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WHAT’S YOUR BOFA?

There are SO MANY BOFAS at the 2016 Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival. BOFA offers something for every film lover … there’s the world’s best FEATURES BOFA showcasing the world’s outstanding festival films of 2016; there’s international DOCO BOFA challenging and entertaining documentaries from around the globe; there’s FAMILY BOFA with great family movies; there’s FOOD & WINE BOFA with mouth-watering foodie films; thought provoking, conversation starting movies in IDEAS BOFA; there are queer and quirky movies in GENDER BOFA; film makers telling our home grown stories in AUSSIE BOFA and SHORTS BOFA. There’s COMMUNITY BOFA and INNOVATION BOFA ACTION SESSIONS about improving the local community and economy.

So, WHAT’S YOUR BOFA?

Owen Tilbury
Festival Director

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Opening Night Film

Thursday, November 10, BOFA 2016

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LA PAZZA GIOIA
THURSDAY 7.00 – 9.30PM

RED CARPET SCREENING AND AFTER PARTY – $85 | FILM ONLY – $25
RED CARPET SCREENING | VILLAGE

SECOND SCREENING | SATURDAY 7.00 – 9.15PM | QVMAG

Beatrice (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella (Micaela Ramazzotti) is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic. Paolo Virzì’s new film tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between the two women as they flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness in the open-air asylum – the world of sane people. Depicting its complex characters with honesty, humour and true emotional depth, this is a touching and unique take on friendship, freedom and mental illness.

Free wheeling drama direct from Cannes.

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2016 Festival Programme

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Thursday 10, November BOFA 2016

WHAT’S STRONG, NOT WRONG, WITH COMMUNITIES

THURSDAY
9.00AM – 4.30PM
ARCH & DESIGN

The City of Launceston is partnering with two global leaders in grass-roots, community-led community development to trial a new way of working alongside communities.

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SHAKESPEARE LIVE

THURSDAY
9.00 – 11.30AM
ANNEXE

Shakespeare? Boring? Not here! This star-studded show from the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company was captured live from Stratford-Upon-Avon on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. An astonishing once-in-a-lifetime cast, including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tim Minchin, Rufus Wainwright, John Lithgow.

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ZACH’S CEREMONY

THURSDAY
1.00PM – 3.00PM
ANNEXE

Zach’s family is proudly Aboriginal, and his father, Alec, has a strong connection to his Aboriginal heritage and encourages Zach to be ‘out there’ with his culture. He sees his son as an Aboriginal man of the future but in Sydney, Zach finds himself on a selfdestructive path fuelled by drugs, alcohol and sex.

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CHILDREN OF THE MOUNTAIN

THURSDAY
4.00 – 6.00AM
ANNEXE

Essuman, a single parent in Ghana, gives birth to a child with cleft palate and is accused of causing her child’s “imperfection.” Three years later, her son is diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

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LIKE CRAZY/LA PAZZA GIOIA

THURSDAY
7.00 – 9.30PM
VILLAGE

Beatrice (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella (Micaela Ramazzotti) is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery.

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ANTS ON A SHRIMP: NOMA IN TOKYO

THURSDAY
7.30 – 9.15PM
ANNEXE

Ants on a Shrimp tracks René Redzepi, founder and head chef of Copenhagen’s famed Noma eatery (and recently in Australia), as he and his stellar band of chefs create a world-class pop-up restaurant in a Tokyo hotel.

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Friday, November 11 BOFA 2016

CONNECTED LAUNCESTON: SMART CITY, SMART REGION

FRIDAY
9.00AM – 5.00PM
ARCH & DESIGN

LEVERAGING THE POWER OF THE NBN
With our NBN roll-out now complete, Launceston is one of Australia’s most digitally connected cities and regions. In this full day session, learn how to use this competitive advantage to drive innovation in business, education, health and the community. Now is the time to fully embrace the digital economy.

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THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

FRIDAY
10.00AM – 12.00PM
TRAMSHEDS

From the director of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically acclaimed Best of Enemies, the new film The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble tells the extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

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THE BAULKHAM HILLS AFRICAN LADIES TROUPE

FRIDAY
11.00AM-12.30PM
ANNEXE

Four women fled from different parts of Africa to Australia in order to escape violence and abuse. They find a safe haven in Australia, but still they hold their pain silently within them. Until they decide to join a theatre group… and speak out.

