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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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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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2000 Weeks

2000 Weeks

A forgotten landmark in Australian cinema, directed by a pre–Alvin Purple Tim Burstall, returns to the big screen at last.

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Accelerator Shorts 1

Accelerator Shorts 1

Bold works from emerging Australian and New Zealand filmmakers.

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Accelerator Shorts 2

Accelerator Shorts 2

Preview the next generation of homegrown directors.

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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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Adrian Wootton: Cher: Strong Enough for 60 years

Adrian Wootton: Cher: Strong Enough for 60 years

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 →
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 →
Adrian Wootton: Elvis: Enduring Icon 45 Years Later

Adrian Wootton: Elvis: Enduring Icon 45 Years Later

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 →
Adrian Wootton: Luhrmann: 30 years of Strictly Baz!

Adrian Wootton: Luhrmann: 30 years of Strictly Baz!

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 African Desperate

The African Desperate

A caustically funny art-world satire and an on-point millennial snapshot – The African Desperate wraps these and more into a delicious debut.

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after a clearing

after a clearing

Speak Percussion’s Kaylie Melville and Tilman Robinson collaborate with filmmaker Sabina Maselli (Landing), for this hypnotic environmental short.

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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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Aftersun

Aftersun

Normal People’s Paul Mescal stars in this drama about a father–daughter bond and the small moments that build it, and those that threaten to break it.

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Age of Rage - The Australian Punk Revolution

Age of Rage - The Australian Punk Revolution

The mainstream hated them, but those behind the Aussie punk assault of the 1970s and 80s wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

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Ahed's Knee

Ahed's Knee

Director Nadav Lapid

A filmmaker faces some home truths in this staggering, stylistically accomplished Cannes prize winner by auteur Nadav Lapid.

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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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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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Animation Shorts

Animation Shorts

Forms collide in this assorted collection of visual storytelling.

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Anxious Body

Anxious Body

The latest from Japanese filmmaker Yoriko Mizushiri (veil, Snow Hut) is a squirm-inducing depiction of the strange machine that is the human body.

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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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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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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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Audrey Napanangka

Audrey Napanangka

Producer Penelope McDonald returns to the director’s chair with this 10-years-in-the-making tribute to an artist, actor and proud Warlpiri woman.

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Australian Shorts

Australian Shorts

Impassioned narratives from this continent’s best.

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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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Battlecry

Battlecry

Director Yanakaya

This gritty, visually audacious CG-animated urban sci-fi was made entirely on its director’s computer, with his own hands.

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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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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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Behind the Scenes - Acting: Mark Coles Smith & Tasma Walton

Behind the Scenes - Acting: Mark Coles Smith & Tasma Walton

Peek behind the curtain in this MIFF Accelerator Lab series and uncover the secrets of film production with key creative talents from this year’s MIFF Premiere Fund–supported films. Read More →
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Behind the Scenes - Cinematography: Katie Milwright

Behind the Scenes - Cinematography: Katie Milwright

Peek behind the curtain in this MIFF Accelerator Lab series and uncover the secrets of film production with key creative talents from this year’s MIFF Premiere Fund–supported films. Read More →
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Behind the Scenes - Editing: Katie Flaxman

Behind the Scenes - Editing: Katie Flaxman

Peek behind the curtain in this MIFF Accelerator Lab series and uncover the secrets of film production with key creative talents from this year’s MIFF Premiere Fund–supported films. Read More →
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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Black Fire

Black Fire

First Nations people discuss their place in Australian society in this pioneering work of Aboriginal cinema.

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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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Blue Island

Blue Island

Hong Kong has long been an epicentre of activism. This film uses the prism of generational change to shed light on its ongoing fight for its future.

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Bluey: In Cinema with Joe Brumm

Bluey: In Cinema with Joe Brumm

In this very special one-off MIFF 70 event, join Bluey’s creator Joe Brumm in cinema for a screening and conversation at the Astor Theatre.

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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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Body Melt

Body Melt

Philip Brophy’s hilariously bonkers debut feature makes an oozing, suppurating, bloody mess of Melbourne suburbia.

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Bonjour Balwyn

Bonjour Balwyn

Melbourne’s inner suburbs offer a backdrop for the misadventures of a young dandy in this key title of the ‘Carlton ripple’.

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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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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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Broker

Broker

Hirokazu Kore-eda presents a film about an unlikely family unit on the run with an abandoned baby, starring K-pop idol IU and Parasite’s Song Kang-ho.

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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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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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Camera Test

Camera Test

Siegfried A. Fruhauf (Thorax) returns with a cinematic journey in which landscape images are separated by monochrome frames of green leader.

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The Canyon

The Canyon

An experimental critique of modernism set in the dystopian present, exaggerating the sensuality of consumerism and the comfort of unconscious thought.

