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BOFA FESTIVAL 2021 | LAUNCESTON 30 APRIL - 2 MAY | FREE ONLINE 3 - 30 MAY | HOBART 28 - 30 MAY

WELCOME BACK TO IN-CINEMA FILMS

You emphatically told us that you missed sharing – great films, discussion and argument with friends – so we are delighted to announce that BOFA is back at Village Cinemas in Launceston and Hobart. We have sourced 20 films just for you from 12 countries from as far away as Bhutan and as close to home as New Zealand.

Join us as we return to the big screen in both Launceston (30 April –2 May) and Hobart (28-30 May).

TICKETS ON SALE FROM THURSDAY 8 APRIL AT THE BOX OFFICE OF VILLAGE CINEMAS, 163 BRISBANE ST, LAUNCESTON AND 181 COLLINS ST, HOBART . OR FOLLOW THE LINKS BELOW.

BOFA 2021 is showcasing  inspiring films curated around themes of Stories of Us, Chasing Wonder, The Choices We Make, World Stories, We Are Who We Are, Eat & Drink, By Design, and Climate Action. All sponsored by our loyal partners.

Plus we’ve got a FREE Online Festival during the period between the Launceston and Hobart in-cinema festivals. That means you have the best of both worlds, and nothing says you can’t enjoy both!

VITA AND VIRGINIA

Billed as a “…fascinating true story about the love affair between socialite and author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf,” this film is highly relevant to the changing role of today’s women.

LAUNCESTON FRIDAY 30 APRIL 7.30PMHOBART FRIDAY 28 MAY 7.30PMFIND OUT MORE

SPREAD YOUR WINGS

This film follows a disconnected and disenchanted son of divorced parents as his  eccentric dad flies with him – and a flock of geese – to the the Arctic Circle in a powered hang glider.

LAUNCESTON SATURDAY 1 MAY 5.30PMHOBART SATURDY 29 MAY 5.30PMFIND OUT MORE

HILLARY: OCEAN TO SKY

In 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to climb Mount Everest. But Hillary never considered it his finest achievement – this film follows the expedition he thought was his ultimate conquest.

LAUNCESTON SATURDAY 1 MAY 7.30PMHOBART SATURDAY 29 MAY 730PMFIND OUT MORE

ROSEMARY’S WAY

“I am a big believer in different cultures coming together,” says Rosemary Kariuki, an award-winning refugee from African tribal wars and domestic violence who has forged a new life in Australia.

LAUNCESTON SATURDAY 1 MAY 5.00PMHOBART SATURDAY 29 MAY 5.00PMFIND OUT MORE

THE HUNTER

If you love and care for the wilderness that makes Tassie what it is, go and see this film. The empathy and depth of cameraman Robert Humphreys’ scenes of wild and remote Tassie are as outstanding as the plot.

LAUNCESTON FRIDAY 30 APRIL 8.00PMHOBART FRIDAY 28 MAY 8.00PMFIND OUT MORE

MEET THE WALLERS

This film will make you realise how trite, trivial and contrived Reality TV is. Meet the Wallers is the result of 17 years occasional filming of an ordinary, optimistic, realistic, changing and often struggling family.

LAUNCESTON SATURDAY 1 MAY 8.00PMHOBART SATURDAY 29 MAY 8.00PMFIND OUT MORE

THE PERFECT CANDIDATE

Many Arab states are loosening restrictions on women – but translating that into actual societal change can be difficult. One woman doctor decides to take on the men – in the local election.

LAUNCESTON SUNDAY 2 MAY 10.00AMHOBART SUNDAY 30 MAY 10.00AMFIND OUT MORE

THE REASON I JUMP

Many films get critical raves for being lyrical, beautiful, insightful, one of a kind. This film really is like that. Using a caressing filmic style with a liquid and luscious score, it looks inside the world of autism. Stunning.

LAUNCESTON FRIDAY 30 APRIL 10.00AMHOBART FRIDAY 28 MAY 10.00AMFIND OUT MORE

TWO OF US

This delightfully intimate portrait of two lovers is a standout for its tender respect, objectivity and high degree of realism. Like any couple, they have family issues – made worse when their love has been kept secret for decades.

