First look at 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival

The first batch of titles heading to this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (running 21 July to 7 August) were revealed today, and they include a number of exciting local features, long-awaited international flicks and a Cannes prize winner.

We’ve been waiting to catch Richard Ayoade’s Submarine and Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture for some time; they’ll both make their Australian debut at the fest. Other high profile flicks such as Jane Eyre, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Project Nim, Norwegian Wood, 13 Assassins and A Separation will head to Melbourne following their run at the Sydney Film Festival in June.

The Kid With A Bike – The Dardenne brothers Grand Prix winner from this year’s Cannes Film Festival – will also screen at MIFF. Highly anticipated Aussie film Red Dog will close out the 18-day festival. The opening night film has not yet been announced.

Of course, those are just the big ticket items. Be sure to browse through the below categories to find the lesser known gems that will be worth your time (Shut Up Little Man sounds particularly enticing).

Closing Night

Red Dog (dir. Kriv Stenders)

International Panorama

Submarine (dir. Richard Ayoade)
Jane Eyre (dir. Cary Fukunaga)
A Seperation (dir.  Asghar Farhadi)
The Turin Horse (dir. Béla Tarr)
Tiny Furniture (dir. Lena Dunham)
The Kid With A Bike (dir. Dardenne brothers)


Cave of Forgotten Dreams (dir. Werner Herzog)
El Bulli – Cooking in Progress (dir. Gereon Wetzel)
I Am Eleven (dir. Genevieve Bailey)
Project Nim (dir. James Marsh)
The Triangle Wars (dir. Sotiris Dounoukos, Rosie Jones)
Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (dir. Matthew Bate)

Accent on Asia

Norwegian Wood (dir. Tran Anh Hung)
13 Assassins (dir. Takashi Miike)
Hi-So (dir. Aditya Assarat)
The Piano in a Factory (dir. Zhang Meng)
The Unjust (dir.  Ryoo Seung-wan)


Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (dir. Michael Rapaport)
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (dir. Marie Losier)
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (dir. Göran Hugo Olsson)

Next Gen

Falling For Sahara (dir. Khoa Do)
Tales of the Night (dir. Michel Ocelot)
The Ugly Duckling (dir. Garri Bardin)
Under the Hawthorn Tree (dir. Zhang Yimou)
My Wedding and Other Secret (dir. Roseanne Liang)
Winter’s Daughter (dir. Johannes Schmid)
On The Sly (dir. Olivier Ringer)
Africa United (dir. Debs Gardner-Paterson)
The Matchmaker (dir. Avi Nesher)
The Liverpool Goalie (dir. Arild Andresen)

This Sporting Life

Senna (dir. Asif Kapadia)
Bobby Fischer Against The World (dir. Liz Garbus)
KNUCKLE (dir. Ian Palmer)


Fleurs du Mal (dir. David Dusa)
Life in a Day (dir. Kevin Macdonald)
PressPausePlay (dir. David Dworsky, Victor Kohler)

The 60th Melbourne International Film Festival runs from 21 July to 7 August 2011.

Discuss: Melbournites! Which of these flicks are you keen to check out?

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