2019 Film Synopsis and Trailers

Friday 28 June @ 7pm: A BOY CALLED SAILBOAT (USA / Mexico / Australia)
OPENING NIGHT FILM SCREENING FEATURING LIVE SOUNDTRACK BY THE GRIGORYAN BROTHERS + Q&A post screening
Director: Cameron Nugent

A Hispanic family find hope in their extraordinary son named Sailboat when a personal gesture awakens a global desire. Armed with a “little guitar”, Sailboat leads an offbeat cast into the miraculous story of the greatest secret never told.

Saturday 29 June @ 1.00pm: OH LUCY (Japan)
Director:
 Atsuko Hirayanagi

A lonely woman living in Tokyo decides to take an English class where she discovers her alter ego, Lucy.

Saturday 29 June @ 3.30pm: WAJIB – THE WEDDING INVITATION (Palestine)
Director:
Annemarie Jacir

Stuck in traffic with a stack of wedding invitations, a Palestinian father and son slowly reconnect in this drily humorous, award-winning family drama.
After several years living abroad, architect Shadi reluctantly returns to his hometown of Nazareth to fulfil a traditional Palestinian custom: hand-delivering hundreds of invitations to his sister’s wedding. As Shadi and his father drive from one house to the next, a cast of characters from every walk of life, old family tensions and intergenerational conflict rise to the surface.

Saturday 28 June @ 7.30pm: UNDER THE TREE (Iceland)
Director: 
Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Follows a man who is accused of adultery and forced to move in with his parents. While he fights for custody of his four-year-old daughter, he is gradually sucked into a dispute between his parents and their neighbours over an old and beautiful tree. What starts as a typical spat between suburban neighbours unexpectedly and violently reached a boiling point, soon spiralling out of control.

Sunday 30 June @ 11.00am: CAPHARNAUM (Lebanon)
Director:
Nadine Labaki

Receiving a 15-minute standing ovation as well as the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki’s neorealist fable centres on a child attempting to divorce his parents.
Twelve-year-old Zain stands in a Beirut court and declares that he wants to sue his parents “for giving [him] life”. A shocking and outlandish statement, but as Labaki’s film traces through Zain’s experiences – born in a family overwhelmed by too many children, slum neighbourhoods, a sister sold into marriage, deprivation and roaming the streets as the sole caretaker of an abandoned toddler – his grievances against the world and those who brought him into it reverberate with righteous fury.
Drawing astonishing performances from her cast of non-professional actors depicting situations not far from their own life experiences, Labaki’s sprawling film is an impassioned and bold triumph. One of only three women directors competing in the main competition at Cannes this year, she has crafted a dark but deeply humane Kafka-esque tale of empathy and insight.

 

2018 Classification legend