103 min. UK, 2016. Dir: Roger Spottiswoode
The moving and life-affirming true story of the unlikely friendship between James Bowen, a young busker who struggles with a drug addiction, and the stray ginger cat named Bob who helps James heal his life.
87 min. UK/Mongolia, 2016. Dir: Otto Bell
Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian Steppe, this documenatary film follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries.
102 min. Australia, 2017. Dir: Rachel Perkins
A coming of age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of fourteen. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town’s mixed race outcast, shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishart, Charlie’s life changed forever. Entrusted with this secret and believing Jasper to be innocent, Charlie embarks on a dangerous journey to find the true killer.
90 min. Australia, 2017. Dir: Philip Keoghan
The 1928 Tour de France was the toughest in history—only 41 finished out of 161 starters. Three were from the Australasian team, including Hubert Opperman. Phil Keoghan and Ben Cornell attempt to ride the original route on vintage bikes.
162 min. Germany/Austria, 2016. Dir: Maren Ade
Single feature due to length
Winfried doesn’t see much of his daughter Ines whose life is consumed by her job as a business consultant. He travels to Bucharest to see her but their meeting does not go well. He leaves to return home, but reappears as ‘flashy Toni’, an executive life coach, and wangles his way into her professional circle. Nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
105 min. Iran, 2016. Dir: Asghar Farhadi
After their apartment becomes damaged, Emad and Rana, a young couple living in Tehran, must move into another apartment. Once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes their lives, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife.
118 mins. Italy, 2016. Dir: Paolo Virzi
Beatrice is a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella is a tattooed introvert. They are both patients at a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic. An unpredictable and moving friendship develops as they flee the clinic in search of love in the open-air nut house – the world of sane people.
114 min. Sweden, 2017. Dir: Hannes Holm
Ove is the angry old man next-door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. After a boisterous young family moves in next door and accidentally flattens Ova’s mailbox, an unlikely friendship develops.
89 min. Brazil/France, 2016. Dir: Janos Edelenyi
Sir Michael Gifford suffers from Parkinson’s disease and alienates everyone around him. His daughter sets him up with a companion who is a refugee, and surprising changes begin to occur as he regains a sense of meaning and vigour.
101 min. Denmark, 2016. Dir: Martin Zandviet
Based on the true story of a group of young German prisoners of war who are ordered by the Danish authorities to remove with their bare hands more than two million mines that the Germans had placed in the sand along the coast.
97 min. Italy, 2016. Dir: Paolo Genovese
Seven friends - three couples and a bachelor - get together for dinner. When they decide to share every text message and phone call they receive, the messages reveal secrets and how little they know about their friends - and their partners.