GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with co-ordinator Bettina Kinski

by GREG KING After a hiatus in 2017, the German Film Festival returns to Palace cinemas in May, with a packed program. The opening night film is the award-winning drama The Silent Revolution, while closing night sees a special screening of a restored print of Wim Wenders’ 1987 film Wings Of Desire. There is also a special program of screenings aimed at children and school groups and a short film program. The festival screens here in Melbourne at the Kino and Como Cinemas from May 24-June 10. Greg spoke to the festival’s co-ordinator Bettina Kinski to learn Continue reading

2018 SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL – interview with Paulette Arvizu

by GREG KING   The 21st Spanish Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around the country in April from April 17. The opening night film is the feel-good crowd-pleasing comedy The Tribe. There is also a retrospective on director Bigas Luna. And there is a special screening of the Oscar winning animated film Coco in Spanish. The closing night film is Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar winning fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth. Greg spoke to Paulette Arvizu to find out more about some of the films on offer at this year’s Continue reading

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with artistic director Philippe Platel

by GREG KING The 29th Alliance Francaise French Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around the country throughout March. The program features 50 films, ranging from comedies to contemporary dramas. The opening night film is C’est La Vie, a comedy from the directors of the superb The Intouchables. The closing night film is 50 Is The New 30, a romantic comedy.  This year there is a strong LGBT stream, with films like BPM and 4 Days In France. Greg spoke to Philippe Platel, the artistic director of the French Film Festival to find out more Continue reading

2017 CINE LATINO FILM FESTIVAL – interview with Gina Rubiano

by GREG KING The 2017 Cine Latino Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas throughout November. This year there is a focus on Argentine Cinema, with 9 Argentine films, including Inseparable, a remake of the wonderful French film The Intouchables. Greg speaks to Gina Rubiano to find out more about this year's program. http://www.mediafire.com/file/wa9arfd0g8w73oy/221023_005.MP3 Continue reading

BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Kim Petalas

by GREG KING The British Film Festival 2017 screens at Palace Cinemas from October 24. The opening night film is Breathe, the directorial debut from actor Andy Serkis, and this inspiring true story stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foye. The closing night film is the feel good Finding Your Feet. This year's retrospective screenings feature four star studded adaptations of classic Agatha Christie mysteries, including Murder On The Orient Express, Death On The Nile, Evil Under The Sun, and The Mirror Crack'd, featuring Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple. There are also Continue reading