Melbourne International Film Festival 2016

There is little doubt that the Melbourne International Film Festival is the premiere film festival in Australia. There are three reasons for this: the curatorship is brave, broad-minded and always intriguing. The program allows for multiple viewings of the one film, especially documentaries and Australian films. And importantly the program is larger than any other festival and the audience is hungry and attentive.

While it is foolhardy to try to pick the best of the festival the following are some suggestions if you missed them at the Sydney Film Festival: Zach’s Ceremony (an Indigenous documentary from Australia), Chevalier (an absurdist male competition drama from Greece) and Toni Erdmann (imagine a comedy from Germany, and it is hilarious!) are must see films.

The 65th film festival will feature Australian premieres of some of the highest-profile films from Cannes such as Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman, The Unknown Girl and Paul Verhoeven’s Isabelle Huppert-starring rape revenge movie Elle.

There is a large dose of VR available at the festival so between that and the new Studio Ghibli production The Red Turtle, there will be something for everyone.

See the full program for 2016 here.

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