The 2017 MIFF Program has just been announced so get out your highlighters, and add some of these films to your wish list!
Winner of the Audience Award at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival, you don’t want to miss the Melbourne Premiere, with the Cast & Crew in attendance.
After a reckless lie sets off a catastrophic chain of events, Ali, the son of a Muslim cleric, finds himself caught between his sense of duty to his family and following his heart. An irreverent and warm-hearted comedy, ALI’S WEDDING is an affectionate and entertaining story of love and duty.
ALL FOR ONE
The first five years of the GreenEDGE cycling journey. United by their renegade spirit and a determination to win against substantial odds, these riders take on the international circuit. The filmmakers will be guests of the festival.
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.
DEAD END DRIVE IN (1986)
In the near future, nuclear accidents, economic collapse and global riots have put the entire world in a state of chaos. Looting is widespread. Cities are wastelands. Violent thugs control the streets.
An 80s Ozploitation thriller with a potent mix of social metaphor, explosive action and gratuitous nudity for one of the most intriguing Down Under cult hits of the decade.
This film offers an insight into the life, mind and creative heart of a Master Fashion Designer, Dries Van Noten, who, for more than 25 years, has remained independent in a landscape of fashion consolidation and globalization.
Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.
The ambitious, feature-length documentary promises to “submerge the audience in the music, patterns and rhythms of Yolngu life and belief system.”
It also shows the deep bond between Gurrumul and his team, including co-manager Mark Grose, who notes the fragile nature of bringing this music to the world.
“Every project that we do, we treat it as though it’s the last project we’ll ever do with him. It could end tomorrow.” The filmmakers will be guests of the festival.
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.
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
Narrated by Samuel L Jackson, this mesmerising Oscar-nominated film channels the impassioned words of writer James Baldwin, one of the most incisive commentators on race in America.
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.
Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully painted feature film produced by Oscar- winning studios Breakthru Films and Trademark Films.
Written and directed by Julian Rosefeldt, Manifesto will feature Blanchett playing a variety of characters whose dialogue is taken directly from famous art-world manifestos.
A unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom, MOUNTAIN is a dazzling exploration of our obsession with mountains. The filmmakers will be guests of the festival.
On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a journey across Thailand, in search of the farm where they grew up together.
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.
As night falls at Spookers, dozens of seemingly ordinary people become freaks, zombies and chainsaw-wielding clowns. Every weekend come rain, hail or shine, this diverse group of amateur performers unite to terrify punters at the southern hemisphere’s largest scream park, situated in a former psychiatric hospital. Director Florian Habicht reveals the transformative and paradoxically lifesaving power of belonging to a community that celebrates fear. The filmmakers will be guests of the festival.
THE HOUSE OF Z
A feature documentary on the life and career of designer Zac Posen.
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
From Yorgos Lanthimos, the director of The Lobster & Dogtooth.
A prominent surgeon adopts a teenager into his family, but as the teen’s actions grow increasingly sinister, the doctor is forced to make a terrible decision.
THE LAST BATTLE (1985)
Shot in striking black-and-white, the seminal first feature from acclaimed director of The Fifth Element and Leon: The Professional;, Luc Besson, is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where only the strong survive.
A comedy of tragic proportions. A film by Sally Potter. It starts as a celebration and ends with blood on the floor.
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 its 66th event, August 3 – 20 this year. Make sure you check out the incredible full program here!