Nathan Silver's partially improvised Soft in the Head is a striking character portrait loosely based on Dostoyevsky's The Idiot, and evoking the delirious energy of indie cinema masters Samuel Fuller and John Cassavetes.
Bruno Dumont takes an unexpected turn toward both television and comedy in Li'l Quinquin, a police procedural-mocking farce that is part Twin Peaks, part Inspector Clouseau, but always unmistakably Dumont.
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How Strange to be Named Federico: Scola Narrates Fellini is both an ode to friendship and artistic ambition, and a tribute to one of world cinema's greatest figures. An essential experience for any Fellini enthusiast.
In Local and Notable: Marvellous Melbourne Movies, Melburnians Jack Charles, Clementine Ford, Adam Elliot, George Calombaris, Stephen Cummings and Adalita talk about their picks for the iconic Melbourne film.
Legendary cult animator Bill Plympton is a perennial MIFF favourite, with his hand-drawn anarchic style instantly recognisable. The absurd and surreal Cheatin' is his latest, and it's one of his best.
Sepideh – Reaching for the Stars is "a beautiful, emotional and intelligent coming-of-age film" (Nonfics) about a teenage girl who wants to be an astronaut ... in one of the world's most culturally repressive nations.
A contemporary riff on the great rebels of 1960s cinema, Free Range / Ballad on the Approving of World is the "radical and mesmerizing cinematic portrait that the beat generation always deserved, but never got".
Winner of the Crystal Bear for Best Film in the Generation Kplus section at the Berlin Film Festival, The Fort is a heart-warming and deeply moving coming-of-age tale.
Filmed on the beautiful stormy coast of Jutland, When Animals Dream is a stunning coming-of-age story, full of a restrained horror tonally reminiscent of Let The Right One In (MIFF 2008).
Audience Award winner (Best Documentary) at the Sydney Film Festival, Love Marriage in Kabul is a captivating, emotionally charged account of bride selling in Afghanistan.
A deliciously black satire in the grandest tradition of Italy's commedia all'italiana, Divorce, Italian Style won Best Screenplay at the 1962 Academy Awards, and is a whip-smart tour through the absurdities of love and fidelity.
Examining the borderline between truth and trickery, An Honest Liar profiles noted sceptic James "The Amazing" Randi and his decades-long crusade to expose charlatans, phoney psychics and con-men faith healers.
A slapstick mix of spooks, kung fu action and kooky comedy, Encounters of the Spooky Kind is one of the must-sees when indulging in jiang shi (the Chinese hopping vampire genre).
Enigmatic Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase is back at her intoxicating, divisive best with Still the Water, a mystically charged and unabashedly poetic meditation on the awesome power of nature and our own scarce and beautiful fragility.
The Melbourne International Film Festival welcomes the return of a MIFF travelling film festival after an absence of six years. In August and September, the MIFF Premiere Showcase hits the road with a series of weekend screenings throughout Victoria, showcasing MIFF Premiere Fund-supported Australian films.
Adrian Wootton returns to MIFF in 2014 for more of his acclaimed Illustrated Film Talks, this year focusing on mavericks, spies and tough guys.
An inspiring and intimate picture of Muslim sisterhood and collective action, Invoking Justice shines a light on the courageous women building new models for self-empowerment within Southern India's Sharia legal system.
"Among the most beautiful things Truffaut ever committed to film" (Criterion Collection), Antoine and Colette is a tender, fittingly melancholy sequel to the film that launched the French New Wave.
The Khmer Rouge tried to destroy everything, but they couldn't destroy rock 'n' roll. Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll reclaims this music from the grip of the genocide.
Award-winning actor Harrison Gilbertson stars alongside acclaimed French actress Emmanuelle Béart in the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported My Mistress, an unconventional, provocative love story.
LA-based developer, writer and lecturer Wendall Thomas returns to MIFF to talk scripts. She will do four stand-alone, all-day seminars on various aspects of the filmwriting process.
In association with Red Stitch Actors Theatre, MIFF presents the Australian premiere season of Annie Baker's 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Flick. Directed by Nadia Tass (Matching Jack, MIFF 2010), The Flick follows three underpaid employees of one of the last remaining film projector cinemas.
MIFF is proud to launch its inaugural Critics Campus, an intensive seven-day lab that enables emerging Australian film critics to develop their skills in a live festival setting. The first iteration of the Critics Campus will take place during the festival’s 63rd edition, 31 July–17 August 2014.