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Viewing films where date is 14 August
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Anonymous Club

Anonymous Club

Director Danny Cohen

Courtney Barnett pulls back the curtain in this intimate first-person exposition on creativity, vulnerability and artistic life on the road.

Aurora

Aurora

An unplanned pregnancy unites two very different Costa Rican women in unique ways.

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Australian Shorts

Australian Shorts

Australia’s finest short films.
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Azor

Azor

A complex mystery unravels within the pressure cooker of 1980 Argentina, revealing just how dark and dirty the privileged world of money really is.
Babi Yar. Context

Babi Yar. Context

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.

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Ballad of a White Cow

Ballad of a White Cow

A bereaved single mother does battle with the Iranian justice system in this tense drama.

The Beloved

The Beloved

Commune or cult? This epic documentary illuminates the Rajneesh sannyasin movement in 1980s Fremantle, as told by those who lived through it.

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Bergman Island

Bergman Island

One of world cinema’s most famous locations becomes the backdrop for this intricate relationship drama by Mia Hansen-Løve.

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Best MIFF Shorts

Best MIFF Shorts

A collection of the best short films of the festival, as chosen by the MIFF Shorts Awards Jury and the MIFF Shorts Programmer.

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Best Sellers

Best Sellers

Michael Caine and Aubrey Plaza match wits – and red pens – as a cranky author and peppy publisher in this rollicking literary comedy.

Big

Big

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.

Biolum

Biolum

Director Abel Kohen

Charlotte Rampling guides you through underwater caves filled with bioluminescent creatures in this SXSW Virtual Cinema Competition Audience Award winner.

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Blind Ambition

Blind Ambition

From Zimbabwe to South Africa and onto France, four refugees with a passion for wine dream big and defy expectations in this feel-good film of Olympic proportions.
Bodyless

Bodyless

Military rule fuses with ultra-modern digital technologies to open up an ethereal portal that transcends time.

Bridge to Sovietopia

Bridge to Sovietopia

Roam through Soviet ruins in this poetic dissection of a crumbled past and an always forward-looking future.

Bulletproof

Bulletproof

Hot Docs award winner Todd Chandler examines disturbing evolutions in today’s USA, where schools operate in the shadow of mass shootings.

Captains of Zaatari

Captains of Zaatari

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.

Celts

Celts

This complex, evocative period piece about human disconnection invites you to a party in 1990s Belgrade – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume optional.

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Center Stage

Center Stage

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.

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CODA

CODA

Director Siân Heder

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.

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Come Back Anytime

Come Back Anytime

Food lovers won’t be able to resist this tantalising story of a master ramen chef and his legendary Tokyo noodle shop.

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Coming Home in the Dark

Coming Home in the Dark

For one family, a wholesome trip to New Zealand’s remote countryside turns into the stuff of nightmares.

Cryptozoo

Cryptozoo

Director Dash Shaw
Lake Bell and Michael Cera lead the voices in this animated oddity that takes a surprisingly emotional trip through eco-activism, nature and mythical creatures.
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Days

Days

The intricacies of a moment of connection are dwelt on in this meditative examination of male desire by Tsai Ming-liang.

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The Drover's Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson

The Drover's Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson

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.

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Dry Winter

Dry Winter

Director Kyle Davis

A hypnotic portrait of a young couple surviving life in an off-the-beaten-track, opportunity-starved outback town.

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Each Other

Each Other

An absurdist study of the human body as a limitless instrument for self-discovery.

The Edge of Daybreak

The Edge of Daybreak

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.

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El Planeta

El Planeta

A real-life mother–daughter duo play a semi-fictional mother–daughter duo struggling to make ends meet in this charismatic feminist class comedy.

Eyimofe (This is My Desire)

Eyimofe (This is My Desire)

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.

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Finding Jedda

Finding Jedda

The directorial debut from producer Tanith Glynn-Maloney reimagines the 1954 auditions for Charles Chauvel’s iconic final film.

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Flee

Flee

This award-winning, stylistically bold documentary tells the story of an Afghan refugee’s coming home – and coming out – via animation and archival footage.

Flow – Visions of Time

Flow – Visions of Time

Come face-to-face with the mysterious force that both surrounds us yet remains beyond our reach or comprehension.

Fortune!

Fortune!

