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