IN FO­CUS

Lovers of film get the chance to view some of global cin­e­mas’ best pro­duc­tions at the Gold Coast’s an­nual show­ing

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES - LISA SIM­MONS

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.

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