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Homecoming

A MOMENT IN THE SUN  

The inspiring and fascinating story of the development of a solar-powered tandem bicycle, designed and built at the University of Queensland in the 1980s.

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A YELLOW ANIMAL  

A Yellow Animal is a gobsmacking adventure of gold prospectors, gem smugglers and a filmmaker, whose spirit guide may — or may not — be maliciously following him.

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ABOUT ENDLESSNESS  

Swedish auteur Roy Andersson tells a story of life’s melancholic beauty through a dreamy lens and his quintessential style of splendid banality.

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AIR CONDITIONER  

Angolan director Fradique’s debut feature is an incisive political critique invoked by a ramshackle cityscape unstuck in time and awash in civil war memories.

Documentaries

ASSASSINS  

Assassins presents the unbelievable true story behind the assassination of Kim Jong-un’s elder half-brother at Kuala Lumpur airport in 2017.

Documentaries

ASWANG  

A raw picture of the human cost of the Philippines’ epidemic of extrajudicial killings, Aswang depicts a dystopian Manila as it paints Duterte’s drug war as the demon of Filipino mythology.

Features

BALLOON  

Balloon follows a loving family as they navigate the challenges of their conservative farming community, spiritual obligations and China’s one-child policy with dignity and kindness.

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BIG TIME ADOLESCENCE  

Pete Davidson (Saturday Night Live) plays an affable stoner in Jason Orley’s debut comedy about friendship, family and the real-world consequences of never growing up.

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BLACKBIRD  

Featuring a stellar cast, Blackbird intertwines love, laughter, and heartbreak in this gentle adaptation of the Danish film Silent Heart (2014) by veteran director Roger Michell.

Jill Bilcock Edits

BLESSED  

A powerful film about seven wayward youths and the inner lives of their mothers, Blessed is a modern gem of Australian cinema from Ana Kokkinos (Head On 1998).

Homecoming

BLOODY HELL  

A pitch-black Australian comedy-horror in the vein of Sam Raimi, Bloody Hell is one bloody good time.

Belonging

BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS  

The closing night of a Las Vegas dive bar plays out in inebriated and immersive fashion in this candid cinematic portrait.

Documentaries

BRAZEN HUSSIES  

A firebrand documentary, Brazen Hussies reveals the rousing stories of the women who changed Australia fighting for liberation and equality.

Release

BRING DOWN THE WALLS  

Turner Prize-nominee Phil Collins invites us into New York’s ‘Bring Down The Walls’ project, an anti-incarceration movement that uses house music to fight for social justice.

Jack Thompson Performs

BURKE & WILLS  

Jack Thompson and Nigel Havers portray the legendary explorers in this spectacular dramatisation of the first European journey across Australia.

Homecoming

COMBAT WOMBAT  

When a reclusive wombat unintentionally becomes the city’s new superhero, she takes the opportunity to solve an old crime close to her heart.

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COME AND SEE  

Often cited as the greatest anti-war film ever made, Come and See is a masterpiece of Soviet cinema, presented in a new 2K digital restoration.

Documentaries

DAYS OF CANNIBALISM  

Days of Cannibalism is a fascinating portrait of culture clash in the southern African nation of Lesotho.

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ELLIE & ABBIE (& ELLIE'S DEAD AUNT)  

Ellie has a crush on Abbie and is plucking up the courage to ask her to the formal, she just needs to come out to her mum, and that’s when her dead aunt arrives to ‘help'.

Belonging

FAITH  

A visually striking voyage into the inner workings of a Catholic martial arts monastery in rural Italy.

Documentaries

FEELS GOOD MAN  

A wickedly entertaining documentary about the rise and fall of Pepe the Frog, who went from stoner comic star to iconic meme of the alt-right.

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FELICITÀ  

Told through the eyes of 11-year-old Tommy, Felicità is an endearing French comedy about the pre-teen, her eccentric mum, her fresh-out-of-jail dad and a road trip.

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FILIBUS  

Described as ‘the most exciting, witty, feminist, steampunk, cross-dressing aviatrix thriller you will ever see!’, this restored silent still delights more than a century after its initial release.

Event

FILM + PANEL DISCUSSION: Brazen Hussies  

Join our panel as they discuss the vital history of the women’s liberation movement.

