Essentials Independents: American Cinema Opens At Palace Centro

The Past, Present and Future of American Independent Cinema Arrives at Palace Centro
Palace Cinemas will launch new festival Essentials Independents: American Cinema, Now at Palace Centro next Thursday 19 May with Opening Night event and Premiere screening of Time Out Of Mind, starring Richard Gere.

Guests are invited to enjoy drinks and canapés on arrival from 7.15pm before an 8.15pm Queensland Premiere screening of Time Out Of Mind. Richard Gere gives an outstanding and utterly surprising performance as George, an older man on the downward slide to life on the streets of New York. Simple, sharp and very finely tuned, Oscar nominated Director Oren Moverman’s style harks back to the great 60s and 70s American independent films with the deep focus and street settings the period was famous for.

Essential Independents: American Cinema, Now, a brand new annual film event, is designed to showcase the past, present and future of independent cinema from the U.S. From Penelope Spheeris to Kelly Reichardt; from Woody Allen to Alex Ross Perry; from Martin Scorsese to Paul Thomas Anderson; from Sofia Coppola to Lynn Shelton, and from John Cassavetes to Richard Linklater, the American independent film community continues to flourish and produce people, ideas, and cinema with a profound impact on the craft internationally.

The festival line-up is divided into five segments; Essential Fiction presents new features from emerging filmmakers; Essential Intrigue, includes new documentaries; Essential Experiments presents exciting, new hybrid film work; Essential New York is a retrospective dedicate to New York City and Essential Originals brings back to the screen first features from some of the most well known and loved filmmakers.

Festival highlights include first feature film from upcoming director Anna Rose Holmer The Fits, an enigmatic coming of age story that follows an 11 year old tomboy Toni (played with great maturity by Royalty Hightower) as she looks for a place to belong amongst friends and community. Documentary highlights include Crazy About Tiffany’s, a film that examines one of the most recognisable international luxury brands and includes interviews with film and media stars like Jessica Biel and Fran Lebowitz, costume designers like our own Catherine Martin, DJs, stylists, film producers and a cavalcade of red-carpet regulars. Returning to the silver screen, cinephiles can catch Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight in Academy Award Winning Midnight Cowboy, Richard Linklater’s cult classic Slacker and Sophia Coppola’s impressive debut film The Virgin Suicides.

Essential Independents: American Cinema, Now screens exclusively at Palace Centro from May 19 to June 1 and tickets are now on sale.
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Special Event Screening Details

Opening Night Film and Reception
Thursday, May 19
Palace Centro Cinema
7.15pm Drinks on arrival and canapés courtesy of Connections Catering
8.15pm Premiere Screening of Time Out Of Mind
Palace Movie Club Members $30 / General Admission $35

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