Looking for an isolation film fix? Our team have been hard at work finding ways you can stream past BREC Film Festival hits on SBS On Demand! From comedy to drama and animation to thriller there’s a film for everyone and every mood. So, here are our top ten BREC International Film Festival films available to watch for free!
1. Loving Vincent (M)
“A one-of-a-kind work of art.” Variety
The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every frame of the film, totalling around 65,000, is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death.
2. Capharnaüm (M)
“Capharnaüm is a hectic and heartbreaking film, driven by its director Nadine Labaki’s curiosity and the charisma of her young star, Zain al Rafeea.” The NY Times
Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film, Nadine Labaki’s Capharnaüm is a heart-wrenching drama that follows the misadventures of 12 year old Zain as he fends for himself and a baby named Yonas on the streets of Beirut.
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Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film, Nadine Labaki’s Capharnaüm is a heart-wrenching drama that follows the misadventures of 12 year old Zain as he fends for himself and a baby named Yonas on the streets of Beirut. First screening 8pm June 28 only at the #my_brec #filmfestival #winter19
3. Loveless (MA15+)
“A masterpiece. An eerie thriller of hypnotic, mysterious intensity.” The Guardian
Loveless is a razor-sharp and gripping portrayal of a couple going through a bitter divorce who must team up to find their son who ran away during one of their arguments.
4. Ali’s Wedding (M)
“The screenplay subverts rom-com tropes to tell its own distinctive, culturally specific tale.” Screen Daily
Winner of the 2017 CinefestOZ Film Prize, Ali’s Wedding is a heart-warming comedy about the charming son of a Muslim cleric caught between his sense of duty and following his heart. It’s one bad decision after another as Ali’s wayward quest to please his father spirals out of control, with cataclysmic consequences.
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See what happens on screen in Ali’s Wedding, in cinemas now! 🎟🍿
5. My Life as a Courgette (PG)
“Combines the poetic possibilities of animation with the down-to-earth dialogue of tough real lives” The Guardian
After his mother’s sudden death, Courgette is befriended by a kind police officer, who accompanies Courgette to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. Courgette struggles at first to find his place in this strange, at times hostile, environment. Yet with help from his newfound friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust, find true love and at last a new family of his own.
6. Woman at War (M)
“Gloriously Icelandic. An intelligent feel-good film that tackles urgent global issues with humour and a sense of justice.” Variety
Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry.
7. The Guilty (M)
“Unfolding in real time, this immediately involving story bends and turns in surprising, sometimes horrifying ways.” The NY Times
Asger Holm is a cop who’s been demoted to working the phones after one too many on-duty transgressions. But when a terrified woman named calls him to say she’s being abducted by her ex-husband, Asger will need to use every bit of his ingenuity to find her before it’s too late.
8. The Square (MA15+)
“A satire on the contemporary art world sits edgily alongside a skewering of male privilege and middle-class altruism” The Guardian
Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, The Square is a laugh-out-loud comedy for the modern age – a merciless satire of modern art, hypocrisy, and fragile male ego.
9. I, Daniel Blake (MA15+)
“There are shades of Dickens and Orwell in this emphatic drama about a disabled man strangled by the red tape of the benefits system.” The Guardian
After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.
10. The Family Fang (M)
“Based on the novel by Kevin Wilson, The Family Fang is an unflinching look at what it’s like to come of age as the child of very eccentric parents.” Common Sense Media
Annie and Baxter are the adult children of a controversial conceptual performance duo. After years of blaming their parents for their problems they are drawn back to their home town with news of their parent’s strange disappearance.