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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.

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.

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 Canadian winter.

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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