NITRAM  Now Showing!
A narrative depiction of the events leading up to one of the darkest chapters in modern Australian history from director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and stars Caleb Landry Jones (WINNER – Best Actor Cannes 2021), Anthony LaPaglia (Balibo), Judy Davis (The Dressmaker) and Essie Davis (The Babadook).
Nitram comes to The Pivotonian straight from Cannes, where it was the first Australian film to screen as part of the illustrious festival’s official competition in 10 years – and the first Victorian film to do so in more than 30 years, with Caleb Landry Jones receiving Best Actor award for ths harrowing performance.
Trailer viewable HERE

PIG  Now Showing!
Nicolas Cage stars as Rob, a hermitic Oregonian truffle hunter and former chef who lives alone in the woods by choice, with only his beloved foraging hog for company. Less pet than livelihood, the sow has value for Rob that is more than just sentimental. So, when she’s pig-napped in a violent raid, Rob is forced to return to civilisation – and the past he deliberately left behind – as he goes looking for the animal, and the swine who took her. Also featuring Adam Arkin and Alex Wolff (Hereditary), the feature directorial debut of Michael Sarnoski has earned early comparisons to Taken and John Wick, but is decidedly its own beast. It’s not so much man-on-a-rampage as it is a sometimes-bloody but composed exploration of psychological damage – a character-driven drama that delves into the not-so-tasty side of haute cuisine. Pig allows Cage to deliver a more soulful, finely calibrated performance that once again proves just how eclectic and magnetic an actor he is.
Trailer viewable HERE

SUMMER OF SOUL  Limited Season from 7th October
The feature documentary debut of The Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is a long-overdue corrective for this erased watershed moment. Piecing together interviews and archival footage – including spine-tingling performances from Simone, Wonder, King, Jackson, Mavis Staples, Gladys Knight and more – this stunning, exuberant time capsule chronicles, with comprehensive precision, a pioneering celebration held by and for the African American community. With attention also paid to the festival’s place at the intersection of the waning civil rights movement and burgeoning Black Power movement, Summer of Soul revels in the rich rebellion of Black resistance through song.

This sizzling concert film is a resurrected piece of power-to-the-people art, featuring dizzyingly rich footage … [It] reclaims a forgotten piece of Black culture with aching timeliness.” – Harper’s Bazaar

Trailer viewable HERE

A FIRE INSIDE  Limited Season from 14th October
When a volunteer firefighter drives his car into almost certain death during the worst fires in Australian history, he does it because he ‘has a job to do’. Three months later, the fires are out but his nightmares are just beginning. What’s tormenting him, however, isn’t the memory of flames. Turning a sensitive lens on the unprecedented devastation of Australia’s 2019/2020 ‘Black Summer’ bushfires, from a country-wide emergency to the astonishing stories of help that emerged, A FIRE INSIDE presents an inspirational look at the way people respond to crisis and its true cost to the human spirit.
Trailer viewable HERE

LAMB from 21st October
Mother. Nature.
Icelandic couple, María (Noomi Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snaer Gudnason), live with their herd of sheep on a beautiful but remote farm. When they discover a mysterious newborn on their land they decide to keep it and raise it as their own. The unexpected prospect of a new family brings them much joy, but they soon face the consequences of defying the will of nature.

WINNER Certain Regard – Prize of Originality at the Cannes Film Festival, LAMB is a bold, atmospheric experience from debut feature director Valdimar Jóhannsson.

Trailer viewable HERE

PALAZZO Di COZZO from 28th October
Arriving in Melbourne in 1956, Sicilian-born Franco Cozzo is a universally beloved figure with a truly inspirational, and aspirational, story. Beginning his career as a door-to-door salesman, he became a cultural icon by building a furniture empire in Brunswick and Footscray, his experience encapsulating the ideal for those who’ve uprooted to seek a better life in a new land. Part biography, part cultural celebration, Madeleine Martiniello’s film traces Cozzo’s personal fortunes alongside those of the generations of migrants who have been drawn to his ornate, ostentatious wares, viewing ownership of them as a sign of success.

Trailer viewable HERE