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Astonishing Stories. Powerful Films. There’s Still so Much to See…

Only four days of BIFF 2020 left! 

Deeply personal narratives, heartwarming rom-coms and astonishing stories – there’s still so much to see.

Check out our daily schedule for the full list of films.

Image: The Painter and the Thief 2020 / Director: Benjamin Ree / Rights: Madman Entertainment.

THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF

When a Czech painter has two major paintings stolen from Oslo’s Gallery Nobel, she embarks on a quest to better understand the thief through the lens of compassion and forgiveness. Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Creative Storytelling, Sundance Film Festival 2020.

THU 8 OCT, 4:10PM, NEW FARM SIX CINEMAS
FRI 9 OCT, 3:30PM, DENDY CINEMAS COORPAROO

THE REASON I JUMP

Director Jerry Rothwell (How to Change the World, 2015) draws detailed and intimate portraits of nonspeaking autistic people.

FRI 9 OCT, 6:30PM, NEW FARM SIX CINEMAS
SAT 10 OCT, 11:00AM, DENDY CINEMAS COORPAROO

THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE

“Iryna Tsilyk’s striking, Sundance-awarded documentary views the War in Donbass through the prism of a Ukrainian family’s own filmmaking process.” – Variety

SAT 10 OCT, 3:30PM, STATE LIBRARY OF QUEENSLAND

LOS CONDUCTOS

After fleeing a religious sect that preys on Colombia’s underclass, Pinky finds himself working menial jobs to support his drug habit even as the cult leader, whom he aspires to assassinate, haunts his days and nights.

SAT 10 OCT, 2:10PM, NEW FARM SIX CINEMAS

HUMAN CAPITAL

A thoughtful and absorbing look at class divide and the American dream featuring Liev Schreiber, Marisa Tomei, Peter Sarsgaard and Maya Hawke.

SAT 10 OCT, 6:30PM, DENDY CINEMAS COORPAROO
SUN 11 OCT, 3:30PM, READING CINEMAS NEWMARKET

MAYOR

The daily dealings of Ramallah’s mayor reveal both the Kafkaesque bureaucratic dynamics of governing in occupied Palestine, and the dogged resilience of the municipality to stand its ground.

SAT 10 OCT, 6:20PM, NEW FARM SIX CINEMAS

ASWANG

This devastating debut documentary reveals the war on drugs as a covert assassination campaign that targets the poor and thrives on corruption.

SAT 10 OCT, 8:30PM, NEW FARM CINEMAS

FIRESTARTER: THE STORY OF BANGARRA

A compelling and vivid celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lived experience and storytelling, Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra looks back at the last 30 years of Bangarra Dance Theatre and the role of its dynamic artistic director Stephen Page.

SUN 11 OCT, 6:00PM, ALL CINEMAS