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As well as four films in the main program at Festival de Cannes this year, 10 Australian films, including the new feature, Blame, will screen in the Cinema des Antipodes sidebar (May 11 – 22), reports Andrew L. Urban.

As part of the Cannes Cinephiles sidebar to the Festival de Cannes, Cinema des Antipodes is screening 11 features, 10 of them Australian and 12 shorts, 8 of them Australian, including Stone Bros, Birthday - and Matching Jack, which screened (May 5) to a lengthy ovation at the Australian Embassy in Paris on the eve of the Festival, followed by a Q&A with director Nadia Tass. 

"Other Aussie films screening in the sidebar"

Other Aussie films screening in the sidebar include the new thriller, Blame (Australian release June 16), written and directed by Michael Henry, starring Damian De Montemas, Sophie Lowe, Kestie Morassi, Simon Stone, Mark Leonard Winter and Ashley Zukerman. “We are extremely excited to be screening in Cannes and nothing would please us more now than seeing the audience in France respond as favourably as the audiences in Melbourne, Toronto, Chicago and more recently in Buenos Aires,” says producer Melissa Kelly.

Sophie Lowe also stars in Rachel ward’s feature, Beautiful Kate, which is part of the sidebar, along with Michael Bond’s Passengers, which stars Cameron Daddo and Angie Milliken, and had its world premiere at the 2010 Dungog Film Festival.

Cannes Cinephiles is organized by the city of Cannes (through Cannes Cinema) in partnership with the Festival, and re-screens films from the Official Competition, Un Certain Regard, Critic's Week and Director's Fortnight but it also programs a competitive section for young audience 'Ecran Junior' (it's a jury of 13-15 years old children presided over by a professional), the ACID section (independent cinema), Cinema des Antipodes section and Vision social section. 

The screenings are open to festival guests with the Cannes Cinephiles badge, but also for the Market buyers and invited guests. The screenings are held in the cinemas owned by the City: Studio 13, La Licorne and Le Raimu. 

"The audience is mainly the cinephiles from the city"

The audience is mainly the cinephiles from the city but is also attend by some professionals who hope to discover new films in the atmosphere of a general audience (a better indication of the response of an audience than a Market screening where there are only buyers).

“The Cinema des Antipodes section in this great year for Australian cinema in Cannes breaks the record in having 30 screenings,” says Bernard Boris, organiser of Cinema des Antipodes. It's a great year for AUS in Cannes this year and I am impatient to discover them.”

And he adds, “So it will be also a great year for the Saint-Tropez Antipodes Film Festival 2011 (10-16 October 2011),” which Bories also organises.

Published May 12, 2011

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