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First Glance 2017

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).

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A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Chile, Germany, 2017)
Fear, ignorance and grief can't keep a good woman down in Sebastián Lelio's Berlinale best screenplay and Teddy winner. ... Turning galvanising portraits of marginalised women into his own niche, Leli... Read More
A rising alt-right filmmaker and his family are found slaughtered, surrounded by Islamic totems. A conspiracy or something even more horrific? ... FEMA death squads, children implanted with RFID chips... Read More
A Gentle Night (China, 2017)
A woman searching for her missing daughter refuses to go gentle, in the Short Film Palme d'Or winner from the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, by MIFF Accelerator Alumni filmmaker Qiu Yang (Under the Sun, M... Read More
ALI'S WEDDING (Australia, 2016)
Sex, lies and Qu'ranic scripture collide on the streets of Melbourne in Osamah Sami's sweet, funny and (unfortunately) true tale of the lengths one man will go to find love – and avoid disappointing h... Read More
AUSTRALIA DAY (Australia, 2017)
Kriv Stenders directs a powerhouse ensemble cast in this excoriating, illuminating take on our country's most fraught debate. ... As a sweltering Australia Day dawns over Brisbane, three seemingly unc... Read More
Oscar Isaac and Anthony LaPaglia lead a sterling cast in Robert Connolly’s riveting thriller that applies a blowtorch to a dark chapter in Australian–Indonesian history. ... Released in 2009, the 10th... Read More
Feature 108 mins
BASTARDY (Australia, 2008)
"Extraordinary … a film that blurs the boundary between documentary and video art. Bastardy is a fascinating and engaging film about a complex, flawed and extremely likeable man." – Cinema Autopsy... Read More
Feature 83 mins
BLESSED (Australia, 2009)
"For those of us willing to be challenged and excited, Blessed is another really fine Australian film ... it’s a searingly honest portrait of that most primal relationship – mothers and children. 4½ s... Read More
Feature 115 mins
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (France, Italy, 2017)
The director of A Bigger Splash helms a passionate Italian summer romance headed by Armie Hammer and extraordinary star on the rise Timothée Chalamet. ... Elio is a teenager in the early 1980s, and is... Read More
Awards won at CPH: DOX, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Sundance are unlikely to be the last for City of Ghosts, Matthew Heineman’s extraordinary exposé on the citizen journalists fronting the war on ISIS.... Read More
DAPHNE (UK, 2017)
"Like a big-screen Fleabag, Peter Mackie Burns' Daphne is a remarkably real and well-realised version of the self-destructive single girl archetype." – IndieWire ... Daphne is 31, flippant, cynical an... Read More
DeKalb Elementary (USA, 2017)
A tense drama, by filmmaker Reed Van Dyk (nasty hardcoreXXX amateur couple, MIFF 2014) based on a real 911-call during an incident at a school in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Winner of the International Com... Read More
"A British Brokeback Mountain, but better." – IndieWire ... Tasked with keeping his family's Yorkshire farm operational, Johnny's days are filled with sheep, struggle and barked cruelties from his ail... Read More
New York auteur Alex Ross Perry returns to MIFF with a compelling ensemble drama boasting a star-studded cast led by Emily Browning, Chloë Sevigny, Jason Schwartzman and Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz.... Read More
HAVE YOU SEEN THE LISTERS? (Australia, 2017)
From award-winning filmmaker Eddie Martin comes an up-to-the-minute snapshot into the life and creative processes of outspoken ‘visual freedom fighter’ Anthony Lister, Australia’s most renowned street... Read More
Feature 86 mins
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (France, USA, Belgium, Switzerland, 2016)
With help from Samuel L Jackson, Haitian auteur Raoul Peck delivers a stirring, Oscar-nominated portrait of the writer, civil rights activist and queer icon James Baldwin and his lifelong fight agains... Read More
JUNGLE (Australia, 2017)
Daniel Radcliffe joins Wolf Creek director Greg McLean in the Bolivian rainforest for a gloriously tense survival thriller based on the bestselling real-life story of adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg. ... I... Read More
Feature 115 mins
LOVING VINCENT (UK, Poland, 2017)
Over 62,000 oil paintings and a cast including Chris O'Dowd and Saoirse Ronan bring the story of Vincent Van Gogh's life and death to the screen in the world's first feature-length painted animation. ... Read More
