A feast of Asia-Pacific art is taking over the Gallery of Modern Art and the Queensland Art Gallery until the end of April, but this year's APT (aka the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art) isn't just about walls and halls filled with paintings, sculptures and more. GOMA's Australian Cinematheque is also screening a heap of films from the region under a huge program dubbed APT9 Cinema.
The entire lineup is broken into three strands, so you can check out the latest and greatest flicks coming out of India in the New Bollywood: Currents in Indian Cinema selection; a host of new movies from Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in the Contemporary Mellow Dramas picks; and the work of community-based production company Microwave Films, whose films have hardly been seen outside of the Marshall Islands. Different programs feature on different days, with the showcase hitting the big screen on Wednesday and Friday nights — plus Saturdays and Sundays during the day — between December 1 and April 28.
Highlights include a number of titles by two of the region's best and most prolific filmmakers, aka South Korea's Hong Sang-soo and Japanese Palme d'Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda — so get ready for comedies about love, life and soju, as well as empathetic explorations of family.
The amusing politics of Newton, road movie Sexy Durga, Chinese mother-daughter effort Girls Always Happy and quirky Japanese love story Asako I & II are among the other international festival favourites getting a run, as is the stunning crime procedural-meets-social drama Angels Wear White.