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FILM + PANEL DISCUSSION: Ningla A-na & GOMA's exhibition 'Welcome to Colour Television'  

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists have engaged with screen culture for over 50 years as a way to connect audiences with Indigenous issues.

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FILM + PANEL DISCUSSION: The Painter and the Thief  

What responsibilities does an artist have towards their subject when revealing their vulnerabilities to the world?

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FILM + PANEL DISCUSSION: White Riot  

John Willsteed, Andy Nehl and Luke Peacock discuss punk and activism, reflecting on White Riot and how 1980s Brisbane became a hot bed of musical and political protest.

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FILM + Q&A: A Moment in the Sun  

Join Ted DeBoer and Jim Allison, original Solar Tandem team members for a discussion about the fascinating underdog story of former Queensland based Scientist Ugur Ortabasi.

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FILM + Q&A: Bloody Hell  

Join producer Brett Thornquest for a discussion about Bloody Hell and how his filmmaking team managed to get their exciting new horror-comedy onto the big screen.

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FILM + Q&A: Combat Wombat  

Director Ricard Cusso, and producers Nadine Bates and Kristen Souvlis discuss the monumental achievement of producing their second animated feature.

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FILM + Q&A: High Ground  

After the screening of High Ground, join director Stephen Johnson with actors Jacob Junior Nayinggul, Witiyana Marika and Maximillian Johnson for an insightful discussion.

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FILM + Q&A: Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky  

Join filmmaker Dean Gibson as he sits down with star of Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky Steven Oliver to discuss the documentary.

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FIRESTARTER: CLOSING NIGHT FILM CELEBRATION  

The Closing Night celebration for Firestarter will be contained within the cinema to meet health and safety requirements.

Documentaries

FIRESTARTER: THE STORY OF BANGARRA  

Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra looks back at the last 30 years of Bangarra Dance Theatre and the role of its dynamic artistic director Stephen Page.

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FOOD + FILM: The Truffle Hunters  

Enjoy a delectable dining experience with fellow cinemagoers in GOMA’s Long Gallery.

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HIGH GROUND  

Inspired by Australia’s untold history, High Ground is a reckoning with the past, set in stunning country.

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HIGH GROUND: OPENING NIGHT FILM CELEBRATION  

The Opening Night celebration for High Ground will be contained within the cinema to meet health and safety requirements.

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HUMAN CAPITAL  

An all-star American remake of an acclaimed Italian film, Human Capital is a gripping moral drama featuring Liev Schreiber, Marisa Tomei, Peter Sarsgaard and Maya Hawke.

Release

IF IT WERE LOVE  

Centred around Gisèle Vienne’s dance piece ‘Crowd’, Patric Chiha’s documentary If It Were Love is a dynamic exploration of why we party to forget.

Jill Bilcock Edits

JILL BILCOCK: DANCING THE INVISIBLE  

Jill Bilcock is one of the most sought-after editors in the film industry. This dynamic documentary is a portrait of her extraordinary life and daring creative process.

Features

JUMBO  

A shy young woman finds herself involved in a forbidden romance with a twist — her object of desire is Jumbo, the local carnival’s tilt-a-whirl ride.

Power of Pictures

KRABI, 2562  

Cinema, like tourism, can greedily consume locales, as Ben Rivers and Anocha Suwichakornpong demonstrate in their haunting journey through Krabi, Thailand.  

Power of Pictures

LABYRINTH OF CINEMA  

The final opus of the experimental pop master Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, Labyrinth of Cinema is a powerful denunciation of war and a testament to the power of art as activism.

Transcendence

LAST AND FIRST MEN  

A poetic future history that casts the other-worldly war memorials of former Yugoslavia as the realm of a future humanity that has migrated to Neptune, directed by composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. 

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LIVE MUSIC + FILM: Filibus  

Experience a fantastical journey through the skies with this wildly inventive silent film featuring a new score by David Bailey on the Gallery’s 1929 Wurlitzer organ.

Documentaries

LOOKY LOOKY HERE COMES COOKY  

Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky is a joyous and potent exploration of the Captain Cook legend and his arrival on Australian shores from a First Nation’s perspective.

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LOS CONDUCTOS  

After fleeing a religious sect, Pinky finds himself working menial jobs to support his drug habit even as the cult leader, whom he aspires to assassinate, haunts his days and nights.

Documentaries

LOVEMOBIL  

A gripping documentary that offers a glimpse into the lives of women working in one of Europe’s most clandestine sex industries.    

