Armidale International Film Festival

Corpus Christi 6th of August at 6.30pm
Daniel experiences a spiritual transformation in a detention center. Although his criminal record prevents him from applying to the seminary, he has no intention of giving up his dream and decides to minister a small-town parish.

Release Date:
Thursday, 22 October 2020
Starring
Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Eliza Rycembel
Directed by
Jan Komasa
Honeyland 6th of August at 9:15pm
In a deserted Macedonian village, Hatidze, a 50-something woman, trudges up a hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks. Serenading them with a secret chant, she gently maneuvers the honeycomb without netting or gloves. Back at her homestead, Hatidze tends to her handmade hives and her bedridden mother, occasionally heading to the capital to market her wares. One day, an itinerant family installs itself next door, and Hatidze’s peaceful kingdom gives way to roaring engines, seven shrieking children, and 150 cows. Yet Hatidze welcomes the camaraderie, and she holds nothing back—not her tried-and-true beekeeping advice, not her affection, not her special brandy. But soon Hussein, the itinerant family’s patriarch, makes a series of decisions that could destroy Hatidze’s way of life forever.

Release Date:
Thursday, 22 August 2019
Starring
Hatidze Muratova, Nazife Muratova, Hussein Sam
Directed by
Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov
Country:
Republic of Macedonia
Language:
Turkish (subtitled)
Sun Children 7th of August at 9:30am
12-year-old Ali and his three friends, together they work hard to survive and support their families. In a turn of events that seems miraculous, Ali is entrusted to find hidden treasure underground.

Release Date:
Friday, 6 August 2021
Starring
Ali Nassirian Javad Ezati Tannaz Tabatabaei
Directed by
Majid Majidi
Wild Goose Lake 7th of August at 11:35am
A gangster on the run sacrifices everything for his family and a woman he meets while on the lam.

Release Date:
Thursday, 22 August 2019
Starring
Ge Hu, Lun-Mei Kwei, Fan Liao
Directed by
Yi'nan Diao
Country:
China, France
Gully Boy 7th of August at 2:40pm
A coming-of-age story based on the lives of street rappers in Mumbai.

Release Date:
Friday, 6 August 2021
Starring
Vijay Varma Nakul Roshan Sahdev Ranveer Singh
Directed by
Zoya Akhtar
A White, White Day 7th of August at 5:40pm
Former police chief Ingimundur (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson) has struggled ever since he lost his wife to a tragic accident two years earlier. Busying himself with the task of renovating a homestead in the remote Icelandic wilderness, he finds solace in time spent with his spirited young granddaughter, Salka (Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir). But when Ingimundur begins to suspect a local man may have had an affair with his late wife, his detective instincts kick in, fuelling behaviour that becomes increasingly unpredictable…

Anchored by Ingvar E. Sigurdsson’s towering, white-hot lead performance, a visceral score from Edmund Finnis and utterly breathtaking cinematography by Maria von Hausswolff, Pálmason’s gripping and powerful tale of unconditional love is an unforgettable big-screen experience, and not to be missed.

Release Date:
Thursday, 22 August 2019
Starring
Ingvar E. Sigurdsson, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason
Directed by
Hlynur Pálmason
Country:
Iceland, Denmark, Sweden
Language:
Icelandic (subtitled)
Collective 7th of August at 8:40pm
Director Alexander Nanau follows a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they try to uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians and led to the deaths of innocent citizens.

Release Date:
Friday, 6 August 2021
Starring
Liviu Iolu Razvan Lutac Mirela Neag
Directed by
Alexander Nanau
Adam 8th of August at 9:15am
Abla runs a modest local bakery from her home in Casablanca where she lives alone with her 8-year-old daughter, Warda. When Samia, a young pregnant woman knocks on their door, Abla is far from imagining that her life will change forever.

Release Date:
Thursday, 22 October 2020
Starring
Lubna Azabal, Nisrin Erradi, Douae Belkhaouda
Directed by
Maryam Touzani
Only the Animals 8th of August at 11:10am

Release Date:
Friday, 6 August 2021
Directed by
Dominik Moll
One Last Deal 8th of August at 2:20pm
An elderly art dealer investigates the history behind an unsigned painting that promises to bring his suffering career to a successful end.

Release Date:
Friday, 6 August 2021
Starring
Heikki Nousiainen Pirjo Lonka Amos Brotherus
Directed by
Klaus Härö
The Perfect Candidate 8th of August at 4:20pm
Maryam is an ambitious young doctor working in a small-town clinic in Saudi Arabia. Despite her qualifications, she has to earn the respect of male colleagues every day. When Maryam is prevented from traveling in search of a better job she decides to run for her local city elections, enlisting her two younger sisters to begin fundraising and planning campaign events. While facing the restriction of women’s traditional roles at every turn, her audacious candidacy starts to build momentum and challenges her conservative community.

Wadjda was not only the first Saudi Arabian feature film directed by a woman, it was the first feature film directed there by anyone. Haifaa Al Mansour, who completed a Master’s degree in Directing and Film Studies from the University of Sydney, returns to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for her latest film – THE PERFECT CANDIDATE. A tale of one woman’s quest to challenge not only the system but also herself.

Release Date:
Friday, 6 August 2021
Starring
Mila Al Zahrani Dae Al Hilali Nora Al Awad
Directed by
Haifaa Al-Mansour
Pain and Glory 8th of August at 6:30pm
A film director reflects on the choices he's made in life as the past and present come crashing down around him.

Release Date:
Friday, 6 August 2021
Starring
Antonio Banderas Asier Etxeandia Leonardo Sbaraglia
Directed by
Pedro Almodóvar
Ema 8th of August at 9:30pm

Ema

A couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as their household falls apart.

Release Date:
Friday, 21 August 2020
Starring
Mariana Di Girólamo, Gael García Bernal, Santiago Cabrera
Directed by
Pablo Larraín