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Brisbane International Film Festival 2009

Check out the latest and best in world cinema, documentaries, retrospectives, experimental work, late night thrillers, animation, children’s films, a short film competition and much more! BIFF provides a focus for film culture in Queensland by showcasing the best and most interesting cinema from around the world. Each year St.George Bank BIFF draws film enthusiasts to view an entertaining mix of local and international films, retrospectives and colourful events that embrace the vibrant art of filmmaking.

Since the first festival in 1992, more than 350,000 film-goers have immersed themselves in the BIFF experience. St.George Bank BIFF has become a well-renowned Australian festival, launching films like The Full Monty, The Usual Suspects, Doing Time for Patsy Cline, Feeling Sexy, Gettin’ Square, In America, A Prairie Home Companion, Fay Grim and Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?.

Brisbane International Film Festival opens today with the charming coming of age film AN EDUCATION directed by Lone Scherfig and based on a script by Nick Hornby. Starring new talent Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard and Alfred Molina it is set against the backdrop of swinging sixties London.

The “Colourise BIFF” strand has been programmed in conjuction with the “Colourise Festival” and presents films made by or about indigenous people from around the world including Marco Bechis’s BIRDWATCHERS about the tensions that arise when the indigenous Guarani-Kaiowa community attempts to reinhabit their land in Takuara, Brazil.

Other international highlights include Claire Denis’ 35 SHOTS OF RUM, Costa Gavros’ EDEN IS WEST, Ken Loach’s LOOKING FOR ERIC, and Jerzy Skolimowski’s FOUR NIGHTS WITH ANNA, and Venice 2008 favourites Ramin Bahrani’s GOODBYE SOLO and Agnes Varda’s THE BEACHES OF AGNES. There is also a chance to see parts 1 & 2 of Steven Soderbergh’s epic CHE starring Benecio Del Toro as the young revolutionary.

While new Australian cinema goes from strength to strength with inclusions of Ana Kokkinos’s gritty portrayal of the complicated relationships between children and their mothers in BLESSED, Jonathan Auf der Heide’s Tasmanian convict drama VAN DIEMEN’S LAND and David Caesar’s truckin’ great PRIME MOVER – an love story with action and drama and a lot of big roadtrains!

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