France to host 6th antipode film fest

22nd September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 22 (AFP) - France is preparing to host Europe's biggest annual festival of Australian and New Zealand films in the ritzy Riviera resort of Saint-Tropez next month, buoyed by the Hollywood success of several actors and directors from Down Under.

PARIS, Sept 22 (AFP) - France is preparing to host Europe's biggest annual festival of Australian and New Zealand films in the ritzy Riviera resort of Saint-Tropez next month, buoyed by the Hollywood success of several actors and directors from Down Under.  

The 6th "Rencontres Internationales du Cinema des Antipodes", as the six-day showcase is called, starts October 18 and will feature several yet-to-be-released features and classics, the French organiser, Bernard Bories, said at a launch function at the Australian embassy in Paris late Tuesday.  

"I call this year's line-up eclectic," he said.   Beyond the Hollywood glory bestowed on actors such as Russel Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Sam Neill and Cate Blanchett and directors such as Peter Weir ("Master and Commander") and Peter Jackson ("Lord of the Rings"), Australia and New Zealand were still producing films with their own particular character, he added.  

"They produce films that are very self-aware and which very rarely fail to hit their mark," he said.  

Classics such as Weir's "Picnic at Hanging Rock" will be screened alongside new or upcoming releases like "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" (starring Australian actor Geoffrey Rush in the title role), "Perfect Stangers" (with New Zealand's Sam Neill) and "Somersault".

 

© AFP

 

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