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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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The Cathedral

The Cathedral

An exciting American director transforms an ordinary childhood into something sublime – and even sacred.

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Child of Empire

Child of Empire

Step into the shoes of a child witnessing stories from the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan.

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Children of the Mist

Children of the Mist

A delicately handled documentary portrait of a sparky teen girl torn between her community’s traditions and an independent future.

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Citizen Ashe

Citizen Ashe

A powerful documentary about the life and cultural impact of tennis icon Arthur Ashe, the first Black athlete to win a Grand Slam singles title.

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City of Pirates

City of Pirates

Director Raoul Ruiz

A beguilingly provocative fairytale from Chilean master of experimental cinema Raúl Ruiz (The Wandering Soap Opera, Mysteries of Lisbon).

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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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Clay

Clay

Before the Australian New Wave, there was Giorgio Mangiamele – and this 1965 award-winning film is a testament to the Italian-born director’s talents.

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Clean

Clean

The genuinely inspirational story of how ‘trauma cleaner’ Sandra Pankhurst responded to an unseen world with radical kindness.

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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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Closing Night Gala - Clean

Closing Night Gala - Clean

The genuinely inspirational story of how ‘trauma cleaner’ Sandra Pankhurst responded to an unseen world with radical kindness.

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The Cloud Messenger

The Cloud Messenger

Star-crossed teens meet across time, space and ancient myth in this romantically ravishing journey through the cosmic cycle of life and death.

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The Club

The Club

In the hall of local sports movies, Bruce Beresford’s 1980 Aussie Rules adaptation The Club is a reigning champ.

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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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Creature

Creature

This dazzling, Locarno award-winning experimental work explores the interiority of a mind in which pain takes the form of a creature.

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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 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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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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Death in Brunswick

Death in Brunswick

Director John Ruane

Featuring a hapless Sam Neill, Death in Brunswick – screening from a brand-new restoration DCP – is a jet-black highlight of local comedy filmmaking.

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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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De Humani Corporis Fabrica

De Humani Corporis Fabrica

Visionaries Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor craft a visceral hymn to life, death and the human body unlike anything the ever seen on film.

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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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Short
The Demands of Ordinary Devotion

The Demands of Ordinary Devotion

Director Eva Giolo

A sensualist exploration of plain pleasures, constructed from a game of chance and encounters in workshops and homes across Rome.

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Demon Pond

Demon Pond

Discover a masterpiece of Japanese cinema from one of the pioneers of the postwar period, a fantastic kabuki fable now magnificently restored.

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Short
De Natura

De Natura

Two young girls take a walk through a transformative landscape.

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Diagnosia

Diagnosia

What would it feel like to be institutionalised for supposed internet addiction?

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Diamond Hands: The Legend of WallStreetBets

Diamond Hands: The Legend of WallStreetBets

The improbable tale of the irreverent subredditors who took on Wall Street at the height of the pandemic – and caused a financial sensation.

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Diary for My Children

Diary for My Children

Lyrical and lush, Márta Mészáros’s award-winning autobiographical film masterfully maps the personal against a changing political landscape.

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Short
Ding

Ding

Director Malte Stein

Haunted by … something, a man gets driven to the edge.

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Documentary Shorts

Documentary Shorts

Far-reaching, resonating subjects pulled from various corners of the world.

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Dogs in Space

Dogs in Space

Starring Michael Hutchence, Richard Lowenstein’s snapshot of post-punk Melbourne youth has become emblematic of the place, the time and the music.

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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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Don't Cry, Pretty Girls!

Don't Cry, Pretty Girls!

An independent woman assesses her future in this musical time capsule of the spirit of change sweeping Eastern Europe at the end of the 60s.

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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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The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone

The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone

Director Maya Newell

Acclaimed filmmaker Maya Newell (Gayby Baby) collaborates with trans trailblazer Georgie Stone for this story of activism and gender affirmation.

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Dual

Dual

In his latest provocation, satire master Riley Stearns asks: if you had to duel your own clone to the death, would you win?

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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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Earwig

Earwig

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

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The Eight Mountains

The Eight Mountains

This breathtaking Cannes Jury Prize co-winner recounts a deep friendship between two young men whose paths reconnect in the Italian countryside.

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Short
Ekki Huggsa 360

Ekki Huggsa 360

Multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds and designer Torsten Posselt present a transcendental audiovisual experience that invites the audience to let go.

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El Gran Movimiento

El Gran Movimiento

Director Kiro Russo

This stylistically daring film, which won Venice’s Orizzonti Special Jury Prize, follows a miner’s labyrinthine (head)trip through Bolivia’s capital.

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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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Endangered

Endangered

Love, sex and dating, Indigenous style.

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The Endangered Generation?

The Endangered Generation?

