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Welcome to the 15th edition of the Apia Young at Heart Seniors Film Festival presented by Palace Cinemas! We pride ourselves in being the only nationwide film festival in Australia with a specially curated cinema program for film lovers 60 and up. This year we are thrilled that the festival will also make its debut in Byron Bay.

Ranging from intense dramas to charming comedies our 2020 Festival program will showcase a fine selection that will light up screens across 14 venues in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Byron Bay.

We wish you an inspiring festival experience!

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Featured Films

For session times and to buy tickets in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth & Byron Bay, click on a film below.
For Adelaide visit the Palace Nova website.

World Premiere

Oscar-nominees Jacki Weaver and James Cromwell join an impressive ensemble of septuagenarians in this surprisingly hilarious tale of a group of Vietnam vets breaking out of a nursing home.

Opening Day Events >
Adelaide Opening Day Event >

Australian Premiere

The rapturous appeal of musical theatre connects with audiences around the world but, as this enthralling documentary reveals, in some more so than others… and often with devastating results.

Melbourne session with Director’s intro >

Io, Leonardo

This extraordinary biopic marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death and stars Italian A-lister Luca Argentero (Eat Pray Love, 2010) as the incomparable artist and inventor.

Grüner wird’s nicht, sagte der Gärtner und flog davon

A charming road movie about grumpy, hard-done-by gardener Schorsch who escapes his old life, finding new experiences and even happiness as he explores the German skies.


Never melodramatic or moralising, the beloved 1945 drama Brief Encounter announced director David Lean as a poet of cinema and remains a cherished favourite of romantics everywhere.

Hella Joof presents another winning examination on the female condition with this cheeky comedy about second chances in love later in life, featuring a who’s who of Danish talent.

Hard moral questions are asked in Ben Lawrence’s mesmerising exploration of the ethics and psychological challenges facing a war photographer, played by Australian screen legend Hugo Weaving.

Led by the brilliant and layered performances of Annette Bening, Bill Nighy, and BAFTA winner Josh O’Connor, this is a powerful story of finding hope after a marriage breakdown.

Mi querida cofradía

Director Marta Díaz de Lope Díaz’s debut sees a host of eccentric characters deliver a fresh and funny perspective on female empowerment and patriarchy in the church.

Kristin Scott Thomas leads this inspiring drama about the bravery of the women of war, and the power of the music that saved them. From the director of The Full Monty.

Mi obra maestra

Director of the 2016 Goya Award-winning The Distinguished Citizen, Gastón Duprat, delivers this entertaining, crowd-pleasing comedy-thriller about the complex professional relationship of a cranky painter and a crafty gallery owner.

Australian Premiere

Oscar nominee Patricia Clarkson stars in this mind-bending mystery about a career homicide detective whose life is thrown into chaos when investigating the murder of a famous astrophysicist.

Pandemonium breaks out in a Greek restaurant in Melbourne when a waitress is forced to fill in for a missing belly dancer, in this riotous black comedy from Alkinos Tsilimidos.

Screening in film festivals worldwide, this adaption of the best-selling novel by Fiona Shaw is a moving portrayal of two women in post-war Scotland torn between their true emotions and societal expectations.

It’s a 19th century battle of tech industry giants when inventor Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and industrialist George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) go head-to-head in this rich, enthralling drama.