IML's Guide to Foreign Films and Festivals

The IML offers you a Guide to Foreign Films and Festivals in South East Queensland. Our Guide is updated weekly and gives you access to international films and festivals showing now or coming soon. Click on Events below or sign up for our Newsletter for your chance to win free movie tickets!

Greek Film Society, Brisbane

1 January 2018 9:00am31 December 2021 9:00am
" We are an independent incorporated film society that aims to provide members with a stimulating program of films from old and new Greek Cinema including documentaries in a variety of genres, as well as films that relate to Greek Diasporic life and contact with other cinemas." - Greek Film Society Brisbane

Parasite (Korean)

27 June 2019 9:00am20 November 2019 11:00pm
Parasite is an upcoming South Korean thriller/drama/black comedy film directed by Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer, Okja). The film stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik and Park So-dam.

The film revolves around Ki-taek and his unemployed family as they take a peculiar interest in the wealthy Park family, which leads them to get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Birds of Passage (Spanish | Wayuu)

3 October 2019 9:00am20 November 2019 11:00pm
Guajira, Northern Colombia, 1970s. Wayuu tribe-member Zaida (Natalia Reyes) has come of age, leaving formidable matriarch Ursula (Carmiña Martínez) with the important task of finding a suitable match. Her instincts warn her against young Rapayet (José Acosta), an ambitious man with strong links outside of the clan, but the word of his respected uncle Peregrino (José Vicente Cotes) carries weight, so she succeeds, setting an outrageous dowry. The seed sown, Rapayet stumbles onto a plan with his flamboyant friend Moises and cousin Aníbal to sell marijuana to a visiting American. It’s the beginning of a profitable new enterprise.

Promare (Japanese)

24 October 2019 9:00am20 November 2019 11:00pm
A futuristic firefighting mecha service is created to protect the world.

Bigil (Tamil | Telugu)

25 October 2019 9:00am20 November 2019 11:00pm
The story revolves around a football coach; who struggles to fulfill the dream of his late friend and seeks out revenge on the death of his best friend.

Khaidi (Tamil)

31 October 2019 9:00am20 November 2019 11:00pm
Khaidi revolves around a convict serving a life sentence who escapes from prison but ends up being chased by more than just the police.

Balloon (German)

31 October 2019 9:00am27 November 2019 11:00pm
The summer of 1979. Families Strelzyk and Wetzel want to escape East Germany and delve into the freedom of the west. The two families have formed a daring plan; in a self constructed hot air balloon, they want to fly across the border at night. When finally the weather conditions are ideal, they are ready to set off. However, quite a few things go wrong and the balloon crashes just before it reaches the West German border. The Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately begin an investigation, leaving the two families to build a new balloon under immense pressure. As the Stasi close in with each passing day, a nerve-wracking race against time begins.

Isa Pa with Feelings (Tagalog | Filipino)

31 October 2019 9:00am20 November 2019 11:00pm
In a world where everyone struggles to be heard, two unlikely strangers, both looking for their place in life, find solace in each other. Mara(Maine Mendoza), a disheartened intern who failed the board exams to become a licensed architect meets Gali (Carlo Aquino), a deaf sign language teacher who wants to prove that he can dance the same way hearing people can. Despite their differences, Mara and Gali develop a connection and an unspoken understanding for each other. But as they get closer, and with complicated feelings getting in the way, they discover that their brokenness, that once connected them, now starts to pull them apart.

Dakaa (Punjabi)

1 November 2019 9:00am20 November 2019 11:00pm
"Daaka" set in a small Punjab village, is the story of an orphan's quest to get married to a girl he loves. In his efforts to earn honestly, he applies for a loan unsuccessfully and comes to know that the Bank Manager had a marriage proposal for his lady love. Unhappy, he plans to loot the bank and implicate the Manager. At the same time a criminal escapes from the nearby prison, things do not go as planned and the two events get mixed up.

Meeku Maathrame Cheptha (Telugu)

1 November 2019 9:00am20 November 2019 11:00pm
A Vijay Devarakonda Production with few days before Rakesh`s wedding, a scandalous video of him gets leaked onto a porn site. With his marriage, reputation and career at stake, Rakesh and his friend Kamesh seek out a hacker to help them remove the video before it becomes viral.

Better Days (Mandarin)

7 November 2019 9:00am20 November 2019 11:00pm
Aspiring to enter the national top-most school as a way out of poverty, straight-A student Chen Nian (Zhou Dongyu) finds herself entangled in a deadly accident involving her classmate and subsequent excruciation. In her darkest hours, Nian finds an unlikely ally in orphaned street youth Bei (Jackson Yee), and the two damaged souls form a unique bond. But as they graduate into the more complicated adult world, the innocent promise they once made to each other may no longer suffice to lead them out of the dark.