LAUNCESTON SUNDAY 2 MAY 12.30PMHOBART SUNDAY 30 MAY 12.30PMFIND OUT MORE

SUN CHILDREN

Ali is a street-smart 12-year-old both in this film – and in real life. Ali’s father is dead, so he and his friends in Iran spend most of their time stealing car tyres and hustling shop owners. Until they hear about the buried treasure.

LAUNCESTON SATURDAY 1 MAY 12.30PMHOBART SATURDAY 29 MAY 12.30PMFIND OUT MORE

AND THEN WE DANCED

Merab is a dancer who wants, more than anything, to be part of the National Ensemble of Georgia. But his ambitions are confused when he meets another dancer who exposes his sexual ambiguities.

LAUNCESTON FRIDAY 30 APRIL 3.00PMHOBART FRIDAY 28 MAY 3.00PMFIND OUT MORE

LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM

Ugyen has been given a teaching job in one of the most remote schools on earth, in Bhutan. Just getting there is a week’s hike into the high Himalayas. Things are very different there …

LAUNCESTON SUNDAY 2 MAY 5.30PMHOBART SUNDAY 30 MAY 5.30PMFIND OUT MORE

THE MOLE AGENT

What do you do if you fear your mother is being mistreated in a nursing home? Why, you send for The Mole Agent, of course – a charming octogenarian who uses What’s App and secret cameras to uncover the truth.

LAUNCESTON FRIDAY 30 APRIL 12.30PMHOBART FRIDAY 28 MAY 12.30PMFIND OUT MORE

STRAY

Istanbul, as the result of an official no-capture policy for stray animals, has more than 100,000 dogs living wild on its streets. This is a film about the lives of a few of them.

LAUNCESTON SUNDAY 2 MAY 2.30PMHOBART SUNDAY 30 MAY 2.30PMFIND OUT MORE

THE BIRTH OF SAKE

The Yoshida Brewery has been producing rice wine (sake) for six generations. In this absorbing film, director Erik Shirai spends months cataloguing the processes and skills needed to turn rice into Japan’s most famous drink.

LAUNCESTON SATURDAY 1 MAY 10.00AMHOBART SATURDAY 29 MAY 10.00AMFIND OUT MORE

THREE DAYS OF GLORY

The three days in this film  are not about a white-knuckle whodunnit or a dangerous battle. They are when the little man thumbs his nose at the establishment, behaves carelessly, drinks loads of booze and sings bawdy songs.

LAUNCESTON SATURDAY 1 MAY 3.00PMHOBART SATURDAY 29 MAY 3.00PMFIND OUT MORE

A MOMENT IN THE SUN

A team of Australians on a home-made bicycle, fond recollections from early alternative technology geeks, a visionary Turkish scientist and a determination to prove that oil, gas and coal are not essential make A Moment in the Sun a delight to watch.

LAUNCESTON FRIDAY 30 APRIL 5.30PMHOBART FRIDAY 28 MAY 5.30PMFIND OUT MORE

JANE GOODALL – THE HOPE

This is not primarily a film about Jane Goodall. It is a film about how to convince people – and in particular, young people – they need to make their voices heard as citizens of tomorrow’s planet.

LAUNCESTON SUNDAY 2 MAY 5.00PMHOBART SUNDAY 30 MAY 5.00PMFIND OUT MORE

AALTO

You may think you don’t know of Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto – but you do. His Stool 60, designed in 1933 is still a ubiquitous fixture in stylish rooms worldwide. Aalto and his wife Aino worked as building and interior designers in Finland through the 1900s

LAUNCESTON SUNDAY 2 MAY 12.00PMHOBART SUNDAY 30 MAY 12.30PMFIND OUT MORE

AT ETERNITY’S GATE

This biography features a craggily hypnotic Willem Defoe as van Gogh as he refuses to bow down before convention and a lack of  sympathy for his art. “I was born a painter,” he confides, as if admitting a dark secret.

LAUNCESTON SUNDAY 2 MAY 3.00PMHOBART SUNDAY 30 MAY 3.00PMFIND OUT MORE

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