341 films, from 52 countries – in just 18 days.
The 63rd Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) opens in less than a week, kicking off on Thursday 31 July – so time is running out to finalise your game plan for tackling the immense collection of films on offer. We’re a charitable bunch here at World Movies, so to make this daunting task a little easier we’ve pulled together some of our personal favourites from this year’s line-up.
OUR PICKS OF MIFF 2014:
When Martin Scorsese says he has ‚Äúa lot to learn‚Äù from a film – we’re going to sit up and pay attention. The South Korean drama follows the story of a young girl with a mysterious past who is transferred from her rural school to the city. It broke box office records in Korea and has been critically acclaimed since its premiere at Busan International Film Festival last year.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her / The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him
There are two sides to every story – and now you don’t have to wait to see both of them. Ned Benson’s ambitious debut is made up of two features that each follow the breakdown of a marriage from a different perspectives. Starring Jessica Chastain as the wife and James McAvoy as the husband, this captivating look at the course of relationship was a hit at last year’s Toronto Film Festival.
Style is timeless, and fashion is for all ages. Never is this more evident than in this sparkling documentary that follows New York based photographer Ari Seth Cohen on his insatiable hunt for colourful and fabulously stylish seniors. Bringing to life Cohen’s blog of the same name, this look at the confidence and beauty that can only be achieved through the experience of a life lived is infectiously enjoyable. Be sure to keep your eye out for Cohen himself who is set to appear at MIFF between hunting out fashionistas on Melbourne’s streets.
Prodigious Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan has achieved more at the young age of 25 than many would in decades – and he continues to deliver with MOMMY. This stylish melodrama was joint winner of the Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and follows the fiery relationship between a widowed single mother and her troubled and violent teenage son. Shot in a 1:1 aspect ratio (that’s Instagram dimensions for any non-hipsters out there) this highly anticipated film is simply breathtaking.
China is home to over 400 rehabilitation camps for web-addicted teens and was the first country to officially recognise internet addiction as a psychological disorder. This might seem almost too strange to be true, but trust us, it’s not. WEB JUNKIE debuted at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and follows three addicted Chinese teenagers through their treatment at the prison-like rehabilitation camps. MIFF promises it to be ‚Äúas entertaining as it is bizarre‚Äù – so prepare for a thought-provoking look at the hazards of obsessive behaviour.
To celebrate Melbourne International Film Festival kicking off next week, we have 5 double passes to the Festival to giveaway. For your chance to win simply complete the form below and tell us in 25 words or less which film you’re most excited about in this year’s line-up and why?
Competition closes 12pm Monday 28 July at 3pm.
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