Opening with the Australian premiere of the Spierig Brothers’ new feature Predestination, this year MIFF will include well over 300 films from around the globe, including 17 program strands, 28 world premieres, 168 Australian premieres, 19 talking pictures events, 24 international guests and more than 71 local guests.
The festival will close with the Australian premiere of Felony, directed by Melbourne filmmaker Matthew Saville, while crime thriller Cut Snake from director Tony Ayres will screen at the centrepiece gala.
In terms of fashion films, Ari Seth Cohen's photography project-turned-documentary Advanced Style will make its Australian debut (with Ari and videographer Lina Plioplyte guests of the festival) and Frederic Tcheng, director of Valentino: The Last Emperor, is back with another look at a huge fashion house facing modernisation.
Some of the many highlights include a look into the life of Australian cultural icon Nick Cave in 20,000 Days On Earth, British-Irish drama film about Jimi Hendrix All Is by My Side and a screening of the 1971 Jacques Rivette magnum opus Out 1: Noli me tangere, which in the past has been touted as "The cinephile’s holy grail," by The New York Times, which stated that “In the annals of monumental cinema, there are few objects more sacred than Out 1."
The program also features a global panorama of cutting-edge documentaries, shorts and animation alongside the inaugural Critics Campus, special event screenings at IMAX and the Planetarium and much, much more.
The 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival will run from Thursday July 31 – Sunday August 17. Visit miff.com.au for more information. Tickets will go on sale Friday July 11.