Friday, 18 August 2006

first look

Starting September, ACMI Cinemas will present First Look, a new twice-monthly exclusive program of premiere films that you won't see anywhere else.

Featuring new international features that are making waves on the global festival circuit, brand new digital restorations of classic films, and compelling documentaries, First Look will present each film in a short run of repeat screenings over one weekend, giving you several opportunities to catch it.

Winter Soldier 
USA, 1972, classification TBC
Thurs 7 - Mon 11 Sept, ACMI Cinemas
Full $13 Concession $10,
SCREENING TIMES: Thu 7 Sep  & Mon 11 Sep at 7pm; Sat 9 Sep 9pm & Sun 10 Sep 5.30pm

Recorded during hearings in Detroit in early 1971, this spellbinding documentary, photographed in unadorned black and white, records the testimony of Vietnam veterans as they share graphic accounts of war atrocities they committed or witnessed. Both an eerily prescient antiwar plea and a dazzling example of filmmaking at its most iconographically potent, Winter Soldier is an eloquent, unforgettable tale of profound moral reckoning. An extraordinary historical document, it was made by a collective that included future documentary icons, such as Barbara Kopple. Deemed on its completion in 1972 as too controversial for release in cinemas or for TV broadcast, Winter Soldier was only shown sporadically in galleries and museums, until its 2005 US theatrical release. 

Day Night Day Night
Julia Loktev, USA, 2006, unclassified 18+
Thurs 28 Sept - Sun 1 Oct, ACMI Cinemas
Full $13 Concession $10,
SCREENING TIMES: Thu 28 Sep - Sat 30 Sep, daily at 7pm & Sun 1 Oct 5.30pm

Direct from the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, Julia Locktev's controversial feature is a startling meditation on the times in which we live and the fears that grip the modern world. A young woman prepares to become a suicide bomber. Her ethnicity, nationality, religion, politics and motive purposefully remain unknown. Luisa Williams' beautifully pitched performance, and Loktev's austere cinematic form, combine to create a nuanced film that confronts our own tendencies to judge. 


> Coming up October 2006
Pine Flat 
Sharon Lockhart, US, 2006
Australian premiere season, 5-8 Oct
Set in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada Mountain, renowned American artist Sharon Lockhart has created a series of visually breathtaking and intimate scenes that are a moving exploration of childhood and the American landscape. "The overwhelming beauty of the images, which will remind some of the humans-in-nature images of Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, and indeed, match Kubrick for pastoral magnificence". Variety Magazine. Screened at: Sundance Film Festival 2006, Berlin Film Festival 2006, Wexner Centre, Cinematheque Ontario, Lincoln Center

South Pacific 
Australian Premiere season, 10-15 Oct

Stunning new digitial restoration of Joshua Logan's (Camelot, Paint Your Wagon) musical romance set against the backdrop of World War II. Features one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's brightest scores, with songs including "Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair".

> Coming up November 2006

Grain In Ear 
China, 2005
Melbourne Premiere season, 2-5 Nov

Winner of numerous awards including the Prix ACID at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, Zhang Lu's stark and arresting social drama follows his impressive debut (Tang Poetry) and confirms him as a distinctive voice in contemporary Chinese cinema. Screened at: Cannes 2005, Pesaro 2005, (Grand Prize), Vancouver 2005, Pusan 2005, (New Currents Award), Chicago 2005, Vienna 2005, Rotterdam 2006, Sydney 2006, Brisbane 2006, Seattle 2006

The Beales of Grey Gardens
US, 2005
Australian Premiere season, 9-12 Nov

Albert and David Maysles haunting documentary Grey Gardens (1975), which captured the squalid and isolated lives of elderly Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter - aunt and cousin to America's first lady, Jackie Kennedy Onassis - has remained a pop culture talking point for over 30 years. The enduring interest shows no sign of abating, evidenced by recent news that Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange have signed on to star in a new feature-version of Grey Gardens. In The Beales of Grey Gardens, the Maysles brothers have released a compelling epilogue to their original classic, comprising unseen footage originally shot for Grey Gardens. Season will include a screening of the original Grey Gardens.

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
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