Monday
Jul282014

Five French-Language Films at Possible Worlds!

Five French-language films from Quebec are premiering at the Possible Worlds Film Festival from August 7th. It's a great chance to hear French on screen with a slightly different accent!

Ricardo Trogi’s 1987 will open the Possible Worlds Film Festival at the same time that it opens on Canadian screens. The Australian premiere will be preceded by Opening Night drinks.

The semi-autobiographical French-language comedy charts the tumultuous summer of 1987 for 17-year-old Ricardo, and his hilarious attempts to get laid, get a job and get into bars. Set to a rocking 80s soundtrack and tackling all of the awkward moments that come with being a teenager but wanting to be treated like an adult, 1987 is a laugh-out-loud Quebec comedy that refuses to take itself too seriously.

Joining 1987 will be four other French-language films from Quebec. Rising star Xavier Dolan stars in both TOM AT THE FARM (TOM A LA FERME), a taut Hitchcockian thriller which he also directed, and MIRACULUM, a drama about the intertwined destinies of eight Montrealers on the cusp of life-changing decisions. Adapting his Sydney Festival hit Lipsynch, prominent playwright Robert Lepage returns to the screen with TRIPTYCH (TRIPTYQUE), while Cannes-winning drama THE AUCTION (LE DEMANTELEMENT) showcases a Canadian Academy Award-winning performance by Gabriel Arcand.

The 10-day festival includes complimentary drink receptions, a film trivia night, stand-up comedy and filmmaker Q&A’s. The audience is invited to vote for their favourite films in the World Movies Audience Award, while juries will announce the awards for Best American and Best Canadian Film on closing night.

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Saturday
Jul262014

Let us take you on a sailing adventure!

DIVIDE IN CONCORD charts one woman's journey to ban the sale of plastic bottled water in her town, in a bid to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans.

Anyone attending the Australian premiere at Possible Worlds will go into a draw to win a half-day sailing adventure for two aboard the Yukon, as part of Art & About Sydney!

Check the video below to hear David Suzuki chat about the Yukon's important mission.

The historic tall ship Yukon will be transformed to host sonic and visual installations from Sydney artists Christine Simpson and Cade Turner, heightening your "sea senses" while sailing the Harbour's calm waters. Meet scientists and sailors of the East Coast Odyssey whose mission is to collect data on the millions of multi-coloured plastic remnants threatening marine wildlife off Australia’s spectacular east coast.

All you need to enter is to book a ticket to the premiere at DIVIDE IN CONCORD, Wed 13 August at 6:30pm, Event Cinemas George St. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with producer and co-director Dave Regos.

 

Friday
Jul182014

Meet the Jury for Best American Film

One of the nine American films screening at Possible Worlds this year will earn its director the Possible Worlds Award for Best American Film. We've assembled a top-notch jury of film experts to decide on a winner, who will be announced at the Closing Night premiere of LAND HO! on Sunday August 17th. 

 

LARIN SULLIVAN
Larin is a US-born filmmaker living in Australia. She earned a masters in directing from Columbia University School of the Arts in the City of New York. She made her Australian directorial debut in 2013 with Soul - a half-hour doco for the award-winning Anatomy Arts series on ABC, produced by Matchbox. Her credits include three short films; Exposure, Dive and Bike Job, and a number of short documentaries and video clips. She is currently artist in residence at the at the William St. Creative Hub in Sydney.

Appropriate Behavior is Larin's favourite American indie of the year so far and the Canadian film she is most looking forward to at PWFF is Miraculum.


LUKE GOODSELL
Luke Goodsell is a writer and editor with 10 years experience covering movies, entertainment and pop culture for both print and online. Luke was the International Editor at Rotten Tomatoes from 2009 to 2014, and previously the Deputy Editor for Empire magazine in Australia. He’s written for many publications, worked as a script editor and hosted movie screenings and Q&As in the US and Australia.

Teenage is Luke's favourite American indie of the year so far and the Canadian film he is most looking forward to at PWFF is The Dirties.

 

JIM POE
Hailing from Oregon by way of New York, Jim Poe is the publications and content manager at Sydney Film Festival, where he has edited the Festival’s program guide for five years. He has also managed publications for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. He is a music and film programmer and writer, and contributes to The Guardian, Junkee and inthemix.

Jim's favourite recent American indie is I Used to Be Darker and the Canadian film he's most looking forward to is The Grand Seduction.

Thursday
Jul032014

Full #PWFF14 line-up revealed!

Now in its ninth year, the Possible Worlds Film Festival will showcase the best new independent cinema from Canada and the United States.

Tickets are now on sale!

