MIFF to screen record number of films direct from the Cannes Film Festival

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) will include a whopping 43 feature films and special shorts hand picked from this year’s Cannes Film Festival. For many of these films, this will be their first screening outside of Cannes.

Ahead of the full program announcement on 10 July, the Cannes line-up will feature festival award winners such as Hirozaku Kore-eda’s Shoplifters in a humanistic look at a society willing to cast struggling people aside. Charles Williams’ Palme d’Or winning short All These Creatures will also be present, returning home for its Australian premiere. The film follows the story of a young boy named Tempest, attempting to untangle his memories of a mysterious infestation in order to find not only the creatures that lie within him, but within us all. Finally, the Cannes Best Director prize winner Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War bring down under the stunning journey of of love through a divided Europe. Inspired by Pawlikowski’s own parents’ story, Cold War is both lyrical and emotional accomplishment, impressing with black-and-white visuals and a keen sense of music.

Starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Amateur films suh asEverybody Knows starring Penélope Cruz  (Loving Pablo) and Javier Bardem (Skyfall) brings Australian audiences a tense psychological thriller that opened this year’s Cannes competition from two-time Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi. In animation, Another Day of Life presents itself to audiences as a hybrid live-action documentary infused with an animated biography based on the experiences of journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski.

The documentary Pope Francis – a Man of his Word, will also premiere Oscar-nominated filmmaker Wim Wenders’ works as he focuses on the enigmatic, visionary and controversial Pope Francis, capped off  with both unprecedented access and remarkably candid interviews with Pope Francis himself, offering s stunning look into the leader of the Catholic faith.

With MIFF announcing its full program 10 July, all ticket sales are set to open soon after, on 13 July. For more informational and the full Cannes line-up, you can click here.