In 1960s rural India, a village chief and his son resist the pressure of conforming to the new world of Christianity.
Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard star in Leos Carax’s bizarre, brazen musical – the Best Director–winning Cannes film on everyone’s lips.
This psychological crime thriller pushes genre into daring territory and dazzles with a lush visual style that heralds the arrival of a major new Chinese filmmaking talent.
A bereaved single mother does battle with the Iranian justice system in this tense drama.
A collection of the best short films of the festival, as chosen by the MIFF Shorts Awards Jury and the MIFF Shorts Programmer.
Winner of two Locarno Leopards of Tomorrow awards, this stunning portrait of adolescent abandon unfolds at the threshold of emerging maturity.
A couple’s date at a tucked-away hole-in-the-wall takes a turn for the ravenous.
A sweet, touchingly funny tale about a working-class teen whose newfound passion for singing helps her connect with her deaf family in new ways.
Food lovers won’t be able to resist this tantalising story of a master ramen chef and his legendary Tokyo noodle shop.
For one family, a wholesome trip to New Zealand’s remote countryside turns into the stuff of nightmares.
Winner of a Silver Bear at the Berlinale, this genre-bender takes an immersive, existential ride deep inside the Mexico City police force.
Isolated and maligned by her peers, a woodworker crafts a more assured self-image.
The intricacies of a moment of connection are dwelt on in this meditative examination of male desire by Tsai Ming-liang.
A hypnotic portrait of a young couple surviving life in an off-the-beaten-track, opportunity-starved outback town.
An absurdist study of the human body as a limitless instrument for self-discovery.
IFFR Tiger Award winner Daïchi Saïto presents an absorbing, otherworldly study of our planet.
The directorial debut from producer Tanith Glynn-Maloney reimagines the 1954 auditions for Charles Chauvel’s iconic final film.
This Gen Z Before Sunrise finds tender romance in youthful self-discovery.
This true story of an acid attack survivor’s fight to alter her daughter’s destiny is an inspiring and heartwarming call-to-action.
MIFF alumnus and Shorts Award winner Eddy Bell returns with an intimate and critical portrait of one of Australia’s worst droughts.
Divorced, lonely and inept with the web, a 50-year-old man decides to try his hand at finding love online – with spectacularly catastrophic results.
In this achingly romantic postwar-set film, which won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize, a man imprisoned for his sexuality finds that love offers sweet release.
Misogynist or champion of women? This expansive portrait of a controversial fashion icon captures both light and shade.
The bold directorial debut of Portrait of a Lady on Fire actor Luàna Bajrami is a luminously kinetic depiction of teenage ennui and troublemaking.
Attempting to quell some tension, a mother and daughter head to the hot springs… but more heat isn’t what they need.
Ahead of her 100th birthday, Isey and her devoted son James prepare for the party of a lifetime.
Melbourne has never looked sleeker than in this low-key mumblecore piece.
An engrossing profile of a little-known 60s blues and folk icon, executive-produced by Wim Wenders.
This illustriously produced vigilante drama centres on a mother who will do anything to get her kidnapped daughter back.
Produced by Wang Yang and Palme d’Or winner Qiu Yang, Lili Alone is a beautifully mournful story about one woman’s sacrifice.
Emma Dante adapts her own acclaimed play: a melancholy tale of five Sicilian sisters whose lives are forever changed by a trauma from their youth.
Jason Di Rosso speaks to three directors whose intimate films, screening at MIFF 69, each shine a light on their own families – and therefore themselves.
Four documentarians discuss their MIFF 69 films that spotlight individuals who have carved out influential careers amid personal and professional struggles.
Winner of the Silver Lion at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, this shocking, dystopian thriller is an incendiary indictment of class, racism and power that speaks to our times.
A young prison inmate is transformed into a modern-day Scheherazade in this electrifying tribute to the power of storytelling.
In this multi-award-winning drama, a child pickpocket dreams of a better life.
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.
Steven Soderbergh assembles the starriest of casts, headlined by Don Cheadle and Benicio Del Toro, for this explosive period crime caper.
Céline Sciamma returns with a delicate tale of childhood and an intergenerational connection that crosses through time.
Capturing the malaise of Chinese society at the tail end of the 20th century, Jia Zhang-ke’s restored feature debut is ripe for re-examination.
This tense and timely docu-thriller, which won a Sundance award for vérité filmmaking, plunges into the chaos of Zimbabwe’s first democratic elections.
A Lynchian depiction of self-transformation in the social media age.
Nominated for Best International Feature Film at this year’s Oscars, this extraordinary account of a 1995 Bosnian massacre is powerful, essential viewing.
Horrific real-world news story becomes giallo-inspired horror in this gleefully deranged interrogation of our conspiracy-fuelled, edgelord-filled times.
In the ruthless world of competitive table-setting, it’s knives at 20 places.
Laurie Anderson narrates the untold history of the women who blazed a trail through electronic music.
When a new arrival is alienated by her peers at a girls’ orphanage, she exacts revenge by inventing an activity that takes gameplay to the extreme.
Rising alt-comedy star Patti Harrison joins Ed Helms in this wry surrogate-pregnancy comedy that upends traditional gender dynamics and subverts expectations.
The darkly humorous 2021 Clermont-Ferrand International Competition Special Jury Prize winner pits a funeral custom against languishing olive trees.
Winner of the 2021 Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes, this Russian drama from the producers of Beanpole travels to the dark heart of an unusual family.
Christian Petzold’s reimagining of an ancient myth will pull you in with its shadowy undertow.
A French couple travelling by campervan around Australia discover their relationship is at a crossroads.
Starring Pamela Rabe, Margot Nash’s acclaimed first feature – now gloriously restored – is a must for the big screen.
This Berlinale FIPRESCI Prize winner is a romantic, Kafkaesque fable full of poignant whimsy and playful imagery.
Kiyoshi Kurosawa makes his first foray into period filmmaking with a twisty, Hitchcockian tale of love and betrayal in WWII, which earned him a 2020 Silver Lion.
A Noongar high school student struggles to perform a Shakespearean sonnet for her drama class.
Yael Stone and Emily Barclay star as frenemy sisters in this sibling dramedy by Madeleine Gottlieb.
An infamous tweetstorm about a wild, pole-dancing Florida road trip has become one of the most hotly anticipated movies of the year.