Red carpet screening offers breath of fresh air

Juliette Binoche in Let the Sunshine In. Picture: Supplied
Juliette Binoche in Let the Sunshine In. Picture: Supplied

The award-winning French feature Let the Sunshine In will open this year’s Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival.

One of the hits of last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Let the Sunshine In will have a special BOFA red carpet screening on Thursday, May 17 at the Village Cinema, with an after party at Henry’s in Cameron Street.

Luminously headlined by Oscar-winning Juliette Binoche, this is director Claire Denis’ first delightful foray into romantic comedy.

Widely regarded as one the world’s best film makers, Denis’ past work includes Beau Travaille and Friday Night.

Binoche plays the unhappily divorced and 50ish artist Isabelle and the film follows her repeatedly waylaid search for true love.

The fast paced narrative knits together a series of her well intended but ill fated dalliances with men of various shapes, types, ages and neuroses, with nothing in common save for the fact that they have nothing in common with Isabelle either.

It’s an elegant, sophisticated and eccentric relationship comedy of ideas, built around a wonderful performance by Binoche, and backed by a hand-picked ensemble, which includes Gerard Depardieu in a cameo role.

Other outstanding features in this year’s BOFA program include The Square, a merciless satire of modern art and fragile male ego, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and God’s Own Country, a remarkable debut from English director Francis Lee which was recently named Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards.

Now in its eighth year, this year’s BOFA Festival will screen 30 of the world’s best features and documentaries, from 13 different countries, over four days from May 17-20 at the Village Cinema complex in Launceston.

For full details of the 2018 BOFA program go to the BOFA website breath-of- fresh-air.com.au.

Bookings are now open at the Village Cinema.

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