Lotterywest Films

Touring WA

Lotterywest Films Orana Cinemas Albany
17 Feb - 24 Mar at Orana Cinemas Albany

We are all different and Lotterywest Films Touring WA offers a special movie experience for everyone. Whether you've come to be transported on a night out with friends, or you're seeking to share in creative connections from around the world and from the local community, this year's program is designed for you.

Maybe you're after something extraordinary, something wild; that chance to experience the world's greatest film artists testing the boundaries. Perhaps cinema itself is at the heart of your world, and you just want to see the best there is. Or maybe, like all of us at some point, you want to try something for the first time. 

Join us in Albany for this year's Lotterywest Films Touring WA and experience six feature films and three short films in your own way.

Director
Joachim Trier

 

Voted by the 2021 Cannes jury as one of the best of the fest, The Worst Person in the World is a comic drama about being far from perfect, navigating life as a ‘grown up’ and accepting reality.  

Thirty-year-old Julie is having an existential crisis. Her older boyfriend wants to settle down but, as with most things in her life, she’s unsure. When she gatecrashes a party and meets the young and charming Eivind things start to unravel. Over 12 short chapters we follow Julie as she flips between career and romantic choices, eventually taking a realistic look at who she really is.  

Laugh-out-loud funny and heartbreaking in equal measure, The Worst Person in the World is a coming-of-age film that perfectly captures the feeling of never really feeling grown up.   

WINNER BEST ACTRESS 2021 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 

Director
Paul Verhoeven

 

Known for erotic sensations like Basic Instinct and Showgirls, director Paul Verhoeven is back with his steamy period melodrama that shook up Cannes and divided the critics. 

In the late 17th century, with plague ravaging the land, Benedetta Carlini joins a Tuscan convent as a novice. Capable from an early age of performing miracles, she suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. When she begins a passionate affair with a newcomer to the convent, Benedetta develops stigmata and the church powers that be must decide if she’s faking it – and whether that even matters.   

Benedetta mixes the serious and provocative with humour and self-aware outrageousness. It has all of Verhoeven’s trademark violence and shock factor sex scenes, but it’s also a sensuous, sophisticated and highly entertaining film exploring issues of power, dominance and faith. 

Director
Ben Sharrock

 

Ben Sharrock’s melancholic comedy Limbo is a funny and poignant cross-cultural satire that subtly sews together the hardship and hope of the refugee experience. 

Omar is a promising young musician separated from his Syrian family and stuck on a remote Scottish island. Barred from working and forced to take ridiculous cultural-awareness classes, he awaits the fate of his asylum request.  

The limitless landscape of the Scottish islands is expertly juxtaposed with the lack of options for oud-playing new arrival Omar. With pitch perfect wit and crisp observation, Limbo shines a light on the hearts and lives of those at the centre of a refugee crisis that most of us only experience through headlines.  

WINNER BEST FILM 2020 CAIRO & MACAU FILM FESTIVALS

Director
Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović

 

Winner of the Caméra d’Or for Best First Feature Film at Cannes in 2021, Murina is a psychological drama and a coming-of-age tale of a young woman’s struggle for independence.  

On the surface, 16-year-old Julija’s life looks like paradise, but a deeper dive shows she and her mother Nela must carefully navigate the oppressive rule of controlling father and husband Ante. Tensions rise when a charismatic and wealthy family friend arrives at their Croatian island home. For Ante he offers the change for a life-changing deal. For Nela he’s a reminder of a different life she could have had. For Julija he’s a getaway plan.  

Beautifully crafted, sensually charged and with some electrifying drama taking place (literally) beneath the Mediterranean surface, Murina will completely captivate you. 

WINNER GOLDEN CAMERA 2021 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 

Director
Juho Kuosmanen

 

It’s the early 1990s and a Finnish grad student in Moscow has planned a trip to a remote city in the Arctic circle to see some rock paintings. Awaiting her in her second-class train compartment is a traveller from hell, a heavy drinking Russian skinhead who is about the last person you’d want to be stuck with in close quarters on a long journey. Although at first the two strangers couldn’t seem to be more different, they form an unexpected bond, both coming to face the truth about their yearning for human connection.  

As with his exquisite debut, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, Juho Kuosmanen once again proves himself to be a brilliant director and an artist who is both an acute observer and profoundly compassionate. Compartment № 6 is a wryly observed and intimate character study that celebrates the beautiful loneliness that ties us together. 

WINNER GRAND PRIX 2021 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 

Director
Jonas Poher Rasmussen

 

Amin Nawabi (a pseudonym), a 36-year-old academic in Denmark, grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years. He opens up to his close friend, director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, telling for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan. Told mostly through animation, with some additional archival footage, Flee weaves together a stunning tapestry of reflections to tell the deeply affecting story of a man grappling with his traumatic past in order to find his true self and the real meaning of home.  

Despite the harrowing stakes, the film finds many moments of light and humour, revelling in the joys of pop culture, young romance and small acts of kindness. Amin’s courage in confronting his deepest fears is a powerful act to experience in this artful telling.  

Pushing the boundary of the documentary hybrid form, this Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner breaks bold new ground in animation and confessional narrative with an extraordinary true story that is heartbreaking, moving and impossible to forget. 

WINNER GRAND JURY PRIZE 2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Director
Jacqueline Pelczar

 

A 30-something-year-old woman with Down syndrome leaves her past behind and runs away from a small country town, heading towards the city. Along her way, she makes an unlikely friendship with a Drag Queen from the Outback and the two embark on a journey together. 

Director
Chad O'Brien

 

Noongar high school student Erin wants to perform like the others in her drama class, but Shakespeare’s old language won't come out. Determined to prove herself she practices to breaking point, using her cultural strength and specifically her language to finally find some form of meaning.

This is a First Nation coming of age story for those finding their voice in a colonial world.  

Director
Poppy van Oorde-Grainger

 

As Garang struggles on his first day at high school in Australia, memories of being lost in South Sudan are triggered. When past and present collide, Garang must find a way to bridge the gap between where he is and where he's come from. 

Time & Location

17 Feb - 24 Mar

Orana Cinemas Albany, 451 Albany Hwy, Orana WA 6330

Accessibility
Touring WA

Lotterywest Films are heading to Albany!

Orana Cinemas Albany
451 Albany Hwy, Orana WA 6330
Tickets on sale soon

Stay COVID Safe

It's a condition of entry to register your attendance at our venues. 
To make it easier, download the SafeWA app now via the WA Government website. Or you can register at the venue. 


Click here to download the SafeWA app.

Thank you

Acknowledgements

  • Perth Festival’s Touring WA program is made possible through the support of Minderoo Foundation

You may also like...

I Liked it, BUT...

A very silly look at very serious shows, transforming the theatre into a pub trivia night to find out what’s really going on in the art world

23 - 25 Feb

JALI

A refugee story told by a charismatic comedian and performer

3 – 17 Mar

Website by Bravo!