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2067 directed by Seth Larney
2067 directed by Seth Larney

Seth Larney’s sci-fi thriller 2067 will world premiere as the opening film of the 2020 Adelaide Film Festival on October 14th.

Written and directed by Seth Larney, 2067 features a star-studded cast including Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road, X-Men: Apocalypse), Ryan Kwanten (Mystery Road, True Blood) and Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires).

The year 2067: Earth has been ravaged by climate change and people are forced to live on artificial oxygen. Humanity’s only solution is to build a quantum time machine to ping the future for answers from our descendants. A response sends Ethan, a reclusive utility worker, barreling into the future as the only hope for his species. He is thrust into a terrifying new world that threatens his mission to save his dying wife. An Adelaide-filmed sci-fi with a star-studded cast makes this one of the must-see titles of the Festival.

Larney said: “Premiering our film on opening night at AFF is a real honor. Made only more meaningful by the opportunity to screen the movie in the city in which it was made and share the talented work of all of our Adelaide cast and crew for the first time, in their hometown. Topped off by the fact that so few festivals have been able to go ahead during the spread of COVID, it’s a really special moment for us as filmmakers. That the ideas explored in the film speak to the moment we find ourselves in as a species, is what I look forward to sharing with audiences on a whole new level than we had anticipated during the making of the movie. Thank you to Mat Kesting, the team and board of AFF for your generous invitation and support.”’.

Adelaide Film Festival CEO and creative director Mat Kesting said: “It’s particularly thrilling to open the Festival with a film shot here in Adelaide and supported by the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund. Seth Larney is a prodigious directing talent and his vision of a future world is a spectacular visual treat that will keep audiences enthralled.”

AMC Networks’ RLJE Films will release 2067, in the U.S., opening in theaters, VOD and digital on October 2, 2020.

In addition to 2067, Adelaide announced the first five films – High Ground, Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra, Phil Liggett: The Voice of Cycling, Another Round, and The Painter and the Thief.

Another Round

The Australian Premiere of Another Round. Direct from the Toronto International Film Festival comes the reunion of the team behind The Hunt director Thomas Vinterberg and Scandinavia’s biggest star Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale). Another Round is a sobering comedy about dealing with the world through the bottom of a glass.

Phil Liggett: The Voice of Cycling

The World Premiere of Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund (AFFIF) feature documentary, Phil Liggett: The Voice of Cycling. From the filmmakers behind AFF Audience prize winning Remembering the Man and MAMIL (Middle Aged Men in Lycra), Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe, comes this fascinating portrait of cycling royalty, the prince of the peloton, the lord of the lycra-clad. Amateur racer turned broadcaster, Phil Liggett has covered forty-seven Tours de France and fifteen Olympic Games, calling every triumph, tragedy and scandal with his inimitable wit and poetry.

Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra

Bangarra means making fire, and for 30 years the Bangarra Dance Theatre has blazed fiercely. Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra is the story of Australia’s most renowned arts company; it’s the story of three brothers -Stephen, Russell, and David Page – and it’s the story of the way that art can become a weapon that helps people to survive and a nation to heal. The film is co-directed by Wayne Blair (Top End Wedding, The Sapphires) and Nel Minchin (Matilda & Me, Making Muriel).

High Ground

The critical darling at this year’s Berlin film Festival, High Ground, directed by Stephen Johnson (Yolngu Boy) takes an unflinching look at the brutal facts of white settlement. This is a film with all the breathtaking beauty and savagery of this country, rich in dramatic tension driven by taut, understated performances by newcomer Jacob Junior Nayinggul, Simon Baker (Breath) and screen legend Jack Thompson.

The Painter and the Thief

The Painter and the Thief is described by The Guardian as “the year’s most moving documentary.” This Norwegian, Sundance – winning true story is unflinching but delicate in its depiction of the growing emotional bond between an artist and the junkie – thief who stole her paintings. Directed by Benjamin Ree (Magnus).

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