Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) 2013

As we turn the corner into the colder months of the year, everything is just that little bit harder to do. Spending nights in, at home, with a cup of tea and a good book on the couch feels like all we can achieve. These winter rituals hover over late night plans at a new rooftop city bar, complete with cocktails and spring outfits; but later this week, in preparation for the long and cosy winter, the City of Melbourne comes back to life – hibernation style.  For its sixty-first year, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is back and bringing the very best from Cannes and Sundance to city cinemas and theatres, Kino, the Forum, ACMI and the Greater Union.

Melbourne International Film Festival

Melbourne International Film Festival

From July 25 until August 11, Melbourne celebrates some 300 local and international films of all genres from cult classics, documentaries, and activism to language, classic restoration and violent horror from countries all over the world.

It should be yet another great festival with many city restaurants and cafes surrounding the festival venues, cooking up their most popular dishes in support for the festival.

Here are my top five recommendations for this season:

5. Reporting on the Times: the New York Times and the Holocaust

This documentary considers why the Jewish owned publication buried their WWII Holocaust footage far beyond their archives. USA, 18 minutes.

4. A Quiet Place in the Country

A 1960s style thriller about fetishism, necrophilia and hallucinations on a country estate. France, Italy, 108 minutes.

3. PASSION

A tale of power between female colleagues lending their hand to sin, anguish, sex and seduction. France, Germany, 100 minutes.

2. OMAR

A forceful take on the Israeli-Palestine conflict entangled with love, friendship and violence on the West Bank. Palestinian Territory, 94 minutes.  

1. UGLY

An action thriller tapping into the dark and mysterious Mumbai as we follow a Bollywood actor and the corrupt and gritty life of Police in India. India. 130 minutes.

Tickets are available from miff.com.au or from the cinema and theatre booking sites.