Written by Sara Giampa Kease
MIFF kicked off it’s 70th anniversary program on the weekend in Melbourne, and as an avid cinephile and long-time MIFF go-er, Studio Legal’s Practice Manager, Sara, shares her recommendations for this year’s program.
The program features 371 films, with screenings across Victoria as well as the online format that starts from 11th August for a smaller selection of films.
The program also includes a special ‘Melbourne on Film’ retrospective showcase which features the 2000 box office hit – Chopper, in a special Hear My Eyes Screening.
Hear My Eyes: Chopper x Springtime & Mick Harvey
Hear My Eyes is a star client of Studio Legal and on the top of our list of recommendations.
Firstly, a bit of background on Hear My Eyes, and what they bring to the cinema experience.
Hear My Eyes events are unique, hybrid art form, where contemporary musicians write a new live score to a pre-existing piece of cinema, accomplishing an immersive cinema and sound showcase. Melbourne group, Springtime, joins Chopper composer, Mick Harvey, in performing the all-new score. If you haven’t already seen this, you won’t want to miss seeing Eric Bana as local crime legend, Mark “Chopper” Read.
Two sessions are already sold out, so best hop to it, and catch the final session on Friday 18th August.
Normal People’s Paul Mescal stars in this Cannes featured drama.
The film is about a father–daughter bond. Eleven-year-old Sophie is holidaying in Turkey with her dad, as they navigate their ways around the trials and tribulations of familial connection and human frailty.
Stars at Noon
Admittedly, this one made the list because of my love of Margaret Qualley, and for it being the Cannes Grand Prix winner.
French director, Claire Denis, who is known for her sensualist eroticism, returns with this sexually charged adaptation of Denis Johnson’s 1986 novel, Stars at Noon. Qualley plays a journalist who ventures into a side hustle of sexual favours where a liaison with a mysterious businessman develops.
A timely release considering what has been happening in America over the past few months.
In this film, Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver star as activists providing abortions and support to desperate women prior to Roe v. Wade.
Call Jane is a Golden Bear–nominated drama based on the real-world Janes movement.
How can you pass up a Gaspar Noe film, especially in a MIFF setting?!
The simple synopsis – Veteran director, Dario Argento, and actor, screenwriter and director, Françoise Lebrun, play a retired psychiatrist with dementia and a struggling author with a heart condition, who live their final days together in an apartment.
But, as most will know, nothing about any Gaspar Noe film is simple.
MIFF 22 season runs until 21st August 2022 in cinemas and online until 28th August 2022. Find more information and the full program online.
Written by Sara Giampa Kease
Published 8 August 2022
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