Six of the Fest: Family films

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Whether about families or for families, this selection of films promises something old, something new, something borrowed but nothing blue

Mrs Carey’s Concert
Karen Carey coaches the girls of the Methodist Ladies College in preparation for a concert that takes over the Sydney Opera House every second year. Classical music competes with the pressures of the girl’s present day concerns but Carey’s dedication ensures that there will be no squeaky violins in this performance.

A Better Life
Carlos, an illegal immigrant and single parent in East L.A. struggles to avoid the long arm of the law and provide for his angry and rebellious son, Luis. An opportunity to improve their circumstances draws the pair into underhand activities where they can only depend upon each other. An intense performance from Demián Bichir makes this a heartfelt film from director Chris Weitz who also has Mexican roots.

Family Shorts
A bundle of mini films to occupy short attention spans, old or young. Bring along the pic’n’mix and meet the little girl who believes there’s a hungry hippo on her roof and a plucky young boy who takes on burglars twice his size to save his grandfather’s medals.

If you were singer-songwriter in seventies L.A., then you were at The Troubador Club. A hot bed and “hang” for the likes of Janice Joplin, Carole King, James Taylor and Jackson Browne, the club is part of the legacy of the politically charged songs of the decade. Combining archive footage with interviews and rare performances, this will have parents dusting off their record collections for the next generation.

Almanya – Welcome to Germany
Told from the shifting perspectives of members of the Yilmaz family, from five-year-old Cenk to grandfather Hüseyin, this is a polished debut from Yasemin Samdereli. Via the difficulties faced by a Turkish family living in Germany, questions about national identity and multiculturalism are gently posed, abetted by imaginative sequences that give this an anarchic feel.

Angels Crest
When a fishing trip goes awry and three-year-old Nate Denton freezes in the snowy wastes of small town Canada, a community begins to confront some unpleasant truths. A strong cast fronted by Thomas Dekker as the unfortunate father, and with appearances from Elizabeth McGovern and Kate Walsh, Gaby Dellal’s indie drama packs an emotional punch.

One for teens to take the ‘rents to. This original Icelandic coming of age tale features a responsible teenager, Gabriel, who after returning from a school trip to Manchester faces a summer of heartbreak, family feuds and secret-keeping. Will he manage to keep the curiosity of others at bay? And, more importantly, will that hair dye wash out?

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