The Cinéma des Antipodes celebrated its 18th anniversary in St Tropez on 16th October

The Cinéma des Antipodes, which showcases Australian and New Zealand films each October in St Tropez, celebrated its 18th year this month.

It was congratulations all round for Festival President, ABIE member Bernard Bories and his team, and the six-day film feast finished with champagne, cake and candles at the chic Hotel de Paris.

St Tropez Mayor Jean-Pierre Tuveri praised Bernard’s passion and dedication, saying the week was now a “must” on the St Tropez calendar.  This year there was a record 4000 entries, 900 of them students.

Although storms raged outside, there was plenty of Aussie sunshine up on the screen.  The magnificently filmed outback was a major star in many of the movies, including the much acclaimed Looking for Grace, directed and written by Sue Brooks and screened in Venice this year, The Dressmaker (co-billing with Kate Winslet), Ivan Sen’s violent thriller Goldstone, and the film that won the public’s choice:  The tender/tough Last Cab to Darwin, which tackles the subject of euthanasia.

A frenetic documentary That Sugar Film, which takes director Damon Gameau on a bitter ride to discover the truth about sugar, was one film that has already found a distributer, and will be seen in French cinemas next year.

Romantic comedies reflected hoped-for tolerance in Australia’s multi-cultural communities, with the Bollywood-flavoured Unindian (Australian boy falls for Indian girl) and Alex and Eve (Muslim girl marries Greek boy ).

Best film went to Porno, sympathetic vignettes from a day in the life of a pawn shop owner, and best actor went to its star, Paul Ireland.

Bernard will be screening some of these films at the Australian Embassy during the next few months, so try and catch them if you can.