A visionary exploration of the inherent biases in surveillance technology from one of North America’s most fascinating and inventive documentary filmmakers.
An unplanned pregnancy unites two very different Costa Rican women in unique ways.
The perpetration and subsequent cover-up of one of the 20th century’s worst mass murders are examined in detail in Sergei Loznitsa’s remarkable archival collage.
A bereaved single mother does battle with the Iranian justice system in this tense drama.
Amid Iran’s widespread 2019 floods, three young musicians set out for a career-making gig in Tehran. But as the water rises, their chances of making it on time diminish.
Commune or cult? This epic documentary illuminates the Rajneesh sannyasin movement in 1980s Fremantle, as told by those who lived through it.
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.
The film that made Tom Hanks a genuine star is now roughly the same age as its grown-up lead was, yet it remains equally as innocent and charming.
Hot Docs award winner Todd Chandler examines disturbing evolutions in today’s USA, where schools operate in the shadow of mass shootings.
This ode to sport and friendship takes us to the world’s largest Syrian refugee camp, where two soccer-obsessed teens see the game as their way out.
This complex, evocative period piece about human disconnection invites you to a party in 1990s Belgrade – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume optional.
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 long-lost masterpiece of 1970s Iranian cinema finally re-emerges on the big screen.
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.
A Soviet official finds her loyalty to the regime tested when her daughter goes missing in the aftermath of a massacre.
Legendary American lesbian feminist filmmaker Barbara Hammer turns her lens to the inner workings of Japanese filmmaking collective Ogawa Productions.
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.
This hypnotic exploration of a family’s psychological turmoil under the shadow of Thai history won the FIPRESCI Prize in this year’s IFFR competition.
A real-life mother–daughter duo play a semi-fictional mother–daughter duo struggling to make ends meet in this charismatic feminist class comedy.
An elegant, neorealist debut that captures the beating heart of Lagos in the stories of two local dreamers struggling with their city’s Kafkaesque capitalism.
In an Ethiopian community dependent on its cash crop in more ways than one, a new generation’s furtive hopes slip through the cracks.
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.
Come face-to-face with the mysterious force that both surrounds us yet remains beyond our reach or comprehension.
This riveting firsthand account tells the story behind the legendary band that helped inspire the alternative rock sound of the 90s.
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.
Slow-cinema master Lav Diaz returns with another mordantly meditative piece – one that nabbed him Venice’s Orizzonti Best Director gong.
MIFF alumnus and Shorts Award winner Eddy Bell returns with an intimate and critical portrait of one of Australia’s worst droughts.
Subtitled A Very Human Tech Doc, this timely documentary exposes the true cost of the gig economy quietly powering our everyday lives.
An intricate psychological ode to simmering emotion amid unfettered separation anxiety, which took home two Encounters awards at the Berlinale.
A guided tour through art history as seen through the female gaze – and a savvy, subversive rejoinder to centuries of representation from the eyes of the male beholder.
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.
Winning a Special Mention at CPH:DOX, this moving, poignant film is a love letter to a deaf and blind brother from his younger sister.
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.
Prepare to be astounded as this quacktacular Marvel Comics oddity gets plucked from the depths of history for a glorious 70mm screening.
Meet Australia’s self-crowned “Queen of Honky-Tonk”: renegade country singer Wanita was born ready.
A collective springs to life in this radiant tribute to radical Black politics.
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 illustriously produced vigilante drama centres on a mother who will do anything to get her kidnapped daughter back.
Ema star Mariana Di Girólamo is magnetically front and centre – literally – as a dangerous wannabe social media influencer in this dark drama.
This story of a Syrian refugee awaiting resettlement on a remote Scottish island is at once heart-wrenching and humorous.
A lead turn reminiscent of Marlon Brando anchors this neo-realist look at the Maltese fishing industry.
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.
In this Brazilian Gothic cri de coeur, the murder of a trans woman reverberates in the lives of the people around her.
Göteborg’s 2021 Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award winner dives into personal memories that embody the persistence of life in the face of enormous tragedy.
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.
Dash Snow epitomised “live fast, die young”, ascending from New York’s fringe to the major international art scene during his brief existence.
This timely, intelligent and emotional examination of state-sanctioned violence reveals a disturbingly universal story.
