Andddddddddd we’re back. Can you believe it is nearly August already? I feel like I am still finding glitter in weird places from New Year’s Eve. Get your eye drops ready, because it’s time to delve deep into some serious screen time.
You know what else is deep? The endless pit of quality films you’re about to fall into!
We are thrilled the THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM has been selected as this year’s MIFF opening night film.
Written by Walkley award-winner Stan Grant, THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM uses the remarkable and inspirational story of Indigenous AFL legend Adam Goodes as the prism through which to tell a deep and powerful story about race, identity and belonging.
From shy country kid to two-time Brownlow medallist and Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes is an inspiration to many. His world fell apart when he became the target of racial abuse during a game, which spiralled into intense public backlash against him.
For the first time Adam reveals his deeply emotional journey alongside the people closest to him, including Stan Grant, Michael O’Loughlin, Brett Goodes, Natalie Goodes, Tracey Holmes, Nova Peris, Nicky Winmar, Gilbert McAdam, Linda Burney, Paul Roos, John Longmire, Nathan Buckley, Eddie McGuire and Andrew Bolt.
The film prompts questions about Australia’s relationship with racism and its ability to confront its own past. THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM is an important film for every Australian to see, and is a landmark for Indigenous authorship.
THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM makes its world premiere at The Melbourne International Film Festival. Adam Goodes, Stan Grant and BAFTA-winning director Dan Gordon are guests of the festival. BOOK NOW
HEARTS AND BONES
The work of a haunted war photographer grabs the attention of a refugee whose village was photographed 20 years earlier. As the bond between the two men develops, a startling revelation comes to light that sets both on an unexpected path.
Director Ben Lawrence, and actors Hugo Weaving and Andrew Luri are guests of the festival. BOOK NOW
JUDY & PUNCH
In the anarchic town of Seaside, puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show. However, Punch’s penchant for whisky leads to a tragedy that Judy must avenge.
Director Mirrah Foulkes is a guest of the festival. BOOK NOW
In Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help. As they try to make a living in this cutthroat industry, the Ochoas struggle to keep their financial needs from compromising the people in their care.
Director Luke Lorenstzen is a guest of the festival. BOOK NOW
THE LEUNIG FRAGMENTS
With exclusive and intimate access, LEUNIG will entertain, engage and enliven audiences with a revealing portrait of an enigmatic artist who just happens to be a household name.
Director Kasimir Burgess is a guest of the festival. BOOK NOW
BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO & THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY
Peter Strickland is beloved for his exquisite and moody homages, and we are thrilled that he has been invited to this year’s festival for a retrospective of his work.
The retrospective features his breakout thriller BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO and his stylishly sensual film THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY.
MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN
On the eve of Alien’s 40th Anniversary, Memory (the title of the script’s first draft) unearths the largely untold origin story behind Ridley Scott’s cinematic masterpiece. Its roots in Greek and Egyptian mythology, underground comics, parasitology, H.P. Lovecraft, the art of Francis Bacon, and the symbiotic genius of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger.
Director Alexandre Philippe is a guest of the festival. BOOK NOW
On a faraway Colombian mountaintop, what at first glance looks like a hedonistic summer camp, is actually the setting of a mission: child soldiers must make sure that a kidnapped American woman, stays alive. BOOK NOW
PJ HARVEY: A DOG CALLED MONEY
Accompany PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy on a journey through the creative process behind PJ Harvey’s new album, conceived by their travels around the globe. BOOK NOW
CHILDREN OF THE SEA
A young girl is drawn into a mystery involving sealife around the world, in which two mysterious boys are somehow involved. BOOK NOW
Prodigiously talented, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s and became a household name. But everything changed in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston took the biggest gamble of his life.
From the director of Dior and I, HALSTON is the portrait of a fashion legend. BOOK NOW
Directed by legendary duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who won the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival for YOUNG AHMED.
A Belgian teenager hatches a plot to kill his teacher after embracing an extremist interpretation of the Quran. BOOK NOW
A struggling street photographer in Mumbai convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair develops a connection that transforms them in ways they could not expect. BOOK NOW
A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves. BOOK NOW
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
Two dreamers and a dog embark on an odyssey, moving to a 200 acre property and naively endeavoring to build a farm that is in complete coexistence with nature. BOOK NOW
CARMINE STREET GUITARS
One shop in Greenwich Village remains resilient to gentrification: Carmine Street Guitars. There, guitar maker Rick Kelly and his apprentice Cindy Hulej, build handcrafted guitars out of reclaimed wood. They are coveted by the likes of Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Patti Smith just to name a few.
Featuring a cast of musicians and artists, and some virtuoso performances, the film captures the life of a shop that remains resilient to an all-too-quickly vanishing way of life. BOOK NOW
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do a secret wedding portrait of Héloïse, a reluctant bride to be. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all. BOOK NOW
THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY
What begins as a documentary following the final tour of a dying magician – The Amazing Johnathan – becomes an unexpected and increasingly bizarre journey as the filmmaker struggles to separate truth from illusion. BOOK NOW
Not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector who plays both sides of the law. Joined by the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both have to navigate the twists and turns of treachery and deception. A secret whistling language spoken on the Spanish island of La Gomera might just be what they need to pull it off. BOOK NOW
WALKING ON WATER
Bulgarian filmmaker Andrey Paounov follows internationally renowned artist Christo on his quest to realize the mammoth and logistically complex installation, The Floating Piers, on Italy’s Lake Iseo, seven years after the death of Christo’s collaborator wife, Jeanne-Claude. BOOK NOW
The 2019 Melbourne International Film Festival is on from August 1 – 18. For session times, tickets and more information visit miff.com.au