) + CHAPPAQUIDDICK (M, 106 min)
Thirty years after serving together in the Vietnam War, three friends reunite to bury the son of one of their own, killed on duty in Iraq. Along the way, they reminisce and come to terms with memories of the war. Starring Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston.
Then, in political thriller CHAPPAQUIDDICK (at approx. 9:15 PM), US Senator Ted Kennedy finds his political future and family legacy thrown into turmoil after he is involved in a fatal car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist. Starring Jason Clarke, Kate Mara and Ed Helms.
** ‘NO GUESTS’ THIS WEEK INCLUDE: MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN **
THE LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL CONCLUDES THIS WEEK!
We hope you’ve all had a chance to check out one of the many films screening as part of the 14th Latin American Film Festival. If you haven’t already, make sure to come along before it winds up this week with three more films on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
• SATURDAY 25 AUGUST @ 4 PM – THE CLAIM (EL DESAGRAVIO)
El Salvador, 2016, 81 mins. Directors: Gianni Beretta, Patrik Soergel
Archbishop Óscar Romero was assassinated on March 24, 1980, while celebrating a Mass in El Salvador. This documentary explores the controversial canonisation process initiated by Pope Francis in 2013, which continues to divide the ecclesiastical institutions.
• SUNDAY 26 AUGUST @ 4 PM – SEPTEMBER, A SILENT CRY (SEPTIEMBRE, UN LLANTO EN SILENCIO)
Guatemala, 2017, 69 mins. Director: Kenneth C. Muller
In the 1980s, a terrorist bombing in Guatemala causes young Teresa to lose her mother, as well as her ability to hear. Her father initially struggles to care for her alone, but as she grows older, he becomes her safe haven from an unforgiving world.
• MONDAY 27 AUGUST @ 7:30 PM – THE LIFE OF FISH (LA VIDA DE LOS PECES)
Chile, 2010, 84 mins. Director: Matías Bize
Andre is a travel writer living an exciting life abroad, who is now back in Santiago catching up with friends at party. As the night goes on, it becomes clear that a tragic event binds these friends together, and was the reason for Andre's departure from Chile years ago.
Have you got your trivia night tickets yet? Our big night – and the ANU Film Group’s primary fundraiser of the year – is coming up in just TWO WEEKS!
We’ve been cooking up fun questions and rounds for months and can’t wait to share it with you on FRIDAY 31 AUGUST at the Hellenic Club in Woden! Plus, we have so many incredible prizes courtesy of some very generous sponsors around town.
So get your tickets now – and check out our ever-growing sponsor list – at www.anufg.org.au/trivia. Tickets are $20 per person, with tables of up to 10 available. You don’t need to be a member to come along. You don’t even need a team – we can find one for you!
Tickets will also be available from the laminating desk below the screen at all upcoming ANUFG screenings.
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
After last week’s lengthily-titled THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, we’re keeping it simple with just single-word-titled films all week long!
This week’s offerings include an acclaimed Russian drama from the director of LEVIATHAN, Dwayne Johnson’s ode to the disaster thrillers of the 70/80s, a twist-filled crime comedy with an all-star cast, and an Aussie zombie horror-thriller starring Martin Freeman.
• THU 16 AUG @ 7:30 PM: LOVELESS (MA, 127 min)
A Russian couple going through a brutal divorce want nothing more than to start over with new lives – until their 12-year-old son disappears and they must work together to find him in this highly acclaimed, Russian Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
** Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Russian Federation **
• FRI 17 AUG @ 7:30 PM: GRINGO (MA, 110 min) + CARGO (MA, 104 min)
In GRINGO, a mild-mannered salesman (David Oyelowo) is sent to Mexico to deliver an experimental marijuana pill, but is kidnapped by a drug cartel, forcing him to cross the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal. Also starring Charlize Theron and Joel Edgerton.
Then, in Australian zombie thriller CARGO (at approx. 9:30 PM), a father (Martin Freeman) stranded in the outback embarks on a desperate search for a new home for his infant child after he becomes infected by a virus that has already afflicted most of the world.
• SAT 18 AUG @ **7 PM**: SKYSCRAPER (M, 102 min) + EARTHQUAKE (PG, 122 min)
In SKYSCRAPER, a former FBI agent (Dwayne Johnson) is employed as a security consultant for the world’s tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong – and is forced into action when the building is attacked by terrorists and his wife and young daughter become trapped inside.
Then, in the 1974 disaster classic EARTHQUAKE (at approx. 8:45 PM) a group of Los Angeles residents struggle to survive after a catastrophic earthquake hits their city, causing chaos and destruction. Featuring an ensemble cast, including Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner.
THE LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL CONTINUES
The 14th Latin American Film Festival continues at the ANU Film Group this week. Don’t forget to come along and check out these next five films screening from this Saturday to next Wednesday. All screenings are FREE and open to all!
• SATURDAY 18 AUGUST @ 4 PM – GONZAGA: FROM FATHER TO SON (GONZAGA: DE PAI PRA FILHO)
Brazil, 2012, 120 mins. Director: Breno Silveira
Young musician Luiz Gonzaga leaves his wife and new son behind to take his music on the road – a decision which results in an ongoing, complicated relationship with his son, who grows up to also become one of Brazil's most popular musical icons.
• SUNDAY 19 AUGUST @ 4 PM – MOTHER (MAMÁ)
Colombia, 2015, 80 mins. Director: Phillipe van Hissenhoven
Lonely Victoria receives an unexpected visit from her estranged daughter, asking her to take care of Nicole, her seven-year-old granddaughter, for a few days. Victoria agrees, and what follows is a life-changing experience for both grandmother and granddaughter.
• MONDAY 20 AUGUST @ 7:30 PM – MIRAGE (ESPEJISMO)
Costa Rica, 2014, 81 mins. Director: José Miguel González Bolaños
An insecure painter finds his fragile world rocked by devastating news. Desperately seeking comfort, he is guided by his subconscious on a surreal journey through madness and illusion to overcome his childhood traumas and retake control of his life.
• TUESDAY 21 AUGUST @ 7:30 PM – BENNY (EL BENNY)
Cuba, 2006, 120 mins. Director: Jorge Luis Sánchez
A look at the eventful life of Cuban musician Benny Moré, beginning in the 1950s with the mambo king at the top of his game. When he parts ways with his longtime orchestra to form a new group, he soon finds himself struggling to cope with his stratospheric fame.
• WEDNESDAY 22 AUGUST @ 7:30 PM – A SECRET IN THE BOX (UN SECRETO EN LA CAJA)
Ecuador, 2016, 71 mins. Director: Javier Izquierdo
Crossing the line between fact and fiction, this documentary explores the life and works of Marcelo Chiriboga, the internationally renowned Ecuadorian writer and member of the "boom" generation – who remains unknown in his own country due to censorship.