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ACMI is truly the home of the moving image and museum of film culture. It garners films from film festivals as they sweep past Melbourne; a prime example, the upcoming Japanese Film Festival (28 Oct-5 Dec 2021) with the latest box office hits alongside rare 35mm and 16mm film prints from the late avant-garde auteur Shūji Terayama. The program features films that are at once unexpectedly beautiful and discomforting. Best of all it's FREE and will screen from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 December 2021, with tickets available in November.
The Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) is another to look forward to from 10-16 December as it presents the most eclectic collection in cinematic offerings from Hallyuwood. A program of world-class Korean films, it includes the delightful Minari, a sweeping and tender story about what roots us. Deliver Us From Evil on the other hand is action-packed with a contract killer and a very charismatic killer that leaves piles of bodies in his quest to seek revenge.
Czech & Slovak Film Festival of Australia 2021 (CaSFFA) also makes an appearance at ACMI from 7-16 Oct and is a celebration of classic and contemporary cinema from Czechia, Slovakia and former Czechoslovakia. It includes a thrillingly paranoid standout film of the Czech New Wave that explores the corruption of political power in Soviet-controlled Czechoslovakia. The Ear was infamously banned for 20 years after its completion and has become a standout for its exploration into politics.
Unfortunately the mini focus season of Yeah Noir that shines a spotlight on the period that birthed exceptional Australian neo-noir films only has two films left to screen in Nov and Dec with two of it postponed and in the past. Goldstone is one that has survived and follows Aaron Pedersen as Indigenous detective Jay Swan. Ivan Sen brings an Indigenous lens to what has historically been an overtly white and racist genre. The other is brought to you by Australia's home of neo-noir who cuts their teeth with talented brothers Nash and Joel Edgerton taking on a domestic disturbance with disastrous consequences in The Square.
Online for the first time this year, you can enjoy the Seniors Film Festival now with rentals at just $5 a film. Winter at Westbeth is a celebratory documentary about the art of living well – at every age! It's a great lesson for our advancing years. Sweet Bean (An) is a quietly moving and beautifully shot humble masterpiece of a gentle presence that awakens a capacity for joy.
Films on demand has a plethora of choices from new releases and restored classics from Australia and across the globe. You'll find Australian perspectives that spotlight homegrown stories and talents, all-day matinees and more. You really need to subscribe to ACMI to be the first to know about news, events, articles, offers and more. With the current Melbourne International Games Week on till 10 October, virtual events and experiences and programs for kids and more, this is the website to keep in focus and add to your bookmarks.