Hitchcockian twists and a turning stoke MIFF program

Nicole Kidman in <i>Stoker</i>, from Korean director Park Chan-wook.
Nicole Kidman in Stoker, from Korean director Park Chan-wook.

Melbourne International Film Festival has announced some of its confirmed titles for this year's event. In Stoker, Park Chan-wook's first English-language film, Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska star in a tale of Hitchcockian twists; Geoffrey Rush and Donald Sutherland are in The Best Offer, a thriller from Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) set in the art world.

The Turning is a screen version of Tim Winton's story collection, 17 interconnected short films, in which the likes of Wasikowska, Cate Blanchett and David Wenham get a chance to direct.

Sally Potter's Ginger And Rosa stars Elle Fanning and Alice Englert as teenage best friends in the 1960s; Iranian director Jafar Panahi skirted a filmmaking ban to make Closed Curtain; Brian De Palma has a new film, Passion, a psychological thriller starring Rachel McAdams; and Julianne Moore plays rock star in a a contemporary take on Henry James' novel What Maisie Knew.

Among the documentaries, there's British filmmaker Ken Loach's call to arms for the labour movement in The Spirit of '45; The Act of Killing, a chilling Danish documentary about Indonesian death squads in the 1960s; and the cinematic obsessions of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il in Aim High In Creation, a comedy from Anna Broinowski that uses Kim's filmmaking manifesto as a blueprint for a movie.

The full MIFF program will be announced on July 2. The festival runs from July 25 to August 11. The Age is a festival sponsor.

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