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“It is always a joy to watch young film-makers at work from all over the world, and it has been my privilege to do so ever since I was invited by Seeta Indrani and Chris Bishop to help programme the Clare Valley Film Festival. A lot of the entries this year are concerned with family, mostly exploring the relationship between parents and children, while two are specifically about brothers. Other entries engage with the eternal subjects of friendship and love, often in fresh and charming ways. My task was to group the films into two sessions, each under its own theme. After some consideration, I have called the first ‘Mothers and Fathers’, and the second ‘Sons and Lovers’, though the boundaries are not as clearcut as the titles might suggest!”
Carolyn Choa, Program Co-ordinator
PART ONE: MOTHERS AND FATHERS
The Old Tree
Iran, Farnoosh Abedi
An old man is living with his young son in a modest wooden house on dry and barren agricultural land. His son wants to sell the land and the house, but the old man refuses to leave his interests behind. This unresolvable conflict cannot be spoken of and inevitably leads to a resolution perpetrated by subterfuge
Australia, Richard Sarell
Mum, dad & little sister take their seats for the dinner party of their lives at Michael’s new pad. So where’s the food? Family dysfunction appears to be the only ingredient as the wine flows and the bickering begins. Verbal jousting ranges from filial failure to The Pharmacist, the greatest serial killer of them all…and a dinner guest too?
Before the Bomb
USA, Tannaz Hazemi
10 year old Elsa takes matters into her own hands when Child Services plans a visit that could separate her from her brother.
Dancers: Deborah Greenfield & Pablo Rojas
Australia, Dan Bradley, Rob George
Looking for a new life, Asha moves to a small country town where she begins to give dance classes. A young local cop is getting married and wants to learn how to dance a wedding tango, but Asha is suspicious of the police. Asha has a son who has a mental illness and she is desperate to protect him. She reluctantly agrees to teach the young constable and also ropes in his sergeant. A crisis develops and tragedy is narrowly avoided but in the aftermath the tango lessons continue and Asha may have found someone to share her new life with.
PART TWO: SONS AND LOVERS
Cyprus, Myrsini Aristidou
An unpredicted crossing of two stranger’s paths in New York City. A story, where time loses gravity and provokes the game caught between reality and magic.
Meu Amigo Nietzsche
Brazil, Fáuston da Silva
A boy finds a book by Nietzsche in his town’s dumping ground, and that book changes everything in his life.
Belguim, Wim Geudens
The brothers ‘De Smet’ created a system to live their lives as singles in the most comfortable way. When a new woman moves into their street, their synergy turns out to be a house of cards.
Australia/India, Rodd Rathjen
In the vastness of the Himalayas, a young nomad’s curiosity lies beyond the horizon.
Due Piedi Sinistri
Italy, Isabella Salvetti
In a neighborhood of Rome, Mirko is playing soccer with his friends. He meets Luana, sitting nearby. The two twelve years olds hit it off but an awful surprise leaves Mirko breathless. Luana instead smiles happily for the first time in her life.
The Bigger Picture
UK, Daisy Jacobs
‘You want to put her in a home; you tell her; tell her now!’ hisses one brother to the other. But Mother won’t go, and their own lives unravel as she clings on. Innovative life-size animated characters tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent.