THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
(115 minutes) MA15+
The billboards in director Martin McDonagh’s latest film are on a remote road near the home of Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), whose teenage daughter Angela (Kathryn Newton) was murdered seven months before the story starts. Mildred rents the billboards for a year, using them to spell out a blunt message that sets the tone for a series of confrontations between the implacable Mildred and the generally disapproving townsfolk, including the weary town sheriff (Woody Harrelson) and the slow-witted, racist sheriff’s deputy Jason Dixon (Sam Rockwell).
(113 minutes) MA15+
Set in 1929, Sweet Country could be described as a western — or at least the latest in a series of politically charged Australian period pieces that rework aspects of the genre, such as John Hillcoat’s The Proposition and Rolf de Heer’s The Tracker. Sam Kelly (Hamilton Morris) is an Indigenous man on the run with his wife Lizzie (Natassia Gorey Furber) after shooting a sadistic landowner. Pursuing the fugitives over the red sands and salt flats is a group that includes a dogged police sergeant (Bryan Brown) and a cagey tracker (Gibson John).
(107 minutes) M
This is one of Austrian director Michael Haneke’s lightest films, though it touches on most of his usual gloomy themes. Along with the alienation fuelled by technology, we get another dose of the miseries of old age, embodied by Jean-Louis Trintignant. Haneke’s distaste for the hypocrisy of the bourgeoisie is an old chestnut on display, so too his repulsed fascination with pop culture. Formally Happy End is a crafty piece of work and, as ever, the director relishes the chance to get some garbage and chaos into his finicky frames.
(143 minutes) CTC
Meet Christian, the respected curator of a prestigious contemporary art gallery. A divorced but devoted father of two, Christian drives an electric car, says all the right things, supports good causes, and is on the verge of opening his new show “The Square” – an installation which invites passers-by to examine their willingness to help others. But disaster strikes when Christian’s phone is stolen, his new performance art piece turns dangerously awry, and his marketing campaign goes viral for all the wrong reasons. As Christian desperately tries to hold onto his own ego while his comfortable life spirals out of control, his good intentions are increasingly abandoned, with hilarious results.
Winner! Palme d’Or – Cannes Film Festival
(92 minutes) PG
Laid-back suburban everyman Darren “Dazza” Cook loves to entertain his friends and neighbours with his weekly backyard barbecues, utilizing the ancient rum-barrel barbecue that family legend prescribes as having come from Cpt James Cook’s Endeavour. Unexpectedly thrust into the limelight by his employer when an International BBQ Festival comes to town, Dazza needs to sharpen up his act, so enlists the guidance of the mysterious Scottish chef known only as “The Butcher”. As Dazza hones his chops perfecting the perfect steak, his 12-year-old son Jayden is challenged to prove the dubious Cook family ancestral link, with unexpected results.
Set in an unnamed, contemporary, multicultural, average Australian backyard, THE BBQ is a gentle comic fable about the quest for the perfect steak results.
(115 minutes) M
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami is an electrifying journey through the performance, private and public worlds of pop cultural icon Grace Jones. Larger than life, fierce and androgynous – Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we discover her as lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask.
The film includes unique performances of her iconic hits Slave To The Rhythmand Pull Up To The Bumper as well as more recent autobiographical tracks, Williams’ Blood, This Is and Hurricane. These personal songs link to the film’s narrative that follows Grace on a holiday road trip across her native Jamaica. Director Sophie Fiennes creates a powerful cinematic experience, contrasting musical sequences with intimate personal footage and reaching beyond the iconic mask.
(130 minutes) M
This is perhaps the greatest movie ever made about sewing. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the designer Reynolds Woodcock, who presides over the House of Woodcock – a fictional version of a 1950s London fashion house. Reynolds is also an artist, and that’s really what the film is about, rather than fashion or design. The beautiful fabrics and the phalanx of elderly ladies who sew his exacting designs for the crowned heads of Europe are merely handmaidens to his greatness.
(95 minutes) M
In Lady Bird, writer/director Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.
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We have some exciting films arriving at The Pivotonian Cinema in Geelong during January. Kicking off in the new year is French Comedy smash JUST TO BE SURE, the critically-acclaimed film of the summer CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, family favourite PADDINGTON 2 and, beginning with Sneak Previews on Australia Day weekend: brand-new Aussie Comedy THE BBQ.
Also coming up in the new year is Michel Hanke’s THE SQUARE, THE SHAPE OF WATER, SWEET COUNTRY and THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
JUST TO BE SURE
Comedy / Drama (M)
When lonely 45-year-old widower Erwan (the remarkable François Damiens, The Bélier Family) discovers by accident that that man who raised him isn’t his real father, he begins a search for his biological one.
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.
Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.
January 26th (Sneak Previews)
Dazza has a passion for barbequing. He accidentally gives his neighbours food poisoning. To make amends he seeks tutelage from the tyrannical Scottish chef and together they enter an international barbecue competition.
The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls’ school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.
Director: Sofia Coppola
After a “white lie” which spirals out of control, a neurotic, naive and musically gifted Muslim cleric’s eldest son must follow through with an arranged marriage, except he is madly in love with an Australian born-Lebanese girl.
Director: Jeffrey Walker
All for One
ALL FOR ONE is the story of GreenEdge, Australia’s first ProTour cycling team.
Directors: Marcus Cobbledick, Dan Jones
The Bentley Effect
Join us this Thursday and Friday night for a special event Q&A with the filmmaker Brendan Shoebridge.
Filmed over five years, The Bentley Effect documents the highs and lows of the battle to keep a unique part of Australia gasfield-free. This timely story of a community’s heroic stand shows how strategic direct action and peaceful protest from a committed community can overcome industrial might and political short-sightedness. It celebrates the non-violent ‘Eureka Stockade’ of our time and chronicles one of the fastest growing social movements we have ever witnessed.
All special event tickets are $20.
Thursday Mar 9 @ 6pm – Greens Fundraiser screening, tix through Trybooking:
Friday Mar 10 @ 6pm – Tix can be purchased here:
November has The Pivotonian Cinema host many of the Best Films of 2016, from some of the best directors in the business.
Pedro Almodovar’s JULIETA sees the Spanish impresario return to the heights of his previous films ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, VOLVER and BROKEN EMBRACES. Korean director Park Chan-Wook takes a stylistic departure from the full-on likes of OLD BOY to present an English period novel, adapted to 1930s Korea in THE HANDMAIDEN. Italian up-and-comer Paolo Virzi’s LIKE CRAZY is a great contemporary drama-comedy, mirrored by the Italian comedy smash WHERE AM I GOING? -Italy’s highest grossing film ever. Also screening this month is the new visceral thriller by Nicolas Winding Refn (DRIVE) starring Elle Fanning: THE NEON DEMON, with crowd favourites CAPTAIN FANTASTIC and the remarkable FRANCOFONIA (from the director of RUSSIAN ARK) continuing into December.
Also coming up in December we have Cold War challenges in Estonia with THE FENCER, British Comedy romp GOLDEN YEARS, period drama SUNSET SONG and Ira Sachs’ much-anticipated LITTLE MEN, just in time for Christmas. For the kids, look out for YOUR NAME, the Japanese animation film that has broken all previous box office records in Japan.
And remember -we are licensed so you may enjoy a fine wine or boutique beer with your quality film at The Pivotonian.
SPECIAL EVENT – Sotiris Dounoukos will present his film, fresh from Toronto and Melbourne International Film Festivals at The Pivotonian Cinema, before hosting a Q&A at the end of the film.
The director of Joe Cinque’s Consolation will take part in special audience Q&A session at Pivotonian Cinema on Saturday, October 8 at 7.00pm. Sotiris Dounoukos will introduce the film and following the screening will be on hand to answer questions from the audience about the film and its controversial subject matter. Tickets for this special event screening are now on sale.
The film tells the true story of the events surrounding the death of Joe Cinque. In early 1997 Anu Singh, a law student at the Australian National University, confided to friends her plans to kill herself to put an end to a mysterious illness. With doctors unable or unwilling to help, Anu’s boyfriend, Joe Cinque, attempts to get to the bottom of her condition. As Anu’s mental and emotional state begins to unravel, her plans grow more macabre and more public.
It is the adaptation of Helen Garner’s best-selling account of these events: an examination of collective and individual responsibility, and a crime that shocked Australia.
Sotiris Dounoukos is the director, writer and co-producer of the film, and its recent selection for the 41st Toronto International Film Festival marked Dounoukos’ return to the festival, where in 2014 he was awarded TIFF’s Best International Short Film Award for his film, A Single Body. The film later collected the best film awards at the St Kilda Film Festival and Dendy Award as part of the Sydney Film Festival.
Joe Cinque’s Consolation (M) opens nationally on Thursday, October 13, 2016.
Tix selling fast! Buy online: https://pivotcinema.com.au/event/joe-cinque-director-qa/
MUSTANG (July 28) Coming-of-Age TURKEY (M) Recommended
In a village in the north of Turkey, Lale and her four sisters innocently celebrate the end of the school year at the beach with some boys. The supposed debauchery of their actions causes their home to progressively transform into a prison; classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages are arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed upon them.
Nominated for a best foreign film Oscar in 2016, and anchored by sensational performances and a moving soundtrack by Warren Ellis (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), for which Ellis won ‘Best Music’ at this year’s César Awards for his original film score.
OUR LITTLE SISTER (August 4th) Drama JAPAN (PG)
Three sisters – Sachi, Yoshino and Chika – live together in a large house in the city of Kamakura. When their father, absent from the family home for the last 15 years dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy teenage half-sister. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees, and a new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings.
MAGGIE’S PLAN (August 11th) Comedy USA (M) Recommended
A young woman longing to start a family (Greta Gerwig) becomes involved in a complicated love triangle with a professor (Ethan Hawke) and his theorist wife (Julianne Moore). Maggie’s Plan received its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.
THE CARER (August 25th) Comedy / Drama UK (PG)
Featuring a stand-out performance by Brian Cox. Dorottya is a young Hungarian actress with a burning desire: to make it on the English stage. Legendary actor Sir Michael Gifford suffers from an incurable disease, and has one desire: be left alone. When Dorottya becomes his carer they both hope their wish will be fulfilled.
DAVID BRENT – LIFE ON THE ROAD (Sept. 1st) Comedy UK (MA)
Ricky Gervais is back in the film adapted follow-on to The Office.
Now working as a rep selling cleaning (and ladies personal hygiene) products up and down the country, David Brent hasn’t given up his dream of becoming a rock star – or more specifically, singer/songwriter for fledgling rock band ‘Foregone Conclusion’. As he assembles a group of mercenary session musicians, a talented sidekick for street cred and an overpriced yet underwhelmed tour manager, he embarks upon a self-financed UK tour coming to a venue near every major city near you.