This year's surprise films have been revealled. They all screen at 9.30pm on the final day, Sunday 12 August. They are:
ACMI: The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1975)
Forum: The Silence (Ingmar Bergman, 1963)
Greater Union: Out of the Blue (Robert Sarkies, 2006)
Capitol: Teeth (re-screening)
I actually blindly booked my ticket at the Forum weeks ago, and by sheer luck, it's my pick of those revealled so far. I've only seen Bergman's Wild Strawberries, which screened at Melbourne Cinémathèque, and impressed me. The Passenger is the only film by Antonioni that I've seen, and I didn't like it. I found it contrived and unbelievable that a world correspondent could trade places like that. Obviously these two films are screening as homages to these screen greats who have both passed away recently.
Out of the Blue and Teeth have already screened at MIFF and are getting an encore.