Pain and Glory (Spanish)

7 November 2019 9:00am20 November 2019 11:00pm
PAIN AND GLORY tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. Pain and Glory talks about creation, about the difficulty of separating it from one’s own life and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need, he also finds his salvation.e as past and present come crashing down around him.

Jewish International Film Festival

7 November 2019 9:00am17 November 2019 11:00pm
JIFF is the home of the most comprehensive range of Israeli and Jewish-themed films in Australia. The films premiere in our annual three-week film festival in November.

Bala (Hindi)

7 November 2019 9:00am20 November 2019 11:00pm
Bold is surely beautiful but what about Bald? Our protagonist Bala, takes pride in his voluminous, lustrous hair, only to realise later that he suffers from premature balding. He tries to cope up with the situation and follows every bizarre advice that comes his way to grow them back. Brace yourself, for Bala and his unique tale will leave you in splits!

My Dear Liar (Chinese)

8 November 2019 9:00am20 November 2019 11:00pm
In order to rescue his 6 years old son, who is suffering from asthma, with his friend Zhong Zhenjiang’s incitement, Wuhai gets close to a low-class Cam girl Miaomiao on purpose. And he determines to trap her into a marriage scam.

Kim Ji Young, Born 1982

8 November 2019 8:30am11:00pm
KIM Ji-young is an ordinary Korean woman in her 30s who is often distressed by her everyday life as a full-time mom and housewife. Although being married to the man she loves and the struggle of raising a baby girl have forced her to give up on many things, Ji-young believes she is content in life.
However, her husband, Dae-hyeon, notices that life is hitting Ji-young harder than she realizes. Worried, Dae-hyeon turns to a psychiatrist saying, “My wife is turning into someone else,” as Ji-young begins to speak strikingly similar to her mother, her best friend who died while giving birth, and her late grandmother.

Housefull 4 (Hindi)

25 October 2019 9:00am13 November 2019 11:00pm
Synopsis: In 1419 Sitamgarh, 3 couples are parted away due to an evil conspiracy. 600 hundred years later in 2019 in London, the couples's reincarnations meet again but this time each one of them is marrying the wrong person. History repeats itself and they all land up again in Sitamgarh. How they come to realize about their true love is what forms the crux of the story.

Saand Ki Aankh (Hindi)

24 October 2019 9:00am13 November 2019 11:00pm
Before 1998, Johri village in the interiors of Uttar Pradesh was just like any other village in India. But during this time something extraordinary started, which took this village to national and international levels of success and fame. As a result of which this village had become an inspiring example for the entire nation.

Japanese Film Festival (JFF 2019) Brisbane

23 October 2019 5:30pm27 October 2019 6:30pm

The Japanese Film Festival Brisbane is coming to Event Cinemas for a limited 5 days, from 23-27 October!

To win a double pass simply email us at and state you wish to attend the festival and who you would like to be your +1. The successful winners will be notified via direct email on Monday 14th October 2019.

The Climbers (Chinese)

10 October 2019 9:00am6 November 2019 11:00pm
May 1960. Mount Everest, the second step under the cliff. The four members of the China Everest Climbing Commando are attacking the most difficult "second step". This is their fifth assault. The first four failures have cost them too much physical strength - ...finally, the wind and snow stop the gap.

Birds of Passage (Spanish)

9 October 2019 10:45am15 October 2019 12:45pm
The highly anticipated new film from the creators of the Oscar-nominated ‘Embrace of the Serpent’, Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego’s astounding BIRDS OF PASSAGE is an epic, visually exquisite story about the destabilisng effect of Western influences on the familial traditions and rituals of a proud indigenous family.

Cannes International Film Festival 2018 – Official Selection Directors’ Fortnight

Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF 2019)

3 October 2019 6:00am13 October 2019 6:00pm
Win a double pass* to the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) 2019 – Queensland’s largest celebration of film running 3-13 October!

In addition, thanks to our friends at BIFF they have offered another lucky person the chance to win a special 2-FOR-1 pass. Be in it to win it!

Simply email and state in 25 words or less what you wish to see and why. Competition closes 5pm Thursday 3rd October 2019. Winners will be notified via email.

* excludes Opening, Closing and Food + Film events

Lavazza Italian Film Festival

25 September 2019 6:15pm17 October 2019 1:30pm

Thanks to our friends at Palace Cinemas we are delighted to be able to provide you with the opportunity to attend the 20th Anniversary Lavazza Italian Film Festival in Brisbane from 25 September - 16 October 2019.

Simply tag a friend you want to take with you below this post and winners will be notified directly via Facebook message on Thursday 19th September from 1pm. All tickets must be collected from the IML office.

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