Russian Film Festival
The tenth annual Russian Film Festival will hit Sydney this month showcasing plenty of cinematic brilliance. Featuring everything from comedies to documentaries and thrillers, this festival is one of the largest outside of Russia with something on offer for every audience.
Running until Wednesday 7th August at Chauvel Cinema in Paddington and Events Cinema Burwood, the program includes Russia’s first ever big-budget disaster movie Metro, as well as animated masterpiece The Snow Queen, which was a box office hit in Russia and tells the story of Gerda – a girl who embarks on a adventure to free her brother from the clutches of the evil Snow Queen that has covered the world in ice.
Keeping with tradition, this year also features two retrospectives; a tribute to renowned director Valery Todorovsky (including Valery’s films The Lover, My Stepbrother Frankenstein, Hipsters, Under Moscow Nights and The Land of the Deaf) and a selection of four Soviet comedies titled ‘Comedies from Childhood.’
For more information visit russianresurrection.com/2013.
• We have a double pass for the festival to give away.
Greetings From Tim Buckley
Some of the hits from the recent Sydney Film Festival (three on this page alone) are starting to appear locally, and we recommended this little gem a few issues back. Don’t miss it this time… for everyone who ever bought CDs in the ‘90s surely owns a copy of Jeff Buckley’s Grace.But fewer know that Jeff’s dad Tim, who he never met, was also an agonisingly beautiful and talented singer-songwriter. He had a similar vocal range too, and also died tragically young (from heroin). Daniel Algrant’s drama switches between both men but mostly focuses on a 1991 tribute concert to Tim in Brooklyn. Where Jeff grapples with all that his wayward father (Ben Rosenfeld) left him – including that amazing talent. Jeff seems arrogant and aloof but eventually stuns the crowd. Penn Badgley does the honours (sings too), while Imogen Poots plays an invented gal pal. She’s gorgeous, who cares if she actually existed in Jeff’s brief life? The music (mostly Tim’s) is just sublime.
CTC at Dendy Newtown from Aug 1
• Thanks to Icon Films we have 10 double in-season passes to give away.
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