Australian films outnumber Kiwi offerings two to one in the 2011 edition of the Cannes Cinéphiles Cinema des Antipodes sidebar, with 4 Kiwi shorts and features Predicament and The Vintner’s Luck screening alongside 12 Aussie offerings, nine of them features.
The four Kiwi shorts on display will be a couple of oldies, Alison MacLean’s 1989 Kitchen Sink and Felicity Morgan-Rhind’s 1999 Donuts For Breakfast, along with two much more recent offerings, Christopher Dudman’s Choice Night and Dylan Pharazyn’s Vostok Station (both 2010).
Cinema des Antipodes was created in 1995 to boost awareness of Aussie and Kiwi films and culture in France. The programme is presented in conjunction with the regular October event, the Festival des Antipodes, which runs in St Tropez each October.
According to this year’s programme, the films will explore “the distortions and ills of our society, with acute sagacity, tenderness and sometimes a touch of irony, humour or self-mockery.”
Cannes Cinéphiles screenings are pitched to the local audience – and all the visitors who don’t or can’t get into official festival presentations.
The Australian offering includes only three shorts: Hannah Hilliard’s Franswa Sharl; Frazer Bailey’s Glenn Owen Dodds; and Craig Boreham’s Drowning.
The bulk of the Aussie features are recent. On offer are Beautiful Kate, Stone Bros and The Waiting City (all 2009); and Birthday, Blame, Matching Jack, Lou and Passengers (all 2010). One older Aussie feature makes the list, the 2002 Black and White.
The Cannes Film Festival runs 11 – 22 May.