t’s that time of year again, when film fans rejoice and settle in for nearly three weeks of the best films from across the world. Yes, it’s time for MIFF again! To celebrate the launch of the full program, here is an overview of films what we’re keen to see come August 2. Choc tops optional.
The International Panorama program is always a feast of films by name directors and recent Cannes prize-winners, and this year you’ll be able to catch new films by Michael Haneke, Whit Stillman, Ken Loach, Lynn Shelton and, of course, Wes Anderson, with his latest offering Moonrise Kingdom.
Accent on Asia is always filled with strong films from our nearest neighbours. Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda adds another gorgeous piece to his filmography with I Wish, while South Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s latest film In Another Country comes direct to us from wowing Cannes. And there are three – count them – films from movie machine Takashi Miike, including Ace Attorney, in which we are sure many objections will be overruled.
Everyone loves the educational experience of a good documentary and this year MIFF has everything from artist profiles on both Ai Weiwei and Marina Abramovic, music documentaries like Paul Kelly: Stories of Me and Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, to scathing exposés designed to get your blood boiling, such as lifting the lid on the seamy side of breast cancer fundraising in Pink Ribbons, Inc. or Werner Herzog’s investigation of the death penalty in the US with Into the Abyss.
Australian films are amply represented with a plethora of documentaries, including Croker Island Exodus and Coniston which both focus on events from the past that deeply affected two Aboriginal communities. Horror films have also always been our forte, so look out for the terrifyingly hysterical 100 Bloody Acres, in which three kids from the suburbs heading to a music festival attract the attention of an organic fertiliser salesman whose products may spell their messy doom.
And that’s not even getting into the party films. Opening Night film The Sapphires looks to be a rollicking good time with soul tunes aplenty, while Closing Night presents Mental by Muriel’s Wedding director P.J. Hogan. There’s also a Centrepiece Gala occurring this year, with the premiere of the musical cricket film Save Your Legs! followed by a Bollywood-inspired party.
All this doesn’t even scrape the surface of what MIFF has to offer this year, so take our advice and get yourselves a program and dive on it. In the middle of Melbourne’s winter, there’s no better time for a good film.
The Melbourne International Film Festival runs August 2–19.
Arts & Entertainment
10054Moomba’s Past and Present: 60 Years of Parade Floats/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/moombas-past-and-present-warehouse-stores-60-years-parade-floats/media/cache/3a/0c/3a0ca8a147b1992bf931b8685d4f97ad.jpg
10069A Labour Day Long Weekend: The Broadsheet Guide/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/labour-day-long-weekend-broadsheet-guide/media/cache/76/fe/76fe0960bc82e0e6feca7cce1fc65ffd.jpg
10051Making Tracks With Rick Smolan/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/making-tracks-rick-smolan/media/cache/29/ca/29cacd488190249097236727c3219d50.jpg
10045A Snapshot of Self-Publishing at the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/snapshot-self-publishing-asia-pacific-photobook-archive/media/cache/b9/a7/b9a7c314e18612845c05ba70ac0a9941.jpg
10046Merci Perci Makes Colourful Headdresses for Your Wall/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/merci-perci-makes-colourful-headdresses-your-wall/media/cache/83/f9/83f947cec2629952b5586d523c750038.jpg
10027Mikhael Paskalev: Oslo, Liverpool and all Points in Between /melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/mikhael-paskalev-oslo-liverpool-and-all-points-between/media/cache/bb/df/bbdf1d5f9fe69de1fa027c6acfa70bb2.jpg
10028Alison Bechdel – The Reluctant Troublemaker/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/alison-bechdel-reluctant-troublemaker/media/cache/9f/0b/9f0bde270021dc5c5e76d624b4b06a70.jpg
10034Five Minutes with Neko Case/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/five-minutes-neko-case/media/cache/5c/50/5c50abf58709c3799b02186c8e497702.jpg
10039Cinematic Rendezvous: The Alliance Française French Film Festival is Back/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/cinematic-rendezvous-alliance-francaise-french-film-festival-melbourne-2014/media/cache/87/d9/87d9956a6c06ee362b60012907ed2a9b.jpg
10023Off The Kerb Reopens After Collapse/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/kerb-reopens-after-collapse/media/cache/f9/a4/f9a495b91f76b40eccc5ce69577698f0.jpg
10007Trying to Be Cool with Phoenix/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/trying-be-cool-phoenix/media/cache/d0/5c/d05c3cf928cc9b601eff210833475358.jpg
10010Epic Art Crescendoes at ACCA/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/epic-art-crescendoes-acca/media/cache/5a/fe/5afea69eb863adc4dbb32c2a894a5a1f.jpg
9999The Government Inspector – The Play That Wasn’t Supposed to Happen/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/government-inspector-play-wasnt-supposed-happen/media/cache/59/b8/59b8dad8b6bb961dd843f2b22164aa24.jpg
9987Making Art in the Shower for White Night/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/making-art-shower-white-night/media/cache/27/5e/275ecb24be1fef18ca3347f766d81cda.jpg
9988Relaxed Off-Season Racing at Caulfield Racecourse/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/relaxed-season-racing-caulfield-racecourse/media/cache/1b/8b/1b8b85f0c5f46c86d0938f0a0c0bf8f0.jpg
9970When Dogs and Culture Collide in Print – Four&Sons Launch Magazine/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/when-dogs-and-culture-collide-print-foursons-launch-magazine/media/cache/ab/f0/abf0e3307163fa03ec3f8fb2a5db41d7.jpg
9971Arcadian Reverie: Taking a Garden Stroll at White Night/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/arcadian-reverie-taking-garden-stroll-white-night/media/cache/71/b3/71b395d0f1a19d21ae38b7269618e331.jpg
9972Trouble Brews at the Biennale of Sydney/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/trouble-brews-biennale-sydney/media/cache/28/d8/28d81d542b3d47e5b688a6bec597e58a.jpg
9973Telling A Guard’s Story/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/global-mail-guards-story/media/cache/03/86/0386e24d7f5136a67e8ebdb22ff22dbf.jpg
9967The Pom Pom Project/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/pom-pom-project/media/cache/41/5d/415dd7866bf5e06e530b074e19898899.jpg