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6 Festivals

6 Festivals

Some of the biggest names in Aussie music assemble in this youth-focused road-trip movie about the bonds we make when we throw caution to the wind.

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107 Mothers

107 Mothers

This Venice prize winner captures the challenges of motherhood as experienced by a Ukrainian prison’s female inmates, separated from their children.

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Adoption

Adoption

The first film directed by a woman to win the Berlinale’s top prize saw Márta Mészáros fêted as a master chronicler of the female experience.

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The Afterlight

The Afterlight

One print. One screening. A one-of-a-kind chance to reflect on the ephemeral nature of celluloid, even as you watch it deteriorate before your eyes.

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All That Breathes

All That Breathes

Director Shaunak Sen

This Sundance winner follows two brothers whose commitment to rescuing birds highlights the need for humans to care for nature – and one another.

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Anak

Anak

Masculinity, race and boyhood simmer in this stylish debut about a Filipino-Australian father and his six-year-old son, who are navigating a divorce.

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The Apartment With Two Women

The Apartment With Two Women

Director Kim Se-in

This multiple Busan International Film Festival award-winner, including Actress of the Year, is an electrifying portrait of familial rupture.

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Short
Astel

Astel

An exquisitely told coming-of-age drama about a young Senegalese girl whose relationship with her father undergoes a significant shift.

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Because We Have Each Other

Because We Have Each Other

Sari Braithwaite’s delightfully intimate new feature invites us to share the mundane and the magnificent with a neurodivergent, working-class family.

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Short
Becoming Male in the Middle Ages

Becoming Male in the Middle Ages

A refreshingly original, sci-fi-tinged tale of gender, reproduction, normativity and family that follows two couples struggling with infertility.

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Before, Now & Then

Before, Now & Then

Amid Indonesia’s 1960s political upheaval, a woman in a loveless second marriage finds comfort and understanding from an unexpected quarter.

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Brian and Charles

Brian and Charles

Director Jim Archer

A crowd favourite at Sundance, Brian and Charles is a quirky, cheerful comedy about robots, cabbages and friendship.

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Short
CAI-BER

CAI-BER

Desperate to escape the alienation of post-revolution Egypt, a young woman secretly arranges to flee Cairo for Berlin.

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Call Jane

Call Jane

Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver star as activists providing abortions and a lifeline to desperate women prior to Roe v. Wade.

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The Cassandra Cat

The Cassandra Cat

This fantastical political allegory about a magical cat with the ability to see the good and bad in people won the 1963 Cannes Special Jury Prize.

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Corsage

Corsage

Vicky Krieps is mesmerising as Empress Elisabeth of Austria in this bold, revisionist Cannes prize winner that uncinches the Sissi legend forever.

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Crimes of the Future

Crimes of the Future

Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart and Léa Seydoux star in David Cronenberg’s body-horror set in a future where humans are evolving in unexpected ways.

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Decision to Leave

Decision to Leave

Park Chan-wook won Cannes’ Best Director award for this enchanting, exquisitely seductive neo-noir romance – his first film since The Handmaiden.

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From Senegal to Somalia: New African Voices in Cinema

From Senegal to Somalia: New African Voices in Cinema

Stories about unfathomable loss and forbidden lust. These storytellers reflect colonisation's continued impact on the people left in its wake.

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Short
Gemini

Gemini

Strange things are afoot at the opera as Angel, a countertenor, and his twin brother prepare for an audition that will change their lives.

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Godland

Godland

In this spectacularly shot late-19th-century-set drama, an unwelcome priest is pushed to the limits of his faith and humanity.

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Home

Home

A young Rwandan woman returns to her family home in this Locarno award-winning drama that takes an unflinching look at domestic violence.

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The Home Song Stories

The Home Song Stories

Director Tony Ayres

Joan Chen (Twin Peaks) delivers a heartbreaking performance in Tony Ayres’s autobiographical immigrant tale set in 60s and 70s Melbourne suburbia.

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The Humans

The Humans

Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun, Richard Jenkins and Amy Schumer star in an ensemble drama about a family lunch that gets an existentialist horror spin.

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I Didn't See You There

I Didn't See You There

Winner of Sundance’s US Documentary Directing Award, this formidable, deeply personal piece of filmmaking inhabits the perspective of disability.

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International Shorts 2

International Shorts 2

An award-packed cornucopia from directors known and new.

