Second Glance: 60th Melbourne International Film Festival


MIFF 2011Not to be outdone by the stunning lineup of the 58th Sydney Film Festival, currently playing in cinemas across Sydney, the Melbourne International announced 25 of its films via a press release, sourced here from Your Daily SPA on The Music. The list is somewhat special for containing films that were all screened at Cannes this year, including Lars Von Trier’s controversial Best Actress winning Melancholia.

As previously announcedThe Kid with a Bike, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s winner of the Grand Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival will screen, and we can now add Best Director Nicholas Refn’s Drive to the monunmental list as well. Joseph Cedar’s Cannes’ Best Screenplay winning Footnote (from Israel) will also screen at the mammoth festival.

Three of the announced films have already had their Australian premieres at the Sydney Film Festival (Martha Marcy May Marelene, Take Shelter and Australia’s Toomelah). Other entries include:

  • Once Upon A Time In Anatolia – Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
  • Elena – Dir: Andrei Zvyagintsev (Russia)
  • Outside Satan – Bruno Dumont (France)
  • Beauty – Oliver Hermanus (South Africa)
  • Tatsumi – Dir: Eric Khoo (Singapore)
  • The Day He Arrives – Dir: Hong Sang-soo (South Korea)
  • Goodbye – Dir: Mohammad Rasoulof (Iran)
  • The Yellow Sea – Dir: Na Hong-jin (South Korea)
  • The Giants – Bouli Lanners (Belgium)
  • El Velador – Natalia Almada (Mexico)
  • The Silence Of Joan – Philippe Ramos (France)
  • Play – Dir: Reuben Östlund (Sweden)
  • Guilty Of Romance – Dir: Shion Sono (Japan)
  • Michael Petrucciani – Dir: Michael Radford (UK/France)
  • Le Harve – Dir: Aki Kaurismäki (Finland)
  • Michael – Dir: Markus Schleinzer (Austria)
  • Polisse – Dir: Maïwenn Le Besco (France)
  • Hanezu – Dir: Naomi Kawase (Japan)

These films join the already announced Submarine, Tiny Furniture, I Am Eleven, Piano in a Factory, The Unjust and Red Dog (to name a few) announced at the First Glance just a few weeks ago.


The Melbourne International Film Festival runs from 21 July to 7 August 2011 across Melbourne. The full program will be launched on July 7.

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