It’s the 24th MQFF and it’s looking like a great one. Everything kicks off on March 13 with the Melbourne premiere of Any Day Now featuring the always amazing Alan Cumming.
There are several films in the festival that were also part of MIFF last year and I’m so pleased there is another opportunity to get audiences into the cinema to see them. Valentine Road was a film that tore my heart out; the story of an openly gay teenager shot dead by one of his classmates. So many layers of complexity to the story and, indeed, in the trial. I Am Divine is a documentary on the late performer Divine who many of us remember from John Waters films, or perhaps from his singing career. Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia has commentary and footage of the life of the fascinating American commentator. Or for a bit of drama, the Taiwanese film Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? follows a couple as they struggle with sexuality and social expectations.
Other festival highlights include Noor, a film based on the true story of a transsexual man in Pakistan, Yoshiko and Yuriko, another true tale, this time set in post-war Japan and Five Dances, the story of a young dancer in New York. My highlight, however, would have to be the very light-hearted and totally fun Israeli film Cupcakes. When a group of friends end up representing their country in a Eurovision style contest, there is no way you won’t be smiling.
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? plays at Hoyts Melbourne Central on Wednesday March 19 at 9pm.
I Am Divine plays at ACMI on Tuesday, March 18 at 8pm.
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia plays at ACMI on Tuesday, March 18 at 6pm.
Valentine Road plays at ACMI on Saturday, March 15 at 2pm.
Cupcakes is playing at ACMI on Saturday, March 15 at 6:15pm and on Wednesday March 19 at 8:30pm.
Yoshiko and Yuriko is playing at ACMI on Saturday, March 22 at 8:15pm.
Noor is playing at Hoyts Melbourne Central on Friday, March 21 at 6pm.
Five Dances is play at ACMI on Friday March 21 at 6pm.
For tickets, visit MQFF.