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

My Neighbors the Yamadas (Japanese)

13 September 2018 9:00am16 September 2018 9:00am
Takashi Yamada and his wacky wife Matsuko, who has no talent for housework, navigate their way through the ups and downs of work, marriage, and family life with a sharp-tongued grandmother who lives with them, a teenage son who wishes he had cooler parents, and a pesty daughter whose loud voice is unusual for someone so small. Even the family dog has issues

Taiwan Film Festival

7 September 2018 9:00am8 September 2018 10:30pm
There will be eight selected documentaries, animation and drama films introduced in the film festival throughout the two-day event. These films do not just showcase Taiwanese societies, but also global issues of social justice, poverty, migration, animal right, ethnic diversity and postcoloniality. Through telling these histories the film festival will provide a sharp yet sympathetic look at the region to Australian audience.

Spirited Away (Japanese with English subtitles)

6 September 2018 9:00am13 September 2018 9:00am
In this animated feature by noted Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, 10-year-old Chihiro (Rumi Hiiragi) and her parents (Takashi Naitô, Yasuko Sawaguchi) stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku (Miyu Irino), 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.

Grave of the Fireflies (Japanese)

30 August 2018 9:00am2 September 2018 11:00pm
A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Natsamrat (Marathi)

30 August 2018 9:00am6 September 2018 9:00am
Based on the Marathi hit of the same name, this film potrays the tragic and touching story of a veteran Shakespearen actor and a great humanist who succumbs to the ill fate of old age alienation and estrangement.

The Insult (Arabic)

30 August 2018 9:00am6 September 2018 9:00am
After an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates, the men end up in a court case that gets national attention.

Luck Trouble (Russian with English subtitles)

26 August 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 9:00am
Slava Kolotiloff, a tousled schoolteacher from a seaside town comes to conquer Moscow with the manuscript to his first novel. But instead, quite by accident, he conquers the heart of beautiful Nadia. As their wedding approaches, Slava needs only to quit his job and tie up loose ends in his home town before returning to Moscow to start a new life with his new bride. But due to a number of increasingly bizarre circumstances he is unable to leave.

Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi (Hindi)

24 August 2018 9:00am6 September 2018 9:00am
A Bollywood comedy film directed by Mudassar Aziz and produced by Anand L. Rai and Krishika Lulla. The film is a sequel to Happy Bhag Jayegi (2016).

Load Wedding (Urdu)

24 August 2018 9:00am6 September 2018 9:00am
Load Wedding starring Fahad Mustafa & Mehwish Hayat will take you on a joyful ride while touching the social stigmas attached to weddings in our culture.

Parwaaz Hay Junoon (Urdu)

24 August 2018 9:00am6 September 2018 9:00am
The life story of the brave soldiers of the Pakistan Army, mainly the Pakistan Air Force. Outlining their lives, relationships, duty and hardships.

Guru da Banda (Punjabi)

24 August 2018 9:00am6 September 2018 9:00am
Historical film revealing the proud chapter of Sikh history created by Baba Banda Singh Bahadar. This legendary Sikh hero defeated the most powerful empire of Mughal emperor Bahadar Shah in the land of old Punjab. He established first Sikh Kingdom by occupying vast area straight from river Satluj to river Jammuna. He brought out land reform and tried to eradicate the most obnoxious caste system from the area under his rule. Though his Kingdom was demolished by Mughal empire after seven months.

Go Brother (Chinese Mandarin with English subtitles)

23 August 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 9:00am
The movie is a live-action manga adaptation of the same title. It is about the daily interactions between an annoyed younger sister and her irresponsible, prankster big brother. Shi Miao wishes everyday that that her brother would just disappear from her life. Then one day, her wish comes true and he becomes her best friend's brother. While she pities her best friend's fate, she is ecstatic by the turn of event and thoroughly enjoys being a single child. As she watches Shi Fen go about his days hanging out with his friends and pulling pranks, she discovers a secret he has been carrying.

L Storm (Cantonese)

23 August 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 9:00am
Independent Commission Against Corruption (Hong Kong) (ICAC) investigator William Luk (Louis Koo) and Joint Financial Intelligence Unit {JFIU) officer Lau Po-keung (Julian Cheung) are respectively investigating a corruption and money laundering case, but are unable to find any clues.

My neighbor Totoro (Japanese)

23 August 2018 9:00am26 August 2018 11:00pm
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby.

Mirai (Japanese)

18 August 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 9:00am
Advanced screenings Sat 18 & Sun 19 Aug at The Elizabeth!