Transcendence

MAX RICHTER’S SLEEP  

Set against the backdrop of an eight-hour live performance of his album Sleep in a Los Angeles park, this documentary reveals the story behind the landmark work by Max Richter.

Documentaries

MAYOR  

The daily dealings of Ramallah’s mayor reveal both the Kafkaesque bureaucratic dynamics of governing in occupied Palestine, and the dogged resilience of the municipality to stand its ground.

Transcendence

MEANWHILE ON EARTH  

A gentle observational documentary, Meanwhile on Earth captures the moments when routine and ritual become one as a body transitions between death and burial.

Documentaries

MIRACLE FISHING  

A gripping and surprisingly heartwarming window into the nerve-wracking reality of having a loved one kidnapped.

Jack Thompson Performs

NEVER TOO LATE  

A never-say-die crew of army veterans must work together to break out of lockdown and pursue their dreams. First step? Escape their retirement home!

Transcendence

NINE DAYS  

How long is long enough? Edson Oda’s stand-out directorial debut is a poetic investigation into the meaning of life and the kaleidoscopic possibilities it offers.

Documentaries

NINGLA A-NA  

A rare historical record that documents a significant moment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activism from inside the tent, at the heart of the protest.

Belonging

P.S. BURN THIS LETTER PLEASE  

The discovery of a collection of letters in an abandoned storage unit reveals the hidden history of the 1950s drag scene in New York.

Event

PANEL DISCUSSION: Creating in the time of COVID-19  

As with many lives and industries, the pandemic turned the world of screen production upside-down with almost all projects screeching to a sudden halt.

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Film Festivals in the time of COVID-19  

With the onset of COVID-19, Australian film festivals scrambled alongside the rest of the world to make sense of what the pandemic would mean for planning months in the making.

Power of Pictures

PARIS CALLIGRAMMES  

This lyrical portrait shows how 1960s Paris transformed the young Ulrike Ottinger into an insatiable cinephile and politically engaged artist.

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PELICAN BLOOD  

Katrin Gebbe’s Pelican Blood is an engrossing and cerebral horror-drama about the painful dilemma a mother faces regarding her newly adopted child.

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RED POST ON ESCHER STREET  

The latest from Japan’s notoriously prolific, subversive and cultishly adored Sion Sono is grandiose in scale yet as intimate in detail as his followers have come to expect.

Jill Bilcock Edits

ROAD TO PERDITION  

Chicago, 1931. Tom Hanks stars in this story of an Irish mobster forced to confront his competing loyalties to his boss and his family after his son inadvertently witnesses a murder.

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ROCKS  

A joyful and street-savvy film that pulses with authentic, vibrant characters and a whole lot of heart, Rocks is directed by British filmmaker Sarah Gavron (Suffragette 2015).

Jill Bilcock Edits

ROMEO + JULIET  

A whirlwind adaptation of the tragic tale of star-cross’d lovers, Romeo + Juliet is the epitome of 90s cool and cemented the collaboration between editor Jill Bilcock and director Baz Luhrman.

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SAINT MAUD  

A devout palliative care nurse with a dubious past is appointed to care for an ailing dancer and takes it upon herself to save the soul of her charge.

Power of Pictures

SCHLINGENSIEF: A VOICE THAT SHOOK THE SILENCE  

From film, art and opera to theatre and television, the talents of the late Christoph Schlingensief knew no creative bounds, as this resonant documentary on the radical provocateur attests.

Short Films

SHORT FILMS: Heart Beats  

BIFF 2020 Shorts show us the rich and varied world of short filmmaking. This selection champions films by emerging filmmakers and seasoned professionals from Australia and abroad.

Short Films

SHORT FILMS: Life Beats  

BIFF’s program of short films celebrates the unique craft of short-form filmmaking — a platform for emerging filmmakers that delicately balances the nuanced skill of storytelling and visual language.

Short Films

SHORT FILMS: Mind Beats  

BIFF 2020 Shorts show us the rich and varied world of short filmmaking. This selection champions films by emerging filmmakers and seasoned professionals from Australia and abroad.

Short Films

SHORT FILMS: Off Beats  

BIFF 2020 Shorts show us the rich and varied world of short filmmaking. This selection champions films by emerging filmmakers and seasoned professionals from Australia and abroad.

