Best of international cinema

BUNDABERG audiences will be treated to some of the best of international cinema when the Sydney Travelling Film Festival comes to the Moncrieff Theatre this weekend.

Starting tomorrow , nine movies from Australia and abroad will be showing at the Bourbong Street cinema.

Festival manager Sarah Lancaster said everyone from the most serious film buff to the casual observer would be catered for.

“It sounds a bit clichéd but there is something for everyone,” she said.

“That's the way we have selected it, so we have a good mix.”

For 19 years the festival has been travelling across the country with a mix of international and Australian films.

Ms Lancaster said local representatives and viewers of last year's festival had helped select which films would show at the Moncrieff Theatre.

“Speaking to the people from the Moncrieff and from what people have said in previous years, we found that there was a desire to see comedies in this year's festival,” she said.

“There was also a call for Asian cinema and films from South America.”

The festival opens with comedy/drama My Year Without Sex from Look Both Ways director Sarah Watt.

The other Australian film showing at the festival will be Cedar Boys by Serhat Caradee.

Both have received rave reviews from critics and have been nominated for Inside Film Awards.

“They are two films that audiences across Australia have really enjoyed,” Ms Lancaster said.

Another movie to watch out for is Red Cliff, the biggest budget Chinese-language movie ever made.

The John Woo directed historical epic was the highest grossing film in Chinese box office history.

In previous years a director of one of the movies has travelled with the film festival.

But Ms Lancaster said it was unlikely that anyone would be coming to Bundaberg this year.

“I have been trying to arrange someone but at this stage it doesn't look likely that anyone will be there,” she said.

Complimentary drinks will be available on opening night.

Screening times

: My Year Without Sex (M) 7pm.
Saturday:  Noodle (PG) 1pm; Eden Is West (M) 3pm; Cedar Boys (MA15+) 6pm; and Red Cliff (M) 8.15pm.
Sunday: The Fox and the Child (G) 11am; Masquerades (PG) 1pm; Red Like the Sky (M) 4pm; and Rudo Y Cursi (M) 6pm.

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