Melbourne-made drama Last Dance and local horror comedy 100 Bloody Acres will screen as part of the 2012 Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).
The festival has revealed a sneak peek of their program ahead of the official launch in July.
Last Dance, which was filmed in and around St Kilda at the end of last year, follows Sadiq Mohammad (Firass Dirani), a radical Palestinian, who, after fleeing from a suicide bombing that has gone wrong, takes holocaust survivor, Ulah Lippman (Julia Blake), hostage in her own apartment. The film, which was directed by David Pulbrook and produced by Antony I. Ginnane, received part of its financing from the MIFF Premiere Fund.
Horror film 100 Bloody Acres stars Damon Herriman and Angus Sampson as Reg and Lindsay Morgan, brothers with a small fertiliser business called 'Blood and Bone' which uses dead car crash victims to make its product. When Reg comes across three young people stranded on a remote country road, he sees a radical solution to their supply problems, and a way of finally gaining the respect of his bossy big brother. But things don't quite go to plan when Reg starts forming an attachment with one of their captives. The feature was written and directed by Colin and Cameron Cairnes and finished shooting in February this year.
The MIFF program also includes Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner Amour from director Michael Haneke, as well as Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom and the world premiere of music documentary Paul Kelly: Stories of Me. It was previously announced that The Sapphires will open the festival.
The 61st Melbourne International Film Festival will run from August 2 – 19.