Movies are great. But to truly bring them to life, it pays to have robust conversation about them – preferably over a meal immediately before or after.
Melbourne International Film Festival is back for its 70th year in 2022, running August 4–21 in cinemas (and 11-28 online). To help celebrate it’s return, we’ve brought together some of Melbourne’s top restaurants to create a range of specially curated food and film experiences – only ever a short walk away.
There’s a number of intriguing match-ups on offer, including locally-sourced produce specialists Nomad paired with contemplative documentary Foragers, and the cosy Middle-eastern dining of Maha East coupled with subversive horror-comedy Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon from Iranian-American director Ana Lily Amirpour.
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Here’s where to pair.
Cumulus Inc. x Blaze
On Tuesday August 16 the restrained inventiveness of Flinders’ Lane staple Cumulus Inc is pairing up with double Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton’s wildly imaginative feature directorial debut, Blaze.
The film follows a young woman who is confronted with a brutal attack. The only way she can process the crime is to retreat into an imaginary world, where the dragon that’s been her companion since childhood shows her how to tap into the rage burning inside.
Tuesday August 16. Blaze screens 6.15pm at The Forum, followed by dinner at Cumulus Inc. at 8pm. Price includes one cocktail.
Flux Gourmet sees British Director Peter Strickland take his fondness for fetish down a very foodie path, as he presents us with a restaurant where an artistic collective devotes themselves to the concept of sonic catering, extracting weird and unsettling sounds from a variety of foods with increasingly sinister results. Never think the same way about a crab roll again.
Monday August 15. Flux Gourmet screens 6.15pm at Hoyts Melbourne Central, followed by dinner at Supernormal from 8.30pm. Price includes one drink on arrival.
Lucy Liu x Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Inspired by the classic Elvis Presley track, Chinese director Wen Shipei’s debut feature is a visually stunning neo-noir revolving around a man haunted by an accidental death, and the widow he falls into an unusual relationship with. Following the flick, croon your way over to renowned CBD hub of pan-Asian cuisine, Lucy Liu for a dinner matched with this moody, melancholy crime thriller.
Thursday August 18. Are You Lonesome Tonight? screens at 7.15pm at The Forum, followed by dinner at Lucy Liu from 8.40pm.
Marameo x Ennio
Composer of dozens of classic soundtracks and unforgettable movie moments for directors such as Terrence Malick, Brian De Palma and Sergio Leone, Ennio is a look at the career of Italian (and world) cinema soundtrack master, Ennio Morricone. Packed with big names singing his praises (including Clint Eastwood and Quentin Tarantino) and clips from the many films he scored, prep for the deep dive into his legacy with lunch at laid-back Italian CBD eatery Marameo.
Saturday August 13. Lunch at Marameo from 12.30pm, followed by Ennio at 3.15pm at The Capitol Theatre.
Yakimono x The Mole Song – Final
It wouldn’t be MIFF without a film from Japanese wild man Takashi Miike. The final instalment of the director’s yakusa trilogy, The Mole Song features all the off-the-wall antics you could ask for, including demented fight scenes, dubious body comedy, outlandish costumes and a police-led rap musical battle, as undercover cop Reiji tries to put his arch-nemesis behind bars for good. Take that manic energy into the cyberpunk-tinged mix of Japanese tradition and modernity that is Yakimono, where two options of movie and dinner await.
Saturday August 6. The Mole Song screens from 6.15pm at Hoyts Melbourne Central, followed by dinner at Yakimono from 9pm. Price includes one cocktail.
Thursday August 11. Eat dinner from 6.30pm at Yakimono, followed by The Mole Song at 8.45pm at Hoyts Melbourne Central. Price includes one cocktail.
The MIFF food and movie pairing program continue with Nomad teaming up with Foragers at ACMI on Tuesday August 9, and Maha East teaming up with Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon at The Astor on Saturday August 13. See more details and book tickets.
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