Headliners

Headlining the festival’s wide-ranging program, these films include some of the most anticipated new works from some of the world’s most revered auteurs and exciting new filmmakers – many screening at MIFF direct from Cannes, including award winners Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Best Screenplay for Céline Sciamma), Young Ahmed (Best Directors for the Dardenne Brothers), Pain & Glory (Best Actor for Antonio Banderas) and Bacurau (Jury Prize).

And don’t miss The Babadook director Jennifer Kent’s controversial but essential new film The Nightingale; the latest from British provocateur Chris Morris, The Day Shall Come; or Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die.

Bacurau

Bacurau

A mythological Brazilian town falls under attack from invading forces in this explosive, Cannes Jury Prize-winning genre cocktail of sci-fi western and action-packed colonial allegory from the director of Aquarius.

Buoyancy

Buoyancy

Inspired by the real-life plight of workers sold into Southeast Asia’s fishing industry and featuring a powerful performance from its first-time star, this gripping high seas drama was awarded the Panorama Prize by Berlinale’s Ecumenical Jury.

The Day Shall Come

The Day Shall Come

Once again filtering today’s bleak political reality through a scathingly satirical lens, provocateur Chris Morris (Four Lions, MIFF 2010) takes inspiration from a hundred true stories with this Anna Kendrick-starring counterterrorism farce.

The Dead Don't Die

The Dead Don't Die

Jim Jarmusch reunites with Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and an all-star cast for his Cannes-opening, deadpan take on the zombie comedy that simmers with the terror of the present.

Les Misérables

Les Misérables

Tensions between violent cops and neighbourhood youth explode in this fiery, Cannes Jury Prize-winning film from director Ladj Ly, who brings the spirit of Victor Hugo to the cultural skirmishes of the Parisian suburbs.

Matthias & Maxime

Matthias & Maxime

French-Canadian auteur Xavier Dolan returns with a funny, tense and heartfelt love story about two childhood best friends coming to terms with their secret feelings for each other.

The Nightingale

The Nightingale

A dual award winner at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, Jennifer Kent’s follow-up to The Babadook pulls no punches in its brutal depiction of life in colonial Tasmania – especially for women and Indigenous Australians.

Official Secrets

Official Secrets

Keira Knightley leads a star-studded cast in this true-story thriller about Katharine Gun, the British secret service whistleblower who tried to stop the Iraq War.

Pain and Glory

Pain and Glory

The acclaimed and adored Pedro Almodóvar reunites with actors Antonio Banderas – who won the Cannes Best Actor prize – and Penélope Cruz in a vibrant, provocative and nostalgic homage to an endlessly fascinating topic: himself

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Girlhood director Céline Sciamma returns with this beautifully calibrated, incandescent romance between a painter and her subject, which took home both Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at this year’s Cannes.

Sorry We Missed You

Sorry We Missed You

“Another passionate bulletin from the heart of modern Britain, the land of zero-hours vassalage and service-economy serfdom – a film in the tradition of Loach’s previous work and reaching back to Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves.” – The Guardian

Travelling Film Showcase - Buoyancy

Travelling Film Showcase - Buoyancy

Inspired by the real-life plight of workers sold into Southeast Asia’s fishing industry and featuring a powerful performance from its first-time star, this gripping high seas drama was awarded the Panorama Prize by Berlinale’s Ecumenical Jury.

The Wild Goose Lake

The Wild Goose Lake

The director of the acclaimed Black Coal, Thin Ice returns with his latest from Cannes competition, a densely layered neo-noir set in the Chinese underworld.

Young Ahmed

Young Ahmed

Belgium’s acclaimed Dardenne brothers scooped Cannes’ Best Director prize for this provocative but ultimately tender tale of an Islamic teenager who falls under the influence of an extremist.