As the 2009 Melbourne International Film Festival gets ever so closer and closer more news continues to emerge about some of the movies that will be screening. We've already heard about the opening and closing night films and a host of others, but today came a BIG announcement.
MIFF has succeeded in getting screenings for some of the Cannes Film Fest's biggest hitters. Lars Von Trier's Antichrist is one and you can guarantee it'll be in it's uncensored form. I am strongly considering checking it out since there is a good chance that it will get edited in some form (Australia can be so strange like that sometimes). I won't, however, be going to see Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, which is quite a coup for the festival. Its release is - apparently - 20 August and that's three hours I could be spending watching something that won't see the light of day here in any way outside of a festival.
Other titles to get festival screenings are Chan Wook Park's vampire priest tale Thirst, and Bong-Joon Ho's Mother. I was a big fan of Andrea Arnold's debut film Red Road and so am pleased to see her Cannes-winning followup, Fish Tank, is getting a screening. Although I may skip that one, too, since it will likely receive a theatrical release in the
I don't have much interest in Ken Loach's Looking for Eric, but it will be screening after it's opening night gig at the Sydney Film Festival recently. Speaking of Sydney it will be interesting to see if we get that festival's big prize winner Bronson. The news of it's win was greeted with puzzlement and it doesn't sound like the sort of film I'd want to see, but you never know.
The entire article can be read @MIFF and I'm sure there's plenty for exciting news to come.