We're now at the halfway point of the #MIFF2017! Here are some gems you should add to your last minute picks.
BEUYS: ART AS A WEAPON
The life and work of iconoclast Joseph Beuys, a revolutionary German artist of the 1970s and ’80s, celebrated for his artworks, performances and politics.
Much sought-after Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People) embarks on his most ambitious project yet, NYC’s new World Trade Center, in this energetic documentary.
Directed by Robin Campillo. BPM competed for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Set in France in the 1990’s the film is about homosexuality and the AIDS epidemic. At Cannes it won critical acclaim and four awards, including the Grand Prix.
CITY OF GHOSTS
Syrian rebels who call themselves Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently risk their lives to document the atrocities committed by ISIS in their homeland.
Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.
I AM NOT A WITCH
When a young orphan is sent to a witch camp, she struggles to find a way to freedom. This dark comedy about the clash between superstition and modernity is a rare film from Zambia.
IN THE FADE
Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds, Farewell My Queen) gives a rare German-language performance in the new film by Fatih Akin. Kruger plays Katja, whose life collapses in the aftermath of a bomb attack that kills her husband and son.
LET THE SUNSHINE IN
Inspired by, but not adapted from, Roland Barthes, Claire Denis’ new film about a single woman living alone in Paris (played by Juliette Binoche) is a sophisticated delight.
RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD
The story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and others, RUMBLE shows how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.
THE HOUSE OF Z
A feature documentary on the life and career of designer Zac Posen.
Expertly shot and methodically paced, The Untamed explores the human psyche: the reptile brain, our primal desires, and our unfortunate predilection for selfdestruction. It also offers a liberating vision of female autonomy. Sensual, erotic, and uncompromisingly weird, The Untamed will be difficult to forget.
WESTWIND: DJALU’S LEGACY
Yolngu warrior, shaman and father Djalu Gurruwiwi, with some help from global pop star Gotye, must find a way to bring two worlds together to save his culture.
The Melbourne International Film Festival celebrates end on August 20. See the full program here!