OZASIA FESTIVAL 2016: 17 SEPT - 2 OCT

OzAsia Festival – closing weekend film line up:

Ticket deals are available: two tickets (per person) for full and concession, three tickets (per person) full and concession. (Single tickets are full and concession, and for seniors card holders.)  Please call 8410 1934 for ticket deals. The Mercury is fully licensed and snacks (including real food like toasted sandwiches) are available at reasonable prices.  

Johnnie To MASTERCLASS

Saturday 24 Sept, 2.00pm

Johnnie To Kei-Fung reigns as the undoubted master of Hong Kong cinema today. His works have premiered at the world’s major festivals such as Cannes and Venice, though they remain richly satisfying entertainments. Known for his work in the gangster film and the romantic comedy, To incorporates stylistic experiments that consistently refresh and reinvigorate these genres.  To will be in conversation with Mike Walsh from Flinders University in a session that will draw on the films shown during the festival. Mr To will focus on his ways of preparing and shooting scenes as well as his thoughts on his own career and the future directions of Chinese cinema. A rare opportunity to gain insight into the working methods of one of the world’s greatest film stylists.

 

Free with ticket purchase to any Johnnie To film in the retrospective.

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Johnnie To: ELECTION

 “The best film of the year” (Quentin Tarantino)

Johnnie To’s 2005 classic clearly functions as an allegory for Hong Kong’s struggle towards democracy, but it also succeeds as a cracking genre film. Two Triad leaders face off against each other in a bloody negotiation for power. 

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Johnnie To: MAD DETECTIVE

 “Bodies in fast, furious motion; and shattered film space. Reaffirms To’s status as an action master” (New York Times)

This is a crime movie like no other, as a psychotic detective, who can see split personalities, undertakes the hunt for a killer. Johnnie To furnishes a creative tour de force, showing that the action film can go to truly innovative places and yet still be deeply pleasurable.

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Johnnie To: THREE

Johnnie To’s newest thriller

A gangster ends up in hospital and sets off a game of cat and mouse with the cop who wants to take him down and the doctor who stands by the ethics of her profession. The taut three-cornered drama foregrounds the dynamically stylised action that has seen To acclaimed as the best genre director of our time.

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Johnnie To: OFFICE

“a sparkling, visually inventive romp” (Variety)

Master stylist Johnnie To turns his hand to the musical and produces a triumph of stylised design. Working with Wong Kar-wai’s famed art director, William Chang, and a cast including Chow Yun-fat, To neatly skewers the contradictions at the heart of the Asian economic miracle.

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OzAsia Johnnie To focus: TRIVISA

“With rookies like these, why wait for the old-timers? (Hollywood Reporter)

Johnnie To, the master of HK noir, ushers in a powerful debut from three young talents. Fresh blood indeed, with this gritty story of three gangsters who circle each other on the eve of HK’s handover, and all over the city, time is running out.

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STRANGER: OzAsia

 “a compelling parable about the essence of the human spirit.” (Toronto International Film Festival)

A young Kazakh boy flees the Stalinist purges of the 1930s and grows up among a pack of wolves. Ermek Trusunov has won comparisons with Kurosawa for this epic contemplation of a defiantly free spirit who chooses to live outside the laws of man.

 

NOMINATED: Asia Pacific Screen Awards – Achievement in Cinematography; Achievement in Directing.

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PSYCHO RAMAN (Raman Raghav 2.0)

“the verve and nerve of Kashyap’s filmmaking continues to excite” (Variety)

Bollywood meets Scorsese in the work of Indian tyro Anurag Kashyap (Gangs of Wasseypur OzAsia 2013, The Lunchbox, OzAsia 2014). Based loosely on a notorious serial killer of the 1960s, this is a wildly energetic ride, combining music and high voltage action into a pulsating package as a none-too-stable policeman tracks a murderer through the mean streets of Mumbai. 

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OzAsia: RADIO DREAMS

Winner, Tiger Competition, Rotterdam Film Festival

When Metallica is scheduled to drop by the offices of a Persian radio station in San Francisco to jam with Afghani headbangers, Kabul Dreams, anything is likely to happen. A wry and funny take on life in exile and the cultural politics of east meeting west.

