Wonthaggi International Film Festival

Sunday 27 February 2011
12:00am - 12:00am

Location: Wonthaggi Cinema | Category: Cinema


$14 Adults, $11 Concession, $10 Seniors

OPENING NIGHT TICKETS $20 per person Including Wine and Cheese from 7.15pm – 8pm before the Film.

No Free Tickets and No Movie Money accepted

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Friday FEB 25th


In A Better World 8pm

(TBC) 113 minutes Director Susanne Bier Genre Drama Country Denmark, Sweden Cast Mikael Persbrandt,Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Markus Rygaard,William Jøhnk Juel Nielsen

In a war-torn African nation, physician Anton (Everlasting Moments’s Mikael Persbrandt) confronts a steady stream of tragedy and loss. Much of what he faces can be traced back to a vicious and sadistic local warlord. Back home in Denmark,

his estranged wife, Marianne, is concerned about their eldest son, Elias, who is picked on mercilessly by the class bully, Sofus.

When new kid Christian arrives in class, he and Elias bond over a mutual hatred of Sofus. Surly and vicious since the loss of his mother, Christian is hardening into a rigid and ferocious manifestation of masculinity. His heartbroken father, Claus, is finding it impossible to cope with Christian’s behaviour. The volatile situation is exacerbated by Anton’s return home and by an encounter between Anton, Elias, Christian and a violent, bullying mechanic.

At the heart of the film is the issue of male responsibility, specifically what it means to stand up for yourself and others. Left alone to solve their problems, Elias and Christian grow even closer.As their clandestine acts of vengeance become more drastic, the film builds to an almost unbearable intensity. Far more than a mere exercise in suspense, the film raises questions about a world that has grown increasingly complex.


Saturday FEB 26th

Blue Valentine 11am (MA) 112 mins

Director Derek Cianfrance Genre Drama, Romance Country Sweden Cast Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman

Dean (Gosling) and Cindy (Williams) are parents of a beloved young daughter, but their relationship has seen better days as they struggle with the demands and expectations of work and family life.At breaking point, but flooded with romantic memories of their courtship, the couple steals away to a hotel; they have one night to try and rekindle their passion, and save their marriage.

Blue Valentine is the only film of 2010 to have received Official Selection at the Sundance, Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals.

His & Hers 2pm

(PG) 80 mins Director Ken Wardrop (Feature Debut) Genre Documentary Country Ireland

“A man loves his girlfriend the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” Old Irish Proverb.

From kitchens, living rooms, and hallways across the Irish midlands, His & Hers delightfully combines observation and charm to tell a 90-year-old love story through the voices of 70 women.This intimate gender and cultural snapshot explores

a woman’s relationships with the men in her life – father, boyfriend, husband, son. Following sequentially from little girl to old woman, each character portrait is woven with the others into one perfectly crafted cinematic quilt.

His & Hers won the Audience award in the Dublin International Film Festival,The Feature Award in the Galway Film Fleadh, an IFTA for Best Feature Documentary and the Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2010.

The Human Resources Manager 4pm

(TBA) 103 mins Director Erin Riklis Genre Tragic Comedy Country Israel, Germany, France, Romania Cast Mark Ivanir, Gila Almagor, Reymond Amsalem

The Human Resources Manager of Jerusalem’s largest bakery is in trouble. He’s separated from his wife, distanced from his daughter and stuck in a job he hates.When one of his employees, a foreign worker, is killed in a suicide bombing and the bakery is accused of inhumanity and indifference, the HR Manager is sent on a mission to make things right.

As the facts unfold he embarks on a journey, beginning in the mystical streets of Jerusalem and continuing in frozen Romania. Leading an awkward convoy to the dead woman’s village, including her rebellious son, a pesky journalist determined to ruin him, a quirky consul, an old veteran driver and a coffin. On a mission to honor a woman he didn’t even know but has somehow grown to admire, the HR Manager rediscovers his own humanity and his ability to truly care for human resources.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest 7pm

(MA) 147 mins Director Daniel Alfredson Genre Thriller, Foreign Language Cast Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Annika Hallin,Anders Ahlbom

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is the third and final film adaptation of the best-selling Millennium trilogy written by the late Swedish author, Stieg Larsson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire).

Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders.With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence,

but also identify those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, to suffer abuse and violence. On her own, she will plot revenge – against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life.


Sunday FEB 27th

Desert Flower 11am

(MA) 120 mins Director Sherry Hormann Genre Biography, Drama Country UK, Germany,Austria. LanguageEnglish, Somali, French with English subtitles. Cast Liya Kebede, Sally Hawkins,Timothy Spall, Craig Parkinson

Her story touched the hearts of millions:Waris Dirie’s book Desert Flower, which recounts her incredible journey from an African nomad girl to an international top model, became a worldwide bestseller with more than 11 million sold copies. This is the inspiring story of an extraordinary, proud and brave woman. Successful director and scriptwriter Sherry Hormann and producer and Oscar winner Peter Herrmann have adapted Dirie’s autobiography for the screen: a modern fairy tale between dazzling glamour and archaic rituals, full of vitality, emotional depth and enormous compassion… and at the same time a gripping plea against the terrible and inhuman tradition of female genital mutilation.

Voted second most popular film Melbourne International Film Festival.

Peaceful Times 2pm

(PG) 98 mins Director Neele Leana Vollmar Genre Tragic Comedy Country Germany (German with English subtitles) Cast Meret Becker, Doris Kunstmann,Axel Prahl, Oliver Stokowski

Germany in the 1960s: Peaceful times in the West can start at last, if only Irene Striesow could manage to shake off the past. She is homesick for East Germany, mistrustful of the cease fire, and most of all, distraught about her husband Dieter’s other women. She would rather die young and she doesn’t make any efforts to hide it from Dieter and her three children Ute,Wasa and Flori.As their living room begins to look more like a war zone, her children decide to take matters in their own hands. They want their mother to finally be happy, that Dieter can crack light-hearted jokes about East Germany again, and that, if possible, the third world war doesn’t happen after all .

Certified Copy 4.30pm

(COPIE CONFORME) (MA) 106 mins Director Abbas Kiarostami Genre Drama Country France, Italy, Iran LanguageEnglish, French and Italian with English subtitles. Cast Juliette Binoche,William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carrière

A sensation at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, where Juliette Binoche won the Best Actress award, Certified Copy is the latest masterpiece from acclaimed filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (Ten,Taste of Cherry). Academy Award-winner Juliette Binoche stars as an antique dealer, living in the Tuscan countryside.

One day she sits in on a talk by visiting English cultural commentator (opera baritone William Shimell) on the value of copies in art.At the end of the talk they meet, and over the course of a single afternoon, they drive into the sun-dappled countryside, have lunch, wander around galleries, discussing the nature of love, art and life. But what really is the nature of their relationship? Have they met before? Are they a couple, or in fact perfect strangers?

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