Melbourne International Film Festival starts this week and our contributors are here to give you their picks for what looks to be the best of the fest.
MIFF artistic director Michelle Carey launched the festival’s 2017 program this week, introducing the biggest and best roster of local and international features and documentaries Australia will see this year.
Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s five-hour film is a fascinating organic and character-driven drama that showcases an astounding attention to the minutiae of the lives of four women.
The latest documentary from American-Israeli filmmaker Alma Har’el, LOVETRUE is a compelling experimental documentary that wades through the dark underbelly of love.
We spoke to film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum at MIFF 2016 about the Jerry Lewis retrospective, the evolution of film criticism and his experiences with Fuller, Tati, Rivette, Kiarostami and more.
Philippe Grandrieux’s fourth feature film is an experimental and intimate melodrama fixated on the sensation of touch.
Truth proves stranger than fiction in this North Korean tale of abduction, love, and stardom from directors Ross Adam and Robert Cannan.
Żuławski’s Cosmos is a metaphysical melodrama dense with references, and a suitably enigmatic swansong for the Polish auteur.
Robert Greene’s investigation of the on-air suicide of newscaster Christine Chubbuck is admirably engaged with the ethics of documentary, though not especially nuanced.
Zhao Liang’s new documentary offers an arresting exploration of labour, through wordless portraiture and surreal visual flourishes.