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Housekeeping for Beginners

Closing Night Gala Original language title: Domakinstvo za pocetnici
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Winner of the coveted Queer Lion in Venice, acclaimed Australian filmmaker Goran Stolevski (Of an Age, MGFF23) delivers another future classic with Housekeeping for Beginners.

Though social worker Dita has no interest in being a mother, she nonetheless becomes the de facto matriarch of a household of queers with nowhere else to go – including Toni and his much younger boyfriend. But when circumstances leave her girlfriend unable to care for her two daughters, Dita has no choice but to raise them as her own. But in a society with very strict ideas of what a family should look like, how will Dita keep her entire brood of misfits safe? Filled with Stolevski’s signature fast-paced, witty dialogue, this sensitive domestic drama finds joy in the chaos of found family.

Content warning: contains depictions of homophobia, homophobic language and discussions of sexual assault.

Sydney Premiere

Writer-director Goran Stolevski in attendance for Q&A. Screening will be followed by a Closing Night Gala after party in Gold Class. Film-only tickets are also available.

2023 Venice Film Festival – Winner Queer Lion

“A phenomenal achievement – an untamed, densely detailed drama that crackles with so much feral energy, you practically get a static shock.”  – Screen Daily

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About Housekeeping for Beginners
  • Community

    Lesbian Gay Men
  • Director

    Goran Stolevski
  • Writer

    Goran Stolevski
  • Cast

    Anamaria Marinca Alina Serban Samson Selim
  • Producer

    Marija Dimitrova Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska Ankica Jurić Tilić Beata Rzeźniczek Milan Stojanovic Blerta Basholli
  • Company Credits

    Courtesy of: Universal Pictures
  • Program Strand

    Closing Night Narrative Feature
  • Blurb Writer

    Andrew Wilkie
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