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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

BEST OF THE 2017 PROGRAM

FESTIVAL FEATURE
LATEST REVIEWS
By Charlie David Page
11th July 2017

Melbournians, prepare for your city to be overrun by all things cinematic - this year's Melbourne International Film Festival is less than a month away. Today, we got the full taste of the program, and it's sure to keep film lovers satisfied.

We already knew a lot about the first-rate selection of films headed to the festival. It will open with 'Jungle', the world premiere from 'Wolf Creek' director Greg McLean starring Daniel Radcliffe, complemented by Ben Elton's 'Three Summers' at the Centrepiece Gala screening. Other films announced in the sneak peak include the joyful Saturday Night Live alum film 'Brigsby Bear'; 'God's Own Country', a film that has been called "a British 'Brokeback Mountain'"; the superb documentary about the southern hemisphere's largest horror theme park, 'Spookers'; the funny and true tale 'Ali's Wedding' about the son of a Muslim cleric growing up in Melbourne; 'Patti Cake$', the rap film that has everyone talking about Australian actress Danielle Macdonald; 'Mountain', Jennifer Peedom's follow-up to the international hit 'Sherpa'; the heartwarming Aussie indie comedy 'That's Not Me'; Charlie Hunnam's 'The Lost City Of Z'; the racial drama 'Australia Day'; Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner 'BPM', a French film which looks at 90s AIDS activism; a special screening of Jane Campion's much-anticipated 'Top Of The Lake: China Girl'; 'The Killing Of A Sacred Deer', yet another film being raved about for Nicole Kidman's performance; a screening of Paul Thomas Anderson's Ocsar-winning 'There Will Be Blood' with a live score from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; and Takashi Miike's gloriously violent 'Blade Of The Immortal'.

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With today's full program announcement, even more gems were revealed. Michael Haneke's 'Happy End', which received a great reception at the Sydney Film Festival, will be making an appearance, as will 2017 Cannes Palme d'Or winner, 'The Square', a satirical social commentary from 'Force Majeure' director Ruben Östlund.

There will be a strong focus on Australian films - in addition to those revealed in the program sneak peak, we'll also see the cycling documentary 'All For One'; David Wenham's directorial debut 'Ellipsis'; Melissa George, Ewen Leslie and Ed Oxenbould's romantic tale 'The Butterfly Tree'; 'Have You Seen The Listers?', Eddie Martin's documentary on Anthony Lister, Australia’s most renowned street artist; and 'Hope Road', a story of a Sudanese refugee returning to the country he left to help rebuild it.

Women in film will also have a huge emphasis at this year's MIFF. Classics from pioneering women will be screened throughout the festival, including Gillian Armstrong's 'High Tide' and 'Starstruck', Nadia Tass' 'The Big Steal', Tracey Moffatt's 'Bedevil', Mary Callaghan's 'Tender Hooks', and Laurie McInnes' 'Broken Highway'.

It's going to be a busy 18 days at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival. Tickets are available at miff.com.au from Friday 14th July 2017 (or on presale for MIFF Members from Wednesday 12th July) - so get in quick, because sessions are sure to be snapped up.

FAST FACTS
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Freaks - A post-apocalyptic sci-fi mystery
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Children of the Sea - Sunk by a soggy script
TRENDINGCHILDREN OF THE SEASunk by a soggy script
What Will Become Us - The man behind an iconic Australian brand
TRENDINGWHAT WILL BECOME USThe man behind an iconic Australian brand
Happy Ending - An extra-wrinkly sex comedy
TRENDINGHAPPY ENDINGAn extra-wrinkly sex comedy
Playmobil: The Movie - Reassemble this play kit
TRENDINGPLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIEReassemble this play kit
1917 - Sam Mendes' personal war story
TRENDING1917Sam Mendes' personal war story
Daniel Isn't Real - Smart and sinister psychological horror
TRENDINGDANIEL ISN'T REALSmart and sinister psychological horror
Finding Farideh - An emotional & moving documentary for Iran's Oscar submission
TRENDINGFINDING FARIDEHAn emotional & moving documentary for Iran's Oscar submission
Playing with Fire - Put out this flaming mess
TRENDINGPLAYING WITH FIREPut out this flaming mess
Inseparable Bros - A heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
TRENDINGINSEPARABLE BROSA heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
Pain and Glory - Almodóvar delivers a rhapsodic masterwork
TRENDINGPAIN AND GLORYAlmodóvar delivers a rhapsodic masterwork
Standing Up For Sunny - A comedy without the comedy but very sweet
TRENDINGSTANDING UP FOR SUNNYA comedy without the comedy but very sweet
The Queen's Corgi - Barking up the wrong tree
TRENDINGTHE QUEEN'S CORGIBarking up the wrong tree
The Truth - A well-intentioned trip down a well-worn path
TRENDINGTHE TRUTHA well-intentioned trip down a well-worn path
Marriage Story - Simply extraordinary
TRENDINGMARRIAGE STORYSimply extraordinary
Promised - Flashback to Australian-Italians in the 1970s is a bland affair
TRENDINGPROMISEDFlashback to Australian-Italians in the 1970s is a bland affair
The Violin Player - Sex and strings
TRENDINGTHE VIOLIN PLAYERSex and strings
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan - Close to home
TRENDINGDANGER CLOSE: THE BATTLE OF LONG TANClose to home
Smallfoot - An important lesson with music to lead the way
TRENDINGSMALLFOOTAn important lesson with music to lead the way
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