Palace Cinemas to hold ‘American Essentials’ indie film festival in May

Palace Cinemas are set to screen 20 independent American films for their nationwide Australian debut, as part of the ‘American Essentials’ showcase.

The three-week festival will screen various new international film festival debuts, as well as restored American classics.

The festival will open with the screening of the Oscar-nominated 20th Century Women, starring Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig; and throughout the festival will include the magical realism of Are We Not Cats, and Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut in American Pastoral.

Eight new documentaries are also set to screen, including Josh Greenbaum’s Becoming Bond, a “laugh-out-loud docu-drama” about Australia’s one-time-only Bond, George Lazenby, the incredible political documentary The Bomb, and G-Funk, exploring West Coast hip-hop, featuring interviews with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, and Ice Cube.

The festival will be screening on the following dates and venues:

Sydney
Tues 9 May to Wed 24 May
Palace Verona and Palace Norton Street

Melbourne
Thurs 11 May to Wed 24 May
Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth and The Astor Theatre

Canberra
Tues 16 May to Sun 28 May
Palace Electric Cinema

Brisbane
Wed 17 May to Sun 28 May
Palace Centro

Adelaide
Thurs 18 May to Sun 28 May
Palace Nova Eastend

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