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Clear your calendar: The Melbourne International Film Festival is here

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, people went to the movies to be challenged, thrilled and see things they’d never seen before. Not anymore: glance down the multiplex movie times and it’s all same-same, sequel-sequel, high-concept romcoms, rogue agents and alien invasions.

So thank heavens for the Melbourne International Film Festival. Their 2015 program is here and it’s got more to be excited about across 18 days than you'll find in a year’s worth of regular cinema viewing. The festival will held at various venues across Melbourne (Comedy Theatre is a new addition).

To help you narrow down your selection, Time Out has surveyed the field and chosen this year's must-sees. Forget sleep, film lover!...

The one Melbourne International Film Festival film that you just can’t miss


Eight films that will blow your mind


Six experiences you'll only get at MIFF


Two movies that could change your life


Three movies that will break your heart


Five movies to lift your winter gloom


Six movies that will make you mad as hell


Four movies featuring big stars


The big Bowie doco premiering at MIFF


David Gulpilil retrospective


Our queer editor's top two picks

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Melbourne International Film Festival 2015 details

Around Melbourne, Melbourne 3000

Date 30 Jul 2015-16 Aug 2015

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