The Brisbane International Film Festival has just dropped its huge full 120-film schedule for 2022
Like all good things should, the 2022 Brisbane International Film Festival will begin with an ode to Dolly Parton. Yes, that’s literally just the start of its stacked lineup for this year. Doing the Honors Opening Night: Aussie Comedy seriously redwhich sees writer/star Krew Boylan (A place to call home) play a Parton impersonator striving to take Dolly’s wisdom to heart.
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose” is one of Parton’s advice quoted in BIFF’s first film for 2022 – and Brisbane’s main annual film showcase has been living with this idea for three decades now. Indeed, to celebrate this milestone, the festival will also screen the film that launched the very first BIFF: Baz Luhrmann’s Ballroom strictlyin its newly restored form.
That said, the 2022 festival marks BIFF’s 28th thanks to a chaotic few years – after the event was unceremoniously canceled after its 2013 festival in favor of the short-lived Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival, then relaunched by Palace Cinemas in 2017, then executed by the Gallery of Modern Art from 2018 to 2020. As in 2021, it now sits under Film Fantastic, which also organizes the Gold Coast Film Festival, with the organization bringing together a program of 120 films for its second rotation at the closed off.
The sizable number, dwarfing 2021’s 103-film lineup, includes 79 feature films – including 21 Australian ones – and 41 shorts, spanning films from 34 countries. Additionally, Brisbane cinephiles will watch eight world premieres and 23 Australian premieres between Thursday 27 October and Sunday 6 November, including a range of festival circuit big names arriving Down Under after debuting at festivals such than Venice and Toronto.
Among those highlights: the Cate Blanchett-starring Tarwho saw the australian alley of nightmares and Don’t look up the actor wins the Venice International Film Festival Best Actress award for portraying a classical composer; compatriot winner of Venice The Banshees of Inisherinan Irish drama that attracted filmmaker Martin McDonagh (Three billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri) best screenplay gong and first Colin Farrell (After Yang) the Best Actor Award; and She sayswith Carey Mulligan (Promising young woman) and Zoe Kazan (Clickbait) like both New York Times journalists who brought Harvey Weinstein’s abusive story to public attention.
Or, there’s a coming-of-age story in the 80s armageddon timewith Anthony Hopkins (The father), Anne Hathaway (Locked) and Jeremy Strong (Succession), and written and directed by Ad Astra and The Lost City of Zis James Gray; This year’s Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or triangle of sadnessrealized by force majeureby Ruben Östlund and his second Palme after The place; and Brokerthe latest from acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, who won the Palme d’Or in 2018 with the sublime Shoplifters.
Belgian drama closewhich follows two 13-year-old boys and shared the Cannes Grand Prix award, comes to BIFF after also winning the 2022 Sydney Film Festival award – and the Afrofuturist musical Neptune Frost did the same after winning the inaugural $140,000 Bright Horizons award from the Melbourne International Film Festival.
Also on the invoice is After Sun, directed by normal peopleis Paul Mescal; Musical documentary about New York Meet me in the bathroom; winner of the Berlinale Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize The novelist’s film by South Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo (The Woman Running, Alone on the Beach at Night); Marcel the shod shell, the stop-motion comedy based on the shorts and books of the same name by Jenny Slate; and Mr Organby David Farrier (tickled) new document.
Plus, among the weird and wonderful choices at the festival are something in the dirtthe latest puzzler made by and starring Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (infinity); savage filipino gender-bender Leonor will never die; Spanish horror porcine, a Sundance hit; the Rebecca room (The night house)-with Resurrection; Rubber and deer skin by director Quentin Dupieux Incredible but true; and final cuta French remake of the Japanese cult zombie comedy A cup of the dead of The artist director Michel Hazanavicius.
Back to the local contingent, BIFF attendees can check out the closing party sweet asa coming-of-age story written and directed by Indigenous filmmaker Jub Clerc (Heights) who just won a prize in Toronto — as well as Greenhouse by Joost, a documentary about zero-waste pioneer Joost Bakker and chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett building a self-sufficient, eco-friendly residence; and Queensland-shot black sitewith Michelle Monaghan (The profession: heritage), Jason Clarke (Pet sematary) and Jai Courtney (The Suicide Squad).
As for venues, BIFF 2022 is returning to a bunch of its 2021 venues, screened at New Farm Cinemas, Elizabeth Picture Theatre, Reading Newmarket, Dendy Coorparoo and Australia’s GOMA Cinematheque – the latter hosting a “Flying Fists of Joyce Godenzi” Hong Kong film retrospective, plus a 90th birthday live musical session by Carl Theodor Dreyer vampire – as well as Dendy Portside and Brisbane Powerhouse.
Don’t say you have nothing to watch for 11 days in late October and early November, clearly.