Sum­mer cin­ema

New film season at the Pines

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Fes­ti­val com­mu­ni­ca­tion co-or­di­na­tor Natasha Wood­cock. d489182

At Eter­nity’s Gate

Pick of the Lit­ter

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