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Accelerator Shorts 2

Accelerator Shorts 2

Preview the next generation of homegrown directors.

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Adrian Wootton: David Bowie: 60 Years of Genius

Adrian Wootton: David Bowie: 60 Years of Genius

Former London Film Festival and British Film Institute director Adrian Wootton OBE returns to celebrate the 10th Melbourne instalment of his illustrious Illustrated Film Talks series. Read More →
The Box

The Box

A multilayered drama spotlighting the brutal world of labour in Mexico’s industrial borderlands through the eyes of a boy searching for his father.

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The Crossing

The Crossing

Mixing realism and myth, this award-winning film uses a unique animation style to tell the story of two war-torn siblings with beauty, light and hope.

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Delikado

Delikado

From the frontlines, this thriller-esque documentary cuts like a chainsaw at the heart of the Philippines’ fight for its environmental life.

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Earwig

Earwig

Lucile Hadžihalilović’s latest enigma – a beguiling body-horror nightmare – will wriggle its way into your mind.

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Embrace Kids

Embrace Kids

Filled with fun and joy, this vital documentary shows kids how to move, nourish, respect and embrace their bodies.

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Emily the Criminal

Emily the Criminal

Aubrey Plaza plays a woman with nothing to lose in this thriller about the late-capitalist lines some are willing to cross for the American Dream.

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Everybody Loves Jeanne

Everybody Loves Jeanne

An unconventional rom-com and a compelling portrait of grief that makes innovative use of hand-drawn animation within its live-action narrative.

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The Exam

The Exam

Women’s liberation gets the high-stakes treatment in this slick Kurdish thriller about two sisters swindling their way to academic success.

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Faces 1976/1996

Faces 1976/1996

A silent exploration of the beauty of unadorned human faces and the identities they express.

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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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In Conversation: Carlos Reygadas Masterclass

In Conversation: Carlos Reygadas Masterclass

Spend an hour with the celebrated “one-man third wave of Mexican cinema”.

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La Jauría

La Jauría

This Cannes prize winner offers an engrossing take on violence through the lens of an unorthodox attempt at rehabilitation in the Colombian jungle.

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Lime Parfait

Lime Parfait

Director Pat Mooney

On a hot day in Melbourne’s western suburbs, a young woman paints her nanna’s pergola before the house is auctioned.

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Love and Other Catastrophes

Love and Other Catastrophes

Emma-Kate Croghan’s rom-com about five uni students and their intertwined sexual and academic crises captures the chaos and energy of 1990s Melbourne.

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A Love Song

A Love Song

Colorado’s Rocky Mountains provide the backdrop to this exquisite romantic drama about a lonely woman yearning to reconnect with an old flame.

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A Male

A Male

A Male is a distinctly authentic coming-of-age story that doubles as a smart and probing study of the havoc wreaked by toxic masculinity.

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Meet Me in the Bathroom

Meet Me in the Bathroom

Don your skinny jeans and vintage tees for this ode to New York’s aughts rock renaissance, featuring The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and LCD Soundsystem.

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Mira's Daughter

Mira's Daughter

Seeking to emerge from her mother’s shadow, a 12-year-old sabotages the aspiring celebrity’s reality TV audition.

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The Mole Song - Final

The Mole Song - Final

No flinching: here comes the unfettered concluding instalment of the manic yakuza trilogy that only Takashi Miike can deliver.

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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 →
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Not Dark Yet

Not Dark Yet

Director Bonnie Moir

Confined to his room in an aged-care facility, an older man in decline struggles with his son’s abrupt departure.

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Nothing Compares

Nothing Compares

Sinéad O’Connor broke the mould: she was a nuclear bombshell, an angelic-voiced firebrand and a woman ahead of her time. But she was broken in return.

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The Novelist's Film

The Novelist's Film

Hong Sang-soo reunites with muse Kim Min-hee for another casually evocative tale of chance encounters, which won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize.

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Oz – A Rock'n'Roll Road Movie

Oz – A Rock'n'Roll Road Movie

Follow the yellow rock road to this cult Australian riff on The Wizard of Oz, with a cracking soundtrack from Daddy Cool leader Ross Wilson.

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Perianayaki

Perianayaki

For this Sri Lankan immigrant, it’s another day of stacking supermarket shelves – and of cultural misunderstandings.

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Petrol

Petrol

An idealistic film student is drawn into an enigmatic performance artist’s shadowy world in Alena Lodkina’s follow-up to the acclaimed Strange Colours.

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Plan 75

Plan 75

This disquieting sci-fi drama direct from Cannes envisions a dark path for Japan’s ageing population.

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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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Rimini

Rimini

Austrian master of discomfort Ulrich Seidl returns with his first narrative feature in nine years: an irresistible study of a sleazy songster.

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Shadow

Shadow

This film from world-renowned ensemble Back to Back wonders whether an AI-led future society will further disenfranchise the disability community.

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The Sound of Dreaming

The Sound of Dreaming

Across place and time, lucid dreams reconnect two people who once crossed paths.

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Short
Tuī Ná

Tuī Ná

For one teenager, queer identity collides with familial expectation and the intricacies of the immigrant experience.

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Victim

Victim

A mother’s love for her son is tested by his increasingly alarming behaviour.

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Volcano Man

Volcano Man

When a filmmaker son sets out to make a documentary about his filmmaker father, long-buried feelings and dormant memories bubble to the surface.

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We Never Asked for This

We Never Asked for This

Director Ella Lawry

Frankie and Charlie regret moving into a tiny home, but a sick cockatiel offers a welcome distraction.

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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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