Having already announced a Nicolas Cage movie marathon and the Australian premiere of Wildlife at the Opening Night Gala, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has just revealed a huge line-up of films, fresh from the Croisette at the Cannes Film Festival.
This year MIFF will be screening a record of 43 films that were featured in the French festival, considered by many to be the most prestigious independent cinema event in the world. The Cannes Film Festival finished at the end of May, making MIFF the first time many of these films will be screened outside of the French Riviera.
Among the many award-winning films is All These Creatures. The Australian short film was one of eight selected from nearly 4000 entries to win the Short Film Palme d’Or, the highest short-film prize at the festival. Shot in Dandenong, the film follows Tempest, a 13-year-old boy attempting to untangle his memories of his father, as a cicada plague whirls around him.
MIFF will also screen Japanese film Shoplifters, which took the film world by surprise this year to win the Feature Film Palme d’Or, beating out films by acclaimed directors Spike Lee and Pawel Pawlikowski. Shoplifters tells the story of a family which relies on petty theft to cope with a life of poverty in Tokyo.
Not shying away from controversial films, MIFF will show Climax the new work from legendary provocateur Gaspar Noé. Known for taking his audiences to hell, Noé’s film is an LSD-soaked bacchanal of ’90s club bangers, sex and violence. Climax is the director’s most celebrated film in years.
Decades in the making, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will finally make its Australian debut. The film is the passion project of Terry Gilliam (Twelve Monkeys, Brazil) and is a loose adaptation of the more than 400-year-old novel Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes. The film follows Toby Grisoni, played by Adam Driver (Girls, Star Wars: The Last Jedi), a cynical advertising director trapped in the mind of a delusional cobbler, who thinks he’s Don Quixote. The film is a meta-fable that acknowledges Gilliam’s previous failed attempts to bring the story to life, as well as the source material’s themes of blind ambition and dedication.
Fans of animation will be pleased to find celebrated Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda’s new film Mirai. The film follows a spoiled 4-year-old boy and his time-travelling sister, who has journeyed from the future to meet him. Hosoda’s much-loved Summer Wars screened at MIFF in 2010.
MIFF runs from August 2 to 19, 2018. The full program is released on July 10. Tickets go on sale July 13. For more information visit miff.com.au.
You can find the full 43-film Cannes-featured film line-up below.
All These Creatures
Another Day of Life
Ash Is Purest White
Birds of Passage
Chris the Swiss
Happy as Lazarro
Knife + Heart
Leave No Trace
Murder Me, Monster
Pope Francis: A Man of His Word
The Eyes of Orson Welles
The Image Book
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
The Spy Gone North
The Wild Pear Tree
The World Is Yours
Woman at War