Gold Coast International Film Festival

Sunday, Oct 18, 2020

Online
Great Neck, NY 11020

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12.00 am Artist's Wife, The

Tom Dolby I 2019 I 95 min I United States

Once a promising painter herself, Claire (Lena Olin) gave up on her own career to stand by the side of her famed abstract artist husband Richard (Bruce Dern) for over 20 years. When Richard is unexpectedly diagnosed with dementia during preparations for his latest exhibition, Claire is thrown into a crisis—suddenly torn between her husband’s erratic mood swings and the need to shield his illness from both the art community and their family. Struggling to regain control of her life, Claire takes up painting once again, and must decide whether to stay in the shadows or step into the spotlight.

You have 48 hours from the moment you start the film to finish watching.

Please Note - this film has limited tickets available. If you are purchasing a Pass, please make sure to reserve your tickets in advance to ensure you save your seat.

12.00 am Beyond Moving

Vikram Dasgupta I 2020 I 84 min I Canda

This captivating documentary tells the remarkable 'Billy Elliot'-like story of South African dancer Siphe November, who was discovered as a young boy in the township of Zolani and rose to become one of a handful of Africans to lead a Western ballet company. Featuring breathtaking sequences that showcase Siphe’s innate physical talent and magnetism, and revealing interviews with his family and teachers, BEYOND MOVING sensitively captures the sacrifices one makes for art, the life we leave behind, and the power of dance to bridge cultures. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

You have 48 hours from the moment you start the film to finish watching.

Please Note - this film has limited tickets available. If you are purchasing a Pass, please make sure to reserve your tickets in advance to ensure you save your seat.

12.00 am Billie

James Erskine I 2019 I 96 min I United Kingdom

To make this film about the incomparable Billie Holiday, director James Erskine had access to a treasure trove of previously unheard material. In the 1970s, Holiday biographer Linda Lipnack Kuehl recorded hundreds of hours of interviews with the jazz singer’s friends, lovers, musicians, relatives, even the fed who busted her for drugs in 1947 and the oddly jolly pimp who had her turning tricks at 13. Her life was rough, and Billie doesn’t shy away from the wreckage. But out of that pain and a voracious lust for life arose the greatest jazz singer of the century.

Featuring generous clips of her performances — her wrenching London rendition of Strange Fruit will chill your bones — and unfiltered insights from Sylvia Syms, Tony Bennett, Count Basie, John Hammond and many others, Billie is essential viewing for anyone who’s fallen under the spell of the great Lady Day.

You have 48 hours from the moment you start the film to finish watching.

Please Note - this film has limited tickets available. If you are purchasing a Pass, please make sure to reserve your tickets in advance to ensure you save your seat.

12.00 am Donut King, The

Alice Gu I 2020 I 94 min I Cambodia, United States

The story of Ted Ngoy, also known fondly as The Donut King, is one of fairy tales – fate, love, survival, hard knocks, and redemption. It is the rags to riches story of a refugee escaping the Khmer Rouge, arriving in America via Camp Pendleton in 1975 to escape the brutal genocide in his home country of Cambodia, to build an unlikely multi-million dollar empire baking America’s favorite pastry, the donut. From gas station janitor to donut shop owner and the surprising success that came with it. Ted sponsored hundreds of visas for incoming refugees, and helped them get on their feet by teaching them the ways of the donut business. By 1979, he was rich, living the American Dream. But, in life, great rises can come with great falls.

You have 48 hours from the moment you start the film to finish watching.

Please Note - this film has limited tickets available. If you are purchasing a Pass, please make sure to reserve your tickets in advance to ensure you save your seat.

12.00 am Exhibition on Screen: Matisse

Henri Matisse: The Cut Outs was hailed as the most successful exhibition in Tate Modern’s history. See this show again, featuring exclusive footage from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This intimate, behind-the-scenes documentary includes contributions from people who knew Matisse, as well as experts including curators, historians, Tate director Nicholas Serota and MoMA director Glenn D. Lowry.

Also includes breathtaking, specially commissioned performances by Royal Ballet principal dancer Zenaida Yanowsky and jazz musician Courtney Pine. Acclaimed British actor Simon Russell Beale brings insight and emotion to the words of Henri Matisse himself, while actor Rupert Young (Merlin) narrates.

You have 48 hours from the moment you start the film to finish watching.

12.00 am Great Shorts 1

A conscientious objector tries to rebuild his life after the Great War, a hopeless romantic searches for Mr. Right in an unromantic world, a magazine censor's job and reputation are threatened by a compromising photo.... These are a few of the hilarious, heartwarming, and thought-provoking stories you'll see at this year's Great Shorts screening!

You have 48 hours from the moment you start the film to finish watching.

