AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND FILM FESTIVAL
ST TROPEZ, FRANCE
The annual Australian & New Zealand Film Festival kicks off next week in St. Tropez, France.
Cinéma des Antipodes, Saint Tropez
12-18 October 2009
Shrugging off its summertime bling image, Saint Tropez in October becomes the focus point of the Australian and New Zealand film industry.
For the 11th year, Saint Tropez hosts the Rencontres Internationales Cinéma des Antipodes, and the motor behind the Festival, Frenchman Bernard Bories has a line up of great films and documentaries. It includes this year’s Cannes Camera d’Or winner Samson and Delilah, a tough/tender love story of two young Aboriginal teenagers, written and directed by Aboriginal film maker Warwick Thornton, who shot the film himself. The film has been snapped up by a French distributer, but won’t be seen on the Champs Elysées until later this year.
Wrapped around the Festival are showings of the best documentaries from Australia and New Zealand, as well as Antipodes Junior, a rich programme for children that this year includes Vincent Ward’s evocative Rain Of The Children, a docodrama centered on the Maori people.
For lovers of Australian and New Zealand film, the Cinéma des Antipodes Saint-Tropez is not to be missed. And for those who only know Saint Tropez by its show-biz image, it is a chance to discover a town that, stripped of its celebrities, becomes once again a charming, authentic village that just happens to stock Hérmes, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Dior.
For the complete schedule visit the website for details at http://www.festivaldesantipodes.org/