MIFF 2016 – only four sleeps to go


Yes gentle readers who live vicariously through my film viewing and reviewing exploits, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF to close friends and lovers) is on again and I have a passport! A passport allows me to see as many films as my fragile body and mind can manage in sixteen days and this year, I have booked 70. Yep, 70. No, I haven’t aged twenty years in twelve months, I just have a new strategy – go in hard, fill up my dance card and then coast through the second week, returning tickets if I need to. That’s the plan anyway.

Like last year, I will be reviewing each film though this year I will be staying in the CBD, within a short stroll or a free zone tram ride of all venues. That will leave plenty of energy for reviewing, and eating delicious food. This year, I will also be partaking of three virtual reality experiences as part of the program – 6×9: An Immersive Experience of Solitary Confinement, VR Noir: A Day Before the Night, and The Turning Forest. I will also be experiencing a full-dome screening at the Planetarium.

I can’t list all seventy films but here are some highlights I’m looking forward to. If you live in Melbourne and want to catch up with me, I can send you my schedule and we can see a film together. 🙂

The Salesman – The latest from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Past).

Under the Shadow – A subversive feminist horror critique of Iranian sexism (I know!).

Ma – A choreographic road movie re-imagining the Virgin Mary’s story transposed to the American Southwest (I know!!).

Sieranevada – Romanian portrait of contemporary family dysfunction.

Elle – Paul Verhoeven’s provocative look at rape.

The Lure – Loony Polish mash-up of musical, romance and 80s style horror.

Chevalier – Deadpan Greek satire about masculinity.

Starless Dreams – Iranian documentary about women in the judicial system.

Julieta – Pedro Almodóvar’s latest, need I say more.

The Unknown Girl – Latest from the Dardenne brothers (The Kid with a Bike).

Bleak Street – Black and white Mexican drama about wrestling mascots, micro-luchadores.

Certain Women – Kelly Reichhardt triptych with Laura Dern, Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart.

Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie – Louis, sigh.

Paris 05:59 – The fact that it starts with an 18-minute hardcore gay orgy might have been a factor.

Emo the Musical – The Deniliquin Film Society just showed the original short of this Neil Triffett irreverent take on star-crossed lovers.

So, stay tuned to this blog, it all starts this Friday.

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