Proudly presented and produced by the City of Port Phillip, the St Kilda Film Festival supports the Australian film industry by turning the spotlight on a wide range of fascinating works that may not otherwise see the light of day. Exceptional films by emerging artists on the big screen at Swanpool.
Two sessions with an intermission. Normal ticket prices apply.
189 mins. Germany 2018. Dir: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
A 2018 German drama film, it was nominated for two Academy Awards at the 91st Academy Awards, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography. Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, it tells the story of a young art student, Kurt, who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie.
Single feature, no intermission. Normal ticket prices apply.
101 mins. UK 2018. Dir: Tom Harper
Fresh out of a Glasgow prison, Rose-Lynn juggles her job and two children while persuing her dreams of becoming a country music star. She soon gets her chance when she travels to Nashvile, Tennessee on a life-changing journey to discover her true voice. The underlying theme is the battle between one’s dreams versus one’s reality. Rose’s talent is sure to make her a star, but she is also a mother!
127 mins. UK 2018. Dir: Ralph Fiennes
This film was inspired by the book ‘Rudolf Nureyev: The Life’ by Julie Kavanaugh. Ralph Fiennes’ film tells the exhilarating story of Rudolf Nureyev’s defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, capturing both his exquisite talents and the era’s explosive political situation. He played a high stakes game of cat and mouse in spite of the KGB’s best efforts to stop him.
97 mins. Paraguay 2018. Dir: Marcelo Martinessi
Chela and Chiquita, both descended from wealthy families in Asuncion, Paraguay, have been together for over 30 years. But recently their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. Eventually their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges. Chela’s life changes as she is forced to make a living providing a taxi service for the wealthy.
123 mins. Italy 2018. Dir: Alice Rohrwacher
An unceasingly kind Italian peasant called Lazzaro and his family are blatantly exploited by a tobacco baroness. Lazzaro is so good that he is often mistaken for being simple-minded. Tancredi, a young nobleman, senses an opportunity and embroils Lazzaro in an audacious plan that spirals out of control and throws the estate into a complicated chaos that takes everyone by surprise.
101 mins. UK 2019. Dir: Trevor Nunn
Joan Stanley is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information, including details on the building of the atomic bomb, to the Soviet Government for decades. As the interrogation gets underway, Joan relives the dramatic events that shaped her life and beliefs.
120 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Felix Van Groeningen
Teenager Nicolas Sheff seems to have it all with good grades and being an actor, artist, athlete and editor of the school newspaper. When Nic’s addiction to crystal meth. threatens to destroy him, his father does whatever he can to save his son and family. The Scheffs are faced with the harsh reality that addiction is a disease that does not discriminate and can hit a family at any time.
90 mins. Australia/UK 2019. Dir: Daniel Gordon
This feature documentary uses the remarkable and inspirational story of AFL legend Adam Goodes as the prism through which to tell a deeper and more powerful story about race, identity and belonging. The film uses interviews from both sides of the debate with probing questions about what it means to be Australian and what it takes to stand up for what you truly believe in.
102 mins. Australia 2019. Dir: Richard Lowenstein
This excellent documentary is as complete a portrait of this talented singer as you could wish for. The film is an honest and often heartbreaking journey from the early days when Michael was described by everyone who knew him as the purest ray of light, perfectly capable of mesmerizing the world, to his distressing descent into an all encompassing darkness that no-one could save him from.
96 mins. Bulg/Ger/France 2018. Dir: Milko Lazarov
Alone in the wilderness, Nanook and Sedna seem like the last people on earth. Their traditional way of life is changing - slowly but inevitably. Hunting becomes more and more difficult as they watch their animals die from inexplicable deaths and the ice has been melting earlier each year. Chena who visits them regularly is their only connection to the outside world.
132 mins. Korea 2019. Dir: Bong Joon-Ho
Ki-taek’s family of four is close, but all are unemployed and the future looks bleak. However, when the son Ki-woo, is recommended by a fellow university friend for a well paid tutoring job, expectations are high. His interview with the owner of the global IT company is successful, work begins and soon he meets the young lady of the house. An unstoppable string of mishaps lies in wait.
101 mins. UK 2018. Dir: Kenneth Branagh
The year is 1615 and Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. Disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns down, and a devastated Shakespeare returns to Stratford where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. His personal search for truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.
103 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Marc Turtletaub
Puzzle is a closely observed portrait of Agnes, who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change when Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift that she not only enjoys but is very, very good at!
125 mins. Argentina 2018. Dir: Juan Vera
Marcos and Ana feel that despite 25 years of marriage they are not able to overcome the existential crisis that they are going through and that they are in favour of separating. The new life of being single surprises both, who at first are dazzled. Little by little, life for Ana begins to become a little monotonous; in turn a total nightmare for Marcos.
94 mins. France 2019. Dir: Julia Bertuccelli
In Verderonne it’s the first day of summer and Claire Darling wakes up convinced to live her last day and decides to empty her house and have a garage sale of her precious objects. This last madness brings back Mary, her daughter whom she has not seen for 20 years, to stop the sale and unveil reasons behind her mother’s eccentric decision.
93 mins. USA 2019. Dir: Todd Douglas Miller
Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 16 mm footage, 70 mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission - the one that first put men on the moon and made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names forever.
95 mins. USA 2019. Dir: Penny Lane
With unprecedented access ‘Hail Satan?’ traces the rise of the Satanic Temple: only six years old and already one of the most controversial religious movements in American history. The Temple and its enigmatic leader Lucien Greaves are calling for a Satanic revolution to save the nations soul. But are they for real?