Clique Picks: Adelaide Film Festival 2018

Tomorrow marks the launch of this year’s Adelaide Film Festival, bringing together unbelievable local artists and producers for an 11-day event between October 10-21. The festival will feature over 130 documentaries, animations, shorts, VR, installations and moving image works. The program includes 17 world premieres, 30 Australian premieres and 75 SA premieres  it’s going to be an action-packed festival.

ADL Film Fest Artistic Director and CEO Amanda Duthie says, “the festival will feature not only the world’s most anticipated films but will also provide a platform for local emerging filmmakers and excitingly, 44% of the films are directed by a woman showcasing a breadth of screen storytelling voices.”

“I am particularly proud of the ADL Film Fest FUND films, including The Nightingale and Hotel Mumbai, which this week have already proven their world-class standing,” she continues.

The 2018 festival opens tomorrow night with Anthony Maras’ Hotel Mumbai, direct from its triumphant world premiere at Toronto last Friday night. To help you narrow down your selections, we’ve picked our top five must-see shows.

 

América

Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside bring us América, a heart-warming story about a 93-year-old Mexican woman in need of care. After their father is imprisoned for neglect, three brothers Rodrigo, Diego and Bruno step up to look after their grandmother. This story will be gripping to anyone involved in any urgent issues with elderly care.

“Blows up an intimate family portrait on to a large, cinematic canvas.” – The Guardian

WHERE: GU Film House Adelaide, 128 Hindley St Adelaide / Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett St Adelaide
WHEN: Friday 12th October / Monday 15th October
TICKETS: $20. Buy here.

 

An Act of Love

An Act of Love is a short drama, shot on 16mm film, diving into the complex life of two drifting identical twins. When June begins drifting from her twin sister and attempting the find her own identity, May is gripping onto the relationship and trying to keep her sister close. Directed by Lucy Folk, watch how two twins lose their sense of ‘oneness’.

WHERE: Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett St, Adelaide

WHEN: Sunday 14th October, Friday 19th October

TICKETS: $20. Buy here.

 

Sofia

Sofia, a young middle-class woman in Casablanca finds herself as one of the 150 women who give birth outside of wedlock, a crime punishable by imprisonment in Morocco. The hospital gives Sofia 24 hours to provide identification of the child’s father before informing authorities. This naturalist drama won Best Screenplay in the prestigious Un Certain Regard section of Cannes.

“A thrilling feminist study, dissecting the double standards that divide Moroccan society” – Cineuropa

WHERE: Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett St, Adelaide

WHEN: Sunday 14th October, Friday 19th October

TICKETS: $20. Buy here.

 

Botanica

Director Noël Loozen brings us a Scandinavian delight, a short drama about a gardening store employee faced with his undeniable infertility. His relationship with the love of his life begins to crumble when the longing for a child forces them to make a sacrifice. A dramatic short from the Netherlands that can’t be missed.

WHERE: GU Film House Adelaide, 128 Hindley St Adelaide / Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett St Adelaide

WHEN: Friday 12th October / Saturday 20th October

TICKETS: $20. Buy here.

 

Girl

A heart-warming transgender story about a girl who desperately wants to become a ballerina but being born a boy, her bodily frustrations increase as she becomes a teenager. Although Lara’s father and classmates are largely supportive, writer-director Lukas Dhont concentrates on the external and more important internal conflicts.

“An important film (and a great one) that channels love and compassion and is incomparably more powerful for it.” – The Film Stage

WHERE: GU Film House Adelaide, 128 Hindley St Adelaide

WHEN: Thursdays 11th October, Saturday 20th October

TICKETS: $20. Buy here.

 

Full program online at www.adelaidefilmfestival.org

 

Images via Adelaide Film Festival.

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