It’s that time of the year again, with the Melbourne International Film Festival having kicked off and over 300 films from around the world on display this time around! I’m eagerly anticipating catching as many films as I can over the next two and a bit weeks and thought I’d give some recommendations on the great films I’ve seen so far, as well as my upcoming schedule.
As well as the site, I’ll be updating the films I see with this list on Letterboxd. Let me know which films you will be seeing this year and your thoughts on any as you see them!
Call Girl (B+) – I loved this, make sure you add it to your list of films to check out! Playing August 2 and 4.
Stoker (B+) – Director Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut is a good one. It is a bit dark though! Playing the 27th and 29th of July.
Stories we Tell (B+) – Great humour in this documentary from Sarah Polley. Quite emotional too. Screening July 28, July 31 and August 4.
The Rocket (B) – Set and shot in war-ravaged Laos, it has an emotionally packed ending and some great acting performances. At MIFF August 8 and 10.
Frances Ha (B) – Greta Gerwig as Frances is so adorable. I will be very surprised if you don’t have a good time with this one, while it’s largely great for the laughs it still has a strong emotional pull as well. August 8 and 10.
The Best Offer (B) – Worth seeing for Geoffrey Rush’s standout performance alone. There is always something authentic concealed in every forgery. Catch The Best Offer July 31 or August 2.
The Past (B-) – Fans of Asghar Farhadi’s last hit A Separation will dig this. Berenice Bejo is fantastic as well. Drained a bit too much out of me by the end though. Aug 2 and 11.
Les Apaches (B-) – At MIFF on July 31 and August 10, some great insights into youth, race and class issues.
The Act of Killing (C+) – Largely applauded around the world, I didn’t quite appreciate it as much as everyone else, but there is no denying the power the storytelling has. Surreal and frightening to think about. At MIFF July 28 and August 3.
I can honestly recommend all 9 of those films, which has me even more excited for the 30+ I am still to see. Below is my schedule for the festival as well as films I’m hoping to sneak in somewhere but haven’t booked yet. I hope you enjoy the coverage as well as the festival if you are lucky enough to be attending!
My MIFF Schedule:
Friday July 26:
4PM – Dirty Wars
6:30PM – Fruitvale Station
9:15PM – Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Sunday July 28:
1:30PM – My Sweet Pepper Land
Monday July 29:
11AM – The East
1:30PM – For Those In Peril
6:15PM – Gloria
Tuesday July 30:
6:30PM – Like Father, Like Son
9PM – Narco Cultura
Wednesday July 31:
6:30PM – The Spectacular Now
9PM – A Hijacking
Thursday August 1:
6:30PM – Prince Avalanche
9PM – Galore
Saturday August 2:
11AM – Village at the end of the World
Monday August 5:
6:30PM – Child’s Pose
Tuesday August 6:
6:30PM – These Final Hours
9PM – Magic Magic
Wednesday August 7:
11AM – In Bob We Trust
6:30PM – Blackfish
9PM – The Attack
Thursday August 8:
9PM – The Congress
Friday August 9:
6:30PM – The Major
Saturday August 10:
7PM – Closing Night Film: All Is Lost
Other Films I am hoping to see:
Patrick, Closed Curtain, Stranger By The Lake, Mystery Road, Ginger and Rosa, The Dance of Reality, A Touch of Sin, Illo Illo, Mood Indigo, Bastard, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Paradise Trilogy.
Check back for more MIFF coverage and reviews over the next fortnight!