LFF 2017 Previews Part ii:
The Easy Picks
Not stand out gala screenings but we reckon these are no-brainers anyway.
The Party (Sally Potter)
Sally Potter's latest brings together a - whatever the collective noun is for respected actors (deep breath) in Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristen Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall. To a party, where it very much looks as if they all end up wanting to kill each other. Great stuff.
The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey)
Created by Cartoon Saloon, the studio behind the incomparable Song of the Sea, this follows 11 year old Parvana as she struggles to deal with life in Taliban controlled Kabul. Song of the Sea proved that the studio is more than capable of portraying adult themes with their own signature style animation and this looks to continue that trend.
The Lovers (Azazel Jacobs)
Tracy Letts and Debra Winger star as the married couple, both having affairs, who actually do manage to leave each other. Only to accidentally wake up next to each to each other again. We've all been there....
Sweet Country (Warwick Thornton)
Bryan Brown is the sergeant tasked with tracking down local rancher Sam (Hamilton Morris), on the run after shooting a white fella in self defence. Sam Neil features as the respectable ranch boss. The Festival has a great record in unearthing Aussie movies that show proper perspective on Aboriginal life and this western looks like no exception.
Zama (Lucrecia Martel)
I'll level with you. I booked this one before I watched the trailer and it sounded really interesting. Now I've watched the trailer, I'm starting to wonder why on earth I've booked it. Martel's first feature in the best part of a decade so here's hoping she's saved up the best....