It’s an impressive pivot in the midst of a pandemic. The beloved Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has migrated its entire 113-film program to a purpose-built online streaming platform this year, which means you can enjoy the selections from the program at home– including a free-of-charge quartet of shorts bundles.
As is custom with the festival, there’re food options to pair with it. MIFF has partnered with modern Thai highlight Chin Chin and sparkling wine icon Chandon to create a themed feast to accompany the closing night film.
The festival closes on Saturday 22nd August with Pablo Larraín’s Ema, a tense marital drama set against the backdrop of reggaeton dancing in modern Chile. Starring Mariana Di Girolamo and Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries, Mozart in the Jungle), the movie is described by Cossar as “a very visceral experience”.
For the closing night film, Chin Chin is offering Chandon along with another feast, including scallop and prawn dumplings with soy-ginger dressing, pickled cucumbers with sesame and turmeric, roasted eggplant with tomato nahm prik and a Wagyu brisket with sweet soy glaze. There’s also a green chicken curry with apple eggplant, krachai and Thai basil, Vietnamese iced-coffee pana cotta with cashew praline, and more.
Place your order by Thursday August 20 for closing night – and Chin Chin will have your banquet ready for pick-up on the day. (Keep in mind, there are no menu variations – people with specific dietary requirements should order directly from Chin Chin.)
See the full 2020 program at MIFF.
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