Four Australian films and two feature-length documentaries will premiere at the 2013 Melbourne International Film Festival (Miff), which runs July 25 . August 11.
All were backed by the Miff Premiere Fund, which launched in 2008 and has supported more than 40 films and docos.
All told the festival will screen 310 films, 10 world premieres, 166 Australian premieres, 17 program strands, 26 forums, talks and master classes.
The curtain raiser, previously announced, is I.m So Excited! Pedro Almodóvar
.s satire on contemporary Spanish society. The closer is All is Lost, the almost wordless survival-at-sea drama starring Robert Redford
, writer-director J C Chandor.s follow-up to Margin Call
Accorded the Centrepiece Gala slot is The Turning
, the film adapted from the Tim Winton
novel consisting of 17 chapters, each from a different director with a stellar cast led by Cate Blanchett
, Rose Byrne
, Hugo Weaving
, Miranda Otto
, Callan Mulvey
, Susie Porter
and Harrison Gilbertson
The Australian Showcase section features Zak Hilditch
.s These Final Hours