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The Melbourne International Film Festival is Back!

We are thrilled to have 22 films in the program this year, including the closing night film HELL OR HIGH WATER. So dive in, and check out what we have on offer for you - we can't wait to see you there!

SUNSET SONG

Acclaimed director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea, Time and the City) is a guest of MIFF to celebrate his new film SUNSET SONG.

Based on a novel that is one of the most beloved Scottish novels of the 20th century, starring Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan (My Name is Joe) and Kevin Guthrie (Sunshine On Leith). SUNSET SONG is an epic, award-winning film about a young woman, living on a working farm who must battle tradition, change and society’s expectations to forge her own voice

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LIFE, ANIMATED

Winner of the Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival, LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man living with autism whose life is enriched by Disney animated films, and the unconditioned love from his family.

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HELL OR HIGH WATER

After years of estrangement, Texan brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) decide to rob the branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves on the radar of Marcus (Jeff Bridges), a Ranger looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement.

From the writer of Sicario, HELL OR HIGH WATER is a gripping action-thriller about family, crime and justice.

We are thrilled that HELL OR HIGH WATERS has been chosen as this year’s closing night film.

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A WAR

Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Academy Award®, A WAR is the acclaimed new drama from the director of A Hijacking.

Company commander Claus M. Pedersen and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him and his family back home.

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LOUIS THEROUX: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE

Following a long fascination with the religion and with a lot of experience dealing with eccentric behaviour, Louis Theroux heads to Los Angeles for his first feature film documentary, in collaboration with director John Dower and double Academy Award® winning producer Simon Chinn.

Inspired by the Church of Scientology’s use of filming techniques, and aided by ex-members of the organisation, Theroux uses actors to replay some incidents people claim they experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates.

Suffused with a good dose of humour and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, LOUIS THEROUX: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE is stranger than fiction.

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ANTS ON A SHRIMP: NOMA IN TOKYO

In January 2015, Noma, recognized as the World’s Best Restaurant, and led by its charismatic chef Rene Redzepi, moved its entire team from Denmark to Japan.

ANTS ON A SHRIMP: NOMA IN TOKYO is an exploration of creativity and inspiration, and a journey of discovery into the people and places, sights and sounds, tastes and flavours, of one of the world’s most amazing food cultures.

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PATERSON

The legendary director Jim Jarmusch is back with new film PATERSON, starring Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani.

Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily bus route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhears fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura.

By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry.

The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the  poetry evident in its smallest details.

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TOKYO STORY

Considered one of the greatest films every made, TOKYO STORY is a powerful reflection on the human condition.

When an elderly couple travel to a rapidly-rebuilding Tokyo to visit their children they are met with unexpected indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. As the vastly different priorities of pre and post-war Japan collide, this masterpiece deepens into a sublime meditation on family, ambition and mortality.

Created by one of Japan’s finest directors, Yasujiro Ozu, whose masterful eye has influenced countless filmmakers around the world, TOKYO STORY is a must see on the big screen at MIFF.

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DON’T BLINK: ROBERT FRANK

The life and work of Robert Frank—as a photographer and a filmmaker—are so intertwined that they’re one in the same, and the vast amount of territory he’s covered is intimately registered in his formidable body of work.

Featuring music from The Kills, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Velvet Underground and Patti Smith, DON’T BLINK: ROBERT FRANK is a portrait of the Swiss-born man who reinvented himself the American way, and is still standing on his own ground at the age of 91.

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WEINER

Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Sundance Film Festival, WEINER tells the story of disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner. The young politician who was on the cusp of higher office when a sexting scandal forced a humiliating resignation. Just two years later, he ran for mayor of New York City, betting that his ideas would trump his indiscretions. He was wrong.

With unprecedented access to Weiner, his family, and his campaign team, WEINER is a thrilling look inside a political comeback-turned-meltdown.

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FRANCOFONIA

From master filmmaker Alexander Sokurov, the director of Russian Ark, comes the powerful story of how precious artworks from the Louvre were saved during WW2 occupied Paris.