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FRENZY

Jury Grand Prize, Asia Pacific Film Awards

Leading Turkish director Emin Alper (Tepenin Ardi, OzAsia 2013) takes us inside life in the time of terrorism with this searing drama of two brothers in an urban inferno where terror and repression go hand in hand, and claustrophobia and paranoia are the stuff of daily life. 

 WINNER: Asia Pacific Screen Awards Jury Grand Prize

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UNDER ELECTRIC CLOUDS

 “a fragmented tour de force, a ravishingly shot, thought-provoking triumph” (Screen Daily)

Alexey German Jr has constructed seven stories linked around an abandoned skyscraper. The rich Tarkovskyian mixture of narrative strands is a bold attempt to frame the sickness of contemporary Russia from multiple perspectives.

WINNER: Asia Pacific Screen Awards – Achievement in Directing

Berlinale – Silver Bear

 

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OzAsia: THE CHINESE MAYOR

“remarkable” (CinemaScope)

Hau Zhou’s Sundance prize-winning doco of one man intent on cutting through the corruption and mediocrity to rebuild his city—even at the costs of its residents—from rustbelt to tourism centre, is one of the most highly praised studies of the urban revolution in China.

 

WINNER: Asia Pacific Screen Awards Best Documentary; Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize

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TRAIN TO BUSAN

 pulses with relentless locomotive momentum…just as biting as Bong Joon-ho’s sci-fi dystopia “Snowpiercer”, while delivering even more unpretentious fun” (Variety).

As an unidentified virus sweeps Korea, the government declares martial law as it is thrust into a state of emergency.  A group on an express train to virus-free Busan must fight for their survival as they speed through the infected country. Boasting an ensemble of Korea’s leading actors, get on board an edge-of-your-seat thriller where Snowpiercer meets World War Z.

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LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED

“Hypnotic, playful and chillingly austere, the hybrid documentary blends romance and raw realism” (Screen Daily)

 

An intriguing hybrid of documentary and fiction, this Sundance Film Festival cinematography award-winning film is an inspired look at the Afghan conflict and what the future holds for that ravaged nation. The film shot on 16mm over seven years follows a gang of young Afghan boys and US soldiers at the time the US military prepares to leave the country.

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RIVER (Gtsngbo)

“[An] affecting look at a Chinese Tibetan herder’s family via the daughter’s eyes…movingly handled” – Film Business Asia

Set against the changing seasons of the breathtaking Tibetan grasslands, River is told through cheeky little Yangchen who travels with her father to visit her sickly grandfather, a holy-man-come-hermit. While her father’s strained relationship with the old man bears much of the film’s drama, it is non-professional child-actor Yangchan Lhamu’s marvellously expressive face that captivates (BAPFF).

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OzAsia: PATHS OF THE SOUL – replacement session – Sun 2 Oct

“A road trip unlike any other” (New York Times)

A breathtaking and sublime recreation of an actual 2000 kilometre odyssey by residents of a Tibetan village to a sacred monastery. The spirit soars even as the pilgrims pause every few steps to throw themselves to the ground. A film that will astonish you with the simplicity of faith.

Due to the electricity outage on Wed 28th September, we have scheduled a replacement session of PATHS OF THE SOUL for Sunday 2nd October, 12 noon. If you had purchased a ticket to the cancelled screening, you are most welcome to attend this replacement session OR any other OzAsia Film Screening of your choice. 

 

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FRESH WAVE SHOWCASE

The Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival showcases an emerging generation of filmmakers in our region. This selection of short films on the theme of ‘On Current Politics’ brings together the freshest of the Fresh Wave in one special screening.

Run time is 131 mins. All tickets $10

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CONTINENTAL SHIFT

Continental Shift is a collection of short films by honours student filmmakers at Flinders University looking at contemporary Asian cultures. To explore the stunning diversity of modern Asia, the students have placed an emphasis on experimentation, mixing media modes and styles to show that we need fresh eyes to understand a new world that is emerging around us.

Run time is 75 minutes. All tickets $10

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Portrait of a Lady Too Far Away – Sept 21

Thursday || Sept 21 || 7:00pm

Book tickets through BASS here.  Tickets will be available on the door prior to the screening.

An architect gets a disturbing message from an unknown woman who claims to have dialled him at random, telling him she’s planning suicide. This intricate drama stars Leila Hatami who quickly became one of the major actresses in Iranian cinema. On its international debut Mosaffa’s work was hailed as reminiscent of Tarkovsky for its mysterious, disturbing atmosphere.

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