CANADIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2007 - PREVIEW
Sydney’s 2nd Canadian Film Festival, Possible Worlds, (Chauvel Cinema, Nov.
29 to Dec. 5) will open with the Australian premiere of Matt Bissonnette’s award
winning Who Loves The Sun, with special guests in attendance and some of the
films will tour across Australia and New Zealand.
Canadian festival opening film, Matt Bissonnette’s Who Loves The Sun, is a witty
adult drama starring Lukas Haas (Brick), Adam Scott (Knocked Up) and Molly
Parker (TV’s Deadwood). It will screen in Australia after a successful stint on
the the international Festival circuit, where it’s being praised as a smart new
take on the love triangle.
Bissonnette explains: “I wanted the film to be economical, and I wanted it to be
charming, and by economical I mean I watched Knife In The Water and Tokyo Story
a bunch of times before we started shooting, and by charming I mean that I
really like Frank Capra films and Francois Truffaut movies. I also felt strongly
that the film should be funny. I was sort of hoping for a midway point between
Reitman’s Meatballs and Bergman’s Monika, but with a bit of Buster Keaton and a
little Douglas Sirk thrown in.”
Running alongside the film premieres will be filmmaker Q&As, workshops, panel
discussions and of course, parties.
“Australia and Canada have a lot in common, both historically and culturally,”
says artistic director Mathieu Ravier. “Both countries strive to express their
national identity through their cinema, often in spite of American cultural
dominance. Canada’s fresh and independent outlook on the world speaks to all
Australians. Possible Worlds is a chance to discover the rich diversity of
Canadian films, a cinema both strangely familiar yet refreshingly different.”
Films selected are in both French and English, some of which will be presented
by visiting filmmakers. “Canadian cinema is enjoying a surge in popularity right
now. From witty comedies to thought-provoking drama, from political
documentaries to horror shorts, the vibrant program is sure to engage Australian
audiences. There’s something exciting in the line-up for all to enjoy.”
A special focus on Canadian Independents will present a series of distinctive
films showcasing a strong commitment to originality, innovation and creative
freedom. A panel of guest directors and producers – hosted by the Australian
Film Commission’s IndiVision - will discuss Canadian successes in low-budget
filmmaking. Reg Harkema’s acclaimed comedy Monkey Warfare, starring Don McKellar,
will have its Sydney premiere alongside other award-winning independent films.
The festival includes Night of Horror, a specially curated screening of new
horror shorts followed by the eagerly-anticipated Zombie Ball.
On December 3, the Festival hosts a special fully-accessible screening to
celebrate International Day of People with a Disability. The film will be
audio-described for the visually-impaired courtesy of Vision Australia, and
captioned for the hearing-impaired by The Captioning Studio.
CLOSING NIGHT: KINO KABARET
The Festival will close on December 5 with the wildly popular Kino Kabaret, a
screening of short films shot during the Festival (in only 6 days!), as part of
a guerilla-style filmmaking experiment. Kino Kabaret will pair up filmmakers
from Montreal - where the Kino movement was born - and Sydney, where locals have
been practising over the past year, making shorts for the monthly Kino nights.
POSSIBLE WORLDS TOUR
While Sydney will host the main event, selected titles will tour across
Australia and New Zealand, providing a rare chance for audiences to discover the
vibrancy of Canadian cinema, and for filmmakers to fly south and escape the cold
The Possible Worlds Tour will visit:
Auckland, New Zealand (Academy Cinema, Nov. 22 – 27)
Melbourne (Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Dec. 4 – 6)
Canberra (Greater Union Manuka, Dec. 6 – 11)
Adelaide (Mercury Cinema, Dec. 10 – 16)
Published October 11, 2007
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