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Travelling Film Festival 2020

Travelling Film Festival 2020

Founded by David Stratton in 1974, the TFF is committed to providing audiences in regional Australia with access to films they would otherwise not have the opportunity to see on the big screen. The TFF presents cinema in a festival environment and promotes a film experience that encourages debate, community involvement and interaction. In addition to screenings, the TFF presents regional Australia with the opportunity to meet film industry professionals through its film industry guest and workshop program, whenever possible. The TFF facilitates a direct and invaluable dialogue between regional audiences, local film practitioners and Australia’s wider film community, an opportunity enthusiastically embraced by all parties.

 

SCREENING 27-29 MARCH 2020 ~ TICKETS ON SALE NOW

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Our opening night film is Hearts and Bones. Please join us from 6.00pm for the Opening Night reception.

Travelling Film Festival 2020
  • Hearts and Bones
    Runtime: 107 Minutes
    Starring: Hugo Weaving, Andrew Luri, Hayley McElhinney, Bolude Watson, Ling Cooper Tang
    Language: English
    In Ben Lawrence’s beautifully acted debut feature, a war photographer (Hugo Weaving) and a refugee (Andrew Luri) discover a photograph that threatens to destroy them both. Daniel Fisher (Weaving) returns home, and despite his partner's protests, prepares for his next dangerous overseas assignment. At the same time, he is preparing for an upcoming retrospective exhibition of his work from the world's war zones. South Sudanese refugee, Sebastian Aman (Luri) has built a life in Australia, living happily with his wife and young child. When he learns that Daniel's exhibition may display photographs of a massacre in Sebastian's village 15 years earlier, he finds Daniel and appeals to him to exclude those photographs. An unlikely friendship develops between the two men, but it is severely tested when Daniel makes a shocking discovery. Hearts and Bones centres around the relationship of these two men, from very different backgrounds, who bond over their shared trauma. Andrew Luri, who has never acted before and was driving a garbage truck when he auditioned for the role, and Hugo Weaving both brilliantly convey the intricate relationship between the men. With these two powerful performances at its centre, Ben Lawrence has made an intelligent, morally complex and deeply moving film.
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  • For Sama
    Runtime: 107 Minutes
    Starring: Sama Al-Khateab, Hamza Al-Khateab, Waad al-Kateab
    Language: Arabic | English
    A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her. Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice– whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.
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  • The Truth (La Vérité)
    Runtime: 122 Minutes
    Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Clementine Grenier, Manon Clavel
    Language: French | English
    Fabienne is a star; a star of French cinema. She reigns amongst men who love and admire her. When she publishes her memoirs, her daughter Lumir returns from New York to Paris with her husband and young child. The reunion between mother and daughter will quickly turn to confrontation: truths will be told, accounts settled, loves and resentments confessed.
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  • Bellbird
    Runtime: 96 Minutes
    Starring: Annie Whittle, Rachel House, Cohen Holloway, Kahukura Retimana, Stephen Tamarapa
    Language: English
    Inspired by his own childhood neighbours, director Hamish Bennett (Ross & Beth) follows Ross (Marshall Napier, The Light Between Oceans, Babe), a largely silent man who farms his land alongside his far more exuberant wife Beth (Annie Whittle). When Beth suddenly dies, Ross is crushed but incapable of displaying his emotions. His son Bruce (Cohen Holloway, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Breaker Upperers) moves back in and tries to help, but is not suited to the farming life and also has great difficulties in expressing himself. Perfectly capturing love, loyalty and reliance in all the little moments whether buried under layers of cheeky banter or cow shit, Bennett brings a gracious tenderness in this exquisite, gentle film.
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  • Pain & Glory (Dolor y gloria)
    Runtime: 105 Minutes
    Starring: Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas, Julieta Serrano
    Language: Spanish
