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American Essentials Film Festival

Grab the popcorn! Palace Centro Cinema is bringing the best of American independent film to James St with American Essentials. Twenty films make their Australian premiere, many of which are hot on the heels of their world premieres at A-list festivals around the world! From 17 – 28 May, you can enjoy the latest indie treasures in narrative feature and documentary, together with newly restored American classics.

From thriller to melodrama, comedy to body horror, symphonic documentary to visual art, American Essentials’ world-class program of thirty-one films curated by Artistic Director Richard Sowada reflects the remarkable breadth of contemporary independent cinema produced in the US.

A few highlights of the fifteen new American Essentials narrative features include Opening Night film, 20th Century WomenOscar-winning director Mike Mills’ moving tale of a mother doing her best to bring up a teenage son starring Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig; Are We Not Cats, a deliciously imaginative debut of romantic magical realism; Walking Out, an incredible wilderness drama; the lean and mean thriller Detour, and Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s sprawling epic American Pastoral


  • May 17 - May 28, 2017
  • Session Times Vary


  • Palace Centro Cinemas
  • Fortitude Valley