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American Essentials Film Festival 2017

Festival Dates: 18 May, 2017 - 28 May, 2017
Participating Cinemas: Palace Nova Eastend

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Welcome From Richard Sowada
Artistic Director

One of the great things about curating a program like American Essentials is experiencing the remarkable range of independent works produced over the last year. I hope this year’s program gives audiences a taste of this breadth and provides you with as much enjoyment as it has for me to program. Straddling styles as diverse as thriller, melodrama, adventure, comedy, coming of age, body horror, political documentary, symphonic documentary, classics, music, cult, art and biography there just has to be something for everybody!

What I love about them all though is fantastic vitality and the obvious talent from some of the filmmakers in the early stages of their feature film careers. I also love the deep and obvious respect even some of these newer filmmakers have for the deep traditions of storytelling in American cinema. These traditions simply sparkle in out Masters & Masterpieces section that includes stunning brand new restorations of American classics as well as brand new documentaries that provide the fine-grain behind some of these genuinely iconic cinema works.

Virtually all the new works are Australian premieres drawn from the 2016 Toronto and Venice festivals and the 2017 Sundance, Berlin, Rotterdam and SXSW events. Most come to Australia only a matter of weeks after their World Premieres and it gives us enormous pleasure to bring them to you.

I sincerely hope you enjoy this year’s event – there’s a lot of me in it.

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At Palace Nova Cinemas from May 18 - 28

FESTIVAL EVENTS

OPENING NIGHT 
Join us for a pre-film celebration with Stella Artois, wine, canapés and live entertainment followed by the premiere of Mike Mills’s highly-anticipated 70s-era tale of love and loss; 20TH CENTURY WOMEN.
Thursday 18 May 
7pm Arrival, 8pm Film
Palace Movie Club Members $30
General Admission $35

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COMPLETE FESTIVAL LINEUP

OPENING NIGHT
20TH CENTURY WOMEN

CENTREPIECES
BECOMING BOND

DOUBLE FEATURES
​BARFLY + YOU NEVER HAD IT: AN EVENING WITH BUKOWSKI
DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE + ERASERHEAD
THE BOMB + SURVIVAL UNDER ATOMIC ATTACK 


MASTERS & MASTERPIECES
ANDY WARHOL'S BAD 
ANNIE HALL
DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE
THE GRADUATE 
MULHOLLAND DR.
POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN


FEATURES AND DOCUMENTARIES
ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE: TRUTH, DECEPTION, AND THE SPIRIT OF I.F. STONE
AMERICAN ANARCHIST
AMERICAN PASTORAL
ARE WE NOT CATS
CALIFORNIA DREAMS
COLUMBUS
DAVYEON
DETOUR
DONALD CRIED
FROM NOWHERE
G-FUNK
LEN AND COMPANY
STRANGE WEATHER
SYLVIO
THE TRANSFIGURATION
WALKING OUT
WIENER-DOG

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