Combining modern science with ancient First Nations knowledge, this documentary seeks new ways of thinking about the many crises facing our planet.

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Ennio

Ennio

A star-studded portrait of Ennio Morricone, maestro composer for Sergio Leone, Terrence Malick and – this film’s own director – Giuseppe Tornatore.

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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 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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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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Evolution (Kornél Mundruczó)

Evolution (Kornél Mundruczó)

Contemporary Europe, Jewish identity and the legacy of the Holocaust form a bubbling cauldron in this intergenerational triptych.

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Évolution (Lucile Hadžihalilović)

Évolution (Lucile Hadžihalilović)

The striking second feature from Lucile Hadžihalilović plunges headlong into the mysterious dreamscape of childhood fantasies and fears.

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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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Experimental Shorts

Experimental Shorts

Unconventional cinema that tests the boundaries of form and function.

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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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The Factory

The Factory

Director M.I.X.

Explore a giant steel plant in the dark of night.

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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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Family Gala - DC League of Super-Pets

Family Gala - DC League of Super-Pets

Hero up! In DC’s latest, a troupe of superpowered pets – voiced by an all-star cast led by Dwayne Johnson – bands together to rescue the Man of Steel.

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Fashion Reimagined

Fashion Reimagined

No designer has ever tested the ethics of their practice by visiting all their suppliers around the world … until Mother of Pearl’s Amy Powney.

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Final Cut

Final Cut

Romain Duris and Bérénice Bejo star in Cannes’s Opening Night film: a gory, goofy remake of Shin’ichirō Ueda’s cult zombie comedy One Cut of the Dead.

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Fire Front

Fire Front

Eddie Martin puts viewers on the frontlines of the 2019–2020 bushfires, capturing the catastrophe with a perspective and scale never before seen.

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Fire of Love

Fire of Love

Director Sara Dosa

In this love story written in lava, two intrepid scientists who adore volcanoes as much as each other gift the world with something extraordinary.

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Five Cents

Five Cents

A man stumbles upon a wallet and finds himself on a perilous journey towards economic turmoil.

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Flux Gourmet

Flux Gourmet

Culinary indulgence is more aural than oral in Peter Strickland’s new foray into fanciful fetish, which gives new meaning to ‘playing with your food’.

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The Flying Sailor

The Flying Sailor

The highly anticipated new film from Oscar-nominated Canadian duo Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis is a meditation on a sailor’s unexpected voyage.

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Foragers

Foragers

Culinary tradition clashes with political sanctions in award-winning Palestinian artist Jumana Manna’s contemplative third feature.

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Framing Agnes

Framing Agnes

Director Chase Joynt

She gamed a transphobic medical system – and now this hybrid documentary about trans identity gets playful in telling her community’s stories.

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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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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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Fulldome Showcase 1

Fulldome Showcase 1

MIFF’s popular annual program of fulldome screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium returns for the 2022 festival.
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Fulldome Showcase 2

Fulldome Showcase 2

MIFF’s popular annual program of fulldome screenings at the Melbourne Planetarium returns for the 2022 festival.
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Funny Pages

Funny Pages

Director Owen Kline

In this Safdies-produced coming-of-age black comedy, a comic-book nerd thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he meets a cranky fiftysomething ex-colourist.

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Fury

Fury

Director Julia Siuda

Disembodied heads, fingers, limbs and teeth run amok in this wildly imaginative, deeply unsettling animation.

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Futura

Futura

Three of Italy’s finest filmmakers take to the road to craft a humanistic portrait of the country today, as seen through the eyes of its youth.

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Gem

Gem

Questioning their gender identity, a young person shares a transformative night out with a stranger in this experiment with form and perspective.

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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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General Hercules

General Hercules

It’s David vs. Goliath in the Aussie outback in this profoundly topical documentary of an independent upstart battling the political establishment.

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Geographies of Solitude

Geographies of Solitude

A portrait of one woman’s quest to preserve a unique landscape in the face of ecological devastation and the limits of her solitary existence.

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Ghosts… of the Civil Dead

Ghosts… of the Civil Dead

“The most powerful film ever made in Australia” is poised to be the most intense and visceral experience you will ever have in the cinema.

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The Girl

The Girl

Márta Mészáros’s debut – the first Hungarian film made by a woman – announced the arrival of a vital new voice in European cinema.

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Give Me Pity!

Give Me Pity!

A song-and-dance star is ready for her big TV break … but there’s a demonic presence waiting in the wings.

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The Goddess

The Goddess

Satyajit Ray’s 1960 masterwork on the dangerous superstitions rumbling through 19th-century Hindu society challenged patriarchy and conservatism.

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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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Gondwana

Gondwana

Bear witness to the possible futures of the planet’s oldest tropical rainforest in a world-first durational VR installation.

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Goodbye Jérôme!

Goodbye Jérôme!

