New film season at the Pines
Dive into the Lotterywest Films program at the Joondalup Pines outdoor cinema at ECU this summer, including Sink or Swim.
AS summer starts, Lotterywest Films roll on to the outdoor screen at ECU’s Joondalup Pines.
This week, the international film festival will screen the first of 11 movies in part one of the 2018-19 season at the Joondalup venue.
Film program manager Tom Vincent said the Argentinean film An Unexpected Love resonated with visitors to the Somerville cinema at UWA last week.
Mr Vincent said it was a romantic comedy about a couple that had been together for more than two decades.
“They experience what we call empty nest syndrome when their adult son goes to university,” he said.
“They decide to separate for a time and explore the dating scene in Buenos Aires.
“It’s a charismatic performance; they have got great chemistry together.
“It’s quite a crowd pleaser but it’s also got some serious and loving scenes.”
“Joondalup audiences will get a kick out of it.”
The second film will be a survivor thriller Arctic, about a man stranded on the ice.
One Last Deal will screen next, about an elderly art dealer, then Woman at War.
Mr Vincent said audiences would have opportunities to meet and take selfies with Guide Dogs WA animals on certain days when Pick of the Litter screens.
“It shows the best of humanity working with the best of the animal world,” he said.
The next film, Sink or Swim, will be about an allmale synchronised swimming team, which Mr Vincent described as “The Full Monty in speedos”.
“In the new year there will be some artistically ambitious films,” he said.
That includes Cold War, which criss-crosses between east and west Europe, following the romance of a record producer and singer.
“Each time we see them, a few years have lapsed and changed them,” Mr Vincent said.
“Cold War is full of really great music.”
Its director Pawel Paw- likowski won best director at the Cannes Film Festival, and the next movie, Shoplifters, won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
The Japanese film is about a family living on the fringe.
“There’s a really great twist in the tale; it will make you rethink everything you know about family,” Mr Vincent said.
The next film, At Eternity’s Gate, is about Vincent Van Gogh towards the end of his life, then a Spanish film, Everybody Knows, will screen, starring Penelope Cruz.
“It’s kind of a whodunit movie,” Mr Vincent said.
He said South Korean film Burning was one of the best he had seen all year.
“It’s a very stylish and very controlled kind of film,” he said.
“It simmers for a couple of hours and then explodes.”
Mr Vincent said the movies were some of the best from around the world and he hoped they would resonate well with audiences visiting Joondalup Pines this summer.
“It’s a really nice evening out; you can gather outside before the movie and have a picnic by the lake,” he said.
Festival communication co-ordinator Natasha Woodcock. d489182
At Eternity’s Gate
Pick of the Litter