Enter the mind of the world’s greatest con man – and get that dough.

Freakscene – The Story of Dinosaur Jr.

Freakscene – The Story of Dinosaur Jr.

This riveting firsthand account tells the story behind the legendary band that helped inspire the alternative rock sound of the 90s.

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Freedom Swimmer

Freedom Swimmer

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.

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Freshman Year

Freshman Year

This Gen Z Before Sunrise finds tender romance in youthful self-discovery.

Fulldome Showcase 2021

Fulldome Showcase 2021

MIFF’s popular annual program of fulldome screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium.
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The Game

The Game

Director Roman Hodel

Step into a referee’s boots and onto the field to soak up the ecstasy and thrilling stakes of a soccer match.

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Gaza Mon Amour

Gaza Mon Amour

Palestine’s entry for the Best International Feature Film Oscar is an offbeat Gaza-set romance that finds an unlikely hero in an older man determined to live his fullest life.
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Geeta

Geeta

This true story of an acid attack survivor’s fight to alter her daughter’s destiny is an inspiring and heartwarming call-to-action.

Genus Pan

Genus Pan

Director Lav Diaz

Slow-cinema master Lav Diaz returns with another mordantly meditative piece – one that nabbed him Venice’s Orizzonti Best Director gong.

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Giants

Giants

Director Eddy Bell

MIFF alumnus and Shorts Award winner Eddy Bell returns with an intimate and critical portrait of one of Australia’s worst droughts.

The Gig Is Up

The Gig Is Up

Subtitled A Very Human Tech Doc, this timely documentary exposes the true cost of the gig economy quietly powering our everyday lives.

The Girl and the Spider

The Girl and the Spider

An intricate psychological ode to simmering emotion amid unfettered separation anxiety, which took home two Encounters awards at the Berlinale.

Girls | Museum

Girls | Museum

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.

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Glen

Glen

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.

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The Gravedigger's Wife

The Gravedigger's Wife

A man’s devotion to his wife is put to the ultimate test in this rare cinematic venture into the Horn of Africa.

He's My Brother

He's My Brother

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.

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The Hill Where Lionesses Roar

The Hill Where Lionesses Roar

The bold directorial debut of Portrait of a Lady on Fire actor Luàna Bajrami is a luminously kinetic depiction of teenage ennui and troublemaking.

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Hit the Road

Hit the Road

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.

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Hot Mother

Hot Mother

Director Lucy Knox

Attempting to quell some tension, a mother and daughter head to the hot springs… but more heat isn’t what they need.

Howard the Duck 70mm Special Screening

Howard the Duck 70mm Special Screening

Prepare to be astounded as this quacktacular Marvel Comics oddity gets plucked from the depths of history for a glorious 70mm screening.

I'm Wanita

I'm Wanita

Meet Australia’s self-crowned “Queen of Honky-Tonk”: renegade country singer Wanita was born ready.

The Inheritance

The Inheritance

A collective springs to life in this radiant tribute to radical Black politics.

IOPU

IOPU

Moment and memory blend as you bear witness to a Samoan rite of passage.

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I Was a Simple Man

I Was a Simple Man

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.

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James & Isey

James & Isey

Ahead of her 100th birthday, Isey and her devoted son James prepare for the party of a lifetime.

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Jeanette Is the Dog

Jeanette Is the Dog

Director Pat Mooney

Melbourne has never looked sleeker than in this low-key mumblecore piece.

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The Justice of Bunny King

The Justice of Bunny King

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.

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Karen Dalton: In My Own Time

Karen Dalton: In My Own Time

An engrossing profile of a little-known 60s blues and folk icon, executive-produced by Wim Wenders.

Lagos at Large

Lagos at Large

Weave your way through the bustling streets and idyllic beaches of Lagos.

La Verónica

La Verónica

Ema star Mariana Di Girólamo is magnetically front and centre – literally – as a dangerous wannabe social media influencer in this dark drama.

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Limbo

Limbo

This story of a Syrian refugee awaiting resettlement on a remote Scottish island is at once heart-wrenching and humorous.

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Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf

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”.

Luzzu

Luzzu

A lead turn reminiscent of Marlon Brando anchors this neo-realist look at the Maltese fishing industry.

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The Macaluso Sisters

The Macaluso Sisters

Director Emma Dante

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.

