My most impressive film festival experience: Multicultural collision in the MIFF

I attended the 66th annual MIFF(Melbourne International Film Festival )in 2017. This 18-day film Festival presents the best modern movies, nostalgic movies, movie reviews from Australia and all over the world,as well as some special events. As one of the oldest film festivals in the world, the MIFF has become a landmark event in Melbourne winter activities.

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The MIFF attracts a great number of world-class films and the best producers to participate in it every year. Many international films choose to premiere at the MIFF. In addition, the MIFF is also committed to encouraging good local producers to participate in. Today I want to introduce the most impressive film I have ever seen in this film festival–Call Me by Your Name. I’ll analyze the movie from the director’s point of view. At the same time, this film also reflects the cultural inclusiveness of the MIFF. Nowadays, the situation of art films is difficult, such as lack of funds, shortage of art theatres, the high cost of publicity, and fewer audience groups (Stringer, 2001). Iordanova (2009) points out that the existence of the film festival can provide a good promotion platform for art films. Selecting excellent films from the film Festival can also inject fresh blood into the film industry and promote the progress of the world film industry.

 

This is a bold and full of desire art film. It was a story of an Italian 17-Year-old boy Elio(Timothée Chalamet)who fell in love with an American scholar Oliver(Armie Hammer)in the countryside of Italy in the 80 ‘s. The film won the MIFF Audience Selection Award. When the movie was finished, the director Luca Guadagnino was interviewed by the host. In the interview, he told the audience about the film’s creative ideas, behind-the-scenes stories, and the director’s past creative experience. After listening to his description, I also have a new understanding of this film.

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In the first part of the film, the director chooses to use the means of fragmentation to deal with the relationship between the two people. The plot was cut very short, the movie consists of a lot of seemingly casual but significant moments, such as a look, a physical contact, a conversation, an outing, these are the details that can bring the audience into the film.

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Details are a key to the success of this film. The director chose to shoot this film in the town where he lived, and the details of the 80 ‘s were everywhere in the film. For example, Elio and Oliver rode a bike outing and felt tired riding their bikes, then they parked their bikes in front of an old woman’s house and asked her if she can give them a little water to drink. The old woman smiled and gave them two cups of water, after drinking water two people thanked and continued to move forward. This scene has little to do with the plot, but it is because of these details that the audience can be brought into the “80 ‘s summer Town of Italy” atmosphere.

 

The last detail that I can’t forget for a long time is that there’s an important long shot in the back half of the film. The actor needs to show the complex psychological activity of losing his first love to a fixed lens. This scene also makes a lot of viewers cannot go out of the mood of the actor to create after the film is over. Even at the end of the movie, when the boy was crying in front of the fireplace, the audience beside me was crying.

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According to Iordanova(2009),the film festival is dedicated to discovering multicultural films and a series of movies that reflect the state of society. So I appreciate that the MIFF has given me a special opportunity to experience different cultures.

 

References:

Iordanova, D 2009, ‘ The film festival circuit’, in D Iordanova&R Rhyne (ed.), Film festival yearbook 1: The festival circuit, e-book, St Andrews Film Studies in collaboration with College Gate Press, Great Britain,pp. 23-39.

Stringer, J.2001,’ Global cities and the international film festival economy’, Cinema and the city, vol.2, no.5, pp. 45-60.

 

 

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