Oz and NZ cinema celebrated in France

06 October, 2010 by IF

Press release from A&K Communication

The Festival des Antipodes will take place this year again in Saint-Tropez in October 11th to 17th to celebrate Australian and New Zealand cinema.


A glance at the poster of the 2010 festival and the journey to the other end of the world has already begun. Its jetty diving into the ocean invites us to an exploration of the South Pacific. It also holds the promise of other universes, landscapes, emotions, and feelings, of many cinematographical pleasures resulting from an immersion in an original visual maelstrom and in a multitude of dense, funny, dramatic, or fantastic stories that are as different as they are thrilling.

Unlike what happens in the rest of the world, Australian and New Zealand cinema has never been so buoyant, and no less than four films have already opened on French screens this year ("Bright Star" , " Disgrace ", "Daybreakers ", " The Tree "). We can only hope that the festival will help this fine cinema get the recognition it deserves and that some of the never-released feature films we are screening, among which the six films to be shown to the jury, the president of which will be the very talented Miranda Otto, will find their way to French theatres. The other members of the jury are the Australian singer Tina Arena, the French professor and film historian Gérard Camy, the Australian fashion designer Collette Dinnigan, Philippe Harel a French actor and film director and the French actress Sophie Guillemin.

Regarding the six competitors, we have selected “Balibo” directed by Robert Connelly, “Beautiful Kate” by Rachel Ward, “Boy” by Taika Waititi, “Ban Nue Dae” by Rachel Perkins, “Home By Christmas” by Gaylene Preston and “The Waiting City” by Claire McCarthy.

We sincerely hope to see you in Saint-Tropez for a 12th edition of the Rencontres Internationales du Cinéma des Antipodes that will, once again, go hand in hand with diversity, originality, harshness, poetry, humour, sensitivity, discovery, and wide open spaces.

For more information, please visit the website www.festivaldesantipodes.org.