Aussie Selected For Berlin

Eden Caceda writes about the Berlin International Film Festival

Two Australian features have been selected to screen at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival.

Two Australian films have been selection as part of the Generation Program of the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival. The feature film, Galore, will have its international premiere at the prestigious festival, alongside 52 Sundays, which will also screen in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Writer/director Rhys Graham’s debut feature, Galore, follows a group of reckless and free-spirited teens in Canberra’s suburban fringe. The feature will be produced by Philippa Campey, who has previously collaborated with Graham on the docos, Words From The City and Murundak: Songs of Freedom, as well as the Small Mercies chapter of this year’s anthology film, Tim Winton’s The Turning.

Galore’s cast features a whole slew of exciting young talent including Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty Blues, Tomorrow When The War Began), Lily Sullivan (Mental), Toby Wallace (Never Tear Us Apart, Return to Nim’s Island) and Aliki Matangi (upcoming Jonah, by Chris Lilley).

Depicting the love and lies shared between a group of friends during their final year of high school, the feature had its Australian premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival earlier in the year, and the film’s makers are thrilled it will have its international debut in Berlin.

 “It’s a really great honour to have been selected into one of the world’s best film festivals. We are thrilled to have our debut feature in the festival, alongside so many extraordinary films and filmmakers who we admire and are inspired by,” said Campey.

Sophie Hyde’s 52 Tuesdays will also be included in the film festival. Hyde’s directorial debut follows the story of a relationship between a mother undergoing a gender transition and her daughter whose time together is limited to Tuesday afternoons. Shot every Tuesday for 52 consecutive weeks, the film was written by both Hyde and Matthew Cormack and stars emerging actors Del Herbert-Jane and Tilda Cobham-Hervey playing mother and daughter respectively.

52 Tuesdays will have its international premiere at Sundance Film Festival in January 2014 as part of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition after its local premiere at the 2013 Adelaide Film Festival.

“We are delighted that the film will go directly from Sundance to the Berlinale,” Hyde said. “For us and our team, this film was a huge challenge and an enormous commitment and we have felt privileged to have been able to quietly handcraft this film within such a unique process.

“The strong international interest is really a great validation for the risk our investors, cast and crew took in creating this with us and we look forward to showing it to audiences in America and Europe.”

Screen Australia’s Head of Marketing Kathleen Drumm said, “Berlin’s Generational section is renowned for its great films about children and young people. We are thrilled that out of only 12 films announced today from around the world, two of those were Australian. The selection will offer a wonderful stepping stone for the talented teams involved.”

The filmmakers will be given travel grants by Screen Australia to present their films in Germany next year.

The Berlin International Film Festival will take place 6-16 February 2014.

Originally published on FilmInk Magazine online, December 17, 2013.

Below is the trailer of Galore:

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