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The Travelling Film Festival is on the road again, returning to Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas on May 18 to 20 with a weekend of exceptional international films: nine features and three shorts from seven different countries. Each year the Travelling Film Festival treats regional audiences to the best of Australian and international cinema on the big screen.

The Opening Night film on Friday May 18, is the Australian documentary Life in Movement – a celebratory film about the acclaimed Australian dancer and choreographer Tanja Liedtke. The dedicated 29-year-old was appointed as director of the Sydney Dance Company but before she could take up the position she was tragically killed in a road accident. Eighteen months later, Tanja’s collaborators, including her partner Sol Ulbrich, embarked on a world tour of her award-winning productions. Life in Movement was a sold out session at Sydney Film Festival 2011 and took home the prestigious Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize.

Saturday’s films are Buck, a fascinating documentary about the extraordinary Buck Brannaman, the real life inspiration for Robert Redford’s film The Horse Whisperer. Buck won the Audience Award at the 2011 Sundance Festival. That screening is followed by Medianeras, a witty homage to twenty-first century Buenos Aires and Romantics Anonymous , a charming French comedy about chocolate and true love that has been described as Amelie meets Chocolat. The Saturday night feature is A Dangerous Method, an elegant adaption of John Kerr’s acclaimed novel starring Michael Fassbender as Dr Carl Jung, Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud and Keira Knightly as Sabina.

Goodbye First Love, a classy French post New-Wave story of love, loss and youth directed by Mia Hansen-Løve (The Father of My Children) gets Sunday off to a flying start, followed by Happy, Happy, a sexy drama from Norway and winner of the World Jury Prize at Sundance. The Kid with a Bike, winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film at Cannes Film Festival 2011, is a tremendously moving film directed by the multi-award winning Dardenne brothers. Closing the festival on Sunday night is Weekend, an unconventional love story from the UK about two young men and a single weekend, which screens with Dendy Award Finalist short film Cropped.

Also on the line-up are the short films Nullarbor, winner of the Yoram Gross and AACTA Animation Award, and Dendy Award Finalist Two Laps.

Single tickets are $12-14 or just $8 for under 26, with significant discounts for 5 or 9 film passes, and the opening night film includes complimentary drinks and nibbles. Full programs available at the cinema box office or visit the Travelling Film Festival Byron Bay web page.

View the trailer for A Dangerous Method


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