The movie follows a 4-year old boy who is struggling to cope with the arrival of a little sister in the family, until things turn magical. A mysterious garden in the backyard of the boy's home becomes a gateway allowing the child to travel back in time and encounter his mother as a little girl and his great-grandfather as a young man. These fantasy-filled adventures allow the child to change his perspective and help him become the big brother he was meant to be.

Kolamaavu Kokila (Tamil)

17 August 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 9:00am
Kolamavu Kokila is a Tamil movie starring Nayanthara in a prominent role. It is an action drama directed by Nelson Dilipkumar, with Anirudh Ravichander as the musician, forming part of the crew.

Europe Raiders (Cantonese)

17 August 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 9:00am
For years, Mr. Lin Zaifeng and Miss Wang Chaoying have held the ranks of best and second best in the business, positions no one could touch. As both rivals and friends, they also held mutual respect as well as enmity. What starts as a simple contest between these bounty hunters blows up when the "Hand of God", a little box capable of immense destruction, draws out European mafia, the CIA, and Europol special agents turns into an all-out manhunt. Lin and Wang discover each other's true identities, but can they clear the air between them, work together against the real threat, and find where the real "Hand of God" is hidden?

Oolong Courtyard: Kung Fu School (Mandarin)

17 August 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 9:00am
The Replica of the classic action comedy series in the 90s. But this time, two new faces join the Oolong Courtyard (aka 'Wulong Yuan') in order to learn Kungfu for their evil wills. Detecting their suspicious behaviours, the master and apprentices from the Oolong Courtyard are going to show them how 'fun' practicing Kungfu can be.

Kiki's Delivery Service (Japanese)

16 August 2018 6:30pm9:00pm
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.

What a Man Wants (Korean with English subtitles)

16 August 2018 6:00pm9:00pm
A philandering cab driver makes a profound impression on his brother-in-law.

Champion (Korean with English subtitles)

16 August 2018 6:00pm9:00pm
A Korean American arm wrestler goes to South Korea for a competition, and finds a sister that he didn't know about.

C'est La Vie (French with English subtitles)

16 August 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 9:00am
A hectic wedding party held in an 17th century French palace comes together with the help of the behind-the-scenes staff. Max is just trying to get through night, but has to deal with a cast of offbeat characters and a girlfriend who's flirting with a young waiter.

iPartment (Mandarin)

16 August 2018 9:00am20 August 2018 9:00am
No synopsis availabe

Golden Slumber (Korean with English subtitles)

15 August 2018 8:00pm11:00pm
A presidential candidate is assassinated as part of a conspiracy, and a deliveryman has to flee for his life when he is framed and the evidence against him begins to accumulate.

Little Forest (Korean with English subtitles)

15 August 2018 6:00pm9:00pm
No job, bad romance and terrible grades… Nothing goes smoothly in young Hye-won’s life in the big city. She puts her unsolved matters behind and impulsively returns to her country hometown, to the house where her mother left her when she was 18. There she reunites with her childhood friends Jae-ha and Eun-sook who are living rural lives in their own ways. Hye-won’s days are filled with simple but peaceful moments as she prepares meals with her organic ingredients. Throughout four seasons Hye-won slowly finds the real pleasure in living the simple life, and realizes the genuine reason that led her back to her homeland

Satyamev Jayate (Hindi)

15 August 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 9:00am
DCP Shivansh has been tasked to catch Vir, the man behind police killings in the city. Both are eventually against the same enemy but divided by a fine line, the law.

Howl's Moving Castle (Japanese)

15 August 2018 9:00am20 August 2018 9:00am
When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.

Geetha Govindham (Telugu)

15 August 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 9:00am
Geetha Govindam is a Telugu movie starring Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna in prominent roles. It is a romantic drama directed by Parasuram.

Gold (Hindi)

15 August 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 9:00am
Set in 1948, the historic story of India's first Olympic medal post their independence.

Mr & Mrs 420 Returns (Punjabi)

15 August 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 9:00am
Another sequel after ‘Carry On Jatta 2’, which will hit the screens in 2018 is ‘Mr. & Mrs. 420 Returns’. The movie is a laughter riot. It is the second installment of the 2014’s hysterical film ‘Mr. & Mrs. 420’.

Vishwaroopam 2 (Tamil | Hindi)

10 August 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 9:00am
Wizam attempts to save the nation from warrior Omar.

Dakuaan Da Munda (Punjabi)

10 August 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 10:00am
The film is based on acclaimed book “Dakkuan da Munda” an auto-biography of famous writer and journalist Mintu Gurusariya. Mintu became a drug addict when was a young Kabbadi player. Exposure to drugs also introduced him to crime market. But today he is an inspiration for the youth and their families as he managed to come out of the shell and break his ties with crime.

