After George Miller’s long awaited “Mad Max: Fury Road” and Russell Crowe’s directorial début in “The Water Diviner“, comes Australia’s third box office hit for 2015 – Robert Connolly’s “Paper Planes”, a tale in true Disney style, written for his daughter that captivated a whole country, which we will have the opportunity to discover in St. Tropez both in competition and in the Antipodes Junior section.
Among the films in competition this year, thanks to Pyramid Films, will be the première of “Early Winter”, the latest film from Michael Rowe, acclaimed winner of the Caméra d’Or, 2010. This is a magnificent soul-searching piece set in the heart of Quebec about a couple on the verge of a break-up. Also premiering, thanks to ZED, is James Napier Robertson’s “The Dark Horse”, a refreshing and enchanting film depicting the difficult but altruistic life of a former Maori chess champion who helps teenagers in his neighborhood to stay out of trouble by training and entering them into a chess championship. From the “country of the long white cloud” comes “White Lies” by Dana Rotberg, another beautiful and intense film which delves into the heart of an early 20th century Maori community with the story of Paraiti, a medicine woman and midwife from a Maori tribal community. Then there is “The Legend Maker” a fascinating, claustrophobic Melbourne thriller inspired by an encounter the director, Ian Pringle, had with a forger over twenty-five years ago. With Christopher Houghton’s film “Touch“, we find ourselves in a ‘film noir’ which borders on the fantastic, in a world where nothing is as it seems. This year’s jury will be presided by the great Australian actor and producer, Bryan Brown (“Cocktail”, “Gorillas in the Mist”, “The Thorn Birds”) who will have the difficult task of selecting a winner among these six films from the Antipodes.