The Brisbane International Film Festival has been away for a minute but has chosen 2017 to triumphantly return to the city.
Running from Thursday August 17 to Sunday September 3, this year’s BIFF promises to make up for lost time with a program worthy of the wait.
Opening with the Cannes Palme d’Or winner ‘The Square’, a scathing black comedy that takes aim at the self-obsessed art world, and closing with ‘The Go-Betweens: Right Here’, a part-memoir, part-concert film that celebrates the rockers path to success, BIFF 2017 is in no short supply of entertainment.
For lovers of all things art, ‘Loving Vincent’ and ‘Final Portrait’ should choose wise selections; the former detailing the life and death of legendary painter Vincent van Gogh, whilst the latter features a tremendous performance from Geoffrey Rush as an eccentric artist who finds great difficulty in painting his muse.
Titles like the jazz documentary ‘Chasing Trane’ and ‘A Life in Waves’, which charts the life and times of visionary electronic composer Suzanne Ciani, will keep the music enthusiasts on hand.
For those wanting a bit more escapism, titles such as the gory Japanese actioner ‘Blade of the Immortal’, ‘Manifesto’ starring Cate Blanchett in a dozen different roles, and ‘Wonderstruck’ should prove enticing viewing, with the latter earning awards buzz due to stellar turns from both Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams.
With an array of unique short films and dedicated animation programs, BIFF promises to keep all of Brisbane entertained, no matter what genre you adhere to.
For the full lineup and session times visit the Brisbane International Film Festival website.