FRANCOFONIA is the story of two remarkable men, Louvre director Jacques Jaujard and Nazi Occupation officer Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich – enemies then collaborators – whose alliance would be the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures.

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GRADUATION

Co-winner of the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival, celebrated director Cristian Mungiu (also known for; 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Beyond the Hills and Tales from the Golden Age) is back with GRADUATION.

Romeo Aldea, a physician living in a small mountain town, is the father of a gifted daughter who has received a scholarship to study psychology in abroad.

But when she is sexually assaulted her academic chances are put in jeopardy, and Romeo has to make a decision between taking matters into his own hands and sticking with the principles he has taught his daughter.

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THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED

Shot over the course of 7 years in Afghanistan, THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED is an astonishing film which combines a vérité portrait of a nation and its young people with the magic-reality of their dreams.

Shot in the vast mountain region of the northern Wakhan Corridor, and fusing the vivid imaginings of a gang of nomadic children with documented reality, THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED is an exhilarating story that pushes the boundaries of nonfiction filmmaking.

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BARISTA

Once a year, thousands of baristas square off in competitions around the U.S., but only one will become the National Champion. BARISTA takes viewers on a humorous, emotional and enlightening look into the unimaginable world of coffee competitions and the passionate, lovable and quirky characters who devote their lives to them.

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LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD

Legendary master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) examines the past, present and constantly evolving future of the Internet IN LO AND BEHOLD: REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD.

Herzog conducts original interviews with cyberspace pioneers and prophets such as PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, Internet protocol inventor Bob Kahn, and famed hacker Kevin Mitnick. These provocative conversations reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works, from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.

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NATIONAL BIRD

From Executive Producers Werner Herzog and Errol Morris, NATIONAL BIRD is the story of courageous whistle-blowers who break the silence around the secret U.S. drone war – a decision that will change their lives forever.

NATIONAL BIRD gives rare insight into the U.S. drone program through the eyes of veterans and survivors, connecting their stories as never seen before in a documentary. Its images haunt the audience and bring a faraway issue close to home.

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SUBURRA

A gangster known as the ‘Samurai’ wants to turn the waterfront of a small town close to Rome into a new Atlantic City. A corrupt politician fond of young prostitutes and cocaine is protecting him with the help of a powerful cardinal. All the local mob bosses have agreed to work for this common goal. But peace is not to last long, and a ferocious war between the gangs is about to wreck the ‘Samurai’s’ dream.

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BASKIN

A squad of unsuspecting cops go through a trapdoor to Hell when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building, in the tour-de-force feature debut from ferociously talented director Can Evrenol.

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THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE is the extraordinary new film from Morgan Neville, the director of the Oscar®-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom.

Spanning the globe, this is the celebratory story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The feature-length documentary follows this group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope.

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TONI ERDMANN

Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, TONI ERDMANN is a story about a unique man.

After the death of his dog, Winfried decides to visit his daughter Ines. A practical joker, he loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks that she finds maddening, and he distracts her from her job.

Enter flashy ‘Toni Erdmann’, Winfried’s smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines’ professional life, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach. Ines meets the challenge, and in all the madness, begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.

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ZERO DAYS

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief), ZERO DAYS tells the story of Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer malware, known as a “worm” for its ability to burrow from computer to computer on its own. The U.S.A. and Israel unleashed the virus to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.

It’s the most comprehensive accounting to date of how a clandestine mission hatched by two allies with clashing agendas opened forever the Pandora’s Box of cyber-warfare.

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GLEASON

Gleason is an inspiring celebration of a man and his family who were faced a devastating disease.

After Hurricane Katrina, NFL player Steve Gleason’s never-say-die attitude made him a living hero for New Orleans and its people. Years later he was diagnosed with ALS (Motor Neurone Disease) and given just two to five years to live. Despite the odds, he vowed to live life to the fullest, recording his story for his then-unborn son.

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The Melbourne International Film Festival celebrates its 65th event, 28 July-14th August this year. Make sure you check out the incredible full program here!

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