Melbourne International Film Festival 2014
MIFF Melbourne International Film Festival
‘Established in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. An iconic Melbourne event, the festival takes place annually in the heart of the city, presenting an acclaimed screening program alongside industry and celebratory events.
MIFF showcases the best in current cinema from around the world as well as retrospectives, tributes and discussion programs. Since its inception, MIFF has also been committed to local film: it is Australia’s largest showcase of new Australian cinema and is the country’s most vocal champion of emerging and established local filmmaking talent. The festival also hosts many celebratory world premieres of local films.
Complementing the screening program is MIFF’s renowned industry program that includes an investment fund (the Premiere Fund) and the director’s development program (Accelerator). MIFF’s finance market (37°South) brings the national and international screen industry to Melbourne during the festival and celebrates Melbourne as a centre for screen business.’
MIFF 2014 highlights. ‘Melbourne International Film Festival artistic director Michelle Carey talks with National film editor Karl Quinn about the must-see films at this year’s event‘.
‘Nick Cave’s Film 20,000 Days on Earth, a biopic like no other, for a towering creation of modern art: post-punk poet Nick Cave.
Cave is no stranger to self-mythologising, and this innovative psychodrama is a vivid swirl of truth and fiction. The scriptwriter, novelist and musician’s creative process is interwoven with a narrative of his 20,000th day on earth, resulting in a crisp, visually arresting portrait and an emotionally penetrating meditation on how we utilise the hours of our lives.
Actor Ray Winstone and collaborators Blixa Bargeld, Warren Ellis and Kylie Minogue provide counsel, with the traditional rock-doc interviewer replaced by a therapist.
This debut feature from British visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard claimed World Cinema Documentary Editing and Directing awards at Sundance 2014, with the jury calling it “arguably the most exciting film in competition”.
“Unclassifiable and frequently spectacular.” – Salon‘
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