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Kilpisjärvellä presents the Northern Lights as they are experienced by someone watching them from the ground. ... The film follows two cameramen working to record the lights on video as they walk through the tundra, looking for the best spot to capture them. We experience the simple issues of their everyday life, such as getting water from under the ice, chopping wood or preparing a meal. Finally,... Read more
Kyma – Power of Waves will transport audiences into a 360˚ allegorical tale of how our universe – and all of us – are composed of waves. From music to light, from the smallest particle to vast galaxies, Kyma is a voyage through the wavelength of life, combining artists, musicians and acrobats in a stunning immersive show. ... Kyma – Power of Waves is produced by the National Film Board of Canada (... Read more
Arguably one of the greatest directors to have ever lived, Fellini forever changed the way we watched, understood and made film. This year MIFF is holding a special, one-off screening of his revolutionary 1960 opus, La Dolce Vita, featuring a fully restored print courtesy of Gucci and The Film Foundation. ... A poignant and enigmatic exploration of a decaying Italy lost in decadence, La Dolce Vita... Read more
Rear Window is a video installation exploring the role of laneways in the contemporary working lives of people in Chinatown. With often long, unsociable hours, many work behind closed doors and in the kitchens that open onto the back alleys of Melbourne. The private and contemplative moments of workers taking a break have been transformed into slow motion video portraits that appear unexpectedly o... Read more
A late night double feature, served up thanks to our friends at the Nova. ... --- ... --- ... Read more
A late night double feature, served up thanks to our friends at the Nova. ... --- ... --- ... Read more
A late night double feature, served up thanks to our friends at the Nova. ... --- ... --- ... Read more
MIFF and Yarra Trams have joined forces to celebrate a true icon of Melbourne - the tram. Lights, Camera, TRACKtion, presented by Yarra Trams, asked the people of Melbourne to submit shorts that feature the city's much loved trams. Hop aboard on 6 August for a special screening event where the top eleven entries will be shown. ... First prize - $3,500Second prize - $2,500Third prize - $1,000 ... T... Read more
Eric Bana presents the action-packed Aussie thriller that had a profound impact on him as a youth - George Miller's Mad Max II. A Q&A session with Eric Bana follows the screening.---D George Miller P Byron Kennedy S Terry Hayes, George Miller, Brian Hannat WS Roadshow TD 35mm/1981/91mins ... Read more
MIFF members have the exclusive chance to hear first hand from Executive Director Richard Moore and Senior Programmer Michelle Carey about the exhilarating and demanding process of programming a major film festival, in this discussion moderated by film producer Michael Agar. ... From travelling to international film festivals to crafting the program streams and meeting with international guests, M... Read more
MIFF's charity partner, Melbourne Citymission, have an annual Homeless Campaign to raise money for the 23,000 Victorians who are homeless each night. ... MIFF is doing their bit to raise money and awareness with this special charity screening of Ana Kokkinos's new feature, Blessed, a story of seven children who find themselves on the streets, moving further into peril as the night wears on. ... Th... Read more
The Moochmore girls are certain they all suffer from some kind of undiagnosed mental illness - because if they're not crazy then they're just unpopular. ... Their mother, Shirley - unable to cope with her demanding daughters and unsupported by her philandering politician husband, Barry - suffers a nervous breakdown. After Barry commits his wife to a mental hospital (telling his constituents that “... Read more
Presented by Liquid Architecture, Melbourne International Film Festival and ACMI ... As part of Michel Chion’s historic and unlikely-to-be repeated visit to Australia, he will present this epic, two-and-a-half-hour concert for ten surround-speakers featuring the classic composition Requiem alongside two new audiovisual compositions, Le Cri (The Scream), and Third Symphony. ... The concert is in tw... Read more
Presented by Liquid Architecture, Melbourne International Film Festival and ACMI ... Acousmêtre – a kind of voice-character specific to cinema that derives mysterious powers from being heard and not seen. The disembodied voice seems to come from everywhere and therefore to have no clearly defined limits to its power. ... Lecture performance based around Chion’s two short films Le Grand Nettoyage (... Read more
Now in its third year, the invitation-only MIFF 37°South Market once again attracts the big names in global film financing to conduct screen business here in Melbourne. As well as bringing together local and international film financiers, distributors, producers, directors and even publishers, MIFF 37°South Market is offering a series of public forums about the screen industry in Australia.... Read more
MIFF hits the road again this year to visit Geelong's Performing Arts Centre for a special one-day event held alongside the main Festival. ... Program ... ... 11am ... Swerve (87 mins) ... 1pm ... Tabloid (84 mins) ... 3pm ... The Forgiveness of Blood (109 mins) ... 5pm ... The Guard (96 mins) ... ... Tickets for these screenings are sold separately to the main Festival; MIFF passes are not valid ... Read more
Shooting his first Australian film, internationally renowned writer, director and comedian Ben Elton delivers a big hearted, of-the-moment, multi-story comedy with a sterling ensemble cast featuring Michael Caton, Magda Szubanski, Deborah Mailman, Jacqueline McKenzie and John Waters. ... The film is set over three summers at The Westival, a fictional West Australian rural folk festival redoubtable... Read more
Shooting his first Australian film, internationally renowned writer, director and comedian Ben Elton delivers a big hearted, of-the-moment, multi-story comedy with a sterling ensemble cast featuring Michael Caton, Magda Szubanski, Deborah Mailman, Jacqueline McKenzie and John Waters. ... The film is set over three summers at The Westival, a fictional West Australian rural folk festival redoubtable... Read more
MIFF is joining forces with one of Melbourne's oldest institutions - footy - to celebrate 150 years of Australian football, screening the Top Eleven films entered by fans and budding filmmakers. The competing films will vie for a prize package of $10,000, courtesy of the AFL. Each of the Top Eleven entrants will also receive a DVD gift pack courtesy of Madman Entertainment. * Child Rearing for Ric... Read more
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