12.00 am Great Shorts 2

A support group for compulsive liars tries to decide who's lying, a young girl accidentally opens a window in time to Nazi-occupied Poland, a pioneering chef pushes the boundaries of what is edible.... These are a few of the hilarious, heartwarming, and thought-provoking stories you'll see at this year's Great Shorts screening!

You have 48 hours from the moment you start the film to finish watching.

12.00 am Great Shorts 3

A man braves danger in the Fukushima no-go zone in order to spend time with his son, an exhibitionist struggles for attention in an era of smartphones, a robber teaches sales skills to a barista when he discovers there isn't enough money in the cash register.... These are a few of the hilarious, heartwarming, and thought-provoking stories you'll see at this year's Great Shorts screening!

You have 48 hours from the moment you start the film to finish watching.

12.00 am My Dog Stupid (Mon Chien Stupide)

Henri is a middle-aged, once highly acclaimed writer struggling with fading inspiration. Feeling increasingly misunderstood and tied-down by equally frustrated wife and temperamental young adult children, he dreams of running away to start over again. Yet when he discovers a large,  slobbery dog in his garden, he decides to adopt him, much to the dismay of Henri’s family and neighbors. The new addition of the dog sets about chaotic events in Henri and his family’s life that makes him question both how he got to where he is and what he thought he wanted for his future. The bittersweet and moving comedy about love standing the test of time stars iconic real-life couple Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal (and their son).

You have 48 hours from the moment you start the film to finish watching.

Please Note - this film has limited tickets available. If you are purchasing a Pass, please make sure to reserve your tickets in advance to ensure you save your seat.

12.00 am In Case of Emergency
    
Carolyn Jones I 2020 I 81 min I United States

All of our country’s biggest public health challenges—from COVID-19 to the opioid crisis to gun violence to behavioral health and lack of insurance—collide in emergency departments. Nearly half of all medical care in the U.S. is delivered in E.D.s and nurses are on the frontlines of that care, addressing our physical and emotional needs and sending us back out into the world. “In Case of Emergency” is a documentary that follows emergency nurses and their patients in seven unique settings across the U.S, from urban to rural, shedding light on some of the biggest health care crises facing Americans today, and highlighting the opportunity that emergency nurses have to help break a sometimes-vicious cycle for patients under their care.

In Case of Emergency is made possible through the generous support of the Emergency Nurses Association, and produced by the same team behind the critically acclaimed DEFINING HOPE (broadcast on PBS stations nationwide, Heartland “Best Documentary Premiere”) and THE AMERICAN NURSE FILM (part of the U.S. Department of State’s American Film Showcase) and photography book (featured on PBS NewsHour, in the NYTimes and USA Today.) Director Carolyn Jones and Producer Lisa Frank have spent the last nine years focused on helping the American public see how critical nurses are to the health of our nation. Without them, we don’t stand a chance.

You have 48 hours from the moment you start the film to finish watching.

Please Note - this film has limited tickets available. If you are purchasing a Pass, please make sure to reserve your tickets in advance to ensure you save your seat.

12.00 am Thunder Soul

Mark Landsman I 2010 I 84 min I United States

Presented by Jamie Foxx, THUNDER SOUL follows the extraordinary alumni from Houstons storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old 'Prof', their beloved band leader who broke the colour barrier and transformed the schools struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s. A remarkable, life affirming film, full to the brim with pure funk.
Rated PG

You have 48 hours from the moment you start the film to finish watching.

12.00 am Yalda: A Night of Forgiveness (Yalda)

Massoud Bakhshi I 2019 I 89 min I France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg

The spotlights and cameras are all in position. The moderator takes a last quick look at his notes. The final seconds of the intro ad roll by – 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – and then the reality TV show goes live. Televised on the night of Yalda, of all days, a Persian celebration of the winter solstice. Tonight’s guest is Maryam, a young woman condemned to death, sitting across from the other guest, Mona. Maryam was living with Mona’s father in a temporary marriage. Now she stands accused of his murder. In front of the camera and millions of viewers, Maryam is supposed to beg for forgiveness and her life. Alluding to a real, popular Iranian TV Show, the drama that unfolds both on stage and behind the scenes is full of twists, explosive reveals and emotions that go beyond the two grieving women and explore greater social dimensions.

Special pre-recorded intro by Armin Miladi - who is an award winning filmmaker and director of Iranian Film Festival of Australia and New York. Armin has a strong background in the arts. After graduating from Tehran University with a Bachelor of Science and Engineering, Armin developed a keen interest in cinema and started working as a film critic for a number of major publications in Iran. He has also made a number of short films and documentaries. His short film, Found, has screened at a number of festivals around the world, winning several awards. Armin’s strong believe in tolerance through cultural understanding has been his driving force for establishing the Iranian Film Festival in Australia.

You have 48 hours from the moment you start the film to finish watching.

Please Note - this film has limited tickets available. If you are purchasing a Pass, please make sure to reserve your tickets in advance to ensure you save your seat.

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