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Sydney Film Festival 2011: Day 9

Sarah Ward June 18, 2011 0

Take Shelter Over a career spanning twenty years, Michael Shannon has evolved from television bit player to an astonishing film talent. Yet, even with an Oscar nomination for his turn in Revolutionary Road, and

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Sydney Film Festival 2011: Day 6

Sarah Ward June 16, 2011 0

Amador Socially inept, awkward and isolated protagonists have proliferated in cinema of late, with several such characters making their presence felt throughout the Sydney Film Festival program thus far (Attenberg, The Future and Terri,

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Sydney Film Festival 2011: Day 5

Sarah Ward June 14, 2011 0

The Forgiveness of Blood The Silver Bear winner for best script at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, The Forgiveness Of Blood delves into violence and vengeance between Albanian families. Unpacking the consequences of a

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Sydney Film Festival 2011: Day 4

Sarah Ward June 13, 2011 0

The Future Whilst protagonists and omnipresent observers are often placed in the role of the narrator in cinema, few features cast an injured feline as the guiding voice of the story. This niche is

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Sydney Film Festival 2011: Day 3

Sarah Ward June 12, 2011 0

Sleeping Beauty: The feature film debut of award winning Australian author Julia Leigh (“The Hunter” and “Disquiet”) under the mentorship of Academy Award recipient Jane Campion (The Piano), Sleeping Beauty is far removed from

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Sydney Film Festival 2011: Day 2

Sarah Ward June 11, 2011 0

Cirkus Columbia The fourth film from Bosnian director Danis Tanović, and his third since his debut feature No Man’s Land took home the Cannes Film Festival best screenplay award in 2001 and the best

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Julia’s Eyes (Spanish Film Festival)

Sarah Ward May 29, 2011 0

As a primarily visual medium, film is often concerned with the concept of sight. Whilst the vision of the characters depicted drives the story, the inherent acceptance by audiences of the imagery placed before

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Carancho (Spanish Film Festival)

Sarah Ward May 28, 2011 0

Whilst doctors and nurses proliferate as protagonists in features and series, paramedics aren’t afforded the same level of attention. Indeed, apart from the clunky comedies Mother, Jugs And Speed and Paramedics, and Martin Scorsese’s

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Anything You Want (Spanish Film Festival)

Sarah Ward May 27, 2011 0

With a sizeable spate of accolades to his name for his debut effort El Bola and sophomore feature November (including two Goyas, a European Film and Cinema Writers Circle award, and recognition from the

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The Last Circus (Spanish Film Festival)

Sarah Ward May 20, 2011 0

Beloved by some, belittled by others, and seen as both entertaining and frightening in various guises, the amusing comic performers known as clowns made the leap from the circus to the screen with the

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