BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
17 August to 3 September 2017
The Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) is back!!! Having undergone a revamp, the 23rd installment of the BIFF will be screened exclusively at Palace Cinemas from August 17 to September 3 at Palace Barracks and Palace Centro.
We've been assured by the team at Palace that their opening night for the BIFF, featuring Cannes Palm D'Or winner The Square, will be utterly immersive and unlike anything Brisbane has seen before. So make sure you get your tickets and catch us there!
The program will feature around 60 international and Australian films and will include collaborations with existing Queensland screen culture organisations including the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), a Queensland Short Film Competition, a free family event, national and international guests, talks, panels and seminars.
An exciting program of films including the latest releases, fresh from their selection at Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Berlin and more, are complimented by a number of films shot in our own backyard - all making their way to Queensland screens for the first time. One that we are super excited for is the absolutely bonkers Dave Made A Maze - an incredibly inventive, utterly creative take on the cardboard box maze. Our hero (Dave) is trapped, and when his friends enter his tiny construction, they discover that the inside is not only much larger than the outside would appear (think Doctor Who's TARDIS), but it is also full of sinister creatures.
Cate Blanchett's epic acting showcase, Manifesto, will also play as part of the festival. Blanchett plays 12 indivdiaul characters, exploring the idea of political, social and artistic manifesto's. From that epic scale to something tiny, Patti Cake$ is Geremy Jasper's debut film - an honest, hilarious portrayal of Killa P: a boisterous young girl from the wrong side of the tracks with dreams of becoming a rapper. It was a huge hit at Sundance, and is sure to have Brisbane audiences in stitches.
Now, sure, there are a few films in the program that you should miss (Song to Song is playing, and we have no intention of seeing it again after our 1 star review and experience watching 39 people leave during the screening), but for the most part the program is an amazing compilation of utterly incredible cinema that Brisbane is lucky to have. Take Wonderstruck for example. Todd Haynes' story of cosmically connected children, brought to life through two captivating, interlocking narratives is the latest adaptation of one of Brian Selznick novels (after Scorses's Hugo brought to life The Invention of Hugo Cabret), and looks utterly outstanding.
There's too much great stuff filling the pages of BIFF's trademark pink program, but for more details be sure to check out the BIFF website or get yourself to your local Palace Cinema to get a hardcopy.