Tickets are currently on sale for MIFF Members and from Friday July 13 for the general public.
The opening the festival is Cannes hit, The Sapphires, while the Closing Night party is preceded by Mental, which reunites director P J Hogan with Toni Collette for the first time since Muriel's Wedding.
Over 35 films from the Cannes Film Festival are included in this year's festival. Screening in Melbourne following Cannes and their Australian debuts at the SFF last month are:
Michael Haneke's devastatingly powerful Palme d'Or winning Amour.
Wes Anderson's delightfully charming new feature, Moonrise Kingdom.
Benh Zeitlin's exhilaratingly original Camera d'Or winner Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Leo Carax's visually dazzling, wildly inventive and provocative work of art, Holy Motors.
Walter Salles' highly anticipated adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On The Road.
Ken Loach's affectionate crime caper, The Angel's Share.
Moussa Toure's La Pirogue
Anurag Kashyap's two-part epic, Gangs of Wasseypur.
Provocative Korean animated feature The King of Pigs.
Other high-profile titles coming out of Cannes include:
The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg)
In Another Country (Hong Sang-soo)
The Taste of Money (Im Sang-soo)
Paradise: Love (Ullrich Seidl)
Beyond the Hills (Christian Mungiu)
Like Someone In Love (Abbas Kiarostami)
In The Fog (Sergei Loznitsa)
Le Grand Soir (Gustave de Kerven and Benoit Delepine)
Children of Sarajevo (Aida Begic)
11:25 The Day Mishima Chose His Own Fate (Yukio Mishima)
Our Children (Joachim Lafosse)
7 Days in Havana
No (Pablo Larrain)
A Respectable Family (Massoud Bakhshi)
Sightseers (Ben Wheatley)
Maniac (Franck Khalfoun)
For Love's Sake (Takashi Miike).
Still, there are many more exciting titles. These can be found after the jump in alphabetical order...
A Simple Life
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Bad Blood (Leos Carax retrospective)
Berberian Sound Studio
Caesar Must Die
Damsels in Distress
God Bless America
Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai
Into the Abyss
Jayne Mansfield's Car
Just the Wind
Lovers on the Bridge (Leos Carax retrospective)
Once Upon A Time in America (Sergio Leone)
Oslo, 31. August
Pola X (Leos Carax retrospective)
Postcards from the Zoo
Safety Not Guaranteed
Searching For Sugar Man
Seeking A Friend For the End of the World
Side By Side
Sound of My Voice
Your Sister's Sister
I will be in Melbourne August 15-20 and will be trying to squeeze in as many films as I can over the last five days. In the coming days I will look through the line-up, provide some recommendations (both of films I watched at SFF, and films I am very excited to have the chance to see) as well as my personal MIFF schedule. It is going to take some clever tinkering to ensure I still make some time to see the city I so much enjoy visiting.