After a successful debut in 2015, Queensland Film Festival is back with another program full of brilliant international films.
The boutique festival, curated by festival directors John Edmond and Huw Walmsley-Evans, has doubled in size in 2016, with 20 feature films and 20 shorts set to be screened at New Farm Cinemas throughout July. 19 of these screenings will be Australian premieres.
The opening night film, on Friday 15 July, will be Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta. With films like Talk to Her, Bad Education and Volver on his CV, there is no more evocative name among working filmmakers in world cinema than Almodóvar’s, and this — his 20th feature — is a landmark both for the director and for the festival.
Another highlight of the program is The Red Turtle, director Michael Dudok de Wit’s collaboration with renowned Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli.
A decade in the making, The Red Turtle is a dialogue-free tale about a man marooned on a desert island who meets a strange turtle that changes his life. Hailed as “a fable so simple, so pure, it feels as if it has existed for hundreds of years, like a brilliant shard of sea glass rendered smooth and elegant through generations of retelling” by Variety, The Red Turtle explores the mythical connection between man and nature.
Other highlights of the program include China’s Kaili Blues (a favourite of legendary director Guillermo del Toro); heavy metal horror The Devil’s Candy; the haunting Despite The Night; the nightmarish Evolution; the soul-stirring Heart of a Dog; sci-fi documentary Dead Slow Ahead; and a screening of the ’90s David Cronenberg masterpiece, Naked Lunch.