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Container: Brisbane Film Society is a membership-based screening series dedicated to presenting important contemporary films and moving image works that would otherwise not be screened in Brisbane.



Recent reviews

Screening at The Elizabeth, 9:30pm Tuesday 24 October 2023.

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Downtown Recife’s classic movie palaces from the 20th century are mostly gone. That city area is now an archaeological site of sorts that reveals aspects of life in society which have been lost. And that’s just part of the story.
Kleber Mendonça Filho’s most recent work debuted at Cannes 2023 and is a personal essay that lays bare Filho’s own fascination with the city of Recife—his early films…

Screening at The Elizabeth, 7pm Tuesday 24 October 2023.

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Clara, a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story building, built in the 1940s, in the upper-class, seaside Boa Viagem Avenue. All the neighbouring apartments have already been acquired by a company which has other plans for that plot.
Kleber Mendonça Filho deliberately links Sônia Braga, a…

Screening at The Elizabeth, 7pm Tuesday 10 October 2023.

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A picaresque journey through contemporary America, undertaken by a young woman granted access to the strange sects and cults that proliferate in this country by a series of gatekeepers eager to win her over.
Everything will happen. Lillian (Talia Ryder) is an obscure object of desire whose appearance inflames the (largely rightwing) men she meets in an accidental road trip across the US. An entry point to and…

Screening at The Elizabeth, 7:00pm Tuesday 21 November 2023.

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Bacurau, a small town in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants notice that their community has vanished from most maps. A band of mercenaries (lead by Udo Kier) appear.
A Western, a sci-fi, a siege film, an amalgam of all things b-grade, Bacuaru seems like a radical departure from Kleber Mendonç Filho’s previous films (and…

Liked reviews

One of Reichardt’s biggest strengths imo is knowing how to use convention to her advantage. This can include simply leaning in to a particular trope, such as the final Casablanca shot, or via subverting our expectations, in every moment of suspense when we fear the worst that doesn’t come to pass. 

Williams is marvellous, her character never feels forced even though, again, she has so many elements of other frustrated artists we’ve seen on the screen before. Lizzy feels like…

Huge disservice to the situation and people this was based on. Surface level conversations while using ten dollar words to add some faux intellect. Sloppy performances across the board. I didn't mind Mara though.

Also what the fuck was the point of that colour grade.

Incredible stuff. Unapologetic in its hilarity as well as in it's moments of rawness. We desperately need more of these kinds of movies.

Seen at a Container Brisbane Film Society screening + Q&A with Vera Drew

You either get the vibes or you don’t get the vibes.