The Melbourne International Film Festival is back for another mid-winter celebration of cinema an expansive program of acclaimed international cinema, world premieres and the best in new Australian film. This iconic annual festival – the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere – brings the most highly anticipated films from around the world to the heart of Melbourne, including the Sun Theatre!

In 2022, the festival rings in its 70th edition with the launch of MIFF’s much-anticipated film competition and will showcase a series of special events, talks, performances, commissioned works and cinema and online screenings – all of which will highlight and honour this important milestone through the lens of Melbourne’s own history on the silver screen.

 

What’s on at the Sun 

Mars One

Director Gabriel Martins

Following the election of a far-right president, one Afro-Brazilian family takes stock while its youngest member dreams of outer space.

FRI AUG 12, 6.30pm

The Humans

Director Stephen Karam

Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun, Richard Jenkins and Amy Schumer star in an ensemble drama about a family lunch that gets an existentialist horror spin.

FRI AUG 12, 9.15pm

 

Hit the Road

Director Panah Panahi

The debut feature from Jafar Panahi’s son Panah – a 2021 Directors’ Fortnight title – is a chaotic, tender road trip set against a rugged landscape.

SAT AUG 13, 6.30pm

Palm Trees and Power Lines

Director Jamie Dack

In this powerfully unsettling examination of consent and predation, which won a Sundance Directing Award, a teenager falls for a man twice her age.

SAT AUG 13, 9.00pm

Sweet As

Director Jub Clerc

The Breakfast Club meets the outback in this uplifting coming-of-age road movie by Nyul Nyul / Yawuru director Jub Clerc (The Turning, The Heights).

SUN AUG 14, 6.45pm

Brian and Charles

Director Jim Archer

A crowd favourite at Sundance, Brian and Charles is a quirky, cheerful comedy about robots, cabbages and friendship.

SAT AUG 14, 6.45pm

The Lost City of Melbourne

Director Gus Berger

The ‘modernisation’ of Melbourne in the 50s razed much of the city, including its elegant cinemas. Now, a Melbourne-made doc brings them back to life.

FRI AUG 19, 6.15pm

Robe of Gems

The 2022 winner of the Berlinale’s Silver Bear Jury Prize is a haunting exploration of the murky complexities of the Mexican drug trade.

FRI AUG 19, 8.45pm

Greenhouse by Joost

Joost Bakker investigates what it would be like to grow all the food you ever needed, leaving no waste as you do so, right at your doorstep.

SAT AUG 20, 4.00pm

LOLA

Director Andrew Legge

When two sisters invent a machine that could help the Allies win WWII – or bring the joy of punk several decades early – what could possibly go wrong?

SAT AUG 20, 6.45pm

The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future

This surreal, offbeat fable of environmental destruction and familial reconciliation defies audience expectations at every turn.

SAT AUG 20, 9.00pm

Splice Here: A Projected Odyssey

David Thomas Tribute Screening
Director Rob Murphy

Join us in tribute to MIFF’s late Technical Manager for 30 years for a new film that itself finds its heart among the projection booths of Melbourne.

SUN AUG 21, 1.00pm

The Stranger (Thomas M. Wright)

Acute Misfortune writer/director Thomas M. Wright returns with a taut crime thriller starring Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris, direct from Cannes.

SUN AUG 21, 4.30pm

Visit the MIFF website for more information.

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