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MIFF names Kiwis in early announcements

Florian Habicht’s Pulp and Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows are both named in the early look at the selections for this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival.


What We Do in the Shadows

Wong Kar-wai’s 16-month-old multiple award-winner The Grandmaster, Berlinale winners Diao Yinan’s Black Coal, Thin Ice and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, and Venice awardee Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm are all revealed; the Australian subject of 20,000 Days on Earth guarantees its selection.

One could be forgiven for thinking that the Sydney Festival was just going to hitch a ride down the road, as so many titles recently announced for there are now being announced for Melbourne. In fact, one might well be looking at pretty well any international film festival programme announced in the middle of this year, so predictable are the selections becoming.

Steven Knight’s Locke: check. Hitoshi Matsumoto’s R100/em>: check. Ira Sachs’ Love is Strange: check again.

The full MIFF programme will be launched 8 July, shortly after the NZIFF announces its 2014 line-up. It’ll be clear then if another NZ feature having well-received festival outings this year, Housebound, has added to its laurel collection.

MIFF runs 31 July – 17 August.

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