SWIFF 20

SWIFF 20

Martha A Picture Story

MARTHA: A PICTURE STORY

Winner · Special Jury Award (Cinematography) · Sundance Film Festival Winner · Best Documentary · Hong Kong Film Festival. In Mexico City, 9 million people are serviced by 45 government ambulances. This lack of available services has super-charged the privatised ambulance industry, with fleets of opportunists, mavericks, and cowboys literally racing each other to be …

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Extra Ordinary

EXTRA ORDINARY

In Extra Ordinary, the debut from Irish rising-star duo Enda Loughman and Mike Ahern, when you need an exorcism for your haunted recycling bin, you call the local ghost whisperer/driving instructor, Rose. But alas, Rose has turned her back on her supernatural sensibilities after an accident involving a possessed pothole. But when charming local widow …

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Bellbird

BELLBIRD

Actions speak louder than words in Bellbird, a heart-warming dramedy about loss and community spirit that just goes to show that sometimes it really does take a village. Ross (Marshall Napier, McLeods Daughters) is a dairy farmer in the Northland region of New Zealand, quite content with his lot. This quiet and unassuming snapshot of …

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Never Look Away

NEVER LOOK AWAY

Winner · Best Film In Competition · Venice Film Festival. Sweeping across three eras of German history, lauded director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Oscar-winning The Lives of Others) follows the life of a visionary artist through love and loss, inspired (perhaps controversially) by the revered artist Gerhard Richter. In post-war East Germany, artist Kurt Barnert …

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The Nightingale

THE NIGHTINGALE

Winner · Special Jury Prize · Venice Film Festival. Following her massively successful directorial debut The Babadook, Australian powerhouse Jennifer Kent turns her attention to colonial Australia with the feminist revisionist Western, The Nightingale, a tale of violence and retribution set against a wildly untameable backdrop of gothic Tasmania. 1820s Tasmania, young Irish convict, Clare …

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Queen of Hearts

QUEEN OF HEARTS

Winner · Audience Award · World Cinema Dramatic · Sundance Film Festival. Denmark’s entry for the Best International Feature for the 2020 Academy Awards, Queen of Hearts follows Anne (Trine Dyrholm, The Commune SWIFF’18), a high-flying lawyer, living in a beautiful modernist home with her two daughters and physician husband, Peter (Magnus Kreppe, The Girl …

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Smoke Between Trees

SMOKE BETWEEN TREES

Some life events are so powerful they are defined by “then” and “now”. For Mathew (Tyriel Mora, The Castle, Book Week SWIFF’19), a sensitive near-retiring real estate caring for his mentally incapacitated wife, it’s the car crash that killed his daughter Sarah (Georgia Adamson) and Indigenous son-in-law Jayden (Damion Hunter). The crash spared his grandson, …

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Sorry We Missed You

SORRY WE MISSED YOU

Nominee · 2019 Palme d’Or · Cannes Film Festival. From socially conscious director Ken Loach and longtime collaborator Paul Laverty comes the understandably angry film about life in Britain’s gig economy – at once deeply moving and incredibly timely. Ken Loach’s latest look at life in today’s Britain is a mighty successor to his 2016 …

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Dark Whispers

DARK WHISPERS VOL. 1

“Our motivation for making the film was to release more wicked and wonderful stories by women into the world, much as our protagonist unleashes powerful ideas with each page she turns. It’s a metaphor for the darkness that lurks within us all” – Megan Riakos, creator. Showcasing the works of eleven female directors from six …

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A Hidden Life

A HIDDEN LIFE

“A Hidden Life feels stunningly relevant”- Variety. Terrence Malick, director of the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winning Tree of Life, makes a triumphant return to form in this epic, spiritual journey of quiet unsung heroism based on a true story during World War II. Based on real events, Franz Jägerstätter, (August Diehl, Inglorious Basterds) …

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