Indie

 

Goddess

2014/ AUSTRALIA/IN ENGLISH/ 104 MINUTES

A FILM BY MARK LAMPRELL
WITH LAURA MICHELLE KELLY, RONAN KEATING, MAGDA SUBSZANKI

Full-time mum of twins, Elspeth Dickens (Laura Michelle Kelly), becomes a web sensation when she inadvertently broadcasts her sink songs across the internet. With Elspeth’s husband, James (Ronan Keating), at sea saving whales, advertising mogul Cassandra (Magda Szubanski) relishes the opportunity to exploit Elspeth s new-found fame by offering Elspeth her dream career in showbusiness. With her dreams of stardom within reach, Elspeth finds the choice between fame and family may come at the cost of losing both.

 

L!fe Happens

USA / CANADA – 2014 – 118 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY KAT COIRO
Featuring:  Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson

From director Kat Coiro, and writers Kat Coiro and Krysten Ritter comes L!FE HAPPENS, a comedy centered on three young women – Kim (Krysten Ritter), Deena (Kate Bosworth) and Laura (Rachel Bilson) – who all live under the same roof in Los Angeles. When one of Kim’s one-night-stands results in an unexpected pregnancy, things take a sudden turn for the trio. 

With the help of her girlfriends, Kim must cope with single motherhood as she jumps back into the dating scene amid the fear that toting around a tot can be a dating ‘buzz-kill.’ Also featuring Jason Biggs, Seymour Cassel, Rhys Coiro, Justin Kirk, Kristen Johnston, Andrea Savage, Geoff Stults and Fallon Goodson, L!FE HAPPENS takes a look at single living, friendship and the joys of life’s curveballs.

 

Old Stone

2016 - CHINA/ CANADA - 80 MINUTES - COLOUR - IN MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

A FILM BY JOHNNY MA
FEATURING: GANG CHEN, AN NAI, HONGWEI WANG, ZEBIN ZHANG, XUE’ER LUO


WINNER! BEST FIRST FEATURE FILM AWARD - CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS
WINNER! CITY OF TORONTO AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FIRST FEATURE FILM AT TIFF 2016

In Johnny Ma’s thrilling debut feature, a Chinese taxi driver finds himself plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare where no good deed goes unpunished. Beginning as a gritty social-realist drama before u-turning into a blood-drenched noir, Old Stone follows the repercussions of a car accident in a society where life is cheap and compassion is ruinously expensive. 

When a drunken passenger causes Lao Shi to swerve and hit a motorcyclist, the driver stops to help the injured man. When no police or ambulance arrive he drives the victim to the hospital, checks him in and finds himself liable for the man’s medical bills. The repercussions of Shi’s selfless act expose a society rife with bone-chilling callousness and bureaucratic indifference. On the verge of losing his cab, his job and his family, Lao Shi (in a magnificent performance by Chen Gang) has to resort to desperate measures to survive.

 

The Congress

ISRAEL / GERMANY / POLAND / LUXEMBOURG / BELGIUM / FRANCE – 2014 – 120 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH

A FILM BY ARI FOLMAN

Robin Wright, playing the role of herself, gets an offer from a major studio to sell her cinematic identity: she'll be numerically scanned and sampled so that her alias can be used with no restrictions in all kinds of Hollywood films — even the most commercial ones that she previously refused. In exchange she receives loads of money, but more importantly, the studio agrees to keep her digitalized character forever young — for all eternity — in all of their films. The contract is valid for 20 years.

THE CONGRESS follows Robin as she makes her comeback after the contract expires, straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.

 

KUMIKO: THE TREASURE HUNTER

USA – 2014 – 105 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH & JAPANESE

A FILM BY DAVID ZELLNER

In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it – and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies. 

With KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER, indie mavericks the Zellner Bros. spin a strangely touching underdog fable, populated by eccentrics and elevated to sonic heights by a Sundance award-winning score from electro-indie outfit The Octopus Project, that will leave audiences rooting for the impossible.