Melbourne Festival to Showcase Australian Titles

"Mistress," "Electric Boogaloo," and "Cut Snake" add depth to Oz selections

HONG KONG – Locally made crime thriller “Felony,” which stars Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson and Jai Courtney, has been set as the closing night movie of the Melbourne Intl. Film Festival (July 31-Aug 17).

The film (pictured), follows three detectives who are variously involved in committing a crime and covering it up, had its premiere in Toronto last year.

It is directed by Melbourne-based Matthew Saville and is set for its domestic commercial release Aug 28.

The festival also sets other Australian films in prominent positions. Tony Ayres’ crime thriller “Cut Snake” will play as the centerpiece gala midway through the festival, while the Spierig brothers’ “Predestination” has previously been announced as the opening film.

The festival will play some 341 films across 17 different sections.

Other highlights include the world premieres of “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films” and the Emmanuelle Beart starring “Mistress.”

The international panorama section features James Gray’s “The Immigrant,” and Catherine Breillat’s “Abuse of Weakness.” The Accent on Asia section includes Tsai Ming-liang’s “Stray Dogs,” Mongolian documentarian Byamba Sakhya’s fiction debut “Remote Control” and Japanese documentary “Love Hotel.”

Other sections find room for Isao Takahata’s “The Tale of Princess Kaguya and Michel Gondry’s “Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?”

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