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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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1976

1976

In this tense thriller direct from Cannes, affluence offers no security as a woman wakes up to the dangerous realities of life in Pinochet’s Chile.

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Alcarràs

Alcarràs

The winner of the Berlinale’s Golden Bear for Best Film is a wistful, sun-drenched paean to family and tradition in the face of upheaval.

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Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Director Wen Shipei

Screened at Cannes in 2021, this psychological crime thriller pushes genre into daring territory and heralds a major new Chinese filmmaking talent.

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The Balcony Movie

The Balcony Movie

Acclaimed Polish documentarian Paweł Łoziński finds wonder and wisdom in the everyday from two floors up.

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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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Blaze

Blaze

A traumatised girl manifests a dragon in this imaginative fable from acclaimed visual artist Del Kathryn Barton, starring Simon Baker and Yael Stone.

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The Blue Caftan

The Blue Caftan

A tailor wrestles with his sexuality in this deeply felt film about the many forms that love can take within and outside a marriage.

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Bodies Bodies Bodies

Bodies Bodies Bodies

Rachel Sennott, Amandla Stenberg and Pete Davidson star in a wild Gen-Z horror-comedy that remixes Clue, Scream and Mean Girls for the age of TikTok.

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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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Boy From Heaven

Boy From Heaven

Director Tarik Saleh

Cannes’ Best Screenplay winner is a gripping, labyrinthine thriller that depicts the corruption and paranoia of Egypt’s religious and political elite.

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Burning Days

Burning Days

Director Emin Alper

A community’s dark secrets bubble under the surface in this tense fish-out-of-water thriller.

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Clara Sola

Clara Sola

In remote Costa Rica, a sheltered 40-year-old woman with healing gifts experiences a sexual and mystical awakening.

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Close

Close

Director Lukas Dhont

Childish homophobia poisons two teen boys’ lifelong friendship in this emotionally devastating Cannes Grand Prix–winning film from Lukas Dhont (Girl).

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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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Costa Brava, Lebanon

Costa Brava, Lebanon

Director Mounia Akl

A family escapes toxic Beirut for the idyllic countryside in this heartfelt, politically charged debut set in a near-future Lebanon.

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The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future

The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future

This surreal, offbeat fable of environmental destruction and familial reconciliation defies audience expectations at every turn.

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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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The Dam

The Dam

Director Ali Cherri

In this Cannes Directors’ Fortnight feature debut, a humble Sudanese brickmaker has a magical side project: a mud golem with revolution on its mind.

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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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Domingo and the Mist

Domingo and the Mist

In this Cannes-premiering drama, a widower resists attempts to oust him from the land where his wife’s spirit returns to him as an ethereal mist.

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Dreaming Walls

Dreaming Walls

Step inside New York’s iconic Chelsea Hotel as a decade-long refurbishment nears completion, and meet its colourful residents and illustrious ghosts.

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Eami

Eami

Director Paz Encina

The winner of Rotterdam’s Tiger Award melds magic realism, mythology, ecology and ethnography into an exquisite cine-poem.

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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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Enys Men

Enys Men

Director Mark Jenkin

Bait director Mark Jenkin returns with a folk-horror that blurs the line between nature documentary and haunting, half-remembered nightmare.

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Everybody's Oma

Everybody's Oma

An ageing matriarch living with dementia becomes a viral sensation after her son sets out to preserve her precious final moments on film.

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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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Falcon Lake

Falcon Lake

Actor Charlotte Le Bon makes a bold directorial debut with this haunting coming-of-age romance set during a summer vacation, straight from Cannes.

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Franklin

Franklin

A young Tasmanian activist follows in the literal footsteps of his late father, who in the 80s fought to save the pristine Franklin River wilderness.

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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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Gods of Mexico

Gods of Mexico

An extraordinary cinematic experience, this award-winning, dialogue-free film examines heritage and cultural identity in the face of modernisation.

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Harka

Harka

This engrossing, Cannes-premiering debut explores the trials and tribulations of a young Tunisian man in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution.

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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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In Front of Your Face

In Front of Your Face

In this sensitive Cannes-premiering drama, Hong Sang-soo reaffirms his status as a master miniaturist of the human condition.

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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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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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Leila's Brothers

Leila's Brothers

This panoramic family drama – which plays out like a Tehran-based take on Dickens or Zola – heralds one of Iran’s most exciting up-and-coming voices.

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Leonor Will Never Die

Leonor Will Never Die

In this daring and delirious ode to Philippine cinema, fiction clashes with reality and an elderly filmmaker becomes the hero of her own life.

