MIFF 2013

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Have you picked up your copy of the MIFF 2013 program yet? It’s in today’s Age, so you still have a few hours to pop down the shop and grab it. MIFF kicks off on Thursday July 25 at the Arts Centre with a screening of I’m So Excited, a Spanish Comedy straight from the screens at Cannes.

International Panorama is back, as is the Australian Showcase, Next Gen and Accent on Asia. I’m very excited about Juche Days which is a selection of films from North Korea. There is a documentary on Pussy Riot that I am hoping to see, and can only hope it sheds more light on activism in Russia than Tomorrow from MIFF 2012. One program I will be avoiding (thanks to my wussy constitution) is the Italian Giallo section, with lots of graphic violence; that and Night Shift with all the horror and suspense that other people can handle. Tim Winton’s short story collection, The Turning has been made into a series of shorts that are screening together as a feature presentation that looks extremely impressive.

There is so much more. Get the program, grab a highlighter and get booking. Tickets went on sale today, which leads to one of my favourite games – watching the MIFF app to see what tickets are selling fast/sold out. At time of writing, one of the sessions of The Turning is already on standby. Very exciting.

MIFF runs from July 25 to August 11. For tickets, visit the MIFF website.