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BE HERE NOW
(THE ANDY WHITFIELD STORY)

FRIDAY
12.30PM – 2.30PM
TRAMSHEDS

Welsh actor Andy Whitfield had been in remission from early stage non-Hodgkin lymphoma, when a routine insurance scan revealed a subset of cancerous cells that forced him to undergo an aggressive but ultimately unsuccessful new round of treatments.

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MISS IMPOSSIBLE
JAMAIS CONTENTE

FRIDAY
2.00PM – 3.45PM
ANNEXE

Some would say Aurore lives a boring life. But when you are a 13 year-old girl, and have an uncompromising way of looking at boys, school, family or friends, life takes on the appearance of a merry psychodrama.

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GIRL ASLEEP

FRIDAY
3.30PM – 5.00PM
TRAMSHEDS

The world is closing in on Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning fifteen she can’t bear to leave her childhood. She floats in a bubble of loserdom with her only friend Elliott, until her parents throw her a surprise 15th birthday party and she’s flung into a parallel place.

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BAXTER AND ME

FRIDAY
5.00PM – 6.30PM
ANNEXE

Filmmaker, activist, teacher and dog trainer Gillian Leahy tells a story of her life through her daily dealings with big, brown, beautiful Baxter, a Labrador dog, and asks: “What am I doing with a large wild animal in my kitchen and my bed? Do we really love dogs? Do they love us?

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A WAR
KRIGEN

FRIDAY
7.00PM-9.15PM
ANNEXE

Nominated for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Film), this tense, intelligent film from Danish director Tobias Lindholm is part frontline thriller, part courtroom drama. Company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province.

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SUNSET SONG

FRIDAY
7.15PM – 9.45PM
TRAMSHEDS

Sun, sex and sumptuousness rule in Terence Davies’ (The Deep Blue Sea, the House of Mirth) adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s novel, spanning six years in the life of a girl named Chris, one of the numerous children of a tyrannical Scottish farmer on the eve of the First World War.

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Saturday, November 12 BOFA 2016

SCRIPT TO SCREEN FILM MAKERS’ WORKSHOP

SATURDAY
9.00AM – 5.00PM
INTERWEAVE STUDIO, Next to QVMAG

Participants will work in teams to write, produce and star in an original short film.
MORNING SESSION: Screenwriting: learning about story structure, how to format a script and write an original screenplay.
AFTERNOON SESSION: Filmmaking: Participants will experience various crew and performance roles, creating characters inspired by REMADE 2017.

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SHORT FILM MASTERCLASS

SATURDAY
9.30AM – 12.00PM
ARCH & DESIGN

Most of the world’s greatest film makers got their start making short films. Learn from the experts in this morning master class. The panel includes:
CLAYTON JACOBSON, DAMIEN POWER, ERIN GOOD, ASTRID COOPER.

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LIFE, ANIMATED

SATURDAY
10.00AM – 11.40PM
TRAMSHEDS

The heart-warming and heart-breaking story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, and was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.

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KEDI

SATURDAY
10.00 – 11.30AM
ANNEXE

Director Ceyda Torun grew up in Istanbul, where hundreds of thousands of cats have roamed the metropolis freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people’s lives. Kedi tells the tales of seven very particular cats of Istanbul.

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REMEMBERING SENSEI/THE LIGHTHOUSE BUILDERS

SATURDAY
10.30AM – 12.00PM
QVMAG

In 2011, Tasmanians Rob Castiglione and Tristan Derham approached the Aikido Foundation with a proposal to create an Aikido film. This is a Tasmanian film that brings the heart of the modern Japanese martial art Aikido to a wider audience.

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THE SALESMAN
FORUSHANDE

SATURDAY
12.00PM – 2.15PM
TRAMSHEDS

A masterfully tense and emotionally complex examination of anger, fear, guilt and revenge from Academy Award winner Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, About Elly, The Past). When their Tehran flat is damaged, Emad and Rana, a young married couple, are forced to move into another flat, not realising the previous tenant was a prostitute.

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THE ISLANDS AND THE WHALES

SATURDAY
12.00PM – 1.45PM
ANNEXE

In their remote home in the North Atlantic the Faroe Islanders have always eaten what nature could provide. The land yields little, so hunting whales and seabirds has kept them alive, and given them a way of life they love.

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IN THE SHADOW OF THE HILL

SATURDAY
12.15PM – 2.00PM
QVMAG

In 2011, with the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics looming, the residents of Rio slum district Rocinha are subjected to a tidal wave of systematic oppression under the government “pacification” program.

