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

Ponyo (Japanese)

18 April 2019 10:00am30 May 2019 11:00am
An animated adventure centered on a 5-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human. Made by Japanese animation auteur Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away).

Burning (Korean)

18 April 2019 10:15am30 May 2019 11:15am
Based on a Haruki Murakami short story, Korean master Lee Chang-dong’s remarkable new thriller BURNING was the most acclaimed film of Cannes, setting a record for the highest-ever score achieved in the 18-year history of Screen International’s prestigious critics’ poll. Novelistic in scope, grandeur and impact, and featuring three remarkable performances, it’s a gripping psychological study of thwarted love, ambition and obsession.

Maharshi (Telugu)

9 May 2019 9:00am30 May 2019 9:00am
Maharshi is 2019 Indian Telugu language action drama film written and directed by Vamsi Paidipally and produced by C. Ashwini Dutt, Dil Raju and Prasad V. Potluri, under the banners of Vyjayanthi Movies, Sri Venkateswara Creations and PVP Cinema. The film stars Mahesh Babu, Pooja Hegde in the lead roles, with Allari Naresh and Meenakshi Dixit in prominent roles and music is composed by Devi Sri Prasad.

Spirited Away (Japanese with English subtitles)

9 May 2019 9:00am7 July 2019 11:00pm
In this animated feature by noted Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, 10-year-old Chihiro and her parents stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku, who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.

Student of the Year 2 (Hindi)

10 May 2019 9:45am30 May 2019 10:45am
The biggest franchise of Bollywood returns with Student Of The Year 2 starring the incredible Tiger Shroff and introducing - Tara and Ananya. Friendship, sportsmanship, love, companionship - it's all in for the Student Of The Year.

The Realm (Spanish)

16 May 2019 9:00am30 May 2019 9:00am
Driven, motor-mouthed and smug, Manuel Lopez-Vidal (de la Torre) is a Spanish politician whose high-class lifestyle is based on enabling policies that include high-level government corruption. His calculating facilitation of illegal activities has steadily boosted him up the ladder and provided a very comfortable lifestyle for himself, his devoted spouse and their teen daughter. When, on the verge of his huge promotion, a leaked tape exposes Manuel’s dealings to the public eye, he meets the cruel underbelly of his own system. The event reveals to him a larger realm of those even guiltier, not to mention more coldblooded, than he, and radically shifts Manuel’s role from facilitator to whistle-blower. What follows is a tale that overflows with intrigue and suspense, before culminating with a confrontational end to this surprising, serpentine tale.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;Surrection (Japanese with English Subtitles or English Doubbed)

16 May 2019 9:00am30 May 2019 9:00am
The story takes place several years after Lelouch's "Zero Requiem" plan.

Laal Kabootar (Urdu)

16 May 2019 9:00am30 May 2019 9:00am
He's looking for a way out of the city. But his only escape is through a woman looking for revenge.

Mr Local (Tamil)

17 May 2019 9:00am30 May 2019 9:00am
Mr.Local is an upcoming Indian Tamil comedy film written and directed by M. Rajesh.

De De Pyaar De (Hindi)

17 May 2019 9:00am30 May 2019 9:00am
Luv Ranjan's De De Pyaar De is a contemporary rom-com with a quirky take on urban relationships. The film is about a middle-age divorcé who falls in love with a woman 20 years his junior.

3 Faces (Persian | Azerbaijani | Turkish)

18 May 2019 9:00am26 May 2019 11:15pm
Three actresses at different stages of their career. One from before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, one popular star of today known throughout the country and a young girl longing to attend a drama conservatory.

Between Maybes (Tagalog | Japanese)

21 May 2019 9:00am6 June 2019 9:00am
Hazel is an actress experiencing troubles in her career and not having control of her life. Feeling lost and wanting to escape, she books a random flight and eventually ends up in the secluded prefecture of Saga, Japan. There she finds an unexpected confidant in Louie, who isolated himself after experiencing heartbreak from his family. The two develop a functional relationship. Hazel asks Louie to check on her as she’s not used to being on her own. While Louie finds Hazel’s company and noise amusing, as it’s a break from his simple world lacking human connection. Amidst the silence and isolation, Hazel and Louie find comfort in each other as they both needed it at that certain point in their lives. But knowing how far apart

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales... (French)

23 May 2019 9:00am6 June 2019 9:00am
Whoever thinks that the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. In it we find especially agitated animals, a Fox that thinks it's a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas. If you want to take a vacation, keep driving past this place.

