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The Canberra International Film Festival is over for 2014. The Dendy Cinemas have returned to a familiar pace, the volunteers have folded their distinctive CIFF shirts and the marathoners of the movies have put away the eye drops and come back into the light to prepare for next year’s CIFF with enthusiasm.
It went out with a movie about love, relationships and family that languidly covered a story to break your heart but endorse your belief in the power of love as the pairing of John Lithgow (Ben) and Alfred Molina( George) in Love is Strange went from happiness with marriage after 39 years together to despair when George loses his job, their apartment has to be sold and each has to bunk in with friends, separately. All played beautifully to the exquisite Chopin score. It is about commitment and caring, love and loss, family and friends and was a beautiful end to a longer than usual CIFF with an eclectic mix of choices.
The after party was to celebrate the festival’s success and congratulate Alice Bedlington with 44 movies under her belt - what is she going to do with all her spare time now - and a very relieved Artistic Director Lex Lindsay and the CIFF team who’ve kept Canberrans in a unique loop of film excellence with a festival to be proud of.