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TASMANIAN SHORT FILMS

SATURDAY
1.00PM – 3.00PM
ARCH & DESIGN

There’s a lot of film making talent in Tasmania! In this special session, see the breadth of the Tasmanian entries from our two BOFA Short Film Competitions.

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PAUL BARCLAY IN CONVERSATION

SATURDAY
1.00PM- 1.45PM
FESTIVAL LOUNGE

Paul Barclay in Conversation with Clayton Jacobson (Dir. Kenny).

The Festival Lounge in the Annexe is the nerve centre of BOFA, Relax between films, enjoy a drink and something to nibble, get lost in film contemplation, or engage with other film lovers and spot a famous face!

KENNY

SATURDAY
2.00PM-4.00PM
ANNEXE

Director Clayton Jacobson will be at BOFA for this very special 10th anniversary screening of one of Australia’s most loved movies. Kenny Smyth (Shane Jacobson) has possibly one of the most thankless and off putting occupations imaginable: He’s a plumber who specializes in delivering and maintaining portable toilets to wellpopulated events.

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LO AND BEHOLD: REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD

SATURDAY
2.20PM- 4.10PM
QVMAG

During his remarkable 40-year career, Werner Herzog has made some of world cinema’s boldest films. In Lo and Behold, he focuses on the internet, pointing out that if all the data transmitted online for only one day was burned on to CDs, the pile would stretch to Mars and back.

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THE CONFIRMATION

SATURDAY
2.30PM – 4.30PM
TRAMSHEDS

Eight year old Anthony is somewhat uneasy about spending the weekend with his alcoholic, down-on-his-luck carpenter dad Walt, while his mom and her new husband have a weekend away.

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HOT PROJECT PITCH

SATURDAY
3.30PM- 5.00PM
ARCH & DESIGN

Watch eight Tasmanian film makers pitch their projects to the expert panel and screen industry audience in this interactive session, competing for a $1,000 prize.

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NATIONAL BIRD

SATURDAY
4.25PM- 6.10PM
QVMAG

This is a disturbing documentary which, through the testimonies of three courageous whistleblowers, sheds some daylight on the USA’s secret military drone programme.

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MR GAGA

SATURDAY
4.30PM-6.30PM
ANNEXE

Enter the world of Ohad Naharin, guru of modern dance, renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company. Mr. Gaga, eight years in the making, captures the elusive beauty of contemporary dance.

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ZACH’S CEREMONY

SATURDAY
4.45PM – 6.30PM
TRAMSHEDS

Zach’s family is proudly Aboriginal, and his father, Alec, has a strong connection to his Aboriginal heritage and encourages Zach to be ‘out there’ with his culture. He sees his son as an Aboriginal man of the future but in Sydney, Zach finds himself on a selfdestructive path fuelled by drugs, alcohol and sex.

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GOLDSTONE

SATURDAY
7.00PM- 9.00PM
VILLAGE

Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road was one of the hits of BOFA 2013, and the sequel is, according to David Stratton, “more satisfying than the original”. Aboriginal detective Jay Swan, returns to the screen (an incredible lead performance by Aaron Pedersen), sent to the rural mining town of Goldstone in search of a missing Asian woman.

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LIKE CRAZY
LA PAZZA GIOIA

SATURDAY
7.00PM- 9.15PM
QVMAG

Beatrice (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella (Micaela Ramazzotti) is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic.

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KILLING GROUND

SATURDAY
7.15PM – 9.00PM
ANNEXE

Ian and Sam head to a national park, hoping the bush will give them space for some quiet time together. They arrive at an isolated campsite to find a SUV and a tent – no sign of the occupants. As night falls and the campers fail to return, Ian and Sam grow increasingly uneasy.

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WHO’S GONNA LOVE ME NOW?

SATURDAY
9.30PM- 11.00PM
ANNEXE

Saar is a 39-year-old, ex-Israeli army, HIV positive gay man living in London, where he found refuge from the religious kibbutz where he grew up in Israel. Ever since he was diagnosed with HIV, Saar has craved his family’s love, while they struggle with fears and prejudices.

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Sunday, November 13 BOFA 2016

TO SKIN A CAT

SUNDAY
9.45AM – 11.30AM
TRAMSHEDS
4.00PM – 5.45PM
QVMAG

In South Africa’s powerful and enigmatic Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe), every Shembe man aspires to own a leopard skin and this conservation blind spot means that leopard populations across southern Africa are declining.

