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AIFF to screen must see films in closing days Print


The Australian International Film Festival (AIFF) is set for a hugely entertaining weekend and closing days, with a solid line-up of must-see films set to hit the screens of Hoyts Melbourne Central before the finale on Tuesday 31 October.

Highlights include Jesus Can't Skate starring Los Angeles based Australian actor Melissa George, which takes a look at the competitive world of artistic roller, and inline skating.

George takes a break from Hollywood stardom to get back on skates for the first time in 13 years, reliving her glory days as a champion skater, and believing roller-skating can prepare you for anything.

Festival organisers Cameron Male and Tim Ali, Jesus Can't Skate director Jayson Sutcliffe, Idol contestant Lydia Denker

Jesus Cant Skate's characters are driven by the freedom they experience in front of a crowd, an unrivalled sensation of fluidity, not by a bloated pay cheque as we come to learn this sport offers no financial return.

Kevin Dobson's drama 'The Virgin of Juarez' starring Minnie Driver will make it's Australian debut, while the full length documentary '10 Questions For The Dalai Lama' will premiere worldwide on Sunday 22 October.

Filmmaker Rick Ray examines some fundamental questions in '10 Questions For The Dalai Lama' by weaving together observations from his own journeys throughout India and the Middle East, and the wisdom of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


Featuring interviews the Dalai Lama, the film contains rare historical footage as well as footage supplied by individuals who at great personal risk, filmed with hidden cameras within Tibet.

Cameron, The Virgin of Juarez director Kevin Dobson and Tim

Another notable film, one of the most anticipated premiere films is 'Self Medicated', a film written, directed and lead acted by 24 year-old American Monty Lapica.

Based on true events, this American drama about a teenager dealing with his father's unexpected death has already collected Best Film awards at 28 festivals worldwide and has now won more film festival awards than any other independent film of 2006.

Last weekend's stellar opening night for the AIFF saw over 400 people attend the Australian Premiere of 'The Wrong Man', including international film-makers, professional poker player Nathan Bobic, Australian Idol Top 30 Lydia Denker, and neighbours star Pippa Black.

Neighbours start Pippa Black and partner at the AIFF Opening Night

All sessions of the AIFF will be held at Hoyts Melbourne Central, offering patrons reserved seating for each session and the largest screen used in any Melbourne festival.

Tickets are available from Hoyts Melbourne Central by phoning 1300 357 357 or by visiting the Hoyts Melbourne Central Box Office.




Professional Poker Player Nathan Bobik at Opening Night
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