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2022 Melbourne International Film Festival

The 70th edition of the Melbourne International Film Festival will see the cultural event expand its footprint, with an extended program to be discovered at home and further afield. From The Capitol to Castlemaine’s Theatre Royal, Pentridge Coburg and The Forum, MIFF 70 will be the biggest season of the festival Australia has ever seen.

One of the world’s longest-running film festivals, MIFF returns to metro, regional and suburban theatres from 4 to 21 August 2022 with a celebration of world-class cinema, plus a number of specially commissioned works and exciting events intended to celebrate the landmark platinum anniversary. Streaming online nationally, the festival’s digital platform MIFF Play also returns to the program from 11 to 28 August 2022, ensuring loyal cinephiles can indulge in the most exciting international cinema from everywhere across Australia.

MIFF’s 2022 in-cinema program will run from 4 to 21 August – 18 days of premiere showcases, international features, exclusive screenings, commissioned works, panel discussions, industry events, live talks and XR experiences for cinephiles of all tastes and persuasions.

MIFF’s CBD venues: ACMI, The Capitol, Forum Melbourne, Hoyts Melbourne Central, IMAX, Kino Cinema and Cinema Nova.

We’re making getting to MIFF even easier by partnering with some of Melbourne’s favourite inner-city suburban venues. For two weekends (plus some bonus dates at The Astor), you can watch select MIFF films in the comfort of your local cinema.

MIFF’s suburban venues: The Astor (St Kilda), Lido Cinemas (Hawthorn), Pentridge Cinema (Coburg) and Sun Theatre (Yarraville).

Across two exciting weekends, MIFF arrives in regional cinemas throughout Victoria, bringing a curated program of some of the world’s best films.

MIFF’s regional venues: Capitol Cinema (Warrnambool), Paramount Cinemas (Echuca), Peninsula Cinemas (Sorrento), Star Cinema (Bendigo), Sun Cinema (Bairnsdale), Sun Cinema (Bright), The Pivotonian Cinema (Geelong), Theatre Royal (Castlemaine) and Wallis Cinemas (Mildura).

MIFF Play, the festival’s online streaming platform, will screen a wide selection of films from the 2022 program – available nationally from 11 to 28 August. Delivering cinematic content directly to audiences, wherever they may be located, MIFF Play proved essential in 2020 and 2021, and this online offering will return in 2022.

The full MIFF 70 program will be announced on Tuesday 12 July.

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***Update as at 7 July 2022***

This year, MIFF will be held across metro, regional and suburban cinemas, plus at-home streaming on our digital platform MIFF Play.

Our 70th edition features the launch of our highly anticipated film competition and showcases a series of special events, talks, performances, commissioned works and screenings.

Ahead of the full Program Launch on Tuesday 12 July, preview a selection of the festival program. Or start getting organised and secure your passes and memberships now for this year’s festival.

MIFF returns to cinemas from 4 to 21 August with an expansive program of acclaimed international and local cinema, once again gracing metro, regional and suburban theatres, as well as streaming on MIFF Play from 11 to 28 August.

Ahead of the full program announcement on Tuesday 12 July, check out a snapshot of this year’s eagerly awaited program. Unless otherwise marked, tickets will be available to MIFF Members from Tuesday 12 July and to the general public from Friday 15 July.

 

Opening Night Gala – Of an Age

Director  Goran Stolevski

Goran Stolevski’s heart-meltingly tender, quintessentially Melbourne queer coming-of-age tale will make you swoon from…

Closing Night Gala – Clean

Director  Lachlan McLeod

The genuinely inspirational story of how ‘trauma cleaner’ Sandra Pankhurst responded to an unseen world with radical kindness.

Alcarràs

Director  Carla Simón

The winner of the Berlinale’s Golden Bear for Best Film is a wistful, sun-drenched paean to family and tradition in the face of upheaval.

Emily the Criminal

Director  John Patton Ford

Aubrey Plaza plays a woman with nothing to lose in this thriller about the late-capitalist lines some are willing to cross for the American Dream.

Franklin

Director  Kasimir Burgess
A young Tasmanian activist follows in the literal footsteps of his late father, who in the 80s fought to save the pristine Franklin River wilderness.

Futura

Directors   Alice Rohrwacher , Francesco Munzi , Pietro Marcello
Three of Italy’s finest filmmakers take to the road to craft a humanistic portrait of the country today, as seen through the eyes of its youth.

Il Buco

Director  Michelangelo Frammartino

The 2021 Venice competition’s Special Jury Prize winner is a gorgeous meditation on light, landscape and the passage of history.

 

Jane by Charlotte

Director  Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg makes her directorial debut with this tender, quietly revelatory portrait of her mother, Jane Birkin.

Meet Me in the Bathroom

Directors  Dylan Southern , Will Lovelace

Don your skinny jeans and vintage tees for this ode to New York’s aughts rock renaissance, featuring The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and LCD

Navalny

Director   Daniel Roher

This award-winning, jaw-dropping documentary follows Vladimir Putin’s political rival as he investigates a state-sponsored poisoning: his own.

The Quiet Girl

Director  Colm Bairéad

Still waters run deep in this Irish-language story of love and loss set in 1980s Ireland, awarded the Berlinale’s Generation Kplus Grand Prix.

Sounds of the Screen: Movie Music Across Victorian Landscapes

MIFF and Orchestra Victoria showcase the film scores that have captured the Victorian landscape and transformed it into imagined pasts and futures.

You Won’t Be Alone

Director   Goran Stolevski
This unique Gothic vision from an uncompromising Australian filmmaker makes for one of 2022’s best first films.

Yuni

Director  Kamila Andini
Toronto’s 2021 Platform Prize winner is a vibrant yet bittersweet portrait of adolescent girlhood colliding with the weight of cultural expectations.

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***Update as at 14 July 2022***

Heralding a milestone celebration, MIFF is pleased to announced a monumental 70th program overflowing with premiere showcases, buzz-worthy international features and special anniversary events in the festival’s first in-cinema Melbourne schedule since 2019.

Across the festivities, MIFF’s 70-year role in connecting cinema with audiences will be honoured through curated Ambassador screenings, star-studded guest appearances, expertly executed restorations and an extensive Melbourne on Film retrospective.

Over 18 days (4–21 August), the 2022 in-cinema program will unfold across familiar metro sites, while a far-reaching suburban and regional program will see MIFF stretch its footprint across the state throughout the month.

MIFF Play, the festival’s online streaming platform, will host 105 features and shorts, enabling audiences to join the party at home and across Australia over 11–28 August.

MIFF Members can access the exclusive pre-sale now, while general-public tickets go on sale this Friday 15 July.

Full programme details are at https://miff.com.au/program

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***ONE OF THE MIFF HIGHLIGHTS***

Seriously Red

A celebration of Dolly Parton like no other.

A vivacious redhead sets out to become a professional Dolly Parton impersonator – but she has big cups to fill.

Stuffed with familiar singalong classics, Seriously Red is the narrative feature debut from filmmaker Gracie Otto, who channels the exuberant camp of Muriel’s Wedding director P.J. Hogan into her affectionate celebration of fandom, identity and performance.

The film also sets the stage for a delightfully deadpan Bobby Cannavale, comedians Celeste Barber and Bob Downe, commentator Jean Kittson and a nearly unrecognisable Rose Byrne as an Elvis impersonator.

Get tickets now for this special event screening taking place on the opening weekend of MIFF 70. Each ticket includes a glass of bubbles on arrival and an invitation to a Dolly-inspired afterparty.

Friday 5 August, 7.30pm
The Astor Theatre



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