Enjoy this sneak peek of the 2017 MIFF program. The full program will be announced on 11 July 2017.
Tickets for selected special events are on sale now. Tickets for the full #MIFF2017 program are on sale on Friday 14 July 2017 (with a presale on 12 and 13 July for MIFF Members).
Aussie newcomer Danielle Macdonald creates cinema's freshest rap icon in this triumphant Sundance tale of how music can give a nobody a voice.
Those who live hard must dream harder. Patricia Dombrowski (a breakout performance by Danielle Macdonald) grinds out her nights at a dive bar in New Jersey. But her alter ego grinds harder as aspiring rapper Patti Cake$.
It's a tough road for the boisterous rhymer, grappling with her ex-singer/current-boozer mother (underground theatre great Bridget Everett) and ailing grandma (Cathy Moriarty of Raging Bull in a deliciously cranky performance). Only streetside rap battles set her soul alight. When she and offsider Jheri (Siddharth Dhananjay) encounter mysterious goth-metaller Basterd (Mamoudou Athie), they might've just discovered the secret weapon.
Director (and writer of all the original music in Patti Cake$) Geremy Jasper cut his teeth on MTV Award-nominated music videos for Selena Gomez and Florence + The Machine and inspires with his debut feature, which was beloved by critics and audiences alike at Sundance and Cannes, where it closed out the Director's Fortnight.
"The best hip-hop movie since Hustle & Flow … Danielle Macdonald is a sensation." – IndieWire