Tickets for the Melbourne International Film Festival are now on sale, and with a brilliant program in 2013 there’s no reason to miss one of our favourite festivals of the year. Beginning Thursday 25 July, the two week line-up features some of this year’s bravest, strangest and best international films. Here are our must-see picks:
I’m So Excited (Spain)
Opening this year’s MIFF is Pedro Almod√≥var’s brand new comedy. Don’t miss the sexual hijinks and slapstick ridiculousness of a plane full of passengers grappling with an imminent crash. This film has been garnering lots of love around the world as a return to Almod√≥var’s comedy greatness (a la Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) so should be the perfect Opening Night film.
Child’s Pose (Romania)
This Romanian film won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, and it’s easy to see why. Lumini»õa Gheorghiu’s performance is astonishing, as a well-to-do mother who finds out her 34 year old son has hit and killed a young child in a car accident, and will do anything to keep him out of jail.
Fruitvale Station (US)
Produced by Forest Whitaker, this film was everyone’s highlight from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It won the Best First Film prize in Un Certain Regard, along with the Audience Award and the backing of Harvey Weinstein’s distribution. This heart-racing debut unfolds the true story of Oscar Grant, a young black man who was senselessly killed by a BART police officer in the early hours of New Years Day.
Shopping (New Zealand)
We’re always excited for new films from our Pacific neighbours, and this New Zealand film is the exciting debut of writing/directing duo Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland. After premiering at Sundance and the Berlin Film Festival this year, we’re thrilled to see it in Australia. Don’t miss the story of half-Samoan brohers Willie and Solomon, who escape the boredom of small town life with petty crime.
Closed Curtain (Iran)
It’s incredible that this film even exists – director Jafar Panahi has been banned by his home country of Iran from creating films for 20 years. This touching drama was filmed in secret in Panahi’s beachside villa on the Caspian Sea, and follows an unnamed writer and the events that follow him arriving at a coastal retreat. Panahi’s second film since being banned from filmmaking, and won Silver Bear for Best Script at the Berlin Film Festival 2013.
Stranger By The Lake (France)
This charming murder-mystery was the hot ticket at the Cannes Film Festival this year, where it won Best Director in Un Certain Regard, along with the Queer Palme. While its depictions of sex were controversial, it was acclaimed for its eerie imagery, meticulous characterisation and fascinating storyline of summertime sex and murder.
We have 10 double passes to giveaway, valued at $36 each. For your chance to win simply complete the form below and tell us which film you’re most looking forward to from the line up and why.
Tickets are not valid for Opening and Closing nights, Talking Pictures and special events. Winners will be sent complimentary passes and pre-bookings are essential. Competition closes 5pm Sunday 14th July and is open to Victorian residents only.
For tickets and more information on the other films featuring within the Melbourne International Film Festival 2013 visit the website.