Wednesday, August 08, 2007

MIFF Surprise Films Announced

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.


Marty said...

The Silence was one of the first Bergman films I saw back in 1992 at The Astor. It was screening with Winter Light. Two very dark and rigorous films but a great intro to Bergman and his Swedish angst. Beautifully shot too. The Silence received some controversy when it was first released and I believe it was banned in a few countries including the US for its rather frank and honest sex scene.

Paul Martin said...

Marty, I think the tribute to these two cinema greats is a nice spontaneous way to finish the festival. It'd be interesting to know what they would have screened otherwise.

marty said...

Paul, I know they were limited to a short delivery time for prints so they basically did not have enough time to wait for prints from overseas so had to do with what's currently available here in Australia.