    Pedro Almodóvar reunites with Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz in his most personal film yet: a gorgeous reflection on cinema, art, family, love, and sexual awakening. Banderas, in one of his very finest performances, plays Salvador Mallo, who has a fair few things in common with Pedro Almodóvar. Suffering from a range of health issues, Salvador finds himself in a creative rut. He lacks the physical strength to make a film, and this inability to create makes him more depressed. This artistic limbo leads Salvador to reflect on his life, his loves and his films. Pain and Glory goes back in time to Salvador’s childhood, where he was raised, in poverty, in a cave modelled into a house by his doting mother (played superbly by Cruz). In the present, a reunion with an actor he has long been estranged from leads to an addiction to heroin. Amidst the pain, there are thoughts of past glories, and those hopefully to come, in a film that arrives at a resolute position of hope. As always, there is a meticulous attention to detail, and images and moments that make you swoon in the distinctive way that only a Pedro Almodóvar film can.
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  • OUT STEALING HORSES (UT OG STJÆLE HESTER)
    Runtime: 122 Minutes
    Starring: Stellan Skarsgård, Tobias Santelmann, Danica Curcic, Pål Sverre Hagen, Bjørn Floberg
    Language: Norwegian | Swedish
    Stellan Skarsgård (Chernobyl, Mamma Mia) shines as old Trond, a thoughtful yet lonely man who is prompted to recall a certain Norwegian summer that changed his life forever. Based on the novel of the same name, in 1948 young Trond and his father escape Oslo for the summer, arriving at a lodge in the idyllic forests of rural Norway. They wander through fields of tall grass, shower in the blistering rain, and fell trees for timber. Trond even makes friends with the boy next door. Their vacation is perfect until several incidents occur that mark a turning point in everyone’s lives. With masterfully interwoven timelines spanning across generations, director Moland delivers a film immersed in Scandinavian nature that deals sensually with memory and loss.
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  • The Peanut Butter Falcon
    Runtime: 97 Minutes
    Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Zack Gottsagen, Dakota Johnson, John Hawkes, Thomas Haden Church
    Language: English
    Shia LaBeouf (Borg vs McEnroe, Transformers) and endearing newcomer Zack Gottsagen give beautifully compassionate performances in this uplifting story largely set in North Carolina’s backwaters. Gottsagen, an actor with Down syndrome, plays Zak, a young man living in an elderly care facility under the watchful eye of well-meaning Eleanor (Dakota Johnson) and roommate Carl, played with wry brilliance by the seasoned Bruce Dern (Nebraska). Zak obsessively watches his favourite wrestling pro, the Salt Water Redneck, and wishes desperately to attend the hammy performer’s wrestling school. After a daring escape, Zak meets up with a dodgy fisherman Tyler (LaBeouf). The unlikely duo are chased cross-country by Tyler’s enemies and Eleanor in this funny and charming story on what it means to be an outcast and the search for a life worth living in the face of adversity.
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  • Honeyland
    Runtime: 89 Minutes
    Starring: Hatidzhe Muratova, Nazife Muratova, Hussein Sam, Ljutvie Sam
    Language: Turkish | Macedonian | Serbo-Croatian
    Filmmakers Stefanov and Kotevska filmed Hatidze and her bees over three years. The 50-something apiarist lives in an isolated cottage with her frail elderly mother. She seems content to tend her bees and make the occasional four-hour trip to market. One day, a large family and their herd of cattle move into the otherwise deserted mountain valley and her peaceful life is turned upside down. At first, Hatidze enjoys the company, and willingly shares her special brandy and her ancient beekeeping ways. But her trust is betrayed, and all too soon her bees are in jeopardy. Intimate, humorous and timeless, Honeyland also epitomises the delicate balance between humankind and nature.
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  • Seberg
    Runtime: 102 Minutes
    Starring: Kristen Stewart, Jack O'Connell, Anthony Mackie, Zazie Beetz, Vince Vaughn
    Language: English | French
    Inspired by true events, Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) stars in this tragic, real life story of actress Jean Seberg, who made her career breakthrough in Godard’s 1960 Breathless. Worn out by her meteoric rise to stardom, Seberg leaves Paris and heads home to the USA. A chance meeting, leads her to support a radical group called The Black Panthers which attracts the attention of the FBI, to disastrous effect. Australian director Benedict Andrews (Una SFF 2018) sleekly draws interesting parallels between the 1960s and contemporary America as we follow Seberg, trying to prove herself as an actor of substance while also wanting to make a radical difference to the world. A captivating film that questions why people choose to walk down certain paths; and a story about the very human compulsions that can attract us towards larger causes.
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