There are few things we love more than a film festival – the diversity, the anticipation and the chance to discover new cinematic gems always ignites an excitement deep within our bellies. So we were thrilled when we learned of the debut of the very first Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF) this December.
This is a festival that has set out to truly celebrate the art of cinema, showcasing films from an area that produces half of the world’s films. It will run across various Brisbane locations from 29 November to 14 December, showing more than 80 films from 38 countries in 33 languages.
We’re thrilled to be partnered with BAFF to bring World Movies Secret Cinema to Brisbane for the first time from 11 to 14 December. Outside of this top-secret event there are many other films that are guaranteed to excited movie-lovers around the country.
If you’re having trouble navigating the program, don’t fret – here are a few of our favourites:
Margarita, with a Straw
Prepare to have your heart warmed by Margarita, with a Straw. A small film with a big heart, it provides an astonishing showcase for French Indian actress Kalki Koechlin as Laila – a wheelchair-bound sufferer of cerebral palsy determined to study at New York University, to explore her sexuality, and to find her identity.
Silvered Water, Syria Self Portrait
Director Ossama Mohammed assembled over 1000 videos shot by Syrians as an eyewitness account of life amid the ongoing Syrian war. With their mobile phones in hand, they filmed the daily reality on the streets, and then uploaded their videos to YouTube. Imagine a manifestation of our need to record everything we do and see, taken to its most heartbreaking extreme. If one documentary screams of historical importance, it’s this one.
If you want a glimpse into the future of filmmaking, then look no further than today’s short films. As curated by APSA international jury member Otto Alder, BAPFF’s Animated Shorts session will showcase 14 of the most exciting, astounding and award-winning short animations from Asia Pacific. Prepare to laugh, cry, and be amazed – and not just because one film tells its tale in only 34 seconds.
It’s hard to pass up the opportunity to see a Palme d’Or winner – in this case, Winter Sleep from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan. This subtle and nuanced film presents a psychologically engrossing character study of a man coming face to face with his true self. A must see festival highlight.
Life May Be
Life May Be is the latest documentary from The Story of Film’s Mark Cousins, collaborating with Iranian actress Mania Akbari after she was forced to flee Tehran for London midway through making her last project. In cinematic ‚Äúletters‚Äù, the duo chronicle their thoughts and feelings about Akbari’s circumstances, their own art, and broader cultural and political issues. Mark and Mania encourage film lovers to send them cinematic responses which might be included in the DVD release.
BAPFF runs from 29 November to 14 December. You can find the complete program and purchase tickets here: bapff.com.au
World Movies Secret Cinema tickets are on sale NOW – purchase here: http://bit.ly/1tdHoHy