Melbourne Film Festival announces competition line-up
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Melbourne Film Festival announces competition line-up

The Melbourne International Film Festival has scheduled ten feature films to be screened in its Bright Horizons competition section.

These include: “Good One” by India Donaldson; “Hoard” by Luna Carmoon; “Janet Planet” by Annie Baker; “Julie Keeps Quiet” by Leonard Van Dijl; “Sweet Dreams” by Ena Sendijarević; “Universal Language” by Matthew Rankin; “The Village Next to Paradise” by Mo Harawe; the animated “Flow” by Gints Zabalodis; “On Becoming a Guinea Fowl” by Rungano Nyoni; and the feature film debut of Australian director Charles Williams, “Inside.”

The non-competitive Headliners section, featuring films that premiered at other festivals, includes: Francis Ford Coppola’s “Megalopolis”; Mumbai-based director Payal Kapadia recently became the first Indian director in 30 years to have a film in competition at Cannes with “All We Imagine as Light”; Coralie Fargeat’s “The Substance,” starring Demi Moore; Jia Zhangke’s “Caught by the Tides”; Sebastian Stan in Aaron Schimberg’s “A Different Man”; Miguel Gomes’s Cannes best director winner, the Asian odyssey “Grand Tour”; Cate Blanchett, Alicia Vikander and Charles Dance in Guy Maddin’s audacious “Rumours”; Mohammad Rasoulof’s “The Seed of the Sacred Fig” and David Cronenberg’s “The Shrouds.”

The parallel international section includes: Lou Ye’s “Unfinished Film”; poet and photographer Raven Jackson’s “All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt”; Alice Lowe’s second feature “Timestalker”; Hong Sang-soo’s “A Traveler’s Needs”; Chiang Wei Liang and You Qiao Yin’s Cannes-winning “Mongrel”; and Paris-based Chinese director Qiu Yang’s “Some Rain Must Fall,” which won the Berlinale Encounters Special Jury Prize.

The festival will run from August 8-25 and will kick off with the previously announced Memoir of a Snail, directed by locally-born animator Adam Elliot. The full lineup includes 250 features, shorts and XR experiences, with venues in Melbourne, across Victoria and online across Australia.

Other special events include the MIFF Family Gala featuring Robert Connolly’s Magic Beach, an adaptation of the Alison Lester classic; the Music on Film Gala featuring Warren Ellis’ documentary Ellis Park, directed by Justin Kurzel; and the inaugural MIFF Premiere with Purpose presented by DECJUBA, which will debut Shannon Owen’s Left Write Hook.

“This year’s MIFF programme features over 250 films, over 400 sessions over 18 days, combining incredible Australian filmmaking, world cinema, drama, comedy, horror, animation, bold experiments – things you’ve been waiting months to see and others you never thought you’d get a chance to see. This year’s MIFF programme, as always, is a multi-faceted festival of cinematic excess, designed to delight and certainly bring out the best in your imagination,” said Al Cossar, Artistic Director of the Festival.