Cold Sweat (Persian)

23 May 2019 9:00am6 June 2019 9:00am
Afrooz is the captain of the women's futsal team in Iran. After 11 years of hard work, her dream comes true: Iran is in the final of the Asian Nations Cup. But when she embarks for Malaysia, she learns that her husband forbids her to leave the territory. In Iran, a woman needs her husband's permission to travel.

Chandigarh Amritsar Chandigarh (Punjabi)

23 May 2019 9:00am6 June 2019 9:00am
A Girl from Chandigarh comes to Amritsar with the intention of rejecting a prospective groom and ends up spending the day with a Boy from Amritsar. His constant chatter exasperates her, but they share a curious chemistry nevertheless. They clash over their cities, their beliefs and ideologies and almost everything they talk about. Between bouts of culture bashing and despite many scenarios where both could have gone their separate ways, they end up spending the day together. She finally decides to return without meeting the prospective groom and leaves a note for him with the Boy. Will the Boy and Girl part ways with just the memories of this day or will they meet again?

Kiki's Delivery Service (Japanese with English Subtitles)

23 May 2019 9:00am26 May 2019 11:15pm
A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

The Heiresses (Spanish | Guarani)

23 May 2019 9:00am6 June 2019 9:00am
THE HEIRESSES is an immersive and emotionally compelling look into the lives of the privileged, through the tribulations of a hesitant woman in quiet crisis.

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (Arabic | Hebrew)

23 May 2019 9:00am6 June 2019 9:00am
A smart and thrilling drama that expertly unravels the political and societal tensions between West and East Jerusalem.

India's Most Wanted (Hindi)

24 May 2019 9:00am30 May 2019 9:00am
India's Most Wanted is an upcoming Bollywood action thriller film directed by Raj Kumar Gupta starring Arjun Kapoor and Amrita Puri. The film is about tracking a terrorist in a secret mission and arresting him without firing bullets. It pays tribute to unsung heroes of our society.

Mayday Life (Mandarin)

24 May 2019 9:00am30 May 2019 9:00am
See the best Mayday's spectacular "Life" World Tour now brought together in an incredible 3D movie event. Enjoy a front-row experience on a musical journey with Monster, Masa, Stone, Guan and Ashin to their amazing sell-out concerts including Beijing, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghai and across Europe!

PM Narendra Modi (Hindi)

24 May 2019 9:00am6 June 2019 9:00am
Biography of India's Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

Muklawa (Punjabi)

24 May 2019 9:00am6 June 2019 9:00am
The film is based on the after the wedding custom when a newly-wed bride is taken back to her husband's home for the first time. Set against the backdrop of the pre-partitioned era.

Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (French)

30 May 2019 9:00am6 June 2019 9:00am
On the 60th anniversary of the much-adored comic book series, Asterix and Obelix embark on a quest across Gaul looking for a young druid worthy of learning the secret of the magic potion – a formula which has long helped to keep the Gaulish village safe against Julius Cesar and his invading army. However, once Asterix and Obelix begin their quest, all hell breaks loose at home as the Romans start attacking the village, and an evil wizard named Sulfurix does everything he can to steal the potion's secret recipe

German Film Festival

30 May 2019 9:00am12 June 2019 10:15pm
Palace Cinemas in collaboration with German Films is excited to again bring the best German-language cinema to you in 2019. Building on the success of last year, this edition will screen 31 feature films expanding to 15 locations and opening with Michael “Bully” Herbig’s Balloon.

Mary and the Witch's Flower (Japanese)

30 May 2019 9:00am2 June 2019 10:00pm
Mary and the Witch's Flower is an upcoming Japanese anime fantasy film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and produced by Studio Ponoc, based on The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart. This is Studio Ponoc's first feature film.

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Japanese)

1 June 2019 9:00am10:00pm
Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaä is a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph.

Bharat (Hindi)

5 June 2019 9:00am13 June 2019 9:00am
Bharat' is a journey of a man and a nation together. At the cusp of India's birth as an Independent nation, a family makes an arduous journey to freedom. However, this freedom comes at a cost. An 8 year old boy, Bharat, makes a promise to his father that he will keep his family together no matter what a promise that he keeps over the next 60 years of his life, despite each decade throwing a new set of challenges at him some humorous, some thrilling, some romantic while some life-threatening. His resilience, loyalty and a never dying spirit mirrors the fundamental qualities of our nation Bharat. Interestingly, the movie is an official adaptation of Korean film 'An Ode to My Father (2014) which depicted modern Korean history from the 1950s to the present day through the life of an ordinary man.

