International,North America

Emerging directorial powerhouse Eliza Hittman won the Best Director (Dramatic) award at Sundance for this masterful survey of the perils of adolescent sexuality. ... In a working-class Brooklyn neighbourhood, 17-year-old Frankie is drifting into an adulthood of limited prospects and corrosive masculinity. Sex is on his mind, and local girl Simone is eager to provide it, but Frankie is living a dou... Read more
Salma Hayek and John Lithgow go head-to-head as a Mexican masseuse and her billionaire dinner partner in Miguel Arteta's brilliantly drawn parable of Trump's America. ... Beatriz (Hayek) is a SoCal massage therapist with a spiritual bent. After her car breaks down during a home visit with billionaire's wife Cathy, Beatriz is invited to stay the night – and attend the lavish dinner party being thro... Read more
'Brigsby Bear is the feel-good kidnapping movie of the year… an Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt riff with a Truman Show twist.' – Vanity Fair ... All 25-year-old James (Saturday Night Live's Kyle Mooney) knows in this world are his mother and father (Jane Adams and Mark Hamill), the walls of the underground bunker they live in and the VHS teachings of Brigsby Bear, a folksy talking bear whose catchphras... Read more
Melbourne filmmaker Alethea Jones heads to Hollywood, taking Toni Collette and Molly Shannon through the mayhem that doesn’t usually come with motherhood. ... Wearied by the routine of parenting primary-school-aged children, four Los Angeles women hatch a plan: for one night, they’ll leave their families at home while they enjoy a wine-fuelled dinner. It doesn’t take long for their innocent evenin... Read more
Zoe Kravitz and Lola Kirke dazzle in this Lynchian neo-noir satire on Hollywood and the film industry. ... A personal assistant’s job is never done – when Jill (Kirke, MIFF 2015’s Mistress America) isn’t fielding angry calls from starlet Heather’s (Kravitz, MIFF 2015’s Dope) famous ex, she’s quitting high-profile films on her behalf, fending off overzealous fans and setting up late-night karaoke s... Read more
Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah lead a terrific cast in this raucous, raunchy and riotous celebration of sisterhood, friendship and fun times. ... Director Malcolm D Lee made his name with The Best Man, a rom-com about four men dealing with life, love and the challenges of maintaining long-term friendships. Nearly two decades later, his Girls Trip brings us four women – lifelong friends Lisa ... Read more
New York auteur Alex Ross Perry returns to MIFF with a compelling ensemble drama boasting a star-studded cast led by Emily Browning, Chloë Sevigny, Jason Schwartzman and Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz. ... Emily Browning plays Naomi, a young Australian ingénue landed in Brooklyn, who finds work helping Nick (Adam Horovitz, proving as expressive an actor as he is a musician) archive his dead father-in-l... Read more
Matías Piñeiro once again uses Shakespeare as his jumping-off point in this magical, playful tale of two cities. ... Taking on an artistic residency vacated by her friend Carmen, Argentinean theatre director Camila arrives in New York with the intention of translating A Midsummer Night's Dream into Spanish. Hoping to meet up with her former lover, an experimental filmmaker, Camila quickly falls in... Read more
Kieran Culkin, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Kevin Corrigan star in cult director Bob Byington's comedic broadside on the absurdities of millennial manhood. ... Ben (Kieran Culkin) is having a hard time settling down. Bouncing from relationship to relationship, he bores easily, leading prospective partners on until a run-in with his domineering mother (Megan Mullally) sends them packing. Meanw... Read more
In Matt Spicer’s Sundance award-winning debut, Aubrey Plaza plays a delusional young woman bound for LA in order to stalk her Instagram idol. ... Shattering her ‘queen of deadpan’ image, Aubrey Plaza stars as Ingrid, a moody, unhinged loner with zero social life outside the internet. Infatuated with social media influencer and self-styled star Taylor (perfectly cast celebrity sibling Elizabeth Ols... Read more
Cringe comedy rarely gets cringier or weirder than in Lemon, one of this year's buzz films from the cutting-edge Sundance Next program. ... Short-film phenom Janicza Bravo marks herself out as a talent to watch with her wry and abrasive feature film debut. An avant-garde comedy of manners, where the manners in question are the basic minimum requirements of human decency, Lemon is biting, pungent a... Read more
The legendary Harry Dean Stanton stars as a hard-living 90-year-old atheist on a spiritual journey, in this eccentric and moving film also featuring Stanton's longtime pal David Lynch. ... Actor-turned-director John Carroll Lynch's (Zodiac, Fargo) wonderfully affecting debut was written with Harry Dean Stanton in mind, and the great character actor – whose more than 100 screen credits include Alie... Read more
Jon Hamm, Tim Robbins and Geena Davis star in Michael Almereyda's haunting vision of a future where death has become slightly less final. Just think of it as Black Mirror for the humanist set. ... When her husband Walter dies, 85-year-old Marjorie (captivating stage and screen vet Lois Smith) decides to replace him with a Prime – an artificially intelligent avatar that looks and sounds exactly lik... Read more
Oscar nominees Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke explore the sensitive but rousing true tale of one of Canada's most inspiring folk artists. ... Life might've burdened Maud Dowley (Hawkins, MIFF 2011's Submarine) with a severe bout of rheumatoid arthritis, but it also gave her the determination to find her own way in the world. After spending years being told by her overprotective family that she can'... Read more
Winner of the SXSW Grand Jury Award for Narrative Feature, Ana Asensio's creepy debut takes viewers on a descent into a sinister New York underground where illegal immigrants are forced to play a dangerous game. ... Making her writing and directing debut, Spanish-born, US-based Ana Asensio stars as Luciana, a young, undocumented immigrant scrapping for cash work to eke out a living in New York Cit... Read more
Hope springs from Josh Hartnett, a blonde wig and a Tokyo-to-California jaunt in Atsuko Hirayanagi’s affectionate expansion of her MIFF 2014 short. ... When office worker Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima) witnesses a suicide during her daily commute, she sees her potential future, unless she can arrest her middle-aged malaise. Enter Josh Hartnett as unconventional English-language teacher John. Hugging S... Read more
Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Phillip Baker Hall and Tavi Gevinson headline Dustin Guy Defa's brilliantly observed homage to the characters, quirks and rhythms of street-level New York. ... A record collector searches for his dream slab of vinyl, while his housemate deals with the fallout from a misguided attempt at revenge porn. A grizzled tabloid reporter leads a new recruit on her first investig... Read more
James Gray brings serenity, soul and splendour to this real-life El Dorado adventure, assisted by a magnificent cast featuring Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller and an unrecognisable Robert Pattinson. ... Adapting David Grann's nonfiction bestseller, director James Gray (The Immigrant, MIFF 2014) translates the story of Percy Fawcett to the screen in breathtaking fashion. Charlie Hunnam is a revelatio... Read more
Who says sex is just for the under-50 set? Debra Winger stars in her first lead role for more than 20 years in this wry, tender-hearted paean to the triumphs and travails of middle-aged love and lust. ... Long-married couple Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracy Letts, seen in both Christine and Indignation at MIFF 2016) are the very picture of midlife relationship dissatisfaction. Comfortable to... Read more
Judged the best Canadian entry at the Toronto International Film Festival, this work of unapologetic political and cinematic radicalism burns like a Molotov cocktail. ... What happens to revolutionaries once the revolution has fizzled out? In a dilapidated commune, four young activists recite slogans and plot acts of vandalism; their goal to build on the fury unleashed during the 2012 Maple Spring... Read more
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