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CANADIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2008 - PREVIEW: POSSIBLE WORLDS

NORTH OF HOLLYWOOD
Diverse, audacious and slightly exotic, Canadian cinema has always been north of Hollywood in terms of the edginess that marks fiercely independent talent and this year’s festival (Nov.27 - December 2) is a great snapshot of its current themes and preoccupations, from sex to society, reports Andrew L. Urban.


The audaciously titled Young People F***ing, from director Martin Gero, will have its Sydney premiere at Bobbi’s Pole Studio on November 28 at 8:30pm, as part of this year's Possible Worlds, Canadian film festival. This series of snappy vignettes attempts to get at the truth about modern relationships and our attitudes towards sex. Five scenarios are under consideration: The Friends, The Couple, The Exes, The First Date and The Threesome. "Each sexual encounter plays out in episodes rich in both insights and hilarity: prelude, foreplay, sex, interlude, orgasm and afterglow," say the orgasmnisers.

"astute writing and spot on performances"

"Don’t be fooled by the title, there’s nothing (too) explicit in this clever film. That’s not to say there are no jaw-dropping moments of outrageous humour, but this adult comedy is more remarkable for its astute writing and spot on performances than the amount of skin on display. Smart, thoughtful and shameless, you’ll leave the cinema glowing with satisfaction." (Young People F***ing is out on DVD from November 2009)

The intimate screening of the film will include a sassy 18+ party featuring an open bar, sets by DJ DCR and Something4Porno, short films from the Kino Sydney crew and live performances. The film is part of a series of site-specific screenings taking place at the Possible Worlds Festival. Global Metal will screen at Utopia Records followed by performances from live metal bands while The Museum will screen at the Australian Museum, presented by Canadian filmmaker Kenton Vaughan.

Running alongside the film premieres will be filmmaker Q&As, photo exhibitions, wine tastings and of course, parties.

"Australian premiere"

The Festival will open with the Australian premiere of Denys Arcand's Days of Darkness, a cerebral comedy brimming with keen and caustic observations on Western society. It stars Marc Labreche, Rufus Wainwright, Diane Kruger and Emma de Caunes. Denys Arcand, arguably Quebec's most famous filmmaker, is best known for The Barbarian Invasions which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2004. Arcand is also the director of such classics as Jesus of Montreal and The Decline of the American Empire.

Audiences can look forward to films in both French and English, some of which will be presented by visiting filmmakers. “Canadian cinema is enjoying a renaissance right now as a hip, authentic alternative to Hollywood cinema” says artistic director Matt Ravier. “From hilarious comedies to thought-provoking drama, from action blockbusters to political documentaries, the red hot line-up includes something for everyone.”

The Festival will close on December 2nd with Everything Is Fine, an accomplished debut drama about teenagers caught in the aftermath of a brutal tragedy, which is currently taking the Festival circuit by storm.

"thought-provoking fiction"

Those looking for serious, thought-provoking fiction will look no further than Emotional Arithmetic, a powerful ensemble drama starring Susan Sarandon, Gabriel Byrne, Max Von Sydow and Christopher Plummer. In the style of Paris Je T’Aime, Toronto Stories brings together four thirtysomething directors to create a culturally diverse cinematic mythology for a city which rarely gets a chance to play itself. While My Winnipeg is an idiosyncratic view of the city by one of its sons, Guy Maddin, who has a love/hate relationship with his home town.

Toronto filmmaker Kenton Vaughan will fly to Sydney to present his documentary The Museum to fans of design and architecture. The film charts Royal Ontario Museum director William Thorsell’s tumultuous attempt to build an iconic, transformative landmark in partnership with celebrity architect Daniel Libeskind, the global brand behind Ground Zero in New York.

Published November 20, 2008
 

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Young People F***ing


The Museum


Emotional Arithmetic


Everything Is Fine


AT A GLANCE
All tickets: full price - $15 / Concessions - $12
Advance tickets are available at www.moshtix.com.au, 1300 GET TIX (438 849) and all moshtix outlets. Advance tickets incur a booking fee. Tickets are also available at the venue from 30 minutes before the screening, subject to availability.

VENUES
DENDY OPERA QUAYS
9/2 East Circular Quay, Sydney

AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM
6 College Street, Sydney

UTOPIA RECORDS
233 Broadway, Ultimo, Sydney

BOBBI’S POLE STUDIO
Level 4, 203 Castlereagh St, Sydney







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