Opening Night Gala - Of an Age

Origin: Australia (2022)
Language: English, Serbian with English subtitles

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Celebrate the opening night of the 70th Melbourne International Film Festival with the world premiere of Accelerator Lab alumnus Goran Stolevski’s Of an Age, a heart-meltingly tender, quintessentially Melbourne queer coming-of-age tale that will make you swoon from beginning to end.

Join the film’s director and cast plus other special guests of the festival on the red carpet, then enjoy drinks, canapés and dancing at the afterparty.

It’s the summer of 1999 and two teens fresh out of high school – reserved, Serbian-born Nikola (Elias Anton, Barracuda) and fiery Ebony (Hattie Hook) – are partners for a dance competition. On the big day, Nikola gets a distressed call from Ebony, asking to be rescued from the other side of town, so he enlists her brother, the charming Adam (Thom Green, Dance Academy; Downriver, MIFF Premiere Fund 2015), to take him there. On the drive, amid traffic and amicable swagger, the two young men discover a mutual spark … but Adam is leaving the country in 24 hours.

Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, this heady story of youth and love is the second feature from Australian director Stolevski (Would You Look at Her, MIFF 2018; You Deserve Everything, MIFF 2016) – named among Variety’s global ‘10 Directors to Watch for 2022’ list, and whose long-form debut You Won’t Be Alone also screens at this year’s MIFF following its celebrated Sundance premiere. Tactile, funny and heartfelt, Of an Age captures the hinterland of suburbia, the strains of immigrant families, and the crossroads of desire and big dreams in teenage years, as well as lip-biting moments of attraction and anticipation. Like in Weekend before it, time in Of an Age is both constraint and catalyst, with Stolevski depicting the coming-together of two twin souls and the bracing realisation that everything has its moment.

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Thu 04 Aug 6:45 pm [00019]
MIFF 2022

Please note: MIFF’s full program will launch on Tuesday 12 July. Tickets will be available to MIFF Members from Tuesday 12 July and to the general public from Friday 15 July.

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Key Cast
Elias Anton, Hattie Hook, Thom Green
Kristina Ceyton, Sam Jennings
Goran Stolevski
Matthew Chaung
Goran Stolevski
Costume Designer
Zohie Castellano
Production Designer
Bethany Ryan
Premiere Status
World Premiere