Direct From Cannes

MIFF is thrilled to once again deliver the best of the Cannes Film Festival to local audiences.

Among the highlights are MIFF Accelerator alumnus Anthony Chen’s Camera d’Or winning tale, Ilo Ilo; Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Jury Prize winning Like Father, Like Son; Jia Zhang-ke’s Best Screenplay winner A Touch of Sin; and Asghar Farhadi’s (A Separation, MIFF 2011) The Past, featuring Bérénice Bejo in her Cannes Best Actress winning performance.

From Un Certain Regard, MIFF will screen Hany Abu-Assad’s Special Jury Prize-winning account of the Israel–Palestine conflict, Omar; the latest work from Kurdish filmmaker Hiner Saleem, My Sweet Pepper Land; French auteur Claire Denis’ (35 Shots of Rum, MIFF 2008) Bastards; the Un Certain Regard Directing Prize winner, Stranger by the Lake; and Nothing Bad Can Happen, a harrowing tale of a vulnerable young Christian man, from young German filmmaker Katrin Gebbe.

From Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, we will screen Serge Bozon’s (La France, MIFF 2008) Tip Top, a farcical riff on corruption, race and S&M starring Isabelle Huppert; Blue Ruin, a FIPRESCI Prize winner about a vagrant who puts himself on a path of bloody revenge; Ari Folman’s (Waltz With Bashir, MIFF 2008) The Congress, a combined live action and animated feature starring Robin Wright as Robin Wright; and The Selfish Giant, a reinvention of the eponymous Oscar Wilde fable from UK writer/director Clio Barnard.

Also from Directors’ Fortnight is The Dance of Reality, the return of the master of trippy psychedelia, Alejandro Jodorowsky, after a 23-year filmmaking hiatus; and Ain’t Misbehavin, an autobiographical portrait from award-winning filmmaker Marcel Ophüls.

That's just a taster of our massive Cannes selection for 2013! We hope it's whet your appetite for the full program, which will be out in The Age on Friday 5 July.

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