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Top Aussie films to be screened

THE ANZ Australian Film Festival will screen nine films, including new releases, classics and animations, starting today at the Cathay Theater.

The festival, titled "My Australian Life," will run over two weekends, January 22-24 and January 29-31.

All the films will be screened in English with Chinese subtitles.

A highlight will be "Samson and Delilah," winner of the 2009 Camera D'or prize for best first feature film at the Cannes Film Festival.

It also won the Best Feature Film Award at the recent Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).

The low-budget romance by Warwick Thornton follows two teenagers living in a remote isolated aboriginal township in central Australia.

The screenings include the innovative animation "Mary and Max," winner of the Best Animated Feature Film Award at APSA.

It's a funny and touching chronicle of lonely young Mary's trip from adolescence to adulthood and her pen-pal Max's passage from middle to old age. It explores friendship, autism, trust, agoraphobia and other topics.

The international blockbuster "Australia" will be screened. It stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

"Australia has a vibrant and highly developed film industry, with a strong reputation for innovation and fresh talent on the international stage," says Tom Connor, Australia's consul general in Shanghai.

"It is my great pleasure to showcase to the knowledgeable film goers of east China the very best and latest films that Australia has to offer."

The first official Australia-China co-production adventure film "The Last Dragon: Search for the Lost Pearl" is now in post-production and is expected to be released later this year.

Directed by Australian film maker Mario Andreacchio, it stars Hong Kong actor Jordan Chan. It was filmed in Hengdian World Studios in Zhejiang Province.

"This is the first of what will be many wonderful opportunities for collaboration between our two film industries," says Connor.

Ticket purchasers can enter a lucky draw; first prize is two return tickets to Australia (Shanghai-Sydney).

The lucky draw will be held on January 31 at 7pm at the Cathay Theater, before the screening of the last festival film.

Date: January 22-24, 29-31

Venue: Cathay Theater, 870 Huaihai Rd M.

Tickets: 30-40 yuan

Tel: 5404-0415

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