Last night the Canberra International Film Festival kicked off for 2013 with some rather nice speeches (including by the US Ambassador who’s under some heat back home over the content of the festival he’s promoting).
There was champagne for the important people (I know Goosepig and I were because the girl who handed me my tickets said so) and some lovely mini bagels.
Perhaps more importantly for a film festival they showed the Robert Redford film “All is Lost” which doesn’t get a cinematic release until next year.
It’s tremendously powerful for a film with almost no dialogue and don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a man v. nature film. It’s a very strong social allegory and an enormous two fingers to the Ayn Randian cult of the rugged individual being spruiked by the stupider members of the political right.
Zed Seselja was in attendance but I’m betting he thinks it was about a man in a boat.
It’s getting a second showing this Friday night and I recommend it.
On another note I’ve spend far too much time finding trailers for all but one of the movies in the festival and here they are for your enjoyment:
The full program is on their website.