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Official Opening Night of NIFF 2016!
The inaugural Noosa International Film Festival kicks off with the Opening Night's Australian premiere screening of international film, MELODY.
Join us for the red carpet event of the Festival and enjoy pre-film drinks under the stars. This will be the event to attend with filmmakers, producers, industry and special guests in attendance along with MELODY co-star and Australian actress, Rachael Blake.
This event includes film ticket and pre-film drinks only. Standard snack bar available for film screening.
The screening of MELODY will commence at 8.35pm.
This is a reserved seating event. Seats can be selected during purchase on a computer.
Next best seat selection will be automatically selected for attendee if using a mobile device.
This is an 18+ Event.
Drama | 94 mins (English/French) | Australian premiere
Directed by Bernard Bellefroid
Winning the Best Actress Award at the Montreal World Film Festival (shared by the film’s two stars, Rachael Blake and Lucie Debay), and nominated for four Magritte Awards, including Best Film and Best Director for Bernard Bellefroid, MELODY explores surrogacy and adoption in contemporary Europe.
Twenty eight year old Melody (Lucie Debay) lives in France where women may give birth anonymously. She wants to get her head above water financially and decides to be a surrogate mother in order to finance her hair salon – “it’s better than being poor”, she says. Emily, 48, (Rachael Blake - Sleeping Beauty, Truth, Lantana) lives in England where surrogacy is allowed, though under strict controls.
Although set primarily in England, Bellefroid tells the story in two languages: French and English. In tense situations Emily and Melody address each other using the familiarity of their own native language. But when conveying tenderness, each woman speaks in the other’s language. And each time the spoken language changes, it alters the emotional delivery of both actresses.
MELODY is essentially about the parent-child bond, adoption, and two lone individuals who progressively discover a mother and a daughter within each other. Although first appearing to have come from completely different worlds, the two women end up adopting each other. The bonds that emerge during this double maternity create doubts and raise questions that will leave the audience thinking and talking long after the film ends.
No refunds or exchanges so please choose carefully. Films are restricted to persons 15 years of age and over. Films may contain adult themes, sexual references, coarse language and violence. Program is subject to change without notice. Festival T&Cs apply (niff.com.au).
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Noosa International Film Festival
Escape to a world of cinema...
The inaugural Noosa International Film Festival is set to kick off from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th November 2016 over a four-day festival weekend in the world-renowned destination of Noosa, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Showcasing local, Australian and international talent on the big screen, the Noosa International Film Festival will present a diverse program including over 140 short and feature length films, a classic silent film, an environmental documentary and an industry guest event; across 4 days, 4 towns and 5 venues from the coastal to hinterland towns of Noosa.
From the entertaining to the educational, the beautiful to the bizarre, NIFF will present incredible cinematic creations. This is a world of cinema you won’t want to miss.
So come, look through our lens and experience what a film festival ought to be.