In this funny, funky and surreal hand-drawn animation, Jérôme arrives in heaven in search of his late wife.

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Go With Grace

Go With Grace

MIFF Accelerator Lab alumna Domini Marshall (Slap) delivers an affecting exploration of victim-survivor trauma.

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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.

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Greenhouse by Joost

Greenhouse by Joost

Joost Bakker investigates what it would be like to grow all the food you ever needed, leaving no waste as you do so, right at your doorstep.

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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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Harry's War

Harry's War

A First Nations soldier fights for his country and his people.

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Head On

Head On

Alex Dimitriades is magnetic in Ana Kokkinos’s bold and brutal feature about a queer Greek Australian man’s ecstatic journey to find himself.

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Hear My Eyes: Chopper x Springtime & Mick Harvey

Hear My Eyes: Chopper x Springtime & Mick Harvey

Springtime (The Drones’ Gareth Liddiard, Dirty Three’s Jim White and The Necks’ Chris Abrahams) joins Chopper composer Mick Harvey to rescore the Aussie classic.

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The Heiresses

The Heiresses

Isabelle Huppert stars in this twisty 1930s-set tale as a young seamstress who agrees to be a surrogate for an affluent socialite.

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Hey Al, Baby

Hey Al, Baby

Life inside a late 1960s Carlton student share house plays out across six alternately comedic and melancholy real-time vignettes.

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Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

A vivid and empathetic inside look at one of Naples’ toughest neighbourhoods, where one boy finds his dreams threatened by a dark legacy.

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Hideous

Hideous

Yann Gonzalez (Knife + Heart) directs queer pop star Oliver Sim in this unsettling three-part musical about a celebrity appearing on a talk show.

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History of Ha

History of Ha

Director Lav Diaz

Lav Diaz explores mid-20th-century Philippine history through this rare venture into genre: a finely tuned black comedy.

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Hit the Road

Hit the Road

The debut feature from Jafar Panahi’s son Panah – a 2021 Directors’ Fortnight title – is a chaotic, tender road trip set against a rugged landscape.

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Holy Cowboys

Holy Cowboys

In small-town India, a teenage boy and his friends set off on a quest to become saviours of the holy cow.

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Holy Spider

Holy Spider

Director Ali Abbasi

In this polemical Iranian noir, an intrepid female journalist hunts down a serial killer who believes he’s doing Allah’s work.

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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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Homosexuality: A Film for Discussion

Homosexuality: A Film for Discussion

A pioneering work of LGBTQIA+ representation that deftly punctures social myths around homosexuality in 1970s Melbourne.

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Horse Brothers

Horse Brothers

Arthouse giant Guy Maddin (The Green Fog, My Winnipeg) voices a talking horse in this surreal comedy-horror.

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A House

A House

A young woman must face the trauma of her childhood while spending an evening alone with her terminally ill father.

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A House Made of Splinters

A House Made of Splinters

This Sundance winner offers a timely, immersive glimpse at the lives of Ukrainian children near the frontlines of the pre-invasion war with Russia.

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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 Am Trying to Remember

I Am Trying to Remember

This powerful act of collective cultural memory mixes archival footage, stills and recollections to summon the ghosts of the Iranian Revolution.

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Ice Merchants

Ice Merchants

This Cannes Leitz Cine Discovery Prize winner is a dizzying tale of a parachuting father and son from Portuguese director João Gonzalez (Nestor).

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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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Il Buco

Il Buco

The 2021 Venice competition’s Special Jury Prize winner is a gorgeous meditation on light, landscape and the passage of history.

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I'm So Sorry

I'm So Sorry

Director Zhao Liang

Zhao Liang presents a majestic visual elegy to remind us of nuclear power’s catastrophic potential, even as a viable alternative to fossil fuels.

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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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In Conversation: Greenhouse by Joost

In Conversation: Greenhouse by Joost

Be inspired by the visionary designer of the Greenhouse, Joost Bakker, and one of its collaborative residents, chef Jo Stafford.

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In Conversation: New Visions in Australian Cinema

In Conversation: New Visions in Australian Cinema

Three of the Australia’s most insightful filmmakers – Alena Lodkina, Goran Stolevski and Thomas M. Wright – discuss their Gala and Competition Films.

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Incredible but True

Incredible but True

French fabulist Quentin Dupieux returns with a goofball comedy involving time travel, the pandemic and one man’s robotic penis.

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Inferno

Inferno

One of the 1980s’ most underrated horror films, giallo genius Dario Argento’s thematic sequel to Suspiria is a masterwork of malevolence and unease.

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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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In His Mercy

In His Mercy

On the eve of his execution, a prisoner’s attempts to escape lead him down a rabbit hole of hallucinations.

