2019 First Glance

MIFF is pleased to reveal the first suite of films that will shape our
 2019 program. The full program will be announced on Tuesday 9 July.

Tickets for selected special events – including the Opening Night Gala, the Centrepiece Gala and the Family Gala – are on sale now. Tickets for the full #MIFF2019 program will go on sale on Friday 12 July (with a pre-sale on 10 and 11 July for MIFF Members). 

MIFF is also thrilled to announce this year's program will screen across existing venues as well as a triumphant return to the newly refurbished Capitol Theatre, alongside several other new festival venues: Plenary at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Auditorium and Carlton's Cinema Nova, as well as an amplified presence at the iconic Astor Theatre.

In addition, look for an expanded presentation of VR with the collaboration of our new VR partner, Arts House.

Program

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Angel of Mine

Noomi Rapace, Luke Evans, Yvonne Strahovski and Richard Roxburgh star in the Melbourne-shot and set second feature from Strangerland’s Kim Farrant, as scripted by Oscar-nominated Lion screenwriter Luke Davies.

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Animals

Alia Shawkat and Holliday Grainger give a beautiful authenticity to Australian director Sophie Hyde’s adaptation of the acclaimed novel that Caitlin Moran described as ‘Withnail & I for girls’.

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Aquarela

“Victor Kossakovsky’s bombastic documentary captures the raw power of water … an experience of shock and awe, as well as wonder.” – Screen Daily

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The Art Of Self-Defense

“Jesse Eisenberg plays a wimp whose desperate bid to man up compels him to join an off-kilter karate studio in this smart, machismo-critiquing cult comedy … dark, sinister, and disarmingly hilarious.” – Variety

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Below

Starring Ryan Corr and Anthony LaPaglia, Below is a pitch-black comedy with a unique, and uniquely provocative, take on Australia’s controversial asylum-seeker detention system.

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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.

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Cold Case Hammarskjöld

“This could either be the world’s biggest murder mystery, or the world’s most idiotic conspiracy theory.” – Mads Brügger

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Come To Daddy

As an insufferably moustachioed millennial battling for his estranged father’s affections, Elijah Wood is characteristically brilliant in Ant Timpson’s unpredictably bizarre and hilarious directorial debut.

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A Dog Called Money

In this dynamic, globe-trotting mix of travelogue and music documentary, revered rocker PJ Harvey roams the world in search of inspiration for a recording project.


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A Family

Deadpan to its core, A Family is an offbeat comedy that ventures into the home of a lonely man who hires actors to play his parents, brother and sister.

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The Film Music of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis


Nick Cave and Warren Ellis join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra this August to perform a selection of suites from their highly distinctive film scores as part of the 68th MIFF.

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Hear My Eyes: Girlhood + Sampa The Great

MIFF’s third, exclusive Hear My Eyes event will see Sampa The Great performing live alongside Céline Sciamma’s defiantly electrifying portrait of young women of colour growing up in the Paris projects.

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In Fabric

Peter Strickland is beloved for his exquisitely tactile European genre homages and his unsettling command of mood. But this screamingly funny, Fassbinder-does-giallo fable, which follows a cursed dress thirsting for blood, is outré even for him.

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In My Blood It Runs

Four years after Gayby Baby (MIFF 2015), Maya Newell crafts another powerful, essential portrait of Australian youth, putting the plight of the Northern Territory’s Indigenous children in the spotlight.

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Iron Fists And Kung Fu Kicks

Dir. Serge Ou

From Hong Kong to Hollywood, the Shaw Brothers to The Matrix, iron fists and kung fu kicks have been busting box offices and breaking barriers since the 1960s. This is the wild story of how the way of the dragon became a global phenomenon.

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Judy & Punch

Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman star in this delightfully offbeat feminist update of Punch and Judy from Mirrah Foulkes, making the leap from award-winning shorts to critically acclaimed feature filmmaking.

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La Flor

Settle in for 14 hours of remarkable filmmaking from iconoclastic Argentinean director Mariano Llinás, whose La Flor ups the ante of his 2008 Historias extraordinarias, taking his experiments in cinematic storytelling to unequalled new heights.

