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August 21, 2023

SA and international screen gems for Adelaide Film Festival

South Australian films will stand alongside Venice Film Festival premieres and Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winners in this year’s Adelaide Film Festival.

Adelaide Film Festival
  • 'Anatomy of a Fall', the winner of this year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes.
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  • Words: William J Barker

The Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) has announced its first films for the 2023 festival being held at cinemas across the city from 18-29 October.

The line-up includes Goran Stolevski’s Housekeeping for Beginners which heads to AFF direct from its World Premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.

It’s Stolevski’s third feature, filmed in his birth country Macedonia, and is about a lesbian woman in Macedonia who is forced to raise her dead partner’s two daughters.

Housekeeping for Beginners is a blackly comic drama that’s something like a cross between the films of Almodovar and David O’Russell,” Adelaide Film Festival CEO and Creative Director Mat Kesting said.

“I can’t wait to share this film with Adelaide audiences.

“Extraordinary, rich and nourishing cinema, Stolevski’s Housekeeping for Beginners is essential festival viewing.”

Alongside Stolevski stands Luke Rynderman and Adam Kamien who are bringing their debut Speedway, a true crime documentary filmed across five years in the United States and Australia that pursues the truth behind the unsolved quadruple “Burger Chef” murders that occurred in Indiana in 1978.

Kesting says the film is “a gripping true crime docu-drama that will have you guessing until the end”.

“In the same way AFF supported Talk to Me and Monolith, which both premiered at last year’s Festival and have since gone on to worldwide acclaim and success, support for this exceptional directorial debut from Rynderman and Kamien continues to demonstrate the Festival’s commitment to celebrating new cinematic voices and for being a hotbed of new and exciting talent,” he says.

This year’s Festival will also include the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Anatomy of a Fall, a psychological thriller directed by Justine Triet and written by Triet and Arthur Harari, set in the French Alps where a woman is brought to trial after the mysterious death of her husband.

Adelaide filmmakers Indianna Bell and Josiah Allen will return home for the local premiere of their internationally acclaimed thriller You’ll Never Find Me starring Brendan Rock and Jordan Cowan, after premieres at the Tribeca Festival in New York and in Melbourne.

“I’m especially proud,” Kesting said, “that we are presenting such a significant number of films by South Australian screen talent and directorial debuts, alongside the very best of world cinema.”

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