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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

Topping both best of the year and best of the decade lists, Céline Sciamma’s (Girlhood, SWIFF ’16) latest is a devastatingly beautiful period drama about the romance between artist and subject. Brittany, France, 1760. Marianne (Noemie Merlant), a painter, is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adele Haenel, Deerskin SWIFF’20). A reluctant bride-to-be, …

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Deerskin

DEERSKIN

NSW Premiere. Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin is dressed to kill in a wickedly warped fable destined for cult status. French provocateur Quentin Dupieux, whose breakout hit Rubber, followed a rampaging homicidal tyre named Robert, points a parodic lens at the ‘auteur’ and the often ravine-like divide between artistic vision and reality in his killer style comedy, …

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Angel of Mine

ANGEL OF MINE

“Maternal longing is a key theme in director Kim Farrant’s psychological thriller…which takes what could have been a simple stalker movie premise and fills it out with an intense array of emotions.” -The Guardian. Set against a moody Melbourne backdrop, Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) plays Lizzie, a grieving mother trying to …

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The Beach Bum

THE BEACH BUM

“You just have to kind of accept that he’s from another dimension.” Moondog was once a lauded poet, now lost in a cloud of pot smoke, sun-glazed Floridian tan, and easy living. On task to finish his book, Moondog is prone to distraction by the company he keeps; a religiously-inspired pyromaniac, a dolphin-obsessed sea captain, …

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Animals

ANIMALS

The bright, Adelaidean voice of Sophie Hyde (director, 52 Tuesdays) and bestselling Mancunian novelist Emma Jane Unsworth transport audiences to Dublin for a shiningly authentic tale of female friendship at a crossroads, described as a female Withnail & I. Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat (Blaze, SWIFF’19) star as best friends, soul mates even, as Laura …

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In My Blood It Runs

IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS

Nominee · Documentary Foundation Australia Award. Four years after controversial, temporarily-banned film, Gayby Baby (SWIFF’16), Maya Newell crafts another powerful portrait of Australian youth, this time focusing her lens on the world of Northern Territory’s Indigenous children. “I was born a little Aboriginal kid,” explains Dujuan. “That means I had a memory – a memory …

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Seahorse

SEAHORSE

Journalist Freddy McConnell is ready to start his family, solo if necessary. Freddy is in a unique position. As a transgender man, he desires to carry and give birth to his child. With candid access to Freddy’s journey, documentarian Jeanie Finlay follows the three-year journey at every scan, doctor’s visit, and emotional challenge. At first, …

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In Fabric

IN FABRIC

Winner · Fantastic Fest · Best Director. Cut from a different creative cloth, British visionary Peter Strickland (The Duke of Burgundy, SWIFF ’16) delivers a screamingly funny, exquisitely tactile, deathly dark tale of a killer red dress. Lonely heart bank-teller Sheila (Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Broadchurch) is divorced from her husband, distressed by her bosses (a delightful …

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