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Film festival showcase

Next week’s 2010 Astor Cinema Ararat Film Festival will showcase films from countries including Sweden, USSR, USA and the UK.
Ararat Rural City Council conference and events co-ordinator Julie Kilpatrick said the festival, starting on October 14, would provide cinemagoers with the chance to see quality films from around the world.
“The film festival is always a great event. And 2010 will prove to be just as successful as previous years,” she said.
“By providing great movies, with great acting talent, the Astor Cinema Film Festival is always a success. Members of the community look forward to seeing acclaimed feature films.”
Astor Cinema’s Cheryl Byron said the festival would present the best contemporary international films.
“The line-up of films, which feature internationally acclaimed actors such as Annette Bening and Zac Efron, as well as directors such as J Blakeson and Richard Linklater, is second to none,” she said. Cinemagoers will be able to view some great international acts during the Festival.”
Ms Byron said cinemagoers could buy a discounted movie pass, which included three movies for the price of $25.
One of the feature festival attractions will be a screening of The Girl Who Played with Fire, the second instalment of the Millenium Trilogy by director Daniel Alfredson. This film joins follows the first movie in the franchise, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and paves the way for the hotly anticipated The Girl who kicked the Hornets’ Nest’.
The Swedish drama encompasses the life of Lisbeth, a researcher and Mikael, a journalist, who investigate an underground sex trafficking ring. While delving into the murky depths of the case, Lisbeth is set up and accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name.
The Christian Carion-directed soviet drama Farewell will also screen. This spy thriller is based on an incredible true story about a soviet spy operating during the height of the cold war. After becoming disenchanted with the communist ideal, Colonel Grigoriev makes plans to correct the ways of the world. For two years he secretly passes documents to both the US and French governments, which change history forever.
The art deco drama, Me and Orson Welles, is based on a true story in 1930s New York. Zac Efron plays Richard, offered an acting job by Orson Welles after performing an impromptu audition at the Mercury Theatre.
The production, a modern of the play Julius Caesar, is produced by John Houseman who is dictated heavily by Welles. As the performance draws closer to opening night, Richard, after experiencing Welles’ behaviour, must decide whether to continue acting in the production.
The Kids are All Right is a comedy about a modern family; however, this modern family has two mums. When two children decide to seek their biological father, the household will never be the same. This comedy stars Annete Bening, Julian Moore and Mark Ruffalo.
Thriller, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, is a tale of twists and mystery. Two British men decide to fortify an apartment in an effort to prevent people entering and escaping. The apartment serves one purpose: to detain one person, Alice Creed. However, the tables are turned when the detainee becomes the detainer.
The festival will include special events for the silver screen as well as films. These include Les Miserables in concert at o2 Arena in London for a special price of $20 and the Rolling Stones in concert for $15.

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Posted on Oct 7 2010

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