Short Films

SHORT FILMS: Short Beats  

BIFF 2020 Shorts show us the rich and varied world of short filmmaking. This selection champions films by emerging filmmakers and seasoned professionals from Australia and abroad.

Short Films

SHORT FILMS: Wild Beats  

BIFF 2020 Shorts show us the rich and varied world of short filmmaking. This selection champions films by emerging filmmakers and seasoned professionals from Australia and abroad.

Documentaries

SJÄLÖ - ISLAND OF SOULS  

Set off the coast of Finland on an island in the Baltic Sea, Själö - Island of Souls is a moving meditation on the island’s complex relationship with transgressive women, illness, and authority

Belonging

SOME KIND OF HEAVEN  

Step inside America’s largest retirement community in this colourful documentary that recalls both Errol Morris and the Coen Brothers.

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SUK SUK  

Against the confines of traditional society and family expectation, romance blooms between two older, closeted gay men in this gentle third feature from director Ray Yeung.

Jack Thompson Performs

THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON  

Set in 1973, this film is a riveting all-star drama set about one man’s plot to kill President Richard Nixon, featuring Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Naomi Watts, and Jack Thompson.

Jill Bilcock Edits

THE DRESSMAKER  

Kate Winslet stars as Tilly Dunnage, a glamourous seamstress who travels from London to her small Australian hometown to care for her ailing mother and confront her dark past.

Release

THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE  

A family uses their passion for filmmaking to escape daily life of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region in this touching portrait of resilience.

Documentaries

THE MOLE AGENT  

Maite Alberdi’s spy-thriller documentary is an exquisite tale of humanity’s desire for companionship, care and empathy, and a poignant reminder of the inevitability of ageing.

Documentaries

THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF  

When a Czech painter has two major paintings stolen from Oslo’s Gallery Nobel, she embarks on a quest to better understand the thief through the lens of compassion and forgiveness.

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THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC  

A terrifying and gory tale of buried secrets and supernatural revenge from two of Indonesia’s modern masters of horror.

Documentaries

THE REASON I JUMP  

Director Jerry Rothwell (How to Change the World) draws detailed and intimate portraits of nonspeaking autistic people.

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THE SCIENCE OF FICTIONS  

When timid farmer Siman (Gunawan Maryanto) stumbles across the filming of a fake moon landing in rural Indonesia in 1962, his world view is forever changed in this seductive parable on fake news.

Documentaries

THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS  

Part of the Cannes Film Festival 2020 selection, The Truffle Hunters follows a group of eccentric, elderly truffle hunters and their beloved truffle dogs through the forest.

Features

THE TWENTIETH CENTURY  

Matthew Rankin’s strikingly bonkers comedy about the fictionalised early years of former Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King is an absurdist blend of the worlds of Monty Python and Guy Maddin.

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THE WOMAN WHO RAN  

Friendship and questions of loyalty intersect in an enchanting tale of female camaraderie from prolific Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo.

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VALLEY OF SOULS  

When his two sons are killed by a death squad and thrown in Colombia’s Magdalena River, a grieving father embarks on a dangerous journey to recover their bodies.

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VITALINA VARELA  

A seemingly endless night permeates Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa’s masterful and haunting tale of resilience and reckoning with the past.

Documentaries

VIVOS  

World-renowned artist and political activist Ai Weiwei tells a story of Mexican government corruption through the families of 43 forcibly disappeared students.

Release

WAKE UP ON MARS  

In this fantastical documentary, the ten-year-old brother of two Kosovan refugees diagnosed with coma-like ‘resignation syndrome’ embarks on a magical escape mission to Mars.

Documentaries

WE DON'T DESERVE DOGS  

This global odyssey follows the pawprints of man’s best friend, in all their shapes and sizes, and investigates the profound effects canines have on our daily lives.

Documentaries

WHITE RIOT  

In 1970s London, the nascent punk scene is the battleground for a war against an insidious strand of racism in this layered tale of politics, zine culture and progressive youth energy.

Features

YALDA, A NIGHT FOR FORGIVENESS  

On the eve of Yalda, the Iranian celebration of the Winter Solstice, convicted murderer Maryam appears on live reality television to beg for the forgiveness that will save her life.

Jack Thompson Performs

YOLNGU BOY  

Yolngu Boy tells the moving story of a young indigenous boy Botj (Sean Mununggurr) on the cusp of manhood caught between Yolngu and western cultural expectations.