It’s a balmy summer evening, classic Perth weather, dry and warm, romantic. I’ve packed a picnic and some cushions, a couple of ciders, some cheese, all readying in anticipation for my favourite summer night-time activity: a movie date under the stars at Somerville in the beautiful grounds of the University of Western Australia.
The Lotterywest Film Festival is already in full swing. In my evening cinema antics so far I’ve had the pleasure (?) of observing the heights of advanced age orgasm and the pits of marijuana fuelled depression with the likes of Gloria; a Chilean film from the mind (and camera) of Sebastián Lelio. Gloria surveys the landscape of post middle-aged divorce in the modern era. It’s full of quirky characters and unexpected laughs, and some pretty confronting advanced age sex scenes. Gloria is confronting in all the right ways, and if you’re ideal film has to have a ‘happy ending’ I would advise against this one. The highlights of Gloria have to be the excellent writing and the totally, brutally, believable acting of lead Paulina García. Viva la South American film!
Stories We Tell is the first feature length documentary from award winning Canadian director Sarah Polley. Stories We Tell is a really raw and in depth journey through Polley’s experience of rediscovering her late mother through the stories of others and incidentally discovering her true paternity. Polley set out to discover how people tell stories, how they remake the past and she has made a really interesting and revealing documentary not just about story-telling, but also about what makes a family. Polley’s own story-telling style is just beautiful, resulting in a truly moving piece of cinema.
Films to watch out for this summer
12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen’s latest offering is being touted as the film to back this Awards Season. It’s showing at Joondalup Pines until Jan 26.
A Hijacking, a Danish thriller from the pen and camera of Tobias Lindholm, a raw, intense, sea faring epic not for the faint of heart. Showing at Somerville Jan 20-25 and Joondalup Pines Jan 28 – Feb 2.
The Past, this French film, from Iranian director Asghadi Farhadi, is my ‘must see’ film of the summer. Showing at Somerville Jan 27 – Feb 2 and Joondalup Pines Feb 4-9.