Down Under Berlin 2018 Program: Landscapes of Us
Down Under Berlin returns for its 8th edition from 19-23 September 2018!
Finally, the time has arrived! The program for Down Under Berlin 2018 is unveiled, and we could not be more proud to present you with the films chosen for this year’s edition with the motto "Landscapes of Us": a selection of films curated to pay homage to Australia’s and New Zealand’s haunting and beautiful cinematic landscapes, as well as exploring and celebrating the inner landscapes of the stories they represent. This year’s films will take you on a long journey through the personal, political, social, historical and emotional spaces and places from Down Under. Fasten your seatbelts: it’s going to be a wild and fantastic ride.
Indigenous Western and Drag Queens
Our 2018 edition is also decidedly political and includes many bold, thought-provoking stories. With 50% of the films in this program being directed by female directors, women are taking the spotlight with highlights such as Waru, a New Zealand feature film directed by eight Maori female filmmakers, or Terror Nullius, born out of the minds of the female art-collective Soda_Jerk.
Indigenous and LGBTIQ cinemas also find their place in the program with a strong line-up: the critically acclaimed Sweet Country, by director Warwick Thornton, will open the festival with a bang, whereas the fascinating documentary Black Divaz celebrates the Aboriginal drag scene while drawing attention to the struggles and courage of Australia’s Indigenous LGBTIQ community.
Celebrating short and bold films
The festival continues to promote and celebrate high-quality short films, with the return of the "Battle of the Shorts: AUS vs. NZ" programs and Down Under Berlin's first collaboration with the Chris and Francesca Beale Foundation, whose exceptional guest reel "Australian Short Film Today" does not only include Jane Campion's debut film An Exercise in Discipline: Peel but also this year's Academy Award nominee The Eleven O'Clock.
Addressing another current topic such as contemporary masculinity, Jo-Anne Brechin’s romantic drama Zelos tells the story of a betrayal and love from the perspective of a modern man, whereas closing night film and bold documentary Hotel Coolgardie by Pete Gleeson is a confronting depiction of Australian country life.
It comes from the heart
Whatever your tastes or motivations in attending our screenings, the landscapes of Down Under Berlin 2018 will entertain and challenge you, and show you what Australia and New Zealand lay out on their sleeves: their hearts, as indomitable as the stories they seek to tell.
Check out our entire program in the 2018 Festival Calendar below
201819sep8:00 pmSweet CountryWarwick Thornton | AUS | 2017 | Western, Drama, Crime | 113 min | English | Berlin Premiere8:00 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:Crime,Drama,WesternPremiere Status:BerlinFilm Tags:Festival Opening,With Introduction
201820sep6:30 pmBattle of the Shorts: AUS vs. NZ - Round 1Diverse directors | AUS & NZ | 2016-2017 | 87 min | English | Diverse Premieres6:30 pm Country:Australia,New ZealandGenre:Comedy,Drama,Horror,Science Fiction,Stop-Motion,ThrillerPremiere Status:Berlin,European,German,WorldFilm Tags:Filmmaker in Attendance,With Q&A
201820sep9:00 pmBattle of the Shorts: AUS vs. NZ - Round 2Diverse directors | AUS & NZ | 2016-2017 | 90 min | English | Diverse Premieres9:00 pm Country:Australia,New ZealandGenre:Comedy,Coming-of-Age,Drama,FantasyPremiere Status:Berlin,European,GermanFilm Tags:Filmmaker in Attendance,With Q&A
201821sep4:00 pmAussie Shorts #1Diverse directors | AUS | 2016-2018 | 79 min | English | Diverse Premieres4:00 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:Comedy,Drama,Mystery,RomancePremiere Status:Berlin,German,WorldFilm Tags:Filmmaker in Attendance
201821sep6:15 pmWaruBriar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene | NZ | 2017 | Drama | 88 min | English, Māori | German Premiere6:15 pm Country:New ZealandGenre:DramaPremiere Status:German
201822sep4:45 pmSymphony on SkisCarla Braun-Elwert | NZ | 2017 | Documentary | 60 min | English, German w/ English subtitles | Berlin Premiere4:45 pm Country:New ZealandGenre:DocumentaryPremiere Status:BerlinFilm Tags:Followed by Reception,With Introduction
201822sep6:45 pmAustralian Short Film TodayDiverse directors | AUS | 1982, 2016-2017 | 101 min | English| Diverse Premieres6:45 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:Action,Comedy,Drama,Musical,Stop-Motion,ThrillerPremiere Status:German
201822sep11:00 pmAussie Shorts #2Diverse directors | AUS | 2016-2017 | 82 min | English | Diverse Premieres11:00 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:Action,Animation,Comedy,Documentary,DramaPremiere Status:European,German,International
201823sep2:00 pmAfter the ApologyLarissa Behrendt | AUS | 2017 | Documentary, Indigenous | 82 min | English | International Premiere2:00 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:Documentary,IndigenousPremiere Status:International
201823sep6:15 pmKiwi ShortsDiverse directors | NZ | 2014-2018 | 78 min | English, Maori| Diverse Premieres6:15 pm Country:New ZealandGenre:Comedy,Coming-of-Age,Drama,Music Video,MusicalPremiere Status:European,German