Amazing and stirring film

By Benalla Ensign

Screening this weekend of is an amazing and stirring film from Iceland, Woman At War (M).

Halla is a 50-year-old independent Icelandic woman known as the Mountain Woman.

She is a passionate environmental activist secretly waging a one-woman war on the local aluminium industry and risking everything to conserve the pristine Icelandic highlands.

Screening second in the International double bill is, The Reports On Sarah And Saleem (Unclassified 18+).

A thriller set across the Israeli-Palestinian border.

Sarah is Israeli and runs a cafe in West Jerusalem and Saleem is a Palestinian delivery man from East Jerusalem.

The two risk everything as they embark on an illicit affair with catastrophic consequences and not even the truth can save them.

The double feature will screen on Friday, June 14, at 6pm and on Sunday, June 16, at 5pm.

Environmental Film Festival

Book a place now for the 7th Swanpool Environmental Film Festival on Saturday, June 15, starting at 1pm.

The program has three sessions with speakers and a film.

Catering by the capable Swanpool team will include a delicious afternoon tea and a tasty evening meal.

Speakers and films for the three sessions are:

Session One: Dr Tilman Ruff and film System Error.

Session Two: Prof Samantha Hepburn and a Short Enviro Film Fest.

Session Three: Prof Tim Reeves and film 2040.

Attendees will be particularly interested to hear Dr Tilman Ruff’s talk.

Tilman and Charlotte are landholders in the Lima East valley and he has offered to bring along his Nobel Peace Prize medal for display.

Professor Hepburn’s talk is relevant to our times with environmental laws and determinations now being challenged.

Professor Tim Reeves will talk about food production with a global perspective.

The cost for the whole event including full catering remains at $30. Booking this year is on TryBooking. The event is brought to you by Swanpool Landcare and Benalla Sustainable Future Group. Organisers would like to thank the Gecko CLaN, GBCMA, Benalla Permaculture and Granite Creeks Landcare Network for their support.

Coming soon

Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem star in Everybody Knows (M), screening on Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23.

The film follows Laura on her travels from Argentina to her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion.

The second film in the double bill stars Isabelle Huppert in, Greta (MA15+).

Frances finds a handbag on the New York subway and returns it to Greta, an eccentric French piano teacher.

The candy bar always opens half an hour before screening, so patrons can purchase freshly ground coffee or hot chocolate to enjoy beside the open fire. Pastries can be ordered for a light meal at interval.

You no longer need to be cashed up to go to Swanpool Community Cinema as EFTPOS is now available.

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