Director Justin Kurzel / 2021 / Australia

Viewer advice: Includes themes that some may find distressing. Viewer discretion is advised.

A narrative depiction of the events leading up to one of the darkest chapters in modern Australian history from MIFF Accelerator Lab alumnus director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown).

Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, Nitram is produced by Nick Batzias (The Australian Dream, MIFF 2019) and Virginia Whitwell (Below, MIFF Premiere Fund 2019), and stars Caleb Landry Jones (Get Out; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Anthony LaPaglia (Balibo, MIFF Premiere Fund 2009), Judy Davis (The Dressmaker) and Essie Davis (The Babadook, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries).

Nitram comes to MIFF straight from Cannes, where it was the first Australian film in a decade to compete for the Palme d’Or in the illustrious festival’s official main competition – and the first Victorian film to do so in more than 30 years. For his nuanced, affecting lead performance, Jones was named Best Actor by the Cannes jury.

“Kurzel has gone about this task with blazing moral integrity, seeking to explain the apparently inexplicable in human terms.” – Daily Telegraph (UK)

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