Artscope, Paris-based Memento Film Intl.’s new talent label, has acquired international sales rights to “Girl Asleep,” the Australian rites-of-passage fantasy drama that opens Berlin’s 2016 Generation 14plus, one of the festival’s biggest sidebars. More.
The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the first 13 titles in the Generation section. Girl Asleep will officially make its international premiere as part of the Generation Strand. More.
“Girl Asleep is the stylish, formally exuberant debut of theater director Rosemary Myers. This is the latest in a seemingly never-ending stream of play adaptations to hit Australian screens this year, but Girl Asleep is the most fluidly cinematic of the lot.”
The Adelaide Film Festival announced the results of its 2015 Foxtel Movies Audience Awards for Best Feature, Best Short and Best Documentary.
These awards are the people’s choice awards, and the winners reflect the most popular films seen at the Festival, which ran October 15-25 across Adelaide. After each screening, audience members were invited to rate each film.
Most Popular Feature – Girl Asleep, directed by Rosemary Myers, produced by Jo Dyer.
“Director Rosemary Myers brings a pitch-perfect sense of heightened reality to this coming-of-age drama. Her attention to detail, and the care she takes in framing a scene, put her in the same conversation as Wes Anderson. But unlike Anderson, Myers is fascinated by the pedestrian and the mundane, and she channels that fascination towards some understated and inspired directorial choices.”
“It’s in Myers’s commitment to eccentricity that Girl Asleep – an art-house film made firmly with a teenage audience in its sight – finds its heart. The weirdness of Greta’s world is just an expansion of the weirdness of being a teenager.”
“Wildly funny and deeply moving in equal measure, it is a work rich in larrikin character but universal in its themes and appeal. As Greta embraces her blossoming self, so to does Australian cinema welcome another memorable movie heroine.”
“It can be summed up in one simple adjective…utterly marvellous. The focus of the film may be on young people but the antics are something that should appeal to any age, particularly those who remember the 1970s, their childhood awkwardness, or that moment when they suddenly grew up.”
“Each shot is artfully staged like a living diorama, packed with whimsical details and corner-of-your-eye visual jokes. A bright and occasionally subversive take on teen growing pains that gives fresh legs to a familiar genre. We’re lucky to call this one our own.”
“Very stylish, a beautiful fairy tale.”