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Inner Outer Space

Inner Outer Space

This Oberhausen Special Mention recipient explores the relationships between characters and landscape, image and sound, materiality and artifice.

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Innocence

Innocence

Marion Cotillard stars in this powerful, Gothic coming-of-age tale from Lucile Hadžihalilović, based on a late-19th-century novella by Frank Wedekind.

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In Search of Anna

In Search of Anna

Director Esben Storm

In this underseen gem of the Australian New Wave, a young man drives a 1938 Buick from Melbourne to Sydney – and towards his future.

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The Integrity of Joseph Chambers

The Integrity of Joseph Chambers

The Killing of Two Lovers director Robert Machoian returns with a slow-burning study of performative masculinity and its associated dangers.

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International Shorts 1

International Shorts 1

Remarkable short-form favourites from Cannes, Sundance and Berlin.

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International Shorts 2

International Shorts 2

An award-packed cornucopia from directors known and new.

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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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In This Life's Body

In This Life's Body

A titan of Australian experimental cinema journeys deep within her own past.

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Isn't It a Beautiful World

Isn't It a Beautiful World

Three queer performers’ emotional journeys come to vivid, exhilarating life through the trance-like performance art of lip-syncing.

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It's Fine, I'm Fine

It's Fine, I'm Fine

Director Stef Smith

A suburban psychologist negotiates the lives, loves and anxieties of her patients in this magic-realist black-comedy series.

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It's Raining Frogs Outside

It's Raining Frogs Outside

In this fresh Filipino vision of the end of the world, a young woman confronts the terrors of her childhood home as frogs pour down from the sky.

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Jane by Charlotte

Jane by Charlotte

Charlotte Gainsbourg makes her directorial debut with this tender, quietly revelatory portrait of her mother, Jane Birkin.

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind

Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind

Director Ethan Coen

Ethan Coen’s solo debut is a canny doc about rock ’n’ roll’s wild-man that will entice both fans of Jerry Lee Lewis and those new to his story.

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Joyland

Joyland

Director Saim Sadiq

In the first ever Pakistani film to premiere at Cannes – where it won the Queer Palm – a young man is torn between social conformity and pleasure.

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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 bouche de Jean-Pierre

La bouche de Jean-Pierre

In Lucile Hadžihalilović’s evocatively unsettling debut, a child is exposed to a hostile world.

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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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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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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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LOLA

LOLA

When two sisters invent a machine that could help the Allies win WWII – or bring the joy of punk several decades early – what could possibly go wrong?

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The Lonely Spirits Variety Hour

The Lonely Spirits Variety Hour

An existential mishmash of Spike Milligan and Jacques Tati with an Australian flavour, this is absurdist comedy at its weirdest and most charming.

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Lonesome

Lonesome

A revealing (in more ways than one) look at sexually charged gay youth and the connections made in the heat of naked self-discovery.

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Long Line of Ladies

Long Line of Ladies

A girl and her community prepare for her Ihuk, the once-dormant coming-of-age ceremony of the Karuk tribes of Northern California.

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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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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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Lucky Peach

Lucky Peach

Director Grace Tan

An imaginative, deeply personal story about the tensions that develop between an immigrant mother and a young woman as she prepares to head abroad.

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Lynch/Oz

Lynch/Oz

David Lynch is revered as a master of the dark and avant-garde; why is he obsessed with The Wizard of Oz? John Waters, Karyn Kusama and more explain.

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Madame Pirate: Becoming a Legend

Madame Pirate: Becoming a Legend

The untold story of 19th-century pirate Cheng I Sao, the great Chinese swashbuckler that history forgot.

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Mad Max

Mad Max

It launched Mel Gibson and George Miller, and was, for two decades, the world’s most profitable movie. Mad Max is a dead-set Melbourne-made classic.

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Maggie May

Maggie May

Two sisters descend into hell in this award-winning horror film.

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Malcolm

Malcolm

Director Nadia Tass

Winner of eight AFI Awards, the surprise smash-hit of 1986 is a delightfully lo-fi heist film, caper comedy and love letter to inner-city Melbourne.

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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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Man on Earth

Man on Earth

Amiel Courtin-Wilson (Ruin, Bastardy) returns to MIFF with this unfaltering, compassionate exploration of voluntary assisted dying.

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A Marble Travelogue

A Marble Travelogue

Director Sean Wang

Follow the world’s favourite stone as it embarks on a cross-cultural odyssey – from quarry to gift shop – in this colossal tale of commodification.

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Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

An endearing viral video hit starring comedian Jenny Slate is now a mockumentary feature that will warm the cockles of your heart.

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Mars One

Mars One

Following the election of a far-right president, one Afro-Brazilian family takes stock while its youngest member dreams of outer space.

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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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Mate

Mate

The first Australian film to win the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Grand Prix, Mate is a relentless encounter with self-destruction.