In Jacqueline Lentzou’s exceptional feature debut, an already strained father–daughter relationship is put under pressure.
An unsettling, melancholic portrait of what fame did to the talented young star of Death in Venice.
This sprawling, tender documentary captures the inspiring relationship between an unorthodox German schoolteacher and his culturally diverse teenage class.
Two brothers with diametrically opposed approaches to their faith are pitted against one another in this tense family drama.
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.
The first Iran–US co-production to open in Iranian cinemas since the revolution pits a couple against a malevolent hotel, trapping them in with their secrets.
A young prison inmate is transformed into a modern-day Scheherazade in this electrifying tribute to the power of storytelling.
A twentysomething has to grapple with the pressures of impending maturity as well as the ‘ninjababy’ that has snuck inside her seemingly undetected.
Maliciously outed after his death, musician Billy Tipton is now a transmasculine icon.
Part road movie, part video essay, this lyrical tour-de-force from Angelo Madsen Minax finds catharsis in confronting family drama.
From the director of Golden Bear winner Fire at Sea comes an achingly poetic, humane meditation on life in the shadow of war and the Islamic State.
Carrie Brownstein and St. Vincent play versions of themselves in this music mockumentary that explores the absurdities of fame and friendship.
The lives of Indigenous women collide in this powerful feature debut, which takes aim at poverty, prejudice and the patriarchy.
Awarded IFFR’s top prize, this lean, arresting debut follows a primal father–son road trip across the arid landscapes of southern India.
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.
In this delightful slacker story, a young Parisian comic-book artist is on the hunt for stability, a career, self-confidence, love – but nothing seems to go her way.
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.
Undead bikies, wealthy witches, Satanic butlers and magic frogs. What more could you want from a cult post-Hammer horror?
This gutsy and charming film about a young Ghanaian-American woman at a crossroads marks the arrival of a filmmaker with a fresh, unique vision.
A deeply personal portrait becomes a reflection on Iran’s turbulent political history in this striking, formally innovative memoir.
A troubled medical scholar pits herself against institutional sexism in this steely moral thriller selected for Un Certain Regard.
Mads Mikkelsen headlines this ingenious, pitch-black Scandi revenge comedy.
Erupting with unforgettable images of Hawaii, this boundary-breaking essay film captures the splendour and turbulent colonial history of the island nation.
This unsettling chamber piece, while wearing the skin of a horror, is at heart a considered meditation on selflessness, loyalty and chronic illness.
This daring Sundance Directing Award winner tracks a band of volunteers out to rescue ISIS sex slaves from an infamous Syrian border camp.
Ogawa Productions’ first internationally successful film captures farmers in Sanrizuka, Japan, resisting a government takeover of their land.
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.
Laura Dern is unforgettable in this 1986 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner – now digitally restored – as a teen who pursues experiences she’s not really sure she wants.
Denis Côté’s witty, theatrical battle of the sexes turns social distancing into an exercise in mutual estrangement.
Tradition and technology meet head-on in this tense coming-of-age drama about two Egyptian teens and a web of deceptions.
This ultra-gory animated fantasy is a chaotic ride perfectly calibrated for your inner 1980s teenage dirtbag.
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.
Questions of morality and duty play out against the backdrop of the Iranian justice system in the 2020 Berlinale’s Golden Bear winner.
Winner of Best First Appearance at IDFA 2020, this formally bold documentary traces a Kurdish-Ukrainian young man’s experiences of an endless cycle of war and peace.
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 tense mother–daughter survival story that paints an empathetic picture of outsider life across the subways and streets of New York City.
Go behind the music at the sunny Caribbean studio that birthed some of the biggest hits of the 1980s.
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.
Bill Morrison revisits lesser-known chapters of Soviet film history in this hypnotic fever dream that melds art and archive.
Abbas Kiarostami protégé Ahmad Bahrami’s 2020 Venice Orizzonti Award winner is a dreamlike expedition to a remote Iranian factory.
How do you get the world’s biggest rock band to play in your hometown? Become the world’s biggest rock band.
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.
Just your ordinary story of a girl who falls in love with a wolfman and raises their children – this anime classic celebrates difference and unconventional families.
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.