Madalena

Madalena

In this Brazilian Gothic cri de coeur, the murder of a trans woman reverberates in the lives of the people around her.

Mama

Mama

Director Li Dongmei

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.

MIFF Talks - Family Affair: Filmmakers Share Their Lives

MIFF Talks - Family Affair: Filmmakers Share Their Lives

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.

MIFF Talks - Folk Heroes: Documenting Artists and Icons

MIFF Talks - Folk Heroes: Documenting Artists and Icons

Four documentarians discuss their MIFF 69 films that spotlight individuals who have carved out influential careers amid personal and professional struggles.

MIFF Talks - Iranian Cinema Roundtable

MIFF Talks - Iranian Cinema Roundtable

A panel of Iranian directors spotlighted in MIFF 69’s New Iranian Cinema strand delve into their work and the rise of filmmaking in this region.

MIFF Talks - Queer Activism: From Life to Screen

MIFF Talks - Queer Activism: From Life to Screen

A panel of filmmakers, academics and activists explore one of the prevalent documentary themes in this year’s festival: queer activism.

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Moffie

Moffie

This bruising, tender queer drama reminiscent of Beau Travail explores homophobia and repressed desire in the Apartheid-era South African military.

Moments Like This Never Last

Moments Like This Never Last

Director Cheryl Dunn

Dash Snow epitomised “live fast, die young”, ascending from New York’s fringe to the major international art scene during his brief existence.

The Monopoly of Violence

The Monopoly of Violence

This timely, intelligent and emotional examination of state-sanctioned violence reveals a disturbingly universal story.

Moon, 66 Questions

Moon, 66 Questions

In Jacqueline Lentzou’s exceptional feature debut, an already strained father–daughter relationship is put under pressure.

Mr Bachmann and His Class

Mr Bachmann and His Class

Director Maria Speth

This sprawling, tender documentary captures the inspiring relationship between an unorthodox German schoolteacher and his culturally diverse teenage class.

Nafi’s Father

Nafi’s Father

Director Mamadou Dia

Two brothers with diametrically opposed approaches to their faith are pitted against one another in this tense family drama.

Nightsss

Nightsss

Dive into this erotic, sensorial experience that transforms spoken word into audiovisual landscapes.

Ninjababy

Ninjababy

A twentysomething has to grapple with the pressures of impending maturity as well as the ‘ninjababy’ that has snuck inside her seemingly undetected.

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Nitram

Nitram

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.

No Ordinary Man

No Ordinary Man

Maliciously outed after his death, musician Billy Tipton is now a transmasculine icon.

North by Current

North by Current

Part road movie, part video essay, this lyrical tour-de-force from Angelo Madsen Minax finds catharsis in confronting family drama.

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The Nowhere Inn

The Nowhere Inn

Director Bill Benz

Carrie Brownstein and St. Vincent play versions of themselves in this music mockumentary that explores the absurdities of fame and friendship.

Nudo Mixteco

Nudo Mixteco

The lives of Indigenous women collide in this powerful feature debut, which takes aim at poverty, prejudice and the patriarchy.

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Off Country

Off Country

Indigenous teenagers navigate exams, social dramas and maintaining meaningful connections to home while at boarding school.

Paper Birds

Paper Birds

A short-sighted boy uncovers family secrets in an intricate, Tim Burton–esque world.

Pebbles

Pebbles

Awarded IFFR’s top prize, this lean, arresting debut follows a primal father–son road trip across the arid landscapes of southern India.

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Piano Under the Stars

Piano Under the Stars

Be swept away by renowned Chilean composer Claudio Recabarren Madrid’s cosmic keys.

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Pickpocket

Pickpocket

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.

Playlist

Playlist

Director Nine Antico

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.

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Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché

Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché

A daughter explores her mother’s complex punk legacy in this no-holds-barred documentary.

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Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

Love and reality go under the scalpel in this story of obsession on the streets of Budapest.

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Prom Night

Prom Night

Director Lydia Rui

A Lynchian depiction of self-transformation in the social media age.

Radiograph of a Family

Radiograph of a Family

A deeply personal portrait becomes a reflection on Iran’s turbulent political history in this striking, formally innovative memoir.

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Riders of Justice

Riders of Justice

Mads Mikkelsen headlines this ingenious, pitch-black Scandi revenge comedy.

