The Melbourne International Film Festival has unveiled the first 33 films in its massive 2022 lineup

For the past two pandemic-hit years, the Melbourne International Film Festival has aired its lineup to moviegoers online rather than in cinemas. Turning 70 in 2022, however, he returns to where he always belonged. Having widened its audience and gone national with its virtual programs, MIFF is not abandoning its digital screenings – but once again showing hundreds of the latest and greatest titles from international cinema in picture palaces. from Melbourne is firmly the star of this year’s show.

This is the first good news for Melbourne moviegoers. The second: while MIFF will grace the screens of a host of inner-city favorites between Thursday August 4 and Sunday August 21 – such as ACMI, The Capitol, Forum Melbourne, Hoyts Melbourne Central, IMAX and Kino Cinema – it’s gonna also air in suburban Melbourne cinemas from Friday August 12 to Sunday August 21 as well. Add in the online component as well, which runs from Thursday August 11 to Sunday August 28, and it’s almost a whole month of MIFFing to look forward to.

Also among the ace announcements: the first 33 films that moviegoers can put on their must-see lists, whether on the big or small screen. This includes local titles to open and close MIFF 2022, with the festival kicking off with the world premiere of the coming of age feature Of an age from director Goran Stolevski – then concluding with the Australian premiere of the documentary To cleanabout Melbourne ‘trauma cleanser’ Sandra Pankhurst.

Other highlights include the 2022 Berlinale Golden Bear winner Alcarras; Australian docu-fiction The plainswhich looks at everyday life and won an award in Rotterdam; Doublethe Aaron Paul (Westworld) and Karen Gillan (Avengers: Endgame)-with the most recent of The art of self defense Riley Stearns; and Aubrey Plaza (Bestsellers) slipping into the thriller genre in Criminal Emily. Or, there’s a comedy horror Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon of A girl walks home alone at night‘s Ana Lily Amirpour, which focuses on a telekinetic young woman; Where is Anne Frankthe first feature film in eight years of Waltz with Bashir director Ari Folman; and doctor Jeanne by Charlottewith actress Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac) exploring the life of his iconic mother Jane Birkin.

It wouldn’t be a MIFF without a film by South Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo, which won the Berlinale’s Silver Bear Grand Jury award The novelist’s film comes in. And, other standouts include the New York-focused musical documentary Meet me in the bathroom, on the music scene of the 00s; colleague doco fire of love, a Sundance winner who studies the lives of volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft; and Reflectionabout one man’s experiences in post-Maidan Ukraine.

Thanks to the MIFF Premiere Fund, which financially helps support local films, the Australian contingent also covers ten other titles to date. Among the essentials: Greenhouse by Joost, a documentary about zero-waste pioneer Joost Bakker and chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett building a self-sufficient, eco-friendly residence; the Western Australian shot sweet aswith Tasma Walton (How to please a woman), Mark Coles-Smith (occupation: rain) and Shantae Barnes-Cowan (fire bite); and the student-focused film Essenceof strange colors‘ director Alena Lodkina.

Also there are Sheltereda Margot Robbie (The Suicide Squad)-narrated documentary that focuses on women over 55 facing homelessness – and Moja Vesnaa drama about the impact of grief on a Melbourne immigrant family that premiered in Berlin.

The list is long – and it will only get longer, with the full program to be unveiled on Tuesday 12 July. be unveiled.

In the meantime, start preparing for nearly a month spent in darkened rooms, lounging in the glow of the big screen, memorizing festival adverts and doing the usual scampering down Swanson Street. Or, to view the program in suburban Melbourne – or online nationwide.

The 2022 Melbourne International Film Festival runs from Thursday August 4 to Sunday August 28 at various venues in Melbourne and Victoria, and online. For full details, including the full schedule for Tuesday, July 12, visit the MIFF website.

Posted on June 09, 2022 by

Sarah Ward

Gerald R. Schneider