Melbourne International Film Festival 2013 Reveals Its First Glance
Of course it's not a full line-up and there are a lot of 'best of' Sydney Film Fest titles (which is exciting as we Melbournians do not miss out), but there is still a hint at the wide spread of American festival titles that Sydney did not pick up, as well as a plethora of Australian titles exclusive to the festival.
With bountiful betrayal and abundant bitchiness, Passion is a classic Brian De Palma psychological thriller - complete with the requisite battling beauties. Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams play against type as corporate-climbing colleagues locked in a professional power struggle that soon takes a turn toward the personal.Steeped in the filmmaker's own back catalogue, and shaped by his trademark flourishes, the pulpy, neo-noir remaking of Alain Corneau's final film, Love Crime, is as visually arresting as it is emotionally lurid. As obsessions spiral into a seductive symphony, the hallucinations and humiliations are amplified with every dramatic interaction between the fated femme fatales, accompanied by a bawdy sense of humour.
Finally, well at least for this recap, festival darling The Spectacular Now has been confirmed for MIFF, the exciting followup to Ponsoldt's Smashed.
View the list in its entirety right here.For Sutter, a charming high school senior and budding alcoholic, the now is all that matters. It is where he can live in the moment and be the life of the party. But after a post-breakup bender, he meets shy Aimee and the pair forms an unlikely bond, as Sutter pines for his ex and searches for an estranged father.With strong performances from the young cast, which won a special jury award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now dodges clichéto deliver an accessible, powerful and honest coming-of-age story.
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