[First filed: Oct 28, 2010 @ 11:30]
Last night the 14th Canberra International Film Festival (CIFF) was officially opened with the highly anticipated political thriller from the USA “Fair Game”, starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts.
CIFF President Virginia Haussegger and CIFF Director Simon Weaving were joined by ABC TV’s At The Movies David Stratton to open the festival.
The sell-out evening gave Canberra a taste of the inspirational and intriguing stories that can be expected from this year’s program.
One of Simon Weaving’s favourite picks from this year’s program is “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale”.
“Pietari, who lives with his father in the Arctic Circle, observes the activities of an American scientific expedition searching for a lost burial site of the legendary Father Christmas. As misfortunes hit the town in the days before Christmas, Pietari starts to piece together the truth about the dig, but not before the traditional Christmas tale is re-written. Playfully re-working one of the West’s most cherished traditions, Director Helander builds on the short films that made him a legend of the internet.”
RiotACT members are being given the chance to win one of two free double passes to see this hilarious comedy by simply sharing your favourite hilarious Christmas stories on RiotACT.
**Please note winners will be selected a random and contacted by the email address they have registered with unless they provide another in their entry. (Closing dates: Winner 1 = 29/10/2010, Winner 2 = 5/11/2010).
UPDATE: Congratulations to “Smiling Politely” who can now claim the title of Winner1.
Keep the entries coming for the second round!
ANOTHER UPDATE: Winner 1 had this to say in the comments:
#9 smiling politely
12:46, 01 Nov 10
Highly recommended, though I’m not sure I can ever think of Santa the same way again. Pretty cool film, typically Finnish humour (chuckles across the cinema after a gag at the expense of Russians), a great antidote to the inevitable repeats of “Love, Actually” and other similar saccharine fare that we’re usually subjected to over the holiday season.
It’s on again next Saturday night at 6:30pm, check it out. My thanks to Dendy, CIFF and the RiotACT for the tickets, much obliged.
Still time to enter and be Winner 2!