Filmme Fatales’ Guide to MIFF 2015

Blogged by: Melbourne Central 22 Jul 2015 View comments


THE DAUGHTER

Just one of many awesome new Australian dramas on this year’s program, The Daughter was directed by Simon Stone, an actor and the man behind Reunion, a stunning segment in Tim Winton’s The Turning. An adaptation of the play The Wild Duck, the film tells the story of a man who returns home for his father’s impending wedding and stumbles into a lifetime of dormant secrets and lies.

The Daughter screens at Hoyts Melbourne Central at 6.30pm on Sunday, 9 August.



CITY OF GOLD




From the Source Restaurant in Annie Hall to Randy’s Donuts in Mars Attacks!, Los Angeles’ iconic eateries have often made cameos in the movies. For food critic Jonathan Gold, however, these restaurants aren’t just places to grab a bite or sets on a film: they’re the cords that connect a sprawling and diverse city. Laura Gabbert’s documentary is not just about Gold, but also the city and its food that he loves.

City of Gold screens at Hoyts Melbourne Central at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 12 August.
 


ANOTHER COUNTRY




This year, MIFF is honouring the legendary Indigenous Australian actor David Gulpilil with a retrospective of his work. 
As well as screening his iconic films—including Storm Boy, Walkabout and Rabbit-Proof Fence—MIFF is hosting the World Premiere of Molly Reynolds’ Another Country, an examination of “the modern Indigenous experience” and what happened when traditional culture clashes with contemporary expectations and demands. “To Gulpilil,” the film synopsis states, “it is our refusal to acknowledge this incompatibility that breeds such disconnection and destruction—a racial catastrophe that is unfolding because we cannot talk about race.”

Another Country screens at Hoyts Melbourne Central at 1.30pm on Sunday, 2 August.
 


RESULTS




Results sees director Andrew Bujalski—a hero of the idling, conversational genre known as Mumblecore—return to the chatty world he knows so well, following his divergence to bizarre black comedy in his last film, Computer Chess (MIFF 2013). Australia’s own Guy Pearce stars as a workout guru in a Texas gymwho’s hired to train Kevin Corrigan’s character, a recently divorced New Yorker. In classic romantic comedy style, a girl soon comes between them. But if there’s one thing we know for sure about Bujalski, it’s that this won’t be any old romantic comedy.

Results screens at Hoyts Melbourne Central at 6.30pm on Sunday, 2 August and Friday, 7 August.
 


BEING EVEL




“It’s just fast, faster and disaster,” is how Johnny Knoxville describes the story of Evel Knievel. Long before the X Games turned extreme sports into stadium events, Evel was a star-spangled daredevil to some, and an untrustworthy con-man to others. This is a film made with love by Daniel Junge and featuring interviews with Knoxville and Australian stuntman Robbie Maddison.

Being Evel screens at Hoyts Melbourne Central at 3.45pm on Sunday, 9 August.
 


HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO




Confession: we are older than the target market for MIFF’s Next Gen program, but every year its films comprise the bulk of our movie-watching time. This year is no different. Documentarian Alexandra Shiva has crafted a personal story about an annual prom for teenagers on the autism spectrum. This film follows Ohio psychologist Emilio Amigo and a trio of teen girls preparing for a very big night.

How to Dance in Ohio screens at Hoyts Melbourne Central at 1.30pm on Saturday, 8 August.
 


MY SKINNY SISTER




A story about the pressures and power dynamics between girls, My Skinny Sister follows Stella and her seemingly perfect older sister Katja and is based on the real experiences of director Sanna Lenken. Little Stella idolises Katja, a beautiful figure-skater, until she learns that Katja has an eating disorder—a discovery that changes their relationship dramatically.

My Skinny Sister screens at Hoyts Melbourne Central at 1.30pm on Sunday, 16 August.
 


STORIES I WANT TO TELL YOU IN PERSON




The above trailer is for Lally Katz’s 2013 show at the Belvoir Theatre in Sydney. The Belvoir commissioned her to write a play, but instead she spent the money going to fortune-tellers in New York City. Stories I Want to Tell You in Person, the movie, is an adaptation of the play she eventually wrote, which was all about what she did instead of writing the play she was commissioned to write. Got it? Well, you will after seeing the film.

Stories I Want to Tell You in Person screens at Hoyts Melbourne Central at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 4 August.
 


THE OVERNIGHT




Some of our favourite TV actors team up for this film about a super awkward experience making friends as an adult parent. Alex and Emily have just moved to LA from Seattle when they meet Kurt at a park. Their kids get along, so Kurt invites the couple to dinner with his wife. What follows is a long and surprising night that is already being called one of the year’s funniest movies!

The Overnight screens at Hoyts Melbourne Central at 9.00pm on Saturday, 1 August.
 


THE WOLFPACK



We’ve picked quite a few documentaries in this list, but there’s none we’re more excited about than The Wolfpack, a fascinating look inside a world we’d never, ever enter if it weren’t for director Crystal Moselle. This film is about the Angulo brothers, whose parents have kept them locked inside a small apartment in New York City their entire lives. They were home-schooled there and, aside from a few trips to the city each summer, have only experienced the outside world through action movies. “He always saw us as the little boys who couldn’t,” one of the brothers says of their father in the trailer. We can’t wait to see what they can do.

The Wolfpack screens at Hoyts Melbourne Central at 6.30pm on Saturday, 1 August.


Melbourne Central is giving you the chance to win one of 50 double passes to the above films—five doubles per film—at Hoyts during MIFF 2015! To enter the draw, CLICK HERE. Entries close 5pm Tuesday, 28 July, 2015.



 

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