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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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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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The Melbourne Wedding Belle

The Melbourne Wedding Belle

Director Colin Dean

Stunning colour footage of mid-century Melbourne’s streetscapes, gardens and landmarks stars in this lighthearted Department of Information short.

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Metronom

Metronom

Betrayal wears many faces in this award-winning debut that recreates the hardships of life for young Romanians in the 1970s.

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MIFF Ambassador Special Screening: One More Time With Feeling + This Much I Know to Be True

MIFF Ambassador Special Screening: One More Time With Feeling + This Much I Know to Be True

MIFF Ambassador Andrew Dominik presents his seminal Nick Cave films in a double feature at the Astor, with an in-conversation with Thomas M. Wright.

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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 Play Premiere - Funny Pages

MIFF Play Premiere - Funny Pages

Director Owen Kline
In this Safdies-produced coming-of-age black comedy, a comic-book nerd thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he meets a cranky fiftysomething ex-colourist. Read More →
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MIFF Talks: A Melbourne on Film Conversation & Book Launch

MIFF Talks: A Melbourne on Film Conversation & Book Launch

Celebrate the launch of MIFF’s new publication commemorating stories of our city on screen with some of its most iconic directors and creators.

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MIFF Talks: Brett Morgen’s Moonage Daydream

MIFF Talks: Brett Morgen’s Moonage Daydream

Take a masterclass with visionary director Brett Morgen, exploring his sublime new David Bowie film.

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MIFF Talks: Consuming Culture

MIFF Talks: Consuming Culture

Movies. Television. Books. Art. The entire internet. An always-timely conversation about how and what we’re consuming, and why.

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MIFF Talks: Death & Dignity on Screen

MIFF Talks: Death & Dignity on Screen

Join a stirring discussion about empathetically exploring end of life on screen as well as the wider assisted-dying movement.

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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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MIFF Talks: On Trend: Key Directions in Screen Culture

MIFF Talks: On Trend: Key Directions in Screen Culture

Delve into current and emerging screen-based movements with academics and screen practitioners as they consider what’s next.

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MIFF Talks: Punks & Pioneers in the Archives

MIFF Talks: Punks & Pioneers in the Archives

Unearth archival insights from filmmakers who have dug deep to explore the legacies of artists who sat squarely outside the mainstream.

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Millie Lies Low

Millie Lies Low

In first-time feature director Michelle Savill’s anxiety-inducing knockout, a woman misses a flight and digs herself a very deep, very funny hole.

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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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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 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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Mom's Cat

Mom's Cat

Gather up your feline friends for this freaky, funny film about a furry manchild.

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Monaco

Monaco

A young man searches for an apprenticeship in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, where opportunities are limited and the future seems out of reach.

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Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon

Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon

Join a telekinetic young woman on a wild and bloody trip to New Orleans in this horror-comedy from the director of A Girl Walks Home at Night.

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Monkey Grip

Monkey Grip

Director Ken Cameron

Noni Hazlehurst and Colin Friels star in this gritty Melbourne classic of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll, based on the novel by Helen Garner.

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Monoliths

Monoliths

Encounter the UK’s sublime northern landscapes through the powerful stories of three women.

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Montegelato

Montegelato

Director Davide Rapp

This revolutionary 360-degree work weaves an absorbing tapestry from the 180 productions shot at the Montegelato Falls just outside Rome.

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Moonage Daydream

Moonage Daydream

An immersive, kaleidoscopic trip through the art and music of iconic shapeshifter David Bowie, with stunningly restored and never-before-seen footage.

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Moshari

Moshari

Winner of SXSW’s Midnight Shorts Jury Award, this supernatural short follows two sisters forced inside a mosquito net to survive the end of the world.

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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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Moving Out

Moving Out

A teenage Vince Colosimo makes his film debut in this 1983 coming-of-age tale about an Italian-Australian boy caught between two worlds.

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Mr Landsbergis

Mr Landsbergis

Ukraine’s greatest living filmmaker returns with another epic hunt through the Soviet archives: a lauded deconstruction of the ‘Singing Revolution’.

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Mud Crab

Mud Crab

Reflecting on her own culpability, a woman recounts the traumatising assault she witnessed of a young man in a small Australian coastal town.

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Murmurs of the Jungle

Murmurs of the Jungle

A grandmother teaches her grandson about the origins of their remote Indigenous village in this stunning, ethereal short.

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My Imaginary Country

My Imaginary Country

Direct from Cannes comes Chilean master Patricio Guzmán’s latest razor-sharp reflection on his homeland: a chronicle of the Santiago uprising of 2019.

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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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My Small Land

My Small Land

Hirokazu Kore-eda protégé Ema Kawawada debuts with this heart-rending drama exploring the little-seen world of Kurdish asylum seekers in Japan.

