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Can’t decide – or agree with your friends/significant other – on what to see over the first weekend of MIFF? We know the feeling! But we also want to help, which is why we’ve selected some of our favourite films and events and applied a limited 2-for-1 ticket deal!

Simon Pummell’s SHOCK HEAD SOUL, at 4pm on Saturday 4 August in ACMI Cinema 2, is a truly unique film that intertwines documentary interviews, dramatic reconstructions and trippy CGI animation to tell a remarkable true story of mental illness. Based on the autobiographical writings of German judge Daniel Paul Schreber, whose case inspired Freud, Shock Head Soul was described by Variety as a “moving and intellectually stimulating” film that “deserves to be seen”.

Axel Petersén’s AVALON, at 9pm on Saturday 4 August in ACMI Cinema 2, won the Discovery FIPRESCI Prize at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, where the jury called it an "assured, darkly humorous” film marking “the arrival of a promising new voice in Swedish filmmaking". Part-thriller, part-character study, Avalon recalls the Dogme school of filmmaking.

Melbourne writer-director Ben Lewin took on Hollywood to create The Sessions with John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H Macy. A double award winner at the Sundance Film Festival this year, The Sessions is a tender crowd-pleaser about a man with polio seeking to lose his virginity. For the IN SESSION: BEN LEWIN Director’s Chair event at 1.30pm on Sunday 5 August, at The Wheeler Centre, Mac Gudgeon of the Australian Writers' Guild speaks with Ben about his long struggle to make the film independently, its successes and his homecoming to Australia.

First-time director Babis Makridis comes to MIFF with the strange and compelling L, screening at 9pm on Sunday 5 August in ACMI Cinema 2. Co-written with Efthimis Filippou (Dogtooth, MIFF 09; Alps, in this year’s program) L is wry, dry and possessed of a biting, offbeat humour that confidently positions it as a cornerstone of the recent wave of Greek absurdist films.

This special 2-for-1 ticket offer is strictly limited in numbers – first in best dressed.

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