Following the end of the Sydney Film Festival, Melbournians and avid film watchers are gearing up for the annual Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) which will run this year from 3 to 20 August 2017.
It’s difficult not to get excited over the new films that will grace Melbourne screens this year, especially after the event organisers have teased us with a sneak peak of the 2017 line-up!
Don’t miss our MIFF tribute collection as we revisit the best of MIFF over four big nights. Starts Thursday 3 August.
Here’s 5 films you absolutely must watch at this year’s festival:
#1: Australia Day
We’ve seen older representations of Australia and we’ve seen tragic representations of Australia.
What we shockingly haven’t seen yet however is a modern representation of multicultural Australia. That is, until now.
Directed by Kriv Stenders, Australia Day is a gripping tale that entwines three seemingly separate plot lines that occur over a dramatic 12 hour period on Australia Day. Over the course of the film, the characters and audience become hopelessly entangled in racism, resentment and violent bursts of rage that makes contemporary comments on the reality of Australia.
#2: I Am Not Your Negro
This documentary has already received rave reviews from critics who watched its debut at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
I Am Not Your Negro explores the history of racism in the United States through the unfinished manuscript of James Baldwin.
If you want to know just how systematically the United States have failed people of colour then this is your film. There is no denying the truth to Baldwin’s words, narrated by Samuel L Jackson, as the gravity of the situation hits audiences.
Read: With help from Samuel L Jackson, Haitian auteur Raoul Peck delivers a stirring, Oscar-nominated portrait of the writer, civil rights activist and queer icon James Baldwin and his lifelong fight against racial and sexual injustice.
This directorial debut by Peter Mackie Burns is an interesting take on the human capacity to adapt. It comes after titular character Daphne (Emily Beacham) witnesses a stabbing and is forced to revaluate her life choices to stay as emotionally aloof as possible.
Having stayed fiercely independent, honest and single mostly by choice, Daphne is thrown off by a life changing encounter and what an encounter it is!
#4: Call Me by Your Name
Directed by Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name is a poignant film that shows the highs and lows of adolescence as Elio, a teenager in the 1980s falls helplessly in love with Oliver.
Call Me By Your Name is a well fleshed out take on the progression of life and how we are forced to see the world in a light that’s wildly different to that of our childlike wonder and excitement.
#5: A Fantastic Woman
Fear, ignorance and grief can’t keep a good woman down in Sebastián Lelio’s Berlinale best screenplay and Teddy winner.
Fronted by phenomenal transgender actress Daniela Vega, it’s difficult to believe that A Fantastic Woman is her first major role as she shines playing the young, beautiful and unapologetic Marina.
Director Sebastian Lelio and cinematographer Benjamin Echazarretta beautifully frame and light the film to show Marina at her finest and lowest as the audience watches on to see how her story will unfold.
Itching for more? Why don’t you sit back and relax and watch the best of the best MIFF films over the years with our MIFF tribute collection over four big nights, from 3 August to 6 August.