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My Sunny Maad

My Sunny Maad

The stirring 2021 winner of Annecy’s Jury Prize explores the intricacies of freedom for women inside post-Taliban Afghanistan.

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Myth

Myth

When strangers appear outside her window and lure her mother away, seven-year-old Sophie follows.

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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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Navalny

Navalny

This award-winning, jaw-dropping documentary follows Vladimir Putin’s political rival as he investigates a state-sponsored poisoning: his own.

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Nazarbazi

Nazarbazi

In this film about love and desire in Iranian cinema, which won a Rotterdam Ammodo Tiger Short Award, depictions of intimacy and touch are prohibited.

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Nectar

Nectar

Inside a pavilion in the centre of a flower garden, five women serve their queen.

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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 →
A Night of Knowing Nothing

A Night of Knowing Nothing

Youthful passion and India’s turbulent politics come to life in this lyrical documentary that won the 2021 Cannes Golden Eye award.

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No Dogs or Italians Allowed

No Dogs or Italians Allowed

An Annecy Jury Award–winning stop-motion animation that takes us on an adventure across the Alps – and into the dreams of an Italian immigrant family.

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Noise

Noise

A striking performance from Brendan Cowell grounds this unsettling police drama that explores the aftermath of a massacre on a Melbourne train.

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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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No Way to Forget

No Way to Forget

A man is haunted by his memories in the winner of Best Short Film at the 1996 AFI Awards.

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Nowhere to Go but Everywhere

Nowhere to Go but Everywhere

After the sudden and devastating loss of his wife during a tsunami, a Japanese man confronts his grief by learning how to scuba-dive.

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Of an Age

Of an Age

Goran Stolevski’s heart-meltingly tender, quintessentially Melbourne queer coming-of-age tale will make you swoon from beginning to end.

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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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On the Count of Three

On the Count of Three

In this boldly bleak tragicomedy from rising star Jerrod Carmichael, two best friends decide today will be the day to end their lives.

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On the Morning You Wake (To the End of the World)

On the Morning You Wake (To the End of the World)

On 13 January 2018, the citizens of Hawaii faced impending nuclear destruction. Or so they thought.

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Opening Night Gala - Of an Age

Opening Night Gala - Of an Age

Goran Stolevski’s heart-meltingly tender, quintessentially Melbourne queer coming-of-age tale will make you swoon from beginning to end.

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An Ordinary Woman

An Ordinary Woman

Director Sue Brooks

Denise Scott stars alongside her real-life family in this poetic pseudo-documentary.

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An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It

An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It

A young man working a dead-end job encounters a mysterious ostrich who pulls back the curtain.

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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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Pacifiction

Pacifiction

Catalan provocateur Albert Serra’s most dazzling work yet is a Polynesian fever dream full of dark intrigue, ghost submarines and creeping menace.

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Palm Trees and Power Lines

Palm Trees and Power Lines

Director Jamie Dack

In this powerfully unsettling examination of consent and predation, which won a Sundance Directing Award, a teenager falls for a man twice her age.

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Pamfir

Pamfir

An honest man in a corrupt border village fatefully agrees to one last job, leading to a showdown during the local pagan carnival.

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Partita for 8 Voices

Partita for 8 Voices

Plunge into the heart of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw’s musical piece of the same name.

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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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Patterns of the Afternoon

Patterns of the Afternoon

Two women cross paths one afternoon as they move into and out of an apartment block.

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The Pawnshop

The Pawnshop

A dark but tender docu-comedy about the eccentric proprietors of Poland’s largest pawnshop – and their absurd idea to save a business lost in time.

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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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Persona

Persona

Director Sujin Moon

The first Korean animated short to be selected for Cannes’s competition, Persona is a bizarre trip through the toxic beauty standards of social media.

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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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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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The Pez Outlaw

The Pez Outlaw

Corporate espionage thriller. Globe-trotting heist caper. Sweet rom-com. True-crime documentary. The Pez Outlaw is all these things and more.

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Phlegm

Phlegm

This surrealist gem from Switzerland is a Kafkaesque trip you won’t soon forget.

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Piggy

Piggy

The cruelty of teenage girls is more distressing than the growing pile of bloodied bodies in this ferocious study of the horrors of bullying.

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Pilgrims

Pilgrims

Blending character drama and procedural piece, this Lithuanian film follows two people visiting the sites of an immense loss in search of closure.

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Pink Reef

Pink Reef

A mermaid struggles with identity in an alienating suburban world without running water.

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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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Playground

Playground

A gripping child’s-eye view of the cycles of bullying and how the schoolyard mirrors the ‘playground’ of adult life.

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Please Baby Please

Please Baby Please

What would you get if you threw John Waters, Marlon Brando and A Clockwork Orange into a neon-soaked celluloid blender? This film might be the answer.

