The Adelaide Film Festival program has launched and there's no shortage of great films to watch! To help you get a head start on your schedule we've put together a list of some of the highlights below.
BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY
In the 1930s and 40s Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Kiesler) was regarded as one of most beautiful women in the world and she also had a brilliant scientific mind and invented technology that would become the cornerstone of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This beautifully assembled documentary chronicles the astonishing life and achievements of a woman who was both blessed and cursed by her beauty.
Much sought-after Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People) embarks on his most ambitious project yet, NYC’s new World Trade Center, in this energetic documentary.
CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY
Writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs fights to save historic New York City during the ruthless redevelopment era of urban planner Robert Moses in the 1960s.
CITY OF GHOSTS
Syrian rebels who call themselves Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently risk their lives to document the atrocities committed by ISIS in their homeland.
FACES PLACES (Documentary Competition)
Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.
THE DOCUMENTARY OF DR G YUNUPINGU’S LIFE
From director and close friend Paul Williams comes a profound exploration of the life and music of this most revered of Australian artists. Co-produced by Dr G Yunupingu himself, the film uses the tools of his music – chord, melody, song – and the sounds of the land to craft an audio-first cinematic experience of beauty and power, offering a rare insight into a reclusive master who spoke in his own inimitable language.
I AM NOT A WITCH (International Feature Competition)
When a young orphan is sent to a witch camp, she struggles to find a way to freedom. This dark comedy about the clash between superstition and modernity is a rare film from Zambia.
IN THE FADE
Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds, Farewell My Queen) gives a rare German-language performance in the new film by Fatih Akin. Kruger plays Katja, whose life collapses in the aftermath of a bomb attack that kills her husband and son.
LOVING VINCENT is the world’s first fully painted feature film and brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every frame of the film, totalling around 65,000, is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death.
MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI
Director Claude Barras uses gorgeous stop-motion animation to tackle difficult subject matter in this delicately told story about a young boy sent to a group home after the death of his alcoholic mother, who finds comfort, acceptance and hope with his equally troubled new companions.
As night falls at Spookers, dozens of seemingly ordinary people become freaks, zombies and chainsaw-wielding clowns. Every weekend come rain, hail or shine, this diverse group of amateur performers unite to terrify punters at the southern hemisphere’s largest scream park, situated in a former psychiatric hospital. Director Florian Habicht reveals the transformative and paradoxically lifesaving power of belonging to a community that celebrates fear. The filmmakers will be guests of the festival.
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
From Yorgos Lanthimos, the director of The Lobster & Dogtooth.
A prominent surgeon adopts a teenager into his family, but as the teen’s actions grow increasingly sinister, the doctor is forced to make a terrible decision.
A comedy of tragic proportions. A film by Sally Potter. It starts as a celebration and ends with blood on the floor.
The Adelaide Film Festival runs from 5-15 October 2017.