Eighteen days, over 100 sessions, over three weekends, BIFF 2017 will screen about 60 international and Australian films and include collaborations the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), a Queensland Short Film Competition, free family screenings throughout, filmmaker and industry, guests, talks and seminars.
Festival highlights include opening night film, The Square, fresh from winning the prestigious Palme D’Or at the 70th Cannes Film Festival 2017, a darkly funny and wildly entertaining Swedish satire that takes aim at the self-obsessed and decadent art world.
Loveless, another Cannes-winning masterpiece, is a damning examination of modern Russian politics, oppression and corruption from legendary Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvagintsev.
The droll and deeply moving On Body And Soul by award-winning Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi reminds us that love can blossom in the unlikeliest of places. 24 Frames is a timeless testament to an incredible artistic talent, and the final film from master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. The festival closes with THE GO-BETWEENS: RIGHT HERE, part memoir and part concert film, this documentary charts the successes, failures, romances, break-ups, betrayals, triumphs and tragedies of Brisbane musical royalty, The Go-Betweens.
#BIFF2017 is everything you want and nothing you expect!