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Polycephaly in D

Polycephaly in D

Avant-garde alchemist Michael Robinson (Onward Lossless Follows, Light Is Waiting) captures the elation of losing oneself in an age of rupture.

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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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Project Zero

Project Zero

Dive into a breathtakingly tactile meditation on the relationship between death and the digital.

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Pub: The Movie

Pub: The Movie

From the director of The Search for Weng Weng comes a film as delightfully irreverent as its subject, Fred Negro – “the unofficial mayor of St Kilda”.

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The Pudding Thieves

The Pudding Thieves

A photographer who shoots porn falls under the influence of an evangelist in this avant-garde film that gave birth to the legendary ‘Carlton ripple’.

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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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Pure Shit

Pure Shit

Director Bert Deling

Initially banned upon release, this fast, frenzied and feral trip through drug-riddled 70s Melbourne has lost none of its raw cinematic power.

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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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Radical Compromise

Radical Compromise

Visual abstraction pits the issue of European energy against the global environmental crisis.

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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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The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump

Returning to MIFF, this Sundance Audience Award winner is a revelatory, immersive adaptation of Naoki Higashida’s memoir of a neurodiverse life.

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The Reflected City

The Reflected City

Explore a dystopic, steampunk world in this exhilarating 360-degree experience.

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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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Standby
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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Return to Seoul

Return to Seoul

Director Davy Chou

An adopted young French woman journeys back and forth over several years to connect with her Korean roots – but she’s not sure what she’s looking for.

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Rewind & Play

Rewind & Play

Director Alain Gomis

Thelonious Monk broke the jazz mould. Here’s what happened when a French TV show tried to stuff him back into it.

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Short
RIM

RIM

A man with an unusual creature inside his brain watches TV looking for answers. What could possibly go wrong?

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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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The Rise and Fall of Squizzy Taylor

The Rise and Fall of Squizzy Taylor

An oral history of the 1920s Melbourne criminal underworld recounts the life and times of one of its most infamous figures.

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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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Rodeo

Rodeo

A daredevil female motorcyclist revs after a place to belong in this high-octane French genre mashup.

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Short
Rustling

Rustling

Director Tom Furniss

The story of a lamb and a boy faced with the challenge of becoming a man.

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Selling Fast
Saloum

Saloum

Explosive action, supernatural horror and subversive politics collide in this Senegalese film about mercenaries marooned in a spooky coastal paradise.

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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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Sambizanga

Sambizanga

The first feature film to have been directed by a woman from Africa is a powerful masterwork of anti-colonial and feminist cinema.

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Short
Same Old

Same Old

A Chinese delivery driver has his rental bike stolen in this devastating, Bicycle Thieves–esque drama about lives on the edge of poverty.

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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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Short
Seeing Red and Feeling Blue

Seeing Red and Feeling Blue

Director Jane Oehr

Women open up about menstruation, childbirth and their bodies in this cathartic 1974 feminist documentary.

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Senses of Cinema

Senses of Cinema

This archival treasure trove chronicles the rise and role of Melbourne and Sydney filmmaking cooperatives in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Seriously Red

Seriously Red

Director Gracie Otto

A vivacious redhead sets out to become a professional Dolly Parton impersonator – but she has big cups to fill.

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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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Short
Showing Melbourne to Maningrida

Showing Melbourne to Maningrida

Legendary Yolngu actor David Gulpilil takes a tour of Melbourne as a young man.

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Short
Show Me Other Places

Show Me Other Places

A Sri Lankan woman navigates a multitude of spaces – from the physical to the digital and into the virtual plane.

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Selling Fast
Sick of Myself

Sick of Myself

Meet the new Worst Person in the World: dangerously narcissistic and disastrously insecure, she’s ready to do whatever it takes to get your attention.

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Short
Sierra

Sierra

Director Sander Joon

Eastern European weirdness and rubbery surrealism abound in your everyday story about a boy who transforms into a car tyre.

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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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The Silent Twins

The Silent Twins

Black Panther’s Letitia Wright stars in this portrait of the infamous Welsh sisters who chose silence over speech to create their own fantasy world.

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Sissy

Sissy

This Instagram influencer doesn’t just have a follower count – she’s got a body count.

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Short
Skin & Bone

Skin & Bone

Director Eli Powers

Amanda Seyfried stars in this psychological horror about a drifter who begins experiencing visions of men trapped inside the bodies of dead animals.

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Short
Soft Animals

Soft Animals

Director Renee Zhan

MIFF favourite Renee Zhan (O Black Hole!, Reneepoptosis) returns with a beautifully rendered oddity about a pair of ex-lovers.

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Something in the Dirt

Something in the Dirt

Having directed episodes of Moon Knight and Loki, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead return to their kitchen-sink roots with a DIY sci-fi mind-bender.

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