A first look at the MIFF 70 program

MIFF returns to cinemas from 4 to 21 August with an expansive program of acclaimed international and local cinema, once again gracing metro, regional and suburban theatres, as well as streaming on MIFF Play from 11 to 28 August.

Ahead of the full program announcement on Tuesday 12 July, check out a snapshot of this year’s eagerly awaited program. Unless otherwise marked, tickets will be available to MIFF Members from Tuesday 12 July and to the general public from Friday 15 July.

 

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.

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.

The Balcony Movie

The Balcony Movie

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

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.

Clean

Clean

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

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.
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?

Eami

Eami

Director Paz Encina

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

Embrace Kids

Embrace Kids

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

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.

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.
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.
Gondwana

Gondwana

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

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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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.

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.

Jane by Charlotte

Jane by Charlotte

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

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.

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.

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.

My Small Land

My Small Land

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

Navalny

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rimini

Rimini

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

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.

Sounds of the Screen: Movie Music Across Victorian Landscapes

Sounds of the Screen: Movie Music Across Victorian Landscapes

MIFF and Orchestra Victoria showcase the film scores that have captured the Victorian landscape and transformed it into imagined pasts and futures.

Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil

Easily one of the most brutal and twisted films of the year, Speak No Evil is a merciless horror of manners. You have been warned.

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).

Under Cover

Under Cover

Director Sue Thomson

As Australia’s housing crisis deepens, this Margot Robbie–narrated film shows us the fastest-growing social group facing homelessness: women over 55.

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.

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.

We Are Still Here

We Are Still Here

From the ancient past to a dystopian future, this genre-hopping First Nations anthology film challenges colonial myths and celebrates resistance.
Where Is Anne Frank

Where Is Anne Frank

Director Ari Folman

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

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.
Yuni

Yuni

Toronto’s 2021 Platform Prize winner is a vibrant yet bittersweet portrait of adolescent girlhood colliding with the weight of cultural expectations.