The festival will be on from 2nd August to 19th August 2018 and it will be a film lover's paradise! It will be on at various places including the Forum Theatre, 150-162 Flinders Street, Melbourne.
Established in 1952, MIFF is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia! The festival takes place every year in the heart of the city and presents acclaimed movies as well as industry and celebratory events.
MIFF showcases the best in current movies from around the world. They are also very committed to Australian films. The festival also host many excellent world premieres of local films. The following movies are just to whet your appetite and the full program of events will be announced on Tuesday 10th July. MIFF Members will be given exclusive access to pre-sale tickets from 10th to 12th and general tickets will go on sale on 14th July 2018.
1. OPENING NIGHT The 2018 International Film Festival will launch with the Australian premiere of Paul Dano's directorial debut, Wildlife starring Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal and Australia's Ed Oxenbould.
This will be a special event with special guests on the blue carpet for a night to remember! There will also be an exclusive after-party. Following the film, after-party ticket holders can descend the grand staircase at the historic Plaza Ballroom. There, you will join VIP festival guests and screen-industry leading people.
There will be beautifully crafted "Grey Goose Le Fizz cocktails" and canapes, and it promises to be an unforgettable evening of cinema, celebrity and celebration.
This will be on Thursday 2nd August, at 7 pm at the Regent Theatre, and tickets will cost $52 for the film only. However, you need to book early for this one to avoid missing out. You can book your tickets here.
2. AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL This movie will play for over four amazing hours. Hu Bo paints a compelling portrait of contemporary China in this FIPRESCI Prize-winning debut that shows the remarkable promise of a young director who took his own life before completing what's also his final feature. An Elephant Sitting Still has a chilling sense of a suspended time in which history, culture, beauty, and even memory seem erased.
3. PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE
This is the winner of SXSW's Grand Jury Prize for Documentary. This movie takes you to a China in the throes of a digital revolution, where live-streamers seek fame and fortune via virtual relationships.
We observe two very ordinary inhabitants of this virtual ecosystem, who are both high-earning "pseudo-celebrities" and revered by the very rich and the poor working class alike. This movie is both unsettling and fascinating, as it delves into the new online frontier.
This is a satirical movie about a progressive PhD scholar who becomes an accidental "battle-rap star". In support of his research, the scholar takes his vegan girlfriend Maya to a rap battle, hoping to interview champion Behn Grymm. The movie is described as "cultural appropriation, gender and identity politics, racism, sexism".
5. ANGELS WEAR WHITE
This film won best director at the Golden Horse Film Festival. It is set in a scenic seaside setting, but its slow-building account of violence and victimisation tussles with a far from heavenly subject matter. On a friendly island, two young women face their own difficult dilemmas after a dreadful argument in a resort hotel.
6. THE GUILTY
This is a Danish film which will have you sitting on the edge of your seat! It is about a policeman who has been demoted to working the phones after one too many on-duty "transgressions". He gets a phone call from a terrified woman saying she's being abducted by her ex-husband, and he will then need to use every bit of his ingenuity to find her before it's too late.
The Guilty won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and the International Film Festival Rotterdam Audience and Youth Jury awards.
7. TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID Tigers Are Not Afraid is a stunning modern fairy-tale about an 11 years old girl whose mother disappears. She joins up with a gang of similarly orphaned boys and this is her story.
Stephen King says about this film "This is one terrific film, both tough and touching. Two minutes in, I was under its spell."
A lawyer mourning his comatose wife gets addicted to misery in this raw and absurdist Greek comedy. His wife has had an accident, and he becomes hooked on a routine of sadness and wanting the pity of other people. He seems to thrive on misery and his most loved pastime is sobbing uncontrollably!
This is a German thriller and fable of "trans-European displacement that channels both Hitchcock and Casablanca". In Paris, a man is fleeing some faceless force. This is the story of Georg, and it is based on Anna Seghers' WWII novel of the same name.
10. THE INSULT
This is an Arabic movie and is about Lebanon's sectarian divisions in a fascinating courtroom drama. A Palestinian refugee insults a Lebanese Christian in a heated argument. It shows that even small tensions can turn into national traumas. This was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2018 Academy Awards.
This is just a very small example of all the movies that will be on during this festival, so make sure you check them all out.
You also need to plan ahead for this festival. Buy your MIFF Pass and lock in MIFF Membership discounts and privileges now. You can read more about them here and see prices and more information here.