This February, World Movies welcomes the 64th Annual Berlin International Film Festival with the Australian Television Premiere of four of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning films from BIFF 2013.
Thursday 5 February 9.30pm
Layla Fourie (South Africa, 2013)
Layla is a single mother living with her son in Johannesburg, getting by with casual work. After training as a polygraph operator she manages to secure a job with a company specialising in lie detectors and security. On her way to her new workplace she is involved in an accident which will fundamentally change her life. Layla becomes entangled in a web of lies and deceit. The truth could lead to the loss of her son.
Thursday 12 February 9.30pm
On My Way (France, 2013)
Now in her early sixties, former beauty queen Bettie (Catherine Deneuve) finds herself jilted by her lover and left alone to deal with the financial problems facing her family’s restaurant. What begins as a quick drive to clear her head turns into a full-fledged road trip, and along the way there are chance meetings, an ex-Miss France gala, renewed ties with her estranged daughter and grandson, and possibly, at the end of the road, love.
Thursday 19 February 9.30pm
Charlie Countryman (Romania, USA, 2013)
When his late mother appears in a vision and tells him to go to Bucharest, Charlie immediately boards a plane across the Atlantic. But when he meets a fellow passenger, Charlie finds himself with another promise to fulfil. Charlie does so – and falls head over heels in love with Gabi, a beautiful musician. However, a vicious gangster has already laid claim to Gabi, and has no intention of letting her go. Determined to protect her, Charlie enters into the hallucinatory, Romanian underworld filled with violence and, strangely enough, love.
Thursday 26 February 9.30pm
Child’s Pose (Romania, 2013)
60-year-old Cornelia leads a life of privilege, social power and material wealth, but life is not perfect. More than anything in the world, she longs for her adult son Barbu to reciprocate her affections. But the pair barely speak, something the domineering Cornelia blames on Barbu’s live-in girlfriend. The balance of power irrevocably shifts one evening when Barbu is involved in a tragic car accident and runs down a child on a highway. Cornelia is thrust back into his life and, seeing her chance to regain control, she commences a frighteningly well-orchestrated campaign to save her son from prison.