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Short
Intersect

Intersect

Director Dirk Koy

A breathtaking five-chapter investigation of the interface between the real and virtual worlds.

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Kāinga

Kāinga

Following the New Zealand anthologies Waru and Vai, this third film in the series recounts eight Asian women’s search for belonging across Aotearoa.

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Lingui, the Sacred Bonds

Lingui, the Sacred Bonds

In Chad, where religion rules with an iron fist, a teenage girl seeks to end her pregnancy.

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Short
Masquerade

Masquerade

Director Olive Nwosu

A queer woman returns to her Lagos home in search of healing, where she discovers a new understanding of the people and experiences that shaped her.

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Mass

Mass

Director Fran Kranz

Two couples come together for a painful emotional reckoning in the aftermath of a school shooting in this acclaimed debut feature.

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Melbourne Home Movie Collection

Melbourne Home Movie Collection

Step back in time with a curation of mid-20th-century movies shot by amateur Melbourne filmmakers.

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MIFF Ambassador Special Screening: The Sound of One Hand Clapping

MIFF Ambassador Special Screening: The Sound of One Hand Clapping

MIFF Ambassador Justin Kurzel presents a gem of Australian cinema, followed by an illuminating conversation with its director, Richard Flanagan.

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MIFF Talks: Natural World: Environmental Activism on Screen

MIFF Talks: Natural World: Environmental Activism on Screen

A conversation with the powerhouses behind Delikado and Franklin, documentaries that spotlight the natural world and the need to protect it.

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Nature

Nature

The first film in 30 years from legendary Armenian auteur Artavazd Pelechian, Nature is a black-and-white, found-footage montage of pure awe and power.

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Night Creatures

Night Creatures

A series of augmented-reality experiences celebrating the energy, connection and intimacy of the MIFF queue. Read More →
One Fine Morning

One Fine Morning

Léa Seydoux is sublime in Mia Hansen-Løve’s deeply personal family drama about the upheavals and unexpected joys of everyday life.

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Short
Punctured Sky

Punctured Sky

Director Jon Rafman

In this ghost story for the online age, a man searches for a childhood videogame that might be little more than an urban myth. Is he losing his grip?

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The Quiet Girl

The Quiet Girl

Still waters run deep in this Irish-language story of love and loss set in 1980s Ireland, awarded the Berlinale’s Generation Kplus Grand Prix.

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Return to Dust

Return to Dust

Director Li Ruijun

Two discarded people in rural China are forced into an arranged marriage but find themselves falling tenderly in love.

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Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams

Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams

Italian cinema luminary Luca Guadagnino tells the story of Salvatore Ferragamo, whose fancy footwear took him from the silver screen to the runway.

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Short
Sandstorm

Sandstorm

Director Seemab Gul

A Karachi schoolgirl’s world falls apart after she shares a sensual dance video with her virtual boyfriend, who proceeds to blackmail her.

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Silent Land

Silent Land

A couple’s sun-filled sojourn in Italy takes a dark, unexpected turn when their comfortable apathy is tested by the arrival of a migrant worker.

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Short
Tremor

Tremor

Fresh from Cannes, this provocative short follows a young disabled man whose life is disrupted after an incident during water therapy for his spasms.

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Short
Trumpets in the Sky

Trumpets in the Sky

A poetic and powerful drama about a Syrian teenager who returns from a long day in the field to discover she’s about to be sold into marriage.

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War Pony

War Pony

Made in collaboration with the Oglala Lakota community, Riley Keough and Gina Gammell’s Cannes Caméra d’Or winner is a powerful tale of coming of age.

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We Were Once Kids

We Were Once Kids

Eddie Martin revisits the cultural landscape of Larry Clark’s iconic 90s film Kids, which paved a bumpy path for its young stars’ future success.

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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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Where Is Anne Frank

Where Is Anne Frank

Director Ari Folman

A beguiling and big-hearted animated reimagining of Anne Frank’s story from the lauded director of Waltz With Bashir.

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Short
Will My Parents Come to See Me

Will My Parents Come to See Me

Director Mo Harawe

A Somali prison guard accompanies a young man convicted of terrorism through the final 24 hours before his execution.

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You Won't Be Alone

You Won't Be Alone

This unique Gothic vision from an uncompromising Australian filmmaker makes for one of 2022’s best first films.

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