MOUNTAIN (Australia, 2017)
Sherpa director Jennifer Peedom returns to the mountains that so captivate her to explore that very captivation, hers and humanity's, in a unique cinematic and musical collaboration with the Australia... Read More
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 Dombr... Read More
PECKING ORDER (New Zealand, 2017)
It's like Best in Show, only real … and with chickens. ... The chicken-loving members of the 148-year-old Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club are busy preparing for the National Show. The clu... Read More
POP AYE (Singapore, Thailand, 2017)
Kirsten Tan's Sundance award-winning debut is the warm and ever-so-strange tale of an architect, his elephant and 300 miles of mid-life crisis. ... Thana is a man on the edge. Overlooked at work, igno... Read More
RABBIT (Australia, 2017)
The Great Gatsby’s Adelaide Clemens plays identical twins linked by more than just DNA in this uniquely stylish psychological thriller. ... Haunted by dreams of her missing sister Cleo and convinced –... Read More
Feature 103 mins
Terrence Malick is back with a luminous cast including Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman in a love story set against the backdrop of the Austin music scene. ... In the ... Read More
SPOOKERS (Australia, New Zealand, 2016)
MIFF regular Florian Habicht welcomes you to Spookers, the most terrifying experience you're likely to survive! ... In a former psychiatric hospital outside Auckland, visitors gather to be petrified b... Read More
STEP (USA, 2017)
Winner of a Sundance Special Jury Prize for Inspirational Filmmaking, STEP is a hope-filled crowd pleaser profiling the Lethal Ladies step-dancing team as they aim for glory, and graduation. ... Again... Read More
Small Town (Portugal, 2016)
Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the 2017 Berlinale, this dark, mysterious and beautiful coming-of-age story is about the summer that six-year-old Frederico discovers that people die. ... Read More
THAT'S NOT ME (Australia, 2016)
Becoming a star is hard. Capitalising upon your identical twin sister's fame – that's awkward, but easier than you might think. ... Made in Melbourne but reaching for Hollywood, That's Not Me answers ... Read More
THE BUTTERFLY TREE (Australia, 2017)
Melissa George returns to Australia to star alongside Ewen Leslie and Ed Oxenbould in a visually sumptuous coming-of-age tale of love and loss tinged with magical realism. ... When 13-year-old Fin mee... Read More
Feature 97 mins
The directors of MIFF 2015 film Spring return with an engrossing tale of high-concept Lovecraftian horror centred on two brothers following their escape from a cult. ... Ten years ago, brothers Justin... Read More
The Go-Betweens were Australia's original indie rock trailblazers, leaving behind a sonic legacy that's influenced everyone from Belle and Sebastian to Sleater-Kinney. This is their incredible, tragic... Read More
James Gray brings serenity, soul and splendour to this real-life El Dorado adventure, assisted by a magnificent cast featuring Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller and an unrecognisable Robert Pattinson. ...... Read More
THE PARTY (UK, 2017)
Sally Potter's caustic comic satire of a broken England is a masterclass of acting from a stellar ensemble headed by Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson and Timothy Spall. ... Also featuring Bruno... Read More
THE SILENT EYE (Australia, 2017)
One of Australia's most innovative filmmakers captures two legends – free jazz pioneer Cecil Taylor and modern dance artist Min Tanaka – in an intimate performance piece like no other. ... Considered ... Read More
THE SONG KEEPERS (Australia, 2017)
Central Australia’s answer to The Buena Vista Social Club, The Songkeepers tells the uplifting story of women from the world’s oldest culture preserving some of the world’s oldest sacred songs, connec... Read More
Feature 84 mins
TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL (Australia, 2017)
Join us for a very special screening of the much anticipated new instalment of Jane Campion’s award-winning series, starring Elisabeth Moss, Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie and Nicole Kidman.... Read More
The Hedonists (China, 2016)
A trio of unemployed labourers find work in the most unlikely of places – a bizarre theme park – in the new comedy/social satire by 2013 festival guest Jia Zhang-ke (A Touch of Sin, MIFF 2013).... Read More
WESTWIND: DJALU'S LEGACY (Australia, 2017)
Yolngu warrior, shaman and father Djalu Gurruwiwi, with some help from global pop star Gotye, must find a way to bring two worlds together to save his culture. ... Djalu Gurruwiwi, an ageing Yolngu el... Read More
Feature 90 mins