Screenwave International Film Festival Retrospective

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

France, 2019
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Italian, French
Director: Celine Sciamma
Starring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino
What’s it about?
On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

Toni Erdmann

Germany, Austria, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English, German, Romanian
Director: Maren Ade
Starring: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl
What’s it about?
Without a warning a father comes to visit his daughter abroad. He believes that she lost her humour and therefore surprises her with a rampage of jokes.

Toni Erdmann review: Quirky and fearless father-daughter comedy delivers bittersweet laughs
‘Toni Erdmann’ is more than just a German comedy

The Furnace

Australia, 2020
Genre: Western, History
Language: English, , Pashto
Director: Roderick MacKay
Starring: David Wenham, Ahmed Malek, Jay Ryan, Erik Thomson, Baykali Ganambarr
What’s it about?
To escape the outback, a young Afghan cameleer falls in with a mysterious bushman on the run with stolen Crown gold.

Out of the Furnace Review


United Kingdom, 2019
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Crime
Language: English
Director: Brian Welsh
Starring: Laura Fraser, Lorn Macdonald, Cristian Ortega, Gemma McElhinney, Stephen McCole, Rachel Jackson
What’s it about?
1994, a small town in central Scotland. Best mates Johnno and Spanner, despite being total opposites, have a deep bond. Now on the cusp of adulthood, life is destined to take them in different directions – Johnno’s family are moving him to a new town and a better life, leaving Spanner behind to face a precarious future. But this summer is going to be different for them, and for the country.

Scottish indie film ‘Beats’ provides a soundtrack through rave history

We Don’t Need a Map

Australia, 2017
Genre: documentary
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Warwick Thornton, Bruce Pascoe, Ghassan Hage
What’s it about?
Filmmaker Warwick Thornton investigates our relationship to the Southern Cross, in this fun and thought provoking ride through Australia’s cultural and political landscape.

Drive My Car

Japan, 2021
Genre: Drama
Language: Chinese, English, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Tagalog
Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Starring: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toko Miura, Masaki Okada, Reika Kirishima, Park Yu-rim, Jin Dae-yeon
What’s it about?
Yusuke Kafuku, a stage actor and director, still unable, after two years, to cope with the loss of his beloved wife, accepts to direct Uncle Vanya at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There he meets Misaki, an introverted young woman, appointed to drive his car. In between rides, secrets from the past and heartfelt confessions will be unveiled.

Director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi on reconnecting in beautiful Murakami adaptation ‘Drive My Car’

Another Round

Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, 2020
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Danish, Swedish
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe, Magnus Millang, Maria Bonnevie, Susse Wold
What’s it about?
Four high school teachers launch a drinking experiment: upholding a constant low level of intoxication.

You Were Never Really Here

United Kingdom, United States of America, France, 2017
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov, John Doman, Alex Manette
What’s it about?
A traumatised veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, his nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

Putuparri and the Rainmakers

Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
What’s it about?
Tom “Putuparri” Lawford is a man caught between two worlds: his past and present in modern society, where he battles with alcoholism and domestic violence; and his future as a leader of his people, reconnecting with his ancestral lands and shouldering his responsibility to pass this knowledge on to the next generation. Director Nicole Ma spent more than a decade documenting Putuparri’s journey, travelling with him and his family on numerous occasions as they fight for their native title claim over the area.


The House That Jack Built

Denmark, France, Germany, 2018
Genre: Thriller
Language: English, German, Italian
Director: Lars von Trier
Starring: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Therman
What’s it about?
Failed architect and brutal sociopath Jack reflects on his intricately planned murders that helped define him as a serial killer.




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