Home' Sydney Film Festival Program : Program 2013 Contents For Those in Peril
Mon 10 Jun 2:00 PM STATE
WEd 12 Jun 12:00 PM EV4
Director, Screenwriter: Paul Wright | Producers: Mary Burke, Polly Stokes | Cast: George MacKay, Kate Dickie, Michael Smiley, Nichola Burley|
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
Selected for the Cannes Critics’ Week competition, For Those in Peril is the auspicious feature debut of Paul
Wright, who made the prize-winning shorts Hikikomori, Believe and the BAFTA-winning Until the River Runs Red.
This visually innovative film is set in a remote Scottish community, where Aaron (George MacKay) is the lone
survivor of a fishing accident that claimed the lives of five men including his older brother. Spurred on by
seagoing folklore and local superstition, the village blames him for this tragedy, making him an outcast amongst
his own people. Considered either the source of bad luck, or a coward, Aaron is increasingly alienated by the
community. To make matters worse, he refuses to believe that his brother is dead, and promises to one day
recover him from the sea. Into the contemporary action, Wright inserts home video footage that poignantly
conveys the sense of loss and deep grief that the community shares. With pitch-perfect performances from a
great cast, Wright sensitively paints a portrait of a town wracked with grief, and anger. Relief, when it comes, is
in the form of a moment of magical transcendence.
PAul WrighT has directed a number of award-winning shorts including
Hikikomori (2009), which received a Scottish BAFTA, Believe (2009), which won
a Golden Leopard for Best International short at the Locarno Film Festival, and
Until the River Runs Red (2010), which was awarded with a BAFTA for best short
film. For Those in Peril is his debut feature.
Sun 9 Jun 2:15 PM STATE
TuE 11 Jun 12:00 PM EV4
France | 2013 | 101 mins | In French, Arabic with English subtitles
Director, Screenwriter: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun | Producer: Florence Stern | Cast: Souleymane Démé, Anaïs Monory, Cyril Guei |
World Sales: Les Films du Losange
The great African filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, who served on SFF’s Official Competition Jury in 2012, has
made some of the most profound and important films to emerge from the continent in the past two decades,
including A Screaming Man, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2010. His new film is not only beautiful to
look at, it is a superb humanist drama with thriller elements. Set in Chad, Grigris is an energetic and poignant
film about a young man who dreams of rising above economic and physical impediments. Despite a paralysed
leg, 25-year-old Grigris (an excellent Souleymane Démé) dreams of becoming a dancer. Displaying nimbleness
on the dancefloor despite his serious disability, he is the toast of the nightclubs. His dreams are dashed when
his uncle falls critically ill, and in order to save him Grigris is forced to work with illegal petrol traffickers. This
dangerous gambit has grave consequences, and all that he has worked so hard to achieve is brought into danger.
Appearing at SFF straight from its Competition berth at Cannes, Grigris is a visually sumptuous, uplifting film and
a thoughtful portrait of a war-ravaged country on the brink of change.
MAhAMAT-SAlEh hAroun was born in Abéché, Chad, in 1960 and
studied film in Paris. A Screaming Man (2010) won the Jury Prize at Cannes.
His other films include Abouna (SFF 2003) and Daratt (SFF 2007).
TuE 11 Jun 6:00 PM STATE
WEd 12 Jun 4:45 PM EV4
India, UK | 2013 | 88 mins | In Hindi with English subtitles
Director, Screenwriter: Amit Kumar | Producer: Trevor Ingman | Cast: Neeraj Kabi, Vijay Verma, Nawazuddin Siddiqui | World Sales: Fortissimo Films
Monsoon Shootout marks the emergence of a striking new talent on the Indian film scene. Amit Kumar’s debut
feature is a taut thriller exploring police violence, corruption and the moral quandary facing an idealistic rookie
cop. Depicting an India in which extrajudicial murders by the police are commonplace, Kumar takes one of these
‘encounters’ as the starting point for a compact and riveting ride through Mumbai’s underworld. As heavy
monsoon rains lash the city’s badlands, Adi (Vijay Verma), an enthusiastic cop out on his first assignment, faces a
life-altering moment when he must decide whether to shoot or not. Monsoon Shootout then presents three
scenarios with very different repercussions for each possible decision Adi could make, taking Adi on a journey
that pits him against a system that demands a compromise of his morals. Co-produced by Anurag Kashyap
and Guneet Monga (SFF 2012 Competition film Gangs of Wasseypur ) and Asif Kapadia (The Warrior, Senna ),
and co-starring Gangs star Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Tannishtha Chatterjee (Brick Lane ), the film is atmospheric,
pacey and deeply satisfying. With shootouts, gangland hits, and extortion rackets all vividly captured against the
stunning backdrop of the dramatic wet season, Monsoon Shootout uses genre conventions to tell a gripping story.
Filmmaker Guest: Amit Kumar
AMiT KuMAr was born in India, grew up in Africa, and then returned to India
and studied at the Film and TV Institute, Pune. He worked with Asif Kapadia and
Florian Gallenberger on their features before making a short film, The Bypass
(2003). Monsoon Shootout is his debut feature.
WEd 12 Jun 6:00 PM STATE
Thu 13 Jun 2:10 PM EV4
Germany |2012 | 88 mins | In German and English with English subtitles
Director, Screenwriter: Jan Ole Gerster | Producers: Marcos Kantis, Alexander Wadouh | Cast: Tom Schilling, Friederike Kempter, Marc Hosemann |
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
German hit Oh Boy is part slacker comedy and part chronicle of Berlin’s transition to hipster cool, filled with
reminders of that city’s rich and checkered history. College dropout Niko (Tom Schilling) has been dumped by
his girlfriend, and is in trouble with the law. To make matters worse, his father has just discovered that he
dropped out of university years ago and cuts him off financially. When his disappointed father asks him what he
has been doing for the last two years, Niko answers “I’ve been thinking.” Meanwhile a beauty from his past
confronts him with the emotional wounds he inflicted on her. All Niko wants is a cup of “normal coffee,” but
even this eludes him. “Do you know the feeling when people around you seem to behave in a strange way?”
Niko wonders. “And the longer you think about it, the more it dawns on you that it’s not other people who are
strange, but yourself?” As Niko struggles with the growing sense of being an outsider, a series of chance
encounters have a profound influence on his future. Shot in an alluringly grainy black and white, Oh Boy is
breezy, witty film with a serious edge. The film recently won most of the major prizes at the German Film
Awards, including Best Film and Best Director.
JAn olE gErSTEr completed an internship at X Filme Creative Pool GmbH,
where he worked as coordinator on Good Bye, Lenin! . In 2003 he studied directing
and screenwriting at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. Oh Boy is
his feature-film debut.
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