Princess Mononoke (Japanese)

6 June 2019 9:00am9 June 2019 9:00am
While protecting his village from a rampaging boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a deadly curse. To find the cure that will save his life, he journeys deep into sacred depths of the Great Forest Spirit’s realm where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolves. It’s not long before Ashitaka is caught in the middle of a battle between iron-ore prospecting humans and the forest dwellers. He must summon the spirit-powers and all his courage to stop man and nature from destroying
each other.

My Big Gay Italian Wedding (Italian)

6 June 2019 9:00am13 June 2019 9:00am
When baby-faced Antonio (Cristiano Caccamo) pops the question to his burly boyfriend Paolo (Salvatore Esposito) in their Berlin apartment just before Easter, things take an awkward turn… it becomes apparent that Antonio hasn’t come out to his parents. While they aren’t sure about their families’ reactions, the pair decides to head home to Italy to break the news and plan their big day.

Lukan Michi (Punjabi)

10 May 2019 9:00am16 May 2019 9:00am
When the prospects of getting married to the love of his life are crushed by a long-standing family feud and a grumpy older brother who is unmarried, a youngster sets out with a scheme to solve everybody`s problems. Directed by M. Hundal, Lukan Michi stars Preet Harpal and Mandy Takhar in the lead roles.

Ayogya (Telugu)

10 May 2019 9:00am16 May 2019 9:00am
A corrupt police officer finds his life-changing when he takes on a case of gang rape.

100 (Tamil)

9 May 2019 9:00am16 May 2019 9:00am
100 is an upcoming Tamil movie directed by Sam Anton.

Always Miss You (Mandarin)

9 May 2019 9:00am16 May 2019 9:00am
Having a relationship is not easy for Linxin Tian until she met a romantic gentleman Wu Chuan whose whirlwind courtship soon opened her heart. When Tian was about to accept Wu Chuan, Prince Charming with whom Tian has been deeply in love showed up…

Dil diyaan Gallan (Punjabi)

3 May 2019 9:00am16 May 2019 9:00am
Dil Diyan Gallan is a Punjabi love story between Natasha, an internet celebrity and Laddi, her photographer.

Blackia (Punjabi)

3 May 2019 9:00am16 May 2019 9:00am
Produced by Ohri Productions, this movie is inspired by Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 in East Pakistan, that lasted 13 days.

Blank (Hindi)

3 May 2019 9:00am16 May 2019 9:00am
A suicide bomber loses his memory and has a bomb attached to his heart. It is up to the police officers to prevent this bomb from taking innocent lives.

Sheeple (Persian)

2 May 2019 9:00am16 May 2019 9:00am
The story of a gang of drug dealers in the south of Tehran who has sheltered many youngsters and orphans from the streets. Shahin and Shakoor who are brothers are leading the gang but when it is collapsed creates a crisis in their family and their lives.

Last Fool Show (Tagalog)

2 May 2019 9:00am16 May 2019 9:00am
MAYESSA is an award-winning independent film director who draws inspiration from her real-life experiences with her ex-boyfriend PAULO and uses their story in her first romantic comedy film. She powers through every shooting day to finish the film despite having family problems and being haunted by the pains of her past relationship. Last Fool Show is a romantic comedy about making a romantic comedy that hopes to solve the real-life problems of Mayessa and her ex-boyfriend Paulo.

The World at Arm's Length (German)

2 May 2019 9:00am16 May 2019 9:00am
Sven who is deaf and blind has decided to go with the help of his assistants to the 800km long Way of St. James. He wants to prove he can do it to everyone, but Sven quickly comes to his physical and psychological limits. A bitter struggle for power, control and self-determination begins.

Spanish Film Festival

24 April 2019 9:00am15 May 2019 11:15pm
Presented by Palace, the 2019 Moro Spanish Film Festival features 32 films from Spain and Latin America, including special presentations and events, innovative documentaries, and a spotlight on female directors.

Kalank (Hindi)

17 April 2019 9:00am16 May 2019 9:00am
Drama set in the 1940s during the partition of India.