Antenna Documentary Film Festival - Two Canadian Films Screening

25 Sep 2013 10:18 AM | Deleted user
Antenna is Australia’s International Documentary Film Festival, held every October. Now in their third year, the festival continues to grow, proving beyond doubt that there is a real thirst for quality documentary cinema in Australia.

They have scoured the world to bring the very best documentaries, including two Canadian doco's Bà Nôi (Grandma) and The Manor. Both films are screening at The Chauvel Cinema Cnr Oxford St & Oatley Rd, Paddington NSW.

Bà Nôi (Grandma) - Friday, October 4th 8pm
Bà Nôi (Grandma) is director Khoa Lê’s ethereal exploration of his past and unknown future. Lê’s 93 year-old bà nôi is still very much the matriarch. Funny, forgetful and forthright, she is continually telling Lê to “Marry before I die”. This audio-visual treasure, almost dreamlike at times, immerses us into the world of Vietnam’s New Year celebrations. Visualizing the rituals, superstitions and prophecies, this family portrait poetically conjures questions about belonging, cultural identity and the family ties that help to shape us all into who we are and what we become. (RW)

The Manor - Sunday, October 6th 8pm
With aspirations to be a filmmaker, Shawney, the neurotic adult son of a strip club owner, turns the camera on his sleazy family business. Set against the bawdy background of low class titty joint, ‘The Manor’, which his father has operated for 30 years, the film chronicles the eccentric lives of his relatives – obese dad, anorectic mum, gigolo brother – as well as the catty everyday dramas of the insalubrious working girls. The unique access Shawney’s intimate perspective affords leaves little to the imagination and his colourful cast of characters is a true reminder that truth is far stranger than fiction. (SEE)

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