Cult Superstars and Maverick Misfits: 5 Cinematic Sensations from Biff 2020


Despite the many unexpected surprises that 2020 has thrown the world’s way, it has remained a fascinating and dynamic year for cinema. From emerging voices to new films from the old guard, there has been a bevy of exciting releases from all corners of the world.

Five of my personal favourites from this year’s Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF 2020) line-up are: the stunning new restoration of Soviet war classic Come and See 1985; the singular, staccato vision of Camilo Restrepo’s Los Conductos 2020; the joyously bizarre (or perhaps bizarrely joyous) Red Post on Escher Street 2020 from Japanese cult superstar Sion Sono; the engrossing and illuminating portrait of the artist-filmmaker Schlingensief – A Voice That Shook the Silence 2020; and The Woman Who Ran 2020, the latest entrancing mellow drama from Hong Sang-soo.

Robert Hughes, Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA

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BIFF returns to cinemas from 1 to 11 October with the Australian premiere of Stephen Maxwell Johnson’s High Ground 2020, festival highlights include Nine Days 2020, Red Post on Escher Street 2020, and Brazen Hussies 2019, international features such as Jumbo 2020, Max Richter’s Sleep 2019, P.S. Burn This Letter Please 2020, and closes with the world premiere of Wayne Blair and Nel Minchin’s inspiring documentary Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra 2020.

With over 70 films from 28 countries, we can’t wait to welcome audiences back for BIFF 2020 – 11 exhilarating days of unmissable cinema! 

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1. Come and See

Come and See 1985 / Director: Elem Klimov

2. Los Conductos

Los Conductos 2020 / Director: Camilo Restrepo

3. Red Post on Escher Street

Production still from Red Post on Escher Street 2020 / Director: Sion Sono / Image courtesy: AMG Entertainment

4. Schlingensief – A Voice That Shook the Silence

Production still from Schlingensief – A Voice That Shook the Silence 2020 / Director: Bettina Böhler / Image courtesy: Filmgalerie 451

5. The Woman Who Ran

The Woman Who Ran 2020 / Director: Hong Sang-soo

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Returning to Cinemas
BIFF 2020 is one of the first major film festivals in Australia to welcome audiences back to cinemas, and we’ll be taking extra steps to prioritise the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. In addition, when booking, individuals/groups will be distanced in accordance with Queensland Health guidelines.

BIFF 2020 will screen at QAGOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque, and at valued partner venues Dendy Cinemas Coorparoo, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre, New Farm Six Cinemas, Reading Cinemas Newmarket and the State Library of Queensland – all part of a city-wide celebration of film.

QAGOMA is the only Australian art gallery with purpose-built facilities dedicated to film and the moving image. The Australian Cinémathèque at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) provides an ongoing program of film and video art that you’re unlikely to see elsewhere, offering a rich and diverse experience of the moving image, showcasing the work of influential filmmakers and international cinema, rare 35mm prints, recent restorations and silent films with live musical accompaniment on the Gallery’s Wurlitzer organ originally installed in Brisbane’s Regent Theatre in November 1929.

BIFF 2020 is supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and the Australian Federal Government through Screen Australia.

Artistic Director for BIFF 2020 is Amanda Slack-Smith, Curatorial Manager of QAGOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque.

Featured image: Production still from Sweet River 2020 / Director: Justin McMillan/ Image courtesy: Film Ink Presents

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