COTTFILMFEST 2020 The reel deal

CottFilmFest is back in its fourth year and ready to go for a series of screenings at the seaside Cottesloe Civic Centre. Set to kick off this Friday, January 31 the festival will run over three weekends (Jan 31- Feb 16) presenting something for everyone.

Whether it be Tarantino or Disney, documentaries or racing flicks, Shakespearean heroines or Spanish directors, there’s a lot to whet the appetite of film goers in this festival. Not to mention there are plenty of food, drinks, music and sunsets to savour in the festival atmosphere.

Festival goers are clearly excited considering the first weekend’s screening Ride Like A Girl this Friday, January 31 is already sold out. Saturday, February 1 will see Ford v Ferrari, exploring the high octane, 60s retro action of Le Mans, with Matt Damon and Christian Bale. It’s based off the true story of American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles and their battle to create the revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company.

The weekend will wrap up with the Stan Grant written documentary about AFL legend Adam Goodes, The Australian Dream on Sunday, February 2. This film represents Goodes as the prism through which to tell a deeper and more powerful story about race, identity and belonging.

The second weekend will see a female perspective on Hamlet on Friday, February 7 with Ophelia, the British-American romantic drama directed by Claire McCarthy and written by Semi Chellas.

Tarantino’s love letter to 60s cinema in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood featuring the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, set to hit this big screen on Saturday, February 8.

Sunday, February 9 will close up the second weekend as we take a look at director Ron Howard’s film based on one of opera’s greatest talents in Pavarotti. The cinematic event featuring history-making performances and intimate interviews, including never-before-seen footage and cutting-edge Dolby Atmos technology.

Valentine’s Day kicks off the final weekend as we see an incredible Australian and international cast in the comedy drama Palm Beach which tells the story of lifelong friends and their reuniting for a party at Sydney’s Palm Beach, screening on Friday, February 14.

Saturday, February 15 will show the highly anticipated sequel to the Disney blockbuster that taught us all to Let It Go with Frozen 2. It continues the story of Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) and her sister Anna (Kristen Bell) in this icy screening.

And finally on Sunday, February 16 iconic director Pedro Almodóvar shares one of his most personal films yet, in Pain and Glory a film which reflects on cinema, art, family, love and sexual awakening.

Add to this numerous vendors providing food, a bar and live music, and there is plenty to look forward to at CottFilmFest this summer.

CottFilmFest 2020 runs over three weekends at the Cottesloe Civic Centre, from January 31 to February 16. See their website for details and to buy tickets. 



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