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Screening at Dendy Cinemas Canberra from 15–26 June, the Capital Film Festival will feature films from around the world with a picture-perfect mix of famous faces and indie flicks.

A new way to experience the best of international and local cinema, the festival’s packed line-up, which includes Opening Night and Closing Night events, will be music to film-lovers’ ears after a challenging time for the industry.

After a turbulent two years, cinema across the globe has finally begun to flicker back to life, and what better way to celebrate this than with launching an International Film Festival? ”, Says Festival Director Andrew Perkin, adding that the team has“ searched far and wide for the best feature films and documentaries from around the world ”to bring the festival to life.

As well as hosting Australian premieres of international films, Andrew says there are also plenty of award-winners among the program.

“We are so proud to be presenting award winners from Sundance, Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals, as well as a number of outstanding Australian-made films, including two from Canberra. Settle in and enjoy traveling the globe from the comfort of your seat. ”

While there are still exciting announcements to be made regarding the program, we can reveal the Opening Night film on Wednesday 15 June will be the feelgood Good Luck To You, Leo Grande, starring the indomitable Emma Thompson in a lauded role as Nancy, a retired, widowed schoolteacher in search of “a bit of adventure and a dash of sex. Good sex, that is, ”with Leo, a devastatingly attractive sex worker.

Pair that pitch with drinks and food from festival partners Gather Café, Babich Wines and Capital Brewing Co, and everyone will be treated to a night to remember.

Want to end your cinema experience in style? Then you’ll need to book to see Bosch and Rockitstarring Luke Hemsworth and newcomer Rasmus King for Closing Night on Sunday 26 June.

Set along Australia’s east coast, truth and forgiveness are at the center of this family drama, which follows father-son duo Bosch and Rockit as they surf the coast — and run from Bosch’s past.

The festival will also feature two special international collections—Europe! Voices of Women in Filmcurated by the Sydney Film Festival and a Jacques Tati Retrospective, created in partnership with Alliance Française Canberra, on Thursday 16 June.

Europe! Voices of Women in Film highlights “innovative cinema by female European filmmakers” and features new works by some of Europe’s most exciting female directors — think works from Tea Lindeburg, Laura Samani, Alli Haapasalo and Antonia Campbell-Hughes.

Or if you’d prefer to focus on one European nation only — bonjour! —The Jacques Tati Retrospective will feature this celebrated writer, director and actor’s greatest hits—Feast Day, Mr. Hulot’s Holiday, My Uncle, Playtime, Traffic spirit Parade across the entire festival.

It’s clear that this winter’s hottest ticket has arrived. Popcorn, anyone?


What: Capital Film Festival 2022
When: 15–26 June
Where: Dendy Cinemas Canberra
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