The Island (Chinese Mandarin)

9 August 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 9:00am
News of a meteorite hitting the earth does not have any impact on Ma Jin's life. He is still the same person who gets obsessed with his colleague Shanshan, as well as his pipe-dream of winning the lottery. During a "team-building" trip, Ma Jin finds out that, with a staggering sum of sixty million yuan, he is the latest lottery grand prize winner. However, happiness never lasts long. After an unexpected shipwreck, everyone is washed up to an island. And their story has thus begun...

Reborn (Mandarin)

9 August 2018 9:00am20 August 2018 10:00am
Li Haoming, a talented funny geek enjoys living in his own virtual world and suddenly is dragged into a real dangerous hacker game by mysterious men. Contemporary police cyber security team go under cover in Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur to capture cybercriminal gang and thwart their attempt to hack computer control system.

Srinivasa Kalyanam (Telugu)

9 August 2018 9:00am20 August 2018 9:00am
Vasu "Nithin" is a well-educated youth who belongs to a joint family. He falls in love with Sri(Raashi Khanna) and confronts her father "Prakash Raj" about his love. On the other hand, Sri's father is a rich businessman who does not believe in old-school formalities of marriage and traditions. Rest of the story is as to how Vasu takes things into his hands and makes his wedding happen on a traditional note by changing Sri's father's mindset.

The Other Side of Everything (Serbian)

9 August 2018 9:00am20 August 2018 9:00am
When filmmaker Mila Turajlić’s mother, Srbijanka, was a child, her family’s apartment in Belgrade was physically divided by the communist regime to accommodate multiple families. A door to the ‘other side’ remained permanently locked: a reminder of the past, and a visual metaphor of Serbia’s unknown or unexpressed history. Srbijanka is an outspoken academic  and politician – making for highly entertaining dinner parties. Her filmmaker daughter cleverly uses her activist mother’s discussions, family history and unique home, along with archival photographs and footage, to explore her country’s troubled past.

Fanney Kahn (Hindi)

3 August 2018 9:00am20 August 2018 9:00am
Fanney Khan is a struggling singer who wants to make his daughter a big name in music world.

Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days (Korean with English subtitles)

2 August 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 9:00am
Follows the journey of 3 Afterlife Guardians and Su-hong as they journey through their 49th trial in order to gain their reincarnations and how the Guardians slowly recover their forgotten memories through Household God in the living world.

Dr. Knock (French)

2 August 2018 9:00am20 August 2018 9:00am
Knock, a retired crook-turned-qualified doctor, arrives in the small village of Saint-Maurice to implement a method’ that he believes will make him rich: he will persuade the villagers that healthy people are simply people who don’t realize they are ill. To do this, he needs to find an illness — either real or imaginary — that afflicts each person. But his plans are rattled by two things he had not foreseen: his own romantic feelings and the appearance of a dubious character from his past.

Summer 1993 (Catalan)

2 August 2018 9:00am20 August 2018 9:00am
In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents, six-year old Frida (Laia Artigas) is forced from bustling Barcelona to the Catalan provinces to live with her aunt (Bruna Cusí) and uncle (David Verdaguer), her new legal guardians. Country life is a challenge: aside from the emotional upheaval, the nature that surrounds her is mysterious, if not dangerous.

Ashke (Punjabi)

27 July 2018 9:00am20 August 2018 9:00am
Pamma is struggling with reconciling his life as an ex star Bhangra dancer with little hope in his current life of petty jobs, living in Canada. He has lost almost everything until an unexpected turn in his life helps him to uncover the emotions he has stored since he was a star dancer. Pamma's passion is reignited in more ways than one.

Detective Dee: The Fours Heavenly Kings (Chinese Mandarin with English subtiles)

26 July 2018 9:00am20 August 2018 9:00am
Detective Dee is forced to defend himself against the accusations of Empress Wu while investigating a crime spree.

Back to Burgundy (French with English subtitles)

5 July 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 9:00am
Jean (Pio Marmaï) is 30 years old and has spent the last decade travelling around the world, cutting all ties with his family and with Burgundy, the region of his childhood. Now settled abroad, he is called back home to France to the bedside of his terminally ill father.

Two is a Family (French with English subtitles)

28 June 2018 9:00am20 August 2018 9:00am
Samuel enjoys an Alist, hedonistic lifestyle on the sun-drenched beaches of the Côte d’Azur. Life is good, until the day former lover Kristin arrives out of nowhere and deposits the fruits of their tryst an infant daughter, Gloria in his care.

Akira (Japanese)

13 June 2018 9:00am30 August 2018 9:00am
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.