The 62nd Melbourne International Film Festival has announced its list of 29 feature films and seven shorts from the Cannes Film Festival that will be included in this year’s MIFF program. Highlights from the Official Competition category include Anthony Chen’s Camera d’Or winner Ilo Ilo, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Jury Prize winner Like Father Like Son, Jia Zhangke’s Best Screenplay winner A Touch of Sin, Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P. starring Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric – as well as Sydney selection’s Grigris and Asghar Farhadi’s The Past.
From the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section, MIFF will screen the moody feature debut from Flora Lau, Bends, featuring Hong Kong star Carina Lau and Chinese heartthrob Chen Kun; Hany Abu-Assad’s Special Jury Prize-winning account of the Israel–Palestine conflict, Omar; Hiner Saleem’s My Sweet Pepper Land; French auteur Clare Denis’ Bastards, and the Winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize, The Missing Picture, where propaganda reels and hundreds of clay figures are cleverly combined in an autobiographical documentary about growing up under the Khmer Rouge.
Also from Un Certain Regard, MIFF will screen Fruitvale Station, inspired by a senseless police shooting in Oakland in 2009, and awarded the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance; winner of the Un Certain Regard Directing Prize, Stranger by the Lake, Alain Guiraudie’s steamy thriller about a picturesque lakeside spot where gay men gather to seek companionship; Nothing Bad Can Happen, a harrowing tale of a vulnerable young Christian man, and Mohammad Rasoulof’s Manuscripts Don’t Burn, a searing film about two low-level government enforcers tasked with preventing a controversial manuscript from being published.
From the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, MIFF will screen writer/director Serge Bozon’s Tip Top, a farcical riff on corruption, race and S&M starring Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Kiberlain; Blue Ruin, a FIPRESCI Prize winner at Cannes about a vagrant who puts himself on a path of bloody revenge; Ugly, an action thriller set in Mumbai exploring a long-held grudge between a Bollywood wannabe and a ruthless chief of police; Ari Folman’s follow up to Waltz With Bashir, The Congress; and The Selfish Giant, a reinvention of the eponymous Oscar Wilde fable from UK writer/director Clio Barnard.
On top of that is Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Dance of Reality; Marcel Ophüls’ Ain’t Misbehavin’; writer-director Sebastián Silva’s Magic Magic, a claustrophobic tale of schizophrenia and sexuality starring Michael Cera and Juno Temple; and the debut from actor-director Thierry de Peretti, Les Apaches, about five teenagers on the island of Corsica who one night break into an unoccupied luxury villa.
Other titles included are the restored and re-edited Weekend of a Champion, part informative racing documentary and part endearing odd-couple buddy movie featuring 1970s’ Formula One champion Jackie Stewart and Roman Polanski; Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout; Paul Wright’s feature debut For Those in Peril; 3x3D, a triptych exploring the evolution of 3D cinema with contributions from Peter Greenaway, Jean-Luc Godard and Edgar Pêra; and David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara as an outlaw couple.
The Festival program will be online and Single Tickets go on sale on 5 July. The Melbourne International Film Festival runs 25 July – 11 August 2013.