Melbourne International FILM FESTIVAL's NEXT GEN PROGRAM

Thursday 28 July – Sunday 14 August 2016
Win a double pass for one of the 3 French Films!

Established in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. An iconic Melbourne event, the festival takes place annually in the heart of the city, presenting an acclaimed screening program alongside industry and celebratory events.

MIFF showcases the best in current cinema from around the world as well as retrospectives, tributes and discussion programs. Since its inception, MIFF has also been committed to local film: it is Australia's largest showcase of new Australian cinema and is the country’s most vocal champion of emerging and established local filmmaking talent. The festival also hosts many celebratory world premieres of local films.

Now in its 10th year, MIFF's Next Gen program for schools is here! Screening films in the languages most commonly taught in Victorian schools – French, German, Italian,Japanese and Mandarin – Next Gen is a carefully curated selection of high-quality, diverse and age-appropriate films that are not available online, not available on home entertainment, and not guaranteed a cinema release in Australia. So see them at MIFF or risk missing out!

ADAMA (82 mins, dir. Simon Rouby)

When Adama's older brother leaves their West African village in the middle of the night, the 12-year-old is determined to find him. Defying his elders, Adama ventures beyond the forbidden cliffs, across combat-ravaged Europe and onto the battlefields of the First World War with the tenacity that comes from a sibling's bond, as well as an unwavering spirit of adventure.
Inspired by the real-life stories of West African men recruited to fight for French forces, Adama takes audiences on an energetic quest brimming with emotion, excitement and impressive technical artistry. In the hands of debut director Simon Rouby, the film's striking style of animation – bringing the story to life via a combination of painted 2D backgrounds and laser-scanned 3D clay sculptures – proves as much of a marvel as its thoughtful insights into an over-looked slice of history.
Winner of the Best of the Fest Award and the The Liv Ullmann Peace Prize at the 2015 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

MISS IMPOSSIBLE (90 mins, dir. Emilie Deleuze)

Her parents and teachers think she’s a pain; the feeling is mutual. Her older sister has a diploma, her younger sister is an over-achiever, she’s repeating a year at school. Life is never boring for 13-year-old Aurore (newcomer Léna Magnien) – even if she's constantly wishing that her problems would simply go away. She could always fall in love or join a band – what could go wrong?
Adapting Marie Desplechin’s best-selling French-language YA novel series Le Journal D’aurore, director Émilie Deleuze (Mister V., MIFF 2004) invites us to share the often hilarious perspective of a ‘normal’ teenager and by doing so, demonstrates that there is no such thing as a ‘normal teenager’.
Recipient of a special mention in the Generation Kplus strand of the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival.

THE NEW KID (81 mins, dir. Rudi Rosenberg)

When shy but lovable 13-year-old Benoît arrives in a new high school, it's as if he has to begin his life again from scratch. After trying and failing to make it with the cool kids, Benoît finds his lot thrown in with the school's resident outcasts. Bound by a love of bad jokes and ill-advised pranks, the reluctant friends make for an unlikely gang, but in the face of all that adolescence has to throw at them, having each other might just be enough.
Winner of the New Directors prize at San Sebastian, The New Kid is the very funny feature film debut from actor turned writer/director Rudi Rosenberg. With a knock-out cast of emerging young actors, it shines a charming new light on a familiar story, offering a sharply humorous take on the perils and pitfalls of surviving high school and the universal maxim that being cool isn't as important as being yourself.



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