Rock Bottom Riser

Rock Bottom Riser

Director Fern Silva

Erupting with unforgettable images of Hawaii, this boundary-breaking essay film captures the splendour and turbulent colonial history of the island nation.

Rose: A Love Story

Rose: A Love Story

This unsettling chamber piece, while wearing the skin of a horror, is at heart a considered meditation on selflessness, loyalty and chronic illness.

Sabaya

Sabaya

This daring Sundance Directing Award winner tracks a band of volunteers out to rescue ISIS sex slaves from an infamous Syrian border camp.

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Set!

Set!

In the ruthless world of competitive table-setting, it’s knives at 20 places.

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Sisters With Transistors

Sisters With Transistors

Director Lisa Rovner

Laurie Anderson narrates the untold history of the women who blazed a trail through electronic music.

Smooth Talk

Smooth Talk

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.

Social Hygiene

Social Hygiene

Denis Côté’s witty, theatrical battle of the sexes turns social distancing into an exercise in mutual estrangement.

Souad

Souad

Director Ayten Amin

Tradition and technology meet head-on in this tense coming-of-age drama about two Egyptian teens and a web of deceptions.

The Spine of Night

The Spine of Night

This ultra-gory animated fantasy is a chaotic ride perfectly calibrated for your inner 1980s teenage dirtbag.

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Stray

Stray

Hot Docs 2020’s Best International Feature Documentary winner offers a dog’s-eye view of life in Istanbul.

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Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

Sweep the clouds away with this joyous origin story of your favourite childhood TV show.

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Sun Children

Sun Children

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.

Symphony

Symphony

Be swept up by Beethoven, Bernstein and Mahler in this joyous, majestic work.

There Is No Evil

There Is No Evil

Questions of morality and duty play out against the backdrop of the Iranian justice system in the 2020 Berlinale’s Golden Bear winner.

This Rain Will Never Stop

This Rain Will Never Stop

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.

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Titane

Titane

Buckle up for the wildest, queerest car-fetish body-horror fable ever to win the Cannes Palme d’Or.

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Together Together

Together Together

Rising alt-comedy star Patti Harrison joins Ed Helms in this wry surrogate-pregnancy comedy that upends traditional gender dynamics and subverts expectations.

Topside

Topside

A tense mother–daughter survival story that paints an empathetic picture of outsider life across the subways and streets of New York City.

Under the Volcano

Under the Volcano

Director Gracie Otto

Go behind the music at the sunny Caribbean studio that birthed some of the biggest hits of the 1980s.

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Une Belle Journée

Une Belle Journée

A French couple travelling by campervan around Australia discover their relationship is at a crossroads.

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Vacant Possession

Vacant Possession

Director Margot Nash

Starring Pamela Rabe, Margot Nash’s acclaimed first feature – now gloriously restored – is a must for the big screen.

The Village Detective: A Song Cycle

The Village Detective: A Song Cycle

Bill Morrison revisits lesser-known chapters of Soviet film history in this hypnotic fever dream that melds art and archive.

We Are the Thousand

We Are the Thousand

How do you get the world’s biggest rock band to play in your hometown? Become the world’s biggest rock band.

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What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

This Berlinale FIPRESCI Prize winner is a romantic, Kafkaesque fable full of poignant whimsy and playful imagery.

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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

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.

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When Pomegranates Howl

When Pomegranates Howl

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?

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Wife of a Spy

Wife of a Spy

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.

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Wirun

Wirun

A Noongar high school student struggles to perform a Shakespearean sonnet for her drama class.

The Witches of the Orient

The Witches of the Orient

The acclaimed filmmaker behind John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection serves up the story of the Japanese women’s volleyball team who became icons.
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Wojnarowicz

Wojnarowicz

Director Chris McKim

Artist, outsider, writer, queer activist. David Wojnarowicz was all of these things and more, as Chris McKim captures in his fiery documentary.

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Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

From race to religion, flesh to nature, this comprehensive documentary explores how cinema exhumes the old traumas that modernity tries to bury.

Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives

Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives

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.

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You and Me, Before and After

You and Me, Before and After

Yael Stone and Emily Barclay star as frenemy sisters in this sibling dramedy by Madeleine Gottlieb.