The Melbourne International Film Festival returns this week and – thanks to COVID-19 – it’s the event’s first full live season in three years.

This is also its historic 70th edition, which explains why this year’s festival program is so packed: 257 feature films, 102 short films and 12 XR plays make up MIFF 2022, and this worrying amount also includes 18 premieres. worldwide in its number.

Having such a busy schedule also means it’s extremely difficult to narrow down movies, but we tried anyway. Below are The boastfulThe best movies to check out at MIFF 2022, including an intriguing work produced by the Safdie brothers and a coming-of-age drama starring a certain popular Normal People star.

The 2022 Melbourne International Film Festival runs from Thursday August 4 to Saturday August 21. Find the full program and ticketing information at official site.

For more on this topic, follow the Film & TV Observer.

Produced by the Safdie brothers, this black comedy follows a teenage cartoonist, Robert, who wishes to escape his banal suburban life in search of artistic glory. After a traumatic event, Robert decides to drop out of school to live in a terribly small apartment, where he meets Wallace, someone who could help him achieve his dreams.

Funny Pages received a short standing ovation at Cannes earlier this year, and there’s some interesting talent behind the camera: the film is written and directed by Owen Kline, who played a memorable role in one of the notable early films. by Noah Baumbach The squid and the whale (he also happens to be the son of Hollywood stars Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates); it was shot on Super 16mm by Sean Price Williams, who handled cinematography for arthouse filmmakers like Alex Ross Perry (Listen Philip, His smell).

With Paul Mescal, normal people actor, partner of Phoebe Bridgers, and obsessive figure for a little interminable online installment, this film also happens to have received near unanimous positive reviews.

The Irish actor plays a young father, Calum, who goes on a summer vacation to Turkey with his eleven-year-old daughter, Sophie. It’s not until she’s much older – and with the help of MiniDV footage – that she realizes the person she thought her father was isn’t the man she knew.

After last year’s romantic drama The worst person in the world, Norwegian cinema has a little moment. Directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Kristoffer Borgli, sick of me aims to capitalize on the spirit of the times in 2022.

The darker than dark satire details the extremely unhealthy competitive relationship between a young couple, Signe and Thomas. After the latter finally achieves his breakthrough as an artist, Signe does everything she can to put the focus back on her, including devouring dangerous pills. As The Hollywood Reporter review said it, Sick of Myself is “horrifyingly, shamefully, hilarious to tell… A vicious little treat to savor.”

Ah, Y2K: Depending on who you ask, it was either a wonderful time or a terrible time for fashion, but it was also a seminal time for the indie rock and garage revival.

Centered around New York’s Lower East Side, bands like The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Interpol helped resurrect the city’s cultural scene after 9/11.

Directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace take viewers back to the days of super skinny jeans and greasy hair in this detailed documentary. Featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with names like Karen O and Albert Hammond Jr., this one’s for the millennial music fan in your life.

For his breakout year in 1993 with The piano and jurassic park, Sam Neill starred in this film shot in Melbourne, based on a comic novel of the same name. For MIFF 2022, it has undergone a brand new restoration, a deserved honor for a classic Australian cinema.

Set in – you guessed it – Brunswick, Neill plays Carl, an unlucky man who lacks meaning in life. He takes a job as a chef in an underdog pub to make ends meet, where he soon falls head over heels in love with bartender Sophie. When he finds himself implicated in the death of a cook, he causes trouble between the local Greek and Turkish communities.

Get unlimited access to the coverage that shapes our culture.

at Rolling Stone Review

at Rolling Stone Review