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Measure For Measure

Following the critically acclaimed Pawno, director Paul Ireland moves from Footscray to Prahran’s commission flats for this contemporary re-interpretation of Shakespeare, with Hugo Weaving leading a powerful, multicultural cast.

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MIFF Centrepiece Gala - Little Monsters

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o shines bright as a ukulele-playing, zombie-slaying kindergarten teacher in Abe Forsythe’s sweetly hilarious zom-com Little Monsters.

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MIFF Family Gala - H is for Happiness

Miriam Margolyes, Emma Booth, Richard Roxburgh, Deborah Mailman and Joel Jackson star in this delightful adaptation of the award-winning YA novel My Life as an Alphabet.

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MIFF Opening Night Gala - The Australian Dream

For years, Adam Goodes was a beloved hero of the game of AFL. Then the two-time Brownlow Medallist and former Australian of the Year began to call out racism, and his Australian dream turned into a nightmare.

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Monos

Winner of a Sundance Special Jury Award, Monos is a visually astounding, thrillingly original fever dream situated somewhere between Lord of the Flies, Apocalypse Now and Aguirre, the Wrath of God.

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Mr. Jones

Veteran director Agnieszka Holland unearths an essential chapter of history with this biopic about Welsh journalist Gareth Jones and his efforts to expose Soviet atrocities during the 1930s.

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No Time For Quiet

Featuring appearances from rock sensation Courtney Barnett, local punk trio Cable Ties and Sikh-Australian slam poet Sukhjit Khalsa, No Time for Quiet joins a group of girls and gender-fluid youths as they discover the empowering strength of music through a GIRLS ROCK! camp in Melbourne.

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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.

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Ray & Liz

Revered photographer Richard Billingham revisits his coming of age in a chaotic council flat in the 1980s, portraying it with a tender, melancholy beauty full of subtle humour and pathos.

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The Rest

Dir. Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei fills his latest affecting, insightful and highly topical documentary with the voices, faces and bodies caught in Europe’s refugee crisis.

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Sátántangó

Restored to mark its 25th anniversary, Béla Tarr’s breathtaking magnum opus is an examination of time and human decline set in a Hungarian village during the dying days of Communism.

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The Souvenir

Tilda Swinton stars alongside her daughter, Honor Swinton Byrne – a revelation – in Joanna Hogg’s intimate semi-autobiographical drama, which won a Sundance Grand Jury Prize.

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Thurston Moore In Conversation


One of the most innovative electric guitarists living today, Thurston Moore joins us at MIFF, performing new scores to four short films by Maya Deren, and will also join us in conversation to discuss his career in music and writing, and cinema.

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Thurston Moore Plays Maya Deren


Iconic musician and former Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore joins us in Melbourne at The Astor Theatre for a special live performance, playing the original music he wrote to accompany four seminal works from pioneering experimental filmmaker Maya Deren.

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Untouchable

The catalyst that launched #MeToo in global consciousness, the fall of Hollywood producing titan Harvey Weinstein is told through the testimony of the women he allegedly targeted in this powerful and damning documentary.

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The Waiting Room

From revered filmmakers Molly Reynolds and Rolf de Heer comes a groundbreaking 3D VR experience that asks the question: what if humans are an invading alien force?

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Watergate

An epic retelling of the loss of a nation’s innocence, from Academy Award-winning director Charles Ferguson.

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Watson

For 50 years, Sea Shepherd co-founder Captain Paul Watson has been fighting to save the world’s oceans, and producer-turned-director Lesley Chilcott (It Might Get Loud, MIFF 2008; An Inconvenient Truth, MIFF 2006) documents with the same passion as her subject.

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We Are Little Zombies

Reality ain’t worth crying about for four teens numbed by tragedy who decide to form a technicolour pop-electronica band in this riotous yet emotionally trenchant feature debut from the award-winning Makoto Nagahisa.

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What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?

The breakout hit of the Venice Film Festival – where it took home four awards – What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? is an exquisite portrait of life in New Orleans and the people making their way on the wrong side of America’s race divide.

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Working Woman

The question often asked of women who experience sexual harassment is why don’t they just leave. Working Woman shows us precisely why it’s not that simple.

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Your Face

Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-liang swaps the virtual-reality splendour of The Deserted (MIFF 2018) for a contemplative work of close-up portraiture, as paired with a brooding score by Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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