by Dov Kornits

Opening on October 27 with the Queensland premiere of rom com Seriously Red, directed by Gracie Otto and starring Krew Boylan (who also wrote), Daniel Webber, Celeste Barber, Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne, and closing on November 6 with Jub Clerc’s highly touted CinefestOZ and TIFF winner Sweet As, this year’s Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) will screen 79 feature films, 21 of which are Australian.

Encompassing many of the city’s film culture hubs, including QAGOMA Australian Cinémathèque, New Farm Six Cinemas, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre, Dendy Coorparoo, Dendy Portside and Reading Newmarket, with the Brisbane Powerhouse the festival’s hub and host to the opening and closing, as well as the world premiere of documentary A League of Her Own, which follows the Queensland Maroons Women’s Rugby League Team and their journey to the 2021 Women’s State of Origin.

Other local films screening include the Australian premiere of Gold Coast shot actioner Blacksite starring Michelle Monaghan, Jason Clarke and Jai Courtney, directed by Sophia Banks, and the World Premieres of documentary Beyond the Reef and Peter Hegedüs’ To Never Forget exploring the Latvian Holocaust and the accompanying 360 VR Experience Sorella’s Story, which recently premiered at Venice. Significantly, there will also be a screening of the restored Strictly Ballroom, which actually opened the first BIFF back in 1992.

International highlights include Todd Field’s Tar starring Cate Blanchett, Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, Palme d’Or winner Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness, She Said starring Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan as reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and Armageddon Time, James Gray’s personal drama starring Anne Hathaway, Anthony Hopkins and Jeremy Strong.

“There is a smorgasbord of film presented in the strands across the festival, each film ready to delight, entertain, enrage, or engage,” said BIFF Program Manager. “I warmly invite audiences to explore the program, the majority of films have premiere status and will be screening for the first time in Queensland. So, make a date, book your tickets with friends, family or fellow cinephiles. A celebration of film and screen content awaits you and rolls out at Brisbane cinemas and venues from October 27th for eleven glorious days.”

Tickets are on sale now www.biff.com.au

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