Lovers of film get the chance to view some of global cinemas’ best productions at the Gold Coast’s annual showing
Gold Coast Film Festival has released a program of about 40 films that will screen as part of the annual 10-day film festival at Event Cinemas, Pacific Fair next month
The festival, which plays from April 3-13, opens with a premiere screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel, a crowd and critics favourite at the recent Berlin Film Festival.
The Grand Budapest Hotel follows the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, a lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
It is penned and directed by Wes Anderson ( Moonlight Kingdom) and stars includes Ralph Fiennes ( Harry Potter, The Hurt Locker), F. Murray Abraham ( Amadeus, Homeland), and Mathieu Amalric ( Quantum of Solace).
Other festival highlights include Big Bad Wolves, the Israeli frightener director Quentin Tarantino named as his film of 2013, a 30th anniversary screening of the Gold Coast blockbuster that filmed with a cast of thousands, Coolangatta Gold, and a 40th anniversary screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Families, meanwhile, can look forward to a screening of singalong edition of the blockbuster musical Grease and community screenings of Mary Poppins, The Never Ending Story and The Princess Bride.
The program of dramas, comedies, thrillers, pop culture, horror films and even the odd documentary hail from both Australia and overseas.
Many are Australian or Queensland premieres of films that wowed crowds and critics at recent Berlin, Toronto, Sundance and Dubai festivals.
Special programs showcase films made by locals or on home turf, Unforgiven, a Japanese take on Clint Eastwood’s academy Award winning film of the same name, and foreign language programmers including The Monkey King 3D, a brand new action prequel to the cult TV series Monkey and the highest grossing opening day film in China’s history.
A Queensland premiere of surf film Missing, plus special cut from behind the scenes of Taylor Steele’s film that follows star surfer Mick Fanning to remote international surf breaks is expected to be highlight for the locals.
The program includes redcarpet events, afterparties, seminars and workshops all playing out in tandem with Supanova pop culture expo at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 4-6. Gold Coast Film Festival plays Event Cinemas Pacific Fair from April 3-13. Tickets go on sale today. For the full program go to gcfilmfestival.com
Ralph Fiennes, left, and Tony Revolori in The Grand Budapest Hotel.