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BIFF has your weekend wrapped up

Only two more days of BIFF! Don’t miss Day 10 and 11 for an incredible weekend of Cinema.

Saturday Highlights

Golden Bear-winner Diao Yinan (Black Coal, Thin Ice 2014) returns with a vibrant, rain-slicked neo-noir set in the back alleys of modern China in The Wild Goose Lake.

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Get to know the man behind the cartoons. A personal portrait of an intensely private man, The Leunig Fragments offers insights into the creative process of Australia’s most renowned and accomplished cartoonist, Michael Leunig.

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Cue drama, cue suspense! – Sunset, 2019 is a sumptuously crafted historical mystery in which the threat of impending war and calamity seep through every frame.

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Tilda Swinton stars alongside her daughter, Honor Swinton Byrne in Joanna Hogg’s reflective, semi-autobiographical work crafts an intimate portrait of a young woman’s competing desires in art and romance

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From France — A forbidden romance blossoms in this sumptuous tale of desire from rising French filmmaker Céline Sciamma, winner Best Screenplay & Queer Palm at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

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Winner Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival, Antonio Banderas plays Salvador Mallo in acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s emotionally resonant and deeply personal reflection on film-making, love and family

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Sunday Highlights

Prepare to be thrilled by this incredible portrait of fierce young mute woman Sibel, who can only communicate in the unique whistling language of her Turkish village.

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Two worlds collide in this compelling drama about a maverick photojournalist and a refugee who must both reconcile with their pasts when a shocking photograph comes to light. Hearts and Bones.

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Before Alien, there was Starbeast. Before Starbeast, there was… Memory. Go back to where it all began with Memory: The Origins of Alien  Film documentarian Alexandre O Philippe unravels the complex DNA of Alien 1979 in this ode to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic.

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Discovered, overlooked and rediscovered anew. Meet Alice Guy Blaché, the World’s First Female Filmmaker. A prolific trailblazer of early cinema unfairly ignored by film history, has her groundbreaking life story told in this revealing documentary narrated by Jodie Foster.

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Don’t be Nice – This exhilarating documentary offers an unparalleled glimpse into the inner sanctum of five competitors from the Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan as they prepare for the National Poetry Slam.

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Love Opera provides an inside look at Brisbane’s world-class Lisa Gasteen National Opera School as it prepares a production of Carmen with the
Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

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Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Directors Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang fearlessly peel back the layers of China’s former One Child policy to unearth its tightly held secret om One Child Nation.

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Firecrackers opens with a girl-on-girl fistfight in which Lou gives as good as she gets while being cheered by onlookers.A breathless coming-of-age tale of two fierce young women who must draw on their resilience and friendship to be free of their tumultuous home lives.

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In a ferocious take-down of American homeland security, Anna Kendrick stars as FBI agent Kendra Glack, who is tasked with bringing in a wannabe revolutionary preacher on trumped-up terrorism charges in The day Shall Come.

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