The 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival is screening at Palace Cinemas across Australia in July. ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED JULY 16, 2017 THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE was the opening night attraction at the 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival, which is screening at Palace Cinemas around the country. It is the latest film from Finnish auteur Aki Karismaki, and is full of his usual droll humour and dead pan style and absurdist touches. Karismaki often pokes fun at the Finnish working class and their daily struggles in his films. The Other Side Of Hope is the Continue reading

MESTEREN (THE MAN) – interview with Charlotte Sieling

by GREG KING The 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival is currently screening at Palace Cinemas around the country. One of the films screening is The Man (aka Mesteren), which looks at a dysfunctional father/son relationship and jealousy within the contemporary Copenhagen arts scene. The director is Charlotte Sileing, who has directed episodes of tv series like The Killing, Borgen, and US series Homeland.  Charlotte was in Melbourne to introduce screenings of her film and participate in Q&A sessions. Greg caught up with Charlotte to chat about her film and her Continue reading

AMERICAN ESSENTIALS FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with artistic director Richard Sowada

by GREG KING The American Essentials Film Festival 2017 screens at Palace Cinemas around Australia in May. This specially curated program features a range of the latest and most vibrant new independent films from America, with some filmmakers in the early stages of their careers. There is also a Masters and Masterpieces sidebar that features newly restored prints of some classics like The Graduate, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. All the new works are drawn fresh from some of the top international film festivals, like Venice, Sundance, Toronto and SXSW. Continue reading

YOUNG AT HEART FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Lynette Curran

by GREG KING Now in its 12th year, the Young At Heart Film Festival screens a curated program of films especially for a more mature and older audience. This is the only film festival of its kind in the world, and it screens at Palace Cinemas across Australia throughout April. The festival screens some classic films like The Lion In Winter, starring Katherine Hepburn in her Oscar-winning performance, Peter O’Toole and Anthony Hopkins, and a restored print of The Tales Of Hoffmann. There is also a restored print of Carol Reed’s classic noir thriller The Third Man. Continue reading

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with artistic director Philippe Platel

by GREG KING   The 28th Alliance Francaise French Film Festival screens at Palace cinemas across Australia throughout March. The 45 films screening in this year’s festival offer a wonderful mix of artistry  and genres, and feature some of the biggest names in French cinema. The opening night film is The Odyssey, a biopic about the legendary Jacques Costeau, while closing the festival this year is the new comedy A Bun In The Oven, starring Karin Viard. Greg spoke to the festival’s new artistic director Philippe Platel to find out more about what’s on offer for Continue reading