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Spring is the season for film festivals, with three
celebrations of world movies coming to town. But
with so many films on offer, how to choose? Let
us show you to your seats...
Russian Resurrection 2010
September 8-15 With 17 new films on offer,
as well as a host of retrospective classics and
documentaries, the seventh Russian film festival is
chock-a-block with treats. Why not try these?
KANDAHAR In 1995, an Ilyushin-76 freight aircraft
was captured by the Taliban. Accused of arms
smuggling, the plane’s crew were imprisoned and
left to rot, until they decided to take their fate into
their own hands... Featuring top-notch action and
special effects, Kandahar proves Russia can make
blockbuster movies as well as anyone else.
BLACK LIGHTNING A university student finds himself
the owner of a flying car. As a result he’s thrust into
the role of hero, pitted against an evil mastermind
who’s out to nab huge underground diamond mines.
Billed as a cross between Back to the Future and
Spider-man, it’s produced by legendary director
Screenings at Cinema Paradiso, Northbridge and Event
Cinemas, Innaloo. Tickets via lunapalace.com.au .
Did You Know? The special effects in Kandahar are
the work of Australian Kent Miklenda, who previously
worked on the likes of Superman Returns and
Mission: Impossible II. He met Kandahar’s director,
Andrei Kavun, at Russian Resurrection 2006.
Before you go, see Night Watch – the film that
brought Timur Bekmambetov to the world’s
attention, it’s an epic, atmospheric story of light
September 16-29 This year’s Reel Anime is more
tightly focused than other film festivals, with fewer
films on the schedule for you to choose from. But
that just makes it easier to catch them all, right?
SUMMER WARS A geeky maths student gets asked
by the school beauty to a family gathering... only to
find he’s there just to pose as her boyfriend to keep
her tyrannical great-grandmother happy. Cut adrift
in the family’s huge house, he ends up accidentally
releasing a rogue artificial intelligence. As you do.
The closest the festival has to a movie in the style of
Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo), don’t miss this.
EVANGELION 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE
The second in a series that reboots/follows up the
cult TV series Neon Genesis Evangelion, this is one
of the festival’s big hitters. But newbies beware!
Not only do you need to have seen the first flick
(Evangelion 1.0, also screening at the festival) it’s a
good idea to be familiar with the TV show too.
Screenings at the Luna, Leederville. Tickets via
Did You Know? Summer Wars creator Mamoru
Hosoda saw the movie not just as a film for all the
family but as a film for people with no family at all!
Himself an only child, his inspiration for the film
came from his first meeting with his fiancée’s family
– with no experience of vast crowds of relatives, he
was utterly terrified!
Before you go, see The Girl Who Leapt Through
Time. Based on a legendary Japanese sci-fi story
and winner of the 2007 Tokyo Anime Award for
Best Director, this was Hosoda’s last project before
Summer Wars, and should give you a good idea
what to expect.
Motorgirls words Chloe Lyons
WA television producer Melissa Bush has
displayed her sassy mechanical flair to
Australians and is now set to take America by
storm with her television series Motorgirls.
Combining her three favourite things,
Motorgirls is a TV series about how to look
after, drive and fix cars – and to look hot, too,
with fashion tips and an edge of girl-power.
The show premiered in February 2006 on
Access 31 with six half-hour episodes and later
in the year aired on Melbourne’s C31.
Bushy was off and racing – but running
on the smell of an oily rag, fuelled mostly by
passion alone. Then 18 months ago a friend
involved in the film industry put her on to an
agent in London (who described the show as
“Top Gear meets Australia’s Next Top Model”)
and this year she hit paydirt when Fox Sports
Latin and North America agreed to take on the
first series of Motorgirls.
Based in Buenos Aires, Fox Sports Latin
America is a 24-hour cable sports network
covering parts of the US as well as Mexico, El
Salvador and Venezuela – potentially reaching
more than 500 million homes.
Now newly fired up, Bushy is at work on the
second series of Motorgirls. motorgirlstv.com.
Lavazza Italian Film Festival
Oct 14-28 Now in its eleventh year, the Lavazza
Italian Film Festival will feature more than 20 movies
cherry-picked from the Cannes, Berlin, Rome and
Venice film festivals. Give this pair a go...
LA NOSTRA VITA The opening night film of the
festival, it’s a warts-and-all story of a construction
worker given his own site to supervise as a way
to help overcome the grief of a family tragedy.
Unfortunately getting the job comes with a price...
KISS ME AGAIN A sequel to 2001’s The Last Kiss
(which was itself remade in an English-language
version with Zach Braff), this picks up the lives of the
twentysomething characters from the first film and
sees how they turned out 10 years down the track.
The original was an engaging art-house hit.
Venues unconfirmed at the time of press. For more
details go to italianfilmfestival.com.au .
Did You Know? Elio Germano, the star of La Nostra
Vita, is one to watch for the future – on the strength
of his performance he was crowned the joint winner
of the Best Actor award at Cannes.
Before you go, see The Last Kiss, not only because
it’ll ensure you get the most out of Kiss Me Again
but also because it’s a fine film in its own right. The
Lavazza Film Festival will also release a boxed set of
DVDs from last year’s festival that’ll be worth a look.
A BLUFFER’S GUIDE TO...
Run – don’t walk – to the Reel Anime
festival, which includes screenings of
fan-favourite Evangelion 2.0.
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