AUSTRALIA'S only film festival programmed for film loved aged 60 and up, Young at Heart, has revealed a stellar program that will roll out in April to Palace Cinemas across Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and for the first time in 2016, Brisbane.
Below are three featured films from this year's festival.
April 01-07, Sydney and Canberra
April 11-17 Melbourne and Brisbane
Head to the website to secure your ticket (tickets from $6 for seniors!): http://www.youngatheart.net.au/
Dir: Paul Weitz, USA, M, 2015, 84min
Cast: Lilly Tomlin, Sam Elliott, Marcia Gay Harden
Elle Reid has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing 600 dollars for an abortion. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day raising funds as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. Genuinly hilarious yet undeniably poignant, Grandma is a sharply written showcase for the limitless talents of comedian Lilly Tomlin, playing a 75-year-old acerbic lesbian poet with gusto and warmth. Like its titular character, this irreverent comedy is both cool and wise.
Our Little Sister:
Dir: Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan, 2015, 128min
Cast: Ayase Haruka, Nagasawa Masami, Hirose Suzu
The three Koda sisters share their grandmother's sprawling house on the outskirts of Tokyo. When their father dies after 15 years of absence, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy teenage half-sister. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them, and a new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings. With his understated style and meticulous attention to detail, Koreeda's moving drama is a thoughtful examination of how adults come to terms with the issues they inherit from parents, and a joyful celebration of family and community.
Dare to Be Wild:
Dir: Vivenne De Courcy, Ireland, 2015, 100min
Cast: Emma Greenwell, Alex Mcqueen, Tom Hughes
Discover the true story of Mary Reynolds, a feisty landscape designer whose powerful goal is to share the beauty of the wild with the world. With the odds stacked against her, Mary attempts to enter one of the most prestigious (and conservative) competitions in her field, the Chelsea Flower Show, and to enlist the help of a handsome botanist working in Ethiopia. From the iconic green hills of Ireland, to the vast, dry desert of Africa and the bustle of London pageantry, this spirited Irish drama takes you on the sweeping romantic and environmental adventure.