July 25 – August 11, 2013
What’s It All About?
Established in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. It takes place annually in the heart of the city, showcasing an acclaimed roster of films alongside various industry events.
The MIFF also screens the best in contemporary films from across the globe as well as retrospectives, tributes and discussion programmes. Since its inception, it has been committed to local film. In addition, the festival also hosts many celebratory world premieres of local films.
Watch Out For!
Opening Film: I’m So Excited!
A screening of the latest film I’m So Excited! directed by Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar is set to flag off the festival on a spectacular note.
• Crime feature, A Touch of Sin, by acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhangke will be showcased at the event. His wife actor Zhao Tao will also be a guest at the festival this year.
• Gloria, featuring Chilean actor Paulina Garcia will also be screened.
• The Best Offer with Geoffrey Rush in the lead by director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso).
• Stranger By The Lake, the controversial film by French director Alain Guiraudie.
• Mystery Road, the tale of an indigenous detective investigating the murder of a young girl, featuring Aaron Pedersen director Ivan Sen.
This year marks the 10th year of Accelerator, a programme that invites up-and-coming young filmmakers to MIFF to participate in workshops, screenings and seminars. Directors David Michod (Animal Kingdom), Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and Amiel Courtin-Wilson (Hail) have been part of this programme.
MIFF will also feature local films including the world premiere of The Turning, an adaptation of Tim Winton’s 17 short stories directed by 17 filmmakers, which includes actors Cate Blanchett, Mia Wasikowski and David Wenham in their directorial debut.
This year, there will be a strong line-up of Asian films, which comprise a retrospective on the cinema of North Korea. It will showcase films like:
• Centre For-ward
• Hong Kil Dong
• A Broad Bell Flower
• The Flower Girl
Closing Film: All Is Lost
Robert Redford-starrer All Is Lost, directed by JC Chandor, will be the closing film for the festival.