Courtney Barnett pulls back the curtain in this intimate first-person exposition on creativity, vulnerability and artistic life on the road.
A bereaved single mother does battle with the Iranian justice system in this tense drama.
One of world cinema’s most famous locations becomes the backdrop for this intricate relationship drama by Mia Hansen-Løve.
A collection of the best short films of the festival, as chosen by the MIFF Shorts Awards Jury and the MIFF Shorts Programmer.
Michael Caine and Aubrey Plaza match wits – and red pens – as a cranky author and peppy publisher in this rollicking literary comedy.
A unique melding of biopic and biographical documentary, this 90s classic – sumptuously restored in time for its 30th anniversary – pays tribute to a vanished era of cinema.
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.
The intricacies of a moment of connection are dwelt on in this meditative examination of male desire by Tsai Ming-liang.
Leah Purcell AM writes, directs and stars in this highly anticipated adaptation – a vivid reckoning with Australia’s colonial history through the tale of one woman’s resilience.
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.
A real-life mother–daughter duo play a semi-fictional mother–daughter duo struggling to make ends meet in this charismatic feminist class comedy.
The directorial debut from producer Tanith Glynn-Maloney reimagines the 1954 auditions for Charles Chauvel’s iconic final film.
This award-winning, stylistically bold documentary tells the story of an Afghan refugee’s coming home – and coming out – via animation and archival footage.
Olivia Martin McGuire parallels a grandfather’s journey to safety during the Cultural Revolution with his granddaughter’s fight for freedom in Hong Kong today.
This Gen Z Before Sunrise finds tender romance in youthful self-discovery.
Step into a referee’s boots and onto the field to soak up the ecstasy and thrilling stakes of a soccer match.
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.
A man’s devotion to his wife is put to the ultimate test in this rare cinematic venture into the Horn of Africa.
The bold directorial debut of Portrait of a Lady on Fire actor Luàna Bajrami is a luminously kinetic depiction of teenage ennui and troublemaking.
Selected for Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, the debut feature by Jafar Panahi’s son Panah is a chaotic, tender road trip set against a rugged landscape.
Attempting to quell some tension, a mother and daughter head to the hot springs… but more heat isn’t what they need.
Constance Wu stars in this elegiac Hawaiian drama as the late wife of a man haunted by his past and slowly becoming a spectre in the present.
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.
Essie Davis is incandescent as a squeegee-wielding mama bear who won’t stop fighting for those she loves – even if it ruins her own life.
An engrossing profile of a little-known 60s blues and folk icon, executive-produced by Wim Wenders.
This story of a Syrian refugee awaiting resettlement on a remote Scottish island is at once heart-wrenching and humorous.
In a near-future Melbourne defined by state corruption and constant surveillance, a group of small-time activists hatches a plan to commit a “victimless atrocity”.
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.
This bruising, tender queer drama reminiscent of Beau Travail explores homophobia and repressed desire in the Apartheid-era South African military.
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.
Carrie Brownstein and St. Vincent play versions of themselves in this music mockumentary that explores the absurdities of fame and friendship.
Indigenous teenagers navigate exams, social dramas and maintaining meaningful connections to home while at boarding school.
Be swept away by renowned Chilean composer Claudio Recabarren Madrid’s cosmic keys.
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.
A daughter explores her mother’s complex punk legacy in this no-holds-barred documentary.
Love and reality go under the scalpel in this story of obsession on the streets of Budapest.
A Lynchian depiction of self-transformation in the social media age.
Mads Mikkelsen headlines this ingenious, pitch-black Scandi revenge comedy.
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.
Hot Docs 2020’s Best International Feature Documentary winner offers a dog’s-eye view of life in Istanbul.
Sweep the clouds away with this joyous origin story of your favourite childhood TV show.
A gang of streets kids is hired to pull off a dangerous heist in this Oscar-shortlisted coming-of-age drama from Iranian master director Majid Majidi.
Buckle up for the wildest, queerest car-fetish body-horror fable ever to win the Cannes Palme d’Or.
Rising alt-comedy star Patti Harrison joins Ed Helms in this wry surrogate-pregnancy comedy that upends traditional gender dynamics and subverts expectations.
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.
Japanese favourite Ryūsuke Hamaguchi enchants with a playfully enigmatic, female-centric triptych that won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlinale.
On the streets of Kabul, a child dreams of making it big. Will a chance encounter with a foreigner bring his shot at stardom closer?
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.
Artist, outsider, writer, queer activist. David Wojnarowicz was all of these things and more, as Chris McKim captures in his fiery documentary.
From race to religion, flesh to nature, this comprehensive documentary explores how cinema exhumes the old traumas that modernity tries to bury.
The first feature documentary made by queer filmmakers about queer life – by the Mariposa Film Group – captures an essential moment in the gay liberation movement.
Yael Stone and Emily Barclay star as frenemy sisters in this sibling dramedy by Madeleine Gottlieb.