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February 27th 2012
2012 Magnetic Island Film Festival starts Friday

From Friday through to Sunday the Magnetic Island Film Society's annual film festival returns. This year the feast of film will be screened at the Magnetic Island RSL Hall in Arcadia. Following is the programme and further details.

Magnetic Island Film Festival Programme

The Eye of the Storm: 8pm Friday March 2nd, 2012
Release date: 2011, Classification: MA, Duration: 114 mins, Genre: Drama
Director: Fred Schepisi, Lead actor: Charlotte Rampling, Judy Davis, Geoffrey Rush
Cast: Colin Friels, Robyn Nevin, Helen Morse, Alexandra Schepisi, Language: English
Country: Australia (NSW).

It's the first of Patrick White's novels to be adapted to the screen…It's about a rich and selfish Sydney socialite Elizabeth, CHARLOTTE RAMPLING, lying, dying in her Eastern suburbs mansion, drifting in and out of lucidity while her two estranged children - the actor Basil - GEOFFREY RUSH - and daughter Dorothy - JUDY DAVIS - who married unsuccessfully into European aristocracy - gather rather reluctantly by her bedside. Margaret and David - At the Movies (4 stars)


Le Havre: 3pm Saturday March 3rd, 2012
Release date: 2011, Classification: PG, Duration: 93 mins, Genre: Comedy Drama
Language: French/-English Subtitles Country: Finland, France and Germany.

“Le Havre”, named after the industrial port city in northern France, is a tale of lower-depths solidarity. You could easily imagine this story about a young African refugee who comes under the protection of a French shoe-shine man and his neighbours. But ARKI KAUSRISMAIL does not rub our faces in hardships. Figuring that we already know something about how harsh life can be, he reminds us of its modest charms, and how in the face of cruelty people can still behave decently. A charming and beautiful work. New York Times (4 stars).


The Human Resources Manager: 8pm Saturday March 3rd, 2012
Release date: 2011, Classification: M, Duration: 103 mins, Genre: Drama, Director: Eran
Riklis, Lead actor: Mark Ivanir, Country: Israel, Hebrew with English subtitles.

THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER was Israel's submission to the Academy for Best
Foreign Language film. It's a wry, compassionate film about the human resources manager for a big bakery in Jerusalem, played by MARK IVANIR, who finds out that a woman who is working for them was killed a fortnight ago in a terrorist bombing. In order to avoid a scandal in the press, the owner of the bakery orders him to accompany the body back to an unnamed Balkan country to her relatives. Margaret Pomeranz - ABC TV At the Movies (4 stars)

Medianeras: 3pm Sunday March 4th, 2012
Release date: 2011, Classification: M, Duration: 95 mins, Genre: Romance, Director:
Gustavo Taretto, Country: Argentina, Spanish with English subtitles.

Argentina’s capital with it’s hodge-podge of sky scrapers, colossal billboards and web of power lines is the setting for this charming and original romance… Martin and Mariana are almost neighbours, however the chances of them meeting are slim. Martin rarely leaves his shoebox apartment preferring to connect with the world by internet. Mariana’s fear of lifts is a distinct handicap in this high-rise world. Medianeras can be translated as “dividing walls”, in this case obstacles on the path to romance.


Ages of Love: 8pm Sunday March 4th, 2012
Release date: 2011, Classification: MA, Duration: 124 mins, Genre: Comedy
Director: Giovanni Veronesi, Cast: Robert De Niro, Monica Belluci, Riccardo Scamarcio, Michel Placido, Language: English, Country: Italy

THE AGES OF LOVE is a light Italian comedy that tells three separate stories about love atvarious ages… “This beautiful and invigorating story of love follows the lives three couples who become romantically entangled despite themselves. This movie left me with a refreshed outlook on love…” Penny Angelatos (5 stars)

Festival information:
When: Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th March 2012
Where: Venue: R.S.L Hall – 31 Hayles Avenue, Arcadia. Enquiries: call Marie de Monchaux on 47581347
Prices: Season Tickets $40 Adults / $30 Members or Concession - Single Tickets $10.00 / $8.00 Members or Concession.

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