Cinemazzi’s Top 10 favourites showing at BIFF 2012
As the 2012 Brisbane International Film Festival excitedly gears up for tonight's opening film kick off The Sweeney, I've compiled my Top 10 picks of films I'm dying to get to this year.
Aside from the opening night (The Sweeney) and closing night (Anna Karenina) gala events, here’s what I’m most looking forward to from the BIFF 2012 lineup:
In this doco from Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the most famous fashion faces from the 40s to the 80s – including Isabella Rossellini, Jerry Hall, Carmen Dell’Orefice and Christie Brinkley – give us a tantalising glimpse of the fashion world through their eyes. MORE INFO >
Director Fernando Meirelles (City of God) tackles interlocking stories in 360, a tangled, arresting narrative which follows various couples and their sexual mishaps starring Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins. MORE INFO >
French legend Jeanne Moreau illuminates this stylish comedy drama from Ilmar Raag as a haughty old dame with an acid wit as the acerbic Frida, an elderly Estonian in Paris who relishes each frosty one-liner she throws at Anne (Laine Magi), her middle-aged compatriot/carer. MORE INFO >
Francesco Patierno’s doco exposing the real-life battle royale behind one of cinematic history’s greatest romantic scandals in the late 1940s between Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman, Italian actress Anna Magnani and revered director Roberto Rossellini. MORE INFO >
Adapted from the 2008 off-Broadway smash of the same name, the surprising and bittersweet Between Us directed by Dan Mirvish brings together Taye Diggs, Julia Stiles and Melissa George for a tightly wound, sharply observed domestic drama to rival the ruthless incision of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. MORE INFO >
Director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) breathes magnificent new life into Dickens’s classic tale of love, with show-stealing performances given by Helena Bonham Carter as the ghostly Miss Havisham, Robbie Coltrane as Mr Jaggers and Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch. MORE INFO >
This fascinating doco from Cathy Henkel follows undisputed king of Australian cinematography Don McAlpine , who has worked on more than 50 films in his 40 year career, from Predator to Moulin Rouge. MORE INFO >
RZA, of Wu-Tang Clan fame, makes his directorial debut with this brutal and effusive martial arts showcase of flying kicks and crash-zooms, starring himself, Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu with a kinetic soundtrack from Wu-Tang Clan, Black Keys and Kanye West. MORE INFO >
Across a career that spanned half a century, Diana Vreeland edited Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, discovered Lauren Bacall (and innumerable others) and was style consultant to Jackie Onassis. This is her granddaughter-in-law Lisa Immordino’s reverential portrait of an ambitious, exacting fashion icon. MORE INFO >
This low-budget quirky 1996 American crime thriller from Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights) flew under the radar at the time, but now Samuel L Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Philip Baker Hall and John C. Reilly are back on the big screen. MORE INFO >
STILL WANT MORE? 6 OTHERS TO WATCH:
- The Girl: Australia’s Abbie Cornish stars as a damaged Texan woman trying her hand at the people smuggling trade
- Queensland Shorts: Session includes The Wedding, Ellipsis, Huge, Instructions Inside, Skull Punch, The Fears of Young Caroline, Mud Crab, Faraways
- Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir: An intriguing insight into one of the most controversial directors of our time
- Meet the Fokkens: A doco following the 69-year-old identical Fokken twins, the grand dames of Amersterdam’s red light district.
- Anton Corbijn Inside Out: Klaartje Quirjin followed visionary photographer Anton Corbijn for four years to create this intriguing piece.
- Flash Black: Black Fella films presents a collection of new short films from young indigenous filmmakers including Blackbuster, She.Say., Scar, In the Air and Abalone