Fun fact: The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has been around for 67 years. Wowzer. Did they even have movies 67 years ago? (“Look out! That picture’s moving!”)
If arthouse cinema is your thing, you’re gonna love this news.
MIFF just announced the largest program in the festival’s history (numbers coming in hot): 374 films from over 80 countries, 254 features, 120 shorts and 19 VR movies, 27 world premiers and a whopping 168 Australian premiers. All hosted over 18 action-packed days of cinema goodness.
It’s the 8th and final festival for Artistic Director Michelle Carey. She’s hanging up the Director’s hat next year, probably to sleep.
“I feel so honoured to go out with a bang on such an incredibly strong program,” she said. “MIFF 2018 promises thrills, laughs and surprises, across galas, features, retrospectives, documentaries, shorts, live performances and VR. We have assembled the festival’s largest program yet and I can’t wait to unleash it onto Melbourne’s cine-savvy audiences.”
So what can you expect from this year’s fest? The program has officially dropped over here, but let’s walk you through the cliffnotes.
MIFF 2018 will feature 11 titles direct from Cannes, including headliners like Jury Prize-winner Capharnaum (Lebanon) and Climax (France). There’s also gonna be a collection of rediscovered and restored African cinema—old 35mm classics from the 80s and 90s like Kukurantumi (Ghana), God’s Gift (Burkina Faso) and Flame (Zimbabwe).
Interestingly, for the first time since 2007, MIFF will take over Melbourne’s grand picture palace, the Regent Theatre, for the entire opening weekend. Picking the Opening Night Gala film is always a Sophie’s Choice, but this year the team have gone with The Wildlife by Paul Dano.
“At MIFF we are always looking for exciting new filmmakers, and this year heralds one of the most promising bunch from Australia in many years,” said Carey. “There is a willingness to see past genre and to do things their own way. MIFF salutes them and looks forward to introducing them to Melbourne audiences.”
Grab the popcorn and the choc tops, guys. This one’s gonna be big.
What: MIFF 2018
When: MIFF will run from 2 – 19 August. GP tickets will go on sale Friday 13 July.
For more info, click here.
In other news, dozens of human corpses are on their way to Melbourne.
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