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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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The Lost City of Melbourne

The Lost City of Melbourne

Director Gus Berger

The ‘modernisation’ of Melbourne in the 50s razed much of the city, including its elegant cinemas. Now, a Melbourne-made doc brings them back to life.

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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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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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Mediterranean Fever

Mediterranean Fever

Director Maha Haj

Un Certain Regard’s 2022 Best Screenplay winner is a disarming odd-couple story of middle age, male bonding and mental health in the Middle East.

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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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Moja Vesna

Moja Vesna

Director Sara Kern

A 10-year-old must keep her grief-stricken immigrant family together in this moving Australian–Slovenian co-production.

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The Mountain

The Mountain

Stunning widescreen cinematography will keep you locked to the screen in this man-in-wilderness tale set among the glaciers of the French Alps.

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My Old School

My Old School

Director Jono McLeod

Animation, Alan Cumming and an academic hoax come together in this stranger-than-fiction documentary about an infamous Scottish scandal.

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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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Nelly & Nadine

Nelly & Nadine

Winner of the Berlinale’s Teddy Jury Award, this is the true story of two women who survived WWII’s horrors and smashed social taboos to pursue love.

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Neptune Frost

Neptune Frost

A wildly ambitious, radically experimental Afrofuturist musical that transcends space, time and gender from visionary poet and musician Saul Williams.

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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 →
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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The Passengers of the Night

The Passengers of the Night

Charlotte Gainsbourg is the essence of Gallic cool in this moody, insouciant film from French dramatist Mikhaël Hers (Amanda).

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Peter von Kant

Peter von Kant

A classic Fassbinder film is reimagined as a story of sadomasochistic queer male desire – and a riff on the auteur’s own tumultuous personal life.

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The Plains

The Plains

An intriguing, intimate epic that charts the personal ebbs and flows of two men in conversation across the highways and byways of Melbourne.

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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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Prayers for the Stolen

Prayers for the Stolen

This adaptation of Jennifer Clement’s bestselling novel explores the visceral impact of Mexican drug cartels on the lives of three young girls.

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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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The Real Charlie Chaplin

The Real Charlie Chaplin

A warts-and-all (or moustache-and-all) account of the life and times of a cinematic legend whose grand hijinks thrilled and scandalised the world.

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Reflection

Reflection

War and its personal fallout go under the microscope in this tale of one man’s struggle to live on in post-Maidan Ukraine.

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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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R.M.N.

R.M.N.

Palme d’Or–winning director Cristian Mungiu’s latest is an uncompromising, masterful psychodrama that takes on xenophobia in small-town Transylvania.

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Robe of Gems

Robe of Gems

The 2022 winner of the Berlinale’s Silver Bear Jury Prize is a haunting exploration of the murky complexities of the Mexican drug trade.

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Stars at Noon

Stars at Noon

Legendary French sensualist Claire Denis returns with a steamy, Cannes Grand Prix–winning romance-thriller starring Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn.

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The Stranger (Ameer Fakher Eldin)

The Stranger (Ameer Fakher Eldin)

Palestine’s stunning entry for the Best International Feature Film Oscar tangles with occupation and oppression in the contested Golan Heights region.

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Sweet As

Sweet As

Director Jub Clerc

The Breakfast Club meets the outback in this uplifting coming-of-age road movie by Nyul Nyul / Yawuru director Jub Clerc (The Turning, The Heights).

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The Tale of King Crab

The Tale of King Crab

This Viennale FIPRESCI Prize–winning, quasi-doco picaresque parable wrapped in a mythic western treasure hunt would make Herzog and Pasolini proud.

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That Kind of Summer

That Kind of Summer

Following his exploration of male entitlement in Social Hygiene, Denis Côté returns with an intimate look at female sexuality – well, hypersexuality.

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Tori and Lokita

Tori and Lokita

The Dardennes present another heartbreaking, empathetic tale from the margins of Belgium’s underclass, which won the Cannes 75th Anniversary Prize.

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Triangle of Sadness

Triangle of Sadness

Scoring Ruben Östlund his second Palme d’Or, Triangle of Sadness is a wildly funny, wildly outrageous satire of the vulgarly rich and beautiful.

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Under the Fig Trees

Under the Fig Trees

An elegant, intimate drama of sisterhood and generational conflict that explores the lives of three women on a Tunisian orchard.

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The United States of America

The United States of America

Legendary structuralist filmmaker James Benning crafts an ostensibly simple, quietly mischievous landscape work that reflects on his homeland today.

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Utama

Utama

An elderly Quecha couple face climate change in this tale of love, survival and tradition at high altitude, which won a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

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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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Warm Blood

Warm Blood

Skate filmmaker Rick Charnoski crafts a penetrating, stylishly gritty story of a teenage vagabond on the fringes of 1980s California.

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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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