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Free Film Festival celebrating Diversity Week – 6 to 11 August

By Blackbelt - 4 August 2012 0

Come along to the ANU Film Group from August 6 to 11 for the 2012 Diversity Week Film Festival, a week-long celebration of diversity in film that’s open to everyone and (in the spirit of economic diversity) absolutely free!

From an Indian-set adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s quintessentially British novel “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” (Trishna) to a French-language Finnish film from a Japanese director about a young African refugee (Le Havre), the eight films on offer are as diverse as it gets. Other highlights include The Lady, the Luc Besson-directed biopic of Burmese democratic advocate Aung San Suu Kyi, and a double feature of recent Hong Kong cinema from acclaimed directors Johnnie To and Derek Yee.

All films are screened in the ANU Film Group’s state-of-the-art 370-seat cinema in the Coombs Theatre, on the corner of Fellows and Garran Roads in the ANU. Visit www.anufg.org.au or contact the Film Group via info@anufg.org.au or call 6247 2425 for full programme details and screening times.­

Full programme details for the festival are as follows:

    Monday 6 August @ 8:00 PM — CIRCUMSTANCE (MA, 102 mins)

    (France/USA/Iran) A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession.

    Tuesday 7 August @ 8:00 PM — LE HAVRE (PG, 90 mins)

    (Finland/France/Germany) When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an ageing shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home.

    Wednesday 8 August @ 8:00 PM — THE LADY (MA, 132 mins)

    (France/UK) The story of Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh) as she becomes the core of Burma’s democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris (David Thewlis).

    Thursday 9 August @ 8:00 PM — TRISHNA (UK/India) (MA, 113 mins)

    The story of the tragic relationship between the son of a property developer and the daughter of an auto rickshaw owner in this Indian-set re-telling of Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”.

    Friday 10 August @ 8:00 PM — TOMBOY (G, 82 mins)

    (France) A 10-year-old girl, settling into her new neighbourhood outside Paris, is mistaken for a boy and has to live up to this new identity since it’s too late for the mistake to be clarified.

    Friday 10 August @ APPROX. 9:30 PM — THE KID WITH A BIKE (M, 88 mins)

    (Belgium/France/Italy) Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hairdresser agrees to foster him on weekends.

    Saturday 11 August @ 8:00 PM — THE GREAT MAGICIAN (PG, 128 mins)

    (Hong Kong/China) In 1920s China, a warlord uses magic trickery to great effect. When a mysterious traveller returns from Europe with his magic, the two men find themselves at odds.

    Saturday 11 August @ APPROX. 10:15 PM — LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE (MA, 107 mins)

    (Hong Kong) Three people – a criminal, a bank officer and a cop – end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems.

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