The Death and Life of Otto Bloom opens Miff

Rachel Ward and Matilda Brown star in The Death and Life of Otto Bloom.

The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, starring Xavier Samuel, Rachel Ward and Matilda Brown, will open this year's Melbourne International Film Festival.

The film, directed by Cris Jones, chronicles the life and great love of Bloom (Samuel), a man who experiences time in reverse — passing backwards through the years while remembering the future.

The Death and Life of Otto Bloom is Jones' first feature.

The full program for the festival will be revealed on July 5.

Jones said it was an honour and a joy to have his first feature opening Miff..

"For me, Miff is more than a celebration of film," he said..

"It is a family and a home. The festival has played an enormous role in my journey as a filmmaker, and without the support of the Premiere Fund, this film would not exist.
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