Presented by Cosmos Tours and run by non-profit The Festivalists, the festival brings 18 new feature films – 9 Canadian, 9 American - to Event Cinemas George Street, August 7 to 17. Selected titles will also screen in Canberra (August 20) and Perth (August 22-24).

The Festival will open with the Australian premiere of Ricardo Trogi’s hilarious coming-of-age comedy 1987, a day before the film opens in Canada, and close 10 days later with the Sydney premiere of LAND HO! By Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens, the hit of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

“With one world premiere and thirteen Australian premieres, the Festival focuses on discoveries, on introducing new films to Australian audiences,” explains Festival Director Mathieu Ravier. “Possible Worlds is a rare opportunity to take back the multiplex and showcase the vibrant visions of independent filmmakers working outside of Hollywood.

Having its world premiere at Possible Worlds is Jonathan Evans’ riotous AIR SEX: THE MOVIE, a documentary about the Air Sex World Championships, in which contestants compete on stage, miming sexual acts with imaginary characters, in a strange new sport which has taken the comedy circuit by storm.

Director and producer Dave Regos will be visiting from New York to present his documentary DIVIDE IN CONCORD, which explores one citizen’s attempt to get the sale of plastic bottled water banned in her town.

Other documentaries at the Festival include WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY, which charts the history and legacy of Jewish humour, and OUR MAN IN TEHRAN, which unpacks the truth behind the covert rescue of six diplomats during the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979. 

Joining 1987 will be four other French-language films from Quebec. Rising star Xavier Dolan stars in both TOM AT THE FARM,  a taut Hitchcockian thriller which he also directed, and MIRACULUM, a drama about the intertwined destinies of eight Montrealers on the cusp of life-changing decisions. Adapting his Sydney Festival hit Lipsynch, prominent playwright Robert Lepage returns to the screen with TRIPTYCH, while Cannes-winning drama THE AUCTION showcases a Canadian Academy Award-winning performance by Gabriel Arcand.

Also from Canada, THE DIRTIES is a provocative and audacious black comedy about school bullying, while THE GRAND SEDUCTION charms the socks off its audience with charismatic star turns by Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch.

Three Australian actors light up the screen in American cinema this year. Callan McAuliffe shines as a rebellious teen in BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY; in post-apocalyptic Western YOUNG ONES Kodi Smit-McPhee leads a great cast, including Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult; Paul Eenhoorn imbues buddy-comedy LAND HO! with understated charm.

Four outstanding independents round out the program with bold new films which together make up a who’s who of the hottest talent in the US indie landscape today. Sundance-winner I ORIGINS stars Michael Pitt and Brit Marling as scientists on the brink of a profound discovery. Josh Lucas gives a standout performance as the unhinged sibling in dysfunctional family drama THE MEND. THE HEART MACHINE is a smart love story that unfolds like a heart-pounding mystery, while FAULTS is a taut thriller about the attempts to deprogram a young woman under the grip of a mysterious cult.

The 10-day festival includes complimentary drink receptions, a genre movie trivia night and filmmaker Q&A’s. The audience is invited to vote for their favourite films in the World Movies Audience Award, while juries will announce the awards for Best American and Best Canadian Film on closing night.

Monday
Jun302014

Opening night: flash back to... 1987!

“1987” WILL OPEN THE 9th POSSIBLE WORLDS U.S. & CANADIAN FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY COSMOS

Hilarious coming-of-age comedy 1987 will open the ninth Possible Worlds U.S. & Canadian Film Festival at Event Cinemas on August 7. The Festival showcases the best new independent cinema from Canada and the United States.

Presented by North American travel specialists, Cosmos Tours and run by non-profit The Festivalists, the festival brings 18 new feature films – 9 Canadian, 9 American - to Event Cinemas George Street, August 7 to 17. Selected titles will also screen in Canberra (August 20) and Perth (August 22-24).

Ricardo Trogi’s 1987 will open the Festival a day before it opens on Canadian screens. The Australian premiere will be preceded by Opening Night drinks.

The semi-autobiographical French-language comedy charts the tumultuous summer of 1987 for 17-year-old Ricardo, and his hilarious attempts to get laid, get a job and get into bars. Set to a rocking 80s soundtrack and tackling all of the awkward moments that come with being a teenager but wanting to be treated like an adult, 1987 is a laugh-out-loud Quebec comedy that refuses to take itself too seriously.

The 10-day festival includes complimentary drink receptions, a genre movie trivia night and filmmaker Q&A’s. The audience is invited to vote for their favourite films in the World Movies Audience Award, while juries will announce the awards for Best American and Best Canadian Film on closing night. The full line-up will be revealed on Independence Day 4th July.