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The Adelaide Film Festival may be over, but there’s still a smorgasbord of international and underground cinema offerings in the city and beyond to keep film buffs glued to the screen. Other weekend highlights include The Body in the Garden, CheeseFest and the Fleurieu Art Prize and Folk Festival.

Iranian Film Festival

The Mercury Cinema is promising delicious Iranian Food, drinks and live music alongside a screening of the drama Snow on Pines at tonight’s opening of the Iranian Film Festival. Snow on Pines tells the story of a piano teacher, Roya, who faces tough choices after discovering her husband’s secrets. Seven films will screen throughout the festival, until October 27.

Italian Film Festival

Returning for its 14th season, the Lavazza Italian Film Festival at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas is showcasing 27 new films and one golden oldie over 20 days until November 11. Screenings this weekend include The Great Beauty, a “drama of love and regret”, and Honey, which explores the controversial topic of euthanasia (see InDaily reviews here and here).

CheeseFest 2013

That cheese may be gouda, but this one is fetta! Adelaide’s CheeseFest  returns to Rymill Park this Saturday and Sunday, and with around 60 stalls featuring cheese, wine, beer and more, there will be plenty to try and buy.  The Premium Pavilion Degustation Lunch makes its debut, along with The Funky Fondue Lounge and the Indian Pacific Cheese Train.

Swedish crime writer Hakan Nesser

Swedish crime writer Hakan Nesser

The Body in the Garden

Love a good detective or true crime novel? How about garden history or designing?  Then this festival is for you. The Body in the Garden South Australian Crime & Garden Writers’ Festival runs throughout this weekend at the Adelaide Botanic Garden, with more than 20 writers participating in free sessions.  The opening event tonight (October 25) in Elder Hall is titled Burying the Dead: Compost or a Crime? with speakers Hakan Nesser, Ann Cleeves, Charles Elliot, and Toby Musgrave.  (Read InDaily’s interview with festival guest crime writer Gabrielle Lord.)

Fleurieu Folk Festival

Concerts, dance, workshops, bush poets, face painting, market stalls … these are just some of the activities at the Fleurieu Folk Festival this weekend.  Held at Willunga’s Recreation Park from October 25-27, the festival will feature 60 acts from all over Australia, including the Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society, Ian Mundy & Brass Souls, Courtney Robb and Old South Bluegrass.

Fleurieu Art Prize

The winner of this prestigious prize will be announced at a cocktail party at d’Arenberg Winery on Saturday night, with finalists’ work going on show throughout McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu region from this weekend until late November. A Festival Celebrate day will be held from 1-4pm on Sunday (October 27) at Penny’s Hill Winery, with live music, art, food, wine (of course) and free buses to exhibition venues in the Vales. Details online.

Barossa Film Festival

More than 50 independent, underground and innovative films across a range of genres – including horror, sci-fi, romance, drama and comedy – will be screened this weekend at the Barossa Film Festival.  There will be free screenings in wine cellars, lava lounges and brewery lawns, with beer, wine and food also available.  The festival is on Friday and Saturday (October 25-26) with an after-party on Sunday at the Tanunda Club.

Adelaide Night Market

Adelaide’s Night Market will begin its second season this Sunday on North Terrace.  Indulge in street food from all over the world, live music, plus gift, clothes and jewellery stalls.  The Night Market runs from 4-8pm on the last Sunday of every month until May 2014.

Finn Turner's Berri

Finn Turner’s Berri

Our Mob 2013

Our Mob returns again to the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Artspace Gallery today.  More than 100 SA Indigenous artists will be   exhibiting their artwork, including photography, ceramics and paintings. “For Aboriginal people, every place has a   story, and Our Mob allows SA’s Aboriginal artists to create visual expressions of their own narratives which can be shown in a collective display,” curator Maggie Fletcher says of the exhibition, which  runs until December 15.

Babies Prom

The Adelaide Youth Orchestras present Babies Prom this Sunday at the ASO Grainger Studio, in Hindley Street.  The Young Adelaide Voices Intermediate Choir and the 60-piece Adelaide Youth Sinfonia team up for this one-off performance that’s designed to introduce children aged up to five to live classical music.  Tickets can be bought from the Grainger Studio from 10am on Sunday.

Beyond the Screen

The Zephyr Quartet will showcase the work of motion picture music masters with Beyond the Screen at The Promethean this Sunday (October 27).  The award-winning quartet will perform “lost works” by composers Bernard Herrmann, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Nino Rota, plus the premiere of a new commission from Adelaide composer/producer/violinist Alies Sluiter.

On screen 

See InDaily’s reviews of the latest films screening in Adelaide:

About Time
Mystery Road
2 Guns
Metallica: Through the Never
Disney’s Planes
Tim Winton’s The Turning
Blue Jasmine



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