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Unmissable Australian Premieres

As part of the BIFF 2018 program, we are delighted to present a collection of exciting Australian Premiere screenings. Our selection includes features and documentaries from veteran filmmakers and newly emerging voices, alongside rare cinematic treasures from across the globe. 

BLUE VELVET REVISITED

More a lyrical poem than a conventional documentary, Peter Braatz’ Blue Velvet Revisited is an elusive behind-the-scenes ticket to David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece.

Screening: 3.00pm Sat 13 Oct, GOMA
Screening: 8.00pm Thu 18 Oct, Elizabeth Picture Theatre

CASANOVA GENE (CASANOVAGEN)

Premiering at this year’s Berlinale, Luise Donschen’s eclectic debut is a tantalising and elegant visual essay, prompting questions on nature, desire, sexuality and identity.

Screening: 4.45pm Sat 13 Oct, GOMA
Screening: 6.30pm Fri 19 Oct, GOMA

COMBAT OBSCURA

Composed entirely of footage shot by director Miles Lagoze during his time as a combat camera operator in the Marine Corps, Combat Obscura is a powerful portrait of life on the ground for American marines in Afghanistan.

Screening: 5.00pm Sun 14 Oct, GOMA
Screening: 3.00pm Sat 20 Oct, GOMA

FLIGHT OF A BULLET

A stand-out at this year’s True/False Film Festival, Flight of a Bullet captures the ethical minefield of documentary filmmaking within the quickly changing contexts of a conflict zone.

Screening: 7.45pm Mon 15 Oct, GOMA
Screening: 4.30pm Sat 20 Oct, GOMA

GOLNESA

This strong first feature from a Kurdish writing and directing duo deals with an Afghani couple who have eloped, examining honour, pride and trust in relation to love.

Screening: 8.20pm Mon 15 Oct, New Farm Six Cinemas

HOTEL BY THE RIVER

Premiering at the Locarno Festival, the latest work from the peerlessly prolific auteur Hong Sang-soo, Hotel by the River finds the filmmaker engaging with the eternal themes of life, love and death amid the wintery confines of a riverside hotel.

Screening: 3.00pm Sat 13 Oct, New Farm Six Cinemas

IN MY ROOM

Ulrich Köhler’s Cannes-premiering In My Room is an atmospheric piece of modern German cinema in which a layabout cameraman finds himself totally alone on the planet after a mysterious apocalyptic event.

Screening: 7.00pm Sun 14 Oct, GOMA
Screening: 8.30pm Wed 17 Oct, Event Cinemas | Brisbane City Myer Centre

STRAY

Premiering at the Moscow International Film Festival, Dustin Feneley’s striking debut focuses on the relationship of two damaged individuals, set against New Zealand’s Southern Alps in Otago.

Screening: 6.00pm Thur 18 Oct, Reading Cinemas Newmarket

TALE OF THE SEA (HEKAYAT-E DARYA)

This delicate and quiet film, part family drama yet also a homage to older Iranian artists, comes from veteran director Bahman Farmanara.

Screening: 3.00pm Sun 14 Oct, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre
Screening: 6.30pm Thu 18 Oct, New Farm Six Cinemas

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT

The recipient of both furious walkouts and a boisterous standing ovation at its premiere at Cannes earlier this year, The House That Jack Built is the controversial new work from arch provocateur Lars von Trier.

Screening: 8.45pm Fri 19 Oct, Event Cinemas | Brisbane City Myer Centre

THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT (LE LION EST MORT CE SOIR)

In a remote area in the south of France, aging veteran actor Jean (icon of the French New Wave, Jean-Pierre Léaud) is forced to confront mortality when he is asked to enact his death in front of the camera.

Screening: 12.30pm Sat 13 Oct, New Farm Six Cinemas
Screening: 8.00pm Tue 16 Oct, Event Cinemas | Brisbane City Myer CentreTHIRST STREET

Director Nathan Silver, one of the bold new voices of American independent cinema, has crafted a lean and lurid homage to 1970s European eroticism in Thirst Street.

Screening: 8.50pm Sat 13 Oct, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre
Screening: 8.00pm Fri 19 Oct, GOMAASH IS PUREST WHITE (JIANG HU ER NV)

A sprawling tale of crime and troubled romance in China, BIFF 2018 premieres the newly re-edited director’s cut of Jia Zhangke’s Ash is Purest White. 

Screening: 8.30pm Fri 12 Oct, Event Cinemas | Brisbane City Myer Centre
Screening: 1.00pm Sat 20 Oct, New Farm Six Cinemas

RESTORED REVELATIONS

Each presented here for the first in Australia, these digital restorations – Cold Water, Personal Problems, The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company, and Wanda – offer an exciting opportunity to view little-seen masterpieces, often for the first time in decades.