For 10 great days the Launceston place-based BOFA Film Festival partied hard and screened films in historic houses, in craft beer bars, in heritage theatres, and in classy restaurants. Our audiences loved the new format:
Thank you for organising such an enlightening and inclusive festival. I feel lucky that I was able to eat, drink and watch films. The weather has been kind, the patrons inclusive and yourselves, such gracious hosts.
The Mother’s Day Long Table Lunch at Earthy Eats was a really lovely event. Everyone enjoyed the films thoroughly, there was laughter and tears. A very special day had by all.
THE WILD PEAR TREE
Director – Nuri Bilge Ceylan,
188 mins, Drama / Turkey / 2018
Sinan, a young graduate, is desperate to become a writer. He returns to the Turkish village where he grew up hoping to publish his first novel, but although home looks wonderful when he is away from it, being there reminds him of its irritations, not least his father’s debts. Director Ceylan’s wide shots of rolling hills in sun-dappled light, slowly immerse you in family, countryside, art, politics and the social divide. A masterpiece!
Cannes Film Festival, Palme d ‘Or nominee, 2018
HILLARY: OCEAN TO SKY
Director – Michael Dillon, 106 mins, Documentary / New Zealand / 2019 / Rated PG
After his triumph on Everest Edmund Hillary took a jet boat voyage up the Ganges from the ocean to its source, followed by a climb up Akash Parbat (Sky Mountain) in the Himalayas. Filmed using handheld 16mm cameras, his documentary catalogued the expedition, and the altitude sickness that almost killed Hillary. Hillary considered this the “best, the most memorable expedition”. Join him and marvel!
OLDER THAN IRELAND
Director – Alex Fegan, 81 mins, Documentary / Ireland / 2015 / Rated M
How does it feel to be 100 or more? Most of the thirty Irish centenarians we meet in this landmark documentary seem to agree that – with the exception of doing things more slowly– it doesn’t feel much different. Watch and learn from their never far below the surface sense of humour, their clear-eyed view of the world – and their refreshingly optimist outlook.
Director – Zeina Durra, 85 mins, drama / UK / 2020 / Rated M
Hana, a refugee doctor in Jordan, has come to the ancient Egyptian site at Luxor to recover from the traumas of war, and to reassess her role as a human being. She chances on old flame Sultan (Karim Saleh). They reconnect, they skirt around the obvious, they almost say the things that need saying. A visual and emotional masterpiece in an exotic setting. Follow the hugely talented Andrea Riseborough (Hana) as she seeks healing from the horrors of war.
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