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KAMPAI! FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE

SUNDAY
10.00AM – 12.00PM
ANNEXE

Sake has a long, deep history in Japanese culture, but despite the popularity of Japanese cuisine, it is still not well known outside Japan. Kampai! For the Love of Sake journeys from rice paddies in Japan to breweries around the globe as it chronicles three passionate exponents of the increasingly popular beverage.

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TASMANIAN COMPETITION SHORT

SUNDAY
10.15AM – 4.00PM
QVMAG MEETING ROOM

There’s a lot of film making talent in Tasmania! In this special session, see the breadth of the Tasmanian entries from our two BOFA Short Film Competitions.

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HOW DO WE GET TO SPACE?

SUNDAY
10.15AM – 11.45AM FREEE SESSION
QVMAG

Deep in the Pilbara desert of Western Australia, an unlikely group of 11-year olds create the world’s first Aboriginal interactive comic book, NEOMAD. In the real world, they are seen as troublemakers; problem kids with too much energy and nothing to do.

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WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS

SUNDAY
10.15AM – 12.30AM
ARCH & DESIGN

What Tomorrow Brings follows one year in the life of the first all-girls school in a remote, conservative Afghan village, where fathers have never before allowed their daughters to be educated.

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GRADUATION
BACALAUREAT

SUNDAY
11.45AM – 2.00PM
TRAMSHEDS

Romeo Aldea, a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad.

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900 NEIGHBOURS

SUNDAY
12.15PM – 1.40PM
QVMAG

An audience favourite at the Sydney Film Festival, 900 Neighbours was nominated for Best Documentary at the Film Critics Circle Awards. In 2006 Australia was rocked by headlines: “Skeleton Man Found In Housing Commission Flat.” The man had died 6 months before. With 900 neighbours in 591 apartments, how did this happen?

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MONSIEUR MAYONNAISE

SUNDAY
12.30PM – 2.10PM
ANNEXE

Artist and filmmaker Philippe Mora is producing a graphic novel about his late father, Georges, widely known in Melbourne as a beloved art patron and restaurateur. Less known, however, is Georges’ astonishing history as part of the French resistance during World War II.

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PAUL BARCLAY IN CONVERSATION

SUNDAY
1.00PM – 1.45PM
FESTIVAL LOUNGE

Paul Barclay in Conversation with Project O Team.

The Festival Lounge in the Annexe is the nerve centre of BOFA, Relax between films, enjoy a drink and something to nibble, get lost in film contemplation, or engage with other film lovers and spot a famous face!

COMMUNITY TAKES CHARGE

SUNDAY
2.30pM – 4.00PM
FREE BIG PICTURE DISCUSSION
ARCH & DESIGN

The fragmentation of the family unit, economic downturns and increasing expectations of government to find solutions mean that the old paradigms of leadership are under pressure.

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LONG WAY NORTH

SUNDAY
2.00PM – 3.40PM
QVMAG

Come on a high stakes, high seas adventure to the Arctic with Sasha. A beautifully-told, animated story about a 15 year-old who embarks on an adventure to the North Pole in order to find her grandfather’s ship and save her family’s honour.

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SOUR GRAPES

SUNDAY
2.30PM – 4.10PM
TRAMSHEDS

A journey into the rarified world of international fine wine auctions. With pockets full of cash, charisma and a preternatural memory for vintages, an unassuming young Rudy Kurniawan earns the reputation of a wine savant, surrounding himself with some of high society’s most fervent wine connoisseurs.

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WHO’S GONNA LOVE ME NOW?

SUNDAY
2.30PM – 4.00PM
ANNEXE

Saar is a 39-year-old, ex-Israeli army, HIV positive gay man living in London, where he found refuge from the religious kibbutz where he grew up in Israel. Ever since he was diagnosed with HIV, Saar has craved his family’s love, while they struggle with fears and prejudices.

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WEINER

SUNDAY
4.15PM – 6.00PM
ANNEXE

Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner’s catastrophic race for Mayor of New York City in 2013 is detailed in this behind-the-scenes documentary. Weiner became embroiled in his second widely publicized sexting scandal during the race, derailing his oncepromising political career.

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FATIMA

SUNDAY
4.30PM – 6.00PM
TRAMSHEDS

Fatima moves from her Moroccan village at the age of 20, to live with her husband in France. Now, 20 years